Check out our events and contest for this year's annual celebration of Banned Books Week. Featured presentations will be made about graphic novels/censorship, medieval censorship, Nazi book burnings, and about the book, Naked Lunch and Islam.
Is there such thing as librarian ESP? We think so.
With this series, we will chronicle the times that we eerily pick out the same outfits for the day. Get to know us. Sometimes, you won't be able to tell us apart.
1. Paper Towns- John Green is all the rage now with The Fault in Our Stars selling out movie theaters and breaking hearts, but check out another of his books called Paper Towns. Quentin is the typical band nerd and Margo the unattainable popular girl, and their lives collide one night when Margo sneaks into his room and ropes him into destroying her "paper world" by pranking those whom she thought were her friends. She disappears the following day, leaving behind clues Quentin thinks are intended for him so that he can follow her. Each character experiences some sort of awakening and the transition from teenager to a young adult is particularly poignant and hilarious in this book.
2. Perks of Being a Wallflower- The main character goes by "Charlie" and is introverted, shy and not very popular. He befriends two seniors, Sam and Patrick, and they show him a whole new world of fun: dance parties, music, drugs, alcohol, etc. are all thrown into the mix, and serve to open his eyes to what living his life could be if he could get off the wall and into the arena. Will he become a part of his own life instead of sitting on the sidelines?
3. Henny on the Couch- How do you find yourself without sacrificing your kids/husband? Kara's life as a stay-at-home mom with a small side business is thrown upside-down when she discovers that her old college boyfriend is hitting it big with his paintings. She will question every decision she's made about her life, and try to discover who she wants to be, as her kids grow up, and her husband's career takes off.
Scientists confirmed today that the book, Des destinées de l’ame, is actually bound in human skin. The book is owned by Harvard University, and the binding was created by Dr. Ludovic Bouland, who used the skin of an unclaimed female mental patient.
Source and photo: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/book-harvard-library-bound-human-skin-n123291
The world lost a true literary icon today in poet and novelist, Maya Angelou. Her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings catapulted her into stardom, and she hasn't faded since. She will be missed.
By the time June rolls around and school is done for the semester (huzzah!), everyone can use a little brain break. Here are a few books that will not stress you out as you read them, unlike that organic chemistry textbook you've been anxiously memorizing. And bonus point: some of them are part of a series, so that should keep you busy while you soak up that glorious vitamin D and put aside your school worries for a few months.
1. The Fault in Our Stars- This YA novel is becoming a movie later this year, and is hilarious despite its two main characters having cancer. The book features Hazel, a 16 year old girl with stage 4 cancer, who who meets the charming and witty Augustus (Gus), a cancer survivor at a hospital group. They bond over having the big "C" as they say, and become inseparable even though cancer casts a huge shadow over their futures. A great romance and also a great quotable novel.
2. The Maze Runner- Also YA fiction, and also becoming a movie in 2014. It is a dystopian novel that is so popular with teens these days. The main character, Thomas, finds himself trapped in a metal box with no memory of what his life was like other than his own name. The box opens up to reveal a green clearing called the Glade, filled with teenage boys; and the Glade is surrounded by a gigantic maze. Thomas becomes a maze runner, an elite group of boys that try to figure out how to escape and figure out who sent them there. Killer creatures called grievers lurk in the maze at night, so the runners must escape by the time the maze doors close. Things escalate when suddenly a girl appears in the box with a message that she is the last one, and everything is going to change. It is so action-packed and adventurous that you have no choice but to be sucked into reading all three novels in the series.
3. Doctor Sleep- Want to shiver in the heat this summer? Then read the long awaited sequel to The Shining, and although some may disagree, it is a solid sequel to one of the best horror stories ever written. Danny Torrance, (now Dan) is trying to put the past behind him. The horrors he experienced as a child at the Overlook hotel continue to haunt him throughout his adult life; he turns to alcohol as his father did and basically has no other thoughts than how to escape the ghosts of the hotel. After drifting for many years, he works at a hospice where he discovers he has the ability to give patients an easy transition to the other side. He meets a young girl named Abra, who has a strong case of the shining, as he did as a child many years ago. He becomes her protector as a group of demons called The True Knot seek out kids with the shining and torture them to death.
4. Fall of Giants and 5. The Pillars of the Earth- Both of these Ken Follett books are roughly the size of a dictionary, but are so rich with drama and historical knowledge that they will keep you entertained all summer. And possibly, next summer too. Fall of Giants centers around World War I, and tells the story through characters from four different countries, (Wales, England, the U.S., and Russia). It is a saga that entwines each story, and is interspersed with historical scenes that actually happened during the war. The Pillars of the Earth tells of 12th century England where a small-town priest is commissioned to build the greatest cathedral in the world. It centers around the residents of the town, the actual cathedral architect and builders, and the priest that runs the town. Both are great page turners that will make you want to pick up each of their sequels.
What a great contest we had this year! There were 11 total entries. The following were the winners of the contest...
Best character: Tricia Snell (Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland)
Best One Book, One Harper creation: Amy Kammerman (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
Best adult book: Heidi Meier (The Hunger Games)
Best children’s book: Victoria Turner and Bobby Savio (Alice in Wonderland)
People’s choice award: Victoria Turner and Bobby Savio (Alice in Wonderland)
Here are some pictures from our event...
Stop by "A" building for trivia, snacks, giveaways and the chance to win a pair of free movie tickets.
We're one week away from the Edible Books Contest. Entry forms are due in the library by Monday, 4/14.
4 categories to enter! (Best Children's Book, Best Adult's Book, Best Representation of a Character, Best Representation of One Book One Harper: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks)
4 prizes to be won! ($25 Amazon Gift Cards)
Entries to contest do not have to be a cake/baked goods. Some of the best entries are the most simple!
Check out Pinterest and Google Images for ideas!!!