August 2013 Book Clubs

Here are the books we will be reading and discussing for the month of August! (Sorry this is late!) You can sign up for a book club at the Research & Information desk, or by calling (559) 685-4503.

The Round House by Louise ErdrichThe Round House by Louise Erdrich
Saturday, August 10th, 11:00 AM in the Charter Room

Summary from
“One of the most revered novelists of our time—a brilliant chronicler of Native-American life—Louise Erdrich returns to the territory of her bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist The Plague of Doves with The Round House, transporting readers to the Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota. It is an exquisitely told story of a boy on the cusp of manhood who seeks justice and understanding in the wake of a terrible crime that upends and forever transforms his family.

Riveting and suspenseful, arguably the most accessible novel to date from the creator of Love Medicine, The Beet Queen, and The Bingo Palace, Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction—at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.”


The Casual Vacancy by J. K. RowlingThe Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
Thursday, August 29th, 6:00 PM in the Charter Room

Summary from the author’s website:
“When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. 

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.  Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems. 

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?


The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen BaxterThe Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Saturday, August 31st, 1:00 PM in the Charter Room

Summary from Macmillan Publishers:
“From Arthur C. Clarke, the brilliant mind that brought us 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Stephen Baxter, one of the most cogent SF writers of his generation, comes a novel of a day, not so far in the future, when the barriers of time and distance have suddenly turned to glass.

When a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses cutting-edge physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times—around every corner, through every wall—the result is the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy, forever. Then the same technology proves able to look backward in time as well. The Light of Other Days is a story that will change your view of what it is to be human.”


TPL Movie Nights!

Tulare Public Library will be offering two movie nights a month! For the month of August, you can join us on Friday, Aug 9th, and Friday, Aug 23rd. The movie will start at 5:00 PM in the Council Chambers. It’s completely free! The catch? To find out what movie is showing, you will have to come join us! We hope to see you there!

Movies Based on Books, September-December 2013

Hollywood has a long-standing tradition of adapting books for the silver screen. Some of our greatest films (Gone With the Wind, Ben-Hur, The Wizard of Oz, just to name a few) started as great books.

2013 is a great year for book-based cinema. Before you go to the theater, check out the books! You can look them up in our online catalog.

Salinger – September 6th


Not based on a book, but very much influenced by literature, this documentary focuses on the life of J.D. Salinger, the author of The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey. Salinger famously valued his privacy and shunned all media attention, so it will be interesting to see what new insights this film may bring to light.


Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 – September 27th

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

The first Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs film didn’t follow the book by Judi Barrett very closely, and this sequel is even farther away. (It is not, in fact, based at all on the book sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh.) However, the first movie was a fun romp, and if this gets more kids interested in the wonderful books, then all the better!


Carrie – October 18th

(Sorry, this was the least frightening poster we could find!)

Stephen King’s most famous supernatural teen gets another shot at the Hollywood treatment, this time starring Chloe Grace Moretz as Carrie and Julianne Moore as her terrifyingly unstable mother Margaret.


Ender’s Game – November 1st

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel of child soldiers preparing for an unconventional intergalactic war finally makes its way to the silver screen. Asa Butterfield stars as Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, Earth’s last best hope against the invading alien Formics. Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley star as Colonel Graff and Mazer Rackham, Ender’s military mentors.


August: Osage County – November 8th

August: Osage County

Tracy Letts adapts his own Pulitzer Prize-winning play for the screen. The play focuses on the efforts of the Weston family to face the skeletons in their closet while dealing new, even more problematic developments.


The Wolf of Wall Street – November 15th

The Wolf of Wall Street

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, this black comedy is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, a powerful Wall Street stockbroker who was eventually indicted for securities fraud and money laundering.


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – November 22nd

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Part 2 of Susan Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy sees Katniss dealing with the emotional aftermath of her victory in the previous story. Her “romance” with Peeta must be maintained for fear of the Capitol’s reprisal, and the next Hunger Games, the Quarter Quell, are right around the corner. What new horror does the Capitol have in store?


