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Celebrate Poetry Month with a Special Trivia Night!

Published on Saturday, April 20, 2013

Cover Art for Inside Out & Back AgainWhen Kim Há’s mother visits a fortuneteller for Vietnamese New Year, he tells her that her family’s lives will “twist inside out.”  Naively, 10-year-old Há hopes that this means her hometown of Saigon will not see any fighting from the Vietnam War and perhaps, her missing father of nine years will return.  However as fate would have it, the fighting continues to rage on and forces Há’s family to flee for safety.  Starting with a fishing boat in Vietnam, to a refugee camp in Guam, to Florida, and ending with their final residence in Alabama, Há's life changes dramatically.  Quickly she finds herself trying to learn English, confronting bullies, and forced to eat strange Ameri

Published on Friday, April 19, 2013

Breathing roomBreathing Room is a novel about life in Washington, DC in the late 20th century.  When the Southeast Book Club met last month to discuss and critique this book, the group was excited about reading a book with a familiar setting. Club members felt connected to the street names, popular points of interests and public buildings referred to in the book, which connected our readers to the text.

The Cove

Published on Saturday, April 6, 2013

the cove dvd coverJoin us on Monday, April 8 at 1 p.m. for a screening of the documentary film The Cove.

In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, behind a wall of barbed wire and "Keep Out” signs, lies a shocking secret. It is here, under cover of night, that the fishermen of Taiji engage in an unseen hunt for thousands of dolphins.

Published on Friday, April 5, 2013

Southeast Library BuildingWith technological advancements of the past few decades, many have predicted the end of the public library. But with the explosion of information on the Internet, the public library as a place will continue to play a vital role in its community.

In fact, the role of the public library to its community today is more vital than ever. The public library remains the only place people can access and obtain information free of charge. We strive to go beyond traditional library services and offer programs that not only promote lifelong reading, but also provide services and resources for building communities.

Published on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Chinua AchebeOne of Africa’s most prolific and renowned writers, Chinua Achebe, died on March 22, 2013 at 82 after a brief illness. At the epoch of his career was the publication of his masterpiece, Things Fall Apart in 1958. A novel that was the first of its kind, written by an African about African values, has since become a regular part of the language arts curriculum throughout the continent of Africa and beyond, large in part due to its richness in cultural heritage.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

Published on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History has designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month. Celebrate this American art form with books about the sights, sounds, and people of this musical style. Don't forget to visit the Smithsonian's website for special events all month long. 

Published on Friday, March 22, 2013

TFAThings Fall Apart, a novel by the renowned author Chinua Achebe, is rooted the deep cultural traditions of the Igbos of eastern Nigeria. Written in the mid-twentieth century at a time when Africa was changing hands from colonial rule to indigenous rule, Achebe portrays a peaceful, organized community torn apart by the introduction of a foreign lifestyle and ideology.

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Casual VacancyWhen a children’s librarian is looking forward to an adult fiction title, it means only one thing: everyone is looking forward to this title too. And as the author of one of the most popular children’s fiction series of all time, J.K. Rowling had her work cut out for her.

Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013

Cover art for Tales of TerrorUncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley has more than enough fear-factor for most fans of scary stories. Uncle Montague lives alone in a big house, but regular visits from his nephew, Edward, give him the opportunity to recount some of his most frightening stories. As each tale unfolds, it becomes clear that something sinister is in the air, from strange sounds, a creepy butler that Edward rarely sees.

The thrilling sequel in the Wildwood Series

Published on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cover Art "Under Wildwood"When we left Prue and Curtis at the end of Wildwood, we couldn't help but feel their story wasn't over. Curtis had chosen to stay behind with his fellow bandits, and Prue had heroically returned from Wildwood with her baby brother. However, while this may have seemed like a happily ever after, all was not well in Wildwood or The Outside.  Prue remains restless, and can't seem to quiet her new gift of communicating with plants -- a talent that proves to be quite distracting at school.

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