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    by SM | Oct 16, 2017

    The books listed here are some more new teen fantasy fiction novels to enjoy 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 Erin | Oct 16, 2017
    Fright Night

    This year's Fright Night will be held on Saturday, October 21st, and the Children's Services department at the Main Library is once again hosting Not-So-Frightening Fun from Noon to 4 PM in the Globe Room!

    Pop in any time during the four hours to make some spooky (but not too spooky) crafts. While the crafts will only run from noon to 4 PM, there will be an all-day scavenger hunt in the Children's Services department. So if you get to the library before noon, or if you need to pass some time between 4 PM and the start of the Zombie Walk, stop on by the Children's Services Ask Here desk to pick up a scavenger hunt!

    Please note that the Children's Services department (including the craft program in the Globe Room) are "Zombie-Free Zones." We have many young and easily frightened children who come to the children's section of the library, and it's important to us to keep this area free of zombie, gory, or just too scary costumes. Those who are dressed as zombies are welcome to enjoy other areas of the library. If you were hoping to partake in both the Not-so-Frightening Fun activities and the Zombie Walk, please stop by Children's Services before you get zombie-fied.
    by Becky C | Oct 16, 2017
    Author Fair 2016

    Join us in the Great Hall at the Main Library on Saturday, November 11, 2017 for our Seventh Annual Author Fair! Meet over 70 published authors from our region, discover new books, and attend author-led panel discussions on a variety of engaging topics. 

    The Bookmark is the official book seller at this event, giving guests the opportunity to purchase new books and have them signed by the authors!

    This event, which takes place from noon until 5 pm, is free, open to the public, and kid-friendly.

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    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 Dori G. | Oct 13, 2017

    image of leaves
    Happy autumn, everybody!

    Summer was long and winter is coming, but first we’re due to have a bit of fall fun. Now that the leaves are finally changing colors, why don’t you and your kiddos go for a Fall Scavenger Hunt?! Perhaps, it will take several days and a handful of walks. Maybe you’ll need to explore beyond your yard…your neighborhood…you might even need to go to a park to gather all the colors and shapes on the list. But, no matter where your hunt takes you, I guarantee you’ll have FUN!

    Can you find the following items:
    *1 or 2 RED leaves
    *1 or 2 ORANGE leaves
    *1 or 2 YELLOW leaves
    *1 or 2 GREEN leaves
    *1 or 2 PURPLE leaves (Hint: Check the back of a dark red leaf…)
    *5 to 10 ACORNS (with their caps on if possible)
    *10 STICKS (to spell the word “FALL”)

    Bonus objects:
    *1 WALNUT *1 PUMKIN *something BLUE *a leaf that looks like an upside-down heart

    1. Make a RAINBOW with your leaves (and your something BLUE if you have it).
    2. Spell the word F-A-L-L with your sticks.
    3. Display your other items underneath (and maybe take a picture).

    A leaf rainbow, F-A-L-L spelled with sticks, and a handful of bonus items.

    To round out your Fall Scavenger Hunt, take a look at these great books. They're all available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Spot the Difference: Leaves by Charlotte Guillain
    How Leaves Change by Sylvia A Johnson
    Fall Leaves: Colorful and Crunchy by Martha E. H. Rustad
    Yellow Time by Lauren Stringer
    by Cheryl M | Oct 13, 2017

    Photo Credit John Keatley -- Redux

    "I keep thinking I should go digital sometime, but I still like to read the old-fashioned way since I write lots of notes in the margins.  I always take a big canvas tote bag of books when I go on vacation.” 


