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Nancy's Notes - August 14, 2014

ABC Mouse - kids games on computers, Graphic Novel - online for older children, Learning Express - to brush up on skills, The Hundred foot journey by Richard C. Morais, The Giver by Lois Lowry, If I Stay by Gayle Forman.

Our computers are a hot commodity at the library. The kids always enjoy playing games. If you are worried about which games they are playing, we have the answer for those in preschool or lower elementary. ABC Mouse is now available for free on our public computers. The site is filled with educational activities and a safe place for anyone using it.
    We also have graphic novel available on-line for free this summer. These are for  students who are in upper elementary or older. Just go to our web site and you will find an icon with graphic novels written by it.
    For those who want their student to brush up on their skills before school starts, have them check out Learning Express on our web site. There are practice tests and tutorials for several subjects as well as the SAT pretest and pretests for several occupational licenses.
    Books make the best movies. We have the books for three movies that are recent movie releases. Richard C. Morais is the author of The Hundred-foot Journey, a movie which has received a lot of publicity in the past week. It is the story of an Indian boy who becomes a three-star chef in Paris. He is born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai where is first experiences in life are through whiffs of spicy curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they eventually settle in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps. The Haji family takes the town by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French restaurant owned by the famous chef Madame Mallory. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, and the launch of his own restaurant.
    The Giver, by Lois Lowry, is a Newberry Award winner from 1993. The movie will be released in the near future. Science fiction lovers should enjoy this story which was written for young adults. Jonas’s world is perfect. There is no war or fear or pain. Every person is assigned a role in the Community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver.
    The last book I am writing about is If I Stay, by Gayle Forman. It has also been recently  released in theatres. Mia has everything a person could wish for but in the blink of an eye everything changes. The seventeen year-old has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces and to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make.
    Come in and see us for these or many other great books: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., or Saturday between