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Get Fancy!

30 Jan

Fancy NancyOn February 28th at 12:30 PM, Fancy Nancy and friends will be at the Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St Scholastica, for a musical review based on some favorite story books. And the Library is handing out tickets for free – at least until we run out! – as part of the museum pass program, paid for by the Legacy Fund. Just ask at the desk at the Main Library, or the branches. And while you’re there, grab one of the books from the show:

Duck For President
Fancy Nancy
Babymouse: The Musical
I Have To Go!
Leonardo, The Terrible Monster
Pirates Don’t Change Diapers

UPDATE: Wow! We’re already out here at Main. As of this writing, there are still some at the West Duluth Branch and the Mt. Royal Branch.


You want me to read a football novel???

30 Jan

Well….yes, and it’s called LOVE, FOOTBALL AND OTHER CONTACT SPORTS. According to the book jacket, “love and football are just the tip of the iceberg in this poignant and raucously funny series of interconnected stories.” Set in small-town Wisconsin, the stories follow a group of football players, their girls, their friends and their enemies through the four years of high school. Author Alden Carter, who always writes convincingly of Midwest teens, is one of my favorites. Don’t miss this one – and then go back and read GROWING SEASON and BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE. Nancy

For Jane Austen enthusiasts (or anyone who likes a fast, funny read)

29 Dec

You don’t have to be a teen to enjoy Polly Shulman’s YA novel Enthusiasm – a fun, romantic tale of a modern day teen looking for her own Mr. Darcy.
Julie’s best friend, Ashleigh, is an “enthusiast” who takes up one craze after another. Most of the time, Julie doesn’t mind going along with her friend’s latest obsession, but then Ashleigh reads Julie’s favorite book Pride and Prejudice. Before you can say “Jane Austen” she’s wearing antique dresses, learning to dance a quadrille and crashing an all-boys school’s dance to look for the perfect gentleman. Not only does Ashleigh take ownership of Julie’s favorite book, the boy she chooses as her perfect Mr. Darcy is the same boy Julie secretly adores. I really liked both Julie and Ashleigh. Their friendship is a delight, so despite all the problems and misunderstandings that ensue, there is a lightness and humor that make this a book you could read in one sitting ( I know I did!). Kathy B