Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Display of Books by Presidential Candidates

The presidential primaries are winding down to a close with the last one taking place at the end of June. Also, the Republican and Democratic conventions will be coming up at the end of the summer. The Republican Convention will take place August 27-30 in Tampa, Florida and the Democratic Convention will take place September 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information on the conventions, go to http://2012.democratic-convention.org/ (Democratic) and http://www.gopconvention2012.com/

Would you like to find out more about the presidential candidates? Currently there is a display of books by presidential candidates located between the front doors at the Al Harris Library. Find out more about the presidential candidates that have made this election year an interesting one by checking out the resources in this display, as well as other resources available at the Library. Enjoy some good summer reading and become informed at the same time!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Get Caught Reading

Summer is just around the corner, and it’s a good time to read for pleasure. Our bulldog buddy Duke suggests you look at some of the great books we have in the Al Harris Library. Many of the books on the display were used as part of a new reading program called World Book Night. This program was successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011. World Book Night was also celebrated in the United States and Ireland for the first time in April 2012. It is anticipated that more countries will be joining the celebration in the future. Take a look at these great reads and be prepared to join the national celebration next year.
Of course, these are just a sample of the many books that are available for you to enjoy. Browse upstairs in the Al Harris Library for books you can check out, visit the audio book section on the first floor, or catch up with the ebooks that are available for downloading and reading electronically. Don’t forget that it is always a good thing to be Caught Reading!

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Bestselling Books Made Into Movies

Reading the book or the watching the  movie....which do you prefer?  How many times have you read a book and thought it would make a great movie?  I generally prefer to read the book rather than see the movie adaptation.  I feel Hollywood seldom gets the translation from the pages to the screen correctly. One must remember that Hollywood has certain constraints and goals in turning a bestselling book into a movie.  Sometimes Hollywood rearranges or condenses the book's content and changes the story entirely.

I like how reading lets a person imagine the detail.  Watching makes the viewer see someone else's interpretation of the story.  Seeing another perspective can be interesting, but isn't nearly as entertaining as creating a world for yourself.

Was the novel The Help better than The Help movie (both available at the Al Harris Library)?  Was seeing the dinosaurs brought to life on the screen better than imagining the per-cretaceous era in the book, Jurassic Park?

Are there ever movie adaptions that surpass the book? Come by the Al Harris Library and see my display.

Let me know what you think.