New Books


 Our afternoon reading club, “For Those Who Enjoy Reading” will meet on Thursday, June 13 at the library at 1 pm to discuss “Be Still the Water” by Karen Emilson.

“FREE” Acid Etched Eggs Workshop  on Saturday, June 1, from 1 pm to 4 pm here at the Border Regional Library in Virden. For more information or to register by Friday, May 24, please call Heather at 748-3862, email: or ask at the library.  Acid used is vinegar on brown eggs.

Our Annual Book Sale and Barbecue will be held from Thursday, June 6, starting at 10 am until 8 pm, Friday, June 7  from 10 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.  The Street Barbecue will be held on Friday, June 7 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Everyone is welcome!


For May 24, 2019:

Adult bestseller:

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing: a thriller. A couple with two teenage children, have their secrets that they desperately try to keep hidden.

Blood Oath by Linda Fairstein: Assistant DA  Alexandra Cooper is back from her leave of absence from work. She’s eager to return to the courtroom to do what she does best, but the three cases she is facing begin to intertwine and become very complicated.

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner: In 1943, Elise Sontag, a typical fourteen year old from Iowa, is upset when her father who has been a legal U. S. resident for almost twenty years, is arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer, and the whole family is sent to an internment camp in Texas. Behind the barb wire fence and among the armed guards, life is so different and upsetting. Elise meets Mariko, a fellow internee who is a Japanese American teen from Los Angeles. Together they hold fast to the dream of being free once again, living normal lives.

Stone Bridges by Carla Neggers: a Swift River Valley novel. Knights Bridge is a scenic New England town where families experience joy and face challenges together. Adrienne has recently taken a job as innkeeper in the tiny town so that she may spend time getting to know her father whom she has recently found. Three small boys get lost in the forest that borders the inn. Adam, whose family has lived there for generations, leads the search. She is impressed with the way the community bands together to locate the boys.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: Reese’s Book Club. Rumours of the “Marsh Girl”  Kya Clark, have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast for many years, but Kya is sensitive, intelligent and quite happy, living alone in the marsh. She decides its time to adapt to life in town.

Adult biography:

Woo, the Monkey Who Inspired Emily Carr by Grant Hayter-Menzies

Adult fiction:

Normal People by Sally Rooney:

A Good Man Is Hard To Find and other stories by Flannery O’Connor

Adult inspirational:

The Patient One by Shelley Shepard Gray: The Walnut Creek series. Marie never thought that she would move back to Walnut Creek, but a young friend’s sudden passing has left her heartbroken so she wants to surround herself with her childhood best friends. They at least care more for her than about her striking looks. She wants to see if there is anything more between her and her longtime friend John Byler.

Adult non-fiction:

Dementia: reimagined: building a life of joy and dignity from beginning to end by Tia Powell, MD

Young adult:  Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap

Junior fiction: Dragonfell by Sarah Prineas: Fly with the dragons.

Junior non-fiction:

Maker Genius: creative science projects for budding geniuses: 70+ maker space projects!  from Scholastic

Junior picture book:

Lizzy McTizzy and the Busy Dizzy Day by Sarah Weeks



For May 17, 2019:

Adult bestseller:

Run Away by Harlan Coben: A father, desperately wanting to find his daughter, by chance sees her playing guitar in Central Park, begging for handouts.. Life is not going well for her and she did not want to be found. When he tries to speak with her, she runs. Her unsavoury boy friend is there too and interferes, causing a distubance.

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison: A Brit in the FBI thriller. Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine are summoned to deal with an impending disaster that would wreak havoc on communication and electronic systems on Earth.

A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham: a thriller. Douglas Island is close to the coast of New York State. Its imposing cliffs do not seem to welcome visitors. Finn Douglas has big plans for the rambling manor house that dominates the landscape. His vision for a resort getaway for city folk is marred when his business partner’s body is found at the foot of the rocky escarpment. Special Agent Craig agrees to help his cousin Finn by investigating.

The Fifth Doctrine by Karen Robards: The authorities finally got the jump on master manipulator Bianca St. Tves but instead of being arrested, they offer her a deal. A one-shot deal that would allow her to walk away, back to her normal life, once she successfully completes the mission. She knows that she doesn’t really have a choice.

Adult biography:

The Unexpected Cop by Ernie Louttit

Adult fiction:

Immigrant City: stories by David Bezmozgis: Seven short stories.

Adult inspirational:

The House Where Angels Dwell, book six in The Angelic Letters series by Henry K. Ripplinger: Henry and Jenny are married and living happily on an acreage on a hillside overlooking a beautiful panoramic valley.

