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National Indigenous History Month Logo: An eagle representing First Nations, a narwhal representing Inuit, and a violin representing Métis. These illustrations are placed around the sun and surrounded by multicoloured smoke that represents Indigenous traditions, spirituality, inclusion and diversity.

June is National Indigenous History Month by Alison McCorkle

Posted on Wednesday, June 21, 2023 05:21 AM

The House of Commons designated June as National Aboriginal History Month in 2009. The name was changed to National Indigenous History Month in 2017.

The Temiskaming Shores Public Library boasts a number of great indigenous authors and their works in our collection. Authors like Wab Kinew, Angeline Boulley, Tomson Highway, Michelle Good, Joseph Boyden and others, including my favourite, Richard Wagamese.

I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Mr. Wagamese at a library conference where I attended a...

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Get Your Summer Reading List Ready! by Elesha Halbert-Teskey

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 05:40 AM

Looking for something fun and light or a twisty thriller to read this summer?

Here are some of the recent books we’ve received at Temiskaming Shores Public Library that you may want to add to your reading list!

A Little Ray of Sunshine by Kristan Higgins (FIC HIG): It's a huge surprise to his adoptive mother, Monica, who thought she had a close relationship with Matthew, her nearly adult son. Until he secretly arranged a vacation to Cape Cod so he could meet his birth mother... without a word to...

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Inclusivity Through Reading by Cole McNaughton

Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2023 05:50 AM

Another year has rolled by and here we are in June 2023, a month for bringing awareness with LGBTQIA+ PRIDE. Since the Stonewall Uprising on June 28, 1969, the month of June has since been chosen to commemorate those whose lives were lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS and to recognize the impact they have had on history.

If anyone is looking to read novels inclusive to the LGBTQ community, please have a look below. Select titles can also be found with Overdrive’s Libby app to be enjoyed in eBook or...

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Popular Checkouts at TSPL

Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2023 03:44 PM

Here are our most checked out books between March 1 and May 31, 2023:

  • Spare by Prince Harry
  • Worthy Opponents by Danielle Steel
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
  • Storm Watch by C.J. Box
  • Small Game by Blair Braverman
  • A Calder at Heart by Janet Dailey
  • A World of Curiosities by Louise Penny
  • Without a Trace by Danielle Steel
  • What Have We Done by Alex Finlay
  • The soulmate by Sally Hepworth
  • A Simple Wish by Rosie Goodwin
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • Now You See Us by...

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The Joys and Benefits of Reading by Alison McCorkle

Posted on Wednesday, May 10, 2023 05:44 AM

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”

This quote, written by George R.R. Martin is from his novel A Dance With Dragons, book five in his Song of Ice and Fire series.

When asked what this particular quote means, Cornelia Funke, a children’s book author explained that “every time you read a book, you leave a little life on every page.  Readers don’t just read a book, they live it. Reading helps you to live life to the fullest.” (