Teen Read Week

     Teen Read Week is an annual national literacy initiative first created in 1998 by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Its purpose is to encourage teens to become regular library users and readers. The 2018 theme is “It’s Written in the Stars: READ” and will take place October 7-13th.
     In celebration of Teen Read Week the library will be showing the 2013 film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” directed by Baz Luhrmann on Friday, October 19th at 3 p.m. Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to come. Throughout the calendar year our Teen Book Club for ninth through twelfth graders meets twice a month to discuss a range of young adult novels. Copies of the current book are provided and new members are always welcome.
     The buzz-worthy young adult novel of the moment is “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter sometimes feels like she is living a double life. By day she attends a bougie suburban prep school being careful of how she speaks and acts. At home she helps her father at their grocery store located in a poor gang ridden neighborhood. The delicate balance between her two worlds is fractured when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
     Khalil's death becomes a national headline. Some call him a thug, a drug dealer, and a gangbanger. Protesters take to the streets, their rioting tearing apart Starr's neighborhood. Starr is the only witness to the shooting and what she says or doesn't say could completely upend her community and her carefully constructed life.
     The award winning novel is both a timely and sensitive response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Starr’s story is told with sincerity and threaded with moments of humor despite the controversial subject matter. Harry Potter fans will appreciate the well placed references. “The Hate U Give” is an important novel that prompts discussion on race, privilege, police brutality, and fear. I strongly recommend it to teens and adults. The film adaptation starring Amandla Stenberg also releases this October. Read the book before you go see the movie!
     Not a teen? We still may have the perfect event for you or your child. Taking place every Friday morning in October we have a special interactive music series for children ages 6 and under. Join us Fridays at 10:30 a.m. for Music & Rhythm with Cindie. Looking ahead to November we’ll be offering a week long Play K series for children ages 4 and 5. Play K will take place every afternoon November 5th through 9th from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for both Play K and Music & Rhythm with Cindie is encouraged. Please register at the desk, by phone, or online.
     For adults we’re starting a new Cookbook Club to take place every second Thursday of the month starting at 6 p.m. Perfect for readers who love the idea of a book club, but can’t quite seem to commit to reading a designated book each month. Bring a dish to share and trade recipes. November’s theme will be pumpkin.
     Stop in and see us or call 717-677-6257. Open Monday noon-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday noon-8 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Submitted by Kaila Waybright, Harbaugh~Thomas Library