Outreach Services recommends…

Have you heard of Winnipeg Public Library’s Outreach Services department? Made up of 5 staff and our trusty leader Kathleen, we travel around town promoting the library and bringing a mobile library to communities and festivals! You may have seen our fancy van cruising around Winnipeg. (Yes, we do love our van.) Check out our mobile library calendar to see when we might be in your neighbourhood.

In this post, you’ll get to meet the staff behind the lovely and oh so charming Outreach Services team, bringing you suggestions of books we’ve recently enjoyed.

Kim Parry, Outreach Librarian (part time)

After being on hold for The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline for a number of months I finally bought it and I’m so glad I did – so I can lend it out to everyone I know!  This is my pick because it is an incredibly powerful and super-smart story of Frenchie, an Indigenous teen on the run from government recruiters. Set during a time where climate change has progressed to a dire situation, it is an apocalyptic science fiction story,  but in the way that good science fiction writers (Octavia Butler, Ursula K Le Guin, and more) have, there is much that resonates with contemporary issues. I have suggested The Marrow Thieves to many of the community members I talk to across all ages during our mobile libraries.

Toby Cygman, Outreach Librarian (part time)

The best book I’ve read recently is Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis. About a group of dogs that are given the gift of human intelligence, it explores how they handle this new perspective on the world. It’s beautiful and devastating and so so unique.

Mauri Rosenstock, Outreach Librarian

I am eagerly awaiting the return of protagonist Allan Karlsson in the 101-Year-Old Man, and in the meantime revisiting the shenanigans he got up to in The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. In The 100-Year-Old Man, readers are taken on a hilarious journey from the present to flashbacks of historical events in the twentieth century. Along the way we are introduced to loveable and outlandish characters created by Swedish author Jonas Jonasson. If you liked the characters in The 100-Year-Old Man, you may also enjoy Jonasson’s cast of quirky characters in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden and Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All.

Chris Laurie, Outreach Librarian

I recently made a simple change in my life. I switched from an ‘information’ radio station to a classical one. Now every morning I feel like I’m on vacation, from the moment I wake until I leave for work. The change is now spilling into other areas of my life, including what I’m reading. I’m on a classical composer kick, and I’m currently enjoying this mighty tome on Beethoven (also available as an ebook). It includes fascinating details of German and European history and of course, insights behind the beautiful music written by a genius who happened to be deaf.

Hugh O’Donnell, Outreach Assistant

It may be an understatement to say that I’m a war history buff, and as such, the main book that I am reading right now is The German Army at Passchendaele by Jack Sheldon. I like it because most accounts of the battle that I can access are written in English and rarely include what things were like for the Germans during the war. The book includes lots of firsthand accounts of the fighting as well as good quality sketches to track the locations and movements. If you are interested in learning more about Passchendaele,  check out our collection – we have lots to offer.

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