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    by sm | Sep 26, 2016

    These are even some more new teen fantasy fiction to ponder new worlds and ways ...



    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Evan | Sep 26, 2016
    Evans Recommendations

    Whether you like your popular science books "dry"or "wet," there are plenty of good ones to choose from these days. By dry, I mean a book that mostly tries to explain a difficult subject; by wet, I mean one that gives a lot of attention to the living, human side of the science. My preference is dry, but I've been working my way through four pop sci books this month, and I'll start with the decidedly wet one I already finished.

    Janna Levin's very human Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space is maybe 10 percent about black holes science and 90 percent about quirky, brilliant black hole scientists. Working through one adversity after another -- theoretical, technical, financial and, especially, emotional -- they put together over 30 years an amazing pair of gigantic devices that last year reportedly heard the unfathomably faint and brief sound ripple from the collision of two black holes in a galaxy far, far away. Levin herself is a black hole scientist, but in this project she writes little about how the universe works and much about how imperfect human beings try to understand it. 

    Jane Goodall's Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants is a very personal plea by a famous zoologist who dearly loves botany. She urges people to appreciate plants on both emotional and practical levels. Like many scientists, she warns that we are rapidly destroying plant species at the possibly imminent peril of our own. 

    Somewhere between wet and dry is Frans de Waal's Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? The renowned primatologist's latest book is full of the recent findings about animal intelligence, but it's also full of stories about scientists believing a lot of stupid things in regard to animals' abilities.

    One of my favorites is that scientists said elephants were too dumb to get bananas that were too high to reach with their trunks. This ruling was based on the fact the elephants would not use a stick to reach them as some other animals do. But an intelligent human realized that holding sticks confuses elephants' sensory perception. When sturdy blocks were put in the elephants' reach, they pushed them to spots underneath the bananas, raised themselves by putting their forelegs on the blocks, and got their reward. Plenty smart.

    My current favorite, however, is Sean Carroll's The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. Monty Python's Meaning of Life this is not. Even with hardly any math, it is a big book on the big stuff, and I'm admittedly taking a lot of time to work through it. I'm thinking about actually buying it, which, for this life-long library addict, is high praise.

    Carroll is a physicist, but he demonstrates a deep understanding of many other challenging subjects, including philosophy and brain science. Ultimately, though, the book is less about the knowledge he conveys and more an explanation of why the scientific process itself -- for all its uncertainties -- is our best hope to understand our universe, our world and ourselves. 

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Cindy H | Sep 23, 2016
    The breathtakingly beautiful Roza mysteriously appeared in Finn and Sean O'Sullivan's barn one day and seemed to be just what they needed; life had been tough since their father died when they were young and their mother abandoned them. Even though the boys know she must be hiding something they don't care, Roza brings happiness and light to the house and she just seems too good to be true. Until the day she disappears just as mysteriously as she appeared. Finn is the only witness to what really happened that night, but no one believes his story. Can Finn convince the people in Bone Gap that he isn't a liar or crazy? And why does it seem that so many fantastical things seem to happen in this small town?

    We get to follow the stories of Finn, Sean, Roza, and some other key players in this mystery. I had a really hard time putting this book down. There are also many twists and turns and surprises that I really did not expect. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes an engaging story with just enough fantasy to make you wonder if there are secrets in the world.
    by Teresa Walls | Sep 23, 2016
    parent and child making a cornhusk doll

    This weekend (September 24 and 25, 2016), ACPL Children's Services is offering a program in which children, ages 6 and up, with a grown-up, can learn how to make a cornhusk doll. Call Children's Services at 421-1220 to register. Space is limited. Each program begins at 2 pm. This is
    part of the series of programs Beyond the Book: Salt: A Story of Friendship in Time of War.

    The program will be offered at the Little Turtle Branch Library at 2 pm, Saturday, October 15, and at the Grabill Branch Library at 2 pm, Saturday, October 22. Registration is required.
    by Kay Spears | Sep 23, 2016
    What a nice read! In A Gentleman Never Tells, Eloisa James presents us with a charming short story. For those of you following along, this one is loosely connected to the Essex sisters, and I do mean loosely - so don't go wracking your brains trying to Eloisa Jamesremember. Just sit back and enjoy.

