From the Library Director

As we highlight the READ posters and celebrate local
readers, I thought I would share some of my favorite
reads with you.
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I learned a great deal from this book: history, politics, and leadership. I found the presidential nomination process of the day fascinating. Lincoln’s ability to work through incredibly
difficult political situations was inspiring. Even though I knew how the book would turn out, I began to understand why he is the great man so beloved by so many. I listened to this one on CD, and after I was done, I missed Abraham Lincoln on my commute to work.
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Colllins (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) This is the story of a futuristic North America where 12 districts are ruled by “The Capitol”. The Capitol rules with an iron fist and maintains its power with an annual death match that pit two teens drawn by lottery from each of the districts in a fight to the death. All of the novels have strong characters and a compelling story.
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (Also The Revenge of the Spellmans, Curse of the Spellmans, and The Spellmans Strike Again) This is a laugh out loud series about a dysfunctional, but loveable, family of private investigators who spend more time investigating each other than doing business.
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. I read this series to my daughter, and now I am reading it to my son. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed the books because it has been fun for all of us (even the second time around ). As I recently sat next to my daughter at the midnight premier of Deathly Hallows part 2, I was excited to share the experience with her. She reread Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the week before the premier. We have these wonderful conversations that compare the books to the movies. At 3:00 am we stood in the kitchen and reread the last the last chapter together and discussed it. Anything that gets kids that excited about reading is fantastic in my eyes.
Whether you read for information, for fun, to create experiences with your children, it doesn’t matter …
Audrey Betcher, Rochester Public Library Director

READ @ your library

Amor & Jur Kucha [pronounced “Koo-cha”] hail from South Sudan, E. Africa; but since the late 1990’s, and their marriage in October of `99, they’ve been proud to call Minnesota their home.  Jur is a translator at Mayo Clinic, and Amor is employed by Reichel Foods; but their full-time jobs (on different shifts!) coupled with rearing four active children,  ages ranging from 3 to 11, seem to leave them with little time for such pleasurable activities as reading.  “But our children love the Library and are good readers,” says Amor with a mother’s pride. Jur has been very busy this year helping to rally the local Sudanese-American community to be supportive of his native region’s newly achieved independence.  The Kuchas join other new Americans who still celebrate their homeland, while being active members of the Rochester community.

Banned Book Week

How many of the Banned Book Posters have you spotted in the Library? How many have you seen online? Katherine did a great job capturing the favourites of some of the Library staff, in front of our new skyway mural. Ginny has done an excellent job of creating so many of our Read Posters! We are lucky to have such talented staff (and such great readers!).
How many banned books have you read? (now aren’t you glad the highschool teachers made you read some of them??!)

Banned Books Week

You would simply be amazed at the number of everyday books, classics and childrens fiction (including Harry Potter) that are considered BANNED BOOKS. The Library staff is highlighting the top ten banned books for the 2010/11 period. Check out all the posters in the Library, then check out the books! Don’t just celebrate your right to read, exercise your reading rights! 

The Friends will have a display case with some of the 100 most challenged books, and the reasons for banning them, as well as books for sale in the Bookstore.