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Northeast Center Reading Room
Doors open July 5,2010
Mondays-Thursdays 4-8 pm
· Librarian on duty
· Children’s books
· Popular Magazines (English & Spanish)
· Paperback exchange
· ESL collection (Easy readers, etc.)
· General Reference books (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, etc.)
· Computers with access to Library databases & Microsoft programs
Atticus, Boo, Scout. No last names are necessary, because chances are, you’ve probably read the classic American novel that features these unforgettable characters. In fact, you might have a copy of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird somewhere on a bookshelf right now. There’s a reason why this bestselling novel—which earned the author a Pulitzer Prize—has never been out of print and still remains a top selling novel after all these years. The book sensitively confronts the issues of race relations in the South and shows the importance of maintaining an open mind, not showing prejudice, and treating others fairly. As Frank Lyell points out in the July 10, 1960 book review he wrote for the New York Times, the moments that show this clearly help Scout to “decide very early in life that no matter how you try to divide up the human race, there’s really ‘just one kind of folks. Folks.’”
To celebrate the book’s fiftieth birthday, towns across the country will be hosting events, parties, readings, discussions, and performances all summer. HarperCollins Publishers has issued a special fiftieth anniversary edition of the book, and filmmaker Mary Murphy has interviewed prominent figures and compiled them in the documentary Scout, Atticus, and Boo. Although Harper Lee, 84, is not expected to take part in the festivities—she’s renowned for keeping out of the spotlight and living a very private life—To Kill a Mockingbird has maintained a legacy that speaks volumes.
Come one, come all to the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Harper College Library. It’ll be the capstone event to our National Library Week festivities.
At Library After Dark you can:
- Buy books for $0.25 (that’s not a typo– books will be 25 CENTS!) at the Library Book Sale
- Create your own READ poster
- Share a favorite memory about libraries/books in the video booth that we’ll set up
- Enter the Recycled Book Contest
- Vote for your favorite Recycled Book Contest entry
- Vote for your pick for the Library’s Art Mural Contest
- Leave your mark in the library with a book review that we’ll hang on the Tree of Knowledge
- Enter the READ poster scavenger hunt contest
- Participate in the hidden recycled origami crane contest
- Enjoy refreshments and prizes (in other words, free food and giveaways!)
What are you waiting for? Come on by!
Photo credit: Jeff Maysh
The Book Sale starts today in the Library at 10am (10-6) and
continues tomorrow (10-6) and Thursday (10-8)
Stop in and browse through thousands of books, VHS
and audiocassettes on the first floor of the library (Bldg F)
Prices are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Prices are reduced during the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday evening (5:30-8)
Cash only. All purchases are final.
The library is “Going Green” with our National Library Week festivities, thinking of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’re selling all of our withdrawn books and audiovisual material in the book sale next week, holding a recycled book contest for people to be creative with old and seemingly unusable books, collecting paper to be recycled and binding them into notepads, etc. We’ve also put together a Green Living research guide to help you live a greener life.
In the Green Living research guide, you’ll find information about reference books, electronic books, and regular books on sustainable living, green architecture, and the environment, among other topics. You can also see the audiovisual materials we own on green living, as well as streaming media through databases like Films on Demand (that you can use to view streaming films on your computer at home). The Green Living research guide also lists a wide variety of websites that might be of interst, and can start you on your way to thinking about ways you can live more green.
The next couple of weeks are going to be quite busy, with National Library Week activities culminating with Library After Dark on Thursday, April 15 (5:30pm to 8pm). It just so happens that there’s going to be an author reading that Thursday as well. If you have a moment during your lunch break, consider stopping by the Drama Lab (room L109), which is just across the way from the library. At noon, Thomas E. Kennedy, internationally acclaimed author and winner of the O. Henry Prize, Pushcart Prize, and National Magazine Award, will read from his newest novel, In the Company of Angels.
Here are some reviews about Kennedy’s In the Company of Angels:
Kirkus Reviews: “… offers two exquisitely crafted characters a chance to explore the legacy of inhumanity and to enact a drama of resilience– redemption, even.”
South Carolina Review: “… a masterpiece.”
The reading is free, so take a moment to stop by.