Archive for May, 2013

Don’t forget to register online for the Summer Read Program. You can register at http://www.lislelibrary.org.

Join us for the Kick-off Party – Everyone is welcome!   Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 to 4:00. We’ll be serving ice cream sundaes!



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little womenMonday, June 3th
11:00 am
Meeting Room B

Join us to discuss…

Little Women
by Louisa May Alcott

In picturesque nineteenth-century New England, tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth, and romantic Amy come of age while their father is off to war.


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little women

Pick up the 1943 version of Little Women with June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O’Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, and Janet Leigh from the library, (DVD Wom).  Here is some trivia about the movie:

  • The basket that ‘Margaret O’Brien’ carries around in this movie is the same basket that Judy Garland carried in the “Wizard of Oz.”   Both ‘Oz’ and ‘Little Women’ were produced by Mervyn LeRoy.
  • The snow in this movie was actually cornflakes.
  • In the novel, Amy is the youngest sister, but in order to use Margaret O’Brien as Beth, Beth was made the youngest.
  • In the scene where Beth (Margaret O’Brien) tells Jo (June Allyson) that she doesn’t mind dying, June Allyson’s tears were real. She was so moved by Margaret O’Brien’s performance that she was sent home early, still crying, and had to pull over several times on her journey home as her tears rendered her unable to drive.
  • June Allyson was 32 when she played 15-year-old Jo March

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It looks like we picked some great books for 2013-2014 season. Thank you to everyone who voted.  Here is the full list with dates:

August 5, 2013 The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

September 9, 2013 Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

October 7, 2013 Pudd’nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

November 4, 2013 Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan

December 2, 2013 The Great Pearl Heist: London’s Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard’s Hunt for the World’s most valuable necklace by Molly Caldwell Crosby

January 6, 2014 Razor’s Edge by Somerset W. Maugham

February 3, 2014 Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister

March 3, 2014 The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers and Edgar Allan Poe, and the invention of murder by Daniel Stashower

April 7, 2014 The Big Read

May 5, 2014 Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

June 2, 2014 Yellow Birds by Kevin Power

July 7, 2014 Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain

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I thought some of Alcottyou might like to watch a DVD about Louisa Alcott’s life. We have it on shelf at the library, DVD 810.092 Alcott.

“Louisa Alcott’s life was no children’s book: she worked as a servant, a seamstress, and a Civil War nurse before becoming a millionaire celebrity writing “moral pap for the young,” as she called it. Under pen names and anonymously, she also wrote stories with enough drugs, sex and crime to prove the author was no “little” woman. When she died, Alcott took her secret identity as a pulp fiction writer with her, and kept it for nearly a half-century.”

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On Monday, May 6th, the Booked for the Day book group met to discuss Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.

Most of the group enjoyed the book but a few members thought it was just okay.

Everyone thought that there might be a good chance that Ethel knew what was happening to Henry’s letters to Keiko.  It’s hard to believe that she worked in the post office but was not aware of what was happening.

We all wondered what would have happened if Henry found Keiko after his father told him the truth. Would he have forgotten his promise to Ethel or would he keep his word?

Everyone’s favorite character was Mrs. Beatty. We loved how she quietly helped Henry without making it obvious.

Of course we were disappointed in Henry’s mother. We don’t think she did enough to help Henry in his struggles against his father.  It was also hard to understand how a father could not talk to his son for two years.

We also thought Henry’s father was sending his son a mixed message. He would not let him speak Cantonese at home because he wanted him Americanized, yet he wanted to send Henry to China to finish his education. We all thought Henry lived a lonely life. He had no one to talk to at home or school, and his father wanted to send him to China where he also knew no one and would be considered an outsider.

We talked about the Panama Hotel and how it really existed. The hotel has been restored to its original beauty. They also have a glass floor where you can see the belongings that 33 families of Japanese descent left when they were taken to the Internment Camps.

Everyone knew about the Japanese Internment Camps but no one remembered learning about this part of our history in school.  We talked about how Ronald Reagan signed legislation apologizing for the Internment and authorized $1.6 billion in reparations.

Everyone decided that they would have liked one more chapter to see what became of Henry and Keiko’s relationship. We were also curious what happened to Keiko after she was released from the Internment Camp.

These are just of few things mentioned during the discussion. Please feel free to add any of your thoughts in the comment section.

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