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New Titles Tuesday, April 9

Here is a diverse selection of print books recently added to the collection and ready for use.

 Cree community /by Carolee Laine. An introduction to the Cree people, the largest group of First Nations who share a language.

 Dene First Nations /by Heather C. Hudak, Robin Ridington, and Jillian Ridington ; content consultant, Robin Ridington Provides insight into the lives of the Dene people, both past and present, that includes their unique history, language, and cultural practices.

 Everyone is welcome /written by Phuong Truong ; illustrated by Christine Wei. A little girl hears that her grandma’s friend, Mrs. Lee, was pushed on her way to the Asian market. Then she learns that Asian students at her brother’s school are afraid to walk to class, and she realizes something very wrong is happening to her community. How can life be so unfair? With her mom’s support and the help of her friends, she sets out to do something kind for Mrs. Lee.

 Gods, games, and globalization: new perspectives on religion and sports /Rebecca Alpert and Arthur Remillard, editors. The focus of this volume is on the varieties of religious experiences in sports on the global stage. These essays look both within and beyond conventional frames to shine a light on the many facets of this topic and extend to developed and developing nations, from urban to rural landscapes. They examine sports with devoted followings that are underrepresented in conversations on religion and sports: mixed martial arts, fly fishing, pole dancing, youth hockey, and track and field. And they reveal sports’ connectedness to broader global forces, such as capitalism, education, philanthropy, and international conflict, providing new theoretical perspectives in the study of religion and sport.

 Graphic design theory /Meredith Davis. Davis draws on her many years’ experience teaching graphic design students to explain complex theories with total clarity, encouraging readers to evaluate existing design work critically, and to use theoretical frameworks to enhance their own studio practice.

 Grave error: how the media misled us (and the truth about residential schools) /edited by C. P. Champion and Tom Flanagan. Champion and Flanagan challenge the narrative that students were murdered by priests and nuns and then buried in graves that have yet to be investigated. In reading Grave Error: How The Media Misled Us (and the Truth about Residential Schools), we see how Canadians have been confounded by accusations of genocide and much else. Getting beyond the Grave Error and recovering a more balanced picture of residential schools is the only road to genuine reconciliation.

Haida Nation /by K̲ung Jaadee ; content consultant, Jask̲waan A. Bedard. Provides insight into the lives of the Haida people, both past and present, that includes their unique history, language, and cultural practices.

 Hot dog /Doug Salati. A summery picture book about mindfulness, featuring an overheated–and overwhelmed– canine in need of sea, sand, and fresh air.

John the theologian and his Paschal Gospel: a prologue to theology /John Behr. John the theologian and his Paschal Gospel brings three different kinds of readers of the Gospel of John together with the theological goal of understanding what is meant by Incarnation and how it relates to Pascha, the Passion of Christ, how this is conceived of as revelation, and how we speak of it

 On the trail: 50 years of engaging with nature /written by Anthea Farr, Lilianne Fuller, Lisa Dreves, John Gordon, Anne Gosse, Phil Henderson, Gareth Pugh, Bob Puls, Sheila Puls, Joanne Rosenthal, Nora Truman. This book celebrates nature in Langley and the members of the Langley Field Naturalists, who for half a century, have sought to preserve it. We hope that the pioneering work of the LFN will serve as an inspiration and an invitation to young people to ‘know nature and keep it worth knowing’.

 Salish community /by M.M. Eboch. An introduction to the Salish, a First Nations community in the southwest region of Canada.

 The boreal forest: a year in the world’s largest land biome /L.E. Carmichael ; [illustrations] Josée Bisaillon. Carmichael takes us on an year-long journey through a vast and vital wilderness. The lyrical fictional narrative tells of the species that live in the forest, paired with informational sidebars that expand on key concepts and provide further context. We also learn about the forest’s geography and history, the significant role it plays in regulating the planet’s climate and the water cycle that connects the forest all around the world. Additional material in the end matter includes a world map of the boreal forest, information about the water cycle and carbon cycle, a glossary, author’s sources, resources for kids and an index.

