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    by Angie N. | Apr 20, 2018

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    Do you hear that?
    Sounds like YOU designing and building cool musical instruments to take home and play. Come see what rockin’ instruments you can create from things like plastic spoons, beans, cardboard tubes, paper plates, and more. We’ll be having some creative rhythmic fun you won’t want to miss during our next Design It! Program at the Main Library in Children’s Services on Wednesday, April 25 from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

    by Emily M | Apr 18, 2018

    Each month we feature the showing of an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  Join us on May 5 for the engaging documentary The Paris Opera, a behind-the-scenes look at the whirlwind logistics that are needed to put together the breathtaking performances and events at one of the world's most eminent performing arts institutions.

    What: The Paris Opera*
    When: Wednesday, May 2
    6:30 pm
    Where: Globe Room, Main Library
    Free admission, Ages 18 and up
    *In French and English with English subtitles

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    by Angie N. | Apr 18, 2018

    April is designated as National Poetry Month in the United States. It is a time to celebrate poets, their poems, all the poems you love, and the poet in you! Listed below are seven ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month.

    1. Pick a poet whose work you’ve never read and check out a volume of their poetry from the library.
    2. Create an anthology of your favorite poems. Pick your favorite poems, type them up or write them down and create a book to keep, so you can read them again and again. Leave room to add more poems in the future.
    3. Send a favorite poem to a friend via text, email or in a letter.
    4. Write a poem of your very own.
    5. Record yourself reading poetry aloud, your favorites or the ones you’ve written.
    6. Illustrate a poem or two.
    7. Watch videos of poets reading their work.
    What are some other ideas for celebrating poetry? Come on into the library and check out some great volumes of poems, both old and new. 

    Poetry Books
    by Evan | Apr 18, 2018


    You've got this thing about Kroger. Or Google. Or  Acme Anvils. Whatever, there's this company you want to research and/or contact because you like/hate what they do and you may want to invest in them or write a letter of hot and detailed complaint.

    So, you want names and addresses of top executives, maybe even emails.You want to see how they're doing in the stock market, what the recent news is about them, whether they are in any legal trouble.

    The library is here to help. We subscribe to LexisNexis Library Express, and you can use it freely. (It's actually a triple-threat database. Besides business information, it has a database for news stories going back 40 years and another one for legal cases and articles. But today we're talking business.)

    You can reach the database by scrolling down from this link to our website. If you are in one of our libraries, it will open automatically; if you are elsewhere, you'll need to enter your library card number. Either way, you'll open up access to a great deal of corporate information. 

    Using it might require a little patience. For instance, it rewards spelling on a what-you-give-is-what-you-get basis. That's why when I typed in Proctor & Gamble it gave me almost 30 results but not the big headquarters in Cincinnati. Evidently a lot of other people besides me misspell the company name. Type Procter instead of Proctor and wonders await you.. 

    As for Google, when you search for it on LexisNexis and don't find the data you want, be sure to notice the line that says Top-level. That's code for parent company. Google hid itself behind the corporate name Alphabet Inc. a few years ago, but Lexis-Nexis will help you figure that out. 

    Of course, the database gives more information about publicly traded companies than private ones, so Acme Anvils won't show as much. But there's a lot of authoritative data there -- and some of it is not the kind you will easily find on corporate websites. So, dig deep and prosper. 


    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Emily M | Apr 16, 2018

    In conjunction with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic's April 28th performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony, the Allen County Public Library will be displaying photographs, lithographs, posters, and other documents related to the siege of Leningrad.  The exhibit will be located outside the Art, Music & Media Department at the Main Branch, 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne.  For information on the Library’s hours and additional details, please visit www.acpl.info or call (260) 421-1200.  The display will run through June 30.

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    by sm | Apr 16, 2018

    The books listed here are  new teen romance novels to read for the cold days of April...

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    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 Becky C | Apr 16, 2018
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    Children of Blood and Bone Nevertheless  Empress of a Thousand Skies 
     Blood of a Thousand Stars  Kindred  Its Better Than It Looks
     Getting Rid of Bradley  Neverwhere  The Cuckoos Calling
     Herland  Summer Hours at the Robbers Library  Life Reimagined
     The Nightingale  The Templars  The Song of Susannah


    Want more recommendations?  Click here for previous What We're Reading posts. 

