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2012-05-28: Information Station Column

We are already experiencing summer here at the library!  The kids are out of school and they are in the library!  We LOVE that!  I can’t think of a better place to spend your summer anyway - which made me want to take a minute and share some fun tidbits about our upcoming summer!

Do not miss our Adult Summer Reading Program!  You can begin to sign up June 4 and I can guarantee it will be worth it.  You simply turn in a log of your reading each week and those are your entries to win one of our six gift baskets.  There are other ways to win though too – if you fill out online book reviews, you could win our Amazon gift card!

Our children’s and family Summer Reading signup is also June 4 – both in the library and on-line.  Our children and teen librarians have exciting summer plans so make sure to stop in or check our website to see what is happening each week.  You want to make sure and sign up for the 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th grade reading clubs, our junior high and high school book clubs and other fun events that will run all summer long.  There will be big events like Blank Park Zoo, Pockets Full of Fun Puppets, Dan Wardell from IPTV, CSI Sioux Center, Sioux Center’s Got Talent AND MORE!!

Just don’t miss out – we want to encourage reading this summer but also encourage fun and I think our librarians have accomplished JUST THAT!

 

Defending Jacob

Previous to this, I had not read anything by William Landay. But I picked up his latest book, Defending Jacob, and I do believe my jaw is STILL wide open - even finishing over a week ago! This book was not my typical read - I tend to not go to trial/lawyer stuff - it usually gets too deep into law for me. But this one was a riveting read - kept me going right from the start! It is the story of Jacob, a 14 year old boy, charged with murder of a school mate - BUT Jacob is also the son of Andy Barber, the assistant district attorney for more than 20 years, which adds a whole different twist to this small-town murder. There are turns all throughout this novel - and you really get involved as you can relate to the narrator, Andy, as he battles the doubt, fear, and worries that any parent would encounter going through a court case like this. I truly enjoyed this novel - it was tough but real. What leaves my jaw sagging is the ending - NO SPOILERS HERE - but if you read it – you must stop in and chat with me - I mean really, that's the end!?!?!? I demand a sequel!!!

Pick it up - it is well worth the read! It is a murder/thriller that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat!