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Published on Thursday, July 14, 2011

High NoonThe Washington Highlands' High Noon Book Club is on vacation until September. 

The title selected for September is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. The book is about how doctors took Lacks' cancerous cells without asking.  Her cells lived on in the laboratory, and launched a medical revolution and a multimillion-dollar industry.  More than 20 years later, her children found out. Skloot weaves Lacks' and her children's tales together.

Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

007 Carte Blanche Watch Me Die

Published on Saturday, June 25, 2011


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 July 7: XXX

Charismatic extreme sports competitor Zander Cage aka Triple X, is recruited by a government agent (Jackson) to infiltrate a Russian crime ring. This high-octane thriller sends him on a dangerous covert mission where he must use all of his death-defying skills to succeed where other agents have failed. Fasten your seatbelts!

July 14:  Defiance

Published on Friday, June 17, 2011

you are here The Theme for 2011 is "You Are Here." 

Get ready for summer reading fun. The online registration has begun, so sign up today.

The focus this year is not on whether the program is completed, but the steps that a teen is taking to get there; participate in fun activities.

Come to our entertaining programs Thursday, July 28, at 4:30 p.m., and read for the fun of it all summer long. 

Read books and win prizes.  To win prizes, enter books you’ve read online.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Before There Was Mozart book cover

This book has a striking title with a handsome picture of a young black man named Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George, on the front cover.  Before There Was Mozart was written by a husband and wife team, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome. They used beautiful oil paintings as illustrations which complements the era and setting of the story.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bear sleeping

Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand is a nice bright springy book that will attract young readers.  Of course the pages are very colorful with pictures and short reading sentences. The story line is great: Mole is excited about spring coming in.  He spends his time trying to wake up Bear to celebrate the spring season.  But, Bear will not wake up, and so Mole does some things to get Bear up.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jack Kennedy

For those of us who are old enough to remember John F. Kennedy, think about what you were doing when they held his funeral.  I was around 5 or 6 years old, and I remember seeing something like a horse and buggy with the U.S. flag hanging over it.  I remember thinking to myself, why are they showing this over and over on television? At the time, I did not know that JFK was a very important man.  He was one of America’s favorite and unforgettable presidents.

Published on Thursday, May 19, 2011

Big Horse and a Little Horse

This book, appropriate for ages 3 to 8, is about Einstein, the smallest stallion.  He was born to two miniature horses. When he was born, Einstein weighed less than a cat, and he was no taller than a cereal box.  He is a miniature horse. 

Published on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Have you ever heard of the old Easter Bunny story from Germany?  It’s about how the Easter Bunny became a part of the Easter holiday. A woman hid very colorful Easter eggs outdoors.  Her children went out to hunt for them. As they were going out, they saw a rabbit hop by. From that moment, her children thought the rabbit brought the Easter eggs. Presently, parents are still telling their children that  the Easter Bunny brings beautiful colored eggs.  The Easter Bunny is a sign that Easter is almost here.

The Easter egg is a symbol of new life.  For thousands of years, eggs were part of many spring festivals.  People would color eggs and give them to one another.

Some Easter colors are white, yellow and green.  White stands for purity, and yellow is for sunlight.  Green is the color of nature, and it stands for spring and rebirth.

Published on Monday, April 4, 2011

Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson is a good book to teach children about encouragement.  Althea is well known for being the first African-American tennis player to break the color barrier in 1949.  From the early years of her life, her family referred to her as “nothing but trouble.” They said Althea was a “wild tomboy” and that she loved sports.  She would play basketball late into the night, not return from recess at school and roam the streets of Harlem, New York.  Today, Althea would probably be considered a troubled child, but she turned out to be the number one ranked female tennis player in the world.