    The richest person in the world is curious, loves to learn, and loves to read.  That’s good news.  Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, tops the 2017 Forbes list of the world’s billionaires.  He is also great about giving away his wealth, which is more good news – fighting disease, promoting education, providing computers where there are none. As the owner of one of the first smart homes, his uber-connected mansion near Seattle, you would think Gates reads ebooks across multiple platforms.  But In a June 5, 2017, TIME magazine article, Gates says, “I keep thinking I should go digital sometime, but I still like to read the old-fashioned way since I write lots of notes in the margins.  I always take a big canvas tote bag of books when I go on vacation.”  A big canvas tote bag…he either takes long vacations or reads fast, or both. This is a man who, as a kid, read the whole set of World Book encyclopedia.

    Gates praises a book loaned to him by Warren Buffett (second on Forbes list of billionaires) years ago, Business Adventures by John Brooks, as the best business book ever.  A collection of essays, the book tells of business failures and successes, like the Ford Edsel, a spectacular failure.  I agree with Gates that an award for most clever chapter name should go to, “Xerox Xerox Xerox Xerox”.

    While his reading is heavy on nonfiction, “so I can keep on learning about the world”, he likes the way fiction can “take you out of your own thoughts and into someone else’s.” He teared up reading The Heart by Maylis De Kerangal, a novel about a young man whose heart is transplanted into another person.

    Because of his status and connections, Gates has had the good fortune of interviewing the authors of some of his favorite books.  Check out his website to view an interview, get more book recommendations, or explore Gates’ philanthropic endeavors.

    It’s exciting that such an influential person is a voracious reader.  He values learning and growing through the printed word.  As a librarian, I was excited that Gates gives some of the credit for his love of reading as a child to his elementary school librarian who introduced him to biographies of famous people throughout history.  Perhaps today, librarians are guiding tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and readers.

    cheryl-mCheryl likes reading, bicycling, scrapbooking, travel, history, and cats. Because every life tells a story, her favorite books to read are biographies.


    by Evan | Oct 11, 2017
    You think you are an open-minded person, and then someone points out one of your many rigid opinions. Happens to me all the time.

    Did it to myself the other night in a social setting. Met a highly educated 30-something man and later overheard him saying that "they" have found human remains buried along with dinosaur remains. I wish I could have seen my reaction, but I think I kept my astonishment somewhat in check. I asked him a little aggressively who "they" were, and he said something about scientists and the Flood, but by then I had regained my manners and was able to just let it go and change the subject. 

    Among the CreationistsLook, I've always known many Americans believe what he believes. In fact I just finished David Rosenhouse's Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line. Prof. Rosenhouse is an atheist who has a hobby of attending creationist conventions and taking tours of the Ark Encounter in Kentucky. His book reports many conversations with people who deny human evolution, and he carefully considers their worldview, their criticisms of science and why they feel threatened by the heirs of Charles Darwin. The guy amazed me. 

    I don't run in creationist circles, and it was bracing to hear a person sitting next to me give the dinosaur/flood line to two teenagers in the same matter-of-fact tone I might use to tell them that roughly 20 million Russians died in World War II. You know, gee-whiz stuff you didn't learn in school. 

    After I regained those runaway manners, I thought about the famously growing political divide in our country and how Republicans and Democrats reportedly don't talk to each other about politics. Did I change the dinosaurs subject that night because I didn't want to spoil the party, or because I thought it would be a futile, unhappy conversation for both of us? I don't know, but I realized not for the first time that I am part of the problem -- someone with a lot of long-held understandings about life that I wish millions of wrong-headed Americans would wake up and share with me. Do you feel the same -- or are you able to talk easily with people across the culture chasm? If so, how do you do it?

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Dawn S | Oct 10, 2017
    This fall there are so many great new non-fiction books for kids. Just this week these three books caught my attention because they're all picture book size (around 32 pages) and about animals. Take a look!


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    10 Reasons to Love a Turtle
    written by Catherine Barr
    illustrated by Hanako Clulow
    I love this colorful, visually engaging book! Each double page spread gives one reason why sea turtles are amazing and help the environment. Many types of turtles are illustrated and labeled along with other marine wildlife. The text is fairly simple and would appeal to kids ages 4-8.

