Wednesday, October 19, 2011

So You Want to Write Songs?

Are you an aspiring songwriter?
Why not check out this program on November 2 @ 6:30pm in the McLaughlin Branch Auditorium? Ron Beer's group will be performing live and presenting valuable information on their concerts, courses and meetings. A sneakpeak into the local music industry that should not be missed. For teens and adults, with free registration at any branch.

Monday, October 17, 2011

White Pine 2012 Nominees!

Here are the 2012 White Pine Fiction nominees...


Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Lucy lives in a world where the elements and a pandemic have destroyed 99% of the population. When a stranger helps her out, Lucy decides to join his community. But her safety is soon threatened when strange people come after her for mysterious reasons.

Beat the Band by Don Calame

Cooper is determined to get the girl of his dreams by winning the Battle of the Bands along with his two best friends. The only problem is that they are completely untalented.

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

When Saba's brother is kidnapped, she sets out on a dangerous journey through a post-apocalyptic world to try and get him back, and faces kidnappers, cage fighters, and hellwurms along the way.

Chance to Dance for You by Gail Sobat

Ian, an openly gay student in a suburb where nothing ever changes, is just biding his time until he can leave town. Until he falls in love with the school quarterback.

Death Benefits by Sarah Harvey

Royce is forced to look after his 95-year grandfather, Arthur, after he has a stroke. At first Royce resents the job, but as he gets to know his grandfather - once a celebrated cellist - he realizes that his grandfather's life still has meaning. Even if Arthur wants it to end.

The Fifth Rule by Don Aker

Thanks to his mentor Frank, Reef has totally turned his life around. When he recieves word that Frank has died, Reef returns home to pay his respects. But the trip brings up painful memories, and leads to a reunion with a girl Reef wronged years ago.

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Maya leads a sheltered life in her small, medical research town in BC. But after her best friend mysteriously drowns, and a badboy shows up in town who's very interested in Maya's paw print birthmark, she begins to question what's really going on.

Motorcycles and Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

13 year-old Virgil wants his mother's new boyfriend, John, out of her life. So, along with his reclusive uncle, he plots to do just that - but finds driving John away to be tougher than expected.

Something Wicked by Lesley Anne Cowan

16 year-old Melissa is still reeling from her brother's death four years ago when her 28 year-old boyfriend leaves her with no explanation and sends her life into a tailspin.

The Way It Is by Donalda Reid

Set in a small town in the British Columbia interior in the 1960s, the story follows Ellen Manery, an academically gifted and self-isolated fifteen year-old who meets Tony Paul, an eighteen year-old who lives on the reserve, and their friendship that might blossom into love.

And don't forget to check out the non-fiction titles too!


The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Call Me Russell by Russell Peters

Canada's Wars: An Illustrated History by Jonathan Webb & J.L. Granatstein

Hockey Now! by Mike Leonetti

I.D.: Stuff That Happens to Define Us by Kate Scowen & Peter Mitchell

Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit by Tom Rand & Dave Clark

Nice Recovery by Susan Juby

Stick to Your Vision by Wes "Maestro" Williams

Two Generals by Scott Chantler

Will to Live by Les Stroud

Monday, October 3, 2011

Oshawa Youth Council

Looking for a way to get more involved? Check out what some ambitious teens have been up to HERE.