Frozen – November 29th


Disney’s adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen adds a twist to the fairy tale by casting Anna (Gerda in the original) and the Snow Queen as sisters. How will this affect Anna’s epic journey? Not much preview material has been released yet, so we’ll have to wait and see!


Black Nativity – November 29th

(No poster yet, sorry!)

Based on the play by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, Black Nativity is a retelling of the Christmas story (as told in the Gospel of St. Luke) with an all-black cast and carols in a gospel style. Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett will be starring in this adaptation.


Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – November 29th

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, this film stars Idris Elba as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. The film follows his fascinating life from his childhood in a rural village, through his years as a secret anti-apartheid activist, his years in prison, his role in the end of apartheid and his eventual election to the presidency.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – December 13th

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Part 2 of the 3-part film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s classic novel will introduce beloved characters such as Beorn the skin-changer and Bard of Lake-town, as well as the fearsome dragon Smaug himself. Bilbo will really get his chance to shine in this part of the story, especially during his confrontation with Smaug. We can’t wait!


Saving Mr. Banks – December 20th

Saving Mr. Banks

This drama is based on the real-life production of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film adaptation of the beloved children’s book Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson will star as Poppins author P.L. Travers, and Walt Disney will be played by Tom Hanks. Travers was famously dissatisfied with the film, so it will be very interesting to see how the Disney Company portrays her interactions with its beloved founder.


The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – December 27th

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Originally a short story by James Thurber, this amusing story of a mild-mannered man who regularly escapes his humdrum life by means of his vivid imagination has already inspired a comic masterpiece starring Danny Kaye in 1947. This year’s adaptation will star Ben Stiller and Kristen Wiig. Like the Danny Kaye film, it will deviate a bit from the original in that Walter Mitty will find himself in a real-life adventure!

July 2013 Book Clubs

Here are the books we will be reading and discussing for the month of July! You can sign up for a book club at the Research & Information desk, or by calling (559) 685-4503.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
Saturday, July 13th, 11:00 AM in the Charter Room

Summary from
“For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy’s sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald.

Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother’s life.

Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.”


Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Thursday, July 25th, 6:00 PM in the Charter Room

Summary from HarperCollins:
“The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962…and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 

From the moment it opens—on a rocky patch of Italian coastline, circa 1962, when a daydreaming young innkeeper looks out over the water and spies a mysterious woman approaching him on a boat—Jess Walter’s Beautiful Ruins is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising—a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.”


The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure by William Goldman
Saturday, July 27th, 1:00 PM in the Charter Room

Summary from Harcourt Books:
“A tale of true love and high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts—The Princess Bride is a modern storytelling classic.

As Florin and Guilder teeter on the verge of war, the reluctant Princess Buttercup is devastated by the loss of her true love, kidnapped by a mercenary and his henchmen, rescued by a pirate, forced to marry Prince Humperdinck, and rescued once again by the very crew who absconded with her in the first place. In the course of this dazzling adventure, she’ll meet Vizzini—the criminal philosopher who’ll do anything for a bag of gold; Fezzik—the gentle giant; Inigo—the Spaniard whose steel thirsts for revenge; and Count Rugen—the evil mastermind behind it all. Foiling all their plans and jumping into their stories is Westley, Princess Buttercup’s one true love and a very good friend of a very dangerous pirate.”

Summer Reading Reminders

Just a reminder, Summer Reading is underway at Tulare Public Library. If your child fills out the reading log, and gets events stamped off as he/she attends, they will be eligible for the Grand Prize Drawing! Attending Story Time (6:15 PM Tuesdays or 11:15 AM Fridays) or Pages With Piper (4:30 Tuesdays) counts as event attendance. Good luck! Call Youth Services for more information.

Summer Reading Kickoff TODAY

Summer Reading 2013 - Dig Into ReadingDon’t forget, our Summer Reading Kickoff Carnival is today at 2:00 PM. Come dressed as your favorite book character! Registration is still open, so don’t miss out!

