Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Valentines for troops

Are you making a Valentine for that special someone in your life?

Well, why don't you drop by Central Library between 4-5p.m. on Monday, Feb. 1 and help send some love overseas?

There will be a craft program to make Valentines for troops who are stationed away from home. Drop in and spread some good wishes to people who are far from their loved ones. Sweet treats will be provided!

If you are interested in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, here are some books that feature characters who have been involved in them:

Purple Heart
--Patricia McCormick

When Private Matt Duffy wakes up in an army hospital, he's haunted by an image of a young Iraqi boy as a bullet hits his chest. Matt can't shake the feeling that he is somehow involved in the boy's death, but because of his own head injury, he struggles to put all the pieces together.

Bull Rider
by Suzanne Williams
The younger brother of bull-riding champions, Cam O'Mara is a dedicated skateboarder. But when his older brother serves in Iraq and comes back partially paralyzed, the bull-riding mantle falls to Cam. This is a timely debut novel about family loyalty and hope in the face of tremendous trials.

GHOSTS OF WAR: The True Story of a 19-Year-Old GI
--Ryan Smithson

Ryan Smithson joined the Army Reserve when he was seventeen. Two years later, he was deployed to Iraq as an Army engineer. In this extraordinary and harrowing memoir, readers march along one GI's tour of duty.

Peace Locomotion
--Jacqueline Woodson

Twelve-year-old Lonnie is finally feeling at home with his foster family. But because he's living apart from his little sister, Lili, he decides it's his job to be the rememberer and write down everything that happens while they are growing up. Lonnie as musings are bittersweet; he's happy that he and Lili have new families, but though his new family brings him joy, it also brings new worries. With a foster brother in the army, concepts like Peace have new meaning for Lonnie.

Sunrise Over Fallujah
-- Walter Dean Myers

Operation Iraqi Freedom, that's the code name. But the young men and women in the military's Civil Affairs Battalion have a simpler name for it: WAR.

A two-time Newbery Honor-winning author looks at a contemporary war with the same power and searing insight he had brought to the Vietnam War of his classic, "Fallen Angels."

Synopses from Bookletters.

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