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Online Book Discussion: "The Book Thief"

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (MST)

Online Book Discussion: "The Book Thief"

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Join the Utah State Library and the Utah State Library for the Blind in a live online book group discussion of "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak.  

For Library for the Blind users, it is available on BARD and in Digital Book (DB), Large Print (LP), and Braille (BR) formats.  We will make more DB copies if needed.
There are copies available in USL's Book Buzz collection. Ask your local public library to obtain copies.

The story:  Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book–although she has not yet learned how to read–and her foster father uses it, The Gravedigger’s Handbook , to lull her to sleep when she’s roused by regular nightmares about her younger brother’s death.

Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayor’s reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents.

Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesel’s story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA --(School Library Journal).

Location: Online on your computer

DIscussion leaders: Paula Stuart, Utah State Library for the Blind; Colleen Eggett, Utah State Library

Audience: All interested readers including library staff & patrons in Utah

 To join the meeting: http://stateofutah.adobeconnect.com/bkgroup/

Speak by:
Computer: headset with a microphone/device with a microphone required.
Phone: 1-877-820-7831 passcode 331626


If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

Test your connection: http://stateofutah.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

Have questions about Online Book Discussion: "The Book Thief"? Contact USL Training


Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM (MST)

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Jessica Whetman, Utah State Library Training Coordinator

801-715-6762; 800-662-9150 x 56776


Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W Suite A
Salt Lake City UT 84116

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