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Weekly Reads

No, It’s Not the Same as Mexican Food!

by Scott D. Strawn

 

It’s that time of year to launch into a diet of pumpkin pies, turkeys, dressing (or stuffing) and cranberries.  But before you do, perhaps you might want to let your taste buds “wander” the country a bit and try something a little bit different before their yearly binge on the traditional.  How about somewhere in the States but very different from South Carolina – maybe New Mexico?

 

Weekly reads, for teens

Reads for Teen Read Week

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Next week is Teen Read Week.  Teen books are not only stories that happen to be about people in their teenage years, but books that delve into the hope, and horrors, of being that age.  They are about striving in life at a time when how one strives will determine how one faces the rest of one’s life.  In other words, they’re great reads for teens…and everyone who remembers being one.

 

A Picture Is…

A young woman at Kent State kneeling next to a body, Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima, a Depression-era mother looking worried for her children – chances are that a distinct image comes to mind when each of these events are mentioned.  These images and others like them form a common human physique because of the art of photography.  Someone didn’t just snap another photo but looked for that exact moment and angle that would frame the event forever for us.  The following titles have several of these moments.

 

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs edited by Andrea G. Stillman

Weekly library reads; 9/11

One Particular Morning

by Scott D. Strawn

 

For us older Americans the events of September 11, 2001 tend to stand out.  It was a day one tends not to forget – one that provides an easy answer to the question: “Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when…”  For teens it is a moment in history from when they were either very young or not yet born.  For them the question is more likely to be:  “What was it all about?”  Here are five books to help answer that question

 

The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner

 

Far Out Family Entertainment

It’s almost the weekend and that means time to think about what to do to keep the family entertained.  Perhaps a quick trip to Mars or Jupiter, a ride along the rings of Saturn, or a fly-by of a neighboring galaxy?  Is it a little beyond your resources and time?  No problem.  Stick some popcorn in the microwave and pop one of these animated wonders into the DVD and prepare to roam the Universe.

 

WALL-E Disney/Pixar 2008

 

 

 

Poems by Jeri Boyd

I am an American. It makes me sick to see the hate and killings of so many people in our country and in our world! I believe God can heal our sick and frightened people. We need His  help, but we have to ask and turn to Him to HELP!

 

Mass Murder – by Jeri Boyd

 

Mass Murder

Which we now see on [sic] to [sic] almost daily

Is like war

Against our

Human race!

Killing each other

Will not make this

A better world

For anyone!

Mass killings create

Fear, anger and hatred!

Books about back-to-school

First Day of School?  No Problem!

by Scott D. Strawn

 

A place that you have to go each and every day?  A person who’s going to tell you exactly what he or she expects and judge you on your performance?  An endless progression of assignments for the next 13 years or so?  Do I really want to start this “school thing”?  It’s actually terrifying!  Well, maybe not.  Maybe Mom and Dad will sit me down and help me understand that school’s a good thing, even a fun thing.  Maybe they’ll read me one of these books:

 

Weekly Read's

The Library’s More Than Just Books

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Libraries have always been the sources of information and entertainment.  It used to be that both were provided by rows and rows of shelves containing books on all subjects and for all ages.  Now, however, libraries can provide information in many more formats and forms.  Here are five electronic sources you might not know Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library provides.

 

 

Ebooks from “OneClickdigital”

Traveling the Oceans

They glided upon the waters of the worlds for most of the 20th Century.  They were the reason that people didn’t just go from place to place but rather “traveled.”  These Ocean Liners were huge and had reputations that were legendary.  Most sailed for decades.  Even those who didn’t were notable for their demise - Lusitania because of war, the Titanic because of hubris. 

 

RMS Olympic: Titanic’s Sister, by Mark Chirnside

 

See the Music/Hear the Music

See the musicians?  See the instruments?  See the music?  Probably a “no” on that last one.  We all know you can’t “see” music, but certain sights can certainly set off music in your head.  A picture of an orchestra, or big band, can help you recall a certain tune. A picture of a pop singer can recall that favorite melody.  These titles will inspire musical recall in a big way. If you feel like adding a musical effect, or an entire musical number to your experience while you read them, so much the better.

 

Weekly reads

See the Music/Hear the Music

See the musicians?  See the instruments?  See the music?  Probably a “no” on that last one.  We all know you can’t “see” music, but certain sights can certainly set off music in your head.  A picture of an orchestra, or big band, can help you recall a certain tune. A picture of a pop singer can recall that favorite melody.  These titles will inspire musical recall in a big way. If you feel like adding a musical effect, or an entire musical number to your experience while you read them, so much the better.

 

Weekly Reads: A Day for Remembering

A Day for Remembering

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Let’s admit it.  A three-day weekend is coming up and most of us already have it planned out:  going to the beach, relaxing from work, checking out the sales.  But perhaps we need to schedule a little time to remember those who Memorial Day is about – those who sacrificed their all.  Here are some reads that can help to do so.

 

The Ghosts of Hero Street by Carlos Harrison

 

Weekly Reads: Gone Fishing

 

Gone Fishing

by Scott D. Strawn

 

“The best day of work is not anywhere as good as the worst day of fishing!”  You may have seen this statement on a bumper sticker and wondered at its wisdom, but any true fisherman would tell you that it’s an absolute.  So, take off a day from work, grab the pole and the tackle box and go for it.  Not as acquainted with the subject as you would like to be?  No problem.  Just “fish” for these titles in your library.

 

Murder in the Bookstore; other novels about bookstores

Murder in the Bookstore

By Scott Strawn

 

Bookstores, old and new, with all those wonderful old wooden shelves, are filled with all shapes, sizes and colors of old texts and illustrations.  Mysteries, histories, cookbooks, love stories, horror stories. There are books for adults and teens and children, rows and rows of them under flickering lights and dusty pathways.  And in the middle of it all – a fresh corpse!  Maybe you should have gone to the library instead.  There you could have read these murder mysteries in safety!

 

Constructive Reads

Constructive Reads

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Remember when you were about three-years old or so?  Well, let’s pretend you do.

You were rather small and the whole world was pretty new and very big.  Sometimes that could be a little frightening, but sometimes it could be really cool.  Like when you saw a construction site and you saw all the big, metal machines and all the neat stuff they could do.  Wanna share that experience with your kids or grandkids? Well here’s five chances to do it.

 

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