Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Karen Kingsbury

On Sunday, Chris had the opportunity to meet Karen Kingsbury, author of several books that the library owns. Karen, from Washington State, has 3 children with her husband, and 3 adopted from Haiti. She is also a prolific writer. And a gracious person. She took time to talk to each person who came to see her at Barnes & Noble in Carmel, Indiana on Sunday. As I chatted with people in line behind me, and in front, I found that most of them had driven a distance to see Karen. Karen writes from the heart, and the adoption of her three boys has increased her empathy for people.

Stop in and read one or more of her books.

What's New??

What’s happening in the Homer Library? The Summer Reading Program, with the theme Superheroes Powered by Books, is in full swing. Twenty-six children have read a total of over three dozen books for a total reading time of 501 minutes. Christine Cunningham has shared with us the joys and trials of owning a small town business. (Ask her what pop is called where she grew up, and why it’s called that. Hint, it’s the same as where Chris grew up.) Policeman John Rouse talked about his training and experiences as Homer’s chief of police, and how technology has increased law enforcement’s ability to do the job. We will have one or more special guests in the coming weeks.

The DVDs have been moved and are now on the shelves. If you need help finding them, please ask.

Our new materials in adult fiction are Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich, High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller, The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr, The Revelation by Beverly Lewis, Summer of Roses by Luanne Rice, Two Trains Running by Andrew Vachss, and Velocity by Dean Koontz.

In the junior department, we have a variety of graphic fiction and non-fiction. The Lost Years of Merlin can be found in the young adult section but is also appropriate for older junior children as well. We have four books of that series by T. A Barron, and the fifth book is on order.

Our newest DVD is Racing Stripes. We also have three DVDs from the Stuttering Foundation. These can be of great help to anyone who stutters.

On these hot summer days, there is a cool place in Homer, the library. We are open weekdays from 2 to 7 pm. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our phone number is 896-2121.

Friday, June 17, 2005


Our Summer Reading Program, with the above theme, began two weeks ago. The children have shown their own strength, ability to memorize and to identify items by touch, as we've done some fun testing with them.

On June 15, Christine Cunningham of the Homer Emporium talked to the children about the joys and trials of running a store in a small town. She talked about the trips they make to buy all the different varieties of pop ("tonic" where she and I grew up).

Wednesday, June 22, John Rouse will share with the children his experiences being a small town cop. On June 29, Tara Holloman will talk about the months she spent in Afghanistan, helping those people rebuild their country.

There are several kinds of superheroes. Fictional ones of books and movies stretch our imaginations. Real ones who put their lives on the line, or put themselves at risk in other ways, and move out of their comfort zones, make our lives safer, richer and more enjoyable.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Upcoming Book Signings

The author who "left a university vice presidency to write Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and other titles for young adults...grew up on a farm near Danville, graduated from the UI..." will be at the Champaign Public Library on July 12 at 7 p.m. She will be discussing her Beatrix Potter book. A book signing will follow.

On June 26, from 3-4 p.m., Karen Kingsbury will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Carmel, IN at 14709 US Hwy 31N. The phone number there is 317-844-2501. She will have free giveaways at this event.