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Reading Riot: Gardening @ the Library

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This issue of Reading Riot features a guest book review by Teen Advisory Group member Allison G. Just as the weather warms and we begin to plan our spring gardening project at the library (see below for details), Allison reviews the classic story The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

When orphaned and homeless young Mary Lennox has nowhere to go, her uncle allows her to come live in his castle in the Yorkshire Moor. This proves to be a very different lifestyle than where she used to secret gardenlive in India. Mary must learn to be nice to people which she has some trouble doing. Shortly after meeting her uncle, Archibald Craven, he leaves to travel for an extended time. Mary is alone and has no one to talk to until she meets Martha, a young girl from the nearby village who works as a maid in the castle. Martha had been assigned to help care for Mary. Soon Mary gets bored and decides to explore the many rooms of the castle. While she is exploring, she hears a strange crying sound. Even though she was told to stay in her room and to ignore the strange cries, she finds time to explore the castle and scouts out to find out what the strange sound was. Later Mary is told to go outside to explore the gardens where she meets the gardener, Ben Weatherstaff and some unique and interesting friends. Mary learns about the secret garden on the property that has been locked up for many years. Mary searches for and finds a way inside. Mary and her friends learn about the magic inside the secret garden.

I really enjoyed this book and I intend to read it again. I am listening to the audio version of it now and when I am finished with that, I am going to watch the movie. This is a great book and a really nice story. There were some funny parts, some interesting parts and a sad part. The story kept me interested all along the way. I would recommend this classic book for all ages. My mother read this book with me and we both equally enjoyed it. It is one of those good books that you want to read to the end but you don’t really want it to end. To me, that is the mark of a good book.

Allison G., 13

The Bealeton library garden may not be magical but each year, thanks to our Teen Advisory Group (TAG), it comes alive with fresh plants and flowers.

To honor Earth Day in April, TAG will continue the tradition by replanting flowers and greenery to create a welcoming and beautiful entrance for library patrons.

But you don’t have to be a TAG member to participate.

All young adults in 6th grade and above are invited to help with our annual planting project. Participants will dig in, literally and figuratively, to the Bealeton garden once again creating a welcome splash of colorful fresh flowers.

Funding for the project is generously provided by the Friends of the Library each year.

Bealeton branch library – 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, (540) 422-8500 x 3

If you’re still looking for ways to give back to the community, consider volunteering to help with the Summer Reading Program. Applications accepted through April 30.

∼ Ann McDuffie, Youth Services Librarian, Bealeton branch library

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