Welcome to the Viking Municipal Library blog!

Welcome to Great (reading) Expectations, the official blog of the Viking Municipal Library. We created this blog as a way to get library patrons and staff to connect with the library and each other. It is intended to be a place where anyone can come to write or read about something they saw or would like to see at the library as well as weigh in on current issues regarding reading. We encourage any person of any age or reading level to read and contribute to this blog.

Here at the library, we know how hard it can be to decide on a good book to read. And we know how helpful a review can be when deciding whether or not to read a book, watch a movie, or listen to an audio book. So, we created our blog to help with that.

Anyone who has read, watched, or listened to material from the library (or material they ordered from another library) is encouraged to write a short (or long) review, critique, or recommendation and submit it to us. You can submit your writing over email (librarian@vikinglibrary.ab.ca) or bring us a handwritten copy and we will type it up for you. All you have to do is write and submit to us and we will do all the rest. If you don’t want your name attached to the review, don’t worry, everything can stay completely anonymous.

What if you’re not quite ready, or don’t have the time to write an actual review? Well, you can simply leave a recommendation of the book’s title and author with us. We will hopefully be adding a list of patron-recommended books on this very blog every so often. Or you can leave a comment on a post by someone else, either thanking them for the recommendation or giving your opinion on a book they reviewed. We encourage everyone, children and adults alike to contribute to this blog.

And it doesn’t have to just be reviews. If you want to weigh in on the current “print vs eBooks debate” this would be the perfect place to do it. Or maybe you want to offer an opinion about reading in schools, or the need for libraries, or even what books and movies should or should not be allowed in schools and libraries. Once again this is the perfect place.

Our hope with this blog is to get any and all patrons (and even people who do not have a library card) to connect more with their local library. It is important to us that children and adults are enjoying and understanding literature. Often, writing about what you’ve read or watched is a step towards understanding it on a deeper level. But don’t worry, this isn’t a school book report, you can have fun doing it!



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