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Even though the library will be closed on Thursday, November 28 to honor the Thanksgiving holiday, there are still plenty of books and services you can access from our digital branch. All you need is an internet connection, an email address and a library card.
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Check out these book reviews by our teen patrons for some candid book recommendations. You can reserve titles using our online at catalog.dbrl.org. We’ll notify you by mail or email once they’re ready to pick up!
Originally published at While the Library is Closed on Thursday….
All month we have been receiving your suggestions for our 2014 One Read title, and we’ll be highlighting some of these books here at oneread.org so you can see what other community members are reading and enjoying. All of these titles will be considered by our reading panel as they begin narrowing the list of suggestions in January.
First up is “The Maid’s Version” by Missouri author Daniel Woodrell. Set in the fictional West Table, Missouri, this novel tells the story of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Our nominator writes, “Aside from being well written by a Missouri-based author, the novel really puts the reader in the ‘rural Midwest,’ with each short chapter provoking thoughts of class divisions, economy, historic railroad towns, immigration, the effects of poverty and much more, while still keeping me engaged in solving the mystery of a devastating small town accident. It is also a short read, which means more individuals can read it, tell their neighbors to read it and be ready for the fun-filled month of events!”
There are just a few days remaining to send us your suggestions! Let us know what you think our community should read in 2014 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org by November 30.
I love lists, and I love books, so I adore this time of year. Get ready to add lots of titles to your to-be-read pile, because the web is already awash with “best of 2013″ book lists. The picks are a bit all over the board, with not a whole lot of overlap among the lists so far. Here’s a handful of the books appearing on more than one list (and descriptions from their publishers), as well as links to the full lists themselves. Happy reading!
“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” by Anthony Marra
In a rural village in Chechnya, failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
“The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride
Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. This historical fiction just won a National Book Award.
“The Bleeding Edge” by Thomas Pynchon
New York City, 2001. Fraud investigator Maxine Tarnow starts looking into the finances of a computer-security firm and its billionaire geek CEO and discovers there’s no shortage of swindlers looking to grab a piece of what’s left of the tech bubble.
“Tenth of December” by George Saunders
A collection of stories which includes “Home,” a wryly whimsical account of a soldier’s return from war; “Victory lap,” a tale about an inventive abduction attempt; and the title story, in which a suicidal cancer patient saves the life of a young misfit. See our own Gentleman’s recommendation of this short story collection.
“Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief” by Lawrence Wright
Based on more than two hundred personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists – both famous and less well known – and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative skills to uncover the inner workings of the Church of Scientology: its origins in the imagination of science-fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard; its struggles to find acceptance as a legitimate (and legally acknowledged) religion; its vast, secret campaign to infiltrate the U.S. government; its vindictive treatment of critics; its phenomenal wealth; and its dramatic efforts to grow and prevail after the death of Hubbard.
And now, the lists:
- Amazon.com’s Editor’s Picks for 2013 – Find titles for teens, children and adults, as well as their top picks in categories from art and photography to sports and outdoors.
- Kirkus Reviews: Best Books of 2013 - includes not only fiction and nonfiction for adults, but also lists books for kids and teens.
- Best Books 2013: Top Ten from Library Journal – Keeping it simple, the magazine’s editors provide a top 10 list that includes adult fiction (six titles) and nonfiction (four titles).
- Publisher’s Weekly: Best Books of 2013 - lists for everything from fiction and comics to a category called “lifestyle” (think cookbooks and parenting). Kids’ books are also represented.
What do you think was the best book of 2013? Let us know in the comments!
Congratulations to Rachel Byerly-Duke of Boone County! She is the lucky winner of DBRLTeen’s “Elemental” Book Giveaway. She will receive a free autographed copy of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.”
If you enjoy dystopian thrillers, be sure to check out our booklist of “Hunger Game Read-a-Likes.” Other related end-of-the-world titles for your consideration: ”Legend” by Marie Lu, ”Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld and ”Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi. And, if you’d like to informed when registration begins for our next book giveaway, subscribe to our blog updates!
Originally published at Winner Announced in Elemental Book Giveaway.
Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. His presidency, though short, was one of the most influential of the past century. This coupled with his glamorous lifestyle and the tragic and mysterious circumstances of his death make his life and legacy a topic of endless interest. As one might expect, there is a glut of new titles being published this month, each one professing to reveal new insights into the life of our thirty-fifth President or definitively answer, once and for all, who was behind his murder. Here is a look at a select few that stand out.
