Village Library

The Village Square Library
Photo by Fred Mckeen
Photo by Fred McKeen

The Vankoughnet/Village Square Library has a very good collection of
both fiction and non-fiction books.  There are also 163 videos and 125 DVDs for your viewing enjoyment.  Books may be borrowed for three weeks while videos and DVDs are to be signed out for one week.

The adult, children, and youth sections have recently been updated and organized.  However, this is an ongoing process for the volunteers.
The non-fiction books are shelved thematically and include cooking, crafts, Canadian and Muskoka history, as well as autobiography/biography and travel sections. 

Among our fiction authors are Clive Cussler, John Grisham, Sophie Kinsella, James Patterson, Belva Plain, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, Danielle Steel and many more.  Canadian authors include Margaret Atwood, David Bergen, Joseph Boyden, Michael Crummey, and Alice Munro.

The Library is staffed by a librarian on Saturday morning between 10:00 and 12:00.  You are encouraged to do a 'self-help' check-out on other occasions when The Village Square is open.  Instructions for this procedure are taped to the desk.  Library cards may be purchased for $2.00 and are good for life.  Fines for late returns are $0.25/day but only for the days when the Library
is open.

The Library Committee welcomes the donation of popular books that are in
good condition.


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.THE HEAT (2013)
Oscar winner Sandra Bullock plays an uptight FBI special agent.  Oscar nominee Melissa McCarthy embodies a foul-mouthed Boston cop.  They join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord in “the funniest movie of the year”.  Warning:  lots of swearing!!

Matt Damon leads a stellar cast in this breathtaking sci-fi adventure.  During a manned mission to Mars, American astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead and left behind by his crew.  But Watney must find a way to contact Earth and survive on a barren planet with meager supplies.  Meanwhile, an international team of scientists devises a near-impossible rescue plan to bring him home!

SPECTRE (2015) 
A cryptic message from the past sends Bond (James Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome.  Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre.  Meanwhile, back in London, the new head of the Centre for National Security questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of M16, led by M (Ralph Fiennes).  As Bond ventures towards the heart of Spectre, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

SPY (2015)
Melissa McCarthy plays deskbound CIA analyst Susan Cooper.  When her partner (Jude Law) falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, Susan volunteers to go deep undercover and bring down a deadly arms dealer.  Loaded with wisecracking action and adventure, “SPY is a mission impossible to resist!”
12 YEARS A SLAVE (2013)
Winner of three Academy awards, including Best Picture, !2 Years a Slave is based upon the true story of Solomon Northup.  Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery.  Stripped of his identity and deprived of dignity, he is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) and must find the strength to survive.  The cast includes Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Brad Pitt.  “Abundant with beauty and power.”


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Joy Fielding's 2008 thriller Charley's Web

Sue Grafton's 2009 Kinsey Milhone U is for Undertow

Iris Johansen's 2015 thriller The Naked Eye

Perrine LeBlanc's 2015 award-winning (Canadian) book The Lake

Robert Parker's/Ace Atkins' 2014 Spenser novel Cheap Shot

Danielle Steel's 2015 novel Country

Danielle Steel's 2016 novel Property of a Noblewoman


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This is the tragic story of the lifelong secret love between an American woman (Edith Travis) and an aristocrat (Lord Fermoy).  He would become the confidant of English Prime Ministers and royalty, and the grandfather of Dianna, Princess of Whales.  Revealed through a series of letters, photographs, and keepsakes, their forbidden romance is recounted in detail through the eyes of a couple whose relationship remained a secret until this writing.

THE SISTINE SECRETS                                                                                   Michelangelo’s Forbidden Messages in the Heart of the Vatican             (Benjamin Blech)

The shocking secrets of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel artwork are revealed in this piece of non-fiction.  The book tries to remove centuries of prejudice, censorship, and ignorance from one the of world’s most famous and beloved treasures.  (Please note:  If you choose to download this book onto an electronic reader, it is a difficult read due to the number of editing errors.)

THIEVES OF BAGDAD (by Matthew Bogdanos)

When American forces went into Baghdad, a rampaging army of looters stole or destroyed more than 5,000 priceless antiquities from the Iraqi National Museum. Colonel Matthew Bogdanos was charged with recovering the treasures, and Thieves of Baghdad is his first-person account of how the thefts occurred, where the antiquities wound up, and what he did to get them back.  He also recounts the challenges he faced growing up in downtown New York and describes his roots in Greek and Middle Eastern classics.


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(Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley)

The film centres around Alan Turing, a mathematician who was hired by the British Government in World War Two to attempt to crack the ‘unbreakable’ German communication system nicknamed Enigma.  Moving back and forth between three periods of his life, the film focuses on his time at a top-secret, code-breaking school in Bletchley Park along with a skilled team as he creates a machine (the first ‘computer’) that will break the complicated cypher.  Cumberbatch heads the cast as Turing and makes this movie thrive, but with help from an excellent supporting cast and attention to detail throughout.  It’s a superb film all-around and well worth watching a few times!




(Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones)


This is the extraordinary true story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age (ALS).  With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of:  time.  Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking.


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STILL ALICE  by Lisa Genova  (2009)

In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished woman slowly loses her thoughts and memories to Alzheimer’s disease—only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving. Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, and Kristen Stewart.  Borrow it here even if you have seen the movie!


ALREADY HOME  by Susan Mallery (2012)

After nearly a decade as a sous-chef in a trendy eatery, and fresh off a divorce from the owner, Jenna Stevens is desperate for a change. So when she spots a For Lease sign in her hometown, she impulsively decides to open her very own cooking store. Her crash course in business is aided by a streetwise store manager and Jenna's adoptive mother. But as soon as she gains a foothold in her new life, in walk her birth parents—aging hippies on a quest to reconnect.  Jenna must now figure out how to reconcile the free-spirited Serenity and Tom with the parents who raised her and decide whether to open her heart to a man who just might be the best thing to happen to her in years; all without sacrificing her newly-found dreams.



On a scorching August day in 1963, seven-year-old Annie Banks meets the girl who will become her best friend. Skinny, outspoken Starr Dukes and her wandering preacher father may not be accepted by polite society in Jackson, Mississippi, but Annie and Starr are too busy sharing secrets and playing elaborate games of Queen for a Day to care. Then, as suddenly as she appeared in Annie's life, Starr  disappears.

Annie barely recognizes Starr when they meet twenty-seven years after that first summer, but the bond formed so long ago quickly re-emerges. Starr, pregnant by a powerful married man who wants her to get out of town, has nowhere to turn. Annie, determined not to fail her friend this time, agrees to drive Starr to New Orleans to get money she's owed. 

Moving, witty, and beautifully told, The Right Thing is a story of love and courage, the powerful impact of friendship, and the small acts that can anchor a life--or, with a little luck, steer it in the right direction at last. 




Ishmael Chambers, the one-man staff of the newspaper on San Piedro Island in Puget Sound, is covering the 1954 trial of a high school classmate accused of killing another classmate over a land dispute. We learn the sensory details of life in a small fishing community; the emotional lives of people scarred inside and out by World War II; and the deep and unresolved prejudices toward the island's Japanese Americans who were interned during the war--a tragedy that led to financial advantage for some islanders. We hear from the characters' distinctive voices as Chambers tells a combination love story, murder mystery, and painful history lesson. (Highly recommended by both Leona and Carolyn.)

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