Adult non-fiction:

Murder by the Book: the crime that shocked Dickens’ London by Claire Harman

Adult inspirational:

The Runaway Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini: The fourth novel in the Elm Creek Quilts series. Sylvia searches for evidence of her ancestors’ involvement in the Underground Railroad.  She also searches the attic for her great-grandmother’s quilt, a log cabin with black central squares, that according to legend was a sign of sanctuary for escaping slaves.

Young adult fiction:

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren

Junior fiction:

Far Away by Lisa Graff

Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody J. Little

Junior easy reader:

The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Deep-Sea Dive adapted by Samantha Brooke

Junior picture book:

Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion by Neville Astley


For May 10, 2019:

Adult bestseller:

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler: a Dirk Pitt novel. Three different events may be linked to the tale of an Egyptian princess forced to flee her father’s armies three thousand years ago.

A Justified Murder by Jude Deveraux: A Medlar mystery. Lachlan, Florida. Sara, her niece Kate, and Jack Wyatt found themselves in the middle of a mystery last year. Now another crime happens and they vow to leave the investigation to the professionals. But the townspeople have come to them to tell their stories and want to clear their names.

All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding: Online dating, A young woman named Paige, her cousin Heather, her best friend Chloe and her mother Joan, for whatever reasons, each decide to download an app and try this. Only the man calling himself “Mr. Right Now” is also online, trolling for his next victim. Sure he promises a special night out but . . . And one of them unwittingly makes a date with him.

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles: Bienville, Mississippi. Marshall is one of the most successful journalists in Washington, D.C. Soon he is lifted from print fame to television stardom. He receives word that his father is very ill and he must return home. A dozen powerful patriarchs rule his hometown through the exclusive Poker Club.

Wolf Pack by C.J. Box: Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has learned that a drone is after wildlife. He finds out that the owner is a wealthy, mysterious man whose son is dating Joe’s own daughter, Lucy. When he tries to establish the rules for the drone operator, he is asked by the FBI and DOJ to stand down.

Adult fiction:

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson: Spring 1924. The City of Light is a bohemian paradise teeming with actors, writers, and more as they celebrate the end of the war and freedom. Helena has decided to spend a year there and pursue her dream of being an artist. She is accepted into the vivacious circle. There she meets Sam, a correspondent for the Chicago Tribune.

Adult inspirational:

Angel Promises Fulfilled, book five in The Angelic Letters series by Henry K. Ripplinger: When Henry purchases Jenny’s former home, he is surprised to discover her diary. There he reads about that long ago summer when they met in 1956 and fell in love. Although separated for thirty-two years when her family moved her, a young fifteen year old,  away, their love has been constant.

Adult non-fiction:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms: 101 stories celebrating the power of choice for stay-at-home and work-from-home moms by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Wendy Walker

Do Less: a revolutionary approach to time and energy management for busy moms by Kate Northrup

Young adult fiction:  Internment by Samira Ahmed

Junior fiction: The Afterwards by A.F. Harrold

Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes

Junior picture book: Bird Watch by Christie Matheson

Because by Mo Willems


For May 3, 2019:

Check out our rotation block of audiobooks from Melita, here until May 23 when they will be exchanged for a new rotation block.

Adult bestseller:

In Another Time by Jillian Cantor: Germany, 1931. Max, a bookshop owner meets Hanna, a budding concert violinist, both falling in love, making plans for the future. She is Jewish, he is not and their love is tested. In Germany in 1946 she awakens in a field outside Berlin, disoriented, afraid with no memory of the past ten years. Moving to London to live with her sister, she becomes more involved with her dream of being a concert violinist.

Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths: Author of the Ruth Galloway mysteries. Clare, a high school English teacher, teaches a course on her favourite author every year. But when something happens to a colleague and close friend, and a line from his most famous story is left at the scene, she knows that it must be someone she knows. She turns to her diary to record her suspicions. One day, she notices something odd, writing that isn’t hers, left on the page of an old diary.

The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin: a legal thriller. A college football superstar is accused of a crime, the DNA evidence against him is overwhelming. A second crime occurs, again the DNA evidence points to him. But he was incarcerated and not at large. Now he is granted a new trial and bail. His original lawyer disappears.

The First Lady by James Patterson & Brendan Dubois: The leader of the Presidential Protection division is summoned to a meeting with President Tucker and his chief of staff. She never could have predicted the nature of the call. The First Lady has disappeared, just after a revelation that has come just two months before the election for a second term.

Adult fiction:

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas: In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. As they are ready to debut their new creation something happens to one of them and the project is put on hold. Fifty years later, Ruby knows that her grandmother was one of the pioneers but no one will tell her anything more.

Adult inspirational:

The Angelic Occurrence, book four in The Angelic Letters series by Henry K. Ripplinger: After many years apart, Henry and Jenny’s lives will cross paths again. Henry’s oldest son brings home his new girlfriend, Camilla, who resembles Jenny. Even her name is what Jenny had chosen if she had a daughter.

