Chris Grabenstein Visits!

 

We had a great time with the awesome Chris Grabenstein (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, The Island of Dr. Libris) this past week! Check out this hilarious video of his time at Newtown Elementary on Tuesday!

 

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Susan’s Staff Pick – “Be Frank With Me”

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Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

This is an enchanting story about an eccentric nine-year-old boy living in Hollywood. Usually the adjective eccentric is applied to older folk who have grown into their acceptance of the unusual, the exotic, the weird, the distinctly unusual; this is Frank at nine. Each day he chooses an outfit – the Little Prince or black tie and tails or…. Each day he dispenses some bit of knowledge. Each day he checks on his mother who seems to have withdrawn in other ways.

Then Alice, sent by a NY publisher, comes into the picture to help with Frank and to push his mother to meet her deadline scripts.

Interesting, unusual people – I loved Frank – and a good story.

March Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!

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Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, March 8 – 7:00pm

Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Kristen Miglore, Amanda Hesser, and Merrill Stubbs – “An essential collection of more than 100 foolproof recipes from food luminaries such as Julia Child, Alice Waters, and David Chang–curated, introduced, and photographed by the team behind the leading food website Food52.”

All are invited!   Choose a recipe out of Food52 Genius Recipes – please let us know what recipe you will be bringing and to get on our cookbook club contact list.

An Evening with Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!

Tuesday, March 15 – 7:00pm @ Newtown Theatre

Authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver are coming to Newtown!

Please join us as we welcome Children’s Authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver to the Newtown Theatre on March 15th at 7:00pm. They will be featuring their new book “You Can’t Drink a Meatball Through a Straw” from the “Here’s Hank” series.   There is limited seating so please reserve your spot early.

$10.00 per seat, includes one copy of “You Can’t Drink a Meatball Through a Straw”. Order tickets online!

$12.00 per family with children attending together including one copy of “You Can’t Drink a Meatball  Through a Straw”. Order tickets online!

 

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Daytime Book Club

Thursday, March 17 – 11:15am

Where a Man Stands: Two Different Worlds, an Impossible Situation, and the Unexpected Friendship That Changed Everything” by Carter Paysinger & Steven Fenton

“Carter Paysinger grew up hearing his parents say, “Don’t just strive to be good. Always strive to be great.” He dreamed of finding greatness in playing professional baseball or becoming a black Donald Trump, but fate had different plans and, ultimately, he found his calling as a teacher and coach at the school that once embraced him, becoming a rock for the innumerable kids who came seeking an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. One such kid, a scrappy Jewish boy from a prominent family, would change the course of Carter’s life. His name was Steven Fenton.
Twenty years later, as Beverly Hills High fell into disarray–with principals hired and fired and families fleeing the school–as well as his own life coming apart, Carter ran into Steven Fenton again. Together, they found renewed passion and hope to fight for their school and test the limits of what community means. But when Steven convinced Carter to throw his hat into the ring as principal, the progressive Beverly Hills suddenly thought that its winningest and most beloved coach didn’t fit the profile for the Beverly Hills image.”

 

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Evening Book Club

Tuesday, March 29 – 7:00pm

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro – In post-Arthurian Britain, the wars that once raged between the Saxons and the Britons have finally ceased. Axl and Beatrice, and elderly British couple, set off to visit their son, whom they haven’t seen in years. And because a strange mist has caused mass amnesia throughout the land, they can scarcely remember anything about him. As they are joined on their journey by a Saxon warrior, his orphan charge, and an illustrious knight, Axl and Beatrice slowly begin to remember the dark and troubled past they all share.

Read Susan’s Staff Pick for The Buried Giant!

 

Maria’s Staff Pick – “American Housewife Stories”

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American Housewife Stories by Helen Ellis

Dearest Customer,

You really must read this book. You must.

I simply cannot fathom you walking in to our lovely bookshop and leaving without it. I cannot. It’s unthinkable that you would do so.

Go ahead and peruse some other titles. I don’t mind.

Just made damn sure this is the one that goes home with you.

I mean it.

Sincerely,

Your Trusted Bookseller

Susan’s Staff Pick – “The Buried Giant”

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The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

This will be among my favorite books for the foreseeable future. It is set in the time after the Romans have left Britain, King Arthur’s exploits are fading memories, and the countryside is covered in fog and mist which distort all memories.

An elderly couple, Beatrice and Axl, set off on a journey to visit their son. Along the way, they meet a variety of unusual characters and explore the past through the memories they gradually recall and reveal to us.

This reads like a courteous, gentle, and charming fairy tale or fable. I absolutely loved it.