What’s Happening at the Library by Friends of the Library

It’s over and the results are in. “Never Judge a Book by Its Movie,” the adult winter reading program which ran from December 1, 2012- January 31, 2013, was a huge success. Fifty-five adults read a total of 2,969 hours in just two months.
The prize drawings were held on February 4th and the winners received one of four Grand prizes: a “Dinner for Two” gift certificate at the Settlers Inn; a Chicago Metallic Betterbake, Make & Take set with a “Gooseberry Patch” Christmas cookbook; a Sunbeam 3-piece pizza baking stone; and two books “Altar of Bones” by Philip Carter and “The Final Reckoning” by Sam Bourne. Additionally, each winner received a “Never Judge a Book by Its Movie” themed mug and sticky note block, plus a library browsing bag.  
The challenge included something new this year. Participants were asked to vote on whether they liked a book or the movie version of the same book. The following books were preferred over their movie adaptations: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, Carrie by Stephen King, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. All books are available at Boonslick Regional Library.
The library staff wish to thank the following businesses and groups for their generous support in providing the prizes for the program: Citizens Bank & Trust, The Settlers Inn, and the Boonville Friends of the Library.
What did all these adults read the past two months? Here’s a few examples from the Cooper County Retired Teachers & Personnel.
“Every Day a Friday: How to be Happier 7 Days a Week,” by Joel Olsteen, review by Sarah Friedrich: The title comes from research that shows people are happiest on Fridays. In this book the author writes how we can generate this level of contentment and joy every day of the week. Combining his personal experiences with scriptural insights and principles for true happiness, the author shows readers how every day can hold the same promise and opportunities for pure joy that they experience at five o’clock on Friday.
“Stormy Weather,” by Paulette Jiles, review by Carolyn Koerner: This is the story of the Stoddard family in 1920’s and 1930’s Texas. The three girls and the mother in that family show great courage. This depression-era novel takes you to the life of oil rigs, dust storms, and race horses with wonderful descriptions.
“Running Around,” by Linda Byler, review by Donna Bodamer: A romance novel by an Amish writer, based on true experiences! A hot-tempered, high-spirited teenaged girl who hates housework, dislikes babies, and loves driving fast horses tries to fit in among the members of her Amish community. The book is based on the true experiences of the author's extended family.
“A Good American,” by Alex George, review by Sandy Farris: “A Good American” starts in 1904 Germany where Frederick Meisenheimer and Jette Furste, a lovelorn couple, decide to flee to New York after Jette is disowned by her family for getting pregnant. They hop the first steamer, not realizing it’s headed to New Orleans, then head north to Missouri, where they settle in Beatrice, MO. This book follows four generations of this immigrant’s family as they walk through history. The author was born in Great Britain but now lives in Missouri.
 “The Replacement Wife,” by Eileen Goudge, review by Marilyn Williams: Camille Harte makes her living as a matchmaker. When she receives the diagnosis she’s dreaded and learns she has only six months to live, she decides to do the unthinkable: find a replacement wife for her husband.
All of the above are available for loan from Boonslick Regional Library.  
The Library will be closed Monday, February 18, in honor of Presidents’ Day.