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Need a card for Mother’s Day? Come make one at the library!
Supplies will be provided for each child to make one pop-up card using card stock and shapes such as birds, flowers, and butterflies.

Sunday, May 11, 2014
In the Meeting Room 
For ages 8-12

No registration is required. Program is limited to 20 children.


Join discussion leader Norma Mandel, PhD. to discuss and learn about Willa Cather’s classic novel The Lost Lady. The novel tells the story of a charismatic women in the declining frontier down of Sweet Water. The book discussion will be held in the Fielding Room.

Date: Friday May 2, 2014

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Fielding Room

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Today we welcome Brandy Colbert to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! Her wonderful novel, Pointe, combines some of our favorite things - ballet and some super dark plot points. If you’ve been looking for that realistic fiction tale that will have you turning the pages as fast as you can to see how everything will turn out, you’ve found it. Gripping, emotional, and heartbreaking, we promise you won’t regret picking up Pointe.

Name: Brandy Colbert          

Novel: Pointe

Available: now!

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? This changes all the time, but right now it’s a cross between Aimee Bender and Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I never thought I’d be able to write a book that covered both dance and abduction/child sexual abuse—two things I deeply care about, but aren’t typically connected—so that’s pretty special. And the fact that people are reading it is even more special.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? I’d probably end up arguing with most of my favorite characters, so I’ll say Rose from The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. I’d have a lot of questions for someone who can taste emotions of the people who prepare her food.

Where do you write? In my bed. I’ve done so since I was a kid, when I was writing stories with notebooks and pens. It’s terrible for my posture, but apparently very good for my writing.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? The Little Rock Nine, who were the first black students to desegregate an all-white high school in Arkansas. They were tormented from the first day they tried to walk up the steps of their new school, endured unbelievable verbal and physical abuse, and stayed strong through it all.

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet (@brandycolbert), but some of my funniest tweets are ridiculous exchanges with friends. On a good day (“good” being relative), you might catch me wondering about unattended cupcakes in a public restroom, or talking about my obsession with Tonya Harding documentaries (more, please).

What is your favorite season? I live in L.A., so we don’t really have traditional seasons. But I’m from the Missouri Ozarks, and growing up, I always loved spring: Fresh Air. Flowers. Warmth. They all agree with me.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Anywhere that has a cat café.

Do you have any writing rituals? Silence. And nighttime. I can’t write at coffee shops or listen to music while I’m working. Just me and the words, preferably when most people are sleeping.

What is your idea of earthly happiness? I keep threatening to move to a tiny beach town on California’s Central Coast, but I’m not ready to give up the city yet. I feel very lucky to have a life in Los Angeles, and publishing a novel is my lifelong dream, so I’d say things are pretty great.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? A Tribe Called Quest at the Wiltern in 2006. I got really into their music just as they were breaking up in the late ’90s, so I never thought I’d get to see them perform. They put on a killer show. Q-Tip wore gold lamé high-tops. I was happy. (But my first concert ever was Tina Turner, when I was six years old, so few can compare to that.)

What are you currently working on? More dark YA contemporary, which I hope to share more about in the near future!


Thanks, Brandy! We can’t wait to read what you have coming next!

You can find Brandy on Twitter and her blog.

Add Pointe to your “to-read” list on Goodreads!

Purchase Pointe from your favorite retailer.

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Today we welcome Wendy Wunder to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight. Author of heartbreakingly wonderful (no pun intended) novel, The Museum of Intangible Things will make you laugh and cry, mostly at the same time, and we know that’s pretty much all any of us are looking for in a good book, right? Totes. (Plus, isn’t that cover one of the prettiest things you’ve ever seen?) Before you pick up your copy, take a second to hang out with Wendy Wunder!

Name: Wendy Wunder  

Novel: The Museum of Intangible Things

Available: Now!

