Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Arlington Reads Together Month!

It's that time of the year again!  Time to gather together as a community and read the same awesome book!  Whether you plan on coming to the Arlington Reads Together events or you just want to read the book for your personal enjoyment, be sure to check out "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak!  Not only is it a wonderful book, but the main character is a teenager!  I will not lie to you, this is one of those terribly sad Holocaust books where people die.  That's actually how Liesel's story starts off, with the death of her brother.   There is much more to the book than death, I promise!  Though he does narrate the story... Anyway!  Here are some highlights: Liesel becomes a book thief and an amazing story-teller.  She makes friends with a boy who dreams of being Jesse Owens.  Her foster mother may be terrifying at times, but her interactions with her husband are hilarious!  Liesel even helps her foster parents hide a Jewish man in their basement.  If you haven't tried listening an audio book, this would  be a great one to try.  It is one of my all time favorite audio books!

Okay, that's enough about the book.  We have some really great events planned in March as part of the Community Reads.  Here are just a few of the highlights, check out the full schedule here.

During An Afternoon with Child Holocaust Survivor Janet Singer Applefield,  Ms. Applefield  will discuss her experiences during the Holocaust, as well as share her thoughts on "The Book Thief".  She had some similar experiences as Liesel, so it will be a fascinating presentation. Ms. Applefield will grace us with her presence Saturday, March 15th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

We will have a special  Teens Only Book Group on Wednesday, March 19th from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Robbins Library Teen Area where we will discuss "The Book Thief".  Copies can be tricky to get a hold of, so keep your eyes out for copies in the Teen Area and on the ART display by the elevator at Robbins. We have a bunch of e-book copies through OverDrive, so click here and login with your library card number and pin to check for availability.  There were some ready to download last time I checked!

Scholar Geoffrey Brahmer, M. Div. will tell us about Librarian and socialist Herman Kruk during the event The Diary of Herman Kruk: A Librarian in the Vilna Ghetto.  Herman Kruk  kept his diary from the beginning of World War II to the day before he was murdered in Lagedi, Estonia on September 18, 1944.  Mr. Kruk hid books from the Germans to keep them from being burned, one might say he is also a Book Thief... This event will take place Monday, March 24th at 7:00 pm in the Robbins Library Community Room.

There are no registrations for any of these events!  Just drop in and enjoy!  Click here for the full schedule of events.  

"What the heck is Arlington Reads Together?"
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is this year’s community-wide read, known as Arlington Reads Together, which will take place during the month of March.  Each year, representatives from Arlington’s libraries and community leaders select a book with a strong message that will touch a variety of community members. The goal is to get as many people of all ages to either read the book or participate in the events relating to themes found in the book.

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