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Book Blogger Autumn is Back!

February 3, 2016


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:

REVIEW: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


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. 


2013 in review

January 2, 2014

The 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.

2012 in review

January 8, 2013

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Is lo-fi the new hi-fi?

August 9, 2007

The Common Craft Show is a series of short explanatory videos whose goal is to make sense of tech topics in under 5 minutes. They “believe lo-fi is the new hi-fi.”

The Common Craft Show explains tech topics (Social Networking in Plain English, RSS in Plain English, Wikis in Plain English) in a fun, quick, and understandable way. If you want to learn about these topics in a fun and quick way, check the site out!

What the Blog?!

December 4, 2006

When: Tuesday, December 19 @ 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Where: The Library Instruction Lab (1006R)

What: Have you ever asked yourself “What on earth is a blog?”. Do you know what a blog is, but haven’t had the time to explore how they work or how to access them? Well, this session is for you. (more…)

To Netspeed and Back

October 24, 2006

Last week several staff from the library attended the Netspeed Conference in Edmonton. Netspeed is a technology conference for all things library. We learned a lot about how to use technology to make the library more accessible. Three of our staff members – Sona Kothari, Kristine Plastow and Lillian Teh-Frenette – presented “Beyond Blogs” to a group of about 100 eager library folk. If you want to look at their presentation it is available via the Netspeed website or you can find it under the NEW “Presentations” section on the main page of this blog. Check this section regularly to find out what new and fabulous presentations the library staff have created.

More Fun with Feeds

October 3, 2006

In our last post we showed you how to use the FindArticles search engine to add searches to your aggregator. Now we are going to tell you about a similar tool, called “search alerts.”

With search alerts you can receive continuous updates on your area of research via e-mail or RSS feeds from databases to which the library subscribes. It works on the same principle as FindArticles, except that you do your searching in one of our online article databases. Search results are sent to you when a database is updated. (more…)

be the first to know…

August 17, 2006

Be the first to know when there’s a new post on our Library blog (and all those other blogs you’ve already discovered, or are soon to discover), by using a blog subscription tool, also known as a news feed reader or a news aggregator. (Look for “Subscribe!” on the sidebar of this page.)

Why the heck do you want to do this? To save time, of course! Instead of having to visit 10 different blogs to see what’s new, you can visit one site, your aggregator of choice, and see at a glance which ones have new posts. Wikipedia says “aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites for updates, creating a unique information space or ‘personal newspaper.'” (While you’re at the Wikipedia site, check out their list of aggregators at the bottom of this article.)

How can you get started? Choose an aggregator, set up an account, and start adding feeds to your account. I use and recommend Bloglines. It’s free and it’s easy. 

The Ontario Library and Information Technology Association has published their RSS Toolkit, which goes into greater detail about this technology and how to get started.