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MAY 28, 2008
I was recently viewing a website dedicated to the Brontes, that amazing family of 19th century British literature. Their blog contained a post about an upcoming edition of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte's enduring novel about an English governess. This new edition is being done by Classical Comics in the graphic format, a category which is becoming a staple of many public library's teen collections. Whether you think these picture books for older kids and even adults are a good idea or not, they appear to be here to stay. We recently received a copy of Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino. Porcellino has taken the writings of Thoreau and presented them like a favorite comic(with the addition of lots of discussion ideas.) The book is a publication of the Center for Cartoon Studies, a premier cartooning school located in White River Junction, Vermont. Learn more at www.cartoonstudies.org , www.classicalcomics.com, or www.bronte.org.uk.
We are now registering children between the ages of 6 and 9 years old for our Summer Reading Program. This year's program, entitled Catch the Reading Bug, will involve three sessions, one each in June, July, and August. In case you haven't guessed, the theme is all things 'insect' such as Backyard Safari, the Life of a Bug, and Creepy, Crawly Critters. Each session involves interactive games, book discussions, and the completion of a craft project which can be taken home. At the end of the summer, participants will receive a bag of library goodies, and those who have completed the independent reading requirements will be recognized. If your child is interested in attending, please call the library at 874-3382 or register through our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
On a recent trip to Hawaii, I had the pleasure of visiting the Iolani Palace, home to the last reigning monarchs of the Kingdom of Hawaii. This monarchy was deposed in 1893 and soon the islands were annexed by the United States. The compelling story of King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, the unfortunate Queen Lili'uokalani sent me looking in our collection for additional material. I found two interesting items. Edward Joesting's Hawaii: An Uncommon History does not attempt to give every detail, but focuses on particular events. Several chapters tell of these interesting royals who unwittingly played a role in the development of the United States as a world power. A more complex look at the evolution of modern Hawaii can be found in the great popular classic Hawaii by James A. Michener. By creating his own dynasty of characters, he tells the saga of Hawaii in this captivating novel. Our 50th state is certainly worth a visit, but if you can't get there just yet, try these books!
Sepulchre by Kate Mosse. Set near the mountain town of Rennes-les-Baines in southwestern France, this novel tells the story of Leonie Vernier, who lives at the turn of the last century and Meredith Martin, a young woman of the present. They are drawn to the haunting Domaine de la Cade, an estate whose history concerns them both. Using the theme of the Tarot, the intriguing interpretation of a special deck of cards to tell the future, the mysteries of both women are brought to light. The exotic locales and suspenseful weaving of two different but related stories made for an enjoyable reading experience. The library also has Kate Mosse's first book, Labyrinth.
Sorry to be absent for so long, but I had the pleasure of attending a conference presented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Hershey, PA last week. This conference dealt with the subject of library advocacy. Just how do we garner support for our public libraries in these times of rising costs, shrinking resources, and the need to keep up with technological advances? Many good ideas were discussed and hopefully some can be implemented in our library in future. In the meantime, we continue to ask for your support whether it is in the form of a monetary donation or simply a visit to the library to check out our services.