“Five Days in November” by Clint Hill
The former Secret Service agent and author of last year’s “Mrs. Kennedy and Me” returns with an intimate look at the days leading up to and immediately following the President’s death.
“The Kennedy Half-Century: The Presidency, Assassination, and Lasting Legacy of John F. Kennedy” by Larry Sabato
Sabato explains just what makes Kennedy’s presidency so influential and how it has affected the decisions and policies of his successors.
“End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy” by James L. Swanson
Swanson had success with “Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer,” and here he uses a similar narrative style to relate the events surrounding the JFK assassination.
“If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History” by Jeff Greenfield
An interesting thought experiment focused on how things might have been different if Kennedy had not been killed in Dallas, including theories on the fate of LBJ, civil rights, the Vietnam War and Kennedy’s own personal life.
Do you wonder if it is safe to consume foods that have been genetically modified? Did you know that 50 million Americans are “food insecure” and don’t know where their next meal is coming from? Do you know what a “food desert” is and how it contributes to the obesity pandemic in this country? A clean and ample supply of food is vital to our well-being and it ought to be available to each of us.
The League of Women Voters is co-sponsoring a discussion of agricultural policies and issues, including genetically modified foods, corporate farming and food policy, and these sorts of questions will be addressed. Please join us for this event from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in the Friends Room at the Columbia Public Library if you’d like to inform yourself more about these issues.
Thanking Day is upon us! That wondrous day when we don buckled hats and celebrate our freedom from, and subsequent dominion over, the turkey. We kill them by the millions and eat some of those, letting what isn’t consumed at the Thanking Day dinner rot over the course of days/weeks between sessions of picking at them like smug vultures whose smugness is leavened by the government-mandated shopping excursion just endured and all the getting-rammed-in-the-back-by-a-cart-full-of-big-screen-televisions-pushed-by-a-grandma-in-her-pajamas that that entails. After those beloved traditions, if there’s still time and one’s not too sleepy, people sometimes say thank you to concepts they enjoy. Your typical thanks are given for the obvious: family, suspenders, Kurt Vonnegut, food and our long ago victory on the horrific feather-drenched fields of the great turkey war. I, though, am most thankful for something altogether more tangible, besides suspenders: I’m thankful I’m not being hunted by a time-travelling serial killer. I’ve always said people don’t take enough time to reflect on and appreciate this facet of their existence.
As Lauren Beukes‘ unputdownable new novel makes abundantly clear, it would be terrible to be hunted by a time-travelling serial killer. Before I go further, I rescind my recommendation if you’re squeamish (guts get spilled, and the book is perpetually tense and intermittently gruesome). So for those that don’t care to be horrified in the process of reading a rip-roaring tale, I give you this for this month’s recommendation. Now, for those twisted folk thirsting for a horrifying yarn, I recommend “The Shining Girls.” The premise is ripped from the headlines: a monstrous lunatic named Harper finds a house that spits him into a different year between 1931 and 1993 every time he exits it to find a lady suitable for murder, though as is typical with these houses, inside it remains 1931. After murdering a girl he takes a souvenir (comb, Jackie Robinson rookie card, etc.) and leaves a previously acquired memento behind. Kirby, the heroine, first meets him as a young girl when the killer arrives to demonstrate his ability to pull the wings off of a bee. To her disappointment, the man tells her he’ll see her again “when she’s all grow up.” Though some reviews disagree, Beukes does a tremendous job investing us in each “shining girl” before brutally tearing them away from us via Harper’s murdery hands. I’ve also seen a complaint or two about Harper’s characterization (“He’s just a crazy murdering monster – where’s the humanity?” they wail), but as anyone with a couple of days work in the restaurant industry will attest, monsters exist. Regardless, does featuring a heartless, irredeemable monster remove all worth from “Jaws” or “Martha Stewart: Just Desserts“? In addition to all the murdering, Beukes uses one disturbing scene from his childhood to let us know Harper is simply an abomination rather than a human molded by cruelty into a purveyor of violence.
So, if chewing flesh and watching men concuss each other during their watered-down war games don’t sate your thirst for violence, or if you prefer to believe that you don’t have such a primal and distasteful thirst but do need a serious quenching in the thrilling read department, try “The Shining Girls.”
This winter, Daniel Boone Regional Library has a wide array of activites planned for area young adults. We will be hosting our regular gaming and crafting programs in addition to celebrating our third annual March Madness Teen Book Tournament. We will also host special events to help you hone your research skills and find the perfect summer job. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates!