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    How to be an Elephant: Growing up in the African wild
    by Katherine Roy
    With the birth of a new elephant in the herd, this beautiful, tender book discusses all sorts of amazing things. Did you know an elephant calf has cracks in the soles of her feet that provide traction right from birth? Six month old calves practice chasing away 'enemies' by shooing away egrets. Young readers will marvel as they learn about elephant life and social structure.

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    How to Survive as a Firefly
    written by Kristen Fote
    illustrated by Erica Salcedo
    Great cartoon pictures illustrate this funny and informative book about the life cycle of the firefly. Most of the text is in word bubbles with other interesting facts thrown in. Kids will love learning the details of one of their favorite summertime insect friends!

    Ask for more non-fiction animal books when you visit your local library!

    by Emily M | Oct 10, 2017

    Join us for a free movie night in the library theater! 
    What: The Mummy
    When: Tuesday, October 24
    6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater
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    by Audio Reading Service | Oct 10, 2017

    Hand swipes digital version of the News-Sentinel, no longer available in print.

    At the Audio Reading Service, our purpose is to broadcast local newspapers, magazines, and more, for anyone with challenges to reading traditional print. As a part of that, we have been broadcasting volunteers reading both the Journal Gazette and the News-Sentinel for nearly 40 years.

    This week, we turn a new page – or maybe swipe to a new page? – as the News-Sentinel goes all digital.

    Our staff and volunteers have been working together closely, to continue to bring our listeners with reading challenges the same content as those who receive a paper copy of the Journal Gazette at their homes, or read the News-Sentinel online.

    As we make this transition, there will inevitably be modifications as new information and content becomes available, but we remain dedicated to bringing our listeners as seamless an experience as possible.

    We stand by our ongoing commitment to provide the information and features our listeners are looking for in both of our live broadcasts: the morning reading of the Journal Gazette, and the afternoon news featuring the News-Sentinel.

    If you or anyone you know has any questions or concerns about this transition, or if you are interested in finding out more about the Audio Reading Service, please contact us at 260-421-1376 or email

    by SM | Oct 09, 2017

    The books listed here are some new teen fantasy novels to enjoy as Fall begins...



    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 Craig B | Oct 09, 2017

    cover art for Papa Roach's album, Crooked TeethIt’s not that bad.  I mean, for me, a kid who came of age in the 90s and later waited tables to this sort of thing in the oughties, Papa Roach’s ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth, is not that bad.  See, I kind of assumed that every song would be some sort of over-extended musical journey, sultry with semi-maudlin aggressiveness … Just look at that cover art.  But honestly, there’s a clarity, a maturity (dare I say restraint?) to the musicality and lyrics of many of the tracks that I found surprising/inspiring in a sort of post-rap core, we’re not really famous anymore, kind of way.  The band even manages to come off as actually, possibly vulnerable with that lyric, “I think I might need help.”  That’s a long way from the “Infest!! (die like the rest)” vibe I’m used to.  Congrats are in order.

    Suggested Use: Replacing some flooring?  These aggressive (though less than semi-maudlin-aggressive) guitar licks and grungy vocals seem ripe for some brute-strength-utility-knife-wielding, carpet-kicking, throw-that pipe-on-your-shoulder-and-toss-it-in-the-dumpster sort of expression.  And once the carpet’s up (or linoleum or heaven forbid, purple paint on a turn-of-the-century wood floor) and you’ve figured out I didn’t know what I was talking about when I mentioned the pipe, you can celebrate with a mosh pit or something, though take it easy.  None of us are getting any younger here.

