Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Time for Movies

Academy Award nominations were announced today - congratulations to local actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on his Best Actor nomination for Capote! If all the talk of Oscars has put you in the mood to watch a movie, stop by the Library. We've added several new DVDs to our collection; among them are Lord of War, Flightplan, Transporter 2, Red Eye, The Constant Gardener, and Beauty Shop. As Oscar-nominated movies become available on DVD, we will be purchasing them. For those who enjoy documentaries, my personal recommendations are March of the Penguins and Mad Hot Ballroom. Any of these titles can be placed on hold.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Best Books for Young Adults 2006

YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) has announced its 2006 recommended list of Best Books for Young Adults. A fifteen-member committee narrowed a list of 217 nominations down to the final list of 991 recommended titles. Click here to access the BBYA list. The committee also selected a Top Ten list of titles, which you will find here. Place an OWWL Hold on any title you'd like to read.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Best in Children's and Teen Literature

This morning in San Antonio, Texas, the American Library Association announced the year's top books for children and young adults. The winner of the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is Lynne Rae Perkins for Criss Cross. Chris Raschka won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children with The Hello, Goodbye Window.

Looking for Alaska by John Green is the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award winner for excellence in literature written for young adults. The Coretta Scott King Book Award, recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults, was given to Julius Lester, author of Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, and to Bryan Collier, illustrator of Rosa. The first Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book went to Cynthia Rylant for Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas.

Click here to see the complete list of all the 2006 literary award winners, including Honor books. Stop by or call the Library to place OWWL Holds on any of these award-winning books.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Decadent, Devilish, Delightful, and Decidedly Delicious!

Yes ... it's almost time for our Friends group's fabulous Third Annual Valentine Chocolate Sale! Offerings for your honey will include homemade pies, candies, cakes, cookies, brownies, etc. - everything and anything chocolate. The sale will be held Thursday, February 9, from noon until 8 p.m., and on Friday, February 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contributions of chocolate products will be gratefully accepted between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Thursday. See you there!

Annual Association Meeting

The annual Sodus Free Library Association meeting and election of Trustees will be held on February 2nd, at 7 p.m. The Library's 2006 financial budget will also be submitted for approval at this meeting. Three candidates (Robert Bayless, Jr., Carol Sergeant, and John Cook) are running for two Board openings; each position is for a five-year term. To vote in this election, you must be 16 years of age, a resident within the Sodus Central School District, and an OWWL card holder. If unable to attend the meeting, you may vote by absentee ballot, available now at the circulation desk.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Come Linger & Mingle!

Click here for an interesting article about libraries which appeared in the January 13, 2006, issue of The Christian Science Monitor.

New Oprah Book Club Selection

The newest title chosen for Oprah's Book Club is Night by Elie Wiesel. While we do have a copy available, the "official" Oprah selection is an entirely new translation by the author's wife, Marion Wiesel. This new edition is touted as being longer and more accurate than the previously published edition, and features a new introduction by the author, along with his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize presentation and acceptance speeches. We have these new copies on order, and will be accepting OWWL Holds for them starting next week.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

January Friends Meeting

The Friends of the Sodus Free Library will meet at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, in the Library's meeting room. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Painting Rocks at the Library

Intrigued by the beautiful rock houses on the bottom shelf of our display case? Would you like to try your hand at this unique art? Shirley Patchett will be teaching a three-part class on how to transform rocks into houses, shops, or virtually any building you can imagine. The classes will be held at 10:30 a.m. on three consecutive Mondays, starting January 23rd. Registration is required and will be limited to ten, so stop by the Library at your earliest convenience to sign up. Upon registering, you will be given a sheet of the supplies that Shirley would like you to bring to the first class. And start hunting for that "perfect" rock!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Library Closing

We will be closed on Monday, January 16, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Click here to learn how you can volunteer for a day of service, making it "a day on, not a day off."

Friday, January 06, 2006

Pictures from Kwanzaa Program

Symbols of the holiday

Storytelling: Seven Spools of Thread, a Kwanzaa Story, by Angela Shelf Medearis

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

January Board of Trustees Meeting

This month's meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 12, in the Library's meeting room. All Board meetings are open to the public.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Blue Ribbon Awards

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has announced its 2005 Blue Ribbons, awarded to titles that the Bulletin's staff deem to be the best of the previous year's literature for youth. Most are available at our Library; those we do not own are easily obtained by placing an OWWL Hold. Click here for the list, and make plans to share some quality children's literature with your favorite young person.