    Please let us know what books you've been reading that you've really enjoyed.  We're always looking for our next great read!


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Emily M | Apr 14, 2018
    Freegal
    For the last several years, ACPL users have been able to access music at home on their computers or mobile devices for free using Freegal. Users can download five songs a week (and keep them forever!) and stream three hours of music per day.  For those of you who are already using Freegal, you may have noticed some recent changes to their website and app.

    Freegal's new interface is intuitive and clean, to support easier use. It's now simpler to explore Freegal's 15 million songs with over 100 curated playlists to meet every whim and mood. Previous users can use their same credentials as on the old site, and all playlists and stored music have been preserved.

    If you haven't had a chance to explore Freegal, now is a great time to check it out! 

    by Becky C | Apr 13, 2018
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    How do librarians know what titles are coming out when?  How do we decide which of those titles we'll purchase for the collection?  We have several sources, but Publishers Weekly (PW) is one of my personal favorites.  PW reviews around 9,000 books a year. 

    For this month's post, I've taken the liberty of going through the March issues of Publishers Weekly (PW) and sharing the upcoming releases their reviewers are most excited about.  Each of these titles received a starred review.  We don't have all of these titles in the collection yet -- most are due to hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries next month -- but you can place a hold on your copy now.  Or, if you're like me, and you're typically at the 5 holds per person max, you can keep tabs on your picks a couple of ways.

    My favorite way to keep track of books I want to read is through ACPL's catalog.  Heather wrote an excellent post on how to do this -- click here for the details.  Goodreads and LibraryThing are also options.

    Which of these catches your eye? 


    Fiction coming to the collection May 2018

    Some Trick  A View of the Empire at Sunset  Warlight
     A Handful of Ashes  How It Happened  Exit Strategy
     Head On  Taste of Wrath  The Bride Takes a Groom
     Sorority  The Ensemble  The Lonely Witness
     Last Instructions  Obscura  In Dust and Ashes
     Armistice  To the Moon and Back  Last Stories
     Spring  Wade in the Water  Alter Ego
     The Long Silence  Flowers and Foul Play  the Queen of Sorrow
     How to Forget a Duke  The Optimistic Decade  The Favorite Sister
     The Council of Twelve  Dead Pretty  Star of the North
     How Far Shes Come  A Devil of a Duke  The Prince
       Send Down the Rain  

    Nonfiction coming to the collection May 2018

    Figures in a Landscape Denmark Veseys Garden  Killing King 
     The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs  A Burger to Believe in  Project Fire
     How to Change Your Mind  How To Be a Perfect Christian  Training in Tenderness
     A Brotherhood of Spies  Calypso  The Perfectionists
     The Cooks Atelier  Aspergers Children  Barracoon
     Tailspin  Im Still Here  


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Cindy H | Apr 13, 2018
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    Olivia is an expert at finding lost things. Whenever a neighbor's glasses, keys, wallet, or pet goes missing they contact Olivia because she is sure to find what they've lost. The only thing Olivia can't seem to find is her brother's toy ostrich. Jacob has autism and it seems like ever since his ostrich went missing things have been getting more difficult for him; he's been more stressed and having increasing emotional melt-downs. Olivia just wants things to go back to the way they used to be, before the ostrich went missing.

    When the zoo comes to their town, Olivia and Jacob decide to go check it out. Jacob is hoping to see lions, tigers, or bears and chants it over and over on their way to the zoo. When they get there, however, there are no lions, tigers, or bears. The last animal to be unloaded is an ostrich. Jacob goes into a frenzy that incites the stares of the zoo employees. Olivia eventually convinces Jacob to calm down enough so they can go home, but she knows she needs to find his toy soon before things get worse.

    With the help of a new friend, the zookeeper's son Charlie, Olivia searches the entire town for the ostrich. In the meantime, Jacob's outbursts get worse and at times violent. Will Olivia and Charlie be able to find the ostrich before something drastic happens?

    This story really explores how having a loved one with a condition like autism impacts the entire family. Olivia's parents struggle with ensuring Jacob has the attention and care he needs, while still allowing Olivia her autonomy. I think the author does a good job at creating an entertaining and at times surprising story with realistic characters. There are some stressful situations that may be difficult for younger children, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about autism and how it can affect a family.

