Category: News

02/12/10


Categories: News, Announcements

Our new catalogue ... please be patient

As you may be aware, RPL has moved to a new province wide consortium (One Province One Library Card), which also means a new catalogue.

This new system provides access to MANY more books - everything from the new to the hard to find, as well as to out of print editions, are now only a simple click of the Request button away.

Links for older blog posts will have broken, but we will try to restore as many of them as we can (although our first priority is to ensure that new posts are properly linked to the new catalogue).

Something else you may notice - there is not just one, but two versions of the catalogue:

1) Encore (with a Google-like search bar and interface and Amazon-like layout, including the option to "tag") and

2) the Classic (the more traditional looking catalogue where you can access your account, re-new items, check on your holds list, etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns about these changes, please do not hesitate to fill out the following online Comments form:
http://www.reginalibrary.ca/contactus.html


03/03/09


Categories: News, Bestsellers, Lists

New to Popular Picks

Terminal Freeze
By Lincoln Child

A breathtaking discovery at the top of the world...
A terrifying collision between modern science and Native American legend...
An electrifying new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Child.

Two hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle lies Alaska’s Federal Wildlife Zone, one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth. But for paleoecologist Evan Marshall and a small group of fellow scientists, an expedition to the Zone represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study the effects of global warming.

Everything about the expedition changes, however, with an astonishing find. On a routine exploration of a glacial ice cave, the group discovers an enormous ancient animal, encased in solid ice. The media conglomerate sponsoring their research immediately intervenes and arranges the ultimate spectacle--the creature will be cut from the ice, thawed, and revealed live on television. Despite dire warnings from the local Native American village, and the scientific concerns of Marshall and his team, the “docudrama” plows ahead... until the scientists make one more horrifying discovery. The beast is no regular specimen--it may be an ancient killing machine. And they may be premature in believing it dead. (Book Description)

While my sister sleeps
By Barbara Delinsky

Molly Snow isn't worried when she gets a phone call notifying her that her sister is in the ER. A world-class runner, 32-year-old Robin Snow has had many injuries, and Molly arrives at the hospital expecting nothing worse than an ankle sprain. But Robin has had a massive heart attack while running, and the prognosis is not good. As the devastated Snow family holds a bedside vigil, they learn things about Robin that alternately surprise and distress them. Graced by characters readers will come to care about, this is that rare book that deserves to have the phrase "impossible to put down" attached to it. Delinsky (The Secret Between Us) does a wonderful and realistic job portraying family dynamics; the relationship between Molly and Robin, in particular, is spot-on. Readers of Kristin Hannah and Patricia Gaffney will enjoy it. (From Library Journal)

Night and Day
By Robert B. Parker

Things are getting strange in Paradise, Massachusetts. Police Chief Jesse Stone is called to the junior high school when reports of lewd conduct by the school’s principal, Betsy Ingersoll, filter into the station. Ingersoll claims she was protecting the propriety of her students when she inspected each girl’s undergarments in the locker room. Jesse would like nothing more than to see Ingersoll punished, but her high-powered attorney husband stands in the way. At the same time, the women of Paradise are faced with a threat to their sense of security with the emergence of a tormented voyeur, dubbed “The Night Hawk.” Initially, he’s content to peer through windows, but as times goes on, he becomes more reckless, forcing his victims to strip at gunpoint, then photographing them at their most vulnerable. And according to the notes he’s sending to Jesse, he’s not satisfied to stop there. It’s up to Jesse to catch the Night Hawk, before it’s too late. (Product Description)

The Second Opinion
By Michael Palmer

Dr. Thea Sperelakis, diagnosed as a teen with Asperger’s syndrome, has always been an outsider. She has a brilliant medical mind, and a remarkable recall of details, but her difficulty in dealing with hidden agendas and interpersonal conflicts have led her to leave the complex, money-driven dynamics of the hospital, and to embrace working with the poor, embattled patients of Doctors Without Borders. Her father, Petros, is one of the most celebrated internal medicine specialists in the world, and the founder of the cutting-edge Sperelakis Center for Diagnostic Medicine at Boston’s sprawling, powerful Beaumont Clinic.

Thea’s rewarding life in Africa is turned upside-down when Petros is severely injured by a hit-and-run driver. He is in the Beaumont ICU, in a deep coma. No one thinks he will survive. Thea must return home. Two of Petros’ other children, both physicians, battle Thea and her eccentric brother, Dimitri, by demanding that treatment for their father be withheld.

As Thea uncovers the facts surrounding the disaster, it seems more and more to be no accident. Petros, himself, is the only witness. Who would want him dead? The answers are trapped in his brain . . . until he looks at Thea and begins slowly to blink a terrifying message.(Product Description)

The Gate House
By Nelson DeMille

Fans of bestseller DeMille will welcome this sequel to The Gold Coast (1990), in which Susan Sutter, then the wife of tax attorney John Sutter, had a torrid affair with Frank Bellarosa, a powerful Mafia boss and the Sutters' neighbor on Long Island's tony Gold Coast, with fatal results for Bellarosa. After divorcing Susan, John sailed the world for three years, then built himself a new life in London. Now John has returned to the small gatehouse that was once part of his ex-wife's family estate, only to find Bellarosa's thuggish son, Anthony, living next door. In another coincidence, Susan has just reacquired the six-bedroom guest cottage where she and John lived as a married couple on her family's former property. Susan and John soon begin to explore an improbable reconciliation, even as they suspect she may be in Anthony's gun sights. The plot more than takes its time getting to its violent and predictable resolution, but DeMille devotees should have plenty of fun along the way. (From Publisher's Weekly)

Running Hot
By Jayne Ann Krentz

A heroine who can see dark energy flashes in a villain's aura and a hero who can squelch villainous thoughts before they're put into action go to paradise to find a murderer, but find love, sex and a nest of drug-enhanced evildoers instead in Krentz's latest Arcane Society novel. Librarian Grace Renquist and ex-cop-turned-bartender Luther Malone, both members of the centuries-old Arcane Society, join forces when the psychic investigative agency Jones & Jones hires Grace, with Luther as her bodyguard, to find a killer in Hawaii. Luther quickly realizes Grace is not your normal paranormal, but their hot romance is put (briefly) on hold as they learn that Nightshade, drug-fueled supernatural baddies, are after the same murderer—as is the lethal psychic hunter La Sirène, an opera diva with a killer voice. The plot is fast, steamy and wildly entertaining even if it defies credulity. Krentzs fans will enjoy this outing and appreciate the teaser that readers have not seen the last of this power couple. (From Publisher's Weekly)


11/01/08


Stephen King's The Stand turns 30!

Originally published in 1978, Stephen King's post-apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand turns 30 this year.

In 1990, King re-released the novel as The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition. For this, King restored text originally axed by his publishers, added and revised other sections, changed the setting of the novel from 1980 to 1990, and updated a few pop culture references accordingly. The result is a whopping 1,138 pages of what many King fans and critics alike consider to be his most outstanding work.

In the decades since its first publication, this epic end-of-the-world saga has continued to engage readers from all age groups in many different languages all around the world. The universal appeal of The Stand remains undisputed and in these troubling times, its themes seem more relevant than ever.

Brimming with a vast array of richly defined characters supported by a complex and engaging plot, The Stand is a classic tale of the post-apocalypse. A man-made superflu known as Captain Trips wipes out the world's population save for a small band of survivors. What awaits them is unknown, but it becomes obvious strange forces are manipulating the survivors, setting them up for a classic battle of Good and Evil in which the fate of humankind depends.

Find The Stand: Complete and Uncut in the RPL catalogue

Salon.com has published a new interview with Mr. King to mark The Stand's 30th anniversary. Read it here.

***Original post appears courtesy of the horror blog


10/06/08


Categories: News, Announcements

Calling all King fans and pop culture fanatics!

Stephen King:

Pop Culture Icon and the Face of Fear

RPL formally invites you to a spooky and fun-filled evening as U of R professor, Nicholas Ruddick, speaks about bestselling author and cultural icon, Stephen King.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 30th, 7:00 - 8:15pm

WHERE:
U of R Centre for Continuing Education
College Building, Room 210
College Avenue and Scarth

Admission is FREE and so is the parking!

On the night before Halloween join us as professor Ruddick gives his illustrated talk on just how the King of Horror and master of the macabre has scared us out of our wits for years (while selling 350 million books in over 35 languages).

Organizers expect a big turnout for this event, so they’ve chosen a suitably large and memorable setting for this stimulating talk – the historic lecture theatre (Room 210) in the College Building at College and Scarth. This old classroom, circa 1911, has to be seen to be believed. It's like something from the set of an old Frankenstein movie and is purportedly haunted!

Hope to see you there!


09/29/08


Banned Books Week Sept 27 - Oct 4, 2008

RPL is celebrating Banned Books Week and you can join in the fight against censorship by reading a banned book!

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books in 2000-2007

Check out this list of banned books posted on Wikipedia.org

Find these banned/challenged books in the RPL catalogue:

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Carrie by Stephen King

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Cujo by Stephen King

Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

Forever by Judy Blume

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Ulysses by James Joyce

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Witches by Roald Dahl


06/14/08


100th Anniversary, 100 Books

To help celebrate Regina Public Library's 100 Birthday, RPL staff have been collecting your top 10 Favorite reads of all-time. The votes have been tabulated and the list is finally available both online (click here) and in print form (visit your local library). Here are some of your favorite picks:

#1 on the List is... Anne of Green Gables
By Lucy Maud Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

About the Author
L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942) was born on Prince Edward Island, off the east coast of Canada. She spent her childhood there, living with her grandparents after the death of her mother. Many scenes in Anne of Green Gables are drawn from her happy memories of the island and the farmhouse where she was brought up. The Anne of Green Gables series eventually grew to eight books-all of which are still in print throughout the world. (Book and author description taken from Amazon)

#2 on the List is...Pride and Prejudice
By Jane Austen

Wealthy Mr. Darcy and spirited Elizabeth Bennett dislike each other at first sight, and each must contend with their pride and prejudices while Elizabeth's mother plots economically advantageous marriages for all her daughters. (Plot synopsis taken from Novelist)

RPL readers sure love their Jane Austen novels. Three of her other books were chosen to be on the list. They include:

#28: Persuasion

Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey. (Taken from Amazon)

DID YOU KNOW?...

This was the last book published in Jane Austen's lifetime. She finished "Persuasion" and began work on "Sanditon" but died in 1816 before "Persuasion" could be published or "Sanditon" finished.

#36: Emma

The disparity between Emma Woodhouse's self-confidence and self-knowledge, and her determination to arrange marriages for her friends while avoiding one for herself, leads to a painful series of misunderstandings for everyone who suffers from her well-meaning altruism - and with Mr Knightley being the only person of her acquaintance who has the good sense to challenge her, Emma must eventually recognize her match in every sense. (Description taken from Complete Connection)

#81: Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen’s first published novel, Sense and Sensibility is a wonderfully entertaining tale of flirtation and folly that revolves around two starkly different sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. While Elinor is thoughtful, considerate, and calm, her younger sister is emotional and wildly romantic. Both are looking for a husband, but neither Elinor’s reason nor Marianne’s passion can lead them to perfect happiness—as Marianne falls for an unscrupulous rascal and Elinor becomes attached to a man who’s already engaged. (Taken from Amazon)

Watch for more of your top 100 book synopsis, fun facts and author information coming soon.

The Rogue Reader


05/05/08


Stay current with what's new and popular at RPL!

There's a whole lotta blogging going on at RPL!

Our blogs are maintained by your very own Regina Public Library staff and are designed to help you stay current on what's new and popular in our collection, both on DVD and in print. Do you have a favorite author? Are you a mystery fan? Do you watch a lot of sci-fi movies and television series? Do you love to be scared? Do you like to read graphic novels? Or maybe you are a romantic at heart? Whatever your reading and movie-viewing habits, there is a blog for you.

Find more of what you like to read! Get access to news, reviews and interviews! All blog entries link to our catalogue allowing you to place holds immediately on popular items. All of our blogs come with RSS feeds too! RSS feeds make it possible for you to receive information whenever it is posted to particular areas of the Library's Web site...without actually having to visit the site each day to check for changes.

We would love to hear from you! Leave us your comments, make suggestions. These blogs are for the RPL community and that includes you!

Check out all RPL Blogs here!


02/13/08


Categories: News

Announcing the Arrival of the Romance Blog!

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Please welcome the arrival of the Library's newest readers' advisory tool, the Romance Blog.

Featuring new and popular romance novels available at the Library (and hopefully movies and music!), the blog is your number # 1 destination for the genre. So take a look around, leave a comment if you like and do not forget to subscribe to its RSS feeds!



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