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This week’s staff pick is from a bestselling author, but maybe not one you’ve read before.   Once again it has a long time span and one event effects a lot of people, with some suspense thrown in there, but it’s an excellent novel according to our staffer and worth the read.

“In 1866, tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School. A young student drowns in a mysterious accident involving a small circle of boys. The drowning and its aftermath initiates a spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many loves… From the exclusive men’s club and brothels that cater to every dark desire of London’s upper classes to the dazzling ballrooms and mahogany-paneled suites of the manipulators of the world’s wealth, Ken Follett conjures up a stunning array of contrasts. This breathtaking novel portrays a family splintered by lust, bound by a shared legacy… men and women swept toward a perilous climax where greed, fed by the shocking truth of a boy’s death, must be stopped, or not just one man’s dreams, but those of a nation, will die…”– Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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This week’s staff pick is a hysterical bite-s-zed novel, perfect for some beach reading.  Our staffer literally laughed out loud several times reading this. This is a fast read, all written via letters of recommendation that a beleaguered creative writing professor writes over the course of a year, and his story comes out through them (all fiction, all hilarious).  As they said: “Pick this up, you won’t regret it.”

Finally, a novel that puts the “pissed” back into “epistolary.”

Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished liberal arts college in the midwest. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. His once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His star (he thinks) student can’t catch a break with his brilliant (he thinks) work Accountant in a Bordello, based on Melville’s Bartleby.

In short, his life is a tale of woe, and the vehicle this droll and inventive novel uses to tell that tale is a series of hilarious letters of recommendation that Fitger is endlessly called upon by his students and colleagues to produce, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies. We recommend Dear Committee Members to you in the strongest possible terms.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

 

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Reading Buddy Applications

It is time to apply for the Franklin Township Public Library’s 2015 Reading Buddies Program. This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library in the Children’s Department (July 6 – August 10). Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading. Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills. Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Applications are available now, but space is limited and participants are accepted on a first come, first serve bases.

Teen Buddies

  • Teen Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk
  • Teens entering 8th grade through 12th grade are eligible to apply to become volunteer Teen Buddies.
  • Teens MUST attend one of the training sessions prior to the start of the program:
    • Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 pm OR Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm.
  • Teens MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. They may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7 pm or 7 – 8 pm.
  • Completed Teen Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

Little Buddies

  • (Little Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk)
  • Children who are independent readers, entering 1st grade through 4th grade are eligible to apply to becomeLittle Buddies
  • Parents MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. Children may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7pm or 7 – 8pm.
  • Parents MUST remain in the Children’s Department area during the sessions.
  • Little Buddies are welcome to bring their own books to read. However, an assortment of books will be provided for them to use during the sessions.
  • Completed Little Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

The deadline for ALL applications is Sunday, June 7, 2015

All accepted applicants will be notified by June 8th.

**Please note that this is NOT part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP)!Those enrolled in Reading Buddies are welcome to ALSO join our Summer Reading Program.

Participants in the Summer Reading Program receive prizes for all logged pages or hours of reading done during June 15 – August 31.

Little Buddies may log their Reading Buddies hours for SRP credit, and ALL school reading counts as well!!

Visit the Library’s website around June 15th to register:

  • Ages 4 – 10 “Every Hero Has a Story”
  • Ages 11 – 18 “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary”

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This week’s staff pick is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Six stories in one that follow the same reincarnated souls through time, this novel is wildly inventive.  The first part may seem a bit slow, but once you get to the second story, the novel takes off.  A wild, complicated ride that’s well worth the effort, this novel also inspired the movie starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry.  Our staffer highly recommends this, or one of Mitchell’s other works – like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a historical novel where once you finish the first part, the story explodes into soap opera worthy drama and high stakes. Psst- The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet would count for your book that takes place in Asia for the Read Harder Challenge.

“Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history.

But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky.

As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon.” Taken from Goodreads.com


Cloud Atlas: A Novel

David Mitchell

Published: Nov 20, 2012 by Modern Library
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Reading Buddy Applications

It is time to apply for the Franklin Township Public Library’s 2015 Reading Buddies Program. This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library in the Children’s Department (July 6 – August 10). Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading. Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills. Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Applications are available now, but space is limited and participants are accepted on a first come, first serve bases.

Teen Buddies

  • Teen Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk
  • Teens entering 8th grade through 12th grade are eligible to apply to become volunteer Teen Buddies.
  • Teens MUST attend one of the training sessions prior to the start of the program:
  • Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 pm OR Tuesday, June 16th at 7 pm.
  • Teens MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. They may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7 pm or 7 – 8 pm.
  • Completed Teen Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

Little Buddies

  • (Little Buddies applications are available at the Adult Reference Desk)
  • Children who are independent readers, entering 1st grade through 4th grade are eligible to apply to becomeLittle Buddies
  • Parents MUST commit to attend at least FOUR sessions. Children may attend more if they are available.
  • Monday evenings at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 6th – August 10th).
  • Sessions are either 6 – 7pm or 7 – 8pm.
  • Parents MUST remain in the Children’s Department area during the sessions.
  • Little Buddies are welcome to bring their own books to read. However, an assortment of books will be provided for them to use during the sessions.
  • Completed Little Buddies applications are to be returned to the Adult Reference Desk.

The deadline for ALL applications is Sunday, June 7, 2015

All accepted applicants will be notified by June 8th.

**Please note that this is NOT part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program (SRP)!Those enrolled in Reading Buddies are welcome to ALSO join our Summer Reading Program.

Participants in the Summer Reading Program receive prizes for all logged pages or hours of reading done during June 15 – August 31.

Little Buddies may log their Reading Buddies hours for SRP credit, and ALL school reading counts as well!!

Visit the Library’s website around June 15th to register:

  • Ages 4 – 10 “Every Hero Has a Story”
  • Ages 11 – 18 “Young Adults Escape the Ordinary”