Columbus Day

Christopher Columbus first made landfall in the Americas on October 12, 1492 somewhere in the Bahamas, on an island which the natives called Guanahani and which Columbus renamed San Salvador. This date is a observed as public holiday in the United States as well as in many countries in South America. It is known as Discovery Day in the Bahamas, Day of the Americas in Uruguay and Day of the Cultures in Costa Rica. Many historians, however, are still asking the question "Who really discovered America?" Everyone knows that Native Americans were here long before Columbus arrived. In addition, Norse expeditions to North America have been historically established. Claims of discovery have also been made for St.

Lunch & a Book May 2012

On Thursday May 10th from Noon to 1PM we'll be discussing

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee — Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school. She's known how to read and write, though, ever since she and her older brother Jem can remember. Bored with school, Scout and Jem decide on a project — to make Boo Radley, the town's notorious recluse, come out. But Scout's carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman — and Atticus is the only man willing to defend him.

October 7th is Ada Lovelace Day

Today, October 7th, is Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, is regarded to be the first computer programmer. In honor of her, this day is designated for the recognition of the achievements of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It would be a great day to check out a book on women inventors, astronaunts, or mathematicians. Or stimulate your own daughter's interest in one or more of these subjects with one of our many science films from here in the library. My favorite is the Disney Imagineering Series. Another good option is The Way Things Work, based of the David Macauley book by the same name.

What Would You Do If

A murder of crows flew off to the forbidden Impassable Wilderness with the baby brother you were supposed to be watching? This is just the first difficult quandary that Prue is forced to deal with in Wildwood by Colin Meloy (lead singer and songwriter for The Decemberists). Well, as you might guess, Prue does elect to sneak into the wilds, followed by a nosy classmate, Curtis. This intrepid duo soon learn they have entered a realm in the midst of violent upheaval. One part of the dark and magical wood is warring with at least one other section. A simple rescue mission explodes into mortal battles featuring incredible creatures and humans as various factions vie for power and control. Honeyed deceit, brutal honesty, and difficult choices force Prue and Curtis to mature quickly. They must tap unknown inner strengths as they risk their lives for a greater cause. Readers rapidly become engaged with all the characters in this eco-fantasy full of twists, turns, and humorous episodes. An unexpected choice at the end leaves one anxiously awaiting Book II in The Wildwood Chronicles. Let's hope Meloy is able to maintain this quality and momentum as the series progresses. This is truly a 'must-read' for all fantasy lovers!

Creative Writing Short Stories

This Summer, Teen Creative Writing students were asked to write a story based on a selected list of genres. Each story developed over the course of the six week class, beginning with gathering ideas, a rough draft, and the final product represented in the audio recordings of the finished products below.

The Mirror World

by Arsh Kaiser

Synopsis: When his parents purchase a strange mirror as a gift for his sister, Sam discovers that there's more to a reflection than he ever imagined.


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The Normal Ghost Tracer

by Kriya Shah

Synopsis: A young girl befriends an interesting boy who teaches her how to understand ghosts. Together they begin a quest to help the dead and the living understand and accept each other.

Murder Will Out: Carol Higgins Clark

Willard Library in Battle Creek is pleased to present An Evening with Carol Higgins Clark, Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) at the Burnham Brook Community Center.

Mobbed: a Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark — Best-selling mystery author Carol Higgins Clark will talk about her Regan Reilly detective series, take questions, and sign books. The program is free of charge and all are welcome! Burhnam Brook Community Center is located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Please call 269-968-8166 with any questions.

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