Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Fahrenheit 451 Discussion

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is in my top 5 favorite books of all my reading thus far.  I came across this discussion initiated by the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and I thought it something I'd like to promote here on my blog.  I'm way overdue for a reread of this favorite.  Book censorship or the prevention of it is a subject I consider important to keep in the forefront of our thinking.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Bookmobiles Continued

In conjunction with yesterday's posting about bookmobiles, I thought it would be nice to have an accompanying list of books about these wonderful conveyers of reading.  The links are to the Peninsula Library System and the list was compiled by Vaughn H. of the Half Moon Library.  There is a mixture of children's, YA, and adult.  I've added one more children's at the bottom of this list, linked to Amazon.

  • The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton. A novel based on the real camel bookmobile service in rural Kenya, in which the road to hell is traveled by a well-meaning American relief worker.
  • That Book Woman by Heather Henson. A picture book for the youngest readers with a story about an imaginary pack horse librarian and a boy who learns to read despite himself.
  • The Book Stops Here: A Mobile Library Mystery  by Ian Sansom.Israel Armstrong travels back to his native England with the bookmobile, and finds that the sceptered isle is not all he had dreamed of. But don't stop here-- keep reading. 
  • The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. A novel for young adults about a teen-age girl living with her family in a polygamous community in the desert, whose world is expanded when she begins to check out books from the bookmobile.
  • Hannah's Bookmobile Christmas by Sally Derby.  A picture book in which Mary and her young friend Hannah may have to spend the night in the bookmobile, if they can't make it home through the snow on Christmas Eve.

     Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston