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Willi Winkels, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding

Posted: by Allison on April 15, 2019

Willi Winkels, Skateboarding, and Snowboarding

Half-pipes, vert ramps, ollies, and kickflips. Do any of these words bring back memories of your youth? If so, you have likely picked up a skateboard or two in your day. If not, there is still time to be inspired by this incredible sport, even if it's from the comfort of your chair! A local connection to the alternative sport scene is Willi Winkels.

Wee Willi Winkels is a local legend and his contributions to the skateboarding and snowboarding worlds can’t be understated. Willi’s innovations in skateboard manufacturing had a great impact on the sport and many of the big names in skateboarding in the late 70s and early 80s, along with kids and teens of the same generation, could be found riding a WWW-made board. Willi and his friends tested his snowboard prototypes on the slopes of Blue Mountain, and Blue Mountain Resort has honoured Willi with a run in his namesake. Learn about Willi Winkels and his fascinating life at library.biblioboard.com (search “Willi Winkels”) where you can see pictures of his snowboard prototypes, skateboards, images of his friends and family, pictures of the Wee Willi Winkels Skateboard Team, iconic memorabilia, stories from skateboarding pros like Doug Teramoto and Lonnie Toft, and more.

Community members are also encouraged to share any stories or pictures they have about Willi, his skateboards, or other creations at https://bluemountains.librariesshare.com/williwinkels/

If you’re keen for more skateboarding and snowboarding inspiration, check out The concrete wave: the history of skateboarding by Michael Brooke, and the locally-produced film Shipwrecked by Mountain Goat Film Company, which features young freestyle athletes who call Collingwood and the Blue Mountains area home. The films Snow People and REEL History feature local snow sports and they’ll also inspire athleticism in every season. All items are available from the Blue Mountains Public Library.

While compiling this online project, I have become fascinated with skateboard history and I admit that I have been tempted to try out the sport. You’re never too late to learn something new, right? Well…we’ll see about that part, but I’ll see you on BiblioBoard in the meantime!

Image of Willi Winkels riding one of his WWW skateboards. Image part of The Winkels Collection found on library.biblioboard.com

 

Find your Past History, through Museum resources!

Posted: by Andrea on April 4, 2019

Find your Past History, through Museum resources!

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All Things Consoled: a daughter's memoir

Posted: by Wanda on March 7, 2019

All Things Consoled: a daughter's memoir

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Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

Posted: by Hélène on February 11, 2019

Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on February 4, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 28, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 21, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 14, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on January 7, 2019

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Grey County Reads

Posted: by Ashley on December 20, 2018

Choose your favourite! Reading and voting helps your library!

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Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk Books

Posted: by Emma on October 3, 2018

Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk Books

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Top 5 Books for 2018 (so far)

Posted: by Emma on August 30, 2018

Top 5 Books for 2018 (so far)

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Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Posted: by Ashley on January 16, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the fifth of five books for Grey County Reads. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley is being defended by Rebecca Hergert.

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Grey County Reads: Crow Lake

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the second of five books for Grey County Reads. Crow Lake by Mary Lawson is being defended by Sharon Sinclair.

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Grey County Reads: The Wonder

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the third of five books for Grey County Reads. The Wonder by Emma Donoghue is being defended by Kim Peeters.

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Grey County Reads: Station Eleven: A Novel

Posted: by Ashley on January 13, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the fourth of five books for Grey County Reads. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is being defended by Jenny Parsons.

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Grey County Reads: The Back of the Turtle

Posted: by Ashley on January 5, 2018

Place holds on the staff picks online or in person at the L.E. Shore Memorial Library or the Craigleith Heritage Depot. Voting is now open. This is the first of five books for Grey County Reads. The Back of the Turtle is being defended by Aly Boltman.

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Fiction about Witches

Posted: by Emma on October 23, 2017

October, the spookiest of months, is a great time to settle in with a good read. I have compiled a list of adult fiction books about witches to get you through till Halloween.

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Author Talk Books

Posted: by Emma on September 29, 2017

We have some very special guests joining us at L.E. Shore Memorial Library on Friday October 13th at 2:30pm for an Ontario Public Library Week Author Talk. $5/person. Tickets now available at both of our branches. Read their latest novels before the big event.

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Posted: by Emma on March 20, 2017

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

Posted: by Emma on December 27, 2016

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Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Posted: by Emma on November 21, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

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Station Eleven & Fates and Furies

Posted: by Emma on September 26, 2016

Two books so good they are almost indescribable.

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NW by Zadie Smith

Posted: by Emma on August 29, 2016

NW by Zadie Smith

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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Posted: by Emma on October 27, 2015

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Posted: by Emma on July 31, 2015

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Posted: by Emma on July 15, 2015

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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The Martian by Andy Weir

Posted: by Emma on March 3, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Posted: by Emma on December 17, 2014

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

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Rules of civility by Amor Towles

Posted: by Emma on November 10, 2014

 Rules of civility by Amor Towles

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Time-Travel Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 9, 2014

Time-Travel Fiction

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Posted: by Emma on May 27, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

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Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Posted: by Emma on May 22, 2014

Where'd you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

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The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Posted: by Emma on March 10, 2014

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

Posted: by Emma on February 7, 2014

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin

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Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

Posted: by Emma on January 28, 2014

Review: 419 by Will Ferguson

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Most-Read Fiction in 2013

Posted: by Emma on January 3, 2014

A list of the top-circulating books of 2013

Most-Read Fiction in 2013

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Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Posted: by Emma on November 25, 2013

Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

Posted: by Elisa on November 6, 2013

Grab a Giller at the Library

Lynn Coady Wins the Giller Award!

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A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Posted: by Emma on October 21, 2013

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Posted: by Emma on October 2, 2013

Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

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Best Historical Fiction

Posted: by Emma on September 11, 2013

Best Historical Fiction

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Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Posted: by Emma on August 23, 2013

Review: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Great Adaptations

Posted: by Emma on August 8, 2013

Books to Read Before They Hit the Big Screen

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Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Posted: by Emma on June 27, 2013

Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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