March Madness Teen Book Tournament
Begins Monday, January 6
Gear up for the hoopla of March Madness, library style, the game where you help name a Mid-Missouri teen book champion. During our tournament, starting in early January, your votes will determine a single champion from a pool of 32 of the most popular teen books of the year. Support your favorite book, have fun in the tournament and enter to win prizes! Vote at your library or at teens.dbrl.org. You have until February 23 to weigh in on the Sweet Sixteen. Starting in March, vote each week to pick the Elite Eight, the Final Four, the Top Two and the champion! Ages 12-18.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Tuesday, December 17, 3:30 p.m.
Use shrinking plastic to make jewelry, a key chain or other special item for yourself or as a gift. Students in grades 6-8.
Make a Survival Bracelet
Callaway County Public Library
Wednesday, January 15, 4:30 p.m.
Anything can happen, so be prepared! Come to the library to make a survival bracelet from paracord which doubles as a long rope that could get you out of a jam. Ages 11 and older. This program is also being offered at the Southern Boone County Public Library on Tuesday, January 28. Learn more.
Wii U Family Game Time
Columbia Public Library
Monday, January 20, 2-3:30 p.m. -OR- 5:30-7 p.m.
Drop in to try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 4″ or a bowling champion playing “Wii Sports.” We’ll also have snacks and a selection of new books for older kids and teens. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, January 7.
Teen Game Night
Southern Boone County Public Library
Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m.
Challenge your friends to a game on our Wii U console or to a board game tournament. We’ll have various games available as well as supplies for art projects. Refreshments provided.
Make a Survival Bracelet
Southern Boone County Public Library
Tuesday, January 28, 3:30 p.m.
Anything can happen, so be prepared! Come to the library to make a survival bracelet from paracord which doubles as a long rope that could get you out of a jam. Students in grades 6-8.
Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, January 29 6:30 p.m.
Starting a summer job search now can help you find work that will contribute to a fun and profitable summer vacation. We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers and help you identify jobs you may be interested in and employers who may be interested in you. You will leave with resources in hand, including a personalized form which will make it easier to complete applications. Snacks served. Ages 15-18. Registration begins Tuesday, January 14. A similar program is also being offered at the Southern Boone County Public Library on Tuesday, February 25. Learn more.
Reinvent Your T-Shirt
Columbia Public Library
Thursday, February 13, 5:30 p.m.
Bring your old t-shirts, and we’ll transform them into new fashions, such as scarves, bracelets and headbands. Ages 12 and older, grown-ups welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, February 4.
On a Roll With Duct Tape
Southern Boone County Public Library
Tuesday, February 25, 3:30 p.m.
Duct tape is amazing stuff. People make wallets, purses, clothing and even shoes out of it. What can you make out of duct tape? We’ll provide the tape and some ideas to get you started. Grades 6-8.
Finding Summer Jobs for Teens
Southern Boone County Public Library
Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Starting a summer job search now can help you find work that will contribute to a fun and profitable summer vacation. We’ll look at local resources for teen job-seekers and help you identify jobs you may be interested in and employers who may be interested in you. You will leave with resources in hand, including a personalized form which will make it easier to complete applications. Snacks served. Ages 15-18.
Student Research Mini Camp
Columbia Public Library
Friday, February 28, 2 p.m.
Students will gain hands-on experience developing a research project using online library resources. They will learn how to develop search strategies, select interesting topics, find reliable information and present the information in a professional-looking report. Space is limited. Students in grades 4-6. Registration begins Tuesday, February 11.
Originally published at 2014 Winter Program Preview.
Editor’s note: This review was submitted by a library patron during the 2013 Adult Summer Reading program. We will continue to periodically share some of these reviews throughout the year. Thanks to all who participated!
“Wait Till Next Year” is a memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winner Doris Kearns Goodwin that tells about the years when she was growing up in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s. She describes the love of her family and the neighborhood in which she grew up, as well as the countless escapades involving the neighbors, local merchants and the church her family attended. But, this book is probably most of all about how she came to love the Brooklyn Dodgers after her father taught her the game of baseball. Her childhood was a major part of her early involvement in baseball. She was heartbroken when the Dodgers moved to California. I enjoyed this book because I am a huge fan of this author’s writings and because I found it to be a delightful telling of her growing up years in New York.
