Countdown to the Summer Reading Game!

Enchanted Magical Forrest. Dungeon Entrance in the Woods. Old Franconian Wine Cellar in Germany, shot on a summer evening

Embark on a fantastical journey to The Library, and Back Again with our 9th Annual Adult Summer Reading Game at the St. Albert Public Library!

You’ll have a chance to explore new genres and complete reading challenges.  No need to register; just pop up to the Information Desk on the 2nd floor to play.

Enter to win great weekly prizes and a grand prize at the end of the summer!

The Reading Begins June 25!

Weekend Picks

The Animal Project

After an unusual and inspiring dream, an unorthodox acting teacher attempts to push a group of eager young performers out of their comfort zones, while struggling with his own ability to live an authentic and fulfilling life with his teenage son.

Trailer

Palo Alto

Based on James Franco’s collection of short stories: April is torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach and an unrequited crush on her classmate Teddy. Fred, a live wire without filters or boundaries, seduces Emily, a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. As one high school party bleeds into the next, April and Teddy struggle to admit their mutual affection and Fred’s escalating recklessness starts to spiral into chaos.

This just might be the best, or at least the most realistic and believable film about the suburban teen experience, ever to have been made.

Trailer

Weekend Picks

Weekend Picks

Happy Pride Festival everyone! Enjoy some our finest lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-identified, queer films! Also, don’t miss St. Albert’s first ever Pride BBQ on Saturday, June 20th!

Laurence Anyways

Blue is the Warmest Color

Reaching for the Moon

The Normal Heart

Any Day Now

Stranger by the Lake

I Killed my Mother

Howl

A Single Man

The Circle

Keep the Lights On

Let my People Go!

Julie Johnson

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing

Kill Your Darlings

Fire

Bridgeroom

Hit & Miss

Beyond the Walls

Nate and Margaret

Pride

Breakfast with Scot

Geography Club

Love is Strange

Transamerica

Philadelphia

Brokeback Mountain

Milk

The Birdcage

Boys Don’t Cry

The Crying Game

Myra Breckinridge

 … and many more.

Weekend Picks

Seniors Book Club June Selection

LongbournThe Seniors Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 10th at 2 pm in the second floor Training Room. This month we’re discussing Longbourn by Jo Baker – an acclaimed British novel that re-imagines Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the point of view of the servants of the Bennet household.

The servants at Longbourn estate–only glancingly mentioned in Jane Austen’s classic–take centre stage in Jo Baker’s lively, cunning new novel. Here are the Bennets as we have never known them: seen through the eyes of those scrubbing the floors, cooking the meals, emptying the chamber pots. Our heroine is Sarah, an orphaned housemaid beginning to chafe against the boundaries of her class. When the militia marches into town, a new footman arrives under mysterious circumstances, and Sarah finds herself the object of the attentions of an ambitious young former slave working at neighboring Netherfield Hall, the carefully choreographed world downstairs at Longbourn threatens to be completely, perhaps irrevocably, up-ended. From the stern but soft-hearted housekeeper to the starry-eyed kitchen maid, these new characters come vividly to life in this already beloved world. Jo Baker shows us what Jane Austen wouldn’t in a captivating, wonderfully evocative, moving work of fiction.

A Reader’s Guide by LitLovers.com

Jo Baker on Longbourn and Pride and Prejudice (Youtube video)

An NPR interview with Jo Baker

A Writing.ie interview with Jo Baker

Discussion questions by Random House

A Guardian book review

A New York Times book review

“Longbourn” book club hosting tips from The Social

Jo Baker on Writing (Youtube video)