Librarian’s Corner

June Book Discussion

What does the following list of books have in common?

  • Hello Universe (Erin Entrada Kelly)
  • The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman)
  • Criss Cross (Lynne Rai Perkins)
  • A View from Saturday (E.L. Konigsburg)
  • Miracles on Maple Hill (Virginia Sorensen)
  • Rabbit Hill (Robert Lawson)
  • Caddie Woodlawn (Carol Ryrie Brink)
  • Smoky, the Cowhorse (Will James).

Have you figured it out yet? These are a few of the 96 books that have been named as Newbery Medal Winners.

Named for the 18th century English bookseller John Newbery, and begun in 1922, the Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. That’s a lot of big words to say the Newbery Award goes to the best children’s book published the year before! Of course, all of us would have different opinions as to what is good, that is why there is a committee, chosen by the American Library Association, to make that decision.

If you are interested is seeing what books we have that are Newbery Winners, you are able to do a subject search with the term – Newbery Medal – on our catalog and come up with the titles we have in house or available on our consortium as an e-book. As this has been going on for 96 years, we are not able to get them all since 1922, but we have what we are able to locate. And if you need help, the staff is more than willing to help you locate them. You can find the list of them online at the ALA website, on popular book sites such as Goodreads, Amazon, or you can pick up a copy at the library.

On Tuesday, June 26th , the Adult Book Discussion will be discussing Newbery Winner books. Read one or two, attend our discussion and let’s see where our discussion leads us. A Newbery Winner is also listed as one of the challenges for the 2018 Adult Reading Challenge, if you are participating in that challenge. Maybe you are just interested in the literary world! Set a goal to read as many of these award winners as you can. Find out what makes them award winners. Share your thoughts with us!

And for extra credit, what is the Caldecott Medal award for?

Bingo Book Discussion

Join us for an Adult’s Only Tuesday Night Book Discussion group, kicking off on Tuesday, February 28th at 6:00 pm.  Instead of all participants reading the same book, we are going to try a different concept. The library picks a category and we ask the participants to choose their own title from that category to read.  We will come together to share the books we read (or listened to), recommend (or not) for others to read, get suggestions for your next read, ask and answer questions, and generally have a good time sharing our reading lists and ideas.

The category for February 28th is books made into movies.  It can be a book made into a movie years ago, or a book that will be seen in the theatres this year.  Looking ahead, we have chosen to read biographies in March, a discussion on your favorite author in April, young adult titles in May, and books set in Northeastern Colorado in June.

For those of you that have picked up your 2017 Reading Challenge booklets, these categories might sound familiar to you.  If you haven’t accepted the library’s challenge, stop in the library and we will get you started on the adventure.

If you have questions about the book discussion group, please call the library at 970-842-4596.  Do you need a list of books that were made into movies?  We can help you with that also.  See our display, ask our staff, or check out the following web sites:

Mid-Continent Public Library

List Challenges

Good Reads

We will not have a lot of rules, except to respect the views of all participants.  You do not need to attend every month to partake.  Come when you can.  Of course, we hope that you attend once and enjoy it so much you come back the following month with a friend!

book to movie

Adult Reading Challenge Wrap Up

The 2016 Adult Reading Challenge wrapped up with a get together on January 3rd, 2017.  We made new friends, talked about our favorite books, shared reading lists, laughed and generally had a great time.  We also wrapped up the challenge with the drawing of the grand prize – an iPad mini.  Winner was Deena Schendel.

Just some fun facts about the 2016 challenge: we had 47 participants; 14 participants completed the challenge of reading 50 books (25 from states and 25 from different countries); as a group they read and recorded a total of 1400 books!

We are looking forward to kicking off the 2017 Adult Reading Challenge on February 1st.   Stop by and pick up your bingo card – yes, we are playing bingo this year!  The goal – to get blackouts on 2 bingo cards.  You will complete one bingo card vertically and one bingo card horizontally.   Get a bingo (read 5 challenge books) and receive a $5 gift card to an area business and have your name entered to win the grand prize at the end of the year.  Complete the challenge (50 books) and you will be entered to win 10 times.

Be sure to ask for your Bingo booklet after February 1st. The challenge can be started anytime of the year. Tell your friends! Participate, read, and have fun!