Saturday, June 26, 2010

4th of July at the Library!

After the 4th of July parade and before the fireworks begin, join us in the Library. Our special July 4 hours are from 6:30-9 pm. If it is hot outside the Library is a great place to cool down. If you can show us your valid Homer Library card on the 4th we will enter your name into a prize drawing!

The Homer Library Book Club is reading "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger. The group will meet on Thursday, July 29. Check with the librarians for information on the time and place.

The Library board welcomed a new member, Jane Clark, at the June 8 meeting. Jane is a long time resident of Homer. She enjoys gardening, camping with her family. And, she organizes Cruisin' 4 Kids, a fund raiser to raise money and awareness for children with cancer. Also at the June 8 meeting Board of Trustees officers were elected: Sara Essig, President; Beth Woodside, Vice President; Kenny Jones, Treasurer and Linda Pruitt, Secretary. The board meets the second Tuesday of every month in the library at 7:00 pm. We welcome your participation.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Many New Books in for Junior, Young Adult and Adult Readers

Just a reminder to parents who kids participant in the acceleratored reader program, we have many books available in the library to give your kids a head start on their reading requirements for the upcoming school year. Ask the librarians for suggestions.

Several new mystery/thriller books have been added to the adult fiction section including all three books in the bestselling Stieg Larsson Millenium series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. The latest books by several popular well-read authors are now available. They include 61 Hours by Lee Child, Blue-Eyed Devil by Robert Parker and Caught by Harlan Coben.

We also have available the debut novel by Linda Castillo, Sworn to Silence. Booklist describes it as follows: Ohio’s Amish country serves as the bucolic backdrop for romance novelist Castillo’s consistently chilling mystery debut. Kate Burkholder grew up in idyllic Painters Mill, where many residents drive buggies, shun electricity, and distance themselves from the complications of modern life. The presence of a serial killer shatters the stillness of the town, leaving its citizenry terrified and on guard.

In addition to the Vladimir Todd Chronicles, we have also added two other series in the young adult fiction section: the first three books of the House of Night series of books by P.C. and Kristin Cast follow 16 year-old Zoey Redbird as she ‘marked’ by a vampire tracker and begins to undergo the ‘change’ into an actual vampire; and the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare which introduces Clary Fray to the world of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

A lot is happening at the Library

The 2010 summer reading program theme is Scare Up a Good Book. Come join us at the Homer Library every Tuesday, June 8 to July 27, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. We’ll learn about insects, bats, monsters, mummies and more! This program is open to students entering kindergarten through 5th grade in fall 2010.
Have you ever wondered what a tobacco hornworm caterpillar or a giant lubber grasshopper looks like? Join us on June 8, when members of the Entomological Graduate Students’ Association will visit the summer reading program. Learn what defines an insect and what happens during the metamorphosis phase. They’ll also have displays of insects that can be found in Illinois. Enter the drawing to win a bug observation box which will be given away during the program!
New adult fiction books in the library include The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark, The 9th Judgement by James Patterson and Storm Prey by John Sandford.
There are new faces to see at the Homer Library. After over 15 years of involvement with the library as a board member and as head librarian, Chris Reel recently announced her retirement. Chris oversaw the move of the library to its new location and the implementation of the new online catalog.
Our new head librarian is Christine Cunningham. Christine is familiar to most Homer residents. She previously owned and operated The Emporium and The Homer Soda Company. She is active in the community with the Historical Society and the HCIA. Previously, she was a library board member and has been working part time in the library over the last six weeks.
The new assistant librarian is Angie Ray. Angie and her family have lived in Homer over 17 years. She has been a fundraising volunteer for the library and has helped raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
They will be joined over the next few months by Cathy Fager who will work with the summer reading program.
For more information, call 896-2121or email Online catalog: If asked for a Library Name, enter: Homer Library (no password necessary).