Summer Reading Participants: The end of our summer reading program is here. Did you reach your summer reading goal? It’s finally time to bring in your reading logs and choose your prizes.
Shelburne Day Library Table: Join the festivities on Shelburne Day, Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Pierson Library table located on the Shelburne Parade Ground by the Farmer’s Market. We’ll have a kid book giveaway, book bags and adult books for sale, and maybe a raffle! Check it out.
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” by Ben Fountain
Review by Gene Schinto
In the style of Tom Wolf and the take on the military of “Catch 22” comes “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.” Though never surreal, Ben Fountain’s satirical novel is full of surprises while it skewers the society that sent and keeps our troops in Iraq.
Three minutes of warfare caught on tape have made the eight survivors of Bravo Squad heroes. On victory tour, they are guests of the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in the halftime show on Thanksgiving Day.
Billy, our 19-year-old hero, finds love in the winsome form of a Dallas Cheerleader. There ensues a love story both comic and touching. Readers will not soon forget Billy Lynn, a young warrior with a Silver Star who loves his country, his brothers-in-arms, and a girl he just met.
Congratulations to our newest library patrons. When you are five years old, you can get your first Pierson Library Card. Come with your parent(s) and fill out a short application at the front desk. Then you can borrow books from the library with your own card. Here is a list of our newest card holders:
Happy reading adventures to all of you. Don’t forget: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.”
—Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”