Drop Everything And Read Day at the Bronx Library Center
Every so often I like to give myself a D.E.A.R. Day. I find it to be a great de-stressor. So, you want to know what exactly I do on a D.E.A.R. Day. First, I make sure I have the day off from work. Then, I check out a few good books from the library. On the morning of my D.E.A.R. Day, I wake up, have breakfast, then get straight to it. I Drop Everything And Read on the sofa or in bed all day long. I do nothing else, no cooking, cleaning, shopping, hanging out with friends or family, just nothing but read! As soon as I finish one book, I take up another. I find this exercise to be very relaxing and a true vacation for the mind.
At the Bronx Library Center we decided to have a Drop Everything And Read Day for everyone—maybe you can't do this at home—your spouse or parent might not allow it! Your roommate might be too noisy. So come over to the Bronx Library Center on Friday, October 17 and give yourself a D.E.A.R. Day. You deserve it!
To give you some encouragement here is what we have planned from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
A marathon reading by authors, librarians and others from the podium in the auditorium.
You are also invited to read from a select list of titles provided. Just come to the auditorium, select your books from the set provided and add your name to the readers' list. When it's your turn, your name will be called and you'll have an opportunity to read to the audience. If you don't feel like reading to anyone, you can sit back in a nice cushioned seat and have others read to you.
10:30 a.m. - Meet Lucie Whitehouse of Before We Met, 2014.
"Hannah has always been wary of commitment, but when she meets Mark, a fellow Brit, one hot New York summer, her ideas change. Within months, they are married, and she has moved back to London to be with him, leaving her life in New York behind.
But when Mark fails to return from a business trip, her certainty about their marriage starts to crack. Why don't his collegaues know about the trip? Who is the woman who keeps calling his office? And why has Hannah's bank account been emptied? Hannah's questions will uncover secrets that throw into doubt everything she has believed about her husband, secrets that lead her to a place of violence and fear.
Can you ever really know what happened before you met?"
11 a.m. - Meet Grady Hendrix of The Horrorstör, 2014.
"Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Cleveland, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjërring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. Sales are down, security cameras reveal nothing, and store managers are panicking.
To unravel the mystery, three employees volunteer to work a nine-hour dusk-till-dawn shift... "
"Best-selling author Avery Corman vividly recreates the vibrant, colorful neighborhood where he grew - in the Bronx of the 1940s and 1950s. He recalls candy stores and bookmakers, egg cream and double feature movies, street games like stickball and Johnny-on-the-pony, school days of a different era, social mores that have disappeared."
Adults are invited to read from the list of titles below . Copies will be available.
- Before We Met by Lucie Whitehouse
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: the Multitasking Mom's Survival Guide by Jack Canfield
- Chicken Soup for the Soul: the wisdom of Dads by Jack Canfield
- Countee Cullen: collected poems edited by Major Jackson
- Cowboy Chronicles by Marty Strasen
- Down These Mean Streets by Thomas Piri
- Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
- Leaf Storm and Other Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- My Old Neighborhood Remembered by Avery Corman
- The Works of Edgar Allan Poe by Edgar Allan Poe
Charlie Vázquez, Director of the Bronx Writers Center will read from the forthcoming publication - Bronx Memoirs
A Halloween Special for Children - Children's Librarian Luz Marin will be reading from More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Children are also invited to read from the select list of titles below:
- From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
- Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
- Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
- Dog Breath: the Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis by Dav Pilkey
- I’m Not Cute! By Jonathan Allen
- Animals Opposites: a Pop-up Book by Petr Horacek
- I Took my Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel
- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka
- Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
- Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
For those who prefer to read in Spanish, here is a list for you to read from:
¡Vamos a soltar todo y a leer!
- Aleph by Paulo Coelho
- Cien años de soledad by Gabriel García Márquez
- Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago
- Una Boda En Haití by Julia Álvarez
- Escribiendo la nueva historia by Laura Esquivel
- El héroe discreto by Mario Vargas Llosa
- La importancia de llamarse Daniel Santos by Luis Rafael Sánchez
- La isla bajo el mar by Isabel Allende
- El juego de Ripper by Isabel Allende
- El país de las mujeres by Gioconda Belli
- Roses in the Mirror / Rosas en el espejo by Julia Burgos
- The Sunset Watcher / Vigilante De Ocasos by Carmen D. Lucca
2 p.m. - Meet Carmen D. Lucca of The Sunset Watcher, 2008.
2:30 pm Meet Vanessa Manko of The Invention of Exile, 2014.
"Austin Voronkov is many things. He is an engineer, an inventor, and, in 1913, an immigrant from Russia to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he gets a job at a rifle factory. At the house where he rents a room, he falls in love with a woman named Julia, who becomes his wife and mother of his three children. When Austin is wrongly accused of attending anarchist gatherings, his limited grasp of English condemns him to his fate as a deportee and forces him to retreat with his new bride to his home in Russia. There, he and his young family become embroiled in the civil war and must flee once again, this time to Mexico.
While Julia and the children are eventually able to return to the United States, Austin becomes indefinitely stranded in Mexico City because of the black mark on his record …"
Teens are invited to read from the list below:
- Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
- Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson
- Cleopatra Rules: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Alvear Shecter
- Crank by Ellen Hopkins
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Gerogia Bragg
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu
- World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
Join us and celebrate the freedom to read as never before.
For more information or to schedule group or class visits, please call 718-579-4244.