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Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Jun 17
Director’s Notebook June, 2008 Some writers are identified with a particular country or  region, others with a specific period in history. Willa Cather is known for both. When I think of her, I think of the prairie states, especially Nebraska, and I think of the days of the intrepid pioneers of the prairies, struggling to make a life for themselves that was tenuous, at best.  Although Cather spent only a few years of her childhood on the vast prairie lands of Nebraska, she...
Posted by JDavanza on Fri, Jun 13
Take a look at Lookybook: Lookybook is a new website that lets readers look at each and every page of a picture book “from cover to cover, at your own pace.” Kind of like reading an actual book! Lookybook argues, “We know that nothing will replace the magic of reading a book with your child at bedtime, but we aim to replace the overwhelming and frustrating process of finding the right books for parents and their kids.” The New York Times book blog reports, “There’s a bit of a half-baked social-...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Jun 11
It’s HOT outside, but it’s COOL in here! Stop by the library: there’s no better place to browse through your favorite magazine or read a good book!
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Jun 11
Question: Who is one of America’s most impassioned advocates for the rights of all children? Answer: Jonathon Kozol, who recently was the keynote speaker at the commencement exercises for St. Andrews School in Barrington. Follow this link to learn more about Kozol’s life and works: http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/pgs/portraits/Jonathan_Kozol.html Then check out some of Kozol’s award winning work: http://library.provlib.org/search~S1?/akozol/akozol/1%...
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Jun 10
Drop by and check out the new “travel books and films” display currently up on the main floor of the Library; in the new magazine section.  We also welcome you to enjoy the Library's summer travelogue series, to be held on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 beginning July 9 and running through Sept. 3, (skipping the week of Aug. 27).  Called “Personal Journeys” the series features programs on China, Turkey, England & Italy, Eithiopia, Iceland, the Galapogos Islands and Parke County Indiana, Covered...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Jun 05
Question: What has all the adventuresome buddy appeal of the Hardy Boys, the subtlety of Jane Austen in conveying late 18th, early 19th century European social nuance, and a shipload more of interest besides?   Answer: The British seafaring “Aubrey-Maturin” novels, penned by Patrick O’Brian.  These historical naval novels set during the Napoleonic Wars feature ship’s surgeon, avid naturalist and intelligence agent Stephen Maturin, along with masterful English tar Jack Aubrey, who...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Jun 05
Istanbul, Turkey Personal Journeys: A Travelogue Series at the Library  Join us for another exciting travelogue series at the Library this summer.  This annual series focuses on “personal journeys” taken by area travelers pursuing a variety of interests, including nature, art, scholarship, work, general tourism and other pursuits. This series is free and open to all.  The schedule is as follows, on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 PM, July 9-Sept. 3, (skipping the week of Aug. 27): ...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Jun 04
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this beautiful and moving paper crane exhibit at the Library during the month of June.  The display, to be found in the glass case located near the fiction collection, was arranged by YA Librarian Bri Johnson in celebration of the kind generosity shown to her by local teens during a recent illness.  Bri posted these words to elucidate this beautiful and moving exhibit: All paper crane projects have a story. Some are widely known, like Sadako and the Thousand...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Jun 04
Feed your craving for books! Come to the Friends of Barrington Library mini book sale on Saturday, June 7 from 10 to 2.  The sale will be held in the lower level of the Library/Peck Center, at the Tap-IN entrance. 
Posted by JDavanza on Sat, May 31
C.J. Cherryh writes rich and intriguing anthropological science fiction.  Some of the best of her work can be enjoyed in the nine books she sets in her “Foreigner Universe”.  These brilliant novels explore and celebrate the dangerous coming together of two very different species.  In many ways Cherryh’s three Foreigner trilogies represent one grand bildungsroman; a unified saga in which the main character, translator and cultural mediator Bren Cameron, as well as two separate societies, Atevi...

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