June 16th, 2009
More fond memories
It seems I’m not the only one with fond memories of summer reading. One of our Library Board members recalled coming to this library as a child during World War II. Rationing was in full swing and luxuries were scarce. Erma Cox was the librarian and she knew just the thing to entice Martinsville children out of the freedom of summer into the cool confines of the library - ice cream. Ice cream promised at the end of the program was the sole reason this particular person spent the summer reading and they still remember it over a half of a century later. Erma Cox was a very clever librarian.
Adult Summer Reading Mini-Reviews
I’ll take a break from reviewing books and let some of our patrons do it. These are mini-reviews that were submitted as part of our Adult Summer Reading Program “Master the Art of Reading”. Readers are asked to write a 2-3 sentence review and rate the book with one to four stars: 1 star = Boo!; 2 Stars = Just OK; 3 Stars = Liked It; 4 stars = A Masterpiece!
Sisterchicks Down Under! by Robin Jones Gunn. 4 stars: This is one of those books that a person can read for hours! Kathy & Jill’s almost instant friendship and the many sights, sounds, tears and joy they had together made me wish I was truly there! I love the fact that there is an underlying Christian theme, too. Submitted by Mary.
The Dangerous Husband by Jane Shapiro. 2 stars: This book started out slow which is hard for me to stick with. I did however and it did become a little entertaining. I found the plot very unique. Submitted by Nikki.
Considering Kate by Nora Roberts. 3 stars: In Considering Kate, Kate goes back to her home town to open up a ballet school. While building her school she still does some dancing and falls in love. In the end it shows that if you try hard enough anything is possible. Submitted by Jacquie.
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. 4 stars: A well-written work of fantasy. Bradley fleshes out and gives heart to the Arthurian legend. She pulls you in with the familiar legend and keeps you reading with her own twists. Loved it! Submitted by Holly.