Monday, January 11, 2010

New Year's Read-Along

The new decade is being celebrated for the month of January by the North Ave branch of the Richmond Public Library with a New Year's Read-Along!

The challenge is simple - how many books can you read for the month of January?

The event is open to all ages and runs from January 1st - 30th. To participate, all you need to do is receive an entry for each book you check out and read for the month of January. You will then be entered in the challenge for a chance to receive cool prizes.

This event can turn into a family affair, however, when coupled with the "Children's Classics for Adults" book discussion events that are also ongoing at the Richmond Public Library. This series is part of Year Round Reading for Adults that is facilitated by Dr. Leila Christenbury of Virginia Commonwealth University.

This month's feature reads include Dragonwings by Laurence Yep and Esperanza Rising
by Pam Munoz Ryan. Why not read this book together with your child, niece or young neighbor? They can earn an entry with the New Year's Read-Along while you experience children's classics once more.

The "Children's Classics for Adults" discussions are being held at three different locations over the next two months - be sure to register in advance to participate in the discussion and receive a copy of each book. North Avenue hosted this past Saturday, January 8th, but future discussions will be held at the Belmont Branch on Saturday, January 23rd at 2pm and at the Main library on Saturday, February 20th at 2pm. Call a participating branch to register or contact Kerry Phillips at 646-1236 for further information.

Catalog information for the current books of the "Children's Classics for Adults" series is as follows - happy reading!

Laurence Yep

ISBN 0060267372

Quick Catalog Description: A Chinese immigrant and his son build a flying machine in "an unusual historical novel, unique in its perspective of the Chinese in America and its portrayal of early 20th century San Francisco, including the Earthquake, from an immigrant's viewpoint."--"School Library Journal."

The catalog currently shows 10 copies available at Main, Belmont, East End, Hull Street, West End,Westover Hills and Broad Rock.

Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan

ISBN 0439120411

Quick Catalog Description: For the first 12 years of her life, Esperanza Ortega is pampered by servants and sheltered by her doting parents on their ranch in Aguascalientes, Mexico. But a sudden tragedy shatters that world of wealth and privilege. Homeless and destitute, she and her mother emigrate to California to work in the fields and start a new life.

The catalog currently shows 7 copies available at Belmont, Hull Street, West End, Westover Hills and Broad Rock.

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