     I am always impressed with an author when they can come up with a good short story and Ms. James as given us a full, well-written tale with characters who seem to be fully developed. On top of that, the romance part of the book made me smile. This story was a delight.

    We have Oliver Berwick, a bachelor who has inherited an outrageous niece. His brain-think while his niece is nattering on was pretty funny. I'm hoping we will see more of this funny teenager in the future. Anyway, Oliver and his niece have been "invited" to a house party. At the house party he becomes immediately interested in Lizzie, Lady Trout. Lizzie is a widow and she wants to stay that way. She has hidden herself away from people; her protection is her books. In her books she finds a place where she belongs and there isn't anyone there to humiliate or degrade her.

    Lizzie has not had very good luck in the man department. Her husband died in his mistress' arms. Now while that's bad enough, from the very beginning of her marriage her husband made it very clear that he wanted nothing to do with her. He even blamed Lizzie for his deficiency in the Mr. Toad department. So, in this case we have a legitimate virgin widow. Needless to say, Lizzie viewed herself as a failure. Hurt and dejected, she returned to her father for support. Her father's reply was also rejection, telling her she had to return to her cheese-wad husband. So, Lizzie returned to live with her husband, who in turn lived with his mistress. Not only did he return to his mistress, he was very public about it. It is not at all surprising that Lizzie has become absorbed into the world which books can create. It is also this Lizzie who Oliver falls in love with and presides to help Lizzie see herself as she actually is.

    I adored Oliver and Lizzie. They brought out the best in each other. There was plenty of humor throughout this short story. Oliver had a wonderful sense of humor, he was kind and any woman would easily fall in love with him. Lizzie had more angst in her life and was pretty down on herself in the beginning. But under Oliver's gentle hand, she blossoms. She turns into a woman who knows what she wants, knows she has more to offer people and decides on her own that Oliver is the right person for her. Ms. James as created a very memorable couple in just a few short pages. Best of all there's not enough space for a prolonged "I can't marry you because..."

    The secondary characters are also fun. Lizzie's sister Cat had a very strong personality. I do admit there were times when Cat almost journeyed into overbearing territory. But I think Cat was desperately worried about her sister and was trying to help in the only way she knew how. Once again I think it helped that Cat's aggressive behavior was in a short story and not a full-length novel. If she had been given a longer time, she probably would have become an unlikable character. The most enjoyable secondary character in the book was Oliver's niece Hattie. Hattie has quite a personality. She's talkative, funny, witty but also wily. Hattie seems to have a underhanded way of getting what she wants and I hope we see more of her in future books.

    Overall - I highly recommend this little gem. It was a fast read, nothing was overdone and the couple hit just the right chord with me.

    Time/Place: England 1826

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Dawn Stoops | Sep 22, 2016
    Here's a new music CD perfect for fall!
    cover image for wake up and sing
    Wake Up & Sing by Red Yarn, a.k.a. Andy Furgeson, has fiddles and folksy guitars galore. It makes me think of bonfires, starry nights, and friends telling stories. Most of the songs on the album are traditional folk songs but the ones written by Red Yarn fit in seamlessly. My favorite song tells the story of a little squirrel named Shadow. It was a perfect accompaniment with storytime this week. Our preschool group loved listening to what the squirrel was going to do next and then acting it out themselves.

    Give this CD or his other one, Deep Woods Revival, a try!

    by sm | Sep 19, 2016

    Here are some more new teen fantasy fiction to tickle your imagination this Fall...



    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Dawn Stoops | Sep 19, 2016
    One of the things I like best about working at a public library is the variety of people and books I come in contact with on a daily, or hourly, basis. In one day I may help a grandmother apply for a job online, find rhyming books for a preschool teacher, look up a particular dog breed for a family, and help a new Kindle owner borrow an ebook from OverDrive.

