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Doerr Library Monthly Newsletter

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Musings of the Doerr Librarians

Winters are long in Wisconsin and most of us start to suffer from cabin fever. We have a cure. Stop by the library and help us put together a jigsaw puzzle.

We have already finished our Nativity scene puzzle and are now working on one that depicts the Golden Gate Bridge. A 3D puzzle is next.

Not into jigsaw puzzles. No problem. We also have an variety of brain games available for check out at our information desk. Games include: Brick by Brick, Rush Hour, Solo Chess, Izzi, and Block by Block.

We held our first MUHS Student Book Club meeting yesterday and had a nice discussion about Veronica Roth's Carve the Mark, listened to her NPR interview about the book, and polished off six batches of pancakes. Members in attendance selected the next two books. For our October 11th meeting we will read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and for our November 15th meeting we will read Eye of the World by Robert Jordan.

Our club meets about one Thursday a month from 8AM to 8:45AM in the library's conference room and is open to all students. No registration is required and you do not need to attend every meeting. If one of the books mentioned above intrigues you, stop by the library and check out a copy.

October 11 Book

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

November 15th Book

Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (book 1 in the Wheel of Time series)

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has officially announced the 2018 Teens' Top Ten Nominees.

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country selected by YALSA to participate.

This year's list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The Doerr Library has many of these titles on display near the entrance to the library. How many of these titles are some of your favorites too?

The Great American Read initiative is an opportunity to build community through great books. PBS has partnered with booksellers and libraries to launch this campaign to determine America's favorite novel. They have narrowed the list to 100 books and are asking you to read as many as you can and vote on your favorite book from the list.

What a great way to connect with some inspiring stories. Many of these novels have transformed peoples lives. Take a look at the list, pick out a couple of titles, read them, talk about them, and vote for your favorite.

School might be winding down but there is still a lot of activity in the library. Check out our May Newsletter to learn about our final game night of the school year, the latest titles added to the collection, exam week hours, and our summer book checkout program.

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