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Monday, January 26, 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: Carol, Children's Librarian at Olney Library


Top three reasons to read and love this book:
  1. It will help you accept and embrace the fact that life is imperfect.
  2. It will make you laugh (with a hint of tears).
  3. It will make you cry (with a hint of laughter).

Monday, January 19, 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.

Valarie of Olney Library with book Tenth of December by George Saunders
Reader: Valarie, Librarian at Olney Library
Title: Tenth of December by George Saunders

Few writers can match the originality of Saunders. The characters who populate these stories are familiar... the dutiful son, the well-meaning mother, the alienated soldier, the aging cancer patient...but rarely are they depicted in such a revealing way. The tales vary in tone from humorous to darkly menacing, and each is told in an authentic, unique voice. My favorite story was "Victory Lap," in which a shy teenager defies all he has been taught to take heroic action. Which is your favorite?

Friday, January 16, 2015

A Moment with Our Olney Neighbors: Lancer and Ellen

Ms. Ellen Agler with her therapy dog Lancer, a German Shepherd

Visitors to the Olney Library smile with surprise when they see Lancer, a German Shepherd, in our storytime room. He listens intently to a child reading a story, showing encouragement with a nod of his head or a wiggle of his ears. We spent a moment with Lancer and his mom, Ellen Agler.

Q: How did you come to volunteer at Olney Library?

Ellen: Lancer told me he wanted to do something more productive with his free time, other than chasing balls and snoozing. He has many canine friends, but he loves people and wanted to meet more human friends. We were connected with the library through National Capital Therapy Dogs, Inc. This organization provides training for the dogs and owners, and then matches them with places to visit.

Q: It's obvious Lancer enjoys his work. What does he like most?

Ellen: Well, why don't we ask him?

Lancer: I have a sweet temperament and am an excellent listener. I love snuggling up with the children and having my fur stroked while being read to. It's a pretty great gig.

Q: Thanks, Lancer! OK, now that we know you can talk, just a few more questions. First, do you prefer tennis balls or frisbees?

Lancer: Tennis balls, definitely. I also love rope toys.

Q: Wet food or dry?

Lancer: My regular diet is dry food, but sometimes when I am being especially cute and well behaved, Ellen will give me a treat like salmon, chicken, or my favorite, cheese.

Q: Well, we want to let you get back to work. Any parting thoughts?

Ellen and Lancer: We both love books and are so happy to be at the Olney Library. Come visit us!

Lancer's next visit to Olney Library will be on Thursday, January 22, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Recommended for beginning readers.

Monday, January 12, 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: Ruth, Teen Services Librarian at Olney Library

I enjoy the vampire culture Anne Rice creates in her novels and the human qualities she gives the vampires. Tale of the Body Thief has all this...with a twist. It is not your typical body snatching!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Gold Medal Winners



Congratulations to the Gold Medal Winners of our Creative Writing Contest!  The top nine winners were (clockwise from top left) Emma Bair, Seph Fischer, George Karadimov, Everett Abeles, Emily Kipfer, Cameron Sale, Jacqueline Metzger-Taylor, Rahmah Waseem, and Levi Leder. The contest challenged elementary school students to write a spooky story starting with "It was a dark and stormy night..." Our judges got spooked reading over 80 entries to choose the top stories!