Do you want to reminisce about your childhood and all those cool toys you had? When did Etch-A-Sketch or Mouse Trap become invented? "Toy Time!: from Hula Hoops to He-Man to Hungry Hungry Hippos," by Christopher Byrne is a delight to read and remember when. The book is divided into eight chapters covering categories such as "Boys will be Boys", "Mom, Look what I Made" and "The True Classics." Each toy has a "Why we loved it" and "Where is she/he/it now? Some trivial facts can be found out about some toys: Sears cancelled their original order for Twister saying it was't appropriate for kids and Trivial Pursuit was the result of an argument between two friends as to who was the better board game player. One thing I didn't realize was that the Slip 'n Slide has been around since 1962. So, after fighting the crowds for the hottest toy of the holiday season, sit back and think of those good old days playing with your Chatty Cathy, Mr. Machine or Hands Down.
Lucy's Book Mark
In "The Cat, the Lady, and the Liar," by Leann Sweeney, rich and eccentric Ritaestelle Longworth's cat has gone missing, and Jillian Hart has been called by the animal shelter director to discreetly check out the situation. He doesn't want to return the cat to an unsafe house. Jillian finds the Longworth household suspicious and silent. Ritaestelle has been accused of shoplifting at local stores, and relatives hint that her mental state may be in question. When Ritaestelle shows up at Jillian's door at night in her bathrobe, she tells her she suspects her family is poisoning her. But when Jillian discovers the body in the lake, both she and Ritaestelle are under suspision. Plenty of suspects and plenty of cats add up to an entertaining mystery with a likeable amateur sleuth.
“Jailhouse Rock” is the Monday Movie Matinee on December 16 at 1 pm in the lower level meeting room. Elvis in his first big dramatic singing role! If you can’t get enough of The King, our Spotlight has a few fiction books that feature him.
Young Peoples Literature
"The Thing About Luck" by Cynthia Kadohata, Ages 10 to 14
"Incarnadine" by Mary Szybist
"The Unwinding" by George Packer
"The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride
The National Book Awards site lists previous winners.
The U.S. Postal Service will be selling a booklet of 20 First Class Forever stamps with Harry Potter images. These limited edition stamps feature 20 unique images from the eight movies. Among the images in addition to Harry are Voldemort, Dumbledore and the Weasley brothers. To preorder and read a detailed description of the stamps, visit the U.S. Postal Service website.