We had a great beginning to our Summer Reading program last week. We had 170 kids and 100 adults attending our kickoff and Lego Expo. Our next program is Thursday, June 14, and we will have fairytale visitors from Rock City. As always, the program begins at 10:30 a.m.
We know that finding parking is sometimes difficult here at the library. Please don’t park in the Trenton Physical Therapy parking lot as it is needed for their patients. You can park in the school’s parking lot or in the new city lot on the northeast corner of the square, just past Lalito’s.
Kids who won prizes last week but were not present to claim them will be called.
We have brochures at the library with the list of summer reading for Dade County Schools. Just in case your child didn’t get one or lost theirs, come by and pick one up. We have several of the books listed, and we can order others through PINES if our copies are checked out.
Have you checked out the Great American Read yet? If you watch the first episode on PBS, you can learn about the favorite books of some of your favorite authors and celebrities. George R.R. Martin, whose Game of Thrones series is a nominee, says he would vote for The Lord of the Rings. Bestselling author James Patterson recommended One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Wil Wheaton, star of Star Trek and Big Bang Theory, is a big fan of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (my son really likes this one, too). Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex in the City, says she has read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe over and over. George W. Bush’s twin daughters recommended The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, another book we read in our local Book Club. This book is appropriate for young people as well as adults.
We have some of these 100 books on hand, and we can order others for patrons. Come and take a look.
The Book Club will meet Tuesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. to discuss Hillbilly Elegy: A Memory of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. This book is a beautiful memoir and a work of cultural criticism about white, working-class America.
Editor's note: If you want to read some of the 100 Great American Read books that you've somehow missed, don't make the mistake The Planet did! The Planet was orbiting through the stacks, list in hand, not finding any of them--until finally noticing the library staff had thoughtfully gathered them all together on a shelf up front. Ask one of the friendly, helpful library staffers if you have any trouble.