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MAY 31, 2011
One World, Many Stories
It's only two weeks until the beginning of our Summer Reading Program for 2011. This year's theme, One World, Many Stories, will explore stories and cultural elements of many parts of the world including our own country and county. With Away We Go in June, we'll travel across the oceans to various foreign countries to get a taste of the language, music, and literature of other children. In July, The Stories We Tell will be those of our own United States, as we explore the history and diversity of our own multi-culture. In August we will finish with How We Live, a program dedicated to the Schuylkill County Bicentennial. Programs are open to children ages 4-8 years old and are held on one Tuesday evening each month. Programs feature stories, songs, craft projects and a light snack. See our calendar page for more details or to register.
Your library has a selection of magazines for you to read. You can check these out of the library the same way you do a book. These magazines contain current events, the latest in science, and the basic principles of running a household. Looking for recipes, look in the Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, and others that are available. Summer is here, relax, enjoy a magazine or a good book.
One of my recommendations this week on the Staff Picks shelves is a book series by Alexander McCall Smith. The series is the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency which is also the title of the first book. The series kicks off as Precious Ramotswe opens the first female detective agency in Botswana. Her first cases include a mystery about a missing 11 year old boy that may involve witch doctors, locating a wayward husband and investigating a doctor who seems to know very little about medicine. Armed with a how-to detective manual by Clovis Anderson, MMa Ramotswe and her secretary Grace Makutsi introduce readers to a cast of characters and locations that captivate readers for the next 12 books. Several of the books have been adapted to films by HBO.
For those of you who enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (and there were many), you might also enjoy this series. Read what Amazon has to say:
Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2011: The Snowman, Norwegian author Jo Nesbø's thriller, should please even the most die-hard Stieg Larsson fans. On the first day of snow, a child wakes up to find his mother has disappeared during the night. Outside, a snowman has appeared out of nowhere, the calling card of one of the most terrifying serial killers in recent fiction. A letter from the perpetrator draws Detective Hole further and further into the case, and together with his new partner, Katrine Bratt, he hunts the Snowman through twists and turns that become increasingly personal and may drive Hole to the brink of insanity. Brilliantly crafted, this credible and dark page-turner fully fleshes out the characters, especially Hole, a hardened detective with sharp instincts and real heart. What is the link between the victims? Is the Snowman a suspicious doctor, a notorious playboy, or one of Hole's peers on the force? The police keep thinking they've caught the criminal, but Hole's astute observations may steer him around the red herrings and right into the hands of the cold-as-ice killer. --Miriam Landis
The Frackville Recreation Board in conjunction with the American Legion Post 398, Frackville will be holding our community's annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, 2011. The parade begins at Lehigh Avenue and Arch St. at 8:45AM and will proceed up Lehigh Aveneue and over Spring Street to Memorial Park. At the park there will be a ceremony honoring local veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, as well as musical selections by soloist Mary Wofford and a gun salute and taps by the American Legion Post Honor Guard. Light refreshments will be served afterwards at the American Legion Post on East Oak Street. All Frackville citizens are invited to attend. Parade and ceremony will be held rain or shine. For more information call the library at 874-3382.
The library is now equipped to offer wireless internet for those patrons who prefer to use their own computer. Thanks to a grant from Upper Schuylkill Revitalization, we now have wireless capability within the library. The grant also allowed us to replace four older computers with new desktop pc's. The board of trustees and staff are grateful for this opportunity to further serve the residents of Frackville and the rest of the county.
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley. This is a very sweet, but quirky little novel with a 'detective' who is only eleven years old. Flavia de Luce lives in a big country house with her father and her two sisters. As the youngest, Flavia comes in for her share of being picked on by her siblings. She manages to overcome it by developing her interests in chemistry and observation of the various local characters. When a Gypsy fortune teller is attacked after the church fete, Flavia immediately begins collecting evidence and asking questions. Bradley, a Canadian writer, has set his story in England some time after the Second World War. It is the second in a series with more to follow. Also, it is a quite small book in size, so easy to carry in a handbag or totebag!
During the month of April we received several new DVD's of films that won big at this year's Academy Awards. These include Best Picture winner The King's Speech, and Black Swan featuring Best Actress winner Natalie Portman. The Fighter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Inception, and The Social Network all received nominations and some Oscars as well. We are also expecting the new version of True Grit, being released soon. Come check out our collection and watch a movie for free.
Thanks to some matching grants from Upper Schuylkill Revitalization, the library has been able to start work on a few projects that we have been planning for some time. First of all, we have added wireless internet to our list of services. Patrons can now use wireless devices within the library. Also we are changing the face of the library with new windows and doors. Some walls have been removed to open up the front of the library and allow us to create a new teen/young adult area. The project will take a few more weeks to complete, and then we will announce an open house. In the meantime, stop in and see the work in progress.