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Book Club: How to use the Overdrive application with your library card

Book Club: How to use the Overdrive application with your library card

Many of you are using tablets and other electronic devices to read the books and magazines you love. If you have a library card, one of the options available to you is the Overdrive application. Overdrive is an application you can download for free. Its purpose is to connect you to your local library’s electronic resources. You’ll save money by borrowing the book instead of buying it. Using the application on your tablet, smart phone or computer means that you’ll have less clutter at home. (We know that books are treasures, but sometimes it’s nice to reduce clutter.) How to use the Overdrive application Download the app to your device Sign in using your library card number and PIN search the catalogue download the item you want to read   Participating libraries Oakville Public Library Mississauga Public Library Download the Overdrive application to get started!...

Book Club Update: Rules of Civility

Thanks to everyone who showed interest in the Retire-At-Home Halton Book Club!  We enjoyed chatting with you at the OTMH Leave Your Lunch at Home event this past week. If you’re just joining us, we hope you’re able to allow us to discuss some of the story details! Read the  Book Club Newsletter for helpful information. Progress on the book: I’m having a grand time imagining the stately (and dumpy) locales in the story. The language that Amor Towles uses seems so nonchalant, yet carefully studied to ensure fidelity to the era. I’m still a bit stunned by what happened in the Winter section. The friends were in a bad car accident, which happened to me as well (many years ago) and the memory never fades. Maybe it’s good that I can relate to the aftermath in Spring, and the author likely wanted to have his readers feel as though they’re floating above the scene because he switches to italic fonts for part of it. Katya, Eve and Tinker’s relationships are being tested. I like how the author calls April “the cruelest month”! There’s a lot of dialogue in Spring, which makes it engaging, and the historical context of working women was helpful to understand how these women found their place in New York society. I shouldn’t say more in case it spoils the book! Please send us a message on our Facebook Group if you want to join the conversation.  ...

Rules of Civility: our Book Club’s first impression

Have you ever been completely taken in by a new book? In an ocean of books at the library, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the choices. Luckily, we have Goodreads and our friends to recommend a story. I’ve been asked to be our Book Club’s “voice” so I’m switching to using “I” so you all know there’s a person behind the blog! I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book so far. This month’s pick was Rules of Civility by Amor Towles. We love how the author has a Reading Guide to help you immerse ourselves in the author’s thought process while he was creating this novel. Photography is a motif found throughout the book, which makes me very happy! I love taking pictures, don’t you? The book is presented in four seasons, and it seemed like a movie because it begins in the present. Then it flashes back to New Year’s Eve of 1938, and Mr. Towles uses language to make us believe we’re in the smoky bar where characters larger than life fill our heads with music and conversation. I’m so curious to see what happens to Tinker. Verdict: We liked Wintertime because it set the stage. Skip to the last few pages of the book to read the Appendix. You won’t regret it! Check our Book Club page for recipe ideas. We hope enjoy our choices! Until next week…  ...
Winter Book Club: curl up with a good read and a treat

Winter Book Club: curl up with a good read and a treat

We have exciting news! Our team at Retire-At-Home Halton is starting a book club, and we want you to join! Beginning in September 2017, look for our weekly updates on what we think of the book. Most book clubs meet in person. This activity may not be possible if you have mobility concerns or suffer from a chronic illness that limits how much time you can spend outside your home. We think that an online club can be a fun way to spend colder days with local or online friends. Just because you have some limitations, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy social activities!  How to join All you have to do is go to our website to follow along! Click on the Book Club option to learn about new books, join conversations and access local resources. Find us on Facebook and Twitter too! Access the book Each month, we’ll choose a book and provide information on how you can get a copy.  You can: borrow it from the library download an e-book buy a copy new or used if braille copies are available, or there is an audio book version, we’ll make sure to include those details Movie night If there’s a film adaptation, we’ll be sure to include it in our conversation. It’s always fun to see how screenwriters and directors visualize the story. We expect lots of debate on this topic! Join the conversation As with any book club, we want you to participate in the discussion too! Please leave your comments either on our website, Facebook or Twitter. We’re committed to providing a respectful social media environment...
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