 The probability of everything /Sarah Everett. When an asteroid has an 84.7% chance of colliding with the Earth in four days, eleven-year-old Kemi, who loves scientific facts and probability, assembles a time capsule to capture her family’s truth as she tries to come to terms with saying goodbye.

 The series: what I remember, what it felt like, what it feels like now /Ken Dryden. Dryden celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series: an entirely improbable, near-month-long series of hockey games that became more and more riveting, until on a weekday, during work and school hours all across the country–the nation stopped for the final game. Dryden, a goalie in the series  tells the story in you-are-there style, as if he is living it for the first time

 The sockeye mother /by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) ; illustrated by Natasha Donovan. To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.

 The stone age: a social history of curling on the Prairies /Vera Pezer. The Stone Age chronicles the sport’s development from a crude game played by fur traders on a frozen river, to the sophisticated Olympic sport it is today. Pezer’s long and outstanding involvement in the game,  brings her personal stories of the events, players, and reporters who brought curling from the Prairies to the world stage. She explores the impact of the sport on the cultural and social life of the Canadian Prairies and why it developed in a substantially different direction here than in its native Scotland or even Eastern Canada.

 The Witness Blanket: truth, art and reconciliation /Carey Newman and Kirstie Hudson. This book for middle-grade readers, illustrated with photographs, tells the story of the making of the Witness Blanket, a work by Indigenous artist Newman which includes items from every residential school in Canada and stories from the survivors who donated them.

 Wanted!: criminals of the animal kingdom /written by Heather Tekavec ; illustrated by Susan Batori. In this hilarious nonfiction book, readers will meet 13 badly behaved creatures and the detective who’s on the hunt to restore order to the animal kingdom. Each animal is wanted for a particular crime — and spitting, lying, stealing and destruction of property are just a few of the ways these creatures cause trouble. Take a peek into Detective X’s case files to learn more about these sneaky animal criminals, including a monkey who cries wolf, crabs that create chaos, and more!.

 Watercress /Andrea Wang ; pictures by Jason Chin. Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents.

New Titles Tuesday, April 2

Here is an assortment of print books recently added to our curriculum collection and ready for use.

 A day with Yayah /Nicola I. Campbell, words ; Julie Flett, pictures. On an outing in Nicola Valley a First Nations family forages for herbs and mushrooms while the grandmother passes down her language and knowledge to her young grandchildren. Includes glossary.

 A magical sturgeon /Joseph Dandurand ; illustrations by Elinor Atkins. Written and illustrated in the tradition of the Kwantlen people, Dandurand’s second book is an endearing tale of two sisters and their connection with nature. In the water sat a sturgeon, born there, so they say, thousands of years ago, though the sturgeon themselves have been here for two hundred million years. The story is told with grace and simplicity by a master storyteller in the great tradition of the Kwantlen people.

 Be a good ancestor /Leona Prince and Gabrielle Prince ; illustrated by Carla Joseph. Thought-provoking stanzas encourage readers of all ages to consider they ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and encourages them to think deeply about their behaviors. Rooted in Indigenous teachings, the message delivered by the authors is universal, be a good ancestor to the world around you.

 Orca Chief /Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd ; illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers. Thousands of years ago in the village of Kitkatla, four hunters leave home in the spring to harvest seaweed and sockeye. When they arrive at their fishing grounds, exhaustion makes them lazy and they throw their anchor overboard without care for the damage it might do to marine life or the sea floor. When Orca Chief discovers what the hunters have done, he sends his most powerful orca warriors to bring the men and their boat to his house. The men beg forgiveness for their ignorance and lack of respect, and Orca Chief compassionately sends them out with his pod to show them how to sustainably harvest the ocean’s resources.

