Barbara Kingsolver is an amazing writer, and the staff member who recommended her loves all of her work (except The Poisonwood Bible, but try that too). We recommend her work, especially Animal Dreams which is a stand alone novel about a woman returning home to confront her past and her distant father. She finds a town threatened by a silent environmental catastrophe, startling clues to her own identity, and a man who could change the course of her life. It’s a quick read and the characters will stay with you forever.
Happy Birthday William Shakespeare! Although Shakespeare’s exact birth date is not known, scholars do know he was baptized on April 26, 1616 and have traditionally accepted his birthday as April 23, 1616. Famous for his plays, sonnets and poems, Shakespeare is also responsible for many common phrases we still use today. “Eaten me out of house and home”, “in a pickle” and “love is blind” are just a few.
Celebrate the Bard’s 450th birthday by checking out one of his famous works. We’ve got books and DVDs on display now in the main library.
To those of you celebrating the holiday, Happy Easter! We hope you have a safe and wonderful day.
If you’ll be stuck in the car on the way to Aunt Sally’s, don’t forget to bring something to keep you and your family entertained for the ride, like one of our audiobooks.
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky. Salt is about the history of salt and it’s impact on human society over the years- it has been used as currency, influenced trade routes and cities, started wars, secured empires… and more. Sound intriguing? It is, our staffer can’t stop raving about it. Check it out today!
As you can see when you walk in and look at our latest display, April is National Poetry Month. If a whole book seems like too much work, why not try the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day website?
Or if you are in grades 3-12 why not share your poems with other poets at Poet-to-Poet? Watch award winning poets from the Academy of American Poets’ read their poems, which are fun and accessible, then let them inspire you to write your own! You can email the poems to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which poem/poet inspired you by April 30. Some will be posted on the website in May! If you’re a teacher, the website also comes with Common Core lesson plans for the project.
If you LOVE poetry, April 24th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! Carry a poem with you in your pocket and share it throughout the day.
Join us on Saturday, May 10th at 1:30 pm in the Community Room for a discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. New members welcome!
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts. (Publisher’s Description)
Limited copies available at the reference desk. For more information about bookclubs at FTPL please visit: bookclubs