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Nov 08

Teen books for 8 Nov 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Kicker (Bossley)
  • Cobra Strike (Brouwer)
  • Scarlet Thunder (Brouwer)
  • Absolute Pressure (Brouwer)
  • Two Foot Punch (Daher)
  • Squeeze (Muller)
  • Fly Away (Rock)
  • Crossover (Rud)
  • Paralyzed (Rud)
  • Venom (Tate)
  • Razor's Edge (Tate)


  • Astrology
  • Dr. Mary Edwards Walker
  • George S. Patton
  • George Washington
Nov 07

Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey

Posted by heather in Reviews & Recommended Books

I have read this book more often than I can count. It is my favorite of Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy, and it remains as fantastic today as it was when I first read it. "Dragonsinger" is the continuation of Menolly's story -- she is a gifted female musician in a world where it is frowned upon for girls to do such a thing. At the opening of "Dragonsinger," Menolly finds herself at the doorstep of the Harper Hall (Pern's equivalent of an elite music school) after having been tapped by the Masterharper himself -- who is trying to change the 'old ways' for the better.
What remains the biggest draw to this book for me is how Menolly's story mirrors my own: growing up, I was always the odd one out. Like Menolly, I wanted to write songs and stories -- but faced obstacles in my pursuit. Watching Menolly grow into herself, watching her come to terms, and ultimately, find her very own niche gave me hope that someday, I would find my own as well.

Thank you, Menolly (and Ms. McCaffrey), for giving me the courage to follow my own dreams.

reviewed by Heather

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Nov 04

Children's books for 4 Nov 2011

Posted by heather in New Books

Picture books:

  • The Three Gifts (Gifford)

Chapter books:

  • Cypher the Mountain Giant
  • Forno the Fire Dragon
  • You Have to Stop This (Bosch)
  • The Bear (Curwood)
  • Secret Agent Jack Stalwart, vol 7 (Hunt)
  • The Flint Heart (Patterson)
  • Around the World (Phelan)


  • Eyewitness: Forensic Science
  • Eyewitness: Natural Disasters
  • Eyewitness: Spy
  • Face to Face with Grizzlies
  • In Search of Sasquatch
  • Lego Ideas Book
  • Life Cycle of a Koala

Graphic novels:

  • Hardy Boys: The Ocean of Osyria
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Baum)
  • Black Beauty (Sewell)
  • Peanuts (Schulz)
Nov 04

Adult books for 4 Nov 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Cloudburst (Andrews)
  • Zero Day (Baldacci)
  • The Snow Angel (Beck)
  • The City of Fallen Angels (Berendt)
  • Down by the River (Carr)
  • Just Over the Mountain (Carr)
  • Stormchild (Cornwell)
  • Crackdown (Cornwell)
  • Wildtrack (Cornwell)
  • Alone (Estleman)
  • The Litigators (Grisham)
  • Dangerous Mercy (Herman)
  • Sleeping with Fear (Hooper)
  • Once a Thief (Hooper)
  • Sense of Evil (Hooper)
  • Whisper of Evil (Hooper)
  • Always a Thief (Hooper)
  • Kindness Goes Unpunished (Johnson)
  • A Christmas Homecoming (Perry)
  • Hotel Vendome (Steel)
  • Cup of Gold (Steinbeck)


  • American Emperor
  • Ben-Gurion
  • Charles Dickens
  • Dear Carey
  • Eva Braun: Life with Hitler
  • Falling Upward
  • How to Buy Bank-Owned Properties for Pennies on the Dollar
  • Jerusalem
  • Midnight Rising
  • Muzzled
  • Nearing Home
  • Outnumbered
  • Steve Jobs
  • Suicide of a Superpower
  • Thomas Sewell Reader
Nov 04


Posted by heather in Events

If you missed last week's "Lego-Rama!":





We had three participants in the 4-8 age group, six participants in the 9-12 age group, and three adult participants.  The People’s Choice prize went to Keegan Haag, age 7, for his Lego project called “Head factory.”

A few Lego projects will be on display at the library for one week.

Fun was had by all and refreshments followed the judging.  And if you enjoyed "Lego-Rama!," you're in luck: there will be a Lego event on the first Friday of each month beginning January 6th, 2012! The Lego event would be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thank you to our judges:  Donna Helsius, Aimee Rosenberg, Dale Slack, and Bonnie Williams.

Nov 03

The Rebels by Jack Cavanaugh

Posted by heather in Reviews & Recommended Books

5 out of 5 stars

The author doesn't write history as it may be thought of universally, but searches for actual facts. This is a refreshing look at the Civil War that is not bent by the propaganda of then and today. The author presents history just like history happened, with a fair view of both sides. He (the author) writes with an open mind and does not tarnish his writing with his own preconceived notions.

Review by Sebastiana Radebaugh

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Nov 02

Squeaky Clean Reads: Link of the Month

Posted by heather in Link of the Month

Squeaky Clean Reads is a website specializing in content reviews of books for middle grade (10-14) and teen (14-19) readers. An excellent resource to help the reader (or parent!) find "clean" books.

Regarding their reviews, Squeaky Clean Reads says:

"In our review process, we give an overall review (a review of the book's literary qualities), and then a content review (a discussion of possibly objectionable material found in the book).  We want to let our readers know that our overall reviews and ratings are NOT affected or influenced by the book's content.  We aim to provide a professional, literary review of each book, and then go on to simply provide the book's content for your consideration."

Books are separated into lists organized by star rating, age level, topics (fiction, non-fiction, paranormal, mystery, etc), and the ones that make the cut are put on their Squeaky Clean Book List

Nov 02

DVDs for 2 Nov 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Any Which Way You Can
  • Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again
  • Every Which Way But Loose
  • Honkytonk Man
  • In Harm's Way
  • National Treasure
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • North to Alaska
  • The Undefeated


  • A Dog of Flanders
  • A Little Princess
  • Jumanji
  • Nancy Drew
  • The Lion King
  • The Neverending Story
  • The Secret Garden
Nov 02

Adult books for 2 Nov 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Birds of Paradise (Abu-Jaber)
  • The Sense of an Ending (Barnes)
  • Hot Water (Brokovich)
  • Lost Melody (Copeland)
  • All the Pretty Hearses (Daheim)
  • Love Finds You in Nazareth, Pennsylvania (Dobson)
  • Christmas in Sugarcreek (Gray)
  • Deed of Murder (Harrison)
  • Only His (Mallery)
  • Attracted to Fire (Mills)
  • The River Queen (Morris)
  • 1Q84 (Murakami)
  • The Cat's Table (Ondatje)
  • Hang Him High (Patten)
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Skloot)
  • At Home by the Sea (Skye)
  • Black Thunder (Thurlo)
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside (Warren)
  • The Christmas Singing (Woodsmall)


  • Whites, Blacks, and Racist Democrats
Nov 02

Teen books for 2 Nov 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Battle of the Bands (Denman)
  • Comeback (Grant)
  • B Negative (Grant)
  • The Protectors (Karlsson)
  • Flying Feet (McCann)
  • Fallout (Tate)
  • Boarder Patrol (Thomas)
  • The Darwin Expedition (Tullson)
  • Grind (Walters)
  • Messages from Beyond (Watson)
  • The Club (Watson)


  • Clara Barton
  • Benjamin O. Davis Jr.
  • Guitar for Everyone
  • Write Your Own Fantasy Story
  • Write Your Own Mystery Story
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