by PAMALA NELSON
The Buda Library’s summer programs for children and youth came to a close with awards ceremonies earlier in August, but with kids back in school there’s still a lot happening. Toddler and homeschooler storytimes are held on Tuesdays and preschool storytime on Wednesdays. Teens can find homework and research sites on the library’s website: www.budalibrary.org, as well as links to many other sites from “Animals” to “Transportation.” I checked out one called “Grossology” that turned out to be the science of really gross things. There are also listings for Materiales en Espanol.
Looking for a new book to read or listen to? Check out the “What’s New” shelves. You can even place a reserve if the item is checked out. The audiobook “Bossypants” by Tina Fey should be a hoot. “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarty and “The St. Zita Society” by Ruth Rendell are both on my list. Several new large-print books are available, including “Sneaky Pie for President” by Rita Mae Brown. The library is also growing its e-book and downloadable audio collections, which more and more patrons are requesting.
My favorite first novel – Betsy Woodman’s “Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes” – is described in one review as “good-humored, soft-centered, nostalgic armchair tourism.” Another reader said it reminded her of a Fannie Flagg novel, only set in a small town in India instead of a small southern U.S. town. I enjoyed the array of quirky characters – Christian, Hindu and Muslim – and the descriptions of Indian life, particularly the food.
You will surely find something you like when you visit the Buda Library.
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