Searching for a fun book to give to the bibliophile in your life? Or perhaps YOU are the book lover and a spouse or friend has asked for a hint as to a gift you might like this Christmas? Here are some recent, fun books that just might fit the bill:
Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books Another engaging compilation of columns written by Nick Hornby (author of About a Boy and High Fidelity amongst other titles). I have this at home to read right now!
William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher. You didn’t know you needed the Bard and Darth Vader combined until now.
Of course YOU can perfectly recall all the classics, but perhaps for someone else… The Faker’s Guide to the Classics: Everything You Need to Know About the Books You Should Have Read (But Didn’t) by Michelle Witte.
For the Science Fiction/Fantasy fan: What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF by Jo Walton is sure to please.
Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways by Terri Peterson Smith should appeal to those who love reading and travel. Stop by and see our copy in Reader Services Reference!
This one works for both readers and writers: A Reader’s Book of Days: True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year by Tom Nissley.
And if you didn’t grab this last year, try Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell. (By the way, you can pretty much swap “libraries” for “bookstores” so this would make a fine gift for any Librarian in your life, too. )
Although I’m employed by a rather large library with many materials to meet my needs, I cannot help but find myself intrigued by what is probably the smallest of all collections, the “Little Library.” Little free libraries recently have become somewhat of an international phenomenon, popping up in benevolent people’s front yards and inviting anyone and everyone to choose a book with the hope that they replace it with another for someone else to enjoy. What a concept!
Part of the charm of these quaint little structures is that they are unique as the books inside. They help convey the same welcoming message of the library community to come take a peek and see what might just capture your interest and even become your next great read.
Check out www.littlefreelibrary.org for more information, which includes a map of LFL locations and details for crafting your own. It’s contagious!
The nominees for this year’s National Book Award for fiction have been announced, and while no one has to rush out and get fitted for a tux or find a designer gown for the November 20 awards ceremony, there’s still cause for celebration. The longlist is rife with powerhouse talent, from venerable names such as Thomas Pynchon to edgy newcomers such as Rachel Kushner. So, without further ado, here’s the list of this year’s finalists:
Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge
George Saunders, Tenth of December Note: This is the 2nd Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group selection for–wait for it–December 10. (Yup. We planned it that way.)
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers
James McBride, The Good Lord Bird
Alice McDermott, Someone
Elizabeth Graver, The End of the Point
Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Joan Silber, Fools
Tom Drury, Pacific
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Tagged A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, Bleediing Edge by Thomas Pynchon, Fools by Joan Silber, Pacific by Tom Drury, Someone by Alice McDermott, Tenth of December by George Saunders, The End of the Point by Elizabeth Graver, The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner, The Good Lord Bird by James McBride, The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
“The top 10 books published this month that librarians across the country love.”
Looking for your next good read hot off the presses? This site delivers. Each month LibraryReads.org highlights only newly published adult titles (including ebooks) that have been nominated by librarians. Readers will find both fiction and nonfiction selections. If you love hearing the buzz about fresh releases getting a thumbs-up from library staff, peruse these lists.
The goal here is similar to what our Readers Services staff members try to do everyday, which is to, while representing a broad range of reading tastes, put our favorite books into the hands of as many public library users as possible who might enjoy them. When we find a gem, word-of-mouth can be the best way to spread the news!
Here’s a sample of what you’ll find featured right now:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny
The Returned by Jason Mott
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
You’ve been reading and then diligently recording finished titles on your “Have Book–Will Travel!” book log, and now it’s finally here: LOG-IN TIME.
As of Wednesday, June 12, summer reading participants can now officially sign in at either the Readers Services or Reference & Information Services desks. Please bring along your “passport” to reading (i.e., book log) and your St. Charles Public Library card in order to be registered in our exciting program and to earn fabulous prizes! Select a coupon (while supplies last) once a week (Wednesday to Wednesday) every week that you sign in with us.
And if you’re looking ahead,the last day to participate is Wednesday, August 7. Have a great summer!
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On the occasion of American author A.M. Homes unexpectedly winning the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction for her latest novel, May We Be Forgiven, the TODAY show polled Homes and the other award contenders to ask the always-fun question, “What … Continue reading
Spring is in the air and, thankfully, so are our friends, the birds! Early in the morning the robins have been chattering in my neighborhood, patiently awaiting the trees to sprout some leaves. If you have a bird feeder or a bird bath nearby, attendance has most certainly skyrocketed. Their return inspires me to refresh my bird song recognition. The Library has some clever books to help with this process:
Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song 598.1594 BEL
Fun and interactive book that allows the reader to select songs by number and listen along.
Birdsong by the Seasons: A Year of Listening to Birds 598.1594 KRO
Includes 2 CDs of birdsongs
. . . or if you’re just in the mood for a good read featuring birds:
Bright Wings: The Illustrated Anthology of Poems
About Birds 808.819362 BRI
Includes a brief detail of each featured breed.
Sparrow: Poems by Carol Muske-Dukes
National Book Award Finalist
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession 598.07234 OBM
Humorous account of birdwatching to the extreme.
Robin illustration from The Graphics Fairy
Last night we had a terrific time listening to author Kevin Brockmeier talk about his book The Brief History of the Dead, as well as writing, music, movies, art and much more!
One thing we learned is that Kevin keeps extensive lists of his favorite items and, as requested by the audience, we now have copies of them available. Please stop by the Reader Services Desk or you can view/print below. Thank you to everyone who attended the Our Community Reads author event!
KB’s 50 Favorite Books
KB’s 50 Favorite Movies
KB’s 50 Favorite Music Albums
KB’s 50 Favorite Quotes
KB’s 50 Favorite Children’s Books
Our Community Reads 2013 has started and everyone is invited to participate! In addition to all the great information about programs, the online book discussion, and the Our Community Reads blog, we have yet another way to explore The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier: a reading map. Created by Laura Foutch (a newly minted librarian and addition to our Library staff) it pulls together books, movies and websites related to The Brief History of the Dead, tracing the themes that make it such a fascinating read. Click below and take your exploration of the book even further!