Atonement

atonement

We all have that one book that we read again and again, because it didn’t only change our lives but it stole our hearts as well. I’ve never had this experience with just one book until I read Atonement: By Ian McEwan.

I’d seen the movie first and absolutely fell in love with the characters, mainly because James McAvoy and Keira Knightly brought them to life just so well. When I found out that it was a book, I jumped at the chance to read it. Once I checked the book out, I immediately fell even more in love with the story of Cecilia and Robbie. Mr. McEwan brings the story to life in such a unique and fascinating way that the story engulfed me from beginning to ending.

“There did not have to be a moral. She need only show separate minds, as alive as her own, struggling with the idea that other minds were equally alive. It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and misunderstanding, above all, it was the failure to grasp the simple truth that other people are as real as you. And only in a story could you enter these different minds and show how they had an equal value. That was the only moral a story need have.”

-From Atonement

This story takes place in 1934, and takes the innocence of thirteen year old, Briony and extends her innocence to levels that we have not yet grasped. Young Briony witnesses a moment of flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia and their servant, Robbie. When Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives causes her to tell a lie that tears them apart for years to come. Through carnage and chaos, love and pain, the story follows the repercussions of such a lie.

This book is a masterpiece made of words. Not only does it help you grasp the meaning of life, but it also helps you realize the repercussions of lies and how they can affect everyone involved for the rest of their lives. It captivated me and still remains with me to this day.

“Nothing as singular or as important had happened since the day of his birth. She returned his gaze, struck by the sense of her own transformation, and overwhelmed by the beauty in a face which a lifetime’s habit had taught her to ignore. She whispered his name with the deliberation of a child trying out the distinct sounds. When he replied with her name, it sounded like a new word – the syllables remained the same, the meaning was different. Finally he spoke the three simple words that no amount of bad art or bad faith can ever quite cheapen. She repeated them, with exactly the same emphasis on the second word, as if she had been the one to say them first. He had no religious belief, but it was impossible not to think of an invisible presence or witness in the room, and that these words spoken aloud were like signatures on an unseen contract”

-From Atonement

The movie was just as amazing as the book. The characters are brought to life and showed us a side of them we don’t see in the book. The book spoke not only Briony’s thoughts but Cecilia and Robbie’s thoughts as well and helped us understand them more as characters and human beings.

 

A Family Storytime – Take Flight with Books !

Parents often want to know what they can do to prepare their preschool child for reading. We are hosting a very special family event about that exact topic! Come to the Aurora Public Library on Thursday evening, April 14th from 6-7 PM. I’ll be sharing some fantastic new picture books with all of you. These books have been nominated for Indiana’s preschool book award because they encourage the kind of playful interaction that builds early literacy skills.

Firefly_Award

I’ll also show you how to help your child through talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. After the stories, every child will get to vote for their favorite book. Votes will be collected across Indiana to determine the 2016 Firefly Winner.

This free program is for all our families with children. We’ll also be making a craft and sharing some refreshments. You may even win a door prize!

Here’s a sneak peek at the books we’ll be sharing! Mark this date on your calendar and bring a friend along.

rhythm     two is enough

bear sees colorshooray

nose to toes

As Easy as ABC

One of the most exciting times in a child’s development is when a child is first beginning to read.

Pete the Cat's Train Trip    Sam Goes to School

There are many steps a child passes through before actually being able to read a book: learning that the secret to a story is contained in a series of small black scribbles on a page, learning that the scribbles are placed together to represent words, learning that each letter has a sound or sounds that it represents. When the child is able to crack the code and sound out letters, and then put the sounds together to read words: WOW! It just makes you feel like dancing, because you know that reading is really the key to knowledge and to a lifetime of enjoyment.

You may not realize that we have a separate section of “Beginning Reader” books. They are located in the corner outside the children’s room at the Aurora Library and at the end of the picture book shelves at the Dillsboro Library. These books are also marked on the spine with a blue or pink ABC sticker.

This area of the library actually has two kinds of books. First, we have phonics books that emphasize the sound made by a particular letter, usually written in the form of a simple story. Here are some examples of this type.

Four Fish   Holly and Hank

This area also has storybooks that are designed for the early reader by limiting both the number of words on each page and the difficulty of the words. Ideally, all the words in these books will be relatively simple for kids to sound out.

Bubble-Gum Radar   Dancing Dinos

Be patient and encouraging as your kids struggle to sound out words. It’s hard work! That’s why there is so little text on the pages. The illustrations can also help decode the words and place the words in context. It’s often helpful to let your child reread the entire sentence; the first time through may take all their concentration and they might miss the overall meaning. You might want to take turns, each reading a page at a time.