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2013-4-1: Information Station Column

National Library Week – April 14-20

 

At the library, we’re busy making plans for National Library Week. You might be wondering, “Can the library actually fill a whole week with celebratory activities?” The answer is yes. Yes, we can. Check out our line-up of events and perks below to see how you might want to participate in National Library Week: 

Programs for All: 

Amnesty for Fines - Patrons may bring back materials that are overdue. If you ask for amnesty, then you your whole fine for overdue items will be waived, no questions asked.  

 

50% Off Existing Fines - Patrons may ask a librarian for the National Library Week special on fines. You can receive 50% off of fines existing on your card if paid during National Library Week. (Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to fines due to lost or damaged items.)

 

Free Library Card Replacement - Patrons may apply for a free library card replacement for any lost or damaged cards during National Library Week.

 

For Adults: 

Library Daily Trivia - Each day we will post a new trivia question on the whiteboard that will be located behind the circulation desk. If you answer the question correctly, you will have the opportunity to spin the prize wheel!

 

Scavenger Hunt – Patrons who complete the scavenger hunt made available during National Library Week, your sheet goes into a basket. At the end of the week, one person whose sheet we draw will win a library tote bag filled with goodies.

 

Author Breakfast Panel - Three local authors will come to the library on Saturday morning, April 20, for a breakfast and panel discussion. Breakfast will be served. Please call the library to register for this event so we can prepare the appropriate amount of food!

 

Author Visit - Colleen Bradford Krantz will be at the library on Thursday, April 18, for an 8:00pm program. She will be speaking about her book and documentary ‘Train to Nowhere: The Story of an Immigrant Death Investigation.’ No sign-ups necessary for this program!

 

Open House for Rhonda Van Es - On Wednesday, April 17, 11:30-1:30, we will have an open house to celebrate Rhonda’s years of service to the library. All are welcome for the open house. Come make this a special time for Rhonda!

 

For Kids: 

Hamster Naming Contest – We have a new fuzzy friend at the library! During National Library week children can fill in a ballot to vote for the name for our new hamster.

 

Find the Alligator – A stuffed alligator will be hidden in the children’s section of the library, a new place each day. If the child finds the alligator, he/she will receive a coupon for free frozen custard from Culver’s. One child at the end of the week will get to take the alligator home.

 

Sunday the Therapy Dog - Sunday will be coming Saturday, April 20. Sign your child up to read with Sunday!

 

After-School Movie Showing – We will be showing a much-loved classic about a girl and her dog and the friends she makes on her fantastic journey home on Wednesday, April 17, at 2:15pm. Popcorn will be provided for all kids who come.

 

 

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier 

I love reading the classics. I’ve almost finished reading my way through Jane Austen’s novels. I can’t quite bring myself to read the last one on my list because I know that after that there will be no new Jane Austen masterpieces to enjoy. 

One of my all-time favorite classics is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I read it (and subsequently fell in love with it) when I was 16 years old. It has everything a 16-year-old could ask for: a dark creaky mansion filled with mystery, an alluring enigmatic male protagonist, and a persistent sense of suspense and foreboding. So when a friend told me that Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, had a similar feel to Jane Eyre I could hardly wait to read it. 

I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Rebecca, set on the Cornish coast of England. The young protagonist is the new bride of Maxim de Winter, who lost his first wife, Rebecca, in a tragic sea death less than a year prior. Maxim’s new bride feels haunted by the memory of Rebecca. Though the girl loves her new husband very much, she can’t help but feel that he’s hiding something from her, that things are not as they appear. Mrs. Danvers, the corpse-like housekeeper, doesn’t make her feel any more at home with her cold silent stares. 

This book kept me glued to it until the surprise ending. I found myself completely immersed in the beauty of the estate of Manderley on the Cornish coast, and I was kept guessing right along with the protagonist, wondering at the mystery that haunted Manderley and everyone who lived there. I certainly recommend it!