Thursday, February 14, 2013

Now that you have all picked up your matchmaker results, you might want to start visualizing this new relationship in your life. The Center of Your Virtual Universe (aka the Shorecrest Library) is anxious to be of assistance. Here for your consideration are some romantic reads for your Valentine’s Day pleasure.

For the quirky among you, The Dot and the Line by Norton Juster, subtitled “a romance in lower mathematics“. The central couple in this short book are inexplicably drawn to each other.

Now’s the time to read the backstory on all those famous pairs you hear about: Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy (now’s there a brooding piece of work) from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Equally brooding but irresistible Mr Rochester with his young maid, Jane, in Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Heathcliff whose brooding ways make Darcy look like a PTSA cupcake.

Perhaps you are more of a traditionalist? Sarah Dessen’s This Lullaby pairs an uber-organized but a bit cynical girl with a goober-type guy who has way more on the ball than he lets on.

In the mood for something a bit darker? Veronica Roth recently penned Divergent, one the most popular of our new books. Tris and Four are the hot item here but Four is one troubled guy and Tris has issues of her own to overcome in this futuristic tale.

Like a little horror mixed in with the kisses? Check out Dracula by Bram Stoker. The object of the Count’s ‘affection’ happens to have a fiancĂ© who realizes, with no time to spare, that he better pick up the pace if he wants his future wife unscathed – a race against time.

Fans of contemporary settings, realistic characters and plot lines can’t go wrong with long-time favorite Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez, the first in this series.

One author who has made romance his trademark is Nicholas Sparks. Start with The Notebook or A Walk to Remember; you’ll be hooked.

Tyrell by Coe Booth paints a grittier picture of what we do for love. Filled with street life, street language, and tough decisions, this novel presents a male perspective on the which-one-should-I-choose dilemma.

Containing a couple that might arguably one of the most memorable pairings of all literature, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell defines tortured love. Scarlett and Rhett are at odds for most of the book but when they’re together….oh, they make a wonderful couple indeed.

Come in to the library today or tomorrow to browse the display of romantic offerings. These stories aim to improve your love life or warn you of the dangers hidden behind a pair of wide blue (brown? green?) eyes! Read On.

Monday, February 4, 2013

A library was featured in a Super Bowl ad

Watch the video and learn why you don't eat in the library.