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2019 Winter Reading Challenge

Register today for the Winter Reading Challenge! We challenge Kenosha to read 100,000 minutes together during the month of January and track those minutes in Beanstack.

Over 100 libraries around the world will encourage their communities to read a target number of minutes and books. Mark Cuban will donate $35,000 to top participating libraries if all participating libraries reach the collective goal of 5 million minutes and 75,000 books. 

Old Weird America

Why was Edgar Poe roaming around Baltimore dazed and confused when he should have been on a train heading north in October of 1849? In our first Old Weird America program for 2019, we will explore the strange circumstances of Poe’s last year and his premature death—and the even stranger story of his curious afterlife. Who is the mystery man who, 100 years later began to pay tribute to the author on his birthday each year by drinking a toast at Poe’s grave? We may get some answers when the “Poe Toaster” himself pays a visit to our program. Please join historian Cathy Polovina for the first story in what may prove to be a very weird year, here at the Kenosha Public Library.

JANUARY Book Clubs!

Do you enjoy discussing what you read? Or maybe you’re looking for something new to read?
Join us for our Monthly Book Clubs - we’ve got something for everyone!
For more information on Book Clubs at Kenosha Public Library, visit us online at: https://www.mykpl.info/book-clubs or call our Reference Desk at 262-564-6130.

AFTERNOON COFFEE BREAK BOOK CLUB
Northside, 3rd Wednesdays, 2pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 262-564-6130 or email cpolovina@mykpl.info

JANUARY’S BOOK:
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
(Click here to find this title in the SHARE Catalog!)

CALL-IN BOOK CLUB
Call-In (Phone), 2nd Tuesdays, 2pm
To register and get the phone number to call on the day of the discussion, please call KAFASI at 262-658-3508, ext.110 or 118.

JANUARY’S BOOK:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
(Click here to find this title in the SHARE Catalog!)

CLASSIC NOVELS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 4th Wednesdays, 3:30pm
For more information about this book club, email cpolovina@mykpl.info

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Read a “Southern Gothic” Novel

FANTASY/SCI-FI BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 4th Mondays, 6pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

MYSTERY LOVERS BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Mondays, 2pm OR
Southwest, 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm
Just show up: no specific books to read!

NOVELS AT NIGHT BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 3rd Mondays, 6:00pm
For information about this book club, or to obtain a copy of the book, call 262-564-6130 or email ekastelic@mykpl.info

JANUARY’S TITLE:
Dumplin' by Julie Murphy
(Click here to find this title in the SHARE Catalog!)

POLITICS AND MILITARY ACTIONS BOOK CLUB
Southwest, 1st Saturdays, 9:15am

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Wisconsin and the Civil War

SOCIAL JUSTICE BOOK CLUB
Northside, 2nd Tuesdays, 12:30pm OR
Northside, 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30pm

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Social Justice and Food

Xs & Os (ROMANCE READS) BOOK CLUB
Online at GoodReads: http://tinyurl.com/KPLromance

JANUARY’S TOPIC:
Brrr, it’s cold outside!
Read any romance book (any genre) with ICE, ICY, or SNOW in the title.

So You Loved "Dumplin'?" (Read-Alike/Watch-Alike)

 

Did you tear up as much as I did while watching Danielle McDonald as Willow in Netflix's "Dumplin'?" As a huge Dolly Parton fan and a fan of the Young Adult book by Julie Murphy, I was super pumped for this movie, and Director Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal) did not disappoint.

Once you've read/watched "Dumplin'" and its sequel, "Puddin'," check out these books and movies: 

   Books

   Things Jolie Needs To Do Before She Bites It by Kerry Winfrey 

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Covers of Books to Read if You Liked "Dumplin." Collage of American Panda by Gloria Chao, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Fat Girl on a Plan by Kelly deVos, and The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander

 "Fat Girl on a Plane" by Kelly deVos

 "Upside of Unrequited" by Becky Albertalli

  "American Panda" by Gloria Chau

  "Beauty Queens" by Libba Bray

  "Meet Cute" (short stories) edited by Jennifer Armentrout

  "The Sweetheart of Prosper County" by Jill S. Alexander

  "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler 

 

   Movies/TV

   "Sierra Burgess is a Loser" starring Shannon Purser (Barb from "Stranger Things") and Noah Centineo

Dumplin' Movie Collage

Collage of film posters for films to watch if you like "Dumplin'" Films include Sierra Burgess is a Loser, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Love, Simon, and Hearts Beat Loud
  "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo

  "Love, Simon" starring Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Alexandra Shipp 

  "Hearts Beat Loud" starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons  

  "Midnight Sun" starring Bella Thorne

  "The Fosters" (TV SHOW) on Freeform (available on Netflix)

  "On My Block" (TV SHOW) on Netflix

  "Atypical" (TV SHOW) on Netflix 

 

 

Old Weird America: “Dancer in the Sand”—Marta Becket Thursday Dec.13 at 6pm, Northside Library

In 1967, NYC dancer Marta Becket and got a flat tire at a ghost town in the middle of Death Valley. Instead of getting out of there as fast as possible—Marta became enchanted—bought a ruined theater and spent the rest of her life making it into an oasis of beauty—building, painting, writing, dancing—mostly alone—until the rest of the world discovered her world and began to make the trek to the wonderland she called Amargosa. Come see and hear about the magical world of this remarkable artist who spent 50 years dancing in the desert sands.

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