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JUNE 26, 2008
Taste of Summer
If your planning a summer picnic and you're pressed for time, the library can help. Order a few of those delicious Deppen pies, and support our fundraiser. The pies come in ten varieties-blueberry crumb(my personal favorite!), cherry crumb, peach, shoo-fly, lemon sponge, coconut custard, raisin crumb, pumpkin, strawberry rhubarb, and no sugar apple. The price is $7.50 each and is payable with the order. All orders are due by July 31, and pies will be available for pick-up on August 13. For more information, call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. Lowry is best known for her Newberry Award winning novels Number the Stars and The Giver, both of which deal with serious subjects. In The Willoughbys, she does a complete turnaround and writes a book that is both outrageous and funny. Using just about every convention that appears in children's literature from orphans to nannies to reclusive candy makers, Lowry creates a family and a world that is all too real-or maybe not! Accompanied by Lowry's own whimsical drawings, The Willoughbys offers a light summer treat for kids ages 9-12.
A generous donation by a patron has brought us a DVD of good night, andgood luck, director George Clooney's version of the events of 1953 when the famed TV journalist Edward R. Murrow took on Senator Joseph McCarthy. This film exudes the flavor of the 50's with costumes, sets, and music which will take many of us back to our childhood. Murrow, popular for his famous interview program, Person to Person, was much more interested in using television as a means of educating the public than in being an entertainer. The part of Murrow is portrayed brilliantly by David Strathairn, with Clooney himself as Fred Friendly, Murrow's producer and friend. McCarthy is portrayed only by himself, in actual news footage of the time. This film is a thoughtful look at history, but provokes discussion about how things have not changed.
The library's Annual Fund Drive is currently underway. Many of you may have already received a letter requesting your help in the form of a monetary donation. We realize that times are difficult, and that your ability to contribute to community organizations may be limited. You may not realize that this library has been in existence since 1939. Obviously it is an institution that many residents need and enjoy. Please consider us as you are planning your charitable giving for 2008. If you did not receive a letter, please stop by the library for a copy, call us at 874-3382 for information, or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. Thanks again for your continuted support.
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman. For those of us who have been waiting for the next Pullman novel-hopefully something in connection with his masterful His Dark Materials series-a bit of a teaser has arrived. In this novella, Pullman takes us back to the momentous meeting of the intrepid aeronaut, Lee Scorsby, and the King of the Svalbard bears, Iorek Byrnison. With the flavor of an old time American western, the tale begins as Scorsby lands his balloon in a town at the edge of the Artic which has pretty much been taken over by a corporate mining giant. Needless to say, Lee is headed for trouble as he sides with the good guys and even meets with a bit of romance. This little book is definitely worth a read, although you might not find it as interesting if you haven't read the rest of the series.