Gulf Coast Reads Book Discussion

Book Jacket of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close9/11 is an appropriate day to write about the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer.  As mentioned in last week’s blog, this is the selection for this year’s Gulf Coast Reads.  Our book discussion will be on Wednesday, October 17 from 10:30 – 11:30.

There are numerous lists on the Internet of discussion questions for the book. (Note: some of the discussion questions contain spoilers.) One such website is LitLovers, a website for book clubs founded by Molly Lundquist, a former college English professor who wants to spread her love for literature. Included in this website is a Reading Guide for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This reading guide provides a summary of the book, information about the author, and Discussion Questions. Another set of discussion questions can be found at BookBrowse

Questions that seems appropriate for today are: “Did reading the book bring back memories of 9/11 for you? Do you remember how you felt in the days and weeks that followed that event? Do you remember what scared you? What were you grateful for?”

Meet La Porte Branch's Adult Summer Reader Winner

Each branch in HCPL had a $30.00 gift card to award to one adult who completed the Adult Summer Reading Program. By random draw our winner was Becky Roderick. Ms. Roderick was pleased and surprised when I called her about her prize. She told me that her daughter has participated in the children's program and this year she decided to sign up for the adult program. It certainly paid off for Becky not only in a summer of good reading but a gift card to boot. Congratulations!

Events for Gulf Coast Reads

Cover Art for book Extremely Loud and Incredibly close by Jonathan Safron FoerGulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is an annual program that encourages those who live along the upper Gulf Coast to read or listen to the same book and have discussions about it. The selection for this year is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. There are two events scheduled at La Porte Community Library related to Gulf Coast Reads: On Monday, October 8, from 6-8:15 p.m. we will show a movie related to the book. The movie is rated PG-13. Then on Wednesday, October 17, from 10-30-11:30 a.m. we will have a book discussion, also in the Meeting Room. Both events are free; registration is not required. 

Mystery Maven Recommends

This summer when I signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program, I used Mystery Maven as my User ID. I chose this because nothing makes me happier than to recommend a book or series in the mystery genre to people. Last night found me at Houston's jewel of a bookstore, Murder by the Book for an author signing by Louise Penny. She writes a wonderfully complex yet lyrical series of mysteries featuring Chief Inspector Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. So please do yourself a favor and check out one of her eight award-winning books.

Homework Help for Elementary and Middle School Kids

Harris County Public Library has a really great database to help with those elementary and middle school homework assignments. Searchasaurus has a dictionary, an encyclopedia, and picture links. It also has links to many subjects that elementary and middle school children most often need information, such as animals, art, history, people and places, science and math, and sports. Use power of your library card and explore this great database.