Assiginack Public Library Features

by Debbie Robinson

This pandemic has shown us huge gaps and deficiencies in the care system for our seniors. ‘Happily Ever Older: Revolutionary Approaches to Long-Term Care’ was written by Canadian Toronto Star journalist Moira Welsh in the midst of our current worldwide COVID virus ordeal. This book is well-researched with a primary focus on present day care standards, types and models. It concentrates on the need to create better, safer and more supportive situations for those who live in senior care communities. Welsh shares examples from across the country as she details the ideas and visions of those who work in the system and want to see it vastly improved. This is a book that states the facts and faults but still manages to offer and display optimism, hope, encouragement, dignity and inspiration. A very timely read!

We know what technology does for us but what does it do to us? ‘Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation, and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age’ by American author Matt Richtel, a reporter for the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize winner, is an informative and riveting read. It centers on how overwhelming the information highway has become in this world. Richtel brings light to this syndrome by using the example of the true story of a teenager involved in a tragic accident as the result of texting and driving. This is a candid, well-researched book that could influence, change and ultimately save lives.

Kristin Hannah is a popular American author. Her novel ‘Winter Garden’ is a hauntingly beautiful tale set in WWII Russia. It is a story that intimately examines the relationship between mothers and daughters. This is an intensely dynamic chronicle woven over 60 years bringing to light and laying bare a truth that will shock, change and alter a family forever. It is an all-encompassing example of strong women—a great choice for a book club read!

One of my all time favourite books is ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by author Louis de Bernieres. His newest novel, ‘The Autumn of the Ace,’ is a compelling account of the fractured bond between a father and his son—both have had profound, painful and overpowering exposure to war. This story is a gripping and touching illustration of how indomitable and persistent the human spirit can be at removing the barriers that interfere and impede loving connections with one another.

Young Adult Read: ‘Hatch’ by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel—an exciting sci-fi adventure novel.

DVD Pick: ‘The War with Grandpa’ starring Robert DeNiro, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken and Oakes Fegley—a great comedy for the whole family!

The library is continuing to provide curbside pickup service and is also open for a maximum number of patrons is 15, with a maximum browsing half-an-hour, if no others are waiting for entry. All standard COVID rules apply.

Call the library on Tuesdays or Saturdays (705-859-2110) between 10 am and 3 pm for help or assistance. The library wireless internet is always on and can be accessed outside the building and from the parking lot. The password is on the front door of the library. 

Stay safe and well!