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Van Alstyne Public Library News & Notes

Aren’t you loving this beautiful weather! Get out of the house and come to the library for a good book to read while visiting a park.

The Third Monday Book Club met this week to discuss Fannie Flagg’s I Still Dream About You. Following the story of a former Miss Alabama, whose life has not turned out the way she planned, this book lets us go with her from despair to a fresh start and even the rekindling of an old romance. We laughed and cried with her. We are never too old to make a change. Next month’s read is The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan. Grab a sack lunch and join us on March 17 at noon at the library.

Teen Council’s poetry night was a success, with many of the group sticking around until an hour after the official end time. Thank you Judy Kimzey and Teen Council members for bringing this event back each year.

One of our faithful young readers, Ben George, has written this book review

Title: This Song will save your life

Author: Leila Sales

Publisher: Farrar Strauss 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. This book is tragic and moving, with the final act being a nonstop thrill ride.

Nonetheless the writing isn’t perfect. 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…there are few moments where a character says something no teen would ever be caught dead saying. To keep the criticism train rolling, you can kind of guess how it’s going to end, and the details are fresh by the plotline routine.

Don’t let that stop you from reading this amazing book….you will be cheering and crying in sync with the characters…

Be sure to share your thoughts with us about the books you borrow from our library. We would like to know if you want us to buy future works by that author. Get your teen or young child to practice their writing skills by writing a review of a book they borrowed from us. We would welcome your contributions since this is the “public” library not the “staff” library.

As you make your plans for March consider these events at the library.

March 4 – Library Board meeting at 6 p.m. Public is welcome to attend.

March 6 – Friends of the Library meeting at 7 p.m.

March 22 – Author book talk and book signing with Janice Tracy – 2 p.m.

March 28 – Teen Council’s Gaming Tournament

The Friends of the Library Monthly Breakfast may be making a re-appearance, in a slightly modified format, starting in April. Watch this article for more information.

Meanwhile, It’s Elementary is every Tuesday at 4 p.m. for elementary aged children, Preschool Story Time is at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, Teen Council meets at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Tween Book Club for 10 to 12 year olds meets at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.