Monday, March 2, 2015

Calling all Wordsmiths: Enter Olney's Seuss-Alike Writing Contest!

cover of the book, One Fish, Two Fish, by Dr. Seuss. Do you find yourself giggling while reading Green Eggs and Ham or Horton Hears a Who? Readers everywhere, from age 2 to 102, enjoy Dr. Seuss's whimsical drawings and inventive lexicon. Celebrate his birthday this month by entering a poem or story in Olney Library's "Seuss-Alike Writing Contest." Kids, teens, and adults may submit entries to the library's Information Desk by the deadline of March 14. Please limit entries to one page. Several winners will receive prizes!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, far better known as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. He wrote his first books as an alternatives to the standard, duller "beginning reader" books of the time (the late 1950s). His work influenced countless writers of today.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Moment With: Olney's Jewish Book Discussion Group

At 3:00 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month, a group has been gathering to discuss a variety of titles that relate to Jewish experience as portrayed in literature. Olney's group started last fall and has already grown to nearly 20 members. You do not have to be Jewish to join the discussion--everyone is welcome! You can pick up a copy of the next month's book from the Information Desk at the library on a first-come, first-served basis.

So far, the group has read these titles:
  • The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
  • Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • Rashi’s Daughters: Book lll by Maggie Anton

The next books to be discussed are:
  • When Grant Expelled the Jews by Joseph Sarna 
  • A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

Happy reading!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Grace and family
Emily dressed in hearts
Many visitors to the Olney Library were decked out in pink and red this week. At left, little Miss Grace and the Kang family from Rockville stopped by to say hello. They gathered a few books from our Valentine's Day book display. Later, Miss Emily from Silver Spring showed off heart-strewn garlands left over from our recent "Crafternoon" event, while her mom and older sister checked out books. We love our customers -- both the young, and the young at heart!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Olney Reads

We like knowing what our Olney friends
are reading (or listening to or watching)!
Tune in every Monday, when we will feature 
an Olney reader's(or listener's or watcher's) favorite title.

Reader: Tina, Assistant Manager at Olney Library
Titles: anything by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Jussi Adler-Olsen delivers tightly wound Scandinavian crime fiction with enough twists to the plot to keep you guessing until the very end. The books feature Department Q, which was created to keep a burnt-out detective busy with cold cases that no one expects him to solve. His few colleagues in the department have some shadowy issues of their own. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Olney Reads

We like knowing what our Olney friends are reading (or listening to or watching)! Each Monday we'll feature an Olney reader's (or listener's or watcher's) favorite title.
Ms. Chi holding a copy of The Tiger's Wife, a book by Tea Obreht

Reader: Chi, Librarian Intern at Olney Library
Title: The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht

The Tiger's Wife has a slow start, and readers may have to push themselves through the first 100 pages or so, but the book is definitely worth the effort. The novel's strength lies in its subtle and seamless interweaving of past and present as well as reality and folk stories. It's a beautiful book that explores grief, the aftermath of war, and history of places.