Reading Room Blog
I am going to recommend some memoirs, some funnier than others, and also some novels that are based, somewhat, on the writers' lives.
Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt: Listen to the audio recording read by the author, if you can. When he describes his father singing, McCourt sings the Irish songs for you. That added to my enjoyment of this wonderful book.
The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls
Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, by Florence King (This memoir does make one think she exaggerates, perhaps, but it's very funny.)
Thanks for requesting a Book Match from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library! You asked for series books with characters similar to Stephanie Plum, created by Janet Evanovich. Well! Here are some suggestions for funny heroines in series escapades:
Well-behaved women seldom make history, as historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich famously said. Julie Cummins’ new book, “Women Daredevils, Thrills, Chills, and Frills,” introduces ten somewhat ill-behaved but admirable women to young readers.
In the runup to the announcement of the prestigious Newbery and Caldecott Award winners on January 26, libraries around the country are holding “mock award” meetings where participants discuss a short list of children’s books worthy of the prizes.
The two hundredth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth has prompted a flood of new books for children. Barry Denenberg's "Lincoln Shot: A President's Life Remembered" is the most striking.
Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2 has become cause for celebration in libraries and schools across the land. At the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, free festivities for kids will be held this Saturday and Monday at various branches. Check librarypoint.org for details.
Bring your school-age kids to the library this Thursday to for a real treat as Megan Hicks, storyteller extraordinaire, tells humorous stories about greed, gratitude, and why you must never forget to thank the good fairy. She’ll be at the Headquarters library at 4:30, and at 7:30 she’ll be telling civilian stories from the Civil War and World War II to teens and adults at the Salem Church Library. Her appearances are the final events in this year’s Ardiena Ann Tromley Family Storytelling Series.
What’s the most popular picture book of all time? If you, like me, guessed “Goodnight Moon” or “The Cat in the Hat,” you’d be close, but wrong. The children’s picture book that has sold more than either of those classics is Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” with more than 29 million copies in print.
The Newbery and Caldecott Medals may be better known, but the Coretta Scott King Awards, now in their fortieth year, have become a highlight of the American Library Association's awards ceremony. Given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, these books are among the most distinguished of the year.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s to shamrocks, shillelaghs, and most of all to shanachies!
For a thousand years in Ireland, storytellers known as shanachies were ranked second only to kings. Even into the twentieth century, they could be found telling stories in villages, where they kept alive the myths, history, folk and fairy tales of the Irish people. The shanachies may be gone, but their stories live on in the bounty of picture books and story collections for children.