HEALTH: a rock band that dances OR a dance band that rocks?

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Death MagicMy personal self-image is that I’m NOT a dance music guy. Now, I like dancing TO music. A lot. Dancing and music are two things that definitely do well together. But I’ve never looked to a dance music scene or a dance music genre and thought, “yep. That’s me. Me for sure.”

But I’ve always loved New Order. That’s definitely me. But I’ve always told myself that I like the rock in New Order (they did, after all, come out from the post-punk ashes of Joy Division) and less the dance in New Order. New Order is a rock band!

Nonsense. That’s what I’m telling myself now. New Order is definitely a dance band that sometimes colours in rock.

Here’s my thinking: take the L.A noise band HEALTH. I like their music a bunch and my way in was their rep as noisy, dissonant, and poppy. That’s a combination I’ve long loved. And HEALTH is all those things but they’re also super dancey as well. I really believe their main goal is to make us move (albeit maybe in a twitchy way). They are a noisy, dissonant, poppy DANCE BAND. And I’m crazy about their new dance album.

I guess I’m a dance music guy. Maybe I’ve always been a dance music guy.

Murder Mystery After Dark…still coming…

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Hey everybody!  Just popping in yet again for another reminder that the Murder Mystery After Dark program is coming October 16 at 6pm.  You can sign up right now at the Pierre Berton Library to get your character and then start working on a costume (or no costume, it’s up to you). smile face icon

Talking about Cinderella last week, let’s shift gears and look at another fairy tale icon, this time in a red cloak instead of a glittering gown.  If you’re looking for a tale of suspense with devouring wolves (often portrayed as werewolves) and naïve young forest-wanderers, this is the one for you.  Some recent retellings include Kin: A Tale of Beauty and Madness by Lili St. Crow, or Scarlet, Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.  Or there’s the fairly recent film adaptation set in a medieval village with Gary Oldman.

Hope to see you on the 16th.  If you have any questions, come on in and ask or give us a call.

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Book Stalk: Teen Author Coming to Maple and I Can’t EVEN!

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Black AdderThis was my exact reaction when I found out who this year’s author for the VPL Teen Author Visit was going to be. Be honest, you would fan-girl hard core too if you knew who it was.

Want to know who it is? Do you??? Well then I’ll tell you. Roll out the red carpet and cue the drum roll because this year it’s Kelly Armstrong who is coming to the library! That’s right! THE Kelly Armstrong. The Canadian Author Kelly Armstrong who has legions of fans across the globe, who made werewolves freaking incredible with her fantastic love-them-dearly Otherworld series that are just…they’re so…GAH! SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS WOMAN AND HER WORK!!!!!!


Ok keep it together. Gotta be professional now. This is important. Because Kelly Armstrong is coming to VPL in October to the Maple Library for a Teen Talk and…NOPE! Nope nope nope. Can’t be done. Sorry not sorry. Too excited. I need to go shout it from the mountain. Excuse me for a moment….

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And I’m back. For serious, have you guys ever read her book Bitten? The one that started it all? I remember when a librarian over at the Ansley Grove library handed me a fresh off the press copy many many moons ago. It was that book that kick-started a life-long obsession that is still going strong. If you don’t have time to read it then go sign out the television series based on the book. I’ll say this. Armstrong’s werewolves make Teen Wolf look like a pack of squabbling pups.

Now it is not just her adult fiction series that have made waves, taken names, won acclaim and awards across every facet of the paranormal fantasy sci-fi horror genres out there. Her Young Adult series are just as addictive and VPL has them all on file! Huzzah! I’m talking the Darkest Powers series, the Age of Legends trilogy, the Darkness Rising series, and now her newly released title The Masked Truth. I won’t spoil this one for you but it makes for the perfect Fall read. Especially since Halloween is right around the corner. Just make sure you sleep with a light on when you do because reasons. (shifty eyes)

Author VisitSo to recap all this. Make sure to write this down and save it wherever you’ll be able to see it.

What: Teen Author Visit with Kelly Armstrong

When: Tuesday October 20th at 7:00pm (get there at least 30 minutes early)

Where: Maple Library

Why: She will be at the branch to talk about her latest book The Masked Truth

Cost: FREE!!!!!!!!!!!

Honestly folks. It doesn’t get any better than this. If you have never read an Armstrong book before go grab a copy from the catalogue because we have them all. If you have read her stuff then re-read your favourite book.

I don’t know about you kids but I’m getting my happy dance on. Be excited!
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Space Question of the Day: Is There Life On Mars?

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You know, the more I think about it the more I believe that David Bowie is in fact some sort of space prophet. Or maybe an Intergalactic Postal Messenger?

Well whatever he is his songs have a tendency to come true when Space is involved. The eternal Ziggy Stardust will always have historic bragging rights of being the first artist in the history of ever and always to have his work sung, recorded, and a video filmed and produced in space. And now today the scientists at NASA have released a statement that pretty much rocks our world down to the bedrock.

So, it turns out there’s liquid water on Mars.

Houston cue in serious freak out in 3…2…1…


And everyone take a deep breath and let it out. Ok. Grounded now? Then let us continue.

Scientists are still puzzled as to where this liquid H2O comes from but they are certain that is it there, on the surface of the Red Planet, defying the numerous odds that the harsh Martian landscape and atmosphere throw at it. Landing a human mission team on the surface of the planet is still eons away but now humanity has a new Da Vinci code to puzzle out from behind the relative safety of their computer screens. Now don’t kid yourself. Matt Damon isn’t going to get stranded on Mars any time soon, no matter how many Oscars the man wins. If you haven’t read the book The Martian by Andy Weir yet I suggest you do so because it’s the greatest thing to happen to Space Pop Culture since Chris Hadfield’s moustache won the solar system.

So what all this boils down to is this. Water, in whatever form, is a building block of life. So that begs the ultimate answer…is there Life on Mars? Was there ever life on Mars? Can there be future life on Mars?

What do you think?

To explore or not to explore, that is the question.
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Week of Geek: Happy Batman Day!

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Happy Batman Day everyone!

Yes, that’s a thing.  As it should be.  Any opportunity to celebrate one of the most iconic characters in fiction should be embraced wholeheartedly.  76 years later and he’s still one of the most recognized and prolific superheroes to grace our screens, pages and just about everywhere else.

So in honor of the occasion, let’s watch some Bat-related stuff and read some Bat-related books.

First up is a vid DC released for Batman Day letting you know about some of the stories you may not have read yet.

If you’re looking for some of their suggestions we have Venom, The Black Mirror, The Cult, Gotham by Gaslight, and No Man’s Land.

Next up is an animated short from the 75th anniversary, created by Bruce Timm, who was the man behind the beloved Animated Series.

And to remind us what we all have to look forward to, let’s see the latest trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice as Ben Affleck gets ready to take the Cowl.

(Just a side note; that scene where Bruce Wayne is running into the dust cloud from the collapsed building…that is so Bruce Wayne and so Batman.  No body armor, no way to protect himself or his identity, but he still charges head-first.  Just no fear.  *sigh*)

And I know I’ve posted this already, and recently, but it’s just too fun, let’s play it again!

And we have A TON of Batman and Batman-related items in our library, from books to comics to movies to TV shows to video games.  Go ahead and place all the holds!  And what are your favorite interpretations or stories of the Caped Crusader?  Post away!

Thanks Bats, and until next time, End of Line.

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