A while back, we put up a small display on the books that inspired a President, a display of books that inspired President Obama as a young man. This was based on a list provided by McNally Jackson books. There is always some interest in reading circles when it comes to what our political leaders may be reading. So when we saw a small feature on President Obama’s family winter reading, via the Fine Books Magazine blog, we decided to put a small display to bring this small piece of book news to life. The piece is about how the President took his daughters shopping for books on the Saturday after Black Friday. We wanted to show our patrons some of these books, which include some good children’s classics. In addition, we are hoping our readers might find an idea or two for their own winter reading.The display is located now on the second floor of the library near the Reference Area. The books featured include selections for adults and children. The books in the case are available to be checked out, so if anyone wishes to take one of the books, feel free to ask at the Circulation Desk. We will be happy to open the display case and let you take the book.The following books are featured in our display case. You can view the complete list at the link from Fine Books Magazine blog. We are including the call numbers and links to the library catalog for the books featured in the display so you can find them later as well:
- The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz. This novel won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Call number: General Collection PS3554 .I259 B75 2007.
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. This is the classic children’s novel that many parents have read and often share with their own children. Call number: General Collection PS3560.U8 P5 1961.
- Zen Shorts by John J. Muth. This is a cute children’s book that features a Taoist panda that teaches children about ways to look at the world. Call number: CML Easy Fiction M9925ZE.
- Descent into Chaos by Ahmed Rashid. This is a book about the United States and nation building in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia. If you wish to have a better understanding of this region and how the U.S. is engaging in the area, this may be a good book to read. Call number: General Collection DS371.4 .R37 2008.
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. This is the book that inspired this years holiday movie Hugo directed by Martin Scorcese. It is the story of George Melies and a collection of automata. Call number: CML Juvenile S4698IN .
What about you? What are you planning on reading during the winter break? Feel free to comment and share.