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Book reports and book reviews are similar. Book reports tend to be a little more descriptive: what is this book about, who are the characters, what are the plots, what is the conclusion? Book reviews are usually more persuasive: why should or shouldn't a reader read this book? Both offer a combination of summary and commentary.
For book reviews you want to provide basic information about the book, and a sense of what your experience reading the book was. You should include:
Analysis and Evaluation
Try to get the main theme of the book across in the beginning of your review so your reader knows right away if they want to read the book.
Next, analyze or critique the book. You can write about your own opinions, but be sure to explain and give examples. Don't try to summarize each chapter or every angle. Choose the main idea/ideas or characters that are most significant and interesting to you.
Some questions you might want to consider (you do not need to use all of these):
- Did the author achieve his or her purpose?
- Is the writing effective, powerful, difficult, beautiful?
- What are the strengths or weaknesses of the book?
- What is your overall response to the book? Did you find it interesting, moving, dull?
- Would you recommend this book to others? Why or why not?
- You may want to say what impression the book left you with, or emphasize what you want your reader to know about it.
- While you're writing, try thinking of your reader as a friend to whom you're telling a story.
Book reviews of children’s and young adult books by their readers are always welcomed and encouraged by library staff. Look for book review forms in many new books or ask our staff on the children’s floor for one. We do ask that the book you review is age-appropriate (would your teacher accept this book for a book report?) and that it be a new book (from our new book shelves with a pink dot on it). To thank each reviewer for their input we will present them with a Hershey’s candy bar. Only one book review per week, per reviewer please.
These book reviews help the library staff and your fellow readers as well. Happy reading!
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On May 14, E.P. Foster Library will be hosting local author Jeffrey Wayne Maulhardt. Mr. Maulhardt is known for his volumes on local Ventura County history, and will be discussing some of his recent works at this free event. You can check out his website for more information on his career and other writings.
This talk has been postponed!
The Wild and Wonderful World of Herbs
Fillmore Library Wednesday May 7, 4pm
Join Janine Reese, owner of the Scented Path and The Fillmore Wellness Center, for a reading of Planting the Wild Garden by Kathryn Galbraith.
There will be herbs to touch and smell and a raffle for two books.
Attendees will learn about the history of the art of spinning and weaving. The talk will be followed by a demonstration of techniques.
It all starts at 2 p.m. in the Topping Room. If you’re looking for a fun weekend event, come on by!
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This coming Monday, May 5, Dr. Cheryl Lambing will be giving a free talk at E.P. Foster Library.
“Fit to a T” is a bone health and osteoporosis education program for men and women of all ages. Learn about your “T-score” and what it means for your overall health and wellness.
The event is open to the public, and begins at 5 p.m. in the Topping Room. We hope to see you there!
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