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Welcome to our book blog for the Grand Forks Public Library.  @ Your Library Book Blog will feature discussions on book club books, new arrivals to the library, lists of read-a-likes, and other "bookish" information.  Feel free to make comments on posts; we'd like this blog to become an exchange of information and ideas. 

Oct 12

Your book challenge deadline is right around the corner!

Posted on October 12, 2017 at 10:52 AM by Mary Lorenz

“The more you read, the more you know.
The more you know, the smarter you grow.
The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice,
when speaking your mind or making your choice.”

                                         --National Library Week

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Jul 07

I dedicate this book to . . .

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:21 PM by Mary Lorenz

Books are comprised of more than the main story, there's usually an acknowledgement, dedication, and sometimes a prologue and epilogue.  I enjoy reading the dedications, they're always personal and are an expression of connection or thanks by the author towards another person who helped him/her get through the writing process.  So who does the author choose, why, and how is it worded on the dedication?

A lot of dedications are addressed, To .... or For .... and the person's name.  Other authors use poems, funny anecdotes, or write the dedication in the style of a formal letter.  The most important things to consider regarding the dedication are to keep it short, simple, and ensure that it truly reflects the author's personality and relationship with the person the dedication is for.

Some dedications leave you wondering what was in the author's mind when he wrote it.

Below are some dedications that I've found interesting.

Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events
For Beatrice –
I cherished, you perished.
The world’s been nightmarished.

Carl Sagan, Cosmos
In the vastness of space and immensity of time, it is my joy to spend a planet and an epoch with Annie.

Gillian Flynn, Dark Places
What can I say about a man who knows how I think and still sleeps next to me with the lights off?

Shannon Hale, Austenland
For Colin Firth - You're a really great guy, but I'm married, so I think we should just be friends.

Rick Riordan, The House of Hades
To my wonderful readers - Sorry about that last cliffhanger. HAHAHAHA.  But seriously, I love you guys.

Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary
To all those who lead monotonous lives, in the hope that they may experience at second hand the delights and dangers of adventure.

P. G. Wodehouse, The Heart of a Goof
To my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.

Jack Kerouac, Visions of Cody
Dedicated to America, whatever that is.

Deb Schense, Barns Around Iowa
Dedicated to the preservers of round barns in Iowa.

Ron Chernow, Alexander Hamilton
To Valerie, best of wives and best of women.

Elie Wiesel, Night
In memory of my parents and of my little sister, Tzipora.

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried
This book is lovingly dedicated to the men of Alpha Company, and in particular to Jimmy Cross, Norman Bowker, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Henry Dobbins, and Kiowa.

Ruta Sepetys, Salt to the Sea
For my father.  My hero.

What dedication would you put in your book????

Apr 06

National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017

Posted on April 6, 2017 at 5:02 PM by Mary Lorenz

Sunday is the beginning of National Library Week, a yearly event to celebrate libraries nationwide.  We have a display of library t-shirts hanging from the balcony and we're having a kick-off event on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 pm. This event showcases nontraditional library activities.  All ages can participate in button making, Lego building, and coloring.

We'll also have our Chess Club playing against each other and a demonstration by one of the Lego Robotics teams.  We will be collecting socks for soldiers as part of the Soldiers' Angels project.  You can help by bringing in NEW socks, in their original packaging, all colors and sizes can be used.  Soldiers' Angels will distribute the socks to veterans in VA Hospitals and in care packages to soldiers who are deployed.    

If you do happen to stop at the library, check out the Discover Earth exhibit that will be up until May.  It's interactive and has activities and information in the Children's Department and in the entrance to the library.  The Grand Forks Public Library partnered with The Dakota Science Center to write the grant, enabling us to have this amazing exhibit!  Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL), the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute, and the Afterschool Alliance organized the display.  Discover Earth is was made possible through support from the National Science Foundation and it's part of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net).

I hope you'll stop at the library, say "hello" to your favorite librarian, and have some fun! Happy National Library Week!

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