Literary Heroines for Your Little Girl

Kids always need good role models and heroes. Parents are the first and best, of course, but literature is not far behind. The stories you read and teach to your children will be an integral part of their character as they grow up.

Many parents of young girls worry about the images their daughters absorb from movies and other forms of popular entertainment. Unrealistic and uninspired portrayals of women abound. Where are the heroines for our little girls? Look no further than the library! Whether your daughter is enjoying bedtime stories with you or enjoying reading on her own, there are many wonderful female characters for you to discuss together.

Here are just some of the many great literary heroines!

Hermione Granger, from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Who doesn’t love Hermione? (Well, Draco Malfoy for one, but who cares what he thinks?) Sure, she’s a bit of a know-it-all, and she can be a bit bossy and blunt. But that’s not all there is to Hermione. She’s naturally intelligent, of course, but she augments her talent with diligent hard work and study. If she needs an answer, where does she go? To the library! She’s also an incredibly loyal and caring friend. Who else could have stuck by Harry during the dark days of Book 5? We love her to pieces.

Lucy Pevensie, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Sweet little Lucy is the first to venture through the wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia. (She is remarkably calm about it, too!) She is so good-hearted that she makes friends wherever she goes. She confronts many dangers in Narnia, and even has to face the darker sides of her own heart, but her unshakeable faith and trust in Aslan always pull her through. She truly earns her title of “the Valiant”. Lucy appears in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, The Horse and His Boy, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and The Last Battle.

Anne Shirley, from the Anne series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Oh, Anne! From the moment she stepped off the train platform, neither she nor the town of Avonlea was ever the same. Here is a heroine with enough dreams and passion to fill a hundred books. She has moments of bad temper, but to be fair, she really was provoked! Overall, she is a tender-hearted girl who just wants to find her place in a loving family. Matthew and Marilla really had no idea what they were getting into, but how glad are we that they decided to keep her? Anne charms the socks off of everyone she meets (it is easy to see why Gilbert Blythe pines for her so long!), and your daughter will greatly enjoy her many adventures. Anne appears in Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, Anne of Windy Poplars, Anne of Ingleside, Rainbow Valley, and Rilla of Ingleside.

Tiffany Aching, from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Tiffany was fighting with a frying pan long before Disney’s Rapunzel made it cool. As if living in Discworld wasn’t complicated enough, Tiffany is a hereditary witch and the temporary kelda (think of a queen bee) of the Nac Mac Feegle, a tribe of tiny blue proto-Scotsmen who live for mischief. The job of a witch in Tiffany’s homeland, the Chalk, is an important one (sort of a combination healer/midwife/social worker), and Tiffany makes mistakes, but always learns and matures in a believable way. She benefits from the mentorship of several other strong female characters, including Granny Weatherwax. Tiffany appears in The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight.

Sophie Hatter, from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

Sophie just wanted a quiet life. But when she met a strange gentleman while walking across town, her life changed forever. A curse from a jealous witch leaves Sophie trapped in the body of a 90-year-old woman. But Sophie does not let her circumstances get her down. She sets out on her own and finds lots of adventures. She also, as most heroines do, learns some surprising truths about herself. Sophie’s no-nonsense approach to life is a refreshing change from the usual crowd of swoony lovestruck teenagers. Sophie appears in Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, and House of Many Ways.

Who are some of your favorite literary ladies?

Summer Reading Kickoff

Don’t forget, Summer Reading Registration begins this Saturday, June 8th! Bring your library card and sign up! Next Saturday, June 15th, is our Kickoff Carnival starting at 2:00 PM. Come dressed as your favorite book character!

A Fond Farewell…

Tulare Public Library manager steps down – Tulare Advance-Register

We’ll miss you, Mary-Catherine! Thank you for your hard work and dedication, and best of luck to you at COS!

Audiobook Month 2013

June is Audiobook month! Come on down to the library and check out an audiobook today! Listen to it on your computer, in your car, wherever, and tell us about it. Did the characters sound different from what you expected? Do you prefer a single narrator or a full cast recording? Which books do you actually prefer in an audio format?  Leave us a comment!