Fall programs @ the library

2016 Fall programming is here! Check out the events calendar to see what is coming up this Fall. At the library we are pretty excited to offer a new Makerspace program for teens.

North Battleford Library is your guide to free programs for the entire family—from babies to seniors. In addition, we’ve got programs for everyone in between including teens.

To start, why not participate on our Guess the Book by the Quote contest. Can you guess which book the following quote is from?


Hint: The word “Ashes” is in the title

How to enter the contest:

  1. Write your answer on the ballot that you pick up at the North Battleford Library
  2. Provide your contact information
  3. Place ballot in the box at the library
  4. Check back in October for another Guess the Book by the Quote and enter for another chance to win.

Winner will be announced at the end of September



When was the last time you sent a handwritten letter?


adjective: relating to or denoting the writing of letters or literary works in the form of letters.

Sounds fancy right? It’s a big and unusual word but a common writing style. Many books are written in the form of characters writing letters to each other or a story is told through diary entries. Epistolary novels are fun to read because the lack of a narrator and you can feel a little mischievous reading someone else’s diary.  Are your texting thumbs soar? We got the cure!  Sit down, relax, read an epistolary novel and write someone a letter.


Below is a list of the best contemporary epistolary novels:

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty

The “Internet Girls” trilogy by Lauren Myracl

  • Book is the series: TTYLTTFN, L8TER, G8TER

Loved Cursed Child? Check-out these Harry Potter like books.

We are all pretty excited about The Cursed Child release. If you are waiting for a copy and have some time to kill, we came up with a list of books with some of the things we love about Harry Potter….magic, growing characters, dark plots and the list goes on.

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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Super Magical! real-life magicians who have actual magical powers and fall in love…


Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The family dynamics in this series reminds us a bit of Harry Potter


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge


The Magicians (trilogy) by Lev Grossman

It’s not exactly Hogwarts, but the secret boarding school where Quentin finds himself at the beginning of this trilogy becomes the gateway to a new magical existence.


Storm Front (Dresden Files)by Jim Butcher

The Olympics are here!

The games have started!  Olympic Games Rio 2016 are underway and Canada has 5 medals so far. The staff here at the library are very excited and have done their own  training for the Olympics by reading some new YA sport themed books. For many of us it may be too late in our life to start doing back-flips on trampolines and racing bicycles at amazing speeds of 50+km/hour but we might just be able to manage some Olympic speed reading.  Checkout a book from the list below to get started on your race


Goldfish by Nat Luurtsema


Hoops by Walter Dean Myers


Loosers Take All by David Klass


This is the part where you laugh by Peter Hoffmeister


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

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A Matter of Heart by   Amy Fellner Dominy

Video Games @ NBPL

Did you know you can borrow video games from the North Battleford Public Library?  Games are available for Wii UXBOX ONE  and PlayStation 4 systems.  More games will be on the way soon!

It’s ok if you don’t have a game system at home. The library has its very own PlayStation 4 system you can use in house. To use the PlayStation 4 system at the library, all you need is your library card.

If you can’t decide what you want to play, you can look at some of our recently reviewed games below to get an idea.




Imagine it is the year is 1715 and pirates rule the Caribbean where they have established their own lawless Republic. Corruption, greediness and cruelty are commonplace.

Among the outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built. Welcome to the Golden Age of Piracy.

Why we like the game:

  • This chapter in the Assassin’s Creed adventure gives you all new weaponry including four flintlock pistols and dual cutlass swords.
  • You get to discover the largest and most diverse Assassin’s Creed world ever created (over 75 unique locations)
  • You can become THE MOST FEARED PIRATE IN THE CARIBBEAN! Command your ship, the Jackdaw, and strike fear in all who see her. Attack and seamlessly board massive galleons, recruit sailors to join your crew and embark on an epic and infamous adventure.
  • Excellent MULTIPLAYER EXPERIENCE. You get a chance to create your own game experience with the new Game Lab feature – craft your own multiplayer mode by choosing abilities, rules and bonuses. Play and share your newly created mode with your friends.




Reimagined in LEGO form and told in TT Games’ signature classic LEGO humor, the thrilling adventure recreates unforgettable scenes and action sequences from the films, allowing fans to play through key moments and giving them the opportunity to fully explore the expansive ground of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna (Game description from Lego.com).

Why we like the game:

  • You can relive key moments from all four Jurassic films…AWESOME!
  • Choose from 20 dinosaurs to create havoc as LEGO dinosaurs
  • You can create completely original dinosaurs



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Play the game, based on the movie, based on the game! Join Ratchet, Clank, Captain Qwark and new friends as they battle to save the Solana Galaxy from the evil Chairman Drek. Explore the galaxy in a game that features new planets, new and updated gameplay segments, all-new bosses, all-new Clank gameplay, all-new flight sequences, and much more — with completely new visuals built to demonstrate the power of the PS4! (Game description from playstation.com)

Why we like the game:

  • The graphics are amazing! Levels are filled with extraordinary colour, light and detail.
  • There is a good variety of play. The game is mostly a third-person shooter with cartoon violence but some non-combat parts allow for variety in the game. There are non-combat sections like traversal by grind rail or jetpack and occasionally you can leave Ratchet behind and navigate a level as Clank.


Pokémon Craze

Pokémon is taking over the world again. In all the hype about Pokémon Go! We were inspired to hunt for books, games and movies that are similar to the Pokémon franchise. Below you will find many items for you to check out and available at your local library.


  • Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher
    • Jim Butcher made wrote a fantasy book(s) based on Roman legions
  • His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
    • The premise is that warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed.
  • The Novice (Summoner #1) by  Taran Matharu.
    • The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs. After blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers he has the ability to summon demons, he travels to Adept Military Academy to train in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs.
  • Naruto 3-in-1. Volume 1 (Graphic Novel) By Masashi Kishimoto
    • Masashi Kishimoto is a Japanese manga artist, well known for creating the manga series Naruto. Naruto is about a story of a young ninja determined to become the world’s greatest ninja.



  • Dinosaur King Volume 1 (Fantasy Television Program)

An animated TV series based on the game by Sega. While out helping at a paleontology excavation in Africa, Max and his friend Rex uncover a set of dinosaur cards and magic stones which were left by the dinosaurs as a call for help. Max and Rex must try and collect all the missing cards in time.

  • Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (Fantasy Film)

The Dragons are back in the next chapter of the How to Train Your Dragon saga. The epic story of Hiccup and Toothless continues as they take flight in an adventure to discover an island of never-before-seen dragons.


  • PS4: Dungeons 2
  • WiiU: StarFox Guard
  • WiiU: Pokkén Tournament
  • XBOX: Digimon All-star rumble

Using images to bring writing alive

Attention Graphic Novel readers and Fiction readers! Do you ever struggle with deciding what to read next? Can’t decide between a GN and a fiction book? Many authors have extremely visual styles and by including illustrations in their works, they have given us the best of both worlds.

Just imagine some of our favorite series published in a graphic novel format or with illustrations (Harry Potter series or the Divergent series would be wicked).  The following titles blur the lines between graphic and prose novels. Each was published with illustrations and the author has included artwork to enhance the appeal of the book.

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series by James A. Owen


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


Happyface by Stephen Emond


The Invention of Hugo Cabret, written and illustrated by Brian Selznick


Hark! A Vigrant by Kate Beaton

More like a comic but full of literary references