    by Kay S | Oct 06, 2017
    Yes, my little cowpokes, it's time for a few upcoming releases which will be out between September 15 and October 14, 2017. I'm hearing good things about them. And, remember this is the date they will be released not the date they will be on library shelves.
    Historical Romance
    Katherine Ashe Katherine Ashe
    The Duke
    Devil's Duke series
    September 26
    Kerrigan Byrne Kerrigan Byrne
    The Scot Beds His Wife
    Victorian Rebels series
    October 3
    KJ Charles K.J. Charles
    An Unsuitable Heir
    Sins of the Cities series
    October 3
    Sara Portman Sara Portman
    The Reunion
    Brides of Beadwell series
    September 26

    Historical Fiction

    Juliana Gray Juliana Gray
    A Strange Scottish Shore
    Emmaline Trueline series
    September 19
    Sophfronia Scott Sophfronia Scott
    Unforgivable Love
    September 29
    Susan Scott Susan Holloway Scott
    I, Eliza Hamilton
    September 26

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction

    Kate Angell Kate Angell
    No Time to Explain
    Barefoot William Beach series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 26
    Emanuel Bergmann Emanuel Bergmann
    The Trick
    Mainstream Fiction
    September 19
    Samantha Chase Samantha Chase
    Holiday Spice
    The Shaughnessy Brothers
    Contemporary Romance
    October 3
    Colleen Hoover Colleen Hoover
    Without Merit
    October 3
    Susan Mallery Susan Mallery
    Second Chance Girl
    Happily Inc series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 26
    Jenn McKinlay Jean McKinlay
    Barking up the Wrong Tree
    A Bluff Point Romance series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 26
    Kelly Moran Kelly Moran
    New Tricks
    Redwood Ridge series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 26
    Jill shavis Jill Shalvis
    Chasing Christmas Eve
    A Heartbreaker Bay Novel series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 26
    Danielle Steel Danielle Steel
    Contemporary Romance
    October 10

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Suzanne Chazin Suzanne Chazin
    A Place in the Wind
    A Jimmy Vega Mystery series
    September 26
    Tess Diamond Tess Diamond
    Such a Pretty Girl
    Romantic Suspense
    September 26
    Jeanne Kalogridis
    Jeanne Kalogridis
    The Orphan of Florence
    October 3
    Anne Perry Anne Perry
    An Echo of Murder
    William Monk series
    September 19
    Joyce Tremel Joyce Tremel
    A Room with a Brew
    A Brewing Trouble Mystery series
    October 3

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    Ben Aaronovich Ben Aaronovitch
    The Furthest Station
    Peter Grant/Rivers of London series
    September 21
    Amanda Carlson Amanda Carlson
    Danger’s Halo
    Holly Danger series
    Urban Fantasy
    September 18
    Ginn Hale Ginn Hale
    The Long Past
    Science Fiction
    October 3
    Malka Older Malka Older
    Null States
    Centenal Cycle series
    September 19
    Lynsay Sands Lynsay Sands
    Immortally Yours
    An Argeneau Novel series
    Paranormal Romance
    September 26
    Nalini Singh Nalini Singh
    Archangels’ Viper
    A Guild Hunter Novel series
    Paranormal Romance
    September 26

    Young Adults/Teens

    Kendare Blake Kendare Blake
    One Dark Throne
    Three Dark Crowns sequel
    September 19
    Nnedi Okorafor Nnedi Okorafor
    Akata Warrior
    Akata Witch series
    October 3
    Margaret Rogerson Margaret Rogerson
    An Enchantment of Ravens
    September 26
    Maggie Stiefvator Maggie Stiefvater
    All the Crooked Saints
    October 10

    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction

    Irene Hannon Irene Hannon
    Dangerous Illusions
    Code of Honor series
    October 3
    Joanna Politano Joanna Davidson Politano
    Lady Jayne Disappears, debut
    October 3
    Bethany turner Bethany Turner
    The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
    October 3

    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 Katie B. | Oct 05, 2017
    Zebra Eel

    This month's featured inhabitants of the Children's Services aquariums are the zebra moray eels.  We have two of these beautiful fish in our rescue tank. Yes, they are fish, not snakes like so many of our younger visitors like to call them. Moray eels are actually not true eels because they do not have fins along their bodies (think Flotsam and Jetsam from The Little Mermaid animated film). Moray eels are considered eel-shaped fish. They are also one of the few types of fish that can swim backwards. This is a very handy skill for a fish that prefers to hide. 

