BWGPL Top Picks for 2017!

It’s the time of year where BWGPL Staff reviewed what we love the best that came out in 2017.

Staff unanimously voted for these following favorites:

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is  BWGPL Top Book Pick for 2017!

This year Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman became the buzz-worthy book of BWGPL, appearing multiple times as a top pick among BWGPL staff. Eleanor Oliphant’s funny viewpoint of the world didn’t change our opinion of her. With her quirkiness and social anxieties in abundance serving us a dose of realness that keeps us grounded and coming back to this page turner. Big fans of this book: Siiri, Stephanie, Sharon, Kirstie, Ann, and Elizabeth.


This is Us the TV series got the staff glued to their TV as they binge watch this  imaginative series. This is US  stole our hearts with its realistic drama that covers modern day topics that no one likes to speak about. From child loss, obesity, and trying to understand the decisions that were made in the past that impacted the present, this TV series is one to snuggle up to. Library fan favorites are:  Lorri, Kirstie, Sharon, Ann, Elizabeth, Linda and Judy.


This is US, TV Series


Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

Nothing thrilled us more this year than the mystery Emma inthe Night by Wendy Walker with the suspense riding high, Emma In the Night kept staff up at night about the disappearance of sisters and the secrets they held for each other. Library fans who loved it: Stephanie, Siiri, Kirstie, and Elizabeth.



No surprise that that the blockbuster Wonder Woman  was also included in the top list as a staff favorite. Can’t get enough of Wonder Woman? Check out our graphic novel collection all about her!  We have books for all ages, from children to adults. Paige, Stephanie, Lisa W, and Michael were fans of this marvelous hit.


Wonder Woman, movie 



Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Audiobook listeners rejoice for this book is not to be missed.  Featuring a star studded cast and voices of 166 actors, the audiobook version of Lincoln in the Bardo is highly recommended for everyone. Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Julianne Moore,  Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Ben Stiller, Susan Sarandon, Megan Mullally and Don Cheadle are just a few of the actors who lend their voices to perform the audiobook. Lincoln in the Bardo is also the winner of The Man Booker Prize for 2017. Ann, Wendy, and Brendan were great fans of this novel. Wendy and Brendan listened to the audiobook sensation, and Ann enjoyed the print so very much.


#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

With poems, artwork, interviews, photos, letters, and covering subjects from the traumatic past to the potential in the future, #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale stands out as a favorite for Stephanie, as well as many others as it has made the best books list for Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award finalist, from YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association.)



Noteworthy Favorites:

Spider-man/Deadpool: Side Pieces by Scott Auckerman

From the big screen to the comics books we have a recommendation from  Paige who chose the graphic novel Spider-man/Deadpool: Side Pieces by Scott Aukerman. With an appearance from Penn and Teller, this graphic novel will show you the shenanigans that we don’t expect comes from heroic behavior.


 Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Readers of Shutter Island, Mystic River, and Gone, Baby, Gone will want to get their hands on this book. Those who like to look into the minds of what makes people tick will enjoy this novel. Kim was fascinated by this psychological thriller.





 Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women by Elena Favilli

Each page is a story, each story is a life. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls celebrates the lives and accomplishments of extraordinary women. From Frida Kaloh, Serena Williams, Grace Hopper, to Elizabeth I, Simone Biles, and J.K Rowling. These good night stories are not just bed time stories for kids but for everyone to enjoy and find inspiration. Lisa B raves about it and for good reason!


The Canadian Guide to Will & Estate Planning by Douglas A. Gray

Why not say goodbye to 2017 with a hello to 2018 with The Canadian Guide to Will & Estate Planning? The author Douglas A. Gray is LLB is a lawyer, businessman, lecturer, and wrote many other books in related fields such as investing, mortgages, and marketing, making the subjects easier to navigate for the rest of us readers and planners. Lisa B. at the library is a fierce endorser of this nonfiction guide that will get you prepared for the new year.


What are your top picks for 2017? Tell us at the front desk and we can help you discover new favorites for 2018! 


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Library Closure

Please be advised that the library will be closed between noon and 2pm on Tuesday, December 5th for professional development. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

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What the tech?!

Come by the Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library to book your spot for a step by step comprehensive instruction in understanding what a computer is and the various uses it has from Michael.


SCHEDULED FOR: Saturday, Dec 9th, 2017 @ 11:00AM till 1:00PM (don’t need to stay the whole time)

LOCATION:  Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library


Come in with any and all questions as it relates to tech. Maybe that’s a recent technology development, a question relating to your computer, or just trying to make sense of it all.

You also have an opportunity to meet and work with people who are at the same learning level as yourself, as it is a group setting.

When booking your spot, there is the option to add what you want covered, of course it must be relevant to the current workshop.

Some examples for this workshop could be:

  • Recent technology developments such as Virtual/Augmented Reality, mobile phones and open source
  • Choosing a good phone plan, to how to use the new smartphones
  • How to fix slow computers or simple troubleshooting on any device

There is limited space so book your spot either at the library, or call 905 775 3328 ext.6109.

And for other topics relating to computers, do remember that there are One-On-One tutoring on the same day (Saturday) from 2:00Pm to 4:00PM.

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Help us make the Holidays a little Brighter for local Children & Families….

Please drop off new, unwrapped toys to the library before December 18th to help bring local children & families a little holiday cheer. All toys will be donated to the Simcoe County Paramedics’ Toy Drive.

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