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The Giver is in Theaters - 29 Aug 2014
The movie adaptation of The Giver by Lois Lowry has been released 21 years after the novels debut. The book is critically acclaimed; it has won numerous awards including the 1994 Newbery Medal. Despite all of the awards, this book is also frequently on banned book lists around the country, and it is currently listed on the American Library Association’s website under 100 most challenged books from 1990-1999.
Lois Lowry shares her thoughts on banning The Giver on her website.
I think banning books is a very, very dangerous thing. It takes away an important freedom. Any time there is an attempt to ban a book, you should fight it as hard as you can. It's okay for a parent to say, "I don't want my child to read this book." But it is not okay for anyone to try to make that decision for other people. The world portrayed in The Giver is a world where choice has been taken away. It is a frightening world. Let's work hard to keep it from truly happening.
Whether you have read the book or not, the movie version of this celebrated “banned book” is going to help spread the importance of reading across America this weekend. If you see The Giver in theaters LABOR DAY WEEKEND, fifty cents of each ticket sold will be donated to NEA’s Read Across America initiative to help buy books for children across America.
Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience - 26 Aug 2014
The name says it all. This engrossing collection brings history to life. Popular British blogger, Shaun Usher has selected 125 letters written by entertainers, artists, presidents, queens, and ordinary citizens. Letters of Note includes fanciful, profound, and often surprising letters, like Annie Oakley’s offer to President McKinley on the eve of the Spanish American War, to place a contingent of 50 lady sharpshooters at his disposal. A companion paragraph, that sets the piece in context, accompanies each letter. Most communications also include a photograph of the original letter to enhance the reading experience. You’ll find this treat on the New Books shelf (808.86 LETTERS).
Antiques Roadshow - 21 Aug 2014
Antiques Roadshow Insider
Have an interest in antiques? Do you enjoy knowing the worth of old items so that you can look for them when you go picking? Then you will love the Antiques Roadshow Insider. Such an interesting look at dazzling pieces, paintings and framed historical documents. The July issue covers the current interest in Texas art and the “pioneering painters” who wandered in this part of our country from Germany to paint landscapes and animals . They gave quite a depiction of life in Texas in the 1800’s.
June issue has pictures and worth of stunning jewelry pieces for collectors to appreciate and also covers an enjoyable article on “classic comedians”. If you are looking to have a yard sale anytime soon, there is some very good information on how to proceed successfully.
Auction news and trends are covered in the current August issue so come in, sit down and take a look. All copies can be checked out except the most current issue.