Reading without Walls: Are your books windows or mirrors?

Reading without Walls

At Lafayette Public Library, we are committed to making information available to our community because we believe that access to a wide range of quality information, with differing perspectives and ideas  makes us better equipped as individuals and, as a community. So we offer these thoughts and resources.

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”
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Kids’ Book Pick: Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka & Mae Barnett

Battle BunnyBattle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mae Barnett is my children’s book pick for February. This book is amazing, ridiculous, and a unique read! Illustrator Matthew Myers does an incredible job drawing two overlapping stories on each page.  Battle Bunny  is for kids who enjoyed Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Mo’s Mustache, Mr. Wuffles, and Do Not Open This Book.

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Teen Book Pick: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

saint-anything-bookSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen is my teen book pick for February! I have been reading Sarah Dessen books since I was in middle school and feel like I have grown up with her characters. Dessen writes amazing coming-of-age stories for tweens, teens, and young adults.

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Lafayette READS! – Your Community Book Club


Lafayette READS! might just be the reading group you’ve been looking for. We’re a new book discussion group under the umbrella of your Lafayette Public Library. Meetings are held quarterly, giving everyone ample time to enjoy each season’s selection. Lafayette READS! is committed to choosing an eclectic and exciting range of titles. Check out the Lafayette READS! web page for more information about the book schedule, reader’s guide and discussion questions, and more.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoOur next meeting will happen on Monday, March 20 at 6pm, where we’ll discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. The New York Times called the fast-paced romp, “Mario Vargas Llosa meets ‘Star Trek’ meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.” It’s funny, cool, sad and inspiring, narrated by one of the most original voices in recent fiction.

You’ll want to reserve your copy today, then join us in a couple of weeks for our Lafayette READS! discussion. In months to come, we’ll be diving into books by Richard Louv and Colson Whitehead, as well as your 2017 On the Same Page selection.