Let’s start the week with a book review:
In an alternate 1985 England, which has been at war since Queen Victoria’s reign, war veteran and literary detective Thursday Next has her hands full when the original copy of “Martin Chuzzlewit” by Charles Dickens is stolen. There are no clues and concerned readers begin to notice the story starts — changing. Jasper Fforde’s “The Eyre Affair” takes readers on a literary tour de force filled with wry humor and unlimited references to English literature. As Thursday begins to unravel the mystery, the original manuscript of “Jane Eyre” is stolen. Suddenly the book named for “Jane Eyre” has no middle and no end and Jane herself is in danger because evil madman, Acheron Hades, has entered her book through a prose portal device.
Can Thursday save Jane and bring back Charlotte Bronte’s classic work? Follow along, dear reader, to discover the end. If you don’t have a strong grounding in English literature and have never read “Jane Eyre,” this book might be a bit of a slog. But if you have read “Jane Eyre,” love English literature, and enjoy fiction set in alternate realities, then this book is for you.
Visit the library and enjoy entertaining and informative programs
Groundbreaking Reads Adult Summer Reading: The prize winner for July 5 for the adult summer reading program is Kristy Schneeberger. The prize this week is a day pass to the YWCA and an entrée at Applebee’s Restaurant. She also wins two “rent one get one free” Family Video movie rentals certificates and two certificates for a “buy one get one free” sightseeing cruise on the Celebration Belle.
Story Times: The theme for story time is Dig into Dinos! Preschool story time will take place on Wednesday, July 17, at 10 a.m. Toddler Time will be held on Thursday, July 18, at 10 a.m. If you have questions, contact children’s librarian, Tamie Bird at 242-8441.
Afternoon Adventures: Explore your world every Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. On July 17, kids can play video games! Open to children in grades 1 through 5.
Magically Good: Kids, join magician and ventriloquist Dean Franzen for a fun program on Thursday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. at the Ericksen Center.
Cookie Excavation: On Friday, July 19, at 1 p.m., visit the library to participate in a cookie excavation. Dig into cookies! For grades 1-3. At the main library in the children’s department.
Spend Smart! Eat Smart!: On Saturday, July 20 at, 10:30 a.m. at the Lyons Branch, attend Spend Smart! Eat Smart! Spending less on food often means investing time and effort in planning, shopping and preparing food. Vera Stokes of the ISU Extension office will present a program designed to help you learn skills and adopt habits to feed your family nutritious meals for less money.
Movie-a-thon: Come enjoy a series of family friendly movies for kids on Saturday, July 20. Movie start times are 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the main library in the children’s department.
Writing Q&A with Misty Evans and Amy Manemann: Misty and Amy will introduce aspiring authors to the publishing process and explain how to create more entertaining, sellable novels on Monday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the children’s non-fiction department. They will also respond to questions from the audience and sign copies of their books. This program is free and open to the public. For more information call me at the Clinton Public Library.
Holly Youngquist is the adult programming and outreach librarian.
Let’s start the week with a book review:
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