Saturday, February 14, 2009

Library Loot

Today I took my mom to the library to see a harp concert. There were 12 harpists, ages 12-22, and over 400 people in attendance. (Yes, we have an awesome library for a small town!) I snuck off in the middle of the concert to hunt down some books, videos, tapes, etc. I could hear the concert while I was searching, but I thought I'd better get my books before those 400 people started roaming through the library!

Here's my loot:
For my own reading: The Birth House (by Ami McKay), The Bookseller of Kabul (Asne Seierstad) and Conversations with the Fat Girl (by Liza Palmer) and recommended a long time ago to me by Kristina
For my 11-year-old: Steal Away Home (by Lois Ruby)--to go along with our slavery unit
For my high-schooler: Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong (by James W. Loewen)
Audiobooks for my young 'uns: A Wrinkle in Time and Number the Stars
Movies for our jungle unit: The Magic School Bus In the Rainforest and National Geographic's Totally Tropical Rain Forest.

I began reading Lies My Teacher Told Me while I was waiting for the harp concert to finish, and I've now added it to my reading list, as well. I was instantly mesmerized.

Back at home, I'm still in the middle of reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I'm hoping I don't have apocalyptic dreams like I did after I read Neville Shute's On the Beach years ago.

And that was my day at the library, sans children but with my mother. Check out more library loot posts here at The Striped Armchair.


Mom said...

We have "Lies My Teacher Told Me" on our shelf here. I haven't managed to read it, yet, but I'm sure I will as the girls get older and into the stage of schooling.

I love the library. We just moved to a new county so I haven't managed to find our local library, yet, but I can still use the old one because it's close enough to visit. The old one has wonderful resources for homeschoolers. I'm hoping the new one will, too.

Marbel said...

I haven't gotten around to my library loot post yet, thanks for the reminder.

We listened to Number the Stars recently. Great story.

Eva said...

I really like The Bookseller of Kabul when I read it a few years ago!

j said...

Oh, The Road. I'll be curious to read your thoughts on it.

I haven't read it yet -- so far, the only person I've talked to about it is a Serbian Orthodox monk (a college friend of my husband's who had a surprise conversion several years ago) who didn't recommend it to parents of young children, because of its bleakness. But I tend to like bleak ...