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If you have a high school student in your home mark your calendars for Feb. 19 for Poetry Night. The Van Alstyne High School English teachers typically offer extra credit for participating in this annual event. More details in next week’s article.

Third Monday Book Club met this past week to discuss a most unusual book; The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. This is the story of Victoria, who was raised in the foster child system. Repeatedly she is “given back” by the families that took her in as she was such a difficult child. At the age of 9 she is sent to live with Elizabeth who has every intention of adopting her. They connect over flowers and the old Victorian way of communicating as each flower has its own meaning. The reader knows that something had to have happened to prevent the adoption because we pick up with Victoria when she ages out of the system and goes out into the world. As the reader learns the full story we also see a story of forgiveness and redemption and how all of us must learn to take the help that is offered and give help when it is needed. If you want a storyline that is different from the typical mystery, broken marriage, or heavy romance this is a wonderful book.

February’s club choice is I still dream about you by Fannie Flagg. Flagg always brings forth good laughs and something a southern woman can relate to. Hope you’ll join us on Feb. 17 at noon. Bring a sack lunch.

We have begun work on Summer Reading 2014. This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read, so we are searching for performers who show off physical sciences in a fun way. If you know of a performer in the North Texas area that might be a good choice please let us know. Meanwhile, the prizes and bookmarks are on order already. You may recall last summer we wrapped up with Look up to the Stars, an awesome astronomy program. I have contacted several performers for something all ages can enjoy at the end of this summer too. Will it be storytelling, trick roping, dinosaurs or something totally different? Stay tuned to this article for the final word.

Did you know there are 16 movies hitting theaters this year that are based on books? I’ve put together a special display of these books so you can read the story before you watch the movie. These titles include:

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

Divergent by Veronia Roth

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

This is Where I Leave by Jonathan Tropper

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Serena by Ron Rash

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.

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