Three words that describe this book: humorous, entertaining, and uplifting.
You might want to pick up this book if: you are a fan of Doris Kearns Goodwin and her books or you might like reading the true story about a child’s love of baseball and life in a quiet neighborhood in New York in the 1950s.
Why I liked it: Imagine the observant, logical niece of famous detective Sherlock Holmes partnering with the stalwart vampire-hunting sister of Bram Stoker to solve a dark mystery. They don’t like each other when they first meet; nonetheless, they must work together to discover who is killing society girls in 1889 London. Time travel and Egyptian mythology are expertly woven into the plot. Each chapter alternates between the two main characters’ perspectives. It was most fun to read their impressions of each other.
Words to describe this book: Humorous, exciting, strong capable women.
Originally published at Staff Review: The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason.
A house of cards, noted for its instability, is an appropriate symbol for political intrigue. And as the Netflix series “House of Cards” showed us, a fictional representation of politics can trigger almost as much attention as real events. Not as much as shutting down the U.S. government, mind you, but enough to win three Emmy Awards.
Now, as we await the release of the second season of this series starring and co-produced by Kevin Spacey, let me tell you what the library has to offer to ease your wait. The first thing I would recommend to every “House of Cards” fan is the excellent Masterpiece Theater production called “The House of Cards.” Yes, you read that correctly. Wonder if these “houses” are related? Sure they are. In fact, the American “House of Cards” is based on the British TV mini-series, which, in its turn, is based on the book by British writer Michael Dobbs. (Kevin Spacey living in London may have something to do with this connection.) Of course, the events that take place in London are somewhat different from those happening in Washington D.C., but the motivations and the tactics of the characters are the same. And, if you watch the British version, you’ll have a glimpse into what will happen to Kevin Spacey’s character in the second season .
Want to stay closer to home? Watch “Recount: The Story of the 2000 Presidential Election,” dedicated to one of the most controversial events in recent U.S. election history. Not only will it make you rethink the American election model, it will also give you another chance to enjoy an excellent performance by Kevin Spacey.
Those who want to learn more about British politics should not miss another BBC political drama, “The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher,” which provides insight into the life of one of the most formidable political figures in British history. Also, whether you’re interested in politics or not, don’t forget that the library has many Masterpiece Theater productions, as well as the books on which they are based.
Speaking of the books, fans of another Netflix series, “Orange Is the New Black,” may not know that this popular show is also based on a book whose author, Piper Kerman, was sentenced to 15 months for drug smuggling and money laundering. The book is titled – no surprise here – “Orange Is the New Black,” and it is available in your library in a variety of formats. Season one of its Netflix counterpart is likely to make a splash at the next Emmy Awards, so if you postpone reading Kerman’s book for too long, we may have a substantial waiting list for it!
Other Netflix original series based on books include “Hemlock Grove,” a takeoff on Brian McGreevy’s horror novel named – by now you know that Netflix likes to keep original titles, right? – “Hemlock Grove.” This book (as well as the show) examines the strange happenings in a fictional town in Pennsylvania.
“John Hodgman: Ragnarok” features material from Hodgman’s last book “That Is All.” And “Arrested Development,” the fourth season of which was aired by Netflix last May, has direct connections to your library, too, for we own the first three seasons of this show .
All in all, whatever your favorite shows are, don’t forget to check with your library. Chances are we’ll be able to increase your enjoyment of them.
Happy watching and reading!
Sunday, November 17 is the last day to register for a free autographed copy of Antony John’s latest books, “Elemental” and “Firebrand.” We will announce the winner the week of November 18, just in time for you to enjoy reading this supernatural series over the Thanksgiving holiday. Similar titles that you might also enjoy include ”The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness, “Blood Red Road” by Moira Young and “Birthmarked” by Caragh M. O’Brien.
Originally published at Register by 11/17 for Elemental Book Giveaway.
What is a classic? Is it a book you had to read for school, with a confusing number of Greek deities, and there was a test later? Or is it set in a 19th century English drawing room furnished with fainting couches? Italo Calvino gave fourteen possible definitions of a classic.
Here’s my personal take: a classic is a book that sticks. It holds interest for readers decades later. Also, it can include time travel and alien abduction. Witness Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse Five.”
“Slaughterhouse Five,” published in 1969, grew out of Vonnegut’s own experiences as a POW in Germany during World War II. Like Vonnegut, the book’s main character, Billy Pilgrim, survives the fire-bombing of Dresden in the basement of a slaughterhouse. Unlike Vonnegut (I assume), Billy is “unstuck in time.”
