Find out what our “celebrities” are reading

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October is Canadian Library Month, a time to recognize and reflect upon the valuable role that libraries play in the lives of Canadians.

To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to ask people what they’re reading. We setup a whiteboard in the library to invite students to tell us what they’re reading; they responded enthusiastically (see photo).

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Via Twitter, we also asked some local “celebrities,” including Deputy Premier & Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Thomas Lukaszuk, RDC President Joel Ward, the President of the Students’ Association, Martin Cruz, some RDC faculty, and several candidates for Red Deer Mayor and City Council.

The responses were varied … everything from “no time to read” to people who describe themselves as avid readers with 2 or 3 books on the go. Here are all the responses.

  • •    The Iron Curtain (Anne Applebaum) – Thomas Lukaszuk, Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education
    •    “I have multiple books and journals on the go. World Future Review – Strategic Foresight. Golden Age, Gore Vidal, are a sample.” – Joel Ward, President, RDC
    •    The Audacity of Hope (Barack Obama) – Martin Cruz, President, Students’ Association of RDC
    •    David and Goliath (Malcolm Gladwell) – Mary Medinsky, Librarian at RDC
    •    Life after Life (Kate Atkinson) – Kristine Plastow, Chair, Library Information Common, RDC
    •    The Cuckoo’s Calling ( J. K. Rowling writing under pseudonym of Robert Galbraith) – Sona Macnaughton, Librarian/Learning Designer, RDC
    •    “Usually I’m reading something enormous and non-fiction. This time, I’m reading Y by Marjorie Celona. It’s pretty depressing.” – Yvonne Phillips, Librarian, RDC
    •    “Finding your Element (Sir Ken Robinson) is waiting for me after the election. Also The Fifth Agreement (Don Miguel Ruiz).” – Serge Gingras, RDC Faculty member and Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    just election-related reading – Jerry Anderson, Candidate for Red Deer Mayor
    •    Iaccoca (Lee Iaccoca). Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) – Dennis Trepanier, Candidate for Red Deer Mayor
    •    Walkable City (Jeff Speck) and Runaway (Alice Munro) – Cindy Jeffries, Candidate for Red Deer Mayor
    •    The Group (Mary McCarthy) and Reviving Ophelia (Mary Pipher) – Tara Veer, Candidate for Red Deer Mayor
    •    “Minutes, Bylaws, Charter of Rights and Freedoms articles … dabbled in the criminal code, and Canadian Constitution. After the election I hope to sit down to something light and comical … maybe one of Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe books” – Calvin Goulet-Jones, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    Twenties Girl (Sophie Kinsella) – Dianne Wyntjes, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    Blue Horizon (Wilbur Smith) – Terry Balgobin, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    Crucial Conversations  – Janella Spearing, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    Walkable City (Jeff Speck). Grand Pursuit (Sylvia Nasar). Jerusalem (Simon Sebag Montefiore). Stalin’s Wars (Geoffrey Roberts). Shogun (James Clavell) – Jonathan Wieler, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    The Fortress of Solitude (Jonathan Lethem) – Ken Johnston, Candidate for Red Deer City Council (describes himself as an avid reader)
    •    The Fourth Way (Andy Hargreaves  & Dennis Shirley) –  Lawrence Lee, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    Turning the Mind into an Ally (Sakyong Mipham) and New Scientist Magazine – Paul Harris, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser) – Calvin Yzerman, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •     “I usually read a few books at a time … Last one I finished was the Ascent of Money (Niall Ferguson); also read The Bible a lot.” – Victor Mobley, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
    •    The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown) – Matt Chapin, Candidate for Red Deer City Council
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