This week’s Staff Pick is Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. This children’s/YA read is great for all ages and shows how you can make your own destiny even when you don’t mean to. Funny and charming, you won’t want to put this down.
Hayao Miyazaki even made an anime version of the book, which we also have at the library. The movie does differ from the book on several points, so it may be worth checking them both out.
“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
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Howl's Moving Castle
Diana Wynne Jones
Published: Apr 15, 2008 by Greenwillow
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It’s safe to say that almost everyone has heard about Neil Gaiman. He’s written comic books, books, movie scripts, the occasional TV script… and he seems, lately, to be everywhere. He writes for all levels of readers, and he is quite prolific. Three of his works are on our Staff Pick Bookmarks so far (Neverwhere, Stardust, and American Gods), and he is a widely respected and wildly popular fantasy author.
So why bring up a man who really doesn’t need any publicity to be a success? Because he gave a fantastic speech at The Reading Agency‘s annual lecture about how important reading and imagination are. He also discusses how important libraries are, so of course we’re predisposed to like it. Aside from this however, the speech is about the importance of literacy, imagination, and reading anything and everything which we fully support. There have been studies that show that reading fiction is good for us, especially children, improving empathy and socializing skills.
If you want to know more about Neil Gaiman, he is all over the internet, and a prodigious Twitter user. You can also check out his pages on Facebook and Goodreads.com.
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We’re closed on Tuesday but we have a lot happening this week! Get all the details at our Calendar, and don’t forget to check out the Children’s Calendar for their great events as well. Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars. Also check the calendars for event locations.
Monday, Nov. 10:
-Beginner Yoga, 5-6 pm
-Adult Chess, 6:30-8:30 pm
-Helping Kids Eat Well, 7 pm-8:30 pm
Tuesday, Nov. 12:
-Crafting circle, 11-12:30 pm at FRANKLIN PARK BRANCH
-Job Search- Creating a LinkedIn Profile, 6:30-8:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 16:
-Knitting for beginners 1:30-3:30 pm
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The Shattered Gates by Ginn Hale is this week’s Staff Pick. It’s the beginning of a fantasy series, and the great news is that the entire series is published! So if you like it you can read them all.
“When John opens a letter addressed to his missing roommate, Kyle, he expects to find a house key, but instead he is swept into a strange realm of magic, mysticism, revolutionaries and assassins. Though he struggles to escape, John is drawn steadily closer to a fate he shares with Kyle—to wake the destroyer god, the Rifter, and shatter a world.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
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We have oodles of great events going on in November. Here’s a highlight of the upcoming special adult programs. Get all the details at our Calendar, and don’t forget to check out the Children’s Calendar for their great events all month long as well! Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars.
Nov. 7 : Movie: Begin Again. Starts at: 2 pm
Nov. 8 : Second Saturday Bookclub A House in the Sky. Starts at: 11 am
Nov. 10 : Helping Kids Eat Well. Starts at: 7 pm
Nov. 12 : Job Search- Creating a LinkedIn Profile. Starts at: 6:30 pm
Nov. 17 OR 24 : Jewelry Making – Tree of Life Earrings. Starts at: 6:45 pm
Nov. 19 : Memory Loss – The Basics. Starts at: 7 pm
Nov. 21 : Movie: Jersey Boys. Starts at: 2 pm
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Psst! If you missed our Murder Mystery Gala, you can still play along here.