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Girls: Jennifer Eagan, Karen Russel, Lorrie Moore, Louise Erdrich, Rainbow Rowell, Laurie Halse Andersen, Judy Blume, Wendy Wasserstein

Boys: Junot Diaz, George Saunders, Michael Chabon, Jeffrey Eugenides, Dr. Seuss

What’s your favorite thing about your book? The ending.  Not the events of the ending but the writing on the last few pages, I like.

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, whom would you choose? Well the romantic answer would be Mr. Darcy or Rhett Butler, right? But I don’t think they’d have enough kick ass survival skills.

The practical answer would be Katniss Everdeen because she’d know how to survive.  That’s what the girl does best. She avoids certain death.  She could build us a shelter and rustle us up some squirrel meat.

The fancy, erudite answer would be Orlando.  Orlando by Virginia Woolf was one of my favorite books of all time.  I haven’t read it in a while but it chronicles the life of a soul who changes class and gender through time.  So it would be interesting to see which Orlando would show up or who Orlando would be today. 

Where do you write? I write whenever and wherever I can.  I’m a little haphazard about it.  I used to have a space in Boston’s Writer’s Room, but I’ve given that up and sometimes use the Bates Room in the Boston Public Library instead. It’s a gorgeous, quiet space but the security guards are Very strict about carrying in beverages and one time one of them kicked me because I put my head down to rest my eyes. Sleeping there is strongly discouraged. 

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? I enjoy Pocahontas and Sacajawea because they are native women that made it into history books.  I would love to read more about them from a native perspective.  I also like finding out more about Cleopatra and Mary Magdelene.. Both powerful intellectuals who did not get their due respect until recently.  I also have a thing about the Founding Fathers.  All of them.  I just think it’s fascinating that they had the foresight to create this document (the Constitution) and a system for interpreting it, so that it can constantly and fluidly grow with time and hopefully become more and more just and inclusive. ? hopefully.   

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I think it was a picture of how my daughter secretly infiltrated my husband’s to do list.  He had written:

“Get Tree Bag” (for disposal of Christmas Tree)

And underneath it my ten-year-old wrote:

“Get dog”

“Get 1 pound candy”

“Get 1 pound salami”

Kids are funny.

What is your favorite season? I love them all, which is one of the reasons I live in the northeast.

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? I grew up on a large lake and we were allowed to get a motorboat license at age 13. My friend and I would just ride out to some quiet cove, anchor, read and sunbathe.  I would love to do that right this very minute.  It’s been a long winter and I must replenish the Vitamin D!

Do you have any writing rituals? No, but I think I should get some.  My writing lately has been happening in fits and starts and I think I would benefit from a routine.  I think I’m going to start getting up at 4 a.m. to write before the rest of the day gets in the way. 

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Having enough money to take a vacation without feeling guilty about it.

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? I’ve been to a lot of them, because my dad was in radio, growing up and always got us free tickets.  But it would have to be Bruce Springsteen. As a jersey girl, I’ve been to MANY of these and the man leaves it all on the stage.  His music, live, is always a deeply moving nostalgic trip for me.  It’s the poetry of my youth. Have you listened to his lyrics?  The old stuff?  Rivals Dylan.

What are you currently working on? A family dramedy that is a combination of Arrested Development, Parenthood, the Royal Tenenbaums and Infinite Jest.


Thanks, Wendy! We can’t wait to read what you have coming next!

You can find Wendy on her website and Twitter.

Add The Museum of Intangible Things to your “to-read” list on Goodreads!

Purchase The Museum of Intangible Things from your favorite retailer.

Thursday Arts and Crafts!

April 17, 2014
6:30-7:30 pm

Ages 8-12

Nothing says spring like BUTTERFLIES!

Come celebrate spring by creating butterfly crafts! 

Children will also hear the poem “The Butterfly” by Pavel Friedman. This poem was discovered at a liberated concentration camp among a collection of children’s art. It has since been associated with children who perished in the Holocaust. 

This Thursday, in addition to their own butterfly craft, children will create other simple butterflies to donate to the Korczak Camp in Poland.