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This section contains specifics as to special services to readers that the Pioneer Library System provides through the hometown libraries.

Also includes regular articles highlighting the collections as well as book reviews written by staff and patrons.


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Jane Austen's Birthday

Jane Austen, a popular English writer, was born on December 16, 1775. In honor of the anniversary of her birth, check out some the following titles written by her!

Northanger Abbey

In this spirited comedy of manners, Catherine Morland falls in love with a young clergyman while vacationing in Bath, and his father, thinking her wealthy, invites her to be a guest at Northanger Abbey, the family's country estate. But things take a turn for the worse when it's discovered that she is not wealthy.

Mansfield Park

At the age of ten, Fanny Price leaves the poverty of her Portsmouth home to be brought up among the family of her wealthy uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, in the chilly grandeur of Mansfield Park. She gradually falls in love with her cousin Edmund, but when the dazzling and sophisticated Crawfords arrive, and amateur theatricals unleash rivalry and sexual jealousy, Fanny has to fight to retain her independence. This new edition places Mansfield Park in its Regency context and elucidates the theatrical background that pervades the novel.

Read more: Jane Austen's Birthday

Read the Book - Then See the Movie

Do you like to read the book before you see the movie? Here’s a look at the books turned into movies in November, December, and January. Check them out at your hometown library today!

Big Sur
In theaters Nov. 1 (R)
Based on the book Big Sur by Jack Kerouc 
Retiring to a seaside cabin near San Francisco, Jack Duluoz looks for tranquility, but finds only horror and despair.

 

Ender's Game
In theaters Nov. 1 (PG-13)
Based on Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.

Read more: Read the Book - Then See the Movie

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