Thursday, August 15, 2013

2013 United We Read: "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore"

Zionsville and Boone County, let's read together. The 2013 United We Read selection is "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore," by Robin Sloan. When the tale begins, we find Web designer Clay Jannon unemployed after the recession. He finally lands a job working the graveyard shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and discovers that the store’s plucky owner and sparse customers are involved in a secret, worldwide mission that he can’t resist unraveling. It's a fast-paced adventure with books and technology at its core, paired with lifelong friendships and a bit of romance --all of which will have you turning the pages for more. I read this book over two nights, staying awake long past bedtime, and when I finally switched off the light on the first night, the book cover glowed in the dark!

Starting on Monday, August 19th, borrow a copy of "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" from the Library and see it glow for yourself. This year, we're releasing the United We Read selection earlier because we heard you say that you wanted more time to finish the book before attending its corresponding programs in the fall. On Monday, August 19th, we'll have a display at the second floor reference desk full of print and audio copies of "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" ready for you to borrow.

Read the book, talk about it with us at our Book Talk on Monday, September 30th from 6:30-8PM, and come back on Tuesday, October 8th for a special visit from San Francisco via Skype with author Robin Sloan from 7-8PM. The week after that, join us as we welcome Georgetown Market for Juicing 101 on Tuesday, October 15th from 7-8PM (there's a lot of healthy eating done in this book). The final program is a 2-part Introductory Calligraphy class on Tuesday, October 22nd from 6-8PM and Tuesday, October 29th from 6-8PM, taught by Zionsville artist Julia Fish Thompson.

So on Monday, come and help us empty the United We Read book display...borrow the book that rated 4 stars on Goodreads, Novelist and Amazon, read it, talk about it, and sign yourself up for the programs.

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