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Book Crossing 2013: An Intercontinental Book Discussion

The librarians of Mount Prospect and its Sister City, Sèvres, France, work cooperatively to create Book Crossing, an international, intergenerational reading program. The books selected for discussion include American authors and French authors translated into English and seek to spark a dialogue among different age groups. There are many ways to participate—with no need to speak French!

Watch the Library’s Facebook page for Book Crossing updates or for chances to join the discussion.

This year’s selections are:

For Children Aged 7 and Younger

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin, Jr. (American)
  • Do you know your animals? Do you know your colors? Then you will love this family favorite – a classic that is full of rhyme, repetition, and rollicking fun.
  • Rita and Whatsit by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod (French)
  • Rita, who is a little grumpy to begin with, is just not happy with any of her birthday presents…until one of them starts running away! What could it be?

For 4th-6th Graders

  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall (American)
  • This summer trip is destined to be memorable! While vacationing in the Berkshire Mountains with their widowed father, the four Penderwick girls, ages four through twelve, share adventures – and misadventures! – with a local boy, much to the dismay of his very snobbish mother.
  • Secret Letters From 0 to 10 by Susie Morgenstern (French)
  • Ten-year-old Ernest lives a boring, predictable life in Paris with his grandmother – it’s the same thing day after day. That is, until Victoria, the new girl in class, scoops him up into her world of lively adventures, loving family, and true friendship.

For Teens in 6th-12th Grades

  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Set in a future dystopian Chicago, people live divided into factions based on their personalities. At sixteen years old, Tris makes the rebellious decision to leave her home faction. What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually Divergent–a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions. This trait is uncommon and dangerous to those in power, so Tris must keep it a secret.

For Adults

  • Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • Enduring a hardscrabble existence, four young siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a hidden teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pitbull pups.
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
  • In a witty blend of literary biography and self-help manual, writer Marcel Proust is revealed to be a rich source of insight into how best to live life. Topics include how to be happy in love, how to suffer successfully, and how to put books down.
  • The Girl Who Played Go (Joueuse De Go) by Shan Sa
  • A sixteen-year-old girl is more concerned with intimations of her own womanhood than the escalating hostilities between her fellow Manchurians and their Japanese occupiers. She dominates local game competitions until she meets her match in a disguised enemy soldier.

Events

  • Book Crossing Lobby Display (July 8-14)
  • Stop by the Library this week to discover the books chosen for this year’s Book Crossing. Pick up one of this year’s selections — there’s something for everyone — and enter a drawing to win French treats. C’est très bon!
  • Storytime Favorites at the French Farmers’ Market (Sunday, September 15 from 10-10:30 a.m.)
  • For all ages.
  • Join us for a storytime featuring Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Rita and Whatsit by Jean-Philippe Arrou-Vignod, plus favorite songs and rhymes. This storytime is best suited for children ages 7 and younger, but all are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.
  • Sister Cities Reception (Monday, September 16 from 7:30-9 p.m.)
  • Say “Bienvenue!” to officials from our sister city, Sèvres, France. The Sèvres delegation is here for a tour of Mount Prospect and the Chicago area, and is stopping by the Library for coffee and dessert. This is your chance to find out more about the Sister City program and maybe to practice some French. Here’s a phrase that crosses all boundaries: “Nous aimons la bibliothèque!”
  • Book Crossing Chat & Chew: Two Books, One Discussion (Monday, October 14 from 1-2 p.m.)
  • For 4th-6th graders
  • Chew on some good food while chatting about two great books: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy and Secret Letters from 0 to 10. Come and talk about these books—kids in France will also be reading the same books! Wonder if they like (or dislike) the same things we do? Books are available at the Youth Services Desk. Register online at mppl.org.
  • Divergent Book Discussion (Monday, October 14 from 3-4 p.m.)
  • For 6th-12th graders
  • As part of Teen Read Week and the Library’s Book Crossing program, join us for a book discussion on the 2013 American Book Crossing title, Divergent by Veronica Roth. Talk to other teens about the book and get new ideas and perspectives. Register online at www.mppl.org.
  • Divergent is set in a future dystopian Chicago, where people live divided into factions based on their personalities. At sixteen years old, Tris makes the rebellious decision to leave her home faction. What no one knows, however, is that Tris is actually Divergent–a person who can exist successfully in any of the factions. This trait is uncommon and dangerous to those in power, so Tris must keep it a secret.
  • Allegiant Book Release Party (Sunday, October 27 from 2-4 p.m.)
  • For 6th-12th graders
  • Do you love to learn like the Erudite? Or do you see yourself more in the risk-taking Dauntless? As part of the Library’s Book Crossing program, we’re celebrating the release of Allegiant, the third book in Veronica Ross’ Divergent trilogy. Come dressed as your favorite character or your interpretation of one of the five factions. There will be activities and games tied to each of the factions and prizes will be awarded, including copies of Allegiant. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Register online at www.mppl.org.

Adult Book Discussion in Sèvres, France: Au Saut du Livre

Patrons in our sister city discuss the 2012 books Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann and Delicacy by David Foenkinos.