    Because they are so adept at squeezing into tight spaces, they have been found in the wild working in tandem with grouper fish. Zebra morays are enlisted by groupers to flush out crustaceans, sea urchins, and mollusks from small spaces and then both species will share the food. This is a rare example of cooperative hunting among different species of fish.

    Zebra moray eels have some pretty serious teeth, too. Once an eel bites down on something with its jaws, it can be a little tricky to get them to release whatever it is they caught. If you are lucky enough to be around during feeding time (which is also the best time to really see our eels swimming about), you will notice that they are always fed with a feeding stick. It's a clever device that allows us to bring the food right to the eel without worrying about getting bitten.
    Hidden Eels
    Don't worry our eels are not trapped! They like to rearrange the tank to make better hiding spots. Zebra morays are shy creatures.  They feel much more comfortable when they have a good place to hide.  So don’t be alarmed if you notice some of their tank decorations tipped over, they have done it on purpose.

                       Going for a Sea Bath
    My book recommendation this month, Going for a Sea Bath by Andree Poulin, features true eels (you will notice they have fins along their sides) instead of zebra moray eels. It is a quirky counting story that features all kinds of interesting sea creatures!  Little ones will have fun trying to find and count all of the animals as they get added to the bathtub.

    by Emily M | Oct 04, 2017
    Looking for a book recommendation?  Look no further!  Here are a few good books I've enjoyed recently.

    apieceoftheworldBook Review:
    A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

    Andrew Wyeth, a realist painter, was one of the most famous American artists of the mid-twentieth century.  Christina Olson was a woman of limited education and means, with a debilitating disability, who lived her entire life in the same remote farmhouse in Maine.  Christina also served as muse for many of Wyeth’s paintings, including his most famous, Christina’s World.  This is her story.

    Christina Olson was born into a farming and fishing family in Maine.  From a young age, she began to suffer from a loss of muscle control in her limbs.  By the time she was in her thirties, she had lost the ability to walk.  Forsaking the use of a wheelchair, she instead used her arms to drag herself around the farm where she lived with her brother Al, who dedicated himself to the farm and her care, while she attended to as many household tasks as she could.  Though her image has been made famous through Wyeth’s works, little is known about her thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams. 

    In A Piece of the World Kline uses a first-person point of view to explore a fictional account of who Christina was and the events that shaped her life.  Kline imagines the elusive Christina as someone with great dignity and perseverance, but who could also be quite stubborn and selfish.  A somber, melancholy mood permeates the book, and, appropriately, seems to embody the same mood and feel as Wyeth’s works. 

    strangersBook Review: Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home by Amy Dickinson

    Amy Dickinson is more commonly known as “Dear Amy,” the author of the nationally syndicated advice column read by millions of Americans in their daily newspapers.  Strangers Tend to Tell Me things is her second memoir, and picks up where the first left off.  (Don’t worry if you haven’t read the first one; it’s not necessary to understand the second.)  After living in London, D.C., and Chicago, with her daughter headed off the college, Amy returns to her hometown in upstate New York, a tiny village of 500, where she embarks on courting an old childhood acquaintance, blending two families when their courtship ends in marriage, and caring for her aging parents.  With incredible heart and humor, Amy takes her readers along with her on a journey through the challenges and triumphs of an ordinary life.

    thewomeninthecastleBook Review: The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck

    In Germany in 1938, Marianne von Lingenfels is an educated, no-nonsense woman, wife to her idealistic husband, and mother of three small children.  While hosting the annual harvest festival at the medieval castle owned by her husband’s family, she enters her husband’s study where she finds her husband and several other men discussing a plot to assassinate Hitler.  When Marianne voices her support, one of the men appoints her “commander of women and children,” tasked with the job of protecting them from the consequences of their husbands’ and fathers’ actions.

