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Van Alstyne Library News & Notes

Do you know what a diabolo is? Which spins longer – a regular yo-yo or a ball bearing yo-yo? Who was the 2006 World Champion Female Top Spinner? If you were at the library on Monday morning for the Whirled on a String Show with Valerie Oliver you would know the answers to these questions and more. Valerie entertained with her yoyo and spin tricks while teaching us how it demonstrates physics at work. She even taught some of our audience members how to do tricks. Valerie says anyone can learn and become a champion with practice.

Be sure to join us next Monday morning for The Bubble Lady. Some of our audience members this week said they have seen her show and are looking forward to watching it again next week.

Friday night will be our final Friday Family Fun. Turns out most of you already have something to do with your Friday nights, so we will lay this event to rest this summer.

We still have a few more spaces for the Lowes Build it Program for children. The program is July 28 and space is limited. Please contact us at 903-482-5991 to register your child.

Book Review by Teen Council member Ben George.

Title: This Song will Save your Life

Author: Leila Sales

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, Giroux 2013

Elise is a pretty typical suicidal girl, who evidently has a purpose on the planet, hence the remaining entirety of the book. As such, she struggles to find her purpose, and as she’s wandering around the streets in the middle of the night, she ends up in the warehouse district at a dubiously legal club.

Elise is drawn into the world of being a club DJ and meets all sorts of awesome people and even some love. The book is tragic and moving, with the final act being a non-stop thrill ride.

What Sales excels at is creating characters and fleshing them out, which makes occasional lapses in dialogue seem more awkward than they would be otherwise. What I mean is there are a few moments where a character says something no teen would ever be caught dead saying.

I would recommend this book to anybody who likes stories of people overcoming obstacles and finding a place they belong.

New e-book titles in our collection.

Kiss and Tell by Fern Michaels

Murder on the Mediterranean by Alexander Campion

Susannah’s Garden by Debbie Macomber

The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.