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Read your way through the stay-at-home order with the help of Thorold's library

Wasn't 'reading more' a part of your New Year's resolution? Rebecca Lazarenko lists new fiction- and non-fiction fresh on the library shelves
what's new at TPL
Some new arrivals at TPL

From approximately March 1989 to May 1993, Thorold News ran a column called New Books at Thorold Library. Each article began with the sentence “The following are the new books available at Thorold Public Library, 14 Ormond St., North” then launched into a list of the new books available at the Thorold Public Library (at 14 Ormond St. North).

You got what you signed up for - news-wise - in those days. With patrons now selecting their material remotely, it seemed like the perfect time to reinvent the breaking news piece that was: the latest editions to our collection.

Back in the early ‘90s, one standout entry was a book called Ventriloquism Made Easy: How to Talk to Your Hand Without Looking Stupid (basically everyone’s life goal).

We thought there was no way we still had this title – oh, but we do.

One review suggested that, “Once you start, you’ll be talking to yourself for hours” (everyone’s other life goal).

We can’t promise the following will be with us for the same 30-some odd years, but they should help keep you going via curbside pickup for the duration of the provincial lockdown. Here is a sample of new material on our shelves.


New Fiction:

The Adventures of Isabel by Candas Jane Dorsey

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The Eyes of the Queen by Oliver Clements

Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman

Geese Are Never Swans by Eva Clark

Here is the Beehive by Sarah Crossan

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell Lazarus by Lars Kepler

The Lending Library by Aliza Fogelson

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

One by One by Ruth Ware

Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson Snow by John Banville

Snow Drift by Helen Tursten

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

When She Was Good by Michael Robotham

The Woman Outside My Door by Rachel Ryan

Wrong Alibi by Christina Dodd



All That Glitters by Margot Talbot

The Calm Cozy Book of Sleep by Beth Wyatt

Clean Mind, Clean Body by Tara Stiles

Eat Good Fat by Lee Capatina

Feel Better in 5 by Rangan Chatterjee

Field Notes from a Pandemic by Ethan Lou

Forgiving What You Can’t Forget by Lysa TerKeurst

Harry Potter Knitting Magic by Tanis Gray

Hockey’s Hot Stove by Al Strachan

Hope Matters by Elin Kelsey

How Did I Get Here by Bruce McCall

One Decision by Mike Bayer

Sugarproof by Michael Goran

This One Wild and Precious Life by Sarah Wilson

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Robots by Laura Major

Juvenile Titles: Arlo Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel

The Bookstore Cat by Cylin Busby

Go to Bed, Goat by Michael Dahl

I am the Storm by Jane Yolen

The Lady with the Books by Kathy Stinson

My Words by Grant Snider

Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy by Melissa de la Cruz

The One Great Gnome by Jeff Dinardo

Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki

Slow Moe by Deborah Kerbel

Space Matters by Jacque Lynn

Sticks and Stone by Patricia Polacco

Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar

Ten on a Twig by Lo Cole

The Truth About Dragons by Jaime Zollars

Wild Symphony by Dan Brown

The Worry (Less) Book by Rachel Brian

You can order any of the titles listed (or others) by placing a hold in our online catalogue or giving us a call at 905-227-2581. We can also pick items for you via our curbside curation service. Yep, that’s a thing. Phone or email at, let us know how many titles you want, some kind of genre direction, or a ballpark of the number of kids you have, and we’ll take it from there.