Thursday, December 30, 2010
Rumbling into a new year!
Let us know if you heard or felt the earthquake this morning.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
If you’re looking for some last minute gift ideas for your young reader, here are a few of Miss Julie’s favorite chapter books…
Mysterious Benedict Society, Trenton Lee Stewart
The name of this book is secret, Pseudonymous Bosch
Percy Jackson Series, Rick Riordan
39 Clues Series, Various Authors
Holes, Louis Sachar
Tales of a fourth Grade nothing, Judy Blume
Sideways School Stories, Louis Sachar
If they can handle a little bit of dark humor…
A series of Unfortunate Events, Lemony Snickets
Edgar and Ellen series, Charles Ogden
The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony DiTerlizzi
For the Girly types…
The Penderwicks, Jeanne Birdsall
Allie Finkle Series, Meg Cabot
Judy Moody Series, Megan McDonald
Clover Twig and the magical cottage, Kaye Umansky
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I was just thinking about getting an ebook reader as a Christmas present for my mom. Maybe a Kindle? I realized that would be a bad choice. Mom borrows books from the Brownsburg Public Library. You can't use a Kindle to read an ebook from that library. In general, you cannot use a Kindle to read an ebook borrowed from any library, including our favorite library.
Ebook and audiobook downloads offered by Hussey-Mayfield come from a company called OverDrive. OverDrive and Amazon (the source of the Kindle) haven't agreed on terms that would permit OverDrive to offer Kindle-compatible ebooks.
Fortunately, there are many e-reader devices -- including the iPad, iPhone and Android devices -- that you can use to read ebooks from libraries.
Or save your money and keep life simple by reading your ebooks on your PC. I use my 4-year-old IBM Lenovo laptop to read ebooks from Hussey-Mayfield AND ebooks from Amazon. Kindle-formatted ebooks from amazon.com will work on almost any PC. You just need the free Kindle for PC software, which you download from amazon.com. To read Hussey-Mayfield ebooks on your PC, you just need free software from OverDrive. I use them both.
Have a merry Christmas and a New Year full of happy e-reading!
Friday, December 17, 2010
Elfin Julie, Laura, and Kelli led us in some fun songs and Elfin Jazzy Matt spiced things up with his awesome drumming. We hammered toys, donned reindeer noses, and shook our Christmas bells while Mrs. Claus knitted by the fire and passed out special treats and holiday cheer. What a fun time!
From all of us to you...Happy Holidays!!!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
...Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper!!!
Our Mock Newbery Committee met Sunday, December 12 for our first Mock Newbery Election. Eleven students, led by our own celebrity reader/blogger Laura Rodgers, reviewed the award and its rules, and discussed and voted for their choice recipient of the 2011 Newbery Award. Also, a fair amount of snacks were enjoyed!
The group also chose three Honor books: Keeper by Kathi Appelt, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, and The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan.
What a cool experience!
Monday, December 13, 2010
IF it is safe for you to travel, though, know that we are open if you need a wintry escape.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. “ Sound familiar? It’s the opening sentence in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; and, according to The Bedside, Bathtub, & Armchair Companion to Jane Austen, a clever compendium of Austen trivia by Carol Adams, it's possibly the most imitated sentence in English literature.
Fans of the English novelist, and there are many of us, (the Wall Street Journal reports that Ms. Austen counts roughly 89,000 fans on Facebook), will want to celebrate December 16, which marks Austen’s 235th birthday. The Library has Austen’s six major novels: Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey, in print and film adaptations, as well as an early novella-in-letters, Lady Susan. For those interested in the domestic details of Austen’s life, I recommend Jane Austen’s Letters, edited by Deirdre Le Faye. And for those desiring a peek at Austen’s romantic side, the Library has the movie, Becoming Jane (2007) starring Anne Hathaway.
And now, a question for all devoted Janeites: who’s your favorite contemporary author, writing sequels to Austen’s novels?