    So today, I'd like to share a random list of great books.
    You never know what you'll find at the library!

    cover image for born to be wild

    Born to be Wild
    by Hattie Garlick

    Try this fun new book for adults if you need some creative ideas for outdoor time. This book has more than 200 pages of ideas for things to make and do with kids of all ages.

    cover image for spooky jokes for kids

    Laugh-Out-Loud Spooky Jokes for Kids
    by Rob Elliott

    Just in time for Halloween, jokes for vampire and monster

    cover image for a prayer for world peace

    A Prayer for World Peace
    by Jane Goodall

    Beautiful illustrations by Feeroozeh Golmohammadi bring Jane Goodall's prayer for peace to life with color and power. This is a book worth many re-readings!
    cover image for drive

    Drive: a book of roadside opposites
    by Kellen Hatanaka

    This family car trip demonstrates lots of opposite pairs in each picture, like in and out, over and under. My favorite is the pull out spread with a worm's-eye view and then, opened up, a bird's-eye view

    by Craig B | Sep 19, 2016

    cover for Katherine Anne Porter's book, Collected StoriesThe 15 Minute Pulitzer

    Born in Texas as Callie Russel Porter in 1894, Porter adopted her grandmother’s name (though in alternative spellings) after her first divorce.  As a distant descendant of Daniel Boone and O. Henry (who’s actual last name was indeed Porter) it’s not too hard to see qualities of the intrepid frontiersman and the curious wit in Porter’s writing.  Only moderately educated and first married at sixteen, Porter worked at acting and singing, then journalism and eventually fiction writing.  She went on to a celebrated literary life, teaching at several high profile universities (i.e. Stanford) and winning the National Book Award along with her Pulitzer.  The titular book of this post has become her legacy and in many ways the unofficial memoir of one of the more interesting people of the 20th century.

    I love that in the middle of this 1966 Pulitzer Prize winner, The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter, there is a funny little trilogy of short novels (not funny ha ha, believe me) ostensibly written as a reaction to the authoress’ narrow survival of a flu epidemic in 1918.  The first short novel in this reactionary trilogy, “Old Mortality”, makes sense as a response to surviving sickness thematically and mood-wise, the last in the trilogy “Pale Horse, Pale Rider” could almost be a retelling of what Porter’s survival experience might have been, but the middle story (also the story at the very middle of the book (13 stories before and 13 after)) makes almost no sense at all.  As is my wont, I did not conclude that this abstruseness was due to a slippage of competence in the writer, but an effort to communicate something beyond thematicism, romanticization, and even allegory.  Yes, I think perhaps Porter is trying to tell us something.  So, if I was going to reread this book, I think I would begin with that middle short novel, “Noon Wine”, (or maybe end with it) because I think it perhaps tells us the most about Porter and her values as a writer and/or human and how her work should be read.  Perhaps, however, the important point here, the takeaway, is that I would consider rereading Porter’s book, I thought it was that good.

    On that note, having read 50 years of Pulitzers, I believe it is time for me to start shopping for a cardigan sweater to go along with 1967, our Pulitzer Anniversary Year.

    by Cindy H | Sep 16, 2016
    This is the touching and inspirational story about a girl named Melody. She has cerebral palsy, which has confined her to a wheelchair and left her incapable of speech. Despite her physical limitations Melody is extremely bright and longs to be able to vocalize all of the thoughts in her head. Although her parents know she is smart, very few doctors and teachers seem to be unable to see it. Melody refuses to give up on her dream to finally be able to communicate; she is determined to find a way.

