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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”

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Now that your little ones are becoming more independent are you considering entering or returning to the workforce?

Job Search for Moms is packed full of useful, practical ideas to get you started on a career change or job search. This training, based on Nancy Anderson’s book, presents the tools and techniques needed to plan, prepare, and launch your career plan-including career assessment, networking, resume preparation, and interviewing techniques.

Job Search for Moms author and presenter Nancy Anderson is a solution-driven training & development leader with over 25 years experience in human resources, learning & development, and relationship management in the pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance industries.

Join us Wednesday, May 13 from 7 – 8:30 pm, to learn strategies on getting back into the job pool.

 

Registration is required; sign up today!

 

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This week’s staff pick is a heist thriller that a lot of people couldn’t put down… our staffer loved it, and so we recommend to you: Ghostman by Roger Hobbs.

“In a daring operation, two crooks-for-hire rob an Atlantic City casino. But their heist goes horribly wrong, and only one of them makes it out alive. Now he’s on the run with $1/2 million vacuum-packed into a bundle the size of a briefcase. Little does he know it’s rigged with explosives.

Almost immediately, an expert fixer named Jack is in cross-country pursuit. With less than 48 hours to recover the money, clean up the mess, and–for god’s sake–try not to botch the job”–Taken from Amazon.com

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Are you and computers not always on the same page?  We can help! Attend one of our free computer classes, or come for 1-on-1 computer instruction.  If you missed Monday’s Intro to MS Excel 2007, the class is repeating later this month.  We also have an Internet basics class this month.

Registration is required for all computer classes and instruction as class sizes are strictly limited.

1-on-1 computer instruction is available several days this month at our Franklin Park location, which you can see on our calendar.  Register for one hour one-on-one instruction on the library computers. Training can include an introduction to using the mouse, navigating the Internet, and using email. Please specify your training interest when registering. Call the Franklin Park branch to register, 732-873-8700, ext. 5.  Attendance is limited to one hour long session per month.

Internet Basics is on Monday, May 18 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.  This class will include a brief history and description of what the internet is and how to navigate it using a web browser.  We will do some basic searching and learn what makes up a good website. You are expected to know how to use a mouse before taking this class.

Intro to MS Excel 2007 is Saturday, May 30 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm.  Learn the basics of this popular software program designed for storing, organizing and manipulating data. This class will discuss the parts of a spreadsheet, including columns, rows and cells. Participants will create a basic spreadsheet during class.  You must be able to use a mouse and be familiar with basic computer concepts such as opening, closing, and re-sizing windows before taking this class.
Don’t forget to register!
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