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Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko is this week’s staff pick, chosen by one of our superb Children’s Librarians!

In this appealing novel set in 1935, 12-year-old Moose Flanagan and his family move from Santa Monica to Alcatraz Island where his father gets a job as an electrician at the prison and his mother hopes to send his autistic older sister to a special school in San Francisco. When Natalie is rejected by the school, Moose is unable to play baseball because he must take care of her, and her unorthodox behavior sometimes lands him in hot water. He also comes to grief when he reluctantly goes along with a moneymaking scheme dreamed up by the warden’s pretty but troublesome daughter. Family dilemmas are at the center of the story, but history and setting–including plenty of references to the prison’s most infamous inmate, mob boss Al Capone–play an important part, too. The Flanagan family is believable in the way each member deals with Natalie and her difficulties, and Moose makes a sympathetic main character. The story, told with humor and skill, will fascinate readers with an interest in what it was like for the children of prison guards and other workers to actually grow up on Alcatraz Island.–Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Public Library”– School Library Journal.

This book is aimed at middle school students, and is a great, interesting read for boys and girls.  It’s also the beginning of a series, so if you or your kids love it, the story continues!

We have multiple copies in print and an audiobook edition.

 

Don’t forget the Library is CLOSED Sunday and Monday (5/25 & 5/26) for Memorial Day.  Get these and other updates on our Facebook, Twitter, and/or blog.

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On Thursday May 29th, from 6:45 PM to 8:30 PM, we are holding a program that walks you through building a LinkedIn profile for job hunters.   If you’re interested in attending, please REGISTER now. 

 

This class is not suitable for those with limited computer skills.  You will need to bring a laptop or tablet to the session.

Please see the full notes below or on the registration page.

“Most employers automatically turn to LinkedIn to research potential job candidates and a recent poll said that 89% of companies plan to recruit through LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, you may miss out on some valuable job search opportunities.


This fast-paced program takes you through the steps needed to design a strong, complete, “All Star” LinkedIn profile. You will create an accounting of your work experience including a Summary Statement, Experience, Skills, Education, and Outside Activities. You will also learn the technique needed to be seen on the first three pages of a LinkedIn People Search.

This class is for job seekers, and is not appropriate for those with limited computer skills. Attendees will not be instructed or assisted with basic computer navigation. Please review our basic computer class offerings if you are unsure of your computer skills.

Enrollment is strictly limited and you will need to bring a laptop or tablet to the session. A limited number of library laptops may be available for use with advance arrangements.”

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Come join us as we watch The Wind in the Willows on Tuesday, May 27.   The movie is 7 – 8:15 PM in our Community room.  Bring your own picnic supper or just a dessert or snack to munch on while you enjoy this classic children’s novel brought to life on our large screen.

 This Martin Gates film (1996) is closely based on the book The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and takes place in the woods near a riverbank, where we meet Ratty, Mole, Badger – and Mr. Toad, whose love of fast cars lands him in jail.  Can his friends help save Toad Hall from the stoats and weasels?  Will Mr. Toad break out of jail?

Please register so that we can set up a table for your group.

Parent must accompany children at all times during the film.

Suitable for families, this film runs approx. 71 minutes.

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Author Manny Luftglass will discuss his book series, ‘Gone Fishin,” disclosing some of the best fishing spots in the area as well as regional fishing tips and success stories for salt and freshwater anglers. Registration is required.

A former Franklin Township resident, Manny Luftglass has written 17 books in his ‘Gone Fishin” series. His column, ‘Gone Fishin”, appears in a variety of weekly newspapers in several states. Articles have appeared in magazines such as ‘The Fisherman’, ‘Fishing & Hunting News’, ‘North American Fisherman’  and many others. Manny is popular on the lecture circuit in five states and specializes in teaching his double-anchor style of fishing.

He will be here tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21 at 7 PM.  Register now and come meet a local fishing legend!

 

We have several of his titles, check some out today!

 

Don’t forget to register for our next two movies, The Monuments Men and Philomena! Click on the blue links below to do so.

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Friday, May 23, 2 – 4 PM : The Monuments Men

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. As the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind’s greatest achievements. Rated PG-13 for some images of war violence and historical smoking; 172 minutes.

 

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Friday, June 6, 2 – 3:45 PM : Philomena

Based on the investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, Philomena focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock—something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of—and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

 

We have a lot more going on, check out our adult and children’s calendars to see our other great events!

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