Peter Leonard, author.
Peter Leonard, son of the late legendary crime novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard, is visiting Clermont County Public Library’s Williamsburg Branch on Thursday, Nov. 7.
Peter is a successful writer himself, publishing several popular books full of suspense. Peter’s latest possible project is making headlines following his father’s death in August.
His father, Elmore, is often noted as America’s greatest crime writer. His work has inspired movies like Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, 3:10 to Yuma and TV shows like FX’s hit-series Justified.
Elmore was reportedly working on a new novel when he died this summer. According to the BBC, Peter will be finishing the book for his dad.
Peter Leonard will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at the Williamsburg Branch located at 594 Main St. Williamsburg, OH 45176. You may pre-register by visiting the branch, calling 513-724-1070, or signing up online.
Read more from the BBC report.
Does anybody use a dictionary anymore? I mean the book, where you have to open the pages and have some semblance of the alphabetical order and maybe a slight grasp of how to spell the word you are looking up. You can’t replace the good old ink-and-paper, handy dandy dictionary (some aren’t so handy dandy; Webster has gotten a little bloated). Sure, you can now use the internet to look up the word you want (try dictionary.com). Most computer programs, if not all, have spell check. Even Words with Friends tells you that mess of letters you tried to play is not an acceptable word. So, I guess the good old dictionary is being replaced. I mean, I don’t own one.
Upon further review, it seems as though the dictionary is branching out. Trying new things. Exploring new concepts. Gradually sneaking up on you until all of the sudden you notice it again. Like an old friend that never really left your side even though you made new friends like the computer or spell check. Lo and behold, It’s not just for words anymore…..
Star Wars has given the dictionary an all-new identity with their line of visual dictionaries found at the library. (I own all of these, of course)
There is also, the believe it or not, the Math dictionary (I’m not sure what that’s about, never read it, never will. I am assured it does exist).
Or the Lover’s Dictionary (okay, I think this one is more a work of fiction rather than a dictionary).
Let’s not forget the Dictionary of Wholesome Foods (I have no idea what that means, but I did not see a Big Mac in there anywhere).
Even baseball has its own dictionary (apparently there are a lot of baseball-specific terms because it is a very thick book at almost 1000 pages).
And then, my (and I assume everybody’s) favorite dictionaries are The Curious George Dictionary and, of course, The Barbie Picture Dictionary.
Okay, so there are a lot of dictionaries out there. Plus, dictionaries are smart to diversify from just defining words and whatever else they were doing (balancing tables). So, head on out to the library and check out latest fad…dictionaries. That’s right, it’s a thing now.
In 1967, the Bethel Library, founded in 1929 by the Bethel Women’s Club and housed in the Grant Memorial Building, officially became a Branch of the Clermont County Public Library system.
What music were you listening to in 1967? Do you remember these Grammy Award winners?
And how about these top hits and artists?
Come share your music and library memories from 1967 to the present on Saturday, August 11, 2012 when the Bethel Branch Library will officially celebrate its 45th Anniversary. Bring the family for fun activities from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Kids can see dog tricks performed by Oliver the Bassett hound, make a craft and have their face painted. All ages are welcome to listen to music by the Daniel Patrick Family Singers, meet Browser the library’s mascot, check out library and local history displays, enter contests to win prizes, mingle with local and library dignitaries and enjoy refreshments.
Take a “Step Back in Time with Stories of Bethel Library’s Past” on Tuesday, August 7, 6:30-7:45 p.m. and share your library memories with our panel of guest speakers including former and current Bethel library staff, “Worldwalker” author Steven Newman, Walter Carter from the Bethel Historical Museum and Bethel library volunteers and patrons.
What music were you listening to in 1967 in Bethel, Ohio? We want to know!
Since 2009, CCPL has partnered with the Clermont County Juvenile Detention Center; it’s a collaboration that librarian Lori Osting believes in strongly. “We’re trying to make the library more visible and accessible to the young people in our local detention center,” she says.
During her bi-monthly visits, she helps the young men and women choose books and encourages them to visit the library after they’re released. “The library program at detention helps to establish an environment where the youth value books and embrace their right to read,” says Osting.
Response from the detained youths has been positive. “[The library program] has helped with picking books I know I will like,” said one young man.
Another youth commented, “[The library program] keeps me occupied in reading and gets me interested in books.” He continued, “I really appreciate [Miss Osting] coming out for us. No one else much cares about juvenile delinquents.”
If you’re interested in learning more about the program and how you can help, contact Lori via email or by calling (513) 735-7182.
The American Library Association (ALA) announced the top books, audiobooks, and video for children and young adults; the winners included:
- When You Reach Me by Rececca Stead won the John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.
- The Lion & the Mouse By Jerry Pinkney Randolph won the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children.
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.
- Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and My People illustrated by Charles R. Smith, Jr. won the Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
Check out the entire list of award winners. Also take a look at YALSA’s Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults as well as the Library Journal’s list of Best Graphic Novels 2009.
CCPL now has an Amazon wishlist. When you purchase an item from the list, it’s sent directly to the Library and added to our collection.
Your support is important. According to Holly Varley, the Collection Development Manager, “Due to state cuts, our budget for books is less than half of what it was last year. A donation from this list supports local authors and illustrators, while providing our community with local interest titles that we may not be able to purchase otherwise.”