Program Date: Monday, March 26, 6:30-8:30 PM
Breaking Stalin's nose by Eugene Yelchin — a gripping story about a seldom covered historical era — Russia, or the then Soviet Union, under Stalin's rule. Ten-year-old Sasha begins a 24 hour period in a state of utter elation, the day has finally arrived for him to join the Young Pioneers. At last he will be able to serve the Communist Party and Comrade Stalin, just as his father does who works for the secret police in State Security. But poor, niave Sasha soon finds his whole world spiraling into an abyssmal black hole. His father is arrested in the middle of the night leaving him homeless. He accidentally breaks the nose off of a bust of Stalin at school and knows he could be arrested, too, if anyone reports him and he will never be able to join the Young Pioneers.
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[Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP]
Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — justly deserved winning the Newbery. It is an entertaining as well enriching read set in 1962 Norvelt, Pennsylvania — a real place. Indeed, the story is partly autobiographical which is why the main character's name is Jackie Gantos. Jackie is grounded for the summer for doing a couple dumb things. He ends up having to be the "hired hands" for an arthritic elderly neighbor, Miss Volker. As he transcribes the obituaries for the local paper, a sinister pattern begins to emerge — far too many of the town's elderly are dying in rapid succession by bizarre causes. Zany characters and wild escapades are intermixed with fascinating historical facts about not only Norvelt, but renowned figures in world history.
One of my New Year's Resolutions was to meet some new friends. It looks like I am getting a good start! Scaredy Squirrel visited the library the other day. If you haven't read the adventures of this little fellow, you really should! As his name suggests, Scaredy Squirrel is afraid of lots of things… like germs and unicorns, and crowds, and Godzilla. However, he always seems to manage to overcome his fears with a little bit of pluck, and by playing dead. Scaredy certainly enjoyed his visit to the library! You can check out pictures from his adventure over on Flickr! Hmmmm… now who should I meet next?
This episodic story was originally published online and was a collaboration between the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance and the Library of Congress's Center for the Book. It began as a national literacy project for young people to help launch the READ.gov website. Nineteen celebrated children's book authors and illustrators have joined together to write a fun, humorous, adventure tale like no other:
The American Library Association has announced the winners of the 2012 Youth Media Awards. Here are the winners, with special mentions below:
Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — Newbery Medal.
A ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka — Caldecott Medal
Dead end in Norvelt by Jack Gantos — has been awarded the Newbery Medal for 2012.
Newbery Honor books for 2012 are:
Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai
Breaking Stalin's nose by written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
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Program Date: Monday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 PM
- 10:00 AM — Winnie the Pooh (G)
- 1:00 PM — Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)
- 3:00 PM — Mr. Popper's Penguins (PG)
- 6:30 PM — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (PG-13)