Category Archive – What’s Going On

CALLING ALL ESCAPE ARTISTS!

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The clock is ticking. Your heart is racing. Your hands shake as you fumble with the lock.

Can you follow each clue, solve each puzzle and ultimately- ESCAPE?

That’s right Teen Vortex-ers. Escape The Library is back! VPL is more than excited to be hosting a teen-only, after-hours event on May 6th, 2017 from 7pm-midnight at Maple Library for teens aged 13-18!

Since it is National Teen Week, we are pulling out all the stops to make this night completely and utterly awesome. It will be jam-packed with activities from the moment you walk in, until the moment you leave.

Button making? YUP!

Board games? YUP!

Graffiti wall? YUP!

The coolest 3D colouring program you’ve ever seen? YUP!

That’s not all- we will also be providing free pizza, snacks and refreshments! Free, my friends!

Join us on May 6th to participate in one of three themed Escape Rooms, Trivia, a library-wide Scavenger Hunt and the chance to win some sweet prizes!

It is now time to reveal the themes of each Escape Room *drumroll, please*:

Navigate your way through priceless masterpieces in this ultimate test of knowledge. Only a true Escape Artist can slip away without a trace!

 

Beware of the ancient curse that flows through the Pharaoh’s tomb. Connect your body, soul and mind to the relics of the past in order to escape, or live with the mummies for eternity!

 

Use your intuition to follow the clues and reconnect with your stolen camera gear. Be careful what you wish for- you may find a dark past hidden in the corners of the darkroom that prevent you from leaving.

 

Pre-register at any VPL branch, fill out a photo permission form, and return it the night of the event to be entered in a Grand Prize draw!

The competition is ON!…

and the final question is:

CAN YOU ESCAPE THE LIBRARY?

Week of Geek: Tabletop troubles? We got this!

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A good rainy day to you all Geeklings!

So you know what’s a good way to spend the time on a rainy day?  Board games!  One of the hallmarks of geek culture is one’s proficiency at various tabletop versions of action and adventure.  From Settlers of Catan to Exploding Kittens to classics like Risk, Trivial Pursuit and Clue, there are so many ways to spend time with friends and family and get real competitive (nicely of course; you want to keep these friends, right?  Right?).

BUT, here’s the thing; most of us only have so much money and so much space in our homes for board games.  And there are A LOT out there.  From the comical number of Monopolies, to the recent craze of card games that don’t involve diamonds and spades, to the epic ones that take up hours of your time, there’s just… so many.

So say, hypothetically, you and your friends want to have a game night and you’ve used all of your current games too many times and you want to try some new ones but don’t want to run out and buy them and the clock is ticking and no one’s coming up with any ideas and WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO?!

Fear not!  We got this!

Now, I bet you’ve noticed that we have board games you can use in our libraries… but did you know we now have board games YOU CAN TAKE HOME!  WHAAAAAAAAA?

It’s true!  At three of our branches – Maple, Dufferin Clark and Ansley Grove – we now have games you can take home for three weeks and play to your hearts content.  We have games for kids, adults AND teens!  You like kittens and explosions and laser beams?  We got that.  You want something dour and dreary and full of misfortune?  We’ve got that.    Like Sushi?  We got that.  Want to figure out who among you is a werewolf while practicing your French?  We’ve got that too.

Not enough?  How about classics like Risk or Trivial Pursuit?  And, of course, we’ve got Settlers of Catan.  You may have heard of it.

 

So if you’re in one of those 3 branches, check the catalog to see what’s in and then stop by the front desk to ask to sign it out.  If a game you’re looking for is not in or at a different branch you can put a hold on it, just like a book, and we’ll let you know when it’s in for you.  Brilliant!

So have fun, play fair, bond, stay dry, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: March Break, Teens Heart Reading and Convention Season kicks off!

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Hiya Geeklings!

Hope your March Break is going great so far.  Though the weather hasn’t been stellar, there is still much fun to be had… like in the library!  What?  A library website talking about the library?  I’ve never heard of such a thing!

What do we have?  Well, things like books, movies and TV shows, music, video games, digital content and more! Looking for something to fill you non-constructive downtime?  Come on by!  And then come back again when your time is more constructive (school, studying, volunteering, whatnot).  We have things for both!

So convention season in Toronto is kicking off this week with Toronto Comic Con.  Yours truly will be on the floor, scoping things out, getting the full experience.  One exciting little connection we at VPL have to the Con this year is we’re actually sharing a special guest.  Author E. K. Johnston will be popping in at the 501st Legion‘s booth this weekend, but guess what?  You can actually see her at the Bathurst-Clark Library on Friday, March 24th along with Erin Bow at Vaughan Teens <3 Reading!  Check out this post from our friend Abby for more details.  It’s going to be amazing!

