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This Month: With This Ring | To Serve & Protect | The Mother Load | The Best Medicine | Musical May | Get Unplugged!

With This Ring

Taking a trip down the aisle this year? Here are our top picks compiled by Paula @Central to help make that journey a joy ride! In honour of the two Royal Weddings this year, May 19 and October 12.

Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding - yikes! ~ Niecy Nash

An Infallible Guide to a Pleasant Wedding and a Happy Marriage: History’s Best Matrimony Advice

Wedding Bliss on a Budget by Ethan Baron

How to Have the Wedding You Want (Not the One Everybody Else Wants You to Have by Christine Egan

A Bride’s Book of Lists: Everything You Need to Plan the Perfect Wedding by Marsha Heckman

Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches by Marcia A. Zug

Your wedding day is supposed to be your big day, and yet a lot of engaged couples find that instead of creating an event that will be important to them, they're dodging through a minefield of modern etiquette traps. ~ Emily V. Gordon

The Bridesmaid Guide: Modern Advice on Etiquette, Parties, and Being Fabulous by Kate Chynoweth

The Engaged Groom: You’re Getting Married, Read This Book by Doug Gordon

The Wedding A to Z: Everything You Need to Know and Stuff You Never Thought to Ask by Linda Hampshire and Karima El-Hakkaoui

The Everything Wedding Etiquette Book: From Invites to Thank-You Notes by Holly Lefevre

Unaccustomed As I Am…: The Wedding Speech Made Easy by Michael Parker

I think a lot of people get so obsessed with the wedding and the expense of the wedding that they miss out on what the real purpose is. It's not about a production number, it's about a meaningful moment between two people that's witnessed by people that they actually really know and care about. ~ Jane Seymour

Keeping the love alive, for better or worse...

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

Head over Heels: Wives Who Stay with Cross-dressers & Transsexuals by Virginia Erhardt, PhD

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to be a Better Husband by David Finch

The Best Party of Our Lives: Stories of Gay Weddings and True Love to Inspire Us All by Sarah Galvin

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

To Serve & Protect

We salute our local "thin blue line" during National Police Week, May 13 to 19: Halton Regional Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police - Burlington detachment. If you have little ones – plan to come to our special Cops 'n' Kids Storytimes at the library!

Throughout time, crime novels have served to frighten, thrill, and enthrall us. Enjoy exploring the fictional world of crime and the heroic women and men that serve the community to thwart it. Many of these excellent novels are available both in print and online.

Detective Inspector Tom Thorne by Mark Billingham

Detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme created by Giles Blunt

Flavia de Luce created by Alan Bradley

Inspector Salvo Montalbano created by Andrea Camilleri

Detectives Acton and Doyle of Scotland Yard created by Anne Cleeland

Detective Inspector Tom Tyler created by Maureen Jennings (who also wrote the Detective Murdoch series)

Commissario Guido Brunetti created by Donna Leon

Precious Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency created by Alexander McCall Smith

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache created by Louise Penny

Police Chief Maxine Benson created by John Lawrence Reynolds

DS Jessica Daniel created by Kerry Wilkinson

Inspector Hazel Micallef created by Inger Ash Wolfe

Compiled by New Appleby staff

The Mother Load

While 'mother lode' might be a more fitting way to describe the "treasure of great value" otherwise known as Mom - in honour of Mother's Day, we want to recognize and thank all the hard-working moms out there for everything you do.

This weekend, put up your feet and enjoy some well-deserved "me-time" — ideally with a great book! Here are our top picks that visit that crazy-funny-demanding-joyous-stressful-unpredictable-rewarding state of being called motherhood.


Away by Amy Bloom

Mothers by Brit Bennett

Room by Emma Donoghue

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth

Go Ask Fannie by Elisabeth Hyde

As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner

Beloved by Toni Morrison

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

A Mother’s Confession by Kelly Rimmer

Baby Plan: A Novel by Kate Rorick

Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Non Fiction

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett

Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul by Jack Canfield

Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son’s First Year by Anne Lamott

The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother’s Faith and Her Child’s Resurrection by Joyce Smith


Big Little Lies

Bright Lights - starring famous mom/daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

Home Again

Mother’s Day



Compiled by Tammy C @Central

The Best Medicine

World Laughter Day is the first Sunday in May - here are our top picks to tickle your funny bone!

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice by Tom Holt

Fool by Christopher Moore

One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B. J. Novak

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

What in God’s Name by Simon Rich

Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins

Compiled by Chris H @Central

Musical May

What better way to accompany our musical movies this month than to feature the people who create such beautiful noise. Put on some tunes and then settle in with one of these recommended biographies compiled by Benjamin P @Central. From Rap to Rock to Rhythm & Blues, we have bios for *every* musical taste.

Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of LA Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Making of a Soul Music Masterpiece by Matt Dobkin

Words Without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass

The Great Gould by Peter Goddard

Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hillburn

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division by Peter Hook

Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams, and Rumours by Zoe Howe

Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground by Rob Jovanovic

A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption, and the Life of Leonard Cohen by Liel Leibovitz

What Happened, Miss Simone? by Allan Light

Testimony by Robbie Roberston

Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville by Michael Streissguth

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp

Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues by Elijah Wald

Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap by Ben Westhoff

The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles by Kenneth Womack

Get Unplugged!

Turn off, tune out, drop in* and check out our top staff picks in honour of Screen-Free Week, April 30 to May 6. Take a look at our offline activities, too! (*With apologies to the late Timothy Leary.)  FF = Family Friendly

Unplugged by Steve Antony (FF)

The Power of Off: The Mindful Way to Stay Sane in a Virtual World by Nancy Colier

Unplugged Play: No Batteries, No Plugs, Pure Fun by Bobbi Conner (FF)

Hello! Hello! by Matthew Cordell (FF)

Off: Your Digital Detox for a Better Life by Tanya Goodin

100 Screen-Free Ways to Beat Boredom! by Kris Hirschmann (FF)

The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life by Anya Kamenetz

Blackout by John Rocco (FF)

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino (FF)

Compiled by Katelyn G @Alton