    This book is available in print at the library. Click here to place it on hold!
    by Emily M | Apr 12, 2018
    hooplaHoopla is a fantastic way for ACPL patrons to access movies, music, ebooks, and audiobooks from home on their computer or mobile device for free!  Like all technology, Hoopla is continually changing and we would like to keep you updated on a few recent and upcoming changes.   

    New Additions
    Hoopla now supports streaming to Amazon Fire TV 3rd Generation and Chromecast Ultra.

    In the next few weeks Hoopla will begin support for Amazon Alexa devices, including Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show.


    On the Way Out
    Hoopla is phasing out support for Apple iOS9 (including iPad Mini and iPhone 4s).  They are still working at this time but there will be no future updates.

    Hoopla is also eliminating support for Internet Explorer 11.  If you normally use Internet Explorer 11, Hoopla recommends using a different browser, such as Chrome or Firefox.


    If you've never tried Hoopla, now is a great time to give it a whirl!  Explore Hoopla here or talk to library staff for more information.


    by Dawn S | Apr 11, 2018

    Celebrate National Library Week with this amazing new book all about the power of creativity.


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    What If...
    by Samantha Berger and Mike Curato

    When you want to create, what if you don't have a pencil, or a brush, or paints? You can create with nature, leaves and snow, or with words, songs and chants, or with light, shadows and shapes. This story is told by a girl full of ideas and beauty who will ALWAYS find a way to create.

    Young readers will love the rhythm of the words and the fantastic collage artwork. Mike Curato's pictures combine photographs of real things, like Lego towers and flowers, with drawings of the character and other parts of her world. The mix is magical and reinforces the countless ways of being creative.

    Celebrate National Library Week, grab some new books, and enjoy all the creativity the world of libraries has to offer!

    by Kayla W | Apr 11, 2018

              You made me hate myself. Well, I like myself now. – Willard Stiles

    Movie Review: Willard

    willardLet’s talk about rats.   They certainly have an interesting and varied history with humanity, and something you may not know is that they’re actually a major reason why Jaws is seen as one of the most iconic of villains to ever grace the silver screen.  Yes, it’s true – Willard made its American audience hungry for more “animals attack” movies, and was so widely acclaimed that it paved the way for more films featuring the evils of our animal brethren to be released throughout the seventies.   I feel safe in assuming that if not for the Iago-like scheming rat, Ben, we might never have had our Universal Studios’ famous great white shark.

    In spite of that, Willard has become a (mostly) forgotten-about cult darling, having been underlooked – around the time we went from film to VHS to DVD.  For the longest time, if you wanted a story about a man and his rats, you would have to watch the re-make, featuring Crispin Glover absolutely devouring the scenery amidst a sea of his rat friends.  Not a bad fate (in fact, that movie was the first film my S.O. and I ever watched together alone – which somehow still managed to be romantic, in spite of the content of the movie), but anyone who’s wanted to see the truly solid and unforgettable original has been out of luck – unless they own a VHS copy and a player.   Cue Shoutfactory, who only just last year released this utterly strange movie on crisp Blu-ray and DVD. 

    So, what is the movie about?   I once heard the creators of the cult classic Tucker and Dale Versus Evil describe their movie as a romantic tale that happens to feature a bad incident involving a woodchipper, and in a similar tongue-in-cheek manner, I would describe Willard as a tale of a boy and his rats with a few minor incidents related to a seriously terrible office job. 

    To describe it more fully, Willard features a man who appears to have a case of Peter Pan syndrome, not aided in the least by the lead actor’s boyish features, or by his style of acting, which brings to mind more often than not a child on the verge of throwing a tantrum.   It’s his attitude and obvious, childish desire to escape his responsibilities that make the character of Willard Stiles different from the escapist fantasy stories that veer towards saving a male character from his fate of emasculation at the hands of a cold social structure or overbearing female characters.  We're introduced to the title character through his home life via a birthday party thrown for him in his spacious, decrepit home (with the party guests all being his mother’s friends).  There we also meet his gleefully opportunistic and bullying boss, played perfectly and memorably by an eternally devious Ernest Borgnine. Not soon after, we see the rat infestation that has taken over the run-down backyard garden in the back of Willard’s home.   At first deeming the infestation to be yet one more chore to further weigh the child-like man down with responsibility, Willard soon discovers that he has an affinity for the rats and that they respond well to training and affection.

