People always seem to be interested in the “best” of anything. In the library world, we are often asked for lists of “great books” of one kind or another. When it comes to newer books, critics and literary folks often strive to determine which new title is the next classic – the next Shakespeare, Faulkner, or Steinbeck. Well, to help YOU decide what YOUR new classics might be, we’ve compiled FIVE “best lists” and titled it, The NEW Classics?: great reads from 1985 to 2010. The lists came from a variety of (reputable) sources: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Entertainment Weekly, www.pastemagazine.com, and qwiklit.com. May you have a wonderful time reading – and finding your own ‘new classics’.
Take a break from all the electronic gadgets in your home (smart phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers, computers, etc.) and celebrate the non-digital life by reading print books or magazines, playing board games, or enjoying Alaska’s great outdoors during Screen Free Week during May 4 to 10th. We have lots of print reading material here in the Berry Room!
William Shakespeare is the one poet / playwright whose works have been read (willingly or no) by just about everyone. His life and writing have inspired many an author in one way or another – some of which are featured in this month’s booklist and display, Shakespeare in Fiction – the man and his plays. While many of these titles are serious historical fiction, many others are serious and not-so-serious “investigations” and “what-ifs” featuring Will or his characters. However, ALL are invitations to enjoyable reading.
A cold wind, later, but no rain.
A bus breathing heavily at the station.
Beggars at the gate, and the moon
like one bright horn of a white
cow up there in space. But
Watch for the following recently released or soon to be released titles to be added to the catalog:
Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot (Captain Underpants series) by Dav Pilkey
Deadly Disease of Doom (Squish series) by Jennifer Holm
Lights, Camera, Stilton (Geronimo Stilton series)
Mouse House Hunter (Geronimo Stilton series)
Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania by Robin Preiss Glasser
Nancy Drew Diaries #5 by Stefan Petrucha
Path of Stars (Warriors series, Dawn of the Clan) by Erin Hunter
When these titles are listed in the public library’s online catalog, you may place a hold for them by using the Place A Hold feature, along with your library card and PIN.