After the war, Billy becomes a successful optometrist, but his life is complicated when he’s abducted by aliens called Tralfamadorians, who see all of time all at once. Billy is flung backward and forward through time, not always living his life in the right order, but again and again returning to the slaughterhouse in Dresden. It’s left to the reader to decide if the aliens exist outside of Billy’s traumatized mind.
Vonnegut’s writing is full of satire, helping us laugh at the tragedy of existence. In “Slaughterhouse Five” he shatters some writing rules. His main character knows in advance everything that will happen to him, and Vonnegut inserts himself, the author, into the story. He uses these absurdities to emphasize his views on the absurdity of war. Life and war do not follow neat narrative arcs, and neither does this book.
“Cat’s Cradle” is another Vonnegut classic, published in 1963. Employing his familiar tools of irony and wit, he provides such a thorough look at human nature in this science fiction novel that the University of Chicago awarded him a Master’s degree in anthropology for the work.
An author named John is writing a book about the day the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. But his plans go off-track in a major way when he discovers the existence of a potentially more lethal threat than nuclear weapons. At the behest of a general who wanted something done about the problem of mud, one of the co-creators of the atomic bomb developed ice-nine, a substance capable of solidifying a field of oozy muck with the deployment of one tiny grain. John instantly realizes such a material would also be capable of freezing the world’s entire water supply. Vonnegut uses this premise to explore all of the weighty topics you’re supposed to avoid at dinner parties – religion, politics, family relationships, scientific ethics and consumer culture.
To browse other classics of American literature, take a look at our catalog list. Enjoy your reading. I promise there won’t be a test.
On average, 2.8 million teens runaway from home each year. Rainbow House, a local emergency shelter for youth, receives 10-15 calls each month from teens who have either been abused or kicked out of their homes. To help combat this serious widespread problem, the Youth Community Coalition partnered with Rainbow House to launch the Safe Place Program.How does Safe Place work?
Youth can stop by one of 20 Safe Place sites, including the Columbia Public Library. Then, they simply find the first available employee and let them know they are in need of a safe place. Young adults will be connected to emergency shelter and other supportive resources available through Rainbow House.
If you’re in trouble and can’t make it to a Safe Place site, you can call (573) 818-8288, or text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69866.Where are Columbia’s Safe Place sites?
Columbia Fire Stations No. 1-9; Blind Boone Community Center; Columbia Housing Authority; Columbia Public Library; Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services; Activity & Recreation Center; Stephens Lake Activity Center; The Armory; Family Counseling Center; Rainbow House; Voluntary Action Center; Youth Empowerment Zone; and, QuikTrip Gas Station.
View Columbia Safe Place Sites in a larger map
Originally published at Safe Place: A Resource for Teens in Need.
I have always had a weakness for books that take a minor character in a familiar work and create an entire novel around that character’s life. A fantastic example of this is Geraldine Brooks’ “March,” which tells the story of the absent father from Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.” Jo Baker, in her well-reviewed novel “Longbourn,” performs a similarly pleasing feat. She recreates the world of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” by shifting the focus from the Bennet family to the lives of the servants below stairs. Considering both Austen’s enduring appeal for readers and the current Downton Abbey mania, it is no surprise that there is a waiting list for “Longbourn” at your library. Place a hold on this title and then pick up one of the following books to read while you wait.
“Below Stairs” by Margaret Powell
The subtitle of this memoir pretty much says it all: “The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ and ‘Downton Abbey.’” Powell’s frank, sometimes funny and often angry insights into the lives of servants employed by the great houses in 1920s England will make the modern day reader, at the very least, extremely grateful for washing machines and the fact that no one is asking her to iron his boot laces.
“The Dressmaker” by Kate Alcott
Like Baker, Alcott takes a situation we think we know inside and out – the sinking of the Titanic – and makes it new by shining the spotlight into the event’s less explored corners. In this novel, Tess, the titular maid and seamstress whose last-minute hiring by fashion designer Lucile Duff Gordon lands her a place on the doomed ship, takes center stage. The majority of her story happens after the tragedy, with Senate hearings and investigations into the Titanic’s sinking (as well as a bit of romance) highlighting issues of class and politics in the early 1900s.
