Sure, you can resolve to make 2016 the year to lose 10 pounds, run a marathon or learn to speak Spanish. Those are all fine goals. But here at the library we like our resolutions literary, and book challenges fit the bill quite nicely. What’s a book challenge? Basically, you read books according to a certain … Continue reading “Your New Year’s Reading Resolution: Read Harder Book Challenge”
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The idea behind One Read first took root in Seattle in 1997. We adopted the concept in 2001, modeling ours after Chicago’s “One Book, One Chicago.” Many of our One Read authors have been part of other similar community-wide adult reading programs. Even so, they are routinely impressed with the level of involvement from our community and tell us that the quality of the One Read events sets our effort apart.
The community voted to read “The Turner House” by Angela Flournoy for this year’s One Read event. This novel was a New York Times notable book of the year and won the 2016 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. The community is given the summer to read the book in preparation for related programming, including an author talk, in September.
There are eBooks and there are eAudiobooks, but have you ever seen a eBook and eAudiobook combined? Meet OverDrive Read-along! Read-along books are eBooks that are professionally narrated while you read along with the highlighted words. These eBooks are easy to use. Once the book is open, you click “Play Narration,” and off it goes! Going … Continue reading “New OverDrive Read-Along Books”
One Read, coordinated by the Daniel Boone Regional Library since 2002, is a community-wide reading program sponsored by a task force of local media and community agencies. Through One Read, our communities, counties, media, schools and businesses join together in encouraging adults of all ages to read one book over the summer and in September … Continue reading “One Read”
This September, our community will get to know the Turners, a lively, complicated, resilient clan dealing with a dying matriarch, long-held grudges, personal secrets, an underwater mortgage on the family home – oh, and a ghost. Angela Flournoy’s debut novel and National Book Award finalist “The Turner House” narrowly beat out “Hidden Figures: The American … Continue reading “Literary Links: One Read Finalists 2017”
Have you ever been in a reading slump? Your to-be-read pile can be bursting with books you’ve been meaning to read, but nothing sounds good, or, once you start to read one, it just doesn’t stick. A slump happens to me occasionally, and I’m in one now. I’ve tried reading books from various genres, I’ve tried new authors, … Continue reading “A Reading Slump: Pick My Next Read”
A huge thank you to everyone who read or listened to “Bettyville” by George Hodgman and participated in any of the excellent One Read events this year. As a community, we explored a wide variety of topics that ranged from caring for an aging parent to the decline and revitalization of small-town America.
I love FALL! One of the reasons I love fall is that the American Library Association (ALA) celebrates Banned Books Week the last week of September. This year, the celebration is from September 25 – October 1, and the theme is “Celebrating the Freedom to Read.” These days when we talk about banned books, we aren’t usually … Continue reading “Celebrating the Freedom to Read!”