Happenings at the McClain Library

Lie in the grass and read

Rainbow Lake

When we were in college, my friends and I spent much of our free time in Overton Park at Rainbow Lake. If it was sunny and warm outside, we'd load up in Linley's '69 Chevy Impala (crimson red exterior, white leather interior, and white soft top- I loved that car!), and head to Overton Park. Sometimes we would meet on the baseball field and play Wiffle ball. Often we would grab a couple of frisbees and toss them around on the soccer fields. My favorite activity was when we would grab our dogs, a couple of blankets, and whatever books we were reading at the time and lie on the field at Rainbow Lake. We always had fun sharing passages from our books, watching the dogs chase each other, and soaking in the rays of the warm sunshine. Linley was an Art History major, and as such, she favored art books. In the spring of 1990, she went to the university and public libraries and checked out every book she could find on Lalique glass. She pored over these books, learning everything she could about Lalique the man and his beautiful designs. By the time summer rolled around, Linley knew everything about Lalique glass. That year, she actually saved enough of her money to purchase a Lalique fish. It was the very first item in her personal Lalique collection. Twenty plus years later, she is still passionate about Lalique and she can still spout most of the facts she learned during our spring at Rainbow Lake. So, my advice to you is stop off at your school or local public library and explore what you're passionate about. Find some time to enjoy a book and a ray of sunshine.

Summer Reading Book Fair

Tuesday, April 23rd, 4-6:30pm

Barnes & Noble Carriage Crossing 4610 Merchants Park Cir #521 Collierville, TN 38017

The Summer Reading 2013 kick off event is being held on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Carriage Crossing Barnes & Noble. Stop by the store, browse a bit, buy a bit, and take home a jeans pass. More information to come!

New on the Shelves

Picoult's Between the Lines FIC P599B

What happens when happily ever after…isn’t? Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah. And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom. Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Spinelli's Hokey Pokey FIC S7575H

Hokey Pokey is a place where children live and rule themselves, riding bicycles like horses, watching cartoons on huge outdoor screens, throwing tantrums and getting hugged, all without an adult in sight. Their lives are almost pure joy as they dance the eponymous dance, savor the eponymous frozen treat, and listen to The Story of the Kid through little shells they carry in their pockets. Jack is their hero and ringleader, dealing with bully Harold the Destroyer, teaching Kiki lessons in sports and Lopez lessons in life, until the day things begin to change. Jack wakes to find that his beloved bike, Scramjet, has been commandeered by Jubilee, whom he despises because she's a girl. Answering his Tarzan cry of despair, Amigos LaJo and Dusty race to his side and notice before he does that Jack's stomach tattoo, given to all children once they're out of diapers, is starting to disappear. Fighting against the realization that Jack is going to leave them, they lure him into one last bike roundup, roping him and tying him down until Jubilee releases him, recognizing that he cannot resist the pull away from all of them toward the Forbidden Hut and the Train, and into The Story. Using elements of myth, allegory, fantasy, and not-quite science fiction, Spinelli has skillfully combined a stream-of-consciousness narrative with delicious inventive language to create a vivid, dreamlike world.

Mullin's Ashen Winter FIC M9593AW

It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.