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Christopher Hinchcliffe

On May 24, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Christopher Hinchcliffe, author of Chasing Checkers, will be visiting the library. He will talk about his book and will even have time for questions and a book signing. It is an author visit for readers, aspiring authors, and race fans alike.


If you haven’t checked out Chasing Checkers, you should. It is about Teddy “Chex” Clark, who is a Canadian teen that has just gotten a huge break towards his dream of being a Formula One driver.

 

If you are at all interested in racing, this is the book for you. The parts of the book that cover what it is like to be racing is extremely accurate.

James Hinchcliffe

It should be, as Hinchcliffe has a really good source to draw from: his brother, Indy Car racer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, James Hinchcliffe. By the end of the book, you will not only be wanting the next book in the series (which he has been working on), but you will also be looking up “How to become a race car driver” on Google.

Don’t know much about racing? Neither did I! However, Hinchcliffe does an amazing job of explaining racing jargon and concepts. The best part is that he flawlessly mixes it into the novel instead of halting the story with boring paragraphs dryly explaining. So no previous knowledge needed!

Check out Chasing Checkers and check out Christopher Hinchcliffe on May 24th at the Hancock County Public Library.

Free Comic Book Day: May 5, 2018

 

What is Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is always on the first Saturday of May. This year that is May 5. It is where comic book shops promote comic books by giving them to patrons for free. It is perfect time to try out comics for those who are newly interested or to discover a new series that may become one of your new favorites.

 

Where can I get in on this?

 

Hometown Comics, Greenfield’s local comic shop, is participating this year, like they have for the last 8 years. According to their event page:

For this one day only each person can pick out 4 of the Special “Free Comic Book Day” comics.
We will also have special guests including local author George Kramer and “The Finest” A G.I. Joe costuming club.
We will also have specials, drawings for prizes and of course Fun.

 

 

ComedySportz Indianapolis came to Sugar Creek

On Saturday, July 1st, ComedySportz Indianapolis came to our Sugar Creek Branch to teach us a little bit about improv comedy. During their time with us, they gave us some tips on improv comedy and played games that would help improve our improv skills.

If you were unable to make it or just want to try out some improv comedy, try the game below!

Story Circle

  1. Everyone stands in a circle with one person playing the Host.
  2. The host asks two people in the circle a question and combines their answers into a title.

Example: The first question is: “What were you looking forward to during the summer?” They answered “The pool.” The second question is “What is an animal you wouldn’t find in a pool?” They answered: “A bullfrog.” The title then becomes “The pool and the bullfrog.”

  1. The host then tells the circle two or three things that have to happen in the story.

Example: there has to be 3 characters and there has to be some sadness in the story

  1. Everyone goes around the circle saying one word at a time to create a story.

 

Look for other cool programs at Sugar Creek on our Events Page!

Reading Without Walls Challenge

In January 2016, Gene Luen Yang was appointed the fifth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. For his platform, he started the Reading Without Walls Challenge.

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The Reading Without Walls Challenge is super easy. Gene Luen Yang just wants you to read one book that  fits these three criteria:

When you have complete the challenge, take a picture of yourself with the book (or just the book) and share it on social media with the hashtag #ReadingWithoutWalls.

 

Now I would not issue a challenge if I would not complete it myself. So I read a book that actually fits all three criteria (because I am apparently an overachiever). I read Ronit and Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin, which is a modern day Romeo and Juliet with an Israeli girl and a Pakistani boy. It is written in verse and touches on the conflict between the Israelis and Pakistanis frequently. It was moving, beautiful, and entirely different from what I normally read.

 

If you are interested in this challenge but don’t know what book to read, come visit us at the library and ask us at the desk!

National Library Week

Libraries are so much more than books. Libraries offer access to technology some people do not have. Libraries offer the opportunity for experiences. Libraries offer resources to learn. Libraries offer space to talk with others in your community. Libraries offer more than books.

This week is National Library Week. Celebrate Hancock County Public Library by telling us why you love the library either in the comments below or at http://www.ilovelibraries.org/share-your-story.