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This week’s staff pick has been making the rounds around the staff, and everyone who’s picked it up has loved it.  This is a building-wide staff pick, and in November it’ll be a movie starring Matt Damon.    The premise is that an astronaut finds himself stranded on Mars, with no rescue in sight for years.   Compulsively readable, Mark Watney is funny, determined, and brilliant.  You’ll be rooting for him from page 1.   This is a fast read (you won’t want to put it down), and every staff member who’s read this encourages you to go pick this up and read it now.   Like, right now.  Hurry up and place your hold!

It should be noted that there is a lot of science in the book (there would have to be to survive), but it’s broken down into easily understood language, and doesn’t slow down the plot.  A couple engineers have read this, and say it checks out.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—& even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—& a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?”–Taken from Goodreads.com 


The Martian: A Novel

Andy Weir

Published: Feb 11, 2014 by Crown
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The Martian

Andy Weir

Published: Jul 09, 2014 by Thorndike Press
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It’s getting hotter, school’s almost out, and it is once again time to participate in Franklin Township Public Library’s Summer Reading event!

You can see on our homepage that we have an easy to find Summer section.  You can visit our Summer homepage, reading programs, summer reading, or summer concert series straight from our website.   For our summer reading, don’t forget to check out the prizes and sign up for your category starting June 15.

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Don’t forget to check out this summer’s awesome concert lineup.   Let’s make Summer 2015 one to remember!

We hope you’re joining us in our 2015 Read Harder Challenge (flyers at Circulation and Reference), where we are challenging ourselves and you by reading books based on place, author, subject, etc.  Why? Because we’re stretching out of our reading comfort zones and trying some new things. Don’t forget that anything you read for the challenge can also count towards your summer reading! School summer reading counts too (for FTPL Summer Reading and the challenge).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015) and Pinterest page

– This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com where you can get reading suggestions for each category, and tell others what you think

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

It’s never to late to start, and anything you’ve already read this year that fits into a category counts! Join us in diversifying our reading, and check out some new books today.

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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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