    Even though this is technically a fictional story, it still provides wonderful insight into the mind of someone with a disability. The reactions of the other characters in the story to Melody show the many different attitudes that people may have about those with disabilities. This story clearly shows that just because you have a disability that does not mean that you are limited in achieving great things, or feeling deeply; by the end of the story I felt like I had a greater understanding about cerebral palsy and disabilities in general. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a heartfelt story and wants to learn more about life through the eyes of someone struggling with physical limitations.​
    by Kay S | Sep 16, 2016
    Yes sir my little cowpokes, it's time for a few of those upcoming books. These upcoming releases are scheduled to hit the books stores between September 15 and October 14, 2016. So mark you calendars or keep an eye out, 'cause they're headin' down the trail for you.
    Historical Romance
    Tessa Dare
    Tessa Dare
    Do You Want to Start a Scandal
    Spindle Cove series
    September 27
    S Enoch Suzanne Enoch
    Hero in the Highlands
    No Ordinary Hero series
    October 4
    Hannah Howell
    Hannah Howell
    Highland Chieftain
    The Murrays
    September 27
    Eloisa James Eloisa James
    A Gentleman Never Tells
    Essex sisters short story
    Already out
    Historical Fiction
    Elizabeth Chadwick Elizabeth Chadwick
    The Autumn Throne
    Eleanor of Aquitaine series
    October 4
    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    Colgan Jenny Colgan
    The Bookshop on the Corner
    Contemporary Romance
    September 20
    Sonali Devi Sonali Dev
    A Change of Heart
    Bollywood series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 27
    Nyhan Loretta Nyhan
    All the Good Parts
    September 20
    Jennifer Ryan Jennifer Ryan
    Her Renegade Rancher
    Montana Men series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 20
    Mystery/Thrillers/Suspense/Romantic Suspense
    Heather Graham Heather Graham
    Darkest Journey
    Krewe of Hunters series
    Romantic Suspense
    September 27
    OConnell Carol O’Connell
    Blind Sight
    Kathleen Mallory series
    September 20
    cherie priest Cherie Priest
    The Family Plot
    September 20
    Karin Slaughter Karin Slaughter
    The Kept Woman
    Will Trent series
    September 20
    Anna Snoekstra Anna Snoekstra
    Only Daughter
    September 20
    Joyce Tremel Joyce Tremel
    Tangled Up in Brew
    Brewing Trouble Mystery series
    October 4
    Rebecca Zanetta Rebecca Zanetti
    Deadly Silence
    Blood Brothers
    Romantic Suspense
    October 4
    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy
    anthology John Joseph Adams, editor
    What the #@&% Is That?: The Saga Anthology of the Monstrous and the Macabre
    September 20
    Andrews Ilona Andrews
    Magic Binds
    Kate Daniels series
    Urban Fantasy
    September 20
    Deborah Blake Deborah Blake
    Dangerously Charming
    Broken Riders series
    Paranormal Romance
    October 4
    Asa Bradley Asa Maria Bradley
    Viking Warrior Rebel
    Viking Warriors series
    Paranormal Romance
    October 4

    J. Lincoln Fenn J. Lincoln Fenn
    Dead Souls
    September 20
    Lynn Kurland Lynn Kurland
    The White Spell
    Nine Kingdoms series
    October 4
    Chris Roberson Chris Roberson
    Urban Fantasy
    October 18
    Diana Rowland Diana Rowland
    Legacy of the Demon
    Kara Gillian
    Urban Fantasy
    October 4
    Blake Kendare Blake
    Three Dark Crowns
    Three Dark Crowns series
    September 20

    Kristin Cast Kristin Cast
    P.C. Cast
    The Scent of Salt and Sand
    An Escaped novella
    October 11

    Bree Despain Bree Despain
    The Immortal Throne
    Into the Dark
    October 1
    Jennifer Niven Jennifer Niven
    Holding up the Universe
    October 4
    Lauren Oliver Lauren Oliver
    Replica series
    October 4

    Scott Westerfeld Scott Westerfeld
    Margo Lanagan
    Deborah Biancotti
    Zeroes series
    Christina Lauren Christina Lauren
    Beautiful series
    October 4
    Inspirational Romance/Inspirational Fiction
    Johnnie Alexander Johnnie Alexander
    When Love Arrives
    Misty Willows series
    September 20
    Jan Drexler Jan Drexler
    Mattie’s Pledge
    The Journey to Pleasant Valley series
    September 20
    Sarah Ello Sara Ella
    October 11
    Michelle Griep Michelle Griep
    The Captive Heart
    October 1
    Charles Martin Charles Martin
    Long Way Gone
    October 4
    Michael Phillips Michael Phillips The Cottage
    Secret of the Shetlands series
    October 4

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Kris L. | Sep 14, 2016
    “In the summer of 1812, at a place where three rivers meet, the sky is filled with birds of many kinds and colors.  The rivers are home to fish, beavers, turtles and otters.  In the forest are deer, bears, wolves, porcupines, foxes, bobcats, squirrels, and rabbits….”

