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January 2016

Where the Wild Things Aren't. James Alby

Where the Wild Things Aren’t. James Alby

It can sometimes be a bit hard to get inspired about being back at work after the Festive Season, so we are beginning our year of Read Watch & Play with the fun theme of #wildread.

The #wildread theme brings to mind lots of great books about being wild, such the children’s classics ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak and ‘Call of the Wild’ by Jack London, which could lead to some great themed photographs in the library. Here are some free printable finger puppets of Max and his crew that borrowers old or young could be asked ‘model’ as a way of introducing them to the #RWP game. We would like to engage the public as much as possible in our RWP game this year, therefore any suggestions towards this would be very welcomed!

Other #wildread related books that could be incorporated into a post or a book display are the popular books about having an adventure in the wilderness. Two fairly recent books that were made into movies are ‘Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed and “Into the Wild” by Jon Krakauer. Ideas that revolve around this trope could include non-fiction survival guides, camping books, and travel adventure stories. As many people go away camping at this time of year, this would be a good time to naturally link to this part of the collection as a display topic.

#wildreads is also something that lends itself very naturally to sci-fi and fantasy fiction, and there are so many books with fantastic worlds that can be highlighted with this theme. These include the popular junior, youth and adult genres of books about shapeshifters, vampires and other creatures that go bump in the night, as well as fairy tale books, which are enjoying a resurgence. And Doctor Who, of course, who really does play by his own rules as he jaunts about saving the universe.

Lonesome Dove, the book and the miniseries will take you to the wild west, and you could shake things up by adding some sci-fi to your western with Firefly and Serenity.

Perhaps the most famous Wilde of all time is, of course, Oscar Wilde, and the #wildread month could lend itself to sharing some of his more memorable quotes, which range from the profound:

“The spirit of an age may be best expressed in the abstract ideal arts, for the spirit itself is abstract and ideal..”

to the absurd:

“Arguments are to be avoided: they are always vulgar and often convincing.”

It could be that the January #rwpchat might revolve around a series of your favourite quotes by this master wordsmith.

Getting wild with your watching could mean an awful lot of David Attenborough or Bear Grylls, exploring uncharted territories, bush tucker and world heritage areas, but it could just mean stepping out of your comfort zone and watching something different.

Surely, a game of Jumanji is a must this month…..

There will be a twitter discussion on 26 January starting at 11am and 8.00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Savings (Summer) Time,  6.00pm Singapore Standard Time, 12.00 noon Central European Summer Time, 9am – 11am; 2pm – 4pm; 6pm – 8pm BST.  Note this is a staggered discussion.

Use the tags  #wildread and #rwpchat as you discuss the reading, watching playing that is your experience of  #wildread, so others can join in the conversation too.



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