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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Read It and Reap

I love watching movies based on books I've read.  Sometimes I love the movie because it captures the spirit of the book.  Other times the way I imagined the movie in my head while reading the book was so much better.  We reap so much from reading the original story the movie was based by engaging our limitless imaginations with the words of the author.  So here are some highlights of books that are soon to be movies that you won't want to miss.


World War Z:  An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks.  For Zombie lovers and non-Zombie lovers alike.  But even if you don't love zombies it is a FASCINATING read.  It's a powerful "what if" story about how specific countries could possibly react if a contagion started spreading across the world.  Told many years after the zombie war, the story is a collection of smaller stories told by survivors and collected by the narrator.  This gives you a chance to see the war from many distinct and unique perspectives to get a total feel for what the world went through.  You won't be able to put this book down.


Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare.  The play might as well be called Much Ado About Love and certainly shows how the course of true love never does run smoothly.  This humorous story, with a dash of drama, centers on soldiers returning from war who fall in love, or are tricked into falling in love.  My favorite line in the play is "I was born to speak all mirth and no matter."   The war of words between Beatrice and Benedick makes them one of the best couples in literature!



Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Will this movie be the next big sci-fi movie since Star Trek: Into Darkness?  I've read three books in this exciting series and can't wait to read the rest.  This first book in the series introduces us to a young and lonely genius, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, who attends battle school for young soldiers.  The school's leaders hope that Ender will be "the one" to end Earth's war with an alien race called the Buggers.  Ender is the huge draw in this story as he struggles between who he wants to be and what he must do.


Austenland by Shannon Hale.  This book can be described in one word-FUN!  Single New Yorker Jane is obsessed with all things Jane Austen, especially Mr. Darcy.  When a rich relative dies and leaves Jane a ticket to a Regency era role playing resort in England she, of course, goes to rid herself of her Darcy obsession.  Will she be able to kick the habit or will she find a Mr. Darcy of her own?  Read and find out!





And here are some other great books that have movies being released this year: Tiger Eyes, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Hobbit, The Hunger Games:  Catching Fire, Superman books, Paranoia, The Mortal Instruments:  City of Bones, and Geography Club.

Judge for yourself how well they brought your vision of these books to life.  Read them and reap!

CATEGORIES: Susan M. , Books , Movies
POSTED: 12:53:00 PM |

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Honoring Those Who've Served

The month of May gives us multiple opportunities to honor and remember those who have valiantly served our country both at home and abroad.   This Saturday (May 18) is Armed Forces Day and of course, the last Monday of the month (May 27) is Memorial Day. Please take a moment to check out the related displays of books and other materials at many of our branches. If you would like to commemorate your service or that of a loved one or friend, share your story in the Veterans’ Memory Book at your local branch.
Here are some reading ideas to get you in the mood:
       A People's History of the U.S. Military    

The Impossible Patriotism Project      Pilot Mom    

Love, Lizzie                                                 

In a Time of War       Final Salute 

Take time to pay tribute by visiting one of the many local sites commemorating our troops, including the U.S. Air Force Memorial, the U.S. Navy Memorial,  the National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, the Korean War Veterans' Memorial, the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima), the D.C. World War I Memorial, the "Tribute to Our Veterans" panels on Veterans' Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, our own Rockville Memorial Library which was renamed in 2010 to the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, and, of course, Arlington National Cemetery.

Lastly, enjoy some musical tributes to our troops on Memorial Day and throughout the summer.  The National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the West Lawn of the Capitol at 8pm on Sunday, May 26 and will be broadcast live on PBS.  You can also check out weekly concerts by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine, and U.S. Army Bands at various area locations all summer long.
CATEGORIES: Chris B. , Holidays , Books , Music , Military , Veterans
POSTED: 4:22:00 PM |

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Summer is Coming!

GazeboNo matter how chilly the weather feels, I know it is almost summer when our son returns from college and the authors return to the Gaithersburg Book Festival. On Saturday May 18, booklovers and authors will gather on the grounds of the Gaithersburg City Hall to to celebrate books, writers and literary excellence. In its forth year, the Festival features talks and book signings by authors, a story time tent, a coffee house with singers and poets/songwriters, and several panel discussions.

Download the one page Author Program Schedule, like the Festival on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, so you can plan your visit. It's a perfect time for kids,'teens and grown-ups to make a summer reading plan or to gather suggestions for a new or ongoing book group.To prepare for the Festival, look at the photos and videos from last year or read an entry from this year's short story contest for high school students. 

 The War Lovers cover     Picturing Camelot bookcover     Freedom's Daughter's bookcover  

MCPL can help booklovers prepare for the Festival, too. Let the Reader's Cafe guide your author presentation selection. Read or listen to a book by one of the featured authors. Fiction and mystery writers visitng the Festival include , Jane Green, Manil Suri and Phillip Margolin. Non-fiction writers include Mark Shriver, Kitty Kelley, Evan Thomas and Lynne Olson.  MCPL offers many of these works as downloadable audio books or ebooks, too. MCPL is one of the event partners this year.  The Gaithersburg Interim Branch at Lakeforest Mall is displaying authors'works throughout the month. Stop by, browse and take one home with you to enjoy.

      The City of Devi Cover          Another Piece of My Heart cover       Capitol Murder Cover

Get the kids ready, too. Share a book or audio book.  Children's and young adult authors appearing in the Jim Henson, Ogden Nash and Willa Cather Pavillions include Jon Scieska, Walter Dean Myers, Fred Bowen, Mac Barnett and Mary Quattlebaum. Try not to miss the free craft and other hands-on sessions for children at the IMAGINATION STATION are offered  too.

Chloe and the Lion cover    Underground Train cover    Darius and Twig cover

Visit the library, then grab your sunscreen, a pen for autographs and get ready to collect ideas for summer reading!!  


Barbara M.     Barbara M.

CATEGORIES: Barbara M. , Reading , Books , Local Events , Festivals
POSTED: 4:25:00 PM |
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