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Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Dare to Be Square: The BoxTrolls on DVD
You have been so patient, and we appreciate it. The BoxTrolls is one of those DVDs that require a 28-day window between retail and rental releases. Though you've been able to buy it in the store since January 20, 2015, today is the first day you can get it from the library. We are now circulating ten DVDs and one Blu-Ray. Click on the blue to place a hold on The BoxTrolls.
New from Thanhhà Lai
Thanhhà Lai is the author of Inside Out & Back Again, the verse novel that chronicles the life-changing year that a young girl and her family leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama. Based on the author's own experiences of 1975, it won both the 2011 National Book Award and a 2012 Newbery Honor. Lai's follow-up novel will be published tomorrow, February 17, 2015. Listen, Slowly tells the story of a young California girl who learns more about her Vietnamese heritage when she accompanies her grandma to Vietnam. They are searching for the truth behind a family mystery that dates back to the Vietnam War. Find out more when you read this interview from NPR.
Great Backyard Bird Count
It's time for The National Audubon Society's annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Bird watchers of all ages are invited to count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more of the official four days, February 13-16, 2015. They can report their sightings online at gbbc.birdcount.org. The information collected creates a real-time snapshot of bird populations across the country. If you want to learn more about the birds you observe, look to these books in the Kid Zone.
Backyard Birding for Kids: A Field Guide & Activities by Fran Lee
Birds by Keith & Jonathan West
Birds, Nests, and Eggs by Mel Boring
Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns
Crinkleroot's Guide to Knowing the Birds by Jim Arnosky
Look Up!: Birdwatching in Your Own Backyard by Annette Cate
National Audubon Society First Field Guide: Birds by Scott Weidensaul
National Wildlife Federation's World of Birds: A Beginner's Guide by Kim Kurki
Perfect Pair #7
This month's pair deals with a very serious point in world history. Find out a little bit with Jack and Annie, then find out even more.
- Danger in the Darkest Hour by Mary Pope Osborne (2015)
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The magic tree house has taken Jack and Annie back in time to England in 1944. England is fighting for its life in World War II. Before long, Jack and Annie find themselves parachuting into Normandy, France, behind enemy lines. The date is June 5. Will the brave brother and sister team be able to make a difference during one of the darkest times in history?
- D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy, 1944 by Rick Atkinson with Kate Waters (2014)
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Presents a young reader's adaptation of The Guns at Last Light, tracing the Battle of Normandy and the Allied liberation of Western Europe through the end of World War II.
Macbeth Made Into Graphic Novel
Gareth Hinds has turned classic works into stunning graphic novels -- Beowulf, The Odyssey, and several of Shakespeare's plays. His most recent conversion is Macbeth, Shakespeare's classic story of dark ambition, madness, and murder. The setting is eleventh century Scotland. The general Macbeth is convinced by three witches that he will one day be king. Macbeth decides to assume the throne by killing King Duncan. Hinds's rich illustrations pull you into the claustrophic mind of a man driven mad by ambition, and he makes the story's supernatural elements shine with an eerie light. This adaptation is "both respectful and daring" and is highly recommended.