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JUNE 22, 2007
New YA Series
We have a new YA (young adult) series called "The Mediator" written by Meg Cabot. It's about a 16 yr old girl who's able to talk to the dead. In fact, she's trying to get a date with a ghost named Jesse!
Meg Cabot books are usually good reads, so come in and try these out.
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. This novel is currently #1 on the NYTimes Best Seller List. Like Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner it deals with characters in his native country of Afghanistan. This second novel is concerned with two women, Mariam and Leila, who although they are born into very different situations, form a strong bond of friendship and love when circumstances throw them together. Although Hosseini writes about another culture, the experiences of the women he has created transcend cultural differences. The real appeal of his writing is in its human relationships. Definitely worth reading.
Last week, the library reorganized it's Children's Section with some great new purchases, which Library Director Joan Farrell obtained through a grant. Many of the items and materials are designed to appeal especially to mothers and very young children. These include a nice carpet for crawling, interactive toys, and lots of quality board books and teaching DVD's like the Baby Einstein series. It's a great new area for moms who have kids of various ages-babies and toddlers can play while their older siblings look for books or attend programs. Come see it !
In this cycle's rotating videos and DVD's there's a rare gem-a film version of E. Annie Proulx's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Shipping News. Quoyle, played by Kevin Spacey, is a man whose life has been full of disappointment and tragedy. But when he seeks a new start in the land of his ancestors, Newfoundland, he discovers hidden talents, fast friends, and even a new love. Try this unusual little film-it's worth a look!
During the summer before the U.S. entered WWI, when ocean swimming was just becoming popular, a great white shark terrorized the New Jersey shoreline. This is the real account of the events which the movie & book Jaws is based on.
You'll find our featured author for June under the "From the Librarian" button. This month's article is on someone very special to me, Anne Frank. Take a minute and post on our blog to let me know what you think - blogging is easy; and you can be anonymous. Also, l if you've a favorite writer, poet or even literary character that you'd like to see featured, either blog or you can connect via email from our contact page.
Did you know that two of our local supermarket chains have charitable donation programs? Both Redner's and Boyer's give periodic donations to non-profit organizations registered with their programs. At Redner's, you can sign up your favorite organization and then save register receipts. When you hand the receipts in, they tally what's been spent and make a donation to the organization based on the amount. Boyer's does much the same thing, but by means of a small barcoded tag which you can put on your keychain. When you shop at Boyer's, they scan the tag at the checkout and make donations to your chosen organization based on the dollar amount recorded. These programs are easy to use and help businesses to support those organizations which their customers feel are worthwhile. The Frackville Free Public Library is registered for both of these programs. If you shop at Redner's or Boyer's, and would like to help the library in this way, please stop in, call us at 874-3382, or contact us via our website, www.frackvillelibrary.com for more information.