Shel Silverstein, erstwhile cartoonist for adults, never planned on writing for children, until, in 1964, The Giving Tree was published, followed by a collection of poetry for children, Where the Sidewalk Ends. Those books and his subsequent work have delighted tens of millions of readers around the world, making him one of the most popular and best-loved children's authors of all time, renowned also for his work as poet, playwright, illustrator, screenwriter and songwriter. Children who attend the Abington Community Library's Saturday Story Hour Nov.17 from 1 to 2 p.m. will have a chance to listen to some of Silverstein's stories and poems, read aloud by students from Marywood University's Education Department who have volunteered to present a series of Story Hours at the library. Recommended age is three to seven and pre-registration is requested. There will be activities and a special bookmark craft as well. Stop in or call the library (587.3440) to register.
November has been designated as National PTA Family Healthy Lifestyles Month. The Children's Room at the library is featuring a display of books from the collection in cooperation with the South Abington PTA and Lackawanna County Medical Society Alliance's I Can Be Healthy program. Children can be motivated to care about eating well, to learn about MyPlate, and the value of eating grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and healthy snacks, plus the benefits of keeping fit with exercise and activity from this collection of kid friendly, colorful titles.
New Novels for Adults
Weapon of Choice, by Patricia Gussin. Dr Laura Nelson's sense of tranquility is disrupted when she is drawn into the diagnosis of the first case of HIV/AIDS seen in Tampa City Hospital, where she is chief of surgery. Then, patients begin to die from a highly resistant bacterial infection that is raging in the surgical intensive care unit. Caught in the middle, Laura and her friend, Dr. Stacy Jones of the CDC in Atlanta encounter a deadly plot by white supremacists in Atlanta that is linked to the disaster in Tampa.
Porch Lights, by Dorothea Benton Frank. Captivated by Sullivan's Island's natural charms and inspired by colorful South Carolina Low Country lore, widowed Jackie McMullen, her ten-year- old son, Charlie, and Annie Britt, Jackie's mother and the family matriarch, share a memorable and illuminating summer. The story is told in Annie's and Jackie's alternating voices.
The Map of Lost Memories, by Kim Fay. The search for an elusive treasure becomes a journey into the darkest recesses of the mind and heart for archaeologist Irene Blum, the recipient of a rare map believed to lead to a set of copper scrolls that chronicle the lost history of Cambodia's ancient civilization. It is 1925, and as Irene travels from Seattle to Shanghai to the Cambodian jungles, she encounters others on the same quest, equally determined to unearth the greatest archaeological discovery of the century.
The Abington Community Library is located at 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit. Visit our website, www.lclshome.org/abington to register online for events or call the library at (570) 587-3440. Don't have a library card? Register for one at http://www.lclshome.org/libraryinfo/library_card_reg.asp.