, Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya. This popular manga series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who is taken in by a family with a secret. The secret of the Sohma family is connected to the ancient Zodiac, the basis for Chinese astrology. Takaya is a well-known creator of shojo manga, Japanese graphic novels written especially for young girls ages 10 through 18. The four volumes of Fruits Basket
are both mysterious and romantic in the best manga tradition. This series is recommended for teens age 13 and up.
I am a mad fan of the Tour de France. I don't know which is more of a draw-the excitement and, these days, the unpredictability of the race or the gorgeous scenery that accompanies it. Having been pre-occupied with this event over the past few weeks, I went searching the stacks for some books on cycling. Unfortunately, our library is a little short on the category. We do have two fairly current books on mountain biking, but nothing on long-distance road racing. This is a sport where technology has really made a difference. Two recent publications that might be of interest are The Complete Book of Long-Distance Cycling
by Edmund R. Burke and Ed Pavelka, and We Might As Well Win
, the story of Johan Bruyneel's success as a team director in the Tour de France. Bruyneel tells his story with the help of his most famous rider, Lance Armstrong. Both books should eventually be available through interlibrary loan.
I'm never sure whether listening to a book on tape or CD counts as reading! It is such a totally different experience. Any way, I just finished listening
to St. Peter's Fair
by Ellis Peters. Ellis Peters is an English woman who began life as Edith Pargeter. Her two most famous book series, however, were written under her pen name. Probably the best known of the two in America is the Brother Cadfael Chronicles, many of which were made into excellent Mystery installments on PBS. The medically adept Brother Cadfael, a monk in 12th century Shrewsbury, England can always be counted on to come across a brain teasing murder case. These books are a great way to get a painless dose of history as well. Peters is also responsible for a detective series featuring Inspector George Felse, the typical kind of English policeman that we all love. A few books in both series are available at your library.
On Saturday, July 12, the library will be participating in Frackville's Summer Town Wide Yard Sale with our own Book and Bake Sale. In addition to both hardcover and paperback books at real bargain prices, we'll also have a few treats available. Cold drinks, including soda and water, will be for sale along with a variety of home baked goods. For an unusual gift, check out our Frackville memorabilia. While you're here, find out about our programs and services-many of which are free! Hope to see you Saturday-
A month ago we began our annual fund drive here at the library. Since then we've received many generous donations from interested residents. Although our goal is not quite reached, we wanted to let those who have contributed know that we appreciate their support very much. We exist only to serve the community, and we hope to continue to provide the library services you want and need far into the future. Contributions can still be made by stopping in the library in person, or by sending a check to The Frackville Free Public Library at 56 N. Lehigh Ave., Frackville, PA 17931. For more information use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.