Monday, July 30, 2012

Lego Club

Just a reminder that Lego club will set sail for the last time this summer this Friday, August 3 at 1pm. But don't worry, Lego Club will be back again this fall. Check back for more details!

Upper Gulph Road Closure

Hey, all. Just a quick note to let everyone know that even though portions of Upper Gulph Road are closed starting today, July 30, the library will still be open.

If you're coming for a program, please do allow yourself extra drive time, as it's possible you may be detoured.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review: See You at Harry's

See You at Harry'sSee You at Harry's by Jo Knowles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First things first. This book made me cry like a baby. It is the Steel Magnolias of middle grade fiction.

When we meet 12-year-old Fern, she is just about to start middle school. She has some average-type problems - parents that can be embarrassing, siblings that can be annoying, a friend whom she might have a crush on, and the worst bus driver ever. But all of that changes about halfway through the book when her average-type problems are eclipsed by a devastating accident that blindsides the whole family.

(Side note: It also blindsided me. I was lured by the ice cream cover into thinking this was a lighthearted romp. Which is what I get for not reading the inside flap.)

Author Jo Knowles does an amazing job here. The characters are well-developed and Fern's often conflicted perspective is right on. I love the way the siblings have each other's backs, and how there are still moments of levity even as the characters are struggling to come to terms with their grief.

This book might not be for everyone. It is not a lighthearted romp. But it has such a healing touch and is so emotionally honest that I'd definitely recommend it.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Save the date... for the dark side.

Yes, even those who have been seduced by the dark side use the library. Join your favorite Star Wars villains on Sunday, September 9 from 1:30-3:30pm for an afternoon of trivia, photo opportunities, and of course, free stuff! (Get the flyer!)

Tickets will be available, first-come first-serve, to the first 130 attendees on the day of the event, starting when the library opens at 1pm. When the tickets run out, no other attendees will be admitted. However, you may join the characters outside the library after the trivia portion of the program for photos.

Photo from Wookieepedia

Climate control

Hey, all. Just a quick note to let you know that the air conditioning in the children's department is a bit, shall we say, overzealous today? If you're planning to visit us, it might not be a bad idea to make like Mister Rogers and bring a sweater.

With great facial hair comes great responsibility.

Fake MustacheFake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Could a seventh grade kid seize the United States presidency just by wearing a fake mustache? Well, he might be able to, if his mustache was good enough. And the Heidelberg Handlebar #7 is definitely good enough.

Can his best friend stop him before he goes too far? Maybe, with the help of teen cowgirl queen Jodie O'Rodeo and her wonder horse, Soymilk.

(And yes, Soymilk might have been my favorite name in the whole book.)

Brought to you by the man who gave us the Origami Yoda series, Fake Mustache is a hilarious cautionary tale about the power of facial hair.

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Movie Monday - Fingers Crossed!

Hey, all. Due to a significant flood in the library on Friday, Movie Monday will not be held upstairs in the Large Meeting Room today.

As many of you know, we've been having some trouble with the DVD player in the Tyler Hedges Room, but we'll take a chance on it today, so meet us there at 1pm for today's movie! (With your fingers crossed!)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Movie Monday will Meet in Large Meeting Room

Due to technical difficulties in the Tyler Hedges Room we will be showing Monday's Movies upstairs in the Large Meeting Room.

Same time 1:00 pm.

You may collect your ticket at the door starting at 12:30.
Please see the flyer at the Children's Desk for a list of upcoming movies.