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Saturday, July 14, 2012

What's Next?

By Jan Pease
I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. We are in the final two weeks of library programs as we finish this month.  

 Please add Thursday, August 23rd, 3:00 p.m.  to your calendars.  Fantastic magician Robert Halbrook will present “Professor Marvel’s Dream Machines.” He says of this program, “GREAT BOOKS can inspire GREAT DREAMS!  Great dreams are the seeds for incredible inventions.  Professor Marvel’s Dream Machines – an All NEW show for the 2012 Summer Reading Program - will take your kids on a whirl wind journey through his world of always magical, often whacky, but very cool inventions; inventions born of DREAMS.”

Speaking of great books, four readers have shared book reviews with me this month.  Here, in their own words, are their reviews.

Logan, age 10, read “Marines,” by Jack Montana.  Logan says the book deserves four stars, “because it has lots of information about Marines which is great for reports”.  

Josiah, age 11, read two books about sharks.  Sharks, by Rhoda Blumberg, is an older book.  Josiah says it deserves three stars, and read it “because I like sharks and I want to learn more about sharks.”  He also read “Sharks,” by Gary Lopez.  He gave the book four stars, “because I like sharks and I’m going to Florida in August.”

Corbin, age 12, read “Class Clown,” by Johanna Hurwitz.  He gave the book four stars.  His review: “The Class Clown is about Lucas Cott, who needs to learn that there is a time and place for every thing, even for telling jokes, something I need to learn.”

Raechel, age 16, read “Harvest of Rubies,” by  Tessa Alshar.  She gave the book five stars.  Her thoughts on the book: “This is Tessa Alfshar’s second Biblical fiction novel (first being “Pearl in the Sand”) and in this book she goes through the importance and value of our worth in the Lord, our Father.  It’s not what we do that makes us worthy, but who we are in Him.  The main character, Sarah, is easy to relate to, as she goes through struggles and doubts that we all face at some point in our lives.   The allegory, as I suppose you could call it, of the Gardener and the grape vines was powerful, true, and just wonderful.  I highly recommend this book, and am so thankful God led me to read it when I did! 5 stars most definitely.  Ages recommended: 15+”

I get excited every time a young person hands me a book review.  These are readers and thinkers who offer a glimpse of their unique perspectives and personalities.  Enjoy the rest of July, and come visit us at the library, where it’s always comfy and cool. See you at the library!