“The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro
Ishiguro’s award-winning novel tells the story of an aging butler who has spent his life in service to Lord Darlington, upholding and believing in a class system that is crumbling around him in post-war England. A compelling look at both the servant’s mindset and a social order that has all but vanished.
“Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen
An obvious recommendation, perhaps, is the original work by Austen herself. Whether you need to re-familiarize yourself with the Bennet sisters and their hunt for husbands or will be picking up the novel for the first time, Austen’s book will immerse you in the lives of the upper classes in Regency England.
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Mickey’s a likeable kid who’s had to grow up way too fast. His father died in a car crash and his mother turned to drugs to cope, leaving Mickey to fend for himself. The author reveals little by little that Mickey has actually had an extraordinary childhood due to his father’s career, and his experiences have prepared him for dealing with his new circumstances. He makes friends with some colorful characters at his new school who prove to be useful allies when he investigates the mystery that begins with a crazy old neighbor telling him that his father isn’t really dead.
Why I checked it out: It’s a Gateway Award nominee this year.
Why I liked it: Mysteries and suspense are not normally my thing, but this book explored some serious issues, and the characters were witty. Plus, it had the requisite twists and turns of a good mystery, so I might just pick up the sequel, “Seconds Away.”
Three words that describe this book: suspenseful, clever, funny.
Originally published at Staff Review: Shelter by Harlan Coben.
Come celebrate the history of American music at the Columbia Public Library with the America’s Music series. Each program covers a specific genre of music and includes a documentary screening followed by discussion. Faculty members from the University of Missouri will be on hand to introduce the films and lead discussion. The series continues with an exploration of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley on November 11 and concludes with Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop on November 18. These programs are free and open to the public (no registration required). Visit dbrl.org/americas-music for more details and a full list of events.
Broadway and Tin Pan Alley
Monday, November 11 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Learn about the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life with the film “Broadway: The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City” and a discussion led by Dr. Michael Budds, professor of musicology at MU.
Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop
Monday, November 18 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Discover how mambo migrated to New York City from Havana in the 1940s and broke social and musical rules with two short films, “Latin Music: USA, Episode 1: Bridges” and “From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale,” and a discussion led by Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, assistant professor of ethnomusicology.
In addition to these film screenings, there will be related musical performances at the Blue Note and the MU School of Music. These events may require ticket purchases.
America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.
The post America’s Music: Broadway and Tin Pan Alley, Latin Rhythms appeared first on DBRL Next.
“Catching Fire” Release Party
Tuesday, November 26 › 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library
Hunger Games champions Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory sparks a rebellion throughout Panem. Would you have the strength to survive The Quarter Quell? Test your mettle in our Hunger Games Trivia Contest and Cornucopia Challenge. While there will be no battle to the death, there will be a battle for points. This will also be a great time to discover other dystopian titles you might like. Students in 6th-8th grade.
Originally published at Ashland Branch to Host “Catching Fire” Release Party.
Are you ready to get crafty? The winter holiday season is fast approaching, and many of us are feeling that crafty pull, the urge (hopefully inspired) to be creative with gift making for our family and friends. There are endless options for making homemade gifts, but I’d like to focus here on holiday paper crafts, including card making and using old cards to make decorations and gifts.
Do you have stacks of cards stowed away from winter holidays gone by? I do and I often make gift tags or create new cards out of them. It’s simple enough to recycle them in that manner, but there are many lovely ways to turn cards into keepsakes. Some elegant ideas can be found in Martha Stewart’s ”Crafts and Keepsakes for the Holidays.” Especially appealing are the card garlands and the geodesic globe ornaments; either would add festive seasonal touches to your home. In addition to using up old cards, you can create your own, and we have scads of books in the DBRL collection to instruct and inspire you.
When my children were young, I made them a set of cardboard dolls with cardboard lace-on clothes similar to the commercial lacing cards available for young children. They enjoyed this gift, and it was CHEAP and great for our low-budget times. Since I designed and made them myself they were completely unique, which added to their homemade charm. I was reminded of those cardboard dolls when I came across the book “Paper Puppet Palooza: Techniques for Making Movable Art Figures and Paper Dolls” by Norma V. Toraya. Inside are marvelous images that can be reproduced, with step-by-step instructions to make several styles of moveable puppets. These would make great gifts for your kids or someone else’s. You could even make a stage out of a large cardboard box to use for many hours of fun-time puppet shows.
