Oak Harbor Library Blog

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ramona Quimby: Where is she now?

Elizabeth Allen's new movie, Ramona and Beezus, which follows the misadventures of Beverly Cleary's beloved Ramona Quimby, got us thinking about Ramona. What would she be like as an adult? If you loved Ramona as much as we did, you probably enjoy reading about smart, quirky characters who get themselves into trouble not matter how hard they try (or perhaps because they try so hard!) Characters, both strangely eccentric and very ordinary, reign supreme under the deft pens of the authors listed below. Families form the foundation of the stories, and all the characters revolve around their roles within the circle of the family. Many, but not all, of the protagonists are women, and humor is an important element of the story. We hope you will find these titles just as enjoyable as you did the Cleary books, back when we were kids...
Ponder heart by Eudora Welty.
Practical magic by Alice Hoffman.
Virtous woman by Kaye Gibbons.
Patty Jane's house of curl by Lorna Landvik.
Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver.
New mercies by Sandra Dallas.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pizza and Books @ the Oak Harbor Library

Teen summer reading is in full swing and going great. So far more than 50 teens have submitted book reviews, and 14 of those have already qualified for the Oak Harbor grand prize drawing by submitting at least five book reviews. There is still plenty of time to read and submit reviews before the end of the summer.

Our program this week is Bring Your own Books – Pizza and Book Club, at 3:00 pm Wednesday afternoon. All teens age 12-18 are invited to come share what they’ve been reading so far this summer, hear what others are reading, take a look at some new and interesting books available to check out right away, and, of course, enjoy some pizza. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library.