Reviews and Blog Posts: family

Turn around bright eyes : the rituals of love & karaoke

by Rob Sheffield

Reviewer Rating:
4

If you've read either of Sheffield's earlier memoirs, you know he has a vast knowledge of music, a quirky, funny, and sweet writing style, and a way of getting to the heart of things. If you've never read Sheffield's writing before, Turn Around Bright Eyes is a fine place to...

Into the beautiful North [a novel]

by Luis Alberto Urrea

Reviewer Rating:
5

I listened to this book on a recent road trip, and fell in love with the characters, the descriptions, the quest. Nayeli, a young woman from the Mexican village of Tres Camarones, and her friends have realized that there are almost no men left in their town, they have all...

ART SATURDAY at BYERS BRANCH LIBRARY

Mexican Sun and Moon June 15 at 2-4 p.m.

Do you like to… be creative? Be inspired by stories from around the world? Learn new words in Spanish? Try traditional foods?
I want to invite you, your family and your friends to our awesome ART SATURDAY program at Byers Branch Library on Saturday, June 15 from 2–4 p.m.

Surrounded by theaters, art galleries and museums, recording studios, antique shops, unique restaurants, and much more, Byers Branch Library is located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe.

Sing-Along Saturdays

singing

Did you know that singing is a good way for children to learn and practice their language skills, literacy skills, and build a stronger vocabulary? When you sing, language slows down, making it easier for children to hear the different sounds that make up words.

If you don’t think you have the voice to be the next American Idol or if you don’t have a big enough repertoire to sing with your children at home, join us for our next Bilingual Sing-Along with Mr. Chufo where you’ll learn songs in English & Spanish. Your children won’t care if you can’t keep a tune. They just want to have fun singing with you. Our next Sing-Along is happening this Saturday, June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Central Library in the Children’s Pavilion. Come and check it out!

Theft : a novel

by BK Loren

Reviewer Rating:
4

Willa, a master tracker, has been pulled away from working with her beloved wolves in New Mexico in order to help the police find her brother, Zeb, who recently confessed to murder and ran into the mountains of Colorado. Changing viewpoints take the reader both to Willa and Zeb's childhood,...

The tarnished eye

by Judith Guest

Reviewer Rating:
5

Inspired by a real unsolved murder case, this riveting novel by the author of Ordinary People​ reads with all the creepiness of true crime.

The Island Horse

by Susan Hughes

Reviewer Rating:
4

After her mother’s death, Ellie finds comfort in her predictable life in Nova Scotia. The house she shares with her father is right next door to her best friend’s house, their school, and Ellie’s mother’s grave. Ellie envisioned living in this house forever, so she is devastated when her father...

Home

by Toni Morrison

Reviewer Rating:
5

Toni Morrison's latest masterpiece, this slim volume holds a world of hurt and sorrow.  Morrison masterfully portrays a man trying to go home again when home is not a welcoming place.

Great Audio Books for Family Road Trips

A Year Down Yonder

A recent New York Times Book Review article sings the praises of audio books and recommends several gems for family road trips. With summer right around the corner, it’s a nice reminder that audio books are the perfect way to keep the whole family happy on long car drives.

I have three children, and when we take a road trip, we always have several audio books on hand. I find they are far superior to DVDs for making a road trip a fun family experience. Unlike videos, which only the kids can watch, audio books are something the whole family (including the driver of the car!) can enjoy. In addition, we can listen to the audio books while also looking out the window. And – really – what’s the point of a road trip if you aren’t taking in the majestic scenery rolling past?

Friday Night Lights: Best TV Series You Were Not Watching

http://sharetv.org/shows/friday_night_lights

Clear eyes.  Full Hearts.  Can't Lose.  In the first episode of the critcally acclaimed series, Friday Night Lights, this mantra pulls you into a world that feels all too familiar, but holds your breath barely and steadily because this world is all too magical.

How often are you enamoured by a television series's cinematography?  How often is your gut clenched just waiting for the next visceral image?  I would assume this is a rare occurrence.  What is even more surprising is this was not an HBO, Showtime, or AMC series.  Friday Night Lights barely made it through its five seasons due to low ratings, though it possessed extreme critical acclaim.  It has heart and it can be appreciated by any group:

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