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Van Alstyne Public Library News & Notes

Are you Amity, Candor, Dauntless, Abnegation or Erudite? Or are you Divergent? If these questions make no sense to you then you have not read the book Divergent by Veronica Roth. (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011). In a future Chicago, all of society is divided into five factions. When you turn 16 years old you are tested to determine which faction will suit you best for your future. The choice you make will decide where you will live, who you will associate with and what you will do for the rest of your life. These factions all have their responsibilities to keep society flowing smoothly. But what if you do not fall neatly into one specific category? These are the Divergent and they threaten the status quo.

If you do know this book and are looking forward to the movie opening at theaters this month, then you’ll want to join Judy Kimzey and Teen Council for a Divergent Theme Party on March 20 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) at the library. There will be trivia, games, and food (for a small fee). All ages are welcome but those 12-and-under need to be accompanied by a parent.

Spring break is next week and some of you are taking road trips. Be sure to come borrow a great audiobook or two for the road. Nothing passes the time better than listening to a good story. We even have a display just inside the front door so you do not have to look very far for some recommendations. I listen to books on a regular basis so I am familiar with most of our collection. Remember our e-books if you’re taking your e-reader or tablet with you. It’s a lightweight way to carry multiple books. The airlines now let you read them from gate to gate.

This weekend is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. Be sure to “spring forward” one hour on Saturday night/Sunday morning or you’ll be late for something on Sunday.

This past week a patron came by the library to thank me for showing her how to use the Texas Unclaimed Property web site. She and her husband found more than $1,000 that belonged to them and received their check in the mail just a few months after filing their claim. If you want help using this web site come by the library. You never know what may be out there in your name.

New books have just been ordered and will be ready for you soon. Here are some of the titles:

The Auschwitz Escape by Joel C. Rosenberg

Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber

Cell by Robin Cook

The Girls of Atomic City: the untold story of the women who helped win World War II by Denise Keirnan

How to be the World’s smartest traveler by Christopher Elliott

Missing You by Harlan Coben

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

We also have three new Geronimo Stilton books and the new American Girl book for the kids.

Hope to see you around the Van Alstyne Public Library.