 The girl who loved the birds /Joseph Dandurand ; illustrations by Elinor Atkins. The Girl Who Loved the Birds is the tender children’s story of a young Kwantlen girl who shares her life with the birds of the island she calls home. Collecting piles of sticks and moss for the builders of nests, sharing meals with the eagles and owls, the girl forms a lifelong bond with her feathered friends, and soon they begin to return her kindness.

New Titles Tuesday, March 26

Here is a selection  of books recently added to the collection

 Black theology and Black faith /Noel Leo Erskine. Erskine examines Black theology from every angle, seeking to answer the question, Why would Africa’s children turn to the God of their oppressors for liberation? Beginning with the Middle Passage, which brought millions of Africans into the Caribbean and United States, Erskine unpacks the background and distinctive ideas of Black theology. Erskine covers major thinkers and illumines various areas of inquiry: suffering and theodicy, sin and reconciliation, baptism and the sacraments, womanism and Christology, and others.  Black Theology and Black Faith is the perfect reading for students and scholars looking to recenter the voices of the marginalized in their theology.

 Christ-enlivened student affairs: a guide to Christian thinking and practice in the field /Perry L. Glanzer, Theodore F. Cockle, Elijah G. Jeong, Britney N. Graber. With research from a national mixed-methods study, Christ-Enlivened Student Affairs avoids the common response of anecdotal evidence by providing a catalog of some of the best thinking and practices in the field. Glanzer, Cockle, Graber, and Jeong use the framework of educational philosophies to trace how Christianity animates the who, why, what, and how of student affairs, offering evidence-based resources, and new tools for engaging new practitioners in the field, and a larger theological perspective for Christian student affairs.

 Christianity: an Asian religion in Vancouver /Jason Byassee, Albert Y. S. Chu, Ross A. Lockhart ; foreword by Darrell L. Guder ; afterword by Mi-Jung Lee Christianity: An Asian Religion in Vancouver focuses on the context of Vancouver,BC, and notes through a mixed-methods study including interviews and participant observation that many churches in Vancouver with predominantly Asian composition are growing both in size and influence.

 Franz Jägerstätter: letters and writings from prison /Franz Jägerstätter ; edited by Erna Putz ; translated with commentary by Robert A. Krieg Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer, devoted husband and father, and devout Catholic, was executed in 1943 for refusing to serve in the Nazi army. For many years Jägerstätter ‘s solitary witness was honored by the Catholic peace movement, while viewed with discomfort by many of his fellow Austrians. Now, with his beatification in 2007, his example has been embraced by the universal Church.

 Haunted childhoods in George MacDonald /by John Patrick Pazdziora. Haunted Childhoods in George MacDonald reconsiders death and divine love in MacDonald’s writings for children. It examines his private letters and public sermons, obscure early writings, and most beloved stories. Setting his work alongside texts by James Hogg and Andrew Lang, it argues MacDonald appropriated traditional Scottish-folk narratives to help child readers apprehend his mystically-inclined understanding of mortality.

 Influencers & creators: business, culture and practice /Robert V. Kozinets, Ulrike Gretzel & Rossella Gambetti.  Influencers & Creators: Business, Culture and Practice delves into today’s dynamic world where the boundary between the physical and digital world is blurred, and the impressions of influencers and creators on business and culture are evident. The readers are on an enlightening journey exploring this recent phenomenon’s complex network. This  text presents radical conceptual and critical understanding that offers practical guidelines that transcend the limits of the traditional social media marketing paradigm. The book investigates the influencer scenario based on a collection of global examples, revealing its multidimensional aspects.  Further, the book highlights why the influencers have acquired an indispensable status for businesses, public institutions, and digital forums. The book focuses mainly on ethical implications and regulatory practices, introducing the readers to an extensive viewpoint of the most impacting and transformative force, structuring the modern business world and culture.