Paper yarn – hmmm. Doesn’t that sound intriguing? What does one do with paper yarn? This book, with vibrant visuals, will show you. It has 24 paper yarn projects to make, including pillows, lampshades and hats, using a variety of handicraft techniques. You don’t have to start or stop with paper yarn though, because paper crafting books abound at DBRL and offer lots of inventive options for gift making.
If you need a kick-start to get crafty, come join us at the Southern Boone County Public Library in Ashland for our Winter Card Wonderland workshop on Friday, November 8 from 7-8:30 p.m. We’ll provide the materials for you to make your own holiday greeting cards. As the cooler temperatures and shorter days drive us indoors, why not relax and bond around gift making with your family and friends? And no matter what gift-making projects you choose, may the making of your offerings bring you joy and contentment this season.
Voting for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten took place from August 15 through Teen Read Week, Oct. 13- 19, with more than 32,000 votes cast. There were 28 nominees that competed for the “top ten” list. Below are this year’s winning titles.
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, with teens nominating and choosing their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 16 school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Celebrate Teen Literature Day during National Library Week and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles between August and October.
“Crewel” by Gennifer Albin
In a futuristic world, Spinsters are women with the power to weave everything into form, whether it be food, buildings, or peoples’ very lives. Adelice Lewys has this talent, and she is whisked away into a world of luxury and elegance because of it. Although it is often advertised at the perfect life, it is far from it as things are never how they seem.
“Poison Princess” by Kresley Cole
What really happens at the end of the world? Cannibals, Baggers, people try to sell you — and in this world, sixteen-year-old Evie is one of the few healthy teen girls. Evie sets out on a quest to find herself, all while things heat up between her and Jackson, the troubled bad boy from across the tracks. She knows life will get even worse as she comes to realize that she isn’t like other people. Luckily, or maybe unluckily for her, Jackson is the only one that can help her survive.
“Kill Me Softly” by Sarah Cross
After being raised her whole life by her fairy godmothers, Mirabelle runs away to the town where they said her parents died. But when she gets there, she starts to notice that it isn’t any ordinary town and that the teens who live there are fated to play out the Grimms’ fairy tales. So when Mira finds out that she, too, has a role to play, it’s only a matter of time before her story could lose its happy ending.
“Butter” by Erin Jade Lange
Butter is a morbidly obese teenager who is sick of being invisible but who doesn’t really want to make a splash either. One day, he’s finally pushed over the edge, and he posts a blog about his last meal, the one that he plans will kill him. This blog post brings him instant popularity, making Butter happy for once in his life. But Butter knows that his life is still far from perfect, and he must struggle with himself to determine who he will be and what course his life will take.
“Every Day” by David Levithan
A wakes up in a different body every day. It has always been that way for A, and A has rules to live by, like not getting too involved in the person’s life. Then A meets Rhiannon, the girlfriend of Justin, the boy whose body A is inhabiting. Suddenly, none of the rules apply because A is falling for Rhiannon and she won’t leave A’s mind even after A has left Justin’s body…
“Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry
Echo is a high school girl with “freaky” scars on her arms and no memory of how it happened. Noah is the high school stoner who uses girls and has no future. Over the course of their senior year, their lives will intersect in a way they never could have imagined, going through a journey that will prove to themselves and each other that they are more than what their reputations demand.
“The False Prince” by Jennifer Nielsen
To unify his kingdom’s divided people, a nobleman named Conner devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him on the throne. Four orphans are forced to compete for the role, including a defiant and clever boy named Sage. As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of lies unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that may very well prove more dangerous than all the lies taken together.
“Insurgent” by Veronica Roth
Tris Prior is safe at the Amity compounds with her fellow survivors. With the whole city at war with itself and Jeannine looking for all the Divergent, Tris must learn to embrace her own divergence and understand it, though it might prove a dangerous task. Check out our staff review for the first book in this series, “Divergent.”
“The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater
This book is a thrilling adventure that captures you and takes you down the supernatural path with a daring girl named Blue, four complicated guys, and one life-altering quest and mystery of finding the Glendower King. Check out our staff review of this title!
“Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein
Verity is held captive by the Gestapo in 1943. She is told to reveal the secrets of the pilot who brought her to France or face the brutal consequences. As she does this, she weaves a story of an unlikely friendship and the bonds formed by it. Their tales intertwined form a suspenseful, breathtaking narrative of espionage — hope — horror — and friendship that spans untold secrets! Check out our staff review of this title!
Originally published at 2013 “Teens’ Top Ten” Winners Announced.