    ~ Helen Frost, Introduction to Salt: A Story of Friendship in Time of War


    Over the next several weeks, children and their families are invited to Animal Tracks and Scat, an extra special event that is a part of the series of programs Beyond the Book: Salt: A Story of Friendship in Time of War.

    Children of all ages and their families can learn a little about wild animals that live in Indiana and the tracks and scat they leave behind.  This is knowledge that Anikwa and James, the boys in the novel, needed to hunt animals for food and other necessities.

    Activities include animal track rubbings, making fake “scat” and exploring real animal pelts and artifacts on loan from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.  

    Making Pretend Scat       Antlers       


    Here’s the remaining schedule:

    • Saturday, September 17, 10:30 am: Dupont Branch
    • Monday, September 19, 1:30 pm: Shawnee Branch
    • Saturday, October 1, 2:00 pm: Children’s Services, Main Library
    • Monday, October 3, 7:00 pm: Little Turtle Branch
    • Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 am: Little Turtle Branch






    by Craig B | Sep 14, 2016

    cover for Jake Owen's album, American LoveThe newest offering from Jake Owen, American Love, has a lot to do with drinking for ostensibly being about “love.”  Other than that slightly snarky observance I would say that the album innovates pretty comfortably within its own wheelhouse and brings some strong wit to familiar lyrical territory.  Admirable, really.

    Suggested Use: Do your own mechanical work?  Nothing like finishing up a brake job or an oil change to the strains of Jake Owen.  Turns out muttering to yourself and casting around for the half-inch drive ratchet becomes a lot more interesting when the music you’re listening to reminds you of the Friday night football game and a weekend spent driving around in your VW van.

    by Mari H. | Sep 13, 2016
    Homework Help has begun!

    What is Homework Help?
    A free community service since 1997, the program provides one-on-one homework help to students in grades 6-12.

    Who can use Homework Help?
    Students in grades 6-12 who need homework help (including math, science, and many other subjects) can attend. It is a great service for students of all academic levels.

    Is Homework Help free?
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Plus: it’s free.

    Do I need to register to come to Homework Help?
    No. Homework Help is a drop-in service, meaning you can come and go at any time during the hours it is offered. Some students visit us every night it is offered and stay the full two hours. Some students visit us only every once in a while and stay just until they have their question(s) answered.

    When is Homework Help?
    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the school year.
    Note: There is no Homework Help when Fort Wayne Community Schools are closed for vacations or weather-related emergencies.

    Where is Homework Help?
    In the Teen department at Main Library on the 2nd floor.

    Who are the Helpers?
    Our trained volunteers are usually professionals (engineers, accountants, retired professors, etc.) with a desire to give back to their community by helping the next generation succeed.

    Will the Helpers give students the answers?
    No. Homework Helpers guide students but do not do the work for them. Helpers explain concepts and ask the right questions to help students analyze the problems and find their own solutions.

    What do the students need to bring with them?

    • Homework assignment
    • Textbook (if available)
    • Paper
    • Pencil or pen

    What is the difference between Homework Help and a tutoring service?
    Tutoring implies personal instruction in a subject area. Our Helpers are not teachers. They are here to help the students answer specific questions and complete specific homework assignments.

    What can I expect when I come to Homework Help?
    The Helpers set up at a table in the open area of Young Adults’ Services. They have blue signs at each end of the table that read, “Homework Help Available.” You may walk right up, sit down, take out your homework and let them know you are here for help. A Helper will be with you as soon as possible, often immediately.

    Some students only need help with one specific problem. Some students need help with the whole assignment. It is not uncommon for a student to come in, take out his or her homework assignment and say, “I just don’t get this.” A Helper will spend time with the student looking over the assignment and then tackling specific problems one by one, explaining how to solve them as they go.

    On busy nights our Helpers will sometimes need to help two or more students at a time. In this case the Helper will generally get you started on an assignment, take time to help another student, then come back to check on your progress, and so on.

