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2012-03-05: Information Station Column

National Library Week is Fast Approaching!

April 8 – 14 is National Library Week and do we have a line-up of fun for you!  The library will be a busy place with daily contests, drawings, and even a special day just for Kids!  We are pleased to share that we have TWO authors coming to visit.  Jane Kurtz, a children’s author, will be here on Tues, April 11 from 2 -4.  You will be able to purchase her books and have her sign them at that time.  What a great chance for our kids to meet an author up close!  This is such a great cause too, as the proceeds help to further literacy in Ethiopia.  Come and learn more!!  Also on Tuesday, Bret Lott will be here from 3:30-4:30 sharing with us his insights on writing and some background on a few of his novels.  We are privileged to have Mr. Lott at our library.  His books are well-known, and his book, Jewel, was an Oprah Book Club Book.  We would love to have a good crowd to listen to him share and ask any questions that you may have.  Save the date for these two great author visits.  We will be sharing more information about upcoming events as we prepare for a great week of Celebrating Our Library!

 

Book Review:

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

Jane Eyre is a book I can read over and over and it never ceases to capture me! I love so many things about that wonderful book. SO, when I hear of modern versions, of course, I must read them and see if I approve! Margot Livesey's The Flight of Gemma Hardy is a modern version of Jane Eyre that is one of the best I've read that follows the storyline of the traditional book. What I enjoyed about Livesey's novel is the intricacy in the history.  You follow the life of Gemma from her very young days all the way to when she meets Mr. Sinclair. It isn't a contrived book that has to follow the Jane Eyre storyline so closely that it loses it's own story. It veers just enough from the original that it is truly its own story - and that is what gives it the strong like-ability factor! During my reading, I came to feel for Gemma and her very tough life - I found myself cheering for her, although she didn't need it - she is plenty tough all on her own! This is a great read - read it if you love Jane Eyre, read it even if you don't since it's a wonderfully strong story all on its own!