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MAY 30, 2007
Just finished reading...
The Road by Cormac McCarthy.This brilliantly written novel tells the grim tale of a father and son who journey toward the sea in a postapocalyptic America. In spite of the horror they experience which is depicted by McCarthy in chilling detail, there is still a very real element of humanity, family connection, and hope in their story. This book recently won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for 2007, and is certainly worthy of the distinction. Since this was also a selection for Oprah's Book Club, the library is fortunate to have several copies. Stretch your mind-read this book!
Under the "From the Librarian" button on our webpage, check out our featured author for May 2007. If you've a favorite writer, poet or literary character that you'd like to see featured, let me know, and I'll add to my list.
Yesterday we received materials for this year's Summer Reading Program. The theme for this year is Get a Clue @ Your Library. In June we'll be solving the Great Frackville Caper. In July, it's the mystery of the dinosaurs. For August, we'll be concentrating on puzzles and ciphers. The programs are for kids ages 6-9 and will take place one Tuesday each month from 6-7:30PM. If you'd like to join in the fun for the summer, use our contact page to talk to us by email or call 874-3382 for more details.
The library is happy to announce that we now have the Rosetta Stone language program for Latin American Spanish Level 1 available to patrons. This acclaimed language tool uses computer technology to give the student a first-hand reading, listening, or writing experience. If you need to learn Spanish for your job, an upcoming vacation, or just for fun, come into the library and try it out! Please ask the librarian for assistance, as it requires a special DVD.
I just completed a volunteer assignment in which older adults exchanged a series of letters with 5th graders. It was interesting and fun to try to bridge the generations with our own stories and to hear something of the activities enjoyed by today's kids. Anyway, it gave me an idea for one of my Adventures with Books programs. I am looking for some adult couples who still enjoy dancing the jitterbug. This volunteer assignment would involve attending our program, which lasts about an hour, on Tuesday, May 22 at 6PM. If you'd like to participate as a dancer, or if you have a child aged 6-9yrs. who would like to join our Adventures with Books group, please call the library at 874-3382, or use our Contact Page to send an email.
Hands down, the toughest and most important job you’ll ever have. Described on a parenting website as “chief boo-boo kisser, CFO of the house, minister of justice”… I’m sure you could think of plenty more to add to our “ mom” job description. Please share them with us. We would love to hear what your job description of a “mom” is.
For you new moms out there; we are going to spotlight some parenting books we just purchased with a grant from the Dept. of Community & Economic Development and Senator Rhoades. So check out the “Spotlight” section on our homepage. We will also have some websites on parenting you might find helpful. Happy Mother’s Day!
For those not in the know, a Janeite is a reader especially addicted to the novels of Jane Austen, the famous English writer. You may be acquainted with her work through many TV and movie adaptions like Pride and Prejudice. Anyway, I am a Janeite of long standing and would be interested to know if there are any more of us in Schuylkill County. Use our contact page to get in touch. I would love to do a Jane Austen program at the library!
If you are an adult age 55 or older, we would be glad to help you learn the basics of computer usage. Using the mouse, keyboard, and monitor, using email and the internet, and the basics of MicrosoftWord are some of the topics we'll be covering. Times for the instruction are flexible depending on the demand. If you are interested please call the library at 874-3382. This post is in response to a comment from Matilda. Unfortunately, our system does not allow us to reply to comments. If you want specific information, please use the contact page. That way we get connected to your email! Thanks so much for your interest.