Category Archive – What’s Going On

Murder Mystery After Dark coming next week!

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Hi again everyone

A week from Friday is our Murder Mystery After Dark program for teens at the Pierre Berton Resource Library.  Come on by the branch and sign up for some mysterious, murderous fun.

Keeping in line with the Fairy Tale theme, let’s take a look at the fairest of them all, Snow White.  This timeless tale has a step-mother so jealous of her step-daughter’s beauty that she tries to have the girl killed, a team of dwarves to become her new family, a poisoned apple and a happily ever after (natch).  You can always stick with the classic Disney animated film, but we’ve got some fresh takes on the character as well.  There’s the TV series Once Upon a Time that heavily features the characters.  Going back to the Lunar Chronicles there’s Fairest: Levana’s Story.  There’s also Alex Flinn’s Mirrored and Tracy Lynn’s Snow: A Retelling of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’.

And if you’re looking for more movies I’ve got one cutesy option for you and one more gothic.  If you’re into cutesy go with Mirror Mirror, staring Julia Roberts.  If you’re looking for a much darker take try Snow White and the Huntsman, with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.

Give us a call or a visit if you’d like to learn more about the Murder Mystery.  Hope to see you there.

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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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Murder Mystery After Dark…It’s Coming…

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There’s a reason Fairy Tales stick with us long after we’ve outgrown the junior versions.  With lasting characters, magical elements and dark undertones, these tales have existed in one form or another for centuries, and many have been around almost as long as storytelling itself.  And the versions we hear today are often the sanitized retelling, much different from the darker, more frightening original yarns told in folklore.

Having said all that, guess what the theme of this year’s Murder Mystery After Dark is?  You guessed it; Fairy Tales!

Murder Mystery After Dark Poster1 194x300 PhotoThe Murder Mystery After Dark party is a night where teens get free reign of the Pierre Berton Library’s first floor after we close to the public.  You are assigned a character to play and given instructions through the night on how to play that character.  You may be a victim.  You may be a witness.  You may be a suspect.  You may even be the killer.  No one knows when we first start out but we will by the end of the night.

And costumes are very much encouraged!  You can fit the fairy tale theme, match up to your character, choose your own costume or come as you are.  It’s wide open!

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So stop by the Pierre Berton Library to sign up and get your character and we’ll see you on October 16th.  In the mean time, check out this post our pal Beth put up about Cindrella movies to get you in the mood.  There’ll be more updates and Fairy Tale ideas as we get closer to the big night.

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Volunteering At The Library: How To Earn Hours

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Hello folks! The school year has begun and you know what that means. Aside from homework of course. Community Service. Dun dun dun!

Yes, every year you are required by your schools to amass a certain number of hours of community service in order to, you know, graduate and stuff. I know it sounds daunting and it may seem a bit frustrating now but thankfully I come bearing good news! Did you know that the Vaughan Public Libraries offers a slew of volunteering opportunities geared toward Teens for the sole purpose of helping out in the community while earning those service hours? No? Well now you do!

And just what are these “opportunities” and where can you sign up to get in on the action? Well I am glad you asked. There are a number of ways to find out but the easiest would be to CLICK HERE or go to your nearest branch and pick up a What’s On program guide. Or you could just keep reading the list below. Whatever floats your boat.

So, the 2015 September to November Teen Volunteer Opportunities (and the branches that run them) are as follows:

Amnesty International @ Your Library: The world needs your help! Join the cause of freedom for all people by writing letters and signing petitions from home! Help to stop injustice and make a difference in the lives of others. Every time you sign your name you help to free and save a life.

Running at: Dufferin Clark, Kleinburg, Maple, Pierre Berton, Pleasant Ridge

Fun With French Volunteers: Volunteer to help children practice French reading and language skills.

Running at: Bathurst Clark Resource Library,  Pierre Berton Resource Library

Reading Buddies Volunteers: Help children become better readers! Contact your local branch for more details. Cut off dates for accepting applications vary from branch to branch.

Running at: Ansley Grove, Bathrust Clark, Dufferin Clark, Maple, Pierre Berton, Pleasant Ridge, Woodbridge

Teen Book Reviews: Want hours and enjoy sharing your thoughts and opinions? Earn hours blogging, vlogging, or podcasting about a book you’ve read right from your home! It’s as easy as pie…mmm pie.

Running at: Ansley Grove, Bathrust Clark, Dufferin Clark, Kleinburg, Maple, Pierre Berton, Pleasant Ridge

Teen Library Volunteers: Assist librarians with a variety of tasks at the library and in the community.

Running at: Ansley Grove, Bathurst Clark, Dufferin Clark, Pleasant Ridge, Pierre Berton (No longer taking applications), Woodbridge

If you want/need/must have volunteer hours…come get some!
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