    What happens next I will leave to the imagination, but if kitschy seventies style and bizarro animal action is something you’re interested in, you won’t be disappointed by this strange trip of a movie.

    The ACPL has multiple copies of the cult classic on Blu-Ray, and the movie is based on a book, known as Ratman’s Notebooks.  

    Kayla loves all things weird, wonderful, and macabre.  Her soul’s in writing, and her hobbies include gaming, watching movies and television shows, and reading anything and everything. Her black cat’s TOTALLY, 100%, not evil.

    by Emily M | Apr 10, 2018

    Join us for a showing of the movie Thor: Ragnarok!
    Imprisoned on the other side of the universe, the mighty Thor finds himself in a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against the Hulk, his former ally and fellow Avenger. Thor's quest for survival leads him in a race against time to prevent the all-powerful Hela from destroying his home world and the Asgardian civilization.

    Doors open at 6:00 with cartoons playing before the show.
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    What: Thor: Ragnarok
    When: Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
    Free admission.
    Rated PG-13

    by Craig B | Apr 09, 2018

    cover for 21 Savage, Offset, and Metro Boomin's album, Without WarningI quite appreciated the pop culture references I found on the collaboration, Without Warning, put together by Metro Boomin, 21 Savage, and Offset.  The Matrix, Freddy Krueger, and Darth Vader all make appearances among the many, many words on this album.  In fact it’s so dense lyrically it does sort of remind me of those green streaming characters on Cypher’s screen in The Matrix in which Cypher sees such a wealth of life and at which Neo can only stare.  But that of course is before … well, if you haven’t seen the movie I won’t ruin it for you.

    Suggested Use: Browse the movie section at your local library to these tunes when you’re not sure what you’re in the mood to watch.  If the thoughtful lyrics don’t give you some ideas, the pop culture references should jog your memory of past space operas, nightmare visions, and pre-John-Wick Keanu Reeves.  Collaborate with nostalgia, the hero’s journey, and a variety of artistic expressions to make sure your weekend is memorable and successful in preparing you for a journey of your own; back into the matrices of Monday morning and a week of drizzling déjà vu.

    craig Craig B is a thirty-something lover of books, movies, and rock and roll whose grandmother still worries that he might not be eating enough. (Love you, Grandma!) He lives with his charming wife in the small town of Berne, IN (in sight of the clock tower) where he busies himself keeping the Roses of Sharon in check and training his chinchilla in the ancient arts of the Ninja. Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.
    by Kay S | Apr 06, 2018
    As Scooby-Doo would say "Rime for Rnew Releases" Actually, because Scooby-doo is a dog, I really don't know what he'd say. So, I'll say here are a few new upcoming releases coming to a store/library/electronic device near you. These are to be released between April 15 to May 14, 2018. And, as always, the dates given are the dates they will be published, not the date they hit the shelves. I have been reading good things about the following.

    Historical Romance
    Valerie Bowman Valerie Bowman
    http://www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com
    A Duke Like No Other
    Playful Brides series
    May 1
    Madeline Hunter Madeline Hunter
    http://www.madelinehunter.com/
    A Devil of a Duke
    Decadent Dukes Society series
    April 24
    Cathy Maxwell Cathy Maxwell
    http://cathymaxwell.com/
    A Match Made in Bed
    The Spinster Heiresses series
    April 17
    Courtney Milan Courtney Milan
    http://www.courtneymilan.com/
    After the Wedding
    Worth Saga series
    April 24 - ebook (Ms. Milan self-publishes, so the date may vary)
     Joanna shupe Joanne Shupe
    http://www.joannashupe.com/
    A Scandalous Deal
    The Four Hundred Series
    April 24

    Historical Fiction

     Genevieve Graham Genevieve Graham
    https://www.genevievegraham.com/
    Come from Away
    April 24

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction/New Adult

     Kate Clayborn Kate Clayborn
    https://www.kateclayborn.com/
    Luck of the Draw
    Part of the Chance series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 24
     Cheris Hodges Cheris Hodges
    http://www.cherishodges.net
    Strategic Seduction
    Contemporary Romance
    April 24
     Orly Konig Orly Konig
    http://orlykonig.com/index.html
    Carousel Beach
    Mainstream Fiction
    May 8
     Shannon Stacey Shannon Stacey
    http://shannonstacey.com
    Hot Response
    Boston Fire series
    Contemporary romance
    April 24

