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Franz Kafka's Birthday

Franz Kafka, a German-language writer, was born on July 3, 1883. His most popular work is The Metamorphosis, but he wrote many other pieces with the same kind of themes and archetypes. If you're interested in reading Kafka's works, explore the following book list:

The Metamorphosis

"When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from  unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his  bed into a monstrous vermin." With this  startling, bizarre, yet surprisingly funny first  sentence, Kafka begins his masterpiece, The  Metamorphosis . It is the story of a  young man who, transformed overnight into a giant  beetlelike insect, becomes an object of disgrace to  his family, an outsider in his own home, a  quintessentially alienated man. A harrowing -- though  absurdly comic -- meditation on human feelings of  inadequecy, guilt, and isolation, The  Metamorphosis has taken its place as one  of the mosst widely read and influential works of  twentieth-century fiction. As W.H. Auden wrote,  "Kafka is important to us because his predicament  is the predicament of modern man."

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Popular Books for June 2013

Having a hard time finding a book this month? Take a look at some of the following titles to get a few ideas.

Entwined with You by Sylvia Day

The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires. "From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn't resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside, so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I'd been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession,"

Joyland by Stephen King

Set in a small town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.

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Anne Frank's Birth Anniversary

June 12th is the birth anniversary of Anne Frank. Anne's family moved to Amsterdam to escape the Nazis, but after Holland was invaded by Germany, they had to go into hiding. In 1942 Anne began to keep a diary. She died at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Her father published her diary after the war, and it became one of the most famous pieces of literary work.

If you are interested in learning more about Anne Frank, check out some of the following titles:

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic--a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

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New Book Discussion Kits Available

Book Discussion KitThere are 10 new Adult Book Discussion kits available for check out.  You don't know what a Book Discussion Kit is?

Pioneer Library makes holding a book discussion easy.  All you have to do is gather the friends and open the book.  We do the rest for you. PLS maintains Book Discussion kits that have everything you need to have a successful group reading experience.  Each kit contains 10 - 14 copies of the listed book, bookmarks, a manual containing discussion questions, reviews and articles and information about the book and information about the author all in a bag to carry them home.  Each kit can be checked out for 6 weeks.

To browse the book discussion kits go to For Book Lovers under Services (on the right side of the web page) and click on Adult or Teen Book Discussion Kits.  Holds can not be placed on the book kits through the catalog.  Book discussion kits are booked in person.  This allows us to make the kits available to as many customers as possible, when needed for their club's use.  To reserve a kit for pickup at your hometown library This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Please allow at least 3 working days for delivery.  Kits may be reserved months in advance.

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Bonnie and Clyde Death Anniversary

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were a robbery team in the early twentieth century who became infamous and notorious in the United States through their over-the-top run ins with the police and exploits in the country's newspapers.

Bonnie and Clyde, as they are commonly referred to as, were a team for roughly two years and committed crimes in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Missouri before being caught in Gibsland, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934. They were ambushed on a Louisana highway by Texas and Louisiana police officers and later shot and killed.

Many bank robbers like Bonnie and Clyde also became legends because of the harsh conditions of the Great Depression during which they committed their crimes. The duo became so popular that they sparked inspiration for movies and songs about their careers.

If you would like to read more about the infamous criminals, check out the article on Encyclopedia Britannica. Check out the following books and movies to explore the lives and myths of Bonnie and Clyde.

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