    Can I be a Homework Helper?
    Are you at least 16 years of age? Do you have a strong math and science background? Can you commit 2 hours, one night a week during the school year? Do you like helping kids? Then the answer may be “yes.” Visit Allen County Public Library’s Volunteer Services for more information.

    Have more questions? Contact the Teen department at 421-1255.


    by Dawn Stoops | Sep 12, 2016
    In the mood for a new graphic novel?

     cover image for harvy beaks it's crazy time
      cover image for tiger island
     cover image for lucy and andy neanderthal
     cover image for dark island
    cover image for friendship is magic volume 10  cover image for secret coders paths and portals
      cover image for clarence
      cover image for the lost expedition
    cover image for best friends forever
    by Scott M | Sep 12, 2016

    These novels are more new teen fantasy books for you to explore....



    Scott M
    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!

    by Georgean Johnson-Coffey, Manager, Audio Reading Service | Sep 12, 2016
    Bruce  Haines and Cat in the Hat

    In this month’s  Allen County Reads, Bruce Haines, president and general manager of PBS39, shares how libraries have influenced him over the years.  As part of ACPL’s volunteer team, Bruce reads the Sunday  Journal Gazette as it is broadcast live at the Audio Reading Service for those who are print and reading impaired. As libraries have helped Bruce, he now helps our community with his service through the library.  – Georgean Johnson-Coffey, manager, Audio Reading Service

    My mother worked in my elementary school library. It was at a time when, more than books, libraries were moving to multi-service facilities. The room housed film strip projectors, opaque projectors, audio cassette players, slide strips and records, overhead projectors, microfilm. A number of student and teacher needs were addressed on any given day. Of course, the technology has certainly changed and, as the library evolved into a media center, the name has changed, too. Through the years, however, the school’s needs to provide a connection to sources of information, education, inspiration and entertainment remained constant. The library as a community’s “connector” for individual growth and the public good holds true over time.

    In college, I learned that beyond the resources of any one library lies a fraternity of libraries that could loan for your use the book you thought you’d never find. I discovered that it was also OK to know what you didn’t know about finding materials and that asking questions was expected and encouraged. In doing so, you become familiar with not just what you were looking for but also with the organization involved in helping you find that information in the first place. With that understanding, the library has become a source for answers and assistance and not for anxiety. Moving from the written word to music, movies, and now family genealogy, my library experiences are often as multifaceted as the library’s offerings!

    In the research of topics assigned to me for Fort Wayne Quest Club papers over the years, I am impressed by how much material is now available in digital form. Books and documents that would have been difficult to acquire by their age or their origin are now accessible in a most practical and useful format. It improves the ability to examine sources directly rather than depend on a review of that same source by another writer. The information connections available online to us through our library and countless others expand the scope of what can be obtained and extend the value of such original materials, all from the comfort of any computer!

    As a birthday present, my daughter Hannah gave me a copy of Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge Up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner. This book increased my interest in T. Roosevelt, which has now led me to begin reading The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Having read her work on Abraham Lincoln (Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln) I look forward to the immersive journey ahead into this phase of American history!

    Bruce has been the general manager of PBS39 for more than 8 years. PBS39 operates four public television channels and carries Audio Reading Service programming on an audio sub-channel of PBS39-4.


    by Miss Heather | Sep 10, 2016
    Get wild in the woods with your kiddo! Shawnee Branch is lucky enough to be right next to a wooded area. Help your preschooler become a nature lover with a morning spent exploring and playing in the great outdoors. The fun happens rain or shine!
    Wild in the Woods
    Shawnee Branch Library
    (Calhoun & Paulding)
    5600 Noll Avenue
    Fort Wayne, IN 46806
    (260) 421-1355
    by Cindy H | Sep 09, 2016
    It is 1986 in Omaha, Nebraska. Eleanor is the new girl on the bus. It's hard being the new girl, especially because she's always had a hard time fitting in; she's a little chubby, has fiery red curly hair, and wears clothes like ties with over-sized men's flannel shirts with silk ribbons tied to her wrists.

