06.10.2015

Reading books hobby

Early literacy skills are critical to prepare our youngest kiddos to be ready to read when they start Kindergarten.
Teens at the JJC took the pledge to read 20 minutes a day, through our Take 20 and Read Campaign for Literacy. When the teen left the JJC, Mary gave her a gift of the first two books she got hooked on as a reminder of the positive ways to escape. Library Foundation volunteers bring interesting and age appropriate books to the Juvenile Justice Center each month and also provide programs to encourage all students to look at reading in a different and exciting way.
Our goal is to bring greater awareness to the importance of literacy and help people receive the benefits of reading. CHILDREN READING BOOKS CLIP ART tomorrowland festival pictures, Americans suffer from a sleep disorder illustration. Charles School District teacher for the JCC, shared with her the reason why some people like to read; it allows them to escape the sometimes harsh realities of life, and take them to places they would otherwise never be able to go.
They have the reputation of being somewhat mysterious, and cats have a certain presence that can add a great deal to a good mystery. They also often have delightful personalities that can add humor to a mystery, too. Lilian Jackson Braun has had one of the most successful mystery series that features cats. Her sleuth, Jim Qwilleran, is a columnist for the Moose County Something, a paper that serves Pickax, a town “400 miles north of nowhere.” Qwilleran is aided in his cases by two extremely intelligent seal-point Siamese with interesting histories of their own. K’ao Ko-Kung, usually called Koko, has been with Qwilleran since before he moved to Moose County. In fact, Koko meets Qwilleran in The Cat Who Could Read Backwards, Braun’s first Cat Who… novel. At the time of their meeting, Koko lives with George Bonifield Mountclemens III, the Daily Fluxion’s powerful and roundly-hated art critic. Not long afterwards, Qwilleran finds out that the owner of a local art gallery has been murdered and his gallery left in disarray. As Qwilleran sorts through the clues, he’s helped by Koko, who has unique ways of communicating. In the end, Koko adopts Qwilleran, who learns to have a lot of respect for Koko’s instincts.Qwilleran’s other cat is Yum-Yum, a small, dainty female. In that novel, Qwilleran’s assigned to edit Gracious Abodes, a weekly magazine on interior design. He meets several of the local decorators, and even gets the chance to sublet the posh apartment of one of his new acquaintances, Harry Noyton. Just after the first issue of Gracious Abodes hits the news-stand, Tait’s wife, Signe, is killed, and his jade collection stolen.
Qwilleran soon realizes that the deaths and burglary are all related, and that if the magazine is to continue, he’s going to have to solve the original mystery.


In the end, Koko’s habit of sniffing furniture helps Qwilleran figure out what’s behind all of the events, and he’s able to solve the mystery.
Eventually, the two cats move with Qwilleran to Moose County, where they soon rule his home. Koko, especially, is especially intelligent and often gives Qwilleran clues that help him solve his cases.Several other cats also feature in the Cat Who… series, including Brutus and Catta, who are companions to Polly Duncan, first the librarian of Pickax, and later, owner of a local bookstore.
Then, there’s Jet Stream, companion to Joe Bunker (AKA Weatherby Goode), meteorologist for the local radio station.
Joe and Jet Stream live in a condominium community where Qwilleran has a winter home.The Cat Who… series is by no means the only mystery series that features cats. Harry’s recently been divorced from the local equine veterinarian, Pharamond “Fair” Haristeen, and is starting life on her own.
She worries for her human companion, because Harry is insatiably curious and has a habit of getting herself in danger.
Murphy and Tucker are joined by Pewter, a large gray cat who’s much more interested in her own comfort – and food – than just about anything else. What’s interesting about this series is that some of the action is told from the point of view of Harry’s animal companions, so Mrs. We also get a fascinating and fun look at their different personalities.Lorna Barrett’s Book Town series mixes bookstores, mysteries, and a delightful cat named Miss Marple – an irresistible combination, and as an Agatha Christie fan, I love the choice of name for the cat.
Tricia Miles and Miss Marple own Haven’t Got a Clue, a mystery bookshop in beautiful, small-town Stoneham, New Hampshire, where one of the local leaders has been behind an effort to revitalize the town by making it a bookshop mecca.
In the first installment, Murder is Binding, Tricia’s moved to Stoneham from New York City after a divorce, and set up shop. All’s well, except for Tricia’s cranky next-door-neighbor, Doris Gleason, who owns The Cookery, a cookbook store.
Doris blames Tricia for their landlord’s raising the rents on their shops, and she’s not a particularly nice person to begin with, so the two don’t get off to a good start. Sheriff Wendy Adams suspects that Tricia may be responsible for Doris’ murder, and so do several of the other bookshop owners. So Tricia decides, as the saying goes, to take matters into her own hands and clear her name.In Leann Sweeney’s Cat in Trouble mysteries, we meet Jilian Hart. Recently widowed, she lives in Mercy, South Carolina, where she owns a home business making specialized quilts for cats.
In The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse, Jilian comes home from a business trip one day only to find that her home’s been broken into and Syrah’s been abducted. The police chief isn’t exactly open to using a lot of police resources to search for a missing cat, so Jilian begins to do some searching and asking questions on her own. Her search leads her to stories of other missing cats – and to Flake Wilkerson, a local eccentric hermit.


Shortly after she traces Syrah to Flake Wilkerson’s home, Jilian finds Wilkerson stabbed to death. So Jilian decides to find out who killed Wilkerson, to keep herself from being arrested.The series I’ve mentioned thus far are cozy mysteries. Lest you think that those are the only type of mysteries where cats play a role, though, think again. He “inherited” the cat when he bought his current house on Woodrow Wilson Drive in the Los Angeles area. He loves Cole himself, and really worships Cole’s partner, ex-Marine and gunshop-owner Joe Pike. Ed Lynskey’s private investigator Frank Johnson is also a cat owner, and never forgets to call the cat sitter to check up on his companion when business takes him out of town. There are several other books and series, too, that I haven’t had space to mention, where cats play roles. They also set scenes, provide welcome comic relief, and make human characters, well, more human. She taught at Knox College in Galesburg, IL and is currently an associate professor at National University in Carlsbad, California. Reply Clea Simon May 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm (6 years ago)Fun piece – great photo, too! I agree, the Braun series has a lot of appeal whether or not a person is addicted to mysteries. Those novels have small-town life, mysteries, cats, interesting characters, and some very funny moments. I’m not a big mystery fan but since I love Siamese cats, the Lilian Jackson Braun series is hard to resist.
Reply Mack May 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm (6 years ago)I would also like to recommend Clea Simon. I listen to a great number of those on audio from the library and have several of the paperbacks. Reply Leave a comment Cancel commentFirst time visitors: please read our Comment Guidelines.



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