Celebrate Teen Literature Day!

Today is Celebrate Teen Literature Day!

As outlined on the American Library Association (ALA) website, Celebrate Teen Literature Day was first celebrated in 2007 by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) under its original name, Support Teen Literature Day. The day is intended to raise awareness about the "vibrant" and "growing" young adult genre; these books are enjoyed not only by teens, but by many adults too! 

Celebrate this special day by checking out a teen book from the Community Library today!

This Star Won't Go Out by Easther Earl

Heart Beat by Elizabeth Scott

Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock

Book Summaries (from left to right)

Esther Grace Earl died of cancer in 2010, at age sixteen. This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl (with Lori and Wayne Earl) is a collection of her journals, letters and sketches. The book also includes photographs and essays by family and friends that help tell Esther's story.

Emma's stepfather is keeping her mother's body alive, even though she has passed away, because she is pregnant in Heart Beat by Elizabeth Scott. Emma find herself connecting with a juvenile delinquent, Caleb.

Before My Eyes by Caroline Bock is narrated in turns by three separate voices - Claire and Max, two seventeen year old children, and a twenty-one-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, BarkleyClaire has a complicated home life and Max's parents are too busy with their own lives to take notice of his pain.

Click here for more information on Celebrate Teen Literature Day.

Book to Movie Alert - 'Heaven Is For Real'

Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo
The book Heaven is for Real: a little boy's astounding story of his trip to heaven and back by Todd Burpo is releasing as a major motion picture today, April 16th. 

Summary: Guaranteeing to change forever the way you think about eternity, Heaven is for Real is  the story of young Colton Burpo and how he survived an emergency appendectomy. Of course, Colton's family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival, however, they never expected the story that would emerge in the aftermath; the story that detailed their son's trip to heaven and back.  

Starring: Greg Kinnear and Kelly Reilly

View the official movie trailer below.

2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize Winners were announced yesterday (April 14, 2014) at Columbia University in NYC. The book winners in the fiction, history, poetry, biography and general nonfiction categories are listed below - congrats to all!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Internal Enemy by Alan Taylor

3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri

Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall

Toms River by Dan Fagin

Category: Fiction
Title/Author: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Summary: "Young Theo survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, he lives with a friend's family in New York, where his obsession with a small painting that reminds him of his mother leads him to the art underworld." - Library Journal Reviews

Category: History
Summary: "Drawn from new sources, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian presents a gripping narrative that recreates the events that inspired hundreds of slaves to pressure British admirals into becoming liberators by using their intimate knowledge of the countryside to transform the war." - Provided by Publisher

Category: Poetry
Title/Author: 3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri
Summary: "This new collection of poetry from the author of Wild Kingdom and The Long Meadow ponders the complex divisions of modern life - an errant history, an uncertain future and a present condition of wanting to outthink time."  Provided by Publisher

Category: Biography
Title/Author: Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
Summary: "This intimate portrait of Thoreau's editor and Emerson's friend, who was also a daring war correspondent and a crusader for women's rights brings to life this American heroine's passion for her life's work, which was eclipsed by tragedy and scandal after her death at the age of 40." Provided by Publisher

Category: General Nonfiction
Title/Author: Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin
Summary: "Recounts the decades-long saga of the New Jersey seaside town plagued by childhood cancers caused by air and water pollution due to the indiscriminate dumping of toxic chemicals."  Provided by Publisher

Click here for more information on current and past Pulitzer Prize winners, as well as nominated finalists. 

Keep America Beautiful!

Keep America Beautiful is a nonprofit organization that works to "build and sustain vibrant communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound." Click here to learn more.

Sounds good to me!

In honor of Keep America Beautiful month, our main floor display is dedicated to books that help us live as "green" as possible. Check them out today...help save the Earth!

50 Simple Things You Can Do To Save The Earth by John Javna: is an updated version of the revolutionary 1990 bestseller and it's as innovative and groundbreaking as the original version. The authors have teamed up with 50 of America's top environmental groups, who each focused on one issue and provided a simple, step-by-step program that will empower you to help save the planet.

Confessions of an Eco-Sinner by Fred Pearce: Pearce takes inventory of everything in his home and then sets out to track down how every item, even the most mundane, was produced and distributed. It’s an eye-opening account, by turns sobering and hopeful, of the effects the world’s more than six billion inhabitants have on our planet—and of the working and living conditions of the people who produce most of these goods.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Living by Trish Riley: In response to the growing concern with global warming and environmental awareness, Riley's guide to "green" living discusses the concepts of sustainable living and includes practical suggestions, tips, and techniques for reducing your carbon footprint.

High Tech Trash by Elizabeth Grossman: although expected to be an alternative to smokestack industries and their pollutants, the Digital Age has proven to be a major contributer to the toxic materials in our environment, due to their makeup of lead, mercury, cadmium, plastics, as well as other harmful ingredients.

You Are Here: Exposing the Vital Link Between What We Do and What That Does to Our Planet by Thomas Kostigen: Kostigen, an environmental journalist takes the readers on a tour of his visits to vulnerable places throughout the world to show how our choices leads to  melting polar ice caps and the destruction of the rainforests.

Celebrate National Library Week!

National Library Week is being celebrated this week (April 13-19, 2014), with the theme Lives change @ your library®. How has the Community Library changed your life? Stop by this week and celebrate by checking out a book or movie, attending a program, using one of our research databases, borrowing a museum pass...the library provides numerous services - take advantage of them!

Renowned author and this year's honorary chair, Judy Blume, created a public service announcement on the value of libraries. It can be viewed below.