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Ellery Adams  Ellery Adams
    http://elleryadamsmysteries.com/
    Murder in the Locked Library
    A Book Retreat Mystery series
    Mystery
    April 24 
     Sidney Bell Sidney Bell
    http://www.sidneybell.com
    Hard Line, m/m
    Woodbury Boys series
    Romantic Suspense
    April 24
     Christina Dodd Christina Dodd
    http://www.christinadodd.com
    Dead Girl Running
    Cape Charade series
    Thriller
    April 24
     Iris Johansen Iris Johansen
    http://www.irisjohansen.com/
    Shattered Mirror
    Eve Duncan series
    Suspense
    April 24
     Amanda Quick Amanda Quick
    http://www.jayneannkrentz.com
    The Other Lady Vanishes
    Burning Cove series
    Mystery
    May 8

    Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

     martha Wells Martha Wells
    http://www.marthawells.com/
    Artificial Condition
    The Murderbot Diaries series
    Science Fiction
    May 8

    Young Adult/Teen

     Lilly Anderson Lily Anderson
    https://www.mslilyanderson.com
    Undead Girl Gang
    May 8 
     Christina June Christina June
    http://www.christinajune.com
    Everywhere You Want to Be
    May 1
     Taran Matharu Taran Matharu
    http://authortaranmatharu.com/
    The Outcast
    The Summoner series prequel
    May 1
     Leila Sales Leila Sales
    http://leilasales.com
    If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say
    May 1
      Andrienna young Adrienne Young
    http://adrienneyoungbooks.com/
    Sky in the Deep
    Throne of Glass
    April 24

    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction

     Heidi Chiavaroli Heidi Chiavaroli
    http://www.heidichiavaroli.com
    The Hidden Side
    May 8 
     Amanda Stevens Amanda G. Stevens
    http://amandagstevensbooks.com
    No Less Days
    May 1

    Erotica

     Kristen Ashley Kristen Ashley
    http://www.kristenashley.net
    The Greatest Risk
    The Honey Series 




    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 Becky C | Apr 05, 2018
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    Anita Shreve died at her home on March 29.  Her novels explored love, loss, and betrayal; she often used a dramatic event to examine how a single experience could change someone's life. 

    She began writing fiction in her early forties, often finding inspiration in old houses, stating that "a house with any kind of age has dozens of stories to tell".  Here's a look at three of her novels which used the same house as her muse.


    Fortunes Rocks

    Fortune's Rocks
    .  In the summer of 1899 and the Biddefords are spending the season in their New Hampshire seaside cottage.  15-year-old Olympia has an affair with her father's friend, John Haskell.  A few weeks of joy turn into years of pain.  A scandalous love story and a skillfully written portrait of American society at the turn of the last century.




    Sea GlassSea Glass.  A newly married couple, Sexton and Honora Beecher, fall in love with a derelict New Hampshire seaside cottage. Sexton lies about his finances and arranges a loan to buy the property. When the 1929 stock market crash occurs soon afterward, Sexton loses his job and finds work in the nearby mills. There, he joins a group of desperate mill hands who want to form a union and the lives of the Beechers become entwined with the strikers.  The plot moves forward via each character's point of view, building emotional tension until the violent climax when the mill owners' henchmen confront the strikers.


    The Pilots WifeThe Pilot's Wife.  After her husband Jack's plane, with 103 passengers aboard, explodes off the coast of Ireland, a union rep guides Katharine through the first hours of grief and shock. When investigators indicate they suspect a bomb and that Jack is somehow implicated, Hart becomes instrumental in protecting Katharine and her daughter from both the media and the airline, which is desperate to find a scapegoat for the disaster. As Katharine is forced to repeatedly absorb startling new information about her husband, she must face the fact that she did not really know the man she had been happily married to for 16 years.


    Do you have a favorite book by Anita Shreve?  If so, please share your recommendations in the comments below.



    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..

    by Dawn S | Apr 05, 2018
    When I need a story book to read to a group of preschoolers, only certain ones will do. It has to have an engaging story, big bold pictures, and it helps if it's funny. I don't want the kids to just sit like little lumps listening, I want them to participate.

    What books hit all these marks and make me smile EVERY time I read them? Here are my top 5 favorites to share with preschool groups.

