Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: Movie Adaptations

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.
These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.


We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie.”


Each book listed below has a movie adaptation available to check out at the library. Whether you decide to read the book first or watch the movie before reading the book is up to you!


Hunger Games
Book and DVD


To Kill a Mockingbird
Book and DVD


No Country for Old Men
Book and DVD


The Devil Wears Prada
Book and DVD


True Grit
Book and DVD


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Book and DVD


Gone With The Wind
Book and DVD


Schindler’s List
Book and DVD


The Godfather
Book and DVD


The Fellowship of the Ring
Book and DVD


The Princess Bride
Book and DVD


The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Book and DVD


Pride and Prejudice
Book and DVD


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
Book and DVD


The Other Boleyn Girl
Book and DVD


Book and DVD


The Time Traveler’s Wife
Book and DVD


Crazy Rich Asians
Book and DVD


Happy Reading and Happy Watching!

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Book Review: Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life



Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman

The progression of middle-aged Americans into retirement creates a significant social drift transforming the workforce. Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman provides a meaningful guide with concrete steps to find fulfillment beyond midlife careers.

Encore career pioneers provide amazing testimonials and magnificent strategies revitalizing a redistribution of income and value. Freedman presents a “freedom to work” ethic encouraging seniors to refuse to fade away and deem them with a responsibility to enhance their “Golden Years” beyond a traditional scope. One example is Win Craft’s phrase “chasing a dream, not a dollar,” by contributing to humanity and creating a more meaningful world.

Learn how to balance the responsibilities and visions of work by incorporating a mind-shift welcoming new terms and occupational trends. By utilizing personal talents, seniors can positively influence and redesign the world of work. Legendary labor leader, Walter Reuther’s belief, “we are too old to work and too young to die,” focused on the corporate pension as an incentive to allow younger employees to enter the workforce. Established and resourceful “baby boomers are inventing a new phase of work,” infusing past with present and opening doors to the future.

In an era of downsizing, layoffs, personal injury, illness, or early retirement, Americans are encouraged to retool, mentor, and make a choice to become a “pilgrim embarking on a new adventure.” When trailblazer Bill Gates announced his retirement, he created a new trajectory by “reordering my priorities.” Nascent innovative organizations offer myriad opportunities and tremendous potential to connect with new generations supporting the modern labor force.

Encore highlights the stories of career innovators “searching for a calling” to transform the nature of work in America. A University of Kansas Sociologist David Ekerdt stated, “the busy ethic” is an approach to retirement that should include more than a set of golf clubs. “Moral continuity between work and retirement” reflects the potential to support a balanced society. “Activity, recreation, and exercise are key ingredients” in addition to lifelong learning and volunteering. Alleviate the “purpose gap” of keeping busy by substituting with purposeful actions. “These pioneers are not celebrating their freedom from work, but rather their freedom to work” in form of social renewal constituting a phenomenal style of volunteering and exertion. The emerging forces of energy cited in Encore instill hope and happiness and may intrigue readers with the Purpose Prize, Experience Corps, Troops to Teachers, Hope for Generations, and a plethora of inspirational and educational resources.

After being in education for 35 years, I chose to retire. “Someone gave me a chance upon college graduation; now it is my time to offer someone else an opportunity for a job.” Freedman does not promise a “fountain of youth” nor guarantees for success, he offers practical optimism founded on fundamental principles. His goal to “live interested” should appeal to readers of all ages, interests, and abilities.

Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life by Marc Freedman is available for checkout.

Guest review by Carmaine Ternes: Kansas Librarian, Researcher, Writer, and Presenter

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Graphic Novels in Libraries Month – YA Graphic Novels

July marks the first ever Graphic Novels in Libraries Month. We’re celebrating graphic novels in all forms throughout the month – juvenile, young adult, fiction, and non-fiction.

We’re kicking off the celebration with some great young adult graphic novels!



The Lumberjanes—Jo, Molly, Mal, April, and Ripley—all attend a summer camp for “hard-core lady-types,” where they encounter more than badges and campfire songs: old women who turn into bears, three-eyed foxes, kittens, talking statues, and mysteries to solve.


Black Butler

Set in Victorian London, the young Earl Phantomhive seeks revenge on those who wronged him with the help of his otherworldly loyal butler, Sebastion. Black Butler is a series of suspenseful, thrilling manga!


Through the Woods

Five mysterious and unsettling stories follow those who venture into and out of the woods and what happens when you linger there.


 I Was Their American Dream

A memoir of growing up in a multi-ethnic home where Malaka grows up as the daughter of Filipino and Egyptian parents with unfulfilled dreams.



Julie, a werewolf barista, and her new girlfriend try to save their friend Chet from a magician who cast a horrible spell. Will they save Chet before it’s too late?



 After graduating high school, Ari is dying to leave his father’s bakery and move to the big city with his band. While interviewing candidates for his replacement, he meets Hector who loves baking.



 On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future, which tells about a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, and begs her to watch over him. Who is Kakeru and what terrible future awaits him?


A Girl Called Echo

Echo Desjardins, a 13-year-old Métis girl adjusting to a new home and school, is struggling with loneliness while separated from her mother. Then an ordinary day turns extraordinary, and Echo’s life will never be the same. Echo finds herself transported to another time and place—a bison hunt on the Saskatchewan prairie—and back again to the present.

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