July 2013 Archives

Secrets of Magic...Revealed

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Part magic show, part workshop "Secrets of Magic Revealed" is two programs in one! First, you are treated to a magic show including some common items you might find around your house. After that, discover the mystery behnd the magic as you learn how to do the tricks. Join hilarious magician Christopher Hurlbert for a fun morning of tricks and treats.

"Mississippi Trial, 1955" by Chris Crowe

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MississippiTrial.pngOn July 18th, one of the witnesses to the infamous Emmett Till lynching in 1955 passed away.  Willie Reed was a black teenager in Mississippi at the time and heard the 14-year-old Till's horrible screams as he was tortured by two white men for having allegedly whistled at one of their wives. ( Click here to read Willie Reed's account.)

A trial was quickly held, and despite eyewitness testimony and evidence, a jury, after less than an hour deliberating, found the two men innocent. The men later admitted their guilt in a magazine interview.  And Willie Reed, who changed his name to Willie Louis for fear of retaliation, fled Mississippi for Chicago.    

The story of Emmett Till's shocking murder provides the backdrop for Chris Crowe's excellent novel Mississippi Trial, 1955 (click here to reserve our copy).  The book's protagonist, Hiram Hillburn, spends the summer in his old Mississippi hometown with his grandfather, thinking he can relive his happier youthful days. 

One day his grandfather's housekeeper introduces him to her cousin's nephew from Chicago, Emmett (introduced as "Bobo") Till, and the two share a brief friendship before the subsequent murder.  Hiram, who later gets to watch the trial of the two suspects, quickly discovers that he may know more about who was responsible for Emmett's tragic murder, which changes his perceptions about life forever.

Though a coming of age story focusing on its (white) protagonist, Mississippi Trial, 1955 vividly shows the evils of racial prejudice and it's effects on blacks and whites.  Crowe's writing is fast paced and to the point, focusing on Hiram's plight, while highlighting the important historical context of the situation.  (The Till lynching and it's aftermath helped fortify the emerging Civil Right Movement that was already taking form in 1955.) 

If you're looking for something to read this summer (especially if you're taking part in our summer reading program), Mississippi Trial,1955 is recommended!

For more about the Emmett Till murder, check out this site.  Thanks to CT for pointing out the Crowe book to me. 

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My Pictures (Jan2013) 085.jpgHere's some pics from July 24th's Hot Books For Young Adults program.  First up below is Tamora Pierce:

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Here's D.J. MacHale:

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Annabel Monaghan:

My Pictures (Jan2013) 082.jpgPaul Rudnick:

My Pictures (Jan2013) 091.jpgMore to come...

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Submit book reviews

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beats_sm.jpegWe love getting book reviews from our teens; so far we've got 22 posted, but we'd love to see more!  Join Teen Summer Reading today!  Sign up, log your reading, submit reviews and attend a program.  Win chances to win our grand prize, Beats by Dr. Dre headphones!


This is really exciting!  On Wednesday, July 24th, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm in the library's second floor Meeting Room, we're hosting a series of panel discussions (along with Q & A sessions) featuring such popular writers as Tamora Pierce, Jonathan Frtesen, Robin LaFevers, D.J. MacHale, Annabel Monaghan, Elizabeth Wein and Paul Ruddick, called "Hot Books For Young Adults"!

Set up by the School Library Journal, this SummerTeen online event will have the writers taking part in panel discussions on such topics as real-life mysteries, historical fantasy and embracing diversity in Young Adult writing.  The panel discussion schedule can be found at this link

We'll be having this webinar in the second floor Meeting Room from 11-5 that Wednesday.  If you're a fan of these authors, or you're an aspiring writer yourself, or both,feel free to drop by for any/all of the panels. 

Call (203) 622-7918 for further details.  And check out the SummerTeen site here

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The 2013 Alex Awards Winners Are Out!

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AlexAwards2013.pngStuck about what to read during the summer?  Check out the Alex Awards website, whose winning titles for 2013 are up on their site here. The Awards "are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18" and can be found mostly in our general fiction area.

Winners include Pure by Juliana Baggeott, Tell The Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, and Caring is Creepy by David Zimmerman.  To see more titles, click here

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Teen Summer Reading Reviews Are Now Online!

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summerreadingreviews.pngA big thank you to everyone who's registered for our "Beneath The Surface" summer reading program that also sent us reviews of the books they've read.  We've posted some of the reviews online here

If you'd like to sign up for our program and submit reviews for us to post online, click here to register.   

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ChessClub010213.pngTonight in the second floor Meeting Room beginning at 7:00 pm,National Master Rich Jackson will provide instruction, supervise play and challenge you to a  chess game or two. All ages and skill levels are welcome. You don't have to bring anything except your love of the game or your desire to learn. No registration is required.

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