September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month and PPL is celebrating all month long with some SWAG!  Any new card sign-up will get their name entered in a weekly drawing to win a bag of PPL goodies as a special “thank you” for becoming a new patron!  Stop in to either Circulation Desk and sign-up for a new card before the month is over to get entered into the weekly drawing!

Voting is underway for April 2020’s next “One Book, One Michiana” event.  One Book, One Michiana is a joint event spearheaded by the St. Joseph County Public Library and PPL is proud to be an active participant.  In years past, titles have been decided ahead of time but this year the goal is to allow for more public input via a voting process!  If you would like to cast your vote, stop in to the Adult Circulation Desk and circle one of the three choices offered.

The St. Joseph Country Public Library created One Book, One Michiana with the goal of actively engaging communities by bringing people together as they read the same book at the same time.  Daily events are scheduled at participating libraries from April 1st to the 30th.

“This is the third year PPL has participated in One Book, One Michiana,” said Angi Resendez, Marketing Coordinator for PPL.  “In previous years, books were chosen ahead of time by SJCPL and announced in January.  This year SJCPL is asking that participating libraries help choose the book that all of Michiana will read.”

“The three titles currently being voted on are all provocative and come from different genres,” said Resendez.  “It should be interesting to see which book will be chosen and how PPL will create specialized events to help spark book discussion(s) within our own community.”

The three titles you can cast a vote for are “True Grit” by Charles Portis, “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead, and “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande.

First published in 1968, “True Grit” is considered to be a classic in the Western genre.  It is the story of 14 year old Mattie Ross and the aftermath of her father being murdered by a man named Tom Chaney.  Setting out to not only avenge her father’s death but to also retrieve the horse and $150 cash Chaney stole, Mattie recruits the meanest and toughest U.S. Marshall there is to help her – the gruff, one-eyed Rooster Cogburn.

“The Nickel Boys” is a new-in-2019 release.  Young Elwood is growing up in the south during the Jim Crow years and takes Dr. Martin Luther King’s words and advice to heart.  Unfortunately, an innocent mistake lands him in a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy.  The Nickel Academy touts themselves as the pinnacle of teaching young men to become honorable and honest in life.  But, behind-the-scenes, they are a virtual torture chamber where staff routinely beats and abuses the students.  Elwood struggles to survive in his new environment while desperately clinging to the good that he has learned from listening to Dr. King.

“Being Mortal” is a 2017 non-Fiction title.  Using stories from his own patients and family, author Gawande shares eye-opening research data and personal stories about the battles nursing homes face in regards to the choices patients can or cannot make, along with the ups and downs medicines can bring patients.

You can vote for one of the three books through the remainder of September at PPL’s Adult Circulation Desk, or online at https://sjcpl.lib.in.us/one-book .  Votes will be collected and tallied after September and a winner will be announced in early 2020.

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