Monday, October 11, 2010

Programs galore around Books to Bridge titles

Local libraries have been conducting programs based on Books to Bridge the Region 2010 titles for children and middle readers. For instance, Lake County Public Library's Munster Branch conducts a program Wed., Oct. 13 around I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child. From 4 to 5 p.m., those in kindergarten to sixth grade will hear the story, discuss their favorite foods, and make "edible dirt." On Oct. 25, the library's Cedar Lake Branch plans a program called "Gross Grub." (Uh, yum?)

Meanwhile, the middle reader book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, is featured as well. Jasper County Public Library's Rensselaer Public Library is sponsoring a Cartoon Drawing Contest, while on Oct. 19, Lake County Public Library's St. John Branch encourages teens to Create Your Own Cartoon Drawing. On Oct. 18, Valparaiso Public Library shows a film, while the Hammond Public Library plans a tween program. Why all the excitement? The Ugly Truth, the fifth book in this popular series, comes out on Nov. 9. Greg Heffley even has his own balloon in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Several area libraries have book discussions planned around the adult title, Bowling Across America: 50 States in Rented Shoes by Mike Walsh. Students and faculty at Ivy Tech locations can participate in discussions at each campus. Bowling historian, Steve Cooper, presents programs at several local libraries, while Whiting Public Library offers Wii Bowling for Seniors each Tuesday afternoon.

A complete schedule of events is on the Books to Bridge the Region website,

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Welcome to Books to Bridge the Region

Books to Bridge the Region is a reading initiative encompassing the Northwest Indiana counties of Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke.

Books to Bridge uses a themed approach with selections at three reading levels so that families can read together and readers of all ages can enjoy the conversations generated by these books.

Our theme for 2009 is Family Matters. The titles are: The Ride of Our Lives by Mike Leonard; The Watsons Go to Birmingham- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, and A Day with Wilbur Robinson by William Joyce. Books to Bridge runs during October 2009.

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