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Tales from the Quimby Library

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's time for the 3rd annual "Seed Swap" at the Quimby Library. We have changed a couple of things this year. First, it will take place on a Saturday, February 26, at 10 a.m. until noon.

Secondly, we will have a master gardener, Elaine Stevenson, present a program. So, if you garden, or want to garden, plan to attend. Bring seeds if you have them; bring baggies if you want to swap seeds. Bring house plants that you have divided and share with others. Bring seed catalogues if you have a favorite. No one leaves empty handed!

A few months ago, I read "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. It was a very good book; I can't believe I hadn't read it years earlier. I was very glad to hear from a high school reader that they had read the book in school. But now I can compare it to the movie. The actors did a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life, but I must say that I still prefer the book to the movie.

There are many books that are made into movies. If I have read the book and seen the movie, I usually prefer the book. A very good book that I enjoyed was "Water for Elephants" by Sara Gruen. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I listened to it on CD shortly after I read it! The movie, starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, is coming out this spring. I'm looking forward to seeing the movie and comparing it to the book. But if I were you, I'd definitely want to read the book first. Sometimes the plot gets changed in order to make the movie work.

Some other books and movies I can compare are "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café" by Fannie Flagg; "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, and "Forrest Gump" by Winston Groom. The movies run pretty true to the books, but again, some of the plot was changed in order to make the movie. In fact, after I read "Forrest Gump", I visited with someone who had seen the movie. I mentioned one segment of the book where Forrest's space capsule had crashed on an isolated island and they looked at me in amazement; that part of the book hadn't been in the movie! Instead, the movie had Forrest running across the USA. I guess I'm a true book lover; I'll always enjoy the books over the movies.

Until next time, keep on reading (especially before you see the movie).