    Fast forward to 1945 – the plot to assassinate Hitler has failed, the men involved have all been executed, and the war is finally over.  Taking her responsibility seriously, Marianne sets out in search of the wives and children of the executed men.  She manages to find two of the wives, and brings them and their children back to the castle, where she does her best to care and provide for the women and children.  Over the next several years, and for decades to come, the lives of these families will be continually intertwined, their actions affecting not only themselves, but each other in ways they never could have dreamt.  

    The Women in the Castle is immediately engrossing, and an excellent exploration of the effects of Hitler’s regime on ordinary Germans.

    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.


    by Dawn S | Oct 03, 2017

    I first heard of the kids’ artist Red Yarn (aka Andy Furgeson) last fall. His album Wake Up and Sing was such a treat!

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    Today, let me tell you about his newest CD Born in the Deep Woods. It’s another folksy collection of nature themed songs just perfect for the coming days of cooler weather and colorful trees. I loved the combination of traditional tunes with acoustic guitar and banjo, along with more rocky tunes, all tied together with lyrics you’d expect from an album about the ‘deep woods’. There are rabbits, opossums, turtle doves, black snakes, moths, and many other critters featured in these songs, not always behaving as modern fictional wildlife do. Some of the traditional songs reminded me of the original fairy tales where some characters come to violent ends. All in all, however, this is certain to entertain any family that loves the deep woods and great music.

    by Community Engagement | Oct 03, 2017
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    The following books are a selection of new arrivals at the Allen County Public Library.

    Fantasy & Science Fiction

    From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)
    Renee Ahdieh
    A collection of short stories and illustrations by some of today's best-selling authors and trend-setting artists commemorates the Star Wars franchise's 40th anniversary and includes contributions by such notables as Meg Cabot, John Jackson Miller and Nnedi Okorafor.

    The Book of Swords
    Gardner Dozois (Editor)
    An anthology of original fantasy tales by some of today's leading genre masters includes contributions by George R. R. Martin, Scott Lynch, Garth Nix, Cecelia Holland, and Elizabeth Bear.

    Children of the Fleet
    Orson Scott Card
    A highly anticipated latest solo Ender novel finds Fleet School hopeful Dabeet Ochoa discovering his mysterious connection to the Fleet when he is approached for recruitment by Colonel Graff.

    Gregory Maguire
    The best-selling author of Wicked presents an imaginative tale rooted in early 19th-century German Romanticism that explores parallels between the origin legend of the famous Nutcracker with the life of Drosselmeier, the toymaker who carves him.

    General Fiction

    Winter Solstice
    Elin Hilderbrand
    Preparing for a particularly joyful holiday season after Bart's safe return from Afghanistan, the Quinn family members count their blessings, from Kevin's marriage to Patrick's rehabilitation, only to encounter unexpected challenges.

    What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End #3)
    David Wong
    Investigating the activities of a shapeshifting entity that is snatching local kids, friends Dave, John, and Amy are challenged to navigate an uproariously convoluted maze of illusions, incompetence, and lies.

    Without Merit
    Colleen Hoover
    Tired of living a life surrounded by lies, Merit Voss reveals the dark secrets of her outwardly happy family before she leaves them behind, only to be confronted by the consequences of her decision when her escape plan fails.

    The Rules of Magic
    Alice Hoffman
    A prequel to the best-selling Practical Magic traces the story of the children of Susanna Owens, who, in spite of their mother's fierce edicts against witchcraft, develop powerful abilities while struggling to escape the family curse that leads to tragedy if they fall in love.

    The Floating World
    Morgan C. Babst
    When a fragile young woman refuses to leave New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, her parents are forced to go without her, setting off a chain of events that leaves their marriage in shambles and their daughter catatonic, the victim or perpetrator of some unknown violent act.

