Monthly Archives: November 2014

Authors We Love: Suzanne Collins

The MPC library is lucky to have many brilliant volunteers.  They organize, they shelve, they help, they clean… and most importantly, they read.  These great readers contribute to our Readers’ Pick reviews and display in our fiction section, and now, they are creating a weekly rotation of “Authors We Love.”   Our first featured author is Suzanne Collins!  Here’s Emma Carey with more:

When I read The Hunger Games series it was clear that it was going to become extremely popular. The ideas behind The Hunger Games were great and the plot moved along very well. I loved Katniss and most of all I loved Peeta. I am personally not a fan of love triangles  at all, so the Katniss, Peeta, Gale triangle just bugged me. But I loved the rest of the book (some major spoilers follow) and when Rue died I cried for three days. Catching Fire I loved a little lessThe beginning started very slow and was quite boring, but when Katniss was back in the games, the plot quickly picked up again. The ending was a huge cliffhanger with Peeta being captured by the capital. I had some major problems with Mockingbird. I had to force myself to start reading it. Fortunately the plot picked up as it went along or else I would have had to abandon ship. But I am very glad that I persevered and finished it because overall it was a great book. The ending was heartbreaking but parts of it seemed a little unrealistic to me but other than that it was great. Please read The Hunger Games! You won’t regret it.

-Emma Carey

History and Remembrance

As Remembrance Day approaches, here are two websites you might like to visit for a reminder of the powerful history that the day commemorates.

Interested in hearing first-hand the stories from those directly involved in the war? Check out The Memory Project.  In their words:

This nationwide bilingual project will create a record of Canada’s participation in the Second World War and Korean War as seen through the eyes of thousands of veterans. The Memory Project will provide every living Second World War and Korean War veteran with the opportunity to share their memories through oral interviews and digitized artefacts and memorabilia.

And my favourite site for radio and film of the war is the CBC Digital Archives at  Hearing or viewing the events reported as they happened is a powerful way to learn more about them, and the archivists have grouped clips well for ease of use.