Neighborhood Library

Published on Monday, July 12, 2010

On Thursday, August 5, 2010, the children's book club at the Northeast Branch Library will be discussing The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.  This is a wonderful adventure story about a teenage boy who goes to India to visit an uncle, boards a ship to return home to New York, and gets stranded on a deserted island with a wild horse. 

Read the book to find out how he makes it home again and persuades his parents to keep the horse.

The Bone Series by Jeff Smith

Published on Friday, July 9, 2010

For a change of pace, this week’s book review is about a graphic novel series. If you’re a fantasy fan, or if you’ve ever thought about reading a graphic novel, then the best place to start is the Bone series by Jeff Smith. 

Fone Bone, a strange white-colored creature with a big nose, has just been run out of Boneville, along with his two cousins, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone.  It’s all thanks to one of Phoney’s rotten schemes to get elected mayor. 

Published on Thursday, July 8, 2010

Star training starts this Saturday.  First in a series of six sessions where we will Sing Talk And Read our way into a new literacy skill every week. This program is for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children ages 2 to 5 years.  We are not teaching how to read, but the skills that children need prior to reading. Research shows that there are 6 skills needed to become a successful reader.

If you already registered you have received your reminder call.  If not please bring the family and join me, as we explore phonological awareness this Saturday July, 10th at 10:30am. I have a new book for you too!

If you have any questions please call Karen Towles or Judith Oliver in the Children's Room 698-3299.

Published on Saturday, June 26, 2010

This year, the library’s summer reading programs are all about water, whether making a splash or making waves. In keeping with that theme, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher is a book in which just about everything washes up, from a one-legged swimmer to a kid with a bone to pick and a heart of gold to boot. Read on to find out more.

"The Spare Wife" by Alex Witchel

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Monday, June 28 - 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Come join us as we discuss the book club's selection for the month, the Spare Wife.
The main character, Ponce Morris is described as a beautiful, rich widow who has a 
talent for throwing elegant dinner parties for powerful, wealthy couples.  Ponce doesn't
appear to be a threat to her married friends but Ponce has a secret that will reveal her
as a threat to all the couples in her circle.   

Published on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Come to the Children’s Room and join our pool of summer readers.  The theme of this summer’s reading program is “Make a SPLASH – Read!”.  We are asking readers to challenge themselves by making a contract/commitment to read at least 15 minutes a day, 1 book a week, or whatever suites their reading style;  it's not the quantity,  but the quality of the reading experience.  Younger children that are  enjoying listening to stories should join too.  As your goal is reached, return to the Children's Room with your reading log and we will reward you with a "splashy gift".  Our reading incentives allow you to make a splash with a beach ball, water bottle, splash ball, or that adorable plush little raccoon in swim trunks.

Library Shows Film at Request of Book Club

Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Due to the great interest by the book club members in the Northeast Children’s Book Club, there will be a showing of the movie “Tuck Everlasting” in the meeting room June 21, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.  After reading and discussing the book, it was agreed to view the movie together.  This book is fantasy created by Natalie Babbitt.  The Tuck Family will live forever as they were when they unwittingly drank from the “fountain of youth”.  Ten-year-old Winnie Foster discovers the family and befriends them.  She will go to great lengths to help them keep their secret. 

Published on Wednesday, June 9, 2010

“Read like a wolf eats.”  That’s a quote from Gary Paulsen.  He has written over 200 books and there is a book for practically everyone’s needs: adventure, historical fiction, biography, humor, and mystery.  On July 1, 2010, the children’s book club will be discussing Gary Paulsen’s Harris and Me: a Summer Remembered.  The main characters are nine-year-old Harris (of course) and his distant relative, eleven-year-old Orlo.  Orlo is not fortunate enough to have competent parents, but he is fortunate enough to have relatives who take turns taking care of him from time to time.  Orlo has lived in many places including the Philippines.  He has never lived on a farm.  This summer is going to be different, funny, and never boring.  

Published on Monday, June 7, 2010

If you haven’t heard your friends talking about The Hunger Games or Catching Fire in the past two years, you’ve been missing out on a fantastic story that will soon be made into a great movie.  Learn about the book that started it all below.

In the far future, North America has been renamed Panem and divided up into 12 districts, lorded over by a ruthless and sadistic Capitol. There once were 13 districts, but when all the districts rebelled against the Capitol’s oppression, District 13 was destroyed as an example.

"A Lesson Before Dying"

Published on Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Northeast Book Club met again on May 24 with 10 members in attendance. The book under discussion was A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines.  This is the story of two young black men–Jefferson, a school dropout on death row, and Grant, a first generation college graduate and school teacher–both facing issues of racial oppression.

Some Northeast book club members expressed their disgust at the racial bias and social injustices perpetrated against Jefferson, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, he was sentenced to death for the murder of a liquor store owner and two other men.