What do Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter and Captain Underpants all have in common? They have been deemed “inappropriate to age group” by well meaning folks who have attempts to remove books from schools and libraries in the United States.
The Grafton Public Library celebrates YOUR freedom to read and right to choose your book during Banned Books Week, September 21-27, with the following drop in programs and activities for all ages:
• Banned Books Matching Game: match a title with the reason it was challenged
• Sidewalk Chalk Art: share a favorite quote from a banned book
• Book Spine Poetry: arrange titles to create a poem
For more information about Banned Books, visit http://www.ala.org/bbooks. For more details about library activities, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 x1105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Children’s Room at the Grafton Public Library invites all our young readers to join us for the fall session of storytime beginning the week of September 15th. Storytimes are drop-in unless otherwise noted and if school is cancelled, storytime is cancelled as well. The Children’s Room will be closed to the public for the duration of onsite programs, and the room will re-open at 10:30 a.m. The lineup for this fall offers something for readers of all ages:
• PreK STEM Storytime – is a 30 minute program for children ages 3.5-5 featuring math and science themes. Hosted by UNiBank, 89 Worcester Street, Grafton, on Monday mornings 10:30 a.m.
• Library Babies – is a 20 minute program for our very youngest visitors, ages birth-walking. Meets at the Library Tuesday mornings 10 a.m. (note new time!)
• Toddler Time – is a 30 minute program for children who are walking through ages 3.5 years. Meets at the Library Wednesday mornings 10 a.m. (note new time!)
• Preschool Storytime – is a 30 minute program for children ages 3.5-5. Meets at the Library Friday mornings 10 a.m. (note new time!)
• “Once Upon a Storytime” at the Willard House – for children ages 3 and up, will be held every first Wednesday of the month (three times this fall) on October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd. Please call the Willard House directly 508-839-3500 to register.
These programs, along with others, are also listed on the Library’s website “Events” calendar. For more details, please contact Sarah Banister, Children’s Librarian, at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com.
We Need New Names
Although many aspects of this novel, set in Zimbabwe and Detroit, present a bleak picture of both village life and emigration, it is written by such a gifted storyteller that it drew me in from page 1. The story is narrated by Darling, a 10 year old girl growing up in a shantytown in her native Zimbabwe. She and her group of friends, all with similarly unusual names (Godknows, Fraction, Chipo), play with abandon against a backdrop of poverty and memories of terror endured by the village during a brutal raid by paramilitary soldiers in the past. They refer to this as “Before”. They call their village “Paradise”. The children are a true “gang”, but only in the sense that they are a strong unit, bound together by trauma from the past, hopes for the future, and the mischief of today. They hide in trees in the rich neighborhoods beyond the village, trying to catch a glimpse of tv shows, which they later hilariously re-enact . Stealing guavas is another highlight, both for the thrill and the reward of the juice they love and can’t stop themselves from overindulging. They are hungry, in the literal way, as well as for clean clothing, any type of toy or possession, and an end to the threat of violence.
Darling is in a unique position in the group, as she has been told she will move to Detroit (“Destroyedmichygen”) to live with her aunt, something she anticipates with a mixture of excitement and dread. As horrible as their lives are, it’s what they know, and they have each other. When she does make the transition, she feels the heartbreak of losing her country and her people, as well as the disillusionment of the American Dream.
The second half of the novel takes place in America, where Darling finds herself living in an apartment with her aunt, an obnoxious cousin, and her aunt’s husband in near poverty. This is where the story takes a turn and becomes darker; Darling has matured and the narration loses some of its charm, which is likely the intent of the author as circumstances for Darling have not lived up to her hopes.
What I love most about this book is the voices of the kids in ZImbabwe, who are so sweetly sad, yet creative and feisty, despite their circumstances.
We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2013), the Guardian First Book Award shortlist (2013), and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist (2013). It was the winner of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature (2013),and won the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for debut work of fiction.It also won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (2013).
Somehow many of the books that appeal to me because of the writing also feature people living difficult lives. This one certainly fits that bill, and will not appeal to someone looking for a light read. If’ you enjoy a poignant, though sometimes disheartening, coming of age story, this is a good pick.
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Meet Local Author Stephen Halpert as he talks about his new book Abracadabra Moonshine: and Other Stories.
Ever since he was a boy Stephen has been fascinated by art, giving himself an informal art education by wandering through museums in his native Providence, Boston, and New York. His influences include DADA Photo Montage, Man Ray, Kurt Schwitters, the collage boxes of Joseph Cornell and Betye Saar and Robert Rauschenberg’s inventive assemblage.
A professional writer and editor since graduating Emerson College in 1964, he discovered that collage work helped him to relax and avoid writers’ block. He has published a number of books, articles and columns on American literary, photographic and social history; and rock music and pop culture. Today he writes a weekly humor column, American Scene published on line and in The Grafton News .
For more information, please contact the Grafton Public Library at firstname.lastname@example.org 508-839-4649.
On August 30th we will be raffling off some Summer Reading “science goodies”. The online Summer Reading program will randomly select readers who registered online. You can also enter to win our raffle by adding your green Fizz, Boom, Read! green punch cards to our bucket. All winners will be called so make sure your name and phone number are on the back of your punch card!
Great job reading and Good Luck!
Ice coffee is now available for 1$ at the Library thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the Grafton Public Library. Just stop by the Main Circ desk to get your cup. As before, hot coffee, hot tea, and hot cocoa are also available (good to keep in mind as the colder months start approaching!)
The Grafton Public Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday August 12, as the building will be without power during electrical repairs. Materials due on August 12 may be returned without penalty by Tuesday August 19. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Green Cleaning program with Leslie Reichert will be held at the Grafton Historical Society Museum Annex at 7:00 p.m. (Please use the rear, lower entrance.)
The Library will reopen to the public on Wednesday August 13 at 10:00 am – we anticipate having full power restored at that time.
For more details, please contact Beth Gallaway, Library Director, at 508-839-4649 or by email at email@example.com.
In an effort to serve our young families, we are asking for your input on our Children’s Room Storytime Survey. We are putting our calendar together for this fall and would like to know the best times for offering Storytimes to our young patrons.
Please visit this very short (6 questions only!) Storytime online survey or stop in the Children’s Room to complete a hard copy.
We look forward to hearing from you!
As part of her 3rd grade Grafton History Project, Francesca Valverde created this amazing model of the Grafton Public Library. Francesca did an outstanding job of capturing the detail of this 1927 historical building located on the Grafton Common. Her model is on display in the Main Reading Room of the Library. Francesca recently completed Miss Tilvia’s 3rd grade class at Millbury Street Elementary School. Great job Francesca!
Tuesday, July 15th 7:00-8:00 p.m.
This one-night event for birders, bird photographers and nature lovers will provide participants with photographic techniques for capturing birds. The program will be illustrated by Peter Christoph’s masterful photography and seasoned with lively anecdotes, this narrated slideshow will bring you both instruction and inspiration.Peter will have available the companion book Birds, which he published to accompany his presentation. There will be a book signing immediately after his talk.
Peter Christoph is one of New England’s best known wildlife photographers, having presented for Mass Audubon, the national wildlife refuge system, and numerous libraries, camera clubs and schools. His passion for capturing birds in their natural habitat, his technical excellence, and his environmental responsibility are revealed in his compelling images. He is set apart as one of the very few photographers willing to share both his photographic knowledge and his favorite locations with other photographers. His images have appeared in many books and magazines and he has authored two bird books, which are available at Mass Audubon’s Wachusett Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary and online at www.peterchristoph.com