Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

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International Board Game Day!

Are you bored? Well come and join us for International Game Day on November 1st and November 5th.  We will have life-sized versions of classic board games such as: Scrabble, Clue, Candyland, Battleship, and Checkers.  For those who love Harry Potter we have a Quidditch relay race, along with Hungry Hungry Hippos, and PacMan.

In honor of International Board Game Day, we asked our fellow staff members what their favorite board games are.  Here are the results:

  • Toni loves to play Munchkin because she can mess up other players and reign chaos. Mwhahahahahaha!

    but not the creditcard version!!!!!

    Huyen, Will’s floating head, and Cheri

  • Katie likes to play Hungry Hungry Hippos because who doesn’t love hippos eating marbles?
  • Will, Cheri, and Huyen all love to play Monopoly.
  • Krystal loves to play Candyland since she played it often with her four boys when they were young.
  • Josie loves Clue, because: “Murder, of course!”
  • Jennifer: “My favorite game is The Settlers of Catan. I like it because the board changes every time I play.”
  • Sandie likes to play Clue because of the mystery and the different characters.
  • Andrew: “I like to play Risk because I like waging war against others brutally.  I also like 18th century European politics.
  • Tuyet also loves to play risk: “Because I love the idea of dominating the whole world.”
  • AnnMarie likes to play Sorry because it is a frequently used word in her vocabulary.



  • Shana loves to play Sorry too since she can wait until her opponents get close to home and then knock them back to start! Vengeance is hers.
  • Angela: “I like the game Balderdash because it sparks a lot of creativity and it always good for a few laughs.”
  • Debbie likes to play Life, one of the newer versions, because there are quirky houses and professions to choose from. It is fun to use to teach kids.
  • Beth enjoys playing Patchwork because it is a two player game about quilting.
  • Michael enjoys playing Mousetrap because players get to enjoy the careful calculations of the game.
  • Gina likes to play Yahtzee because, “It’s pure luck. I have no skill so luck is good.”
  • Bonnie likes to play Life, “Because you can sell off your children for cash.”
  • Cathy and Dave enjoy playing playing Trivial Pursuit. Cathy because “I finally have a use for the plethora of useless information in my head”. And Dave because, “I like being tested on little facts, and learning facts during the game. I guess you can tell I’m a librarian.”


    Dave playing Trivial Pursuit

  • Bret loves to play Tokaido, because it is Asian themed Silk Road type of game.  “It has a lot of history and strategy”.
  • Elizabeth likes to play Cribbage because of the historical background of the game since it dates back to the 1600s in England, and that careful strategy is required.
  • Colleen loves to play Clue because she is one of six kids and it was the only game she could win.
  • Renee likes to play Backgammon because of the strategy needed to win the game.

As you can see, library staff enjoys playing a wide variety of games. What games do you like to play? Celebrate 2017 International Games Week with us on Wednesday, November 1st at 3:30 and Saturday, November 5th at 2:00. May the odds be ever in your favor.

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September 2017 Book Group Selections

Evening Book Club

September 13, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Dance of the Reptiles by Carl Hiaasen

Description from the publisher: collects the best of Hiaasen’s Miami Herald columns, which lay bare the stories—large and small—that demonstrate anew that truth is far stranger than fiction. Hiaasen offers his commentary—indignant, disbelieving, sometimes righteously angry, and frequently hilarious—on burning issues like animal welfare, polluted rivers, and the broken criminal justice system as well as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Bernie Madoff’s trial, and the shenanigans of the recent presidential elections. Whether or not you have read Carl Hiaasen before, you are in for a wild ride.

Afternoon Book Club

September 21, 2017
2:00 p.m.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Description from the publisher: Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

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The Secret Panel (Hardy Boys #25), by Franklin W. Dixon

We recently found the somewhat spooky obituary of the Widow Lankamp, a former Librarian at the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library. Here is a review of her favorite book, as reviewed by one of our current librarians:

The Secret Panel (Hardy Boys #25), by Franklin W. Dixon

Another exciting mystery begins for Frank and Joe Hardy when they help a stranger who has had an accident with his car. The man introduces himself as John Mead, owner of a nearby estate. After he continues on his way, Frank finds an odd-looking house key which belongs to Mead. But when the Hardy’s try to return it, they learn that John Mead died five years ago! They are even more amazed when they find that the intricately carved doors in the dead man’s deserted mansion have no visible knobs or key locks. While working on this mystery, the boys assist their detective father in tracking down a highly organized ring of thieves who are robbing warehouses of television and stereo equipment.

What happens when Frank and Joe discover that there is a link between Mr. Hardy’s case and the mysterious Mead mansion will keep the reader on edge with thrills and suspense.

Fun Fact: The Secret Panel is part of a huge series called “The Hardy Boys.” by Franklin W. Dixon. But Franklin W. Dixon is actually a pen name and never actually existed. The original creator of The Hardy Boys was Edward L. Stratemeyer, and he hired other authors to write more books for his series.

It is no secret to our staff that dear old Widow Lankamp had taken a liking to this book back in the day. Seems she loved mystery and suspense. Too often, this particular book at our library mysteriously falls to the floor for no reason whatsoever. The library did have a first edition copy of this title on our shelves, however it went missing in the 1950’s and the current copies tend to go missing quite often. Check this book out if you dare…


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Build a Better World with Summer Reading!

Our Summer Reading Program has officially kicked off! We celebrated the beginning of the program this past Saturday, June 3rd, with a kick-off party of epic proportions!

Corey Thornton was our entertainment for the event and was playing the hits for our patrons throughout the day.

Our Pre-K friends got signed up for our Preschool Reading Adventures Summer Program with Ms. Krystal and Ms. Katie. They took home some awesome backpacks filled with their reading logs and other summer reading essentials!

Pre-K friends painting rocks!

Older children in grades K-5 had an awesome rotation of activities to go through, in addition to signing up for their reading incentive program and receiving their goodie bags. They participated in a S.T.E.A.M. challenge with Mr. Pepper at the station for our upcoming Rosie Revere, Engineer program (7/11 @ 2:00 p.m.) and had fun building with spaghetti, marshmallows, and gumdrops!

Drawing some WILD things!

They also visited Ms. Gerri at the Nature table for our Great Kapok Tree program (6/6 @ 2:00 p.m.) to color wildlife using texture plates and made crocodile bookmarks!

Finally, the K-5 group also had an opportunity to get artistic with Mr. Will at our Where the Wild Things Are station! They used chalk to color and add to our Wild Things mural, which can now be found hanging in our Youth Services Department. The Where the Wild Things Are program will be held on Tuesday, June 20th at 2:00.

Making Wonder Woman cuffs

For our teen and adult patrons we had the Wonder Woman and Me station, where they could make DIY superhero cuffs. There were two rock painting stations – one with the reference staff for the teens and adults and one inside at the pre-k booth for our younger friends. At these stations, patrons were invited to paint or decorate rocks to hide in the community for others to find. These rocks have “#BSPLRocks” on the back. If you find one, be sure to share a photo so that the painters can see that their rocks have been discovered!

The teens also had a blast making steampunk themed magnets  with Ms. Josie! The Steampunk Extravaganza program for kids in grades 6-12 will be held on June 9th at 7:00 p.m.

The kids loved the PPFD truck!

The Pinellas Park Police and Fire Departments stopped by with their vehicles and were on hand to meet with members of the community. As always, the kids loved seeing the giant fire truck and the police car!
All in all, the event was a roaring good time! We would like to thank all of the partners that helped make the event possible and our wonderful patrons for coming out and having a great day with us! We look forward to seeing everyone throughout the summer for our programs for all ages. If you have any questions about the reading incentive programs or scheduled events please check out our website or ask any of our library staff!

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New Information about Widow Lankamp

If you’ve ever been curious about the seemingly random portrait of a young lady located near the Youth Services section of our library, we recently stumbled upon an old newspaper clipping about her. It seems Daisy Lankamp was a librarian here in the 50’s who died on the library’s property. Maybe that’s why staff regularly complains about cabinets and drawers opening on their own and books falling to the floor for no apparent reason. We’ve transposed the contents of the newspaper clipping below:

Lankamp, Daisy H.

Died May 22, 1956. Born Aug. 16, 1900. She was predeceased by husband, David M. Lankamp. Interment will be private. More information is available from: Serenity Funeral Home, Pinellas Park, FL.

Widow Lankamp, known to her friends simply as Daisy, will be a sorely missed member of our community. Daisy, a friend to all, was an integral part of the Pinellas Park Garden Club and a valued staff member at the Pinellas Park Library. She departed from this earth doing what she loved best, caring for the library’s collection.

Pictured is Widow Lankamp in her more youthful days. This portrait still hangs in the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library in Pinellas Park to this day. 


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2017 Adult Summer Reading Challenge

From June 3 – July 21, 2017, adults get extra chances to win prizes when they diversify their reading lists.

Get a raffle ticket for each* book you check out that satisfies at least one of these challenges:

  • It has a main character that doesn’t look or live like you.
  • It’s on a topic you don’t know much about.
  • It’s in a format you don’t normally use.
    Valid formats: graphic novel, play, poetry, book on CD, e-book, e-audiobook, digital magazine

* Up to three books per visit.

Where to get your raffle tickets:
Visit the Information desk and show your check-out receipt or the digital item on your device.

Where to submit your raffle tickets:
Place your tickets inside the hollow globe at the Check Out counter.

Don’t know what to read? We have plenty of suggestions. Click here for a list or see staff at the Information desk for a copy.

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June Book Group Selections

Evening Book Club

June 14, 2017
6:30 p.m.

Choose any title by Rita Mae Brown

From the author’s website: Rita Mae Brown is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mrs. Murphy mystery series (which she writes with her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie) and the Sister Jane novels, as well as Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, and the memoirs Animal Magnetism and Rita Will. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia, with cats, hounds, horses, and big red foxes.

Afternoon Book Discussion

June 15, 2017
2:00 p.m.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Description from publisher: Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850–only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. However, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance.