Assiginack Public Library Feature

Canadian, Commander Chris Hadfield was touched by the space bug long before he made his first trip off this planet. As a child, he dreamed of being an astronaut and to that end he worked incredibly hard to reach that goal. His book, ‘An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth’, illustrates beautifully Commander Hadfield’s drive, passion and positive attitude. It is a remarkable book by a modest, uniquely motivated optimist who keeps his eyes on the stars. This is an opportunity for the reader to know first-hand what it is like to live, work and walk in space.

There is meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and so many other forms and methods of relieving physical stress—how about a cure through words? ‘The Novel Cure: An A-Z of Literary Remedies’ by Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin is a rare gem of a book that looks at how literature and prose can heal. Just think—maybe revisiting some of the books on your shelf and the Library’s will help ease pain, solve some problems and boost your everyday health and well-being – just by turning some pages, getting involved in a great story—and all with no prescription fees, appointments or physical therapy sessions!

I highly recommend two remarkable books by author, Tan Twan Eng. These are independent novels, both exceptionally well-written! His debut novel, ‘The Gift of Rain’ is a haunting tale set at the end of the British Empire’s supreme reign in Malaysia. It chronicles and highlights the animosity and dissension between the classes and the various ethnic factions of the area during that time period. The story expresses the importance of compassion, observes an acceptance of human flaws and frailties and notes the unexpected rewards from acts of redemption. Eng’s second novel, ‘The Garden of Evening Mists,’ is also set in Malaysia. It is a heart-wrenching tale of war and it’s bleak aftermath for the survivors—it is also a message about forgiveness, grace and the complicated nature of secrets. I am most definitely looking forward in great anticipation to more books by this talented storyteller!

Teen Picks: ‘Awaken’ by Meg Cabot and ‘Jake and Lily’ by Jerry Spinelli.

DVD Pick: ‘Gravity’ starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney—a shuttle mission gone terribly wrong! Amazing special effects!!

Our IT professional is available to answer questions and advise you about computer-related issues on the third Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30 pm. There is also free wireless access during Library hours so bring your device and join (we have two public computers available too). Watch for posters on our various upcoming in-Library events such as LOL (Literature Out Loud) in winter, Reading Contests for Kids and Teens and more. Have a great Family Weekend…enjoy Celebrating Flag Day…and Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweetheart!!

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