 Not safe, but good /edited and with an introduction by Bret Lott.  The stories in this book–from such outstanding Chrstian writers as Jerry Jenkins, Michael Morris, Sally John, and the editor Bret Lott–are by no means safe. Like the parables of Christ, they surprise, unsettle, and even shock. They depict doubt, loss, abandonment, failure, and betrayal as well as elation and triumph. But they also deeply and meaningfully explore the human condition in relation to a God who loves us and brings us joy and hope.

 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Quarterly (RCMP Quarterly) dating from 1933 to 2000 have been added to the Canadiana collection. The journal, published by the RCMP since 1933, includes reports of RCMP news, articles on the history and practices of the RCMP, accounts of social events and ceremonies, personal essays by RCMP members, and much more. The collection is a valuable resource for researchers interested in the history of the RCMP and policing in Canada, as well as those researching family members who served in the RCMP.

 The 5 languages of appreciation in the workplace: empowering organizations by encouraging people /Gary Chapman & Paul White. The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace brings the love language concept to the workplace. This book will teach you how to improve job satisfaction, create more positive relationships between managers and employees, and decrease burnout rates by teaching you to effectively communicate appreciation to employees, co-workers, and team members.

 The quest for biblical servant leadership: insights from the global Church /edited by KeumJu Jewel Hyun, Gracy Y. May, Philomena Mwaura, and Julius Kithinji ; foreword by R. Paul Stevens. This book distills the experience and wisdom of people who have practically benefited from Jesus’s leadership. Reflective of the global church,  the authors speak of a servant leadership inspired by love, honoring of God, humble in approach, and seeking the welfare of others without neglecting a healthy self-regard.

 The Sage handbook of online higher education /edited by Safary Wa-Mbaleka, Kelvin Thompson and Leni Casimiro. The SAGE Handbook of Online Higher Education presents a cutting-edge collection of 50 essays that explores the rapidly evolving landscape of online teaching and learning in higher education. The Handbook adopts a uniquely holistic approach to examining the needs of online education. Chapters bring together voices from diverse and international backgrounds to provide insights applicable to a broad range of contexts, and present practical strategies for planning, delivering quality online higher education.

 Weed science: a plea for thought– revisited /Robert L. Zimdahl. Weed scientists are confident of increasing production through agricultural technology, including herbicides, but must ask if the moral obligation to feed people is sufficient justification for the benefits and harms achieved. A continuing, rigorous examination of the science’s goals that leads to appropriate change is advocated. Weed scientists have a research consensus – a paradigm – Weeds must be controlled. Herbicides are the best control technology. Agriculture’s practitoners should discuss the necessity and risks of their technology. Discussion must include scientific evidence and value-laden arguments.

Remembering Norma Alloway

For Norma Alloway‘s 101st birthday, Library Student Assistant Lael Louw considers one of Norma’s poems.

We too

are shaped by Divinity

in unique design.


We too

live within our shell homes.

We move for a while

with the tides of life

and are gone.

Our song has been sung.


Our solo notes have been played.


What music lingers in the air

because of our journey?

(Alloway, 1988, p.8)


Norma Alloway’s voice was one threaded with humility, wisdom, activism, and warm invitation. In this exert from Listening: Friendly Thoughts from the Seashore she invites readers to recalibrate their hearts and to consider what is of most import and of most beauty. The human soul is robed in a fabric of fragility as well as eternity, and the human conscience must wrestle with the sometimes-uncomfortable tension that arises from this fabric in which some threads persist and others unravel or are torn away. Alloway contends for the divine beauty of the tension of this human life and entreats readers to live into this space with a gaze that lingers on those threads that persist.

As I read, I find myself contemplating what beauty I might cultivate that will linger beyond my fragile existence. What hope might I bring? What peace might I offer? What orphaned heart may I offer a home? What words of love and faith might I utter? How may I show the shamed and oppressed their dignity? Where can I learn the melody of songs that burst the veil into eternity?

Listen for Happy Birthday to You on the Alloway Chime at noon on March 25 and contemplate the music that lingers because of one person’s journey.

With gratituded, Lael Louw

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