I hope the rest of the week is nothing but great.  Put a hold on the original Beauty and the Beast before you see the live action version, out this weekend.

And speaking of Disney, they just today released a teaser for Pixar‘s fall film Coco.  Check it out!

Stay safe, have fun, hope to have you at Bathurst-Clark next week, and until next time, End of Line.

Vaughan Teens Love Reading

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Hey you guys, I just wanted to take a moment and tell you about a really cool event that’s coming up soon, which I am taking part in and you should really come to too. Since I am not the most subtle of people I’m sure you’ve guessed (and the title states) that I am talking about Vaughan Teens Reading.

The facts are these: This even will be taking place on Friday, March 24th, at the Bathurst Clark Resource Library. That’s exactly two weeks from today, friends, make sure you’ll be there. Some of you may be coming with your classes during the day, 11am to 2pm, but if not the day will repeat itself from 2pm to 6pm (it’s like an awesome Groundhog Day scenario).

I know that just me telling you to come by might not be enough to convince you (I wish it would, guys, you can trust me). So now that I’ve gotten through the where and when of it, let me tell you what we will be doing on the day:

Basically, we are going to be celebrating you and the fact that you are awesome readers and people.

But also…

The library has invited two amazing, award winning Ontario authors who will speak and sign books.  So you will get to meet E.K. Johnson, the author of two 2017 White Pine nominated novels:  A Thousand Nights and of Exit, Pursued by a Bear. A Thousand Nights has also won the 2016 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy, shortlisted for the GGs, and is a 2017 Carnegie nominee.

You will also hear from Erin Bow who wrote the 2017 White Pine nominee Scorpion Rules (and winner of the YA Book of the Year award, Canadian Library Association). She has also recently published Swan Riders, a companion to Scorpion Rules. Her novel Sorrow’s Knot won the 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

And that’s not all!! We’ve also invited the youth empowerment hip hop troupe UNITY to perform for you all. UNITY uses hip hop to improve young people’s lives there by creating healthier communities. Various artists on the UNITY roster will be performing beat boxing, graffiti art, breakdancing and spoken word poetry.

And on top of all that awesomeness, we will have a bunch of other activities throughout the library for you all.

So? Convinced now? Will you be there?

Come on, stop by BCRL on the 24th and release your inner book nerd with us!

NaNoWriMo: Write All The Things!!!

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NaNoWriMo! The National Novel Writing Month. The one month of the year where writers from all over the world come together online and spend thirty days writing their fingers off in a mad-dash attempt to write a 50,000 word first draft novel in the time span of four weeks. That is correct. Fifty. Thousand. Words. Do you have any idea how much coffee must be consumed to make that deadline? Answer: Enough to keep Starbucks in the black until 2017

NaNoWriMo! Impossible you say? It just cannot be done? That this is the very definition of writing insanity? No! Yes! Maybe? Well you never know if anything is possible unless you give it a try. So try I am this year. I swear on the saddle of John Wayne’s big chestnut stallion Dollor am I ever going to try.

NaNoWriMo! Where the unexpected will always happen. I had originally planned on writing the sequel to The Princess Bride in the form of an incredibly outrageous medieval Spanish-style soap opera (you know, as they do in medieval Spain where the Spanish Inquisition rules…I’m all about the fan fiction okay? Fic writer and proud since ’04!). But no. It was not meant to be. Weeks of planning, outlining, storyboarding, research, post-it-note awareness, character sketches and biographies are now all just out the window. Well, actually everything is stored away on a hard-drive in my desk until December when this writing bonanza is officially over.

NaNoWriMo! Surprises around every corner. I find my mind currently shanghaied by a posse of Dead Cowboys with impressive facial hair. Why? Because when a long-dead gunslinger who happens to resemble Sam Elliott shows up with a party of Wild West deputies, wrangles, con-artists, trackers, gamblers and their horses all you can do as a writer is hush up, sit down, and start taking notes.

NaNoWriMo! The writing muse will take you wherever it may so if there is one lesson to be learned from all this it is that you will never know where a story will go but you can be sure that it is going to be one heck of an adventure.

NaNoWriMo! When writing a first draft of a novel is more stressful than trying to complete your thesis paper the night before it is due.

NaNoWriMo! When no matter how weird your storyline progresses your musical playlist is always on point.

NaNoWriMo! Where writers come together to spur each other on. No one gets left behind!

NaNoWriMo! Where write-in events are the events of the season! You don’t want to miss out in attending one because when wordsmiths gather together the creativity factor goes through the roof. Join me on Wednesday over at the Bathurst Clark library for a write-in event that is being hosted by the Vaughan Writer’s club from 6:30-8:30 pm. The call has gone out across the GTA on the official site so authors, literary nuts, poets et all will join in on the fun. Pack up your laptop, grab some snacks, fill a thermos full of something caffeinated, and get ready to write! See you there.