Thursday, May 23, 2013
1989 Ames High School graduate Patrick Marley will read from his book, “More Than They Bargained For” Saturday at Books-A-Million.
Sign up for Ames Patch's free newsletter | Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter Anti-Union Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will appear alongside Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad tonight for the 4th Annual Robb Kelley Spring Dinner, a Polk County Republican fundraiser, at the Sheraton West Des Moines Hotel. And obviously, Progress Iowa and One Wisconsin Now plan to protest the appearance and Walker's “anti-middle class agenda.” Those among the politically clueless who don't know why some liberal groups are riled by the visit could learn all that and more 1 p.m. Saturday when Ames native and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Patrick Marley stops at Books-A-Million, 1200 S. Duff Ave. Marley plans to read from a book he co-wrote with Jason Stein…
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Iowa State graduate Bree Housley tells the tale of an introvert living the life of a spastic college roommate and childhood friend who was lost to preeclampsia.
Iowa State University alumna and Walcott Native Bree Housley who spent a year living like the best friend she lost to preeclampsia and wrote about it will hold a book signing Friday at Iowa State University bookstore to celebrate “We Hope You Like This Song: An Overly Honest Story about Friendship, Death, and Mix Tapes.” The book signing begins at 11 a.m. Housley's book started as a blog project to honor her college roommate and childhood friend by completing Shelly inspired resolutions. Ames Patch: Tell me a little bit about yourself and your background. How did you become an author? Why are you coming back to Ames this year? Bree Housley: I’ll start with the most impressive fact first: I grew up in Walcott, Iowa, the town that prides …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Dallas Moore wants to share his passion and hopes you can help him out by raising the $2,000 he needs to print his first book.
An Ames native intends to publish his own book of poetry, that is, if you want to read it. Dallas J. Moore, of Social Republick, has gone the way of Veronica Mars and is asking for potential fans to help him out with the book's production. He's asking for a total of $2,000 by April 11. KHOI Community radio recently used this fund-raising method by launching a campaign on Kickstarter as did the producers of the Veronica Mars movie project. The site allows people to pledge a specified amount of money that is only collected if the campaign meets its fund-raising goal. Moore, who currently lives in Des Moines, is asking for support from his fans too, but is using indiegogo.com instead of Kickstarter. Moore started writing poetry when he was 15…
Monday, December 31, 2012
A list of the best children's books of 2012, from James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead Foundation.
Courtesy of the ReadKiddoRead Foundation Maurice Sendak once said that one of the best things about being a maker of children’s books was that his audience kept being born. It’s true, of course: The great books from years past are brand new to today’s children and teens. But let’s take a moment at year’s end to recognize the books being published now for our young people. Here’s a quick roundup of a dozen highlights of 2012. (For more, visit ReadKiddoRead.com and check out our reviews.) You can find some of these books at the Ames Public Library's temporary location near East HyVee. Great Illustrated Books (Ages 2-5) Llama Llama Time to Share By Anna Dewdney For ages 2-5 When the doorbell rings, Mama Llama welcomes the neighbors – the Gnus…
Saturday, December 29, 2012
What were the best books you read in 2012? Looking back through my reading list, there are so many books I thoroughly enjoyed that I'm having trouble narrowing it down. So here are my favorites by category...
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Madison Hunke, a junior at Ames High School, published her first novel in 2012.
The story of a teenage girl's escape from a suffocating life on a Caribbean plantation in 1722 resembles nothing in Crossing Blades author Madison Hunke's life. The heroine of the story, Sofia Patton leaves her cold abusive home life by assuming another person's identity and hopes to find her birth father who turns out to be a pirate. It's about how society chains you in to a set of expectations and having the courage to control your own life, Hunke said of the story. “I've always found that admirable,” Hunke said about taking control of one's destiny. Hunke seems to be a happy well adjusted Ames High School junior, looking forward to a European vacation and earning multiple degrees in higher education, but as the girl in the story, Hunke …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Make the most of pre-game time and halftime by reading and talking about these great books!
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Monday, November 26, 2012
Are you enjoying the football and basketball seasons? Kids across the country sure are! You can be an ALL-STAR parent without missing even one of the season’s big games! And we don’t just mean you’ll be playing and watching and cheering, but you’ll be reading the best books about sports out there. PatchReads and ReadKiddoRead want to get you and your kids talking about some great sports books with the Tailgate Book Club. Follow these steps to make the most of pre-game time, halftime, and all the days in between. Step 1: Pick a book each week based on the ReadKiddoRead Tailgate Book Club List, and have all your friends and their kids read it before game day. Step 2: Gather everyone together for the game. During half-time, put the TV on mute…
Friday, November 23, 2012
Books make great holiday gifts. Give your loved ones these books as stocking stuffers this holiday season.
Friday, November 23, 2012
When you give a child or a teen a book, you are creating a memory that will last a lifetime. What’s more, reading offers so many options. Are you trying to find a book for an early reader? Choose a picture book or a Great Beginner Read from the list below. Does your grandchild love nonfiction? Take a look at the Great Family Reads section. Has your niece read every book known to man? There are some brand new books on this list that she may not have seen yet. Do you struggle to find just the right book to entice your child to read? These selections are sure kid-pleasers that will meet any interest. The ReadKiddoRead holiday gift list has something for everyone: realistic fiction, science fiction, and nonfiction; animal stories, mythology …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Check out ReadKiddoRead's list of the best Halloween books for kids.
Monday, October 22, 2012
All of us—adults, teens and children—enjoy a scary chill. What better time of year than Halloween to indulge in stories that make our spines tingle? It's the perfect time for your family to share some spooky stories each evening. To get you started, here are some Halloween books filled with ghosts and ghouls, wizards and witches, haunted houses and black magic that everyone can enjoy together. Many of these books can be found at the Ames Public Library. Click the titles to find out when you can check them out. PICTURE BOOKS for ages 2-6 The youngest children love the fun of Halloween: costumes, trick-or-treating and gentle tales of ghosts and goblins. Here are some books for this age group: GHOSTS IN THE HOUSE By Kazuno Kohara For ages …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Almost 80 people have reserved the Rowling's new novel in book or audio form at the Ames Public Library.
Harry Potter may have vanished into the past, but author J.K. Rowling is still around, and her first “official” for-adults book, The Casual Vacancy, is due out Sept. 27. In Ames, you can buy the book at Books-A-Million. And if you’re looking to check the book out from Ames Public Library, you'll have to wait;62 people are on the waiting list for a hard copy and 12 more have signed up for the audio version. Right now, the library expects to purchase 13 copies of Rowling's first adult novel and hopes to have them on hand on Sept. 27. The book can be reserved by phone or on the web. The new book, by the creator of Harry Potter, is aiming this book at a grown-up audience. More than 2 million hardcover copies of the novel are set to be released…