Wednesday, August 22, 2012
My vacation included a day at Splash Zone, several trips to the beach (without losing either of my children), a library movie and the transformation of my closet into a marigold-colored office (thank you, wonderful spouse). I also read the following novels:
'The Next Best Thing' by Jennifer Weiner - Ruth Saunders, a disfigured television writer, thinks her dreams have come true when a network buys her sitcom. But wait - the actors and executives demand changes to the show, she's in love with her boss - who already has a gorgeous girlfriend - and her beloved grandmother is getting married and moving out.
'The Peach Keeper' by Sarah Addison Allen - a grim secret uncovered under a peach tree in a small North Carolina community brings changes to the lives of two local women - and their respective love interests. This is magical realism at its best and recommended for fans of Alice Hoffman.
What's happening at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library now that summer reading is over and kids are finally heading back to school?
Kids (ages 4 and up) can show their friends what they can build with a pile of Legos on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at our 'Build with Legos' program.
Adults can join me on Friday, Aug. 24 from 10 to 11:45 a.m. to play Scrabble the old-fashioned way - on a board.
On Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. book and movie lovers will enjoy the Mount Pleasant Reel Club's showing of 'Big Fish' starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney (Rated PG-13; 125 minutes) followed by a discussion of both the movie and the book it was based upon, 'Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions' by Daniel Wallace.
Finally, throughout September and October, the Charleston County Library and the College of Charleston are partnering for the One Book Program, featuring the novel 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' by Jonathan Safran Foer, the story of an autistic boy struggling to understand the death of his father on 9/11.
Mount Pleasant Regional will offer a book discussion of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' on Monday, Oct. 1 at 10:30 a.m. and a showing of the movie 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock (PG-13; 129 min.) on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m.
Check out your copy of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library. For more information about the One Book Program, pick up a brochure at any Charleston County Library branch, call 849-6161, or visit ccpl.org.
(Jen McQueen is a Reference Librarian at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. Her children are often extremely loud and incredibly close.)