This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Viewing an apartment normally doesn’t turn into a life-or-death situation, but this particular open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes everyone in the apartment hostage. As the pressure mounts, the eight strangers slowly begin opening up to one another and reveal long-hidden truths.
As police surround the premises and television channels broadcast the hostage situation live, the tension mounts and even deeper secrets are slowly revealed. Before long, the robber must decide which is the more terrifying prospect: going out to face the police, or staying in the apartment with this group of impossible people.
One By One
By: Ruth Ware
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Turn of the Key and In a Dark Dark Wood returns with another suspenseful thriller set on a snow-covered mountain.
Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?
When an off-site company retreat meant to promote mindfulness and collaboration goes utterly wrong when an avalanche hits, the corporate food chain becomes irrelevant and survival trumps togetherness. Come Monday morning, how many members short will the team be?
All the Devils Are Here
By: Louise Penny
On their first night in Paris, the Gamaches gather as a family for a bistro dinner with Armand’s godfather, the billionaire Stephen Horowitz. Walking home together after the meal, they watch in horror as Stephen is knocked down and critically injured.
When a strange key is found in Stephen’s possession it sends Armand, his wife Reine-Marie, and his former second-in-command at the Sûreté, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, from the top of the Tour d’Eiffel, to the bowels of the Paris Archives, from luxury hotels to odd, coded, works of art.
It sends them deep into the secrets Armand’s godfather has kept for decades.
Soon the whole family is caught up in a web of lies and deceit. In order to find the truth, Gamache will have to decide whether he can trust his friends, his colleagues, his instincts, his own past. His own family.
New in Young Adult:
By: Tracy Deonn
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates...
The Lost Book of the White
By: Cassandra Clare
Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.
Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter.
In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—to the very realm of the dead...
New in Children's & Junior:
A Journey Through Transportation By: John Haslam & Chris Oxldade
From steam engine to spaceship, tractor to tandem, take a journey into the weird and wonderful world of transportation! Travel back in time and explore the first bikes, cars, trains, and planes. Then discover shiny new modes of transport and explore the amazing ways machines transport us around today.
Packed with lively illustrations, fun facts, and activities, this delightful, informative picture book will be a popular read to borrow from Parry Sound Public Library.
By: Ethan M. Aldridge
Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else—even his unwitting parents and older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace, and where his only friend is a wax golem named Whick.
But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne takes the throne, the Childe and Edmund realize that the fate of both worlds may be in their hands—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.
New French Titles:
Emily Carr: Une Artise Dans La Forêt Écrit par Lyne Gareau
Illustré par Paul Roux
Déjà toute petite, Emily Carr désirait devenir artiste, afin de pouvoir capturer et reproduire le mystère et la beauté des forêts anciennes de la Colombie-Britannique. Ce rêve l’a amenée à voyager, à vivre chez les autochtones et à explorer la forêt humide de la côte ouest.
De nos jours, Emily Carr est considérée comme l’une des plus grandes peintres canadiennes. Cette biographie vous invite à la suivre dans ses aventures.
OMG! #10: Sors-moi de la! Écrit par Catherine Bourgault
Le père d’Iris est de retour, et rien ne va plus chez les Lépine. La situation familiale ne serait pas aussi embarrassante si seul Esteban menaçait de se greffer au trio initial. Mais non : il s’agit d’une invasion.
Car, malgré la tiédeur de ses sentiments pour Étienne, sa mère a bel et bien décidé de l’épouser. Iris devra s’empresser de la raisonner si elle ne veut pas se retrouver avec son ex comme demi-frère ! Et, puisque son père fréquente la redoutable Mme Lavigne, c’est désormais sa « belle-maman » qui lui enseignera l’anglais cet été. Au secours !
