Monday, October 27, 2014

Book Review: Reunion

Sometimes in your reading life you just need first person narration. I needed all of Kate's "I's". Sometimes you also need a dysfunctional family... Reunion delivered that, too. And Pittard did a great job of pulling you in with the opening line:

"On June 16, at roughly eight thirty in the morning, I get the phone call that my father is dead."

Well, you have to keep reading after that. At least I did.

Kate's life is pretty well in shambles before she finds out about her father's suicide and before her siblings tell her she has to travel to Atlanta for the funeral -- which will also involve coming face-to-face with her four stepmothers and many half-siblings. As Kate haphazardly deals with her distastrous life, she also comes to terms with her relationship with her father.

This is a quick read and a good one for discussion. There's sibling relationships, adultery, childhood issues, and so much more. It's kind of the less-funny, more serious version of This is Where I Leave You. And check out Pittard's previous novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way. - Melissa (Downtown)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looking for... Book Group Resources

Do you belong to a book group? Looking to start one or join one? Chandler Public Library has resources for you!

Visit our Book Clubs page to see what book groups are currently going at our library branches. Locations, times, and book selections for the next two meetings are available at this page. (Check our events calendar to see if your book group has scheduled meetings and book selections past the next two months.)

Also on our Book Clubs page, you can find book suggestions for your own group to read, as well as resources to help with your discussion, such as ReadingGroupGuides. And you can sign up for our Online Book Club to get samples of books by email.

Need even more book suggestions? Check out our Book Lists page for books by genre or category: Popular Book Club Picks, Mystery, Award Winners, and more. Search our catalog for availability and place holds right from these lists.

Do you have a book club that might not be as exciting as it was when you first started? Here's some advice from NoveList (another great resource for reading suggestions) that could help:

Several years ago, I noticed that our discussions were becoming...difficult. There was no easy flow of conversation and ideas. One or two people dominated the conversation and participants were not open-minded to the opinions of others. We were having trouble getting deeper than comments such as, "I liked the book!" The lack of give and take in our discussions was upsetting to everyone. We wanted to get together to have fun and vibrant discussions, but somewhere between our desires and our reality we were missing a critical step.  Read more

Monday, October 20, 2014

Staff Picks: Children's Picture Books

Miss Trish at the Sunset Library has rounded up some of her favorite picture books!

Oh No, George!
George wants to be a good dog, but when faced with temptation, what will he do? This is an all-too-human dilemma.

Odd Duck
What if you really like someone but they're different? Even a little odd? Theodora and Chad have to figure it out.

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Being prim and proper is so boring. Be who you are!

This Is Not My Hat
A little fish steals a big fish's hat. Consequences, anyone?

Cookie, the Walker
A dog gets famous walking on her hind legs. This book takes a jab at celebrity culture.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

@ Your Library: Dig Deeper on International Archaeology Day

On October 18th, Chandler Public Library joins archaeological organizations, museums and libraries around the world to celebrate International Archaeology Day. Join us at the Downtown Library on Saturday at 2:00 pm for a special program that will encourage you to excavate your inner Indiana Jones. Author Judith Starkston will discuss her debut novel Hand of Fire, as well as her travels to the archaeology sites of Troy (Turkey).

Hand of Fire tells the tale of Briseis, the captive woman Achilles and Agamemnon fought over in The Iliad. When Achilles, the half-immortal Greek warrior, takes Briseis captive in the midst of the Trojan War, he gets more than he bargained for: a healing priestess, a strong-willed princess - and a warrior. She raises a sword against Achilles and ignites a passion that seals his fate and changes her destiny.

To learn more, see what books and resources the library has to offer! Search the catalog for books on archaeology, both nonfiction and fiction, for adults and kids. Do even more research in Britannica Online, available for free through your library (with your library card number and PIN). Or, get back to basics and read Homer's Iliad.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Library Closed: Check our our ebooks!

All four Chandler Public Library locations will be closed on Monday, October 13 for system-wide staff training. The libraries will reopen on Tuesday at their regular times.

You can still check out books when the library's closed - with 3M ebooks! All you need to download books is the free 3M Cloud Library app, an internet connection, and your valid Chandler Library card and PIN numbers. There are apps for your PC or Mac, iOS device, Android device, Kindle Fire and Nook. Check out up to 10 items at a time for 2 weeks. Ebooks expire automatically on their due date, so there's nothing to return and no late fines! Take a look at this article to learn more!

Another great reason to get started with 3M Cloud Library now - our subscription to the OverDrive Greater Phoenix Digital Library expires on October 31. Please visit our Digital Media resources page to see how easy it is to use 3M Cloud Library!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Star Wars Day! October 10-11

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

It was with these opening lines that Star Wars stole our hearts and minds forever. While most people have heard of the two trilogies, there is a whole Star Wars Expanded Universe, composed of TV shows, computer and video games, comics, and books out there that many people don’t know about. Now, for the third year, Lucas Arts and Disney have worked with libraries and book stores across the nation to bring you Star Wars Reads Day! This Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, Jedi masters and Sith Lords everywhere will unite to spread their love of reading about all things Star Wars.

So grab a book and celebrate! Here are just a few of Star Wars titles you can find at your Chandler Public Library:

Vader’s Little Princess and its companion book, Darth Vader and Son, explore the trials and tribulations of juggling parenting and being a Sith Lord. Great for parents and their little padawans.

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda is the first in a fun new series about sixth grade, origami, pop quizzes, and Star Wars. In this first book, Tommy wonders whether his Origami Yoda really can predict the future…

For those of you eager for more on our intrepid heroes from the original trilogy, look no further than Timothy Zahn’s latest Star Wars: Scoundrels. Join Han, Lando, and Chewie as they work together to pay off Jabba the Hutt’s bounty on Han’s head.

Find these titles and more in our library catalog. Don’t forget to check out one of the Star Wars Reads Day events at your Chandler Library! May a love of reading be with you!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Book Review: Zac & Mia

Two teens find themselves in the hospital, on opposite sides of the same wall, communicating with knocks and taps. In the real world, they would never be friends - Zac is from a large farming family in rural Australia, and Mia is a popular city girl - but here they're the only people who understand what the other is going through. Both are in the hospital being treated for cancer.

 Zac & Mia tells the story of how young people face a terrible illness in different ways: optimistically or with embarrassment, hopefully or fearfully, with support from their families or with arguing and misunderstanding. An honest and unflinching novel about learning to accept and fight for life. - Michelle (Sunset)