Archive for February, 2016

Freedom to Read Week

February 24, 2016

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In addition to being Fair Dealing Week, this week is also Freedom to Read Week in Canada.  Freedom to Read Week is organized every year by the Book and Periodical Council to “encourage Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

To celebrate, this is a good week to read a banned or challenged work.  Not sure what those are? Here are a couple of lists to get you started:

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Fair Dealing Week 2016

February 22, 2016

(by RDC Chief Librarian Kristine Plastow)

Fair Dealing Week (and Fair Use Week in the United States) 2016 is taking place February 22 – 26. Fair dealing is an exception under the Copyright Act which allows the use of copyrighted materials (in any format) without permission for the purposes of research, private study, parody, satire, criticism, review, news reporting, and, most importantly in our context, education. This exception allows for copying limited portions of a work, not outright copying of complete works. Please see our Copyright Guide for specifics around what is allowed.

Check out Fair Dealing Canada to learn more about fair dealing, see examples in action and read stories of how this exception is used in educational institutions across the country. You can also tell your story about how you use fair dealing in your work or studies.

To see what is happening in the United States around Fair Use (a similar exception under their copyright law), check out Fair Use Week.

Follow #fairuseweek2016 on Twitter.

Book Blogger Autumn is Back!

February 3, 2016

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Autumn Chrunik is RDC Library’s student book blogger. She’s an avid reader (a huge bookworm!), who hopes to become an author someday. Until then she wants to study literature and literary writing, as well as publishing. Other than reading, she enjoys writing and hanging out with her friends and family. You can find Autumn on Twitter @AutumnChrunik or check out her blog For Those Who Read at Night.  Interested in being a student book blogger? Email: mary.medinsky@rdc.ab.ca

REVIEW: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Synopsis (from my paperback cover)-

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson, based on her award-winning web comic.

My Thoughts:

Plot- Even though this novel focuses on villains as main characters, you can easily tell that the plot isn’t really about these said villains trying to take over the world, but to prove that this popular company in their kingdom isn’t actually doing the good things that it says its doing. The villains do have a very evil personality to them at first, however, but as the story progresses you see that they are a very loving and forgiving people.

Characters- I loved the two main characters, Nimona and Blackheart. Nimona is just a young girl who has this amazing ability to shape shift of free will. She does not, however, have a family to look out for her. Blackheart proves to be that parent figure in her life that Nimona does not have. He truly loves and cares for Nimona, which really made this story for me.

Setting- It was set in a sort of medieval time, but with dragons and magic. It was very cool to look at.

 Art Style- I really liked the art style! It was a really fun way to help tell the story! The characters’ emotions were well drawn out on their faces, and there was quite a bit of details on each picture on each page. Very well done!

 Overall- Overall I give this graphic novel 5/5 stars! It was so cute and I loved how caring and forgiving all the characters were! Plus, the drawings are very well done and they really give you a sense of what the world looks like, and what is going on in the story. I would definitely recommend this for people of all ages! It’s a very quick and enjoyable read.

Want to read this book? Request it using The Alberta Library.