Young adult: Mike by Andrew Norriss

Junior fiction:

Birthday Boy by David Baddiel

DVD: Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt

Junior easy reader: Corduroy’s Garden by Don Freeman

Junior non-fiction:

Company’s Coming for Kids: Lunches, eat-in – take out

Junior picture book:

Ten Rules of the birthday Wish according to Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld

































































































It’s I Love to Read month!

“Reading is the gymnasium of the mind. It is the place where thoughts are exercised and minds are stretched and challenged. However, through tranquility  and deep reflection we are able to search the heart for answers that the mind alone doesn’t contain. The mind may guide you in what to do, but the heart affirms your passion to do it. This is what will ultimately move you to motion.”  T.D. Jakes, from “Instinct: the power to unleash your inborn drive.”



















































































































































































































































































































































































On the 2018 Canada Reads shortlist:

Adult non-fiction:

Precious Cargo: my year driving the kids on School Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson

Forgiveness: a gift from my grandparents by Mark Sakamoto

Adult fiction:

American War: a novel by Omar El Akkad

The Boat People by Sharon Bala

Young adult:

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline


The Boat People by Sharon Bala: Told through the perspectives of Mahindan and his lawyer Priya who represents the migrants and Grace, the adjudicator who must decide Mahindan’s fate as well as that of his six year old son, when the rusty cargo ship carrying them as well as five hundred refugees, reached the shores of British Columbia.  They were fleeing a civil war in their homeland.  Inspired by real events.


Precious Cargo: my year driving the kids on School Bus 3077 by Craig Davidson: Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist for Cataract City. In 2008, Craig, saw a flyer in his mailbox “Bus Drivers Wanted”.  It was the first step toward a new career.  He takes us along for the ride as he shows his evolving relationship with each of the students as they struggle physically as well as emotionally and socially.


































































































Iris Munchinsky was in attendance at the library sharing her advice, thoughts, and answering questions from our members on her new book “Bridge of Shadows”.  It was a wonderful afternoon that we enjoyed immensely!

Adult inspirational:

Bridge of Shadows by Iris Munchinsky:  A mystery to curl up with and enjoy immensely.   “When young artist Sela Lamont flies to Scotland to investigate her dead grandfather’s hidden past, she gets more than she bargained for.  Not only does her great-grandmother slip her a letter that places him smack in the middle of a WW II highland espionage plot, but Sela discovers a related present-day scheme threatening to take the country captive.”








































Adult fiction:  On the Man Booker  International Prize Shortlist

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund:

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid:

Autumn by Ali Smith:














































































Adult fiction in the Man Booker Prize shortlist:

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster: March 3, 1947, Archibald Isaac Ferguson is born in Newark, New Jersey, the only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, growing up against the tumultuous  terrain of mid-twentieth century America.

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry: previously Man Booker Prize short listed author of The Secret Scripture and A Long Long Way: In the 1850s, from the plains of Wyoming to Tennessee, two young men and Winona, as a family unit, experience the American and Civil Wars.

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor:  Midwinter in the early years of this century when a teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills in the heart of England.  As the search goes on, so does everyday life.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders:  February 1862.  The Civil War is not yet one year old when President Lincoln’s eleven year old son Willie passes on and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.



























































































































































































































Canada Reads  2017 Shortlist:

The Right To Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Company Town by Madeline Ashby

The Break by Katherena Vermette

Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji























































































Adult biography:

Desert Mailbag: letters from South America by W. G. Kruse:  Join Walter and his family on their travels and life in Paraguay. An excellent description of his work teaching deaf children and his experiences in this new life as he uses his keen observation recording how people live and work in quite a  different world compared to what we know.  Many of the situations require courage and patience: preparing for bus trips, alligator hunting, cattle roundups, etc.  This book was our Afternoon Reading Club selection for November.




























Check out the 2016 Canada Reads selections:
The Hero’s Walk by Anita Rau Badami,

The Illegal by Lawrence Hill,

Birdie by Tracey Lindberg,

Bone & Bread by Saleema Nawaz,

Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter



















































































































 Canada Reads:

  • Ru by Kim Thuy
  • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid
  • And the Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier
  • Intolerable: a memoir of extremes by Kamal Al-Solaylee
  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Manitoba On the Same Page choices:

“Imagining Winnipeg: history through the photographs of L.B. Foote” by Esyllt W. Jones

“Stuck in the Middle: dissenting views of Winnipeg” text by Bartley Kives and photographs by Bryan Scott

“The Wittenbergs: a novel” by Sarah Klassen

“North End Love Songs” by Katherena Vermette   was  selected as this year’s featured book for the 7th Annual On The Same Page, a province-wide reading initiative.