Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for December 08, 2015

Last Updated 2015/12/07

New this week is the Blu-ray and DVD release of ‘Selma.’ For all of its flaws (Oprah’s polarizing presence, a mostly British cast, and the producers inability to secure the rights to Martin Luther King’s actual speeches), Selma remains a cinematic marvel–expertly telling the story of Martin Luther King’s dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated


At the Library for December 01, 2015

Last Updated 2015/11/30

W. Bruce Cameron tells a fascinating story about a prehistoric boy born disabled, and the wolf cub who protects him in this environmentally hostile world in ‘The Dog Master.’ In the aptly titled ‘How to Swallow a Pig,’ Steve Jenkins explains to younger readers the various skills animals need to survive in the wild. Preschool


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Last Updated 2015/11/27

It was called the ‘negative pickup,’ and way back in 1980, it was about to change everything. This change really starts with Sean Cunningham, a budding film director who wanted nothing more than to make a series of successful family films, starting with an adaptation of ‘Hansel & Gretel.’ He first needed to make a


At the Library for November 23rd, 2015

Last Updated 2015/11/23

‘Alone Against the North’ charts Adam Shoalts’ amazing journey into the Hudson Bay Lowlands—one of the last unmapped places on the planet. Ashley Rhodes-Courter follows up ‘Three Little Words’ (her memoir of growing up in 14 different foster homes) with ‘Thee More Words,’ her experiences as a foster parent. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday


At the Library for November 17, 2015

Last Updated 2015/11/16

Unfortunately there are no new titles this week, due to the Remembrance Day holiday. But we do have lots going on: Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, & 6:30 pm, and Toddler Story Time is 10:00 and 11:00 am. Both will be all about Firefighters. FREE one-on-one tech training session


At the Library for November 10th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/11/09

In ‘Made in British Columbia,’ Maria Tippett profiles BC’s most influential culture makers of the 20th century. Lauren St. John’s ‘The Glory’ is about two equestrian racers—one a teen girl on the run from the law; the other a young man on the run for his life. There is no Storytime this Wednesday due to


At the Library for November 3rd, 2015

Last Updated 2015/11/02

The good news is George R. R. Martin has finally published a new novel. The bad news is it is NOT the long awaiting conclusion to his Fire & Ice Series (aka Game of Thrones). ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ takes place in the same setting, but a full century earlier. Simon Winchester explains


At the Library for October 27, 2045

Last Updated 2015/10/26

Retired Vancouver Police detective Lori Shenher chronicles her and her colleagues’ abject failure to arrest Robert Picton soon enough in ‘That Lonely Section of Hell.’ Ransom Riggs returns readers to the creepy world of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the series third installment ‘Library of Souls.’ Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at


Last Updated 2015/10/19

Due to Thanksgiving, there are no new arrivals this week. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, & 6:30 pm, and Toddler Story Time is 10:00 and 11:00 am. Both will be all about Cats! From the Friends of the Library: “To all the people that supported our Annual Book Sale


At the Library for October 13, 2015

Last Updated 2015/10/11

Lawrence Hill’s ‘The Illegal’ tells the timely story of undocumented refugees struggling to survive in a nation that does not want them. ‘Finding Audrey’ is the hilarious young adult novel about an ordinary girl with not so ordinary problems, written by Sophie Kinsella. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, &