Malheureusement pour Iris, même si ses parents font des choix discutables en amour, ils acceptent difficilement les siens : déterminée à convaincre sa mère que Mavrick n’est pas un mauvais garçon, la jeune fille ira jusqu’à lui présenter un faux chum extrêmement mal élevé. Son beau voisin aura l’air d’un ange à côté de lui ! Du moins, c’est le plan…
First Nations Public Library Week
Click here between October 4th and 10th to enjoy daily programs which highlight and celebrate Indigenous excellence and information sharing in Ontario! Offered through the
Ontario Library Service North and Southern
Ontario Library Service. Miigwetch!
Thanksgiving Children's Books @ PSPL
Visit Parry Sound Public Library during our soft re-opening hours to check out these great Thanksgiving books and more...
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving By: Dav Pilkey
On the night before Thanksgiving, a group of children visit a turkey farm and meet Farmer Mack Nuggett and his coop of cockerels: Ollie, Stanley, Larry, Moe, Wally, Beaver, Shemp, and Groucho. The children and turkeys giggle and gobble, and everything is gravy. As the trip comes to an end, the children leave the farm with full hearts -- and bulging bellies -- reminding people and poultry alike that there is much to be thankful for.
Thanks for Thanksgiving Written by: Julie Markes
Illustrated by: Doris Barrette
Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks - the question is, where to begin? From the turkey on the table to warm, cozy cuddles, life is full of small things and bigger pleasures. But what is most important is being able to share them with family!
Julie Markes reminds kids and adults alike about the little details that make each day enjoyable, while Doris Barrette's beautiful and striking illustrations bring her thoughtful words to life.
By the Light of the Harvest Moon Written by: Harriet Ziefert
Illustrated by: Mark Jones
As the harvest moon shines down, the wind picks up, sending orange, yellow, and crimson leaves dancing, until they settle in a pumpkin patch. One-by-one, leaf people emerge to celebrate the autumnal equinox. Mark Jones's rich pastel illustrations bring to life the mysterious and fleeting world of a gentle troupe of leaf characters, who will warm the hearts of all readers.
October 13th - 28th
Hey kids! The annual Halloween in the Downtown celebration has been re-imagined this year, with everyone’s safety being the top priority. Check out
this list of fun Halloween activities and events
that you can take part in!
Parry Sound Downtown Business Association Colouring Contest
Parents can pick up colouring sheets from the Parry Sound Public Library
between October 13th - 28th, during library hours. When parents return
the finished colouring pages to the library, they will receive
a fun and tasty treat bag for each child!
Age categories: 4 & under, 5-8 and 9-12.
A winner will be chosen from each age category. Each winner will receive
$25 Downtown Dollars to spend, at participating stores!
Winners to be announced on October 30th.
Jack-O'-To-Go with Parry Sound Public Library
Grab a pumpkin to decorate at home when you check out books from Parry
Sound Public Library between October 13th and 28th. While supplies last.
Spooky Story Time with Parry Sound Public Library
October 28th @ 6PM
Tune into Instagram live @parrysoundpubliclibrary at 6:00 PM on October 28th
for a spooky story. Children's Programming Coordinator, Hartley, will read
"Even Monsters Need Haircuts" by Matthew McElligott.
The week of October 18th - 24th is Ontario Public Library Week! This week is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the treasured role of our institution in Parry Sound's community and cultural fabric.
Want to take part in the celebration? Check out these two fun
contests we are holding. All ages are welcome to participate!
Just a friendly reminder that the province of Ontario is still in
phase 3 of COVID-19 re-opening. While patrons may enter the
physical library space, there are limitations.
The library will allow 15 patrons in the physical library space at a time. Maximum 4 per family. Please practice physical distancing while waiting in line and while you're within the library.
While within the physical library space, patrons must wear a mask or other appropriate face covering. There are exceptions to this rule, as specified by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. Please click here for more information.
Currently, public computer use is limited to 15-minute express sessions. Personal device use within the library is limited to
30-minutes at one of our
designated laptop stations.
Please note that technology help
is unavailable at this time.
These guidelines will be in place until further notice.