Archive for January, 2014

The Alberta Library presents the new TAL Online

January 27, 2014

The revitalization of TAL Online has culminated in an exciting new product, launched Oct. 1, 2013, for Alberta’s Library users – a powerful new discovery tool powered by OCLC’s WorldCat platform.

library_books_mouse             “TAL Online makes it easier for people to connect seamlessly to a huge variety and number of resources and request items to be delivered to their local library.”  – The Alberta Library

Watch this!

Breaking news!    Read TAL Online Awarded the ALCTS Outstanding Collaboration Citation.

If you have any questions, contact the RDC Library, or check in with your local public library.

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The Dog Eared Review of ‘The Spark’ by Kristine Barnett

January 21, 2014

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx

For as long as I can remember, the bargain book tables at the local bookstore seemingly sense my presence and call out to me, displaying their wares with cocky effulgence,  regardless of my feigned indifference.

It was no different the week following Christmas. Coffee in hand, weaving between sticky children, tired mothers and impatient workers, I was finding it difficult to locate a tome expressly requiring my attention. Having all but given up, it was not until I was about to exit and brave the Canadian cold, that a book caught my eye. Sitting quietly amongst it’s table-mates, The Spark drew my attention with it’s brightness and descriptive subtitle; ‘A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius’. Turning to the flyleaf bearing the book’s brief summarization, it took less than 25 words before I knew this was the one: ‘Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks.’ 

From beginning to end, the words within the memoir pulled me in and didn’t let go. The primitiveness of a childhood rife with the obstacles of autism reflected well within the simplistic yet accurate writing as seen through a mother’s eyes.

Diagnosed at a very young age, Jacob demonstrated many of the eccentricities seen within children of the autistic community. With his genius allowing him to excel, placing him outside the normal spectrum of the disorder, the argument could be made that today Jacob no longer reflects what is considered typical of autism therefore making the title somewhat misleading. Yet I find this is a story written not to focus on labeling constraints but rather on the powerful changes brought about due to a mother’s tireless love and refusal to accept limitations put on her son.

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A gift from us to you

January 6, 2014

Just when you thought the holidays were over, we’re giving you the gift of reading!

All books in our collection can now be borrowed for 6 weeks!* That’s 4 extra weeks of good reading!6 week loan 2

For more details, speak to the staff at the Circulation Desk.

*Books are subject to recall after 2 weeks. If someone else needs a book you’ve signed out, they can ask that it be recalled. In this event, you will receive an email notification asking you to immediately return the book to the library. Failure to return an item once this request has been sent to your email will result in fines.

2013 in review

January 2, 2014

The WordPress.com stats monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for our blog, full of all kinds of interesting and amazing facts.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.