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    The Wide-Mouthed Frog
    by Keith Faulkner

    I love this one with big pop-up elements and bright colors. The simple, traditional tale, tells about a frog and the animals he meets as he hops along. The last page is the best and I often go back and reread the end so the kids can all say "splash" along with me.



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    Go Away Big Green Monster!
    by Ed Emberley

    Every time I read this to preschoolers there's a little bit of magic that happens in their eyes. The die cut pages introduce them to the big green monster one facial feature at a time. And then the fun begins as we tell each part of this goofy guy to "Go Away!" It's exciting even after several reads - the true hallmark of a great read aloud.

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    Edward the Emu
    by Sheena Knowles

    Because the zoo is one of their favorite places, preschoolers love this story about an emu who wants some excitement. The pictures
    hysterically show Edward acting like a lion and a snake, just to see if life is better on the other side of the fence. For a little audience participation I like to have the kids roar and hiss and do the other animal sounds together.
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    Mouse Paint
    by Ellen Stoll Walsh

    In a perfect world, this book would be a little bigger to share with a group, but the pictures are simple and the story about mice playing in paint is just right for preschoolers. It's fun to have kids yell out the color names and think about color mixing by guessing the next color the mice discover.

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    Little Owl Lost
    by Chris Haughton

    I think preschoolers sympathize with this little lost owl and his big startled eyes. They also roll with laughter when squirrel's help isn't all that helpful.


    Having finished my list, I can think of at least 5 more titles that are good and maybe several others that are great. This business of picking favorite books is especially hard for librarians. If you'd like more suggestions, just ask your local librarian for their top 5 (or 30) preschool class read-alouds. Or add yours to the comments below!

    by Mindy L | Apr 04, 2018
    Some books sit on your nightstand for weeks as you read a little bit each night. These are not those books.

    Penrics FoxPenric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold

    The third book in the World of the Five Gods: Penric & Desdemona series.  The Penric books are novellas, so they’re a quick read. Poor Penric happens to be in the wrong place at the right time and acquires Desdemona, a Chaos demon, who shares his body. Characters are likable; there’s humor and excitement. A good fantasy series.

    The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George

    The Punishment She DeservesElizabeth George’s Lynley and Havers series is intense and character driven, with interesting social commentary and a nice bunch of twists and turns. If you’ve never read her books, you might be confused by the many characters who populate each book. It’s also a lovely long one, nearly 700 pages. I guess it could be called a British police procedural, with literary overtones. I finished it in a long weekend, during which I pretty much didn’t get anything else done. Her books are excellent, if sometimes difficult.



    The Hush
    by John Hart

    The HushI wasn’t quite expecting this book to go in the direction it did, but I was happy to tag along. A story of love, revenge, history, slavery, and the South, with a certain dark magic. I found it hard to put down. I’ve read most of his other books, in fact the two main characters were in a previous novel, but you can read this as a stand-alone with no trouble. The book is eerie, sometimes veering into horror territory, but not so far that it’s terrifying. Read it with the lights on, maybe?


    Two Girls DownTwo Girls Down by Louisa Luna

    Alice Vega finds people. She’s hired by the family of two girls who have disappeared. Many plot twists and red herrings. Alice Vega is an interesting person, very self-sufficient, very buttoned down, and it’s fascinating to watch her become more human. If you like the Mallory books by Carol O’Connell, you might enjoy this.

     

    Talk to the Paw
    Talk to the Paw
    by Melinda Metz

    This is a chic lit book. A love story, a cat burglar (a cat called MacGyver), some crazy neighbors…a pleasant read when you just want something light, with some humor, romance, and a bit of mystery.





    Gunpowder MoonGunpowder Moon
    by David Padreira

    A traditional hard Science Fiction book with well-drawn characters and an interesting plot. Mining on the moon in 2072, two global powers start a moon war.  If you liked Robert Heinlein or James Corey, you’d probably enjoy this. A quick, fun read.




    Those who know me well, know that I am a self-declared Cat Lady.  Here's a photo of my cat, BT Cooper, looking underwhelmed.  He knows that I have many more book recommendations to offer!  I read a little bit of everything so please check back.  And please leave a comment below to let me know what books you've enjoyed recently.  

    BT Cooper



    Mindy works at the Little Turtle branch.  She's a cat lady, an avid reader, and an old boomer.
    by Dawn S | Apr 02, 2018
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