Hi kids, LB wanted to share some pictures from his trip to Prince Edward Island with you. If you didn't know it already, PEI is the home a red head who has a tendency to get into trouble. Nope. Not Pippi Longstocking. I'm talking about Anne of Green Gables. You can actually visit her house (which is where LB is in this picture). LB also visited some other places in Canada and Boston on this trip. And narrowly avoided a tropical storm.
Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Huge revelations. Gut wrenching plot twists. And, characters you love that bite the dust... Equal parts philosophy, romance, and violence, this series -definitely for older teens- has been touted as one of the best x-men books out, and it's no lie. Check it out.
Batman: the Dark Knight returns — the classic graphic novel by Frank Miller is being adapted into two animated movies. We’ve got the first one coming to the library soon. This is edgy, dark and beautiful stuff, for you batman fans out there. See IGN's video review where they name it as one of the best DC animated movies to date.
To Kill a Mockingbird, with 41% of the vote!
Our runner up is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which we will be showing at our Harry Potter Costume Party in October. So join us this Monday, October 1st at 6:30 to celebrate our freedom to read (and watch) great stories during our Banned Books Week Movie Celebration!
Tim Heller, avid chess player, hosts informal open play on the second and fourth Sundays of most months in the library Community Room, while providing instruction and pointers on improving your game. Beginners are welcome. The 4th Sundays include a tournament by "Library Chess Clubs." For tournament information and registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo used with permission by origamiguy1971.
[After our trip to the pumpkin patch by knitsteel is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0]
The hobbit, or, There and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien — J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit turns 75 years old on September 21. September 22 is also Hobbit Day, honoring the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo (whose long awaited birthday celebration initiatied events in the Fellowship of the Ring). With the first film in a trilogy based on The Hobbit releasing this December, it's a great time to check it out for a reread!
Major League Baseball is jetting toward the World Series faster than vendors can toss hot dogs to the hungry crowd. This year the World Series begins on October 24, 2012, so only a little over a month away. Will the Detroit Tigers make it into the playoffs? Only time will tell. We are one game behind the White Sox, so keep your fingers crossed and check out our awesome books and dvd's hightlighting Detroit's finest. Go Tigers!
In celebration Banned Books Week and our freedom to read, the Library will be showing a special movie Monday, October 1 at 7:00 PM. The movie will be determined in a readers' poll running until Friday, 9/21. What's your favorite banned book adaptation?
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann is like Harry Potter entering the Hunger Games, according to one Kirkus reviewer. Other reviews also rave about this new teen/tween Fantasy/Sci-Fi series. In the dystopic land of Quill, when you reach age 13, you are deemed Wanted, Necessary, or Unwanted. Alex is too creative and is thereby judged Unwanted and sentenced to be cast into the Lake of Burning Death along with the other Unwanteds. His identical brother, Aaron, is rated Wanted, turns his back on his brother, enters Wanted University, and rises quickly, becoming the protege of High Priest Justine. Meanwhile, Alex is pleasantly surprised when instead of suffering a painful death, he is welcomed into the magical realm of Artime by the kindly mage Mr. Today.
If your book group is looking for a reading challenge--each of these books has been challenged by a parent or a community. This year marks the 30th Anniversary of American Libraries Association's Banned Books Week, September 30 - October 6, 2012.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald ; preface and notes by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Last chance by Norah McClintock is the first book in the Robyn Hunter Mystery series. While working in an animal shelter for the summer, Robyn if forced to confront her fear of dogs as well as Nick, a boy from her past she had hoped never to see again. Nick is one of the juvenile offenders volunteering at the shelter. He is accused of hitting a pedestrian while joyriding and pleads guilty. Robyn senses something strange about his plea, begins snooping around, and once convinced of his innocence, sets out to prove it. Dog lovers and mystery fans will enjoy this book. Danger, clever detective work, and current teen/tween issues will keep even reluctant readers coming back for other titles in this series.