Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Staff Picks

Ralph Waldo Emerson has made an impression on adults worldwide, but how should his writings be introduced to a child?  In this biography for young readers, A Home for Mr. Emerson,  Barbary Kerley focuses on the dramatic house fire that Emerson suffered through in his old age.  Adult fans of Emerson will enjoy his quotes sprinkled throughout the text.  Children will be fascinated by the imaginative and colorful illustrations on every page.

Kim Ottesen
Information Specialist - Youth Services

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Sleuths

Louise Erdrich’s The Round House is an unforgettable coming of age story set on an Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.  In this prize-winning novel, narrator Joe Coutz recalls his transformative 13th summer, a summer spent searching for the rapist who attacked his mother and shattered the stable life he’d always known.  Joe’s best friends Cappy, Zack and Angus join the quest, but finding the attacker is only half the battle, even for the son of a respected tribal judge.

Colorful characters like the aged Mooshu, enigmatic Father Travis and racy Aunt Sonja --a trashy trophy wife who holds sheer fascination for the boys-- give the story humanity and humor.   On the serious side the novel explores the nature of evil, the depths of loyalty, the bonds of family and the price of justice and injustice.

We’ll discuss all the angles of this mesmerizing novel at our Book Sleuths meeting Tuesday, April 22nd at 2pm at the Post Road Library.  Newcomers are welcome so please join us for a fascinating discussion.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Friday, April 11, 2014

April Bookworms Selection

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt  is the April selection for the Bookworms book club for grades K-2.  Abused and upset crayons decide to tell their owner how they really feel in this hilarious picture book told through a series of letters. Kids will love the funny letters and childlike illustrations drawn to perfection by illustrator Oliver Jeffers. You'll never look at a box of crayons the same way again!  Staff will read this fun book in the program and kids will have fun answering questions about the story and creating crafts based on the book. Register now for the Sharon Forks location on April 17th or the Cumming location on April 24th!

Staff Picks

With Lost and Found Oliver Jeffers has written a sweet little story about a boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep and decides to return it home to Antarctica. Entertainment One and Studio A.K.A. turned it into a beautifully animated film that retains the simplicity of the story.

But where did Oliver Jeffers find his original inspiration?  One can't help but think that   he must have seen Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes Short 8 Ball Bunny, where Bugs Bunny meets with mishaps as he tries to return a pen-gu-ine to the Antarctic.
Why not check all three out for a compare and contrast session?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Staff Picks

There are several popular young adult novels that capture the perils of the dystopian society.  The more mature reader will appreciate the same genre in Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.  Set in the not distant future, Offred is  valued for her potential to produce a child in a diminishing population.  Note the interesting name:  Offred = Of Fred, and it is the pattern used to rename women who are identified as handmaids.  Get ready for parallels with George Orwell's Animal Farm because in Handmaid's Tale, some  generals are more equal than the people they serve.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Staff Picks

Extreme Medicine:How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century
by Kevin Fong, M.D.

If you want a layman’s overview of many of medicine’s advances of the 20th century, this book does so in an interesting manner.  It brings to life tales of ordinary people in the throes of severe burns, freezing temperatures, helpless against polio, and many other afflictions.  It covers how courageous doctors risk their reputations, and the lives of their patients, to save the lives of many.

This book cover is slightly deceiving at first as many of the first examples are of war and violent incidents.  However, he does mix these with many of man’s amazing explorations of the world around us.

There is also an eVideo by Dr.Fong on the same subject, produced by the BBC titled Life, Death, and Mistakes. Dr. Kevin Fong investigates how doctors can avoid making mistakes in the high-pressure, high-stakes world of the operating theater. He sets out to learn how other professionals make life and death decisions under pressure- from airline pilots facing emergencies, to the Fire Service dealing with lethal blazes, to the world of Formula One pit crews. Kevin discovers how all these fields are helping to make surgery safer. (49 minutes)

Joan Dudzinski
Collection Support Supervisor

Monday, March 31, 2014

Staff Picks

If you love a good ghost story, you’ll really enjoy Jennifer McMahon’s latest novel, The Winter People! The author puts a unique spin on the age old question: "If you could, would you want someone you loved to return from the dead, even if only for a short time?"

The year is 1908 and Sara Harrison Shea lives in West Hall, Vermont. Her daughter, 8-year-old Gertie, has been found at the bottom of a deep and abandoned well on their farm property. Sara's gut-wrenching grief is all consuming. In the present day, Fawn and Ruthie live with their mother, Alice, in the same farmhouse where Sara grieved so long ago. One day, Alice goes missing, and as the girls search for clues, they stumble upon an old diary hidden in the floorboards, along with a strange cache of other mysterious items.  Will these items help them find Alice, or perhaps even shed some light on the past? This creepy and suspenseful page-turner will keep you up reading late into the night, but only if you keep the lights on!

Beth Moore
Information Specialist