Amnesty Day is Friday, April 1, 2016, no foolin'!

Mark your calendar for AMNESTY DAY, Friday, April 1. Stop by the library with your library card and we will remove FINES only for RETURNED MATERIALS.
Thank you!

He came! He saw! He conquered!

Gordon Korman was amazing at our library last night!! This is one of the favorite kinds of activities for librarians--meeting our super stars!!

Gordan Kormon will be at our library TONIGHT!

 

The title of the book refers to a collision in football or the "pop". In this book, it also refers to one of main characters named Charlie Popovich who played football in the NFL and was nicknamed the "King of Pop". He liked being a player who made the "pop" happen. At the local park, Charlie (now middle-aged) befriends a young man named Marcus who is new to town and getting in shape for football season. The two become unlikely friends until Marcus makes a shocking discovery about Charlie. This is a more serious book from Gordon Korman. Excuse the pun, but this book "tackles" some very serious subject matter. The author does not shy away from tragedy in this book. The tragedy is unpredictable but very realistic, just like "real life".

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1749391?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordon believes in the power of a good sense of humor!

1 day until Gordon Korman is at the library!

Leo Caraway has always been aware of a rage within. It comes as no surprise to him when he discovers that his biological father is the front man for a punk rock band. He finds an opportunity to meet his dad at a press conference for the beginning of a "comeback" tour. His dad invites him to join the tour, for the summer, as a roadie. (This is the summer after Leo graduates from high school.) Leo learns about the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and realizes his values are not aligned with it. Paradoxically, he forms a sense of belonging with his dad on the few occasions that his dad truly recognizes him. (It turns out that dad is struggling with this new role of father and trying to do right by it.) This book was a fast and enjoyable read. It was poignant because the themes were the universal human ones of identity and integrity set in an environment that many of us are curious about. Punk rock bands have asked very meaningful and important life and societal questions through their music. How do/did those very same individuals grapple with the microcosm of nuclear family?

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1595048?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordan Kormon likes the Ramones!

2 days until Gordon Korman is at the library!

Through a preposterous chain of events, that he set in motion, Donovan Curtis is sent to a middle school for the gifted. He clearly does not belong. The other students know it. The teachers know it. But Donovan bumbles along and actually contributes his social talents in a significant way to his classmates. The title refers to Donovan and each chapter heading is cleverly labeled with a variation of "un". Each chapter is from a point of view of one of the characters and the headings tell their names and their IQs. IQ is clearly just one part of who people are and how they are developing. This book would be a great jumping off point for discussing what is intelligence anyway? And how hard is it to be labeled "gifted"? "Ungifted"? Donovan's sister is living with his family while her husband serves in Afghanistan. She is pregnant and brings a dog into the home, too. They (Katie & Beatrice, dog) provide some very comical scenes in the book. A character named Noah who is at the academy with Donovan is off-the-charts brilliant but trying his best to be "normal" and get thrown out of the academy. He is hilarious and actually achieves his wish by the end of the book. Donovan is found lacking and returned to the regular middle school at the conclusion. The book provides very fun lessons in acceptance and how our school systems/society need examination and inclusion efforts.

This book is available in Infosoup: http://search.infosoup.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1887862?lang=eng

Did you know? Gordon Korman likes Asian food like Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, etc.