Tamanawis Library

IT Lives in the Library

It lives in the library

Horror is an intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust. It’s the rush we get after being frightened by some nasty looking creature, a scary story that our minds tend to make into reality or by a movie that scares us shirtless. We’ve all had moments in our life where we have been scared and, truth be told, life’s not fun without a good scare.

Whether it’s a book or a movie, anytime we see or read one, our minds will play tricks on us, keeping us on the tips of our toes, looking over our shoulders all night long, waiting for some evil being that does not exist to come out and scare the daylights out of us.

Here at the Tamanawis Library we have a verity of different types of horror books that will have your heart pumping. We have Anna Dressed in Blood / Blake, Frankenstein / Shelley, 13 Days of Midnight / Hunt, Daybreak / Ralph, The Devils Intern / Hosie, Under my Hat / Straphan, Dracula / Stoker ,The Light / Machale, The Ocean at the End of the Lane / Gaiman , Beast Keeper / Hellisen, The Graveyard Book / Russell, Bad Girls don’t Die / Alender, and many more that will have your imagination running wild. So if you’re looking for a good horror book come on down to the Tamanawis Library.

Erasing the Stigma

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Stigma:  a strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something, especially when this is unfair.

Mental health is a topic we stay away from, and misconceptions and misunderstandings about mental illness leads to stigma.  People with mental illness feel deficient, devalued and fearful because of the negative attitude society holds toward them. Many people report that the stigma of mental illness, and the prejudices they encounter because of it, is nearly as bad as the disorder’s symptoms themselves.  As a result, people struggling with mental health challenges may not get the help they need for fear they’ll be discriminated against.

Students are more educated about their physical health, but there is minimal knowledge regarding their mental health. In Canada alone approximately 1.2 million adolescents are affected by mental illnesses, but less than 20 percent will receive adequate treatment. Mental illnesses that are left untreated may leave a negative impact on the child which can ultimately lead to disruptions in learning, forming relationships, and overall quality of life.

Feeling that you are alone, lost, confused, and in despair while dealing with a mental illness is a road that no one should have to travel.  But as a consequence of stigmas we create barriers that ultimately lead us into creating overgeneralized stereotypes, clouding us from the truth. Mental health awareness is growing because of social media platforms, but we can do so much better. Depression isn’t just about being “sad”, anxiety is not just an excuse to miss out on class presentations, and OCD is not just about washing your hands 17 times a day. Educate yourself and read about mental health.  Make a pit stop at the Tamanawis Library to choose from an assortment of books, both nonfiction and novels, so that the next time you walk into school or around your community, you can be more aware that you may have friends, colleagues, and classmates that are affected by mental illnesses and that the illness does not define them.

Memory. Story. History.

Join us in the Tamanawis Library in June as we celebrate Aboriginal Literature month.  Novels, picture books, myths, art, poetry, graphic novels and nonfiction are all on display for students and staff to enjoy.

The Raven Tales graphic novels are a delightful series of West Coast First Nation myths written by Chris Johnston.  We also have the accompanying animated tales for use in the classroom.  In The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, author Sherman Alexie humorously shares his own experiences of growing up on a Washington state reservation.  Secret Path,  illustrated by Jeff Lemire, is a truly touching wordless graphic novel that tells the story of young Chanie Wenjack who escapes a residential school only to die alone, 400 miles from home.  Indigenous Writes, by Chelsea Vowell, takes a more academic approach as she discusses fundamental issues—the terminology of relationships; culture and identity; myth-busting; state violence; and land, learning, law and treaties.  Birdie, by Tracy Lindberg, is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from tragedy.

By the promotion of this literature, we hope to foster a better understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and affairs.  To encourage students of Tamanawis Secondary in learning more about Aboriginal people, the library will be hosting a reading contest throughout the month of June. There will be winners announced every week.  Visit the library for contest details.

And don’t forget – National Aboriginal Day is on June 21!

Tragic Love

Love is so simple yet so complex. It can mean love for a friend, family member, intimate partner and even an object. A well-known form is tragic love. Tragic love is a love that cannot co-exist without a significant loss. The loss could be a disease, distance, family discord, another individual, death or timing. In Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare a young couple fall in love but cannot be together because their families despise one another.  In a more modern book, Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon, Maddy and Olly fall in love but their different worlds clash, making it difficult for them to be together.  A more extreme book includes Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is a mash up of terror and tragic love. Ten by Gretchen McNeil is another great example, two lovers who cannot be together without losing their best friends. This same theme of impossible love can be seen in other popular books such as Altered by Jennifer Rush and Divergent by Veronica Roth.  If impossible love is what you’re looking for, come to the Tamanawis library and grab a book from our newest display.


“Never Judge a Book by its Movie”

Hey Wildcats! Have you ever tried watching a movie that was based from a book and ended up saying “Oh, the book is better.” We simply say this because we expected more from what we’ve read. Each person has their own imagination when reading a book that’s why sometimes the movie doesn’t satisfy us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say read the book and don’t watch the movie. All I’m saying is reading the book and watching the movie are two very different experiences and it’s up to you to judge which one is better.

Winter break is fast approaching and it’s really nice to just stay at home with warm blankets and hot chocolate and surf Netflix for the next movie you want to watch. But Tamanawis Library is featuring books that are now a major motion picture. Which includes Room by Emma Donoghue; Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; The Maze Runner by James Dashner; Divergent by Veronica Roth; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness; The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; The DUFF by Kody Keplinger; Paper Towns by John Green; The Giver by Lois Lowry; Life of Pi by Yann Martel and many more!

