We know it’s been a while since our last post, but we wanted to let you know we are taking a break from our blog, perhaps indefinitely. We have so enjoyed sharing our thoughts about literature and libraries with you, but we feel our time will be better served if we devote our energy to other Library projects. However, if you have been feeling bereft due to our lack of posts, please let us know! We are always open to ideas and feedback. In the meantime, please check out our facebook page (search “Azle Memorial Library”) for all of our latest news, pictures, and events! And we hope that you’ll check out our new youtube channel for our “Book Hooks” – videos with book recommendations for adults, teens, and kids. There is something for everyone!
“I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure.” —Virginia Woolf
If you’re like me, you probably wish summer reading club could somehow last the whole year round. I always go into a slight depression as soon as our finale party for the adults ends.
Which is why I’m extremely excited to announce that we will begin our Winter Reading Club for all ages next Monday, December 1st! It will work much the same as last year. You will need to go to the Information Desk to register and pick up your reading log. For every five hours of reading you complete, you will get a chance to win one of several gift cards (three gift cards for each age group and you get to choose which gift card you want to try for). And as always, we don’t care what you read, as long as you’re reading! So, audiobooks, ebooks, magazines, novels, short stories – these all count! And for those of you who spend a lot of your time reading to small children, that time counts for both you and them. The last chance to enter to win prizes will be Saturday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m. Our finale party is an event you will not want to miss, so mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m. We will have yummy food, trivia questions, and announce our prize winners (though you don’t have to be present to win).
We also want to wish all of our wonderful patrons the very happiest of Thanksgivings! We are grateful for you not just at this time of year, but year round. It is a pleasure to serve you.
Here’s one in honor of Thanksgiving!
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thorton Wilder
I realized I hadn’t posted a book review lately, which is a shame because I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and have, for the most part, enjoyed what I’ve read. Here’s a quick list. And guess what? I checked them all out at our local library!
“The World’s Strongest Librarian” by Josh Hanagarne – This is about a Mormon librarian who has Tourette’s and is so strong he can literally bend frying pans. If that doesn’t hook you, I’m not sure what will. It’s a very no-nonsense memoir about a man who has had to overcome amazing odds to have what he has today – a job he’s good at and a family he loves. If you have Tourette’s or know someone who does, then you need to read this book! Or if you like reading quirky non-fiction or memoirs, this book is for you.
“Gray Mountain” by John Grisham – I’ve just started this, but I’m already enjoying it. It’s set in 2008, just as the crash is happening. The recession sounded the death knell for Big Law, as Grisham calls is, which led to highly educated and very well-paid lawyers getting pink slips from their firms and scrambling to find a job, any job. Samantha Kofer is one such attorney, and she finds herself working for free as an intern at a legal aid clinic in coal country Virginia. I always enjoy books that expose another way of life, and life in Appalachia is a hard one – meth, domestic abuse, unemployment, and major environmental concerns due to consequences of mining are just some of the problems they seem to face. Grisham is always a pleasure to read, and I’m already looking forward to going home this weekend and finishing the story.
“The Son” by Philipp Meyer – All Texans should read this! It’s an epic saga that tells the stories of three members of a family at different periods in their history, starting with the Colonel, who established their dynasty. The story is also told from the viewpoint of one of his sons and one of his great-granddaughters. It’s a story that is rich in historical detail and does not shy away from the violence and struggle that made Texas the land it is today. It’s a blood-soaked history, but one could probably say the same for any other place. It gave me a much better appreciation for what it must have been like to live on the frontier and how if you did, you lived life on the edge.
Remember, if you’re ever looking for something to read, there’s no one better to ask than one of your friendly librarians!
What better way to show your gratitude during this season of thanksgiving than to give something back? We have just the opportunity for you! The Community Caring Center is in need of canned goods, so the Library is hosting a canned food drive now through November 21. So, the next time you’re at the grocery store, think about grabbing one or two of any of the following: canned vegetables and fruit; canned fish, meat, beans; boxed meals, like rice, pasta, cereal; canned stews, soups, chili; and peanut butter and jelly (plastic jars only). Of course, please make sure items are new/sealed and not expired.
We have a very big box by the Information Desk that is just begging to be filled. Come by and drop off a can or two, and then you should really stay to check out a book or one of our many programs!