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July 2012

This Book has a Brand New Ending!

July 31, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (4)

The great gatsbyCongratulations to Rajiv, winner of our End That Book RIGHT! Contest! No coward to controversy, Rajiv decided to take on one of the most famous books in English Literature (c'mon, you ALL had to read it for school, right)?

Anyway, for not only having to guts to take on Fitzgerald, but producing a knockout alternate ending in the process, we congratulate Rajiv for his winning revision to The Great Gatsby.

Continue Read Rajiv's alternate ending after the jump (*Spoiler Alert!* The original ending to The Great Gatsby is also revealed).

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Awesome Summer Author Event: Meet Marina Cohen

July 31, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (1)

Want to meet an amazing author? Here's your chance! Ghost ride

Visit Jane/Dundas for an exciting program and meet and greet with author Marina Cohen. As a Toronto-based author, Marina has written a wide array of fiction and Marina Cohen non-fiction books for both children and youth. One of her later teen novels Ghost Ride received the distinction of being a 2011 Red Maple Honour Book.

Jane/Dundas Branch (620 Jane Street)
Tuesday August 14, 2012
2:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Picture of Marina courtesy of her site.

Duelling Word Out Displays! Vote for your Favourite!

July 31, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (2)

Duel 2Branches across the city created amazing Word Out displays this year - now's your chance to vote for your favourite.

Click on "Duelling Displays Challenge" at the bottom of this page for your chance to vote.

Remember! You can vote as many times as you want until the contest closes on August 13th.


Win a Book #3 Winner!

July 30, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

The outsidersThe winner of a book for telling us about their saddest story is....

...(Drumroll please)....

ADDY! Congratulations for telling us about how sad you thought The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton is.

The Outsiders by: S.E Hinton. This was definately one of the saddest books I ever read. All throughout the book; Johnny Cade lived with an abusive family and no one to love him, other tha his friends or "gang", and would sometimes wish he was dead. He died saving children from a fire and explained to Ponyboy, that "He didn't want to die anymore."

Thanks for your entry Addy, and to everyone else who let us know about the sad, sad stories they love to read. Remember! There are lots more contests this summer, so keep checking back to Word Out for your chance to share your thoughts, and maybe win a prize or two!

Contest: What was the most notorious scandal of the new millenium?

July 30, 2012 | James M. | Comments (24)


Image by Infrogmation

Scandalous! by Hallie Fryd describes 50 of the most shocking scandals in the twentieth century. What dirt do you remember from the 21st?


To be entered into this week's contest:

In one hundred words or less, describe the celebrity scandal you think has made the most noise since the year 2000. Also, explain why you think your chosen scandal deserves to go down as one of the wildest of the new millenium. Drop your answer in a comment below.

The author of the most scandalous answer will win their very own Sony eReader.

A couple of rules:

  1. Only one entry per person
  2. You have to comment by 11:59 PM on Friday August 3rd 2012 to be eligible to win.
  3. Make sure to send us your email, or else we can't contact you to let you know you've won!

Good Luck, Word Out fans!

Hot Summer Read: Scandalous!

July 30, 2012 | James M. | Comments (0)

Scandalous!Scandalous!: 50 Shocking Events You Should Know About (So You Can Impress Your Friends)

by Hallie Fryd

 Who doesn't enjoy a good celebrity scandal? Think all those endless celebrity screw-ups are a recent thing? Think again! Since way back when, famous people have been finding ways to shock and surprise us. Find out about 50 juicy scandals from the world of pop culture, politics and entertainment from the early 1900s on. Learn all the sordid details, and how people are still talking about these scandals today. Packed with famous quotes, pictures and a where are they now section.



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Win a book #4: Loud Literature

July 29, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (7)

By jster91 (musician) [CC-BY-2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Like books?
Why not win a free one!

Aspire to geek out in a record shop like the characters in High Fidelity? Did Beyonce's Biography totally inspire you? Or are you more into that Mozart guy in Amadeus?

In 50 words or less, tell us about the best time a musician has shown up in a book you've read, and you might win a prize.

Don't forget to include your email so we can contact you if you win!

Winner selected by random draw.
Only one entry per person.

Contest closes Saturday August 11th, at 11:59 PM

We have some Big Big Big winners!

July 28, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

S-walter-stewart-library-01So what does that "S" stand for? We know that this is the question that's been haunting you for the last two weeks, so we've decided to spill. The S. in S Walter Stuart stands for...


(No, we're not kidding).

Congratulations to Danielle who correctly identified the S and was chosen by random draw.

Also, congratulations to Brian, who came up with the winning creative/funny answer, for suggesting that the "S" stood for Super Fly Walter Stewart. Brian, we'll be taking your suggestion to the next library board meeting.

Way to go winners! Everyone else, remember that there are tons more excellent contests for you to enter over the summer! So keep those creative juices flowing and maybe you'll win a prize or two yourself!

Meet the Author - Sue Macy, writer of Wheels of Change

July 28, 2012 | Tara | Comments (0)

Wheels of changeWe thought you would like to find out a bit more about the author of this fantastic book so we asked Sue a few questions. She's eager to read what you have to say and answer any other questions you may have.

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A. I was born in New Jersey, just 10 miles from New York City, and have lived in the state all my life. I have always loved watching and playing sports. My dad used to pitch in the softball games in our neighborhood, with all the kids taking part. I loved to play, so I was devastated when I found out girls were not allowed to play Little League baseball. (This was in the 1960s.) I think I channeled my disappointment at not having many opportunities to play sports into my career writing about sports. It’s fantastic that girls today can play as many sports as boys, either right alongside them or in leagues of their own. But it’s important that boys and girls know that this equal opportunity is a fairly recent development and honor those pioneers who made it possible.

Q. What inspired you to write "Wheels Of Change"?

A. From my previous writings about women and sports, I knew that Susan B. Anthony had once said that bicycling did “more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” I also knew that Frances Willard, another important feminist leader, had written a best-selling book in the 1890s about how she learned to ride a bicycle at age 53. Plus, I had read about two New York women who kept trying to outdo each other in the 1890s by riding 200, 300, 400, and more miles at a time. All that indicated there was a story to tell about women and the bicycle in the 1890s, and I was able to convince my editors at National Geographic to give me the green light.

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The End that Book RIGHT! contest is over

July 28, 2012 | Tara | Comments (0)

DisgustThanks everyone for their entries! We're looking forward to picking the most improved book from them. Stay tuned for the winner!

In the meantime, there are lots of other prizes to be won this summer! Check out what other contests we've got going on at the top of the page.

My Curved Border

Thanks for entering for the Toronto FC tickets. A winner has been selected at random and will be contacted! Congrats.