This is the very first episode of Page Turn the Largo Public Library Podcast! With every episode you will see show notes. These are a brief outline of what is in the podcast as well as a transcript of the Spanish language book review.
If you wish to skip over the Spanish segment it begins at time stamp 6:17 and ends at time stamp 9:06.
This episode’s Reader’s Advisory is Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole. Books to check out if this title sounds good are: Winds of the Storm by Beverly Jenkins, Daughters of a Nation: a Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology, and The Secrets of Mary Bower by Lois Leveen.
This episode’s Library Tidbit is a look back in library history. As one of the fundraising endeavors to build this library building the Greater Largo Library Foundation threw the Tower Party, also known as the Slab Party. At that party guests added their signatures to a metal slab that was hoisted into our entry tower.
Viajero de Libros! The Book Traveler English language transcript:
For this segment I will be reviewing a book Largo carries in its Spanish Collection, but don’t worry it’s going to be spoiler free.
Today’s book is “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
To begin, a short synopsis:
The main characters of this book are Aristotle and Dante. They are two teenagers in El Paso, TX in 1987, not the Greek philosopher or the Italian poet. Aristotle is introverted and shy. Dante is transparent and expressive. Through their unexpected and intimate friendship they redefine their world, learn to believe in themselves, and discover the secrets of the universe.
In this book, multi-award winning author Benjamin Alire Saenz explores the loyalty and trust between two teenagers learning how to be adults. Together they grow and adapt to society while searching for identities.
Here is my opinion:
As soon as I got this book I had to begin reading it. I had been hearing about how great it was for a long time and I needed to know what was up.
The book tells the story from Aristotle’s point of view. Aristotle is a little apathetic about some things and can be a bit antisocial. Aristotle wants to learn how to swim so he joins a swimming class at the community pool. It is here that he meets Dante. Dante is a nice, fun person and Aristotle immediately feels a strong connection with him. After a few challenging situations, spoiler free remember, Aristotle figures out some important things and discovers the secrets of the universe.
I could not have anticipated the ending but without spoiling it for everyone this book will leave you with a big smile on your face.
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” is a book that shows how valuable it is to have a good friend, that being on good terms with your family can give you strength to face difficult times, that a pet can bring you countless joys, and that the little things are the ones that are really worth it.
I highly recommend you read this book. It is hard to forget.
That’s all for today. See you next time for Viajeros de libros.
Some programs to look into for next month:
- Transition to Middle School & High School for ESOL families on May 2 in Jenkins Room A at 6:00pm
- Brick Street Farms: Container Gardening for the 21st Century on May 7 in Jenkins Room C at 6:30pm
- All About Bees on May 14 in Jenkins Room C at 6:00pm
- Ukulele Workshop – Advanced Beginner on May 16 in Jenkins Room A at 6:30pm
- Issues that Matter: Small Great Things Book Discussion on May 21 in Jenkins Room C at 6:00pm
- Incredible May on May 30 in the Children’s Program Room at 1:00pm
Thanks for checking out the podcast every. Hope you tune in for next month’s Page Turn!