Come Visit the Tamanawis Secondary Library and check out books that will create movies inside your mind. Don’t forget to bring your Go-Card!

“Blessed are the curious for they shall have adventures.”

When planning an adventure, the activities that usually cross our minds are rock climbing, mountain climbing, flying somewhere exotic or swimming with the sharks in the Pacific Ocean.  But not everyone has the time nor the money to do these adventurous activities.  The curious, they know that a good adventure is always hidden in a good book; they believe that a book is the biggest adventure anyone can have.  You can catch thieves, explore different worlds or go back in time all from the comfort of your home.  Adventure books can make you start that bucket list that you have been putting off till later.

The Tamanawis library has loads of adventure books waiting to be read by an adventurer, from The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner to Hacking Timbuktu by Stephen Davis.  There is also Stranded   by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbets, Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck , Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden.  The national bestseller Into The Woods by Jon Krakauer or Sinner by Maggie Stipfvater .  Also available  The Rose Society by Marie Lu , the Rule Of Thre3 by Eric Walters , Ascension by Steve Galloway , Taken by Eric Bowman , The Hungry Tide by Amitav Gosh , The Young Elites  by Marie Lu or The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel .  Come visit the Tamanawis Library to catch some good adventures before they get taken by someone else and don’t forget your GO-CARD.

Fantasy Novels

What is Fantasy? When we think of the word itself, we are referring to an imaginary world. We also refer to stories that have certain elements that make the story unreal. Fantasy novels have elements that vary from mythological creatures such as dragons flying around in an imaginary world to animals that take up human characteristics. There are many concepts in fantasy such as magic, heroism, universal themes, talking animals and fantastic objects. Reading fantasy novels will help broaden your mind and make you think beyond what you consider to be the limits of reality. It allows readers to experiment with different ways of seeing the world, and be more creative. Escaping into a fantasy novel for a few hours will help you relax and not having to worry about anything else. In our Tamanawis Library, we are featuring several popular and engaging titles that will help you disappear into an imaginary world: The Golden Compass/Philip Pullman, The Magician’s Nephew/C.S. Lewis, Leven Thumps/Obert Skye, Stars Above/Marissa Meyer, The Light Fantastic/Terry Pratchett and many more.

Come visit the Tamanawis Secondary Library to look at the imaginary world around you and to find your fantasy. Remember to bring your GO Card when you are signing out a book.

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to beknown. ~ Carl Sagan

Science teaches us many things about the world around us.  Science helps satisfy the natural curiosity that we are born with:  why is the sky blue, how did the zebra get its stripes, what is a solar eclipse?  Science can help us to know more about the fascinating world around us.  For example, did you know that the ‘known’ universe is made up of 50,000,000,000 galaxies?  That there is enough DNA in a human body to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back?

Science can also lead to technological advances, as well as helping us learn about enormously important and useful topics, such as our health, the environment and natural hazards.  Without science, the modern world would not be modern at all.  However, we still have much to learn.  Millions of scientists all over the world are working to solve different parts of the puzzle of how the universe works, employing their microscopes, telescopes and other tools to unravel its secrets.

Great books can introduce the student reader to the astonishing wide world of science, from basic facts to deeper insights.  In our Tamanawis Library we are featuring several popular and engaging titles to stimulate the scientist within you:  Charles and Emma:  The Darwin’s Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman; Chris Hadfield’s An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth;  The Spark by Kristine Barnett; In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan;  Jane Hawking’s Travelling to Infinity; The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and many, many more.

Come visit the Tamanawis Secondary Library to get a sense of this intense and interesting world of science.  Remember to bring your GO card when you are signing out a book.

Great Authors are for Great Audiences!

Although they are demanding, classic novels are renowned for the superior artistry and technique and beauty that they display.  They provide a richness and depth of experience as well as revealing the universality of human experience.  Reading the classics of the past allows us to live ‘in many places” of the imagination and intellect.  They give us what Matthew Arnold called “the best that is known and thought in the world.”  To have contact with the best that has been known and said is elevating.  It is joining, as one writer puts it, the “Great Conversation.” That means reading great books (the classics), studying them, mining them, and talking to others about the influential ideas they contain.

The classics are the greatest achievements of our literary tradition. Some classics rise to greatness as the shining example of a movement (like realism or romanticism) or a genre (like science fiction or historical fiction). They initiated a literary trend because they did it first or they did it best. Other classics become so by breaking from tradition and questioning conventional ideas, these books became markers of creative rebellion and dissent.

How can you join the “Great Conversation”?  How can you become a great reader and a great audience?  Read critically, read selectively, and read works that are from writers of a different perspective than you.  In a world focused on individualism and consumerism, reading, thinking about and discussing classics will provide a beneficial viewpoint on (and counterbalance to) the economic, ecological and social challenges of our lives. When you are struggling with a book you don’t fully understand, I hope you can remember that although you might prefer a light contemporary read more in the immediate moment, it is often through hard work that we derive the most enjoyment in the long run.  And honestly, even in the short run it can be tremendous fun to immerse ourselves in the intellectual labors that occupy us completely. Be adventurous and find out how satisfying the classics can be, a process which starts when deciding which to read and ends with a sense of accomplishment

Visit us in the Tamanawis Library and see some of the great books we have on display:

The Iliad & The Odyssey by Homer, The Art of War by Sun Tzu, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Scarlet Letter by Nathanael Hawthorne, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and Emma by Jane Austen are all considered classics.  Some more recent publications that might one day become classics include The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving ,  The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, Among Others by Jo Walton and Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally.

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