    Park does his best to fit in, although he's always felt like somewhat of an outsider. He's part Korean, which definitely stands out among his nearly 100% white classmates. He's short and wears all black. He's neighbors with the most popular boy in school, so the cool kids mostly leave him alone; he even dated the most popular girl once-in 6th grade.

    When Eleanor walks on the bus for the first time, everyone shuns her. No one will make room for her to sit. Park feels embarrassed for her, and although he offers to let her sit with him he's not happy about it; he's actually angry. Why does she have to make it so hard on herself, dressing like she does? Doesn't she care what anyone else thinks about her?

    They sit every morning and afternoon in silence, until Park realizes she's been secretly reading his comic books over his shoulder. Eventually he begins bringing her comic books to read on her own. This is the bright spot of Eleanor's day, which is generally filled with the taunts and outright harassment of her popular classmates. An unlikely friendship begins to form, until it's clear there is something between them that means even more. Maybe everything.

    I absolutely loved this book. I think everyone can relate to feeling out of place, and what it's like to have a secret. Although it does have romance it isn't cheesy; some very real issues are dealt with. You will quickly become entrenched in the tale of Eleanor & Park.
    by Emily M | Sep 09, 2016
    Looking for a book recommendation? Look no further!  Here are a few good books I’ve enjoyed recently:

    keepersofthehouseThe Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau

    The Keepers of the House is a sprawling novel, tracing seven generations of one landed Alabama family from the early nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.  When the family patriarch dies and the truth concerning his relationship with his black housekeeper is exposed (It’s not what you think – everyone already knows he is the father of her three children), his granddaughter is left with the fallout.  Grau weaves a story that is awash with a deep and enduring sense of place and of home; and with graceful writing and searing indictment, Grau confronts racisim in the Jim Crow south head on. 

    The Keepers of the House won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1965, but did not receive a welcome reception from everyone.  The Ku Klux Klan burned a cross in Grau’s yard in response to her book’s criticisms of the accepted racial attitudes of the day. 

    backyardwintergardeningBackyard Winter Gardening: Vegetables Fresh and Simple, in Any Climate, Without Artificial Heat or Electricity – the Way it’s Been Done for 2,000 Years by Caleb Warnock

    This time of year most gardeners are drowning in zucchini and tomatoes and the last thing they want to think about is extending their growing season, but come December those fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes will be sounding pretty good.  Caleb Warnock’s Backyard Winter Gardening is a practical and usable guide to enjoying homegrown vegetables year round, even in areas where winters are cold and snowy.  Intended for those who have gardening experience, but are newbies to winter gardening, Warnock’s book explores a variety of different techniques, such as cold frames, hot beds, and geothermal greenhouses, as well as giving detailed information on specific vegetables, such as which varieties of each vegetable will grow best using which technique.  He also is realistic about what can’t be done (sorry, no fresh strawberries in January).  I’ve always put my garden to bed for the winter by the end of September, but this book has given me the confidence to try a few of the simpler techniques for winter.

    One caveat about this book: the author is a bit extreme in his views, in my opinion.  For example, I do not agree that the national security of our country is dependent on backyard gardening.  If you happen to agree with that sentiment, then this book is definitely for you.  If, like me, you happen to disagree, this book is still for you – just skip over the rhetoric and keep to the practical stuff.


    wewereliarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    Cadence Easton is a teenager from a privileged New England family.  Each summer she gathers with her mother, aunts, cousins, and grandparents on the family’s private island near Martha’s Vineyard.  During her fifteenth summer something happens to Cadence, leaving her with searing migraines and an inability to remember what she calls “summer fifteen.”  Told from Cadence’s point of view during her seventeenth summer, her memories slowly return, revealing the horrifying truth of what happened that summer. 

    Suspenseful and plotty, We Were Liars is an easily read mystery that dips its toes into the realm of magical realism.  It also leans heavily on one of my favorite plot devices: the unreliable narrator.  The plot twist at the end may be shocking to some, while others may be unsurprised, as all the necessary clues were in place for the reader to discover.  Although technically a young adult book, this adult reader thoroughly enjoyed We Were Liars.

    What good books have you read lately?  We'd love to hear!

    EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.