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Opinion

Beyond the Bookshelves: It’s Snoopy time

We’ve got Snoopy on the brain at the Geneva Public Library. He is the official spokes-dog for National Library Card Sign-Up month, and Peanuts Worldwide agreed to have this classic cartoon character support literacy and reading. As we go into the community for library card sign-ups, look for us, as we’ll also support some of our wonderful local businesses.

If you don’t have a library card, come see us and we’ll sign you up on the spot. If you have a GPLD library card, show it to us, take a selfie with Snoopy and we’ll give you a gift!

Find us:

• From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Penrose Brewing, 509 Stevens St., Geneva;

• From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Early Light Café, 11 E. State St., Geneva;

• From noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at The Sugar Path, 315 W. State St., Geneva;

• From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at School of Art, 1772 S. Randall Road, No. 220, Geneva;

• And from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Graham’s 318, 318 S. 3rd St., Geneva.

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A note from the circulation desk: The Food for Fines program is back at the library through Saturday. Geneva card-holders may drop off non-perishable goods and have up to $10 in overdue fines removed from their account. Food for Fines supports the St. Peter Food Pantry.

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“The Librarian Recommends”: Adult services librarian Meredith Anderson recommends “The Knife of Never Letting Go” by Patrick Ness.

“Imagine a world inhabited only by men where everyone’s thoughts are audible,” she commented. “In this strange place a boy named Todd discovers an unusual quietness, a ‘hole’ in the noise. His discovery turns out to be a girl named Viola. Todd’s discovery sets the whole world upside down. Suddenly the village leaders are after him and the girl. Aided by his dog Manchee, the three escape on a dangerous, harrowing journey of survival.

“This book is one of my favorites, and it’s incredibly hard to describe. It took me about 40 pages to get into it, but once I did I couldn’t stop reading – I felt like this book had me by the throat. The plot twists and turns, moving at a frantic pace. It’s an unusual book; I can’t say that I’ve read anything like it before. It reminded me of “Lost” [the TV show] in its oddness, ambiguity and the millions of questions it raised in my mind. I really enjoyed Patrick Ness’ writing style; he says a lot using spare language.

His characters are well developed, and the world they live in is very curious indeed. There are three books in the Chaos Walking series: ‘The Knife of Never Letting Go’ is followed by ‘The Ask and the Answer’ and ‘Monsters of Men.’ ”

• Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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