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09/11/2009 - 2:13pm

THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) by Anna Brashares covers the themes of sisters and family and love and heartbreak with poignancy and humor.

Two lists with similar stories are "A Friend in Need" and "Dating and other Disasters of Modern Life".

Some other books you may enjoy:

09/11/2009 - 2:21pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

Diane Glancy is one of our country’s Native American poets, and I recently judged her latest book, Asylum in the Grasslands, the winner of a regional competition. Here is a good example of her clear and steady writing.

Indian Summer

09/03/2009 - 12:40pm

Porter:
Friday, September 4 - Thursday, September 10 (Library closed Sunday, September 6, and Monday, September 7)
Friday, October 2 - Thursday, October 8

Salem Church:
Friday, September 18 – Thursday, September 24
Friday, October 16 – Thursday, October 22


Headquarters:

October 17–21, 2009: Fall BIG Book Sale

See more book sale dates.

08/31/2009 - 4:05pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

I’ve built many wren houses since my wife and I moved to the country 25 years ago. It’s a good thing to do in the winter. At one point I had so many extra that in the spring I set up at a local farmers’ market and sold them for five dollars apiece. I say all this to assert that I am an authority at listening to the so small voices that Thomas R. Smith captures in this poem. Smith lives in Wisconsin.

Baby Wrens’ Voices

08/25/2009 - 5:01pm

BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

This column originates on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and at the beginning of each semester, we see parents helping their children move into their dorm rooms and apartments and looking a little shaken by the process. This wonderful poem by Sue Ellen Thompson of Maryland captures not only a moment like that, but a mother’s feelings as well.

Helping My Daughter Move into Her First Apartment

This is all I am to her now:
a pair of legs in running shoes,

12/09/2010 - 12:22pm

If you are looking for a book like The Tale of Despereaux, you may like

Redwall by Brian Jacques.

The peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of an evil rat and his villainous hordes. Matthias, a young mouse, seeks the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which he thinks will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy. This is the first of many books in the Redwall series.

 

Here is a possible match for City of Ember:

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins.

01/14/2011 - 2:48pm
Lady J by L. Divine

Thanks for using our Bookmatch service and here are some books you might like:

16 Isn’t Always Sweet by Cassandra Carter.

 

08/24/2009 - 3:15pm

When Frank McCourt passed last month, he left behind memoirs filled with anguish, love, and dark merriment.  Personal experiences are what this Irish-American author took and shaped into works of sorrowful beauty.

08/18/2009 - 10:44am

 BY TED KOOSER, U.S. POET LAUREATE

It’s been sixty-odd years since I was in the elementary grades, but I clearly remember those first school days in early autumn, when summer was suddenly over and we were all perched in our little desks facing into the future. Here Ron Koertge of California gives us a glimpse of a day like that.


First Grade

08/13/2009 - 1:41pm

 Wrap up the Summer Reading Program with us. Local authors will have copies of their books available to purchase (autographs are free). Refreshments will be served. All ages. Saturday, August 22, 2:00-5:00 at Porter Branch. If you have any questions, please stop by or call the Reference Desk at 659-4909.

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