    Strange Weather: Four Short Novels
    Joe Hill
    A collection of four chilling horror novellas by the award-winning author of "The Fireman", including "Snapshot," which features a tattooed thug who can wipe out bits of your memory with a simple click of his Polaroid Instant Camera.

    Historical Fiction

    Manhattan Beach
    Jennifer Egan
    Years after she is placed in the hands of a stranger vital to her family's survival, Anna takes a job at the Brooklyn Naval Yard during the war while meeting with the man who helped them and learning important truths about her father's disappearance.

    In the Midst of Winter
    Isabel Allende
    A minor traffic accident becomes a catalyst for an unexpected bond among a human rights scholar in Brooklyn, his Chilean tenant, and an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, who explore the difficulties of immigrants and refugees.


     Mystery & Detective

    Dan Brown 
    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon navigates a dangerous intersection of humanity's two most enduring questions, interweaving codes, science, religion and other disciplines before making a paradigm-shifting discovery.

    The Stolen Marriage
    Diane Chamberlain
    Ending her engagement to the love of her life to marry her unborn child's father, Tess quickly discovers she is trapped in a union with a secretive man and is treated with suspicion by her neighbors when a local girl dies in an accident.

    The Witches’ Tree (Agatha Raisin #28)
    M.C. Beaton
    Investigating the cruel murder of an elderly spinster whose body was discovered hanged from tree at the edge of their small village, Agatha Raisin tackles an escalating mystery that risks both her reputation and her life.

    Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers Novel #10)
    John Sandford
    When a woman, with connections to a high school class of twenty years ago, is found frozen in a block of ice, Virgil Flowers returns to Trippton, Minnesota to investigate, uncovering years of traumas, feuds, and bad blood.

    Killing Season
    Faye Kellerman
    A young man's investigation into the death of his sister draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer. 

    Felix Francis
    When a smartly dressed man dies in the hospital after being found unconscious at a local racetrack, doctor Chris Reynolds, a specialist struggling with mental health challenges, searches for the victim's identity and clues about what happened only to be targeted by a ruthless killer.

    Quick & Dirty (Stone Barrington Novel #43)
    Stuart Woods
    When a beautiful new client seeks out Stone Barrington, he becomes entangled in the rarefied and intricate world of the art business, where mistakes are costly and trouble lurks beneath the exclusive veneer.

    Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch Novel #20)
    Michael Connelly
    An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando's detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse at the same time an old case from Bosch's days with the LAPD returns to haunt him. 


    Merry and Bright
    Debbie Macomber
    Merry is skeptical when her mother and brother create an online dating profile for her without her knowledge, but she decides to give it a try and finds herself chatting with an endearing match who turns out to be someone she recognizes.

    A Plain Leaving (Sisters of Lancaster County #1)
    Leslie Gould
    Returning for her father's funeral, Jessica faces the Amish life--and love--she left behind years prior. Struggling with regrets, she learns about the life of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor who confronted some of the same choices she has. Will Jessica find peace during her visit, along with the resolution she hopes for?

    The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
    Bethany Turner
    Steamy romance writer Sarah Hollenbeck's career is at its peak, but reconciling her writing with her newfound faith proves more difficult than she imagined--and falling for her pastor doesn't make things any easier.

    Danielle Steel
    When her idyllic life on her family's Napa Valley vineyard is shattered by her mother's sudden death, a young Stanford graduate finds herself at the mercy of a cold-hearted stepfamily at the same time that she bonds with her stepmother's kind mother and a loving friend from her childhood.

    Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14)
    Sherryl Woods
    A proud woman, reeling from the loss of the first man she was able to love decades after the abandonment of her husband, is urged to return to her Virginia home to help run an Irish pub, where she clashes with an equally strong-minded chef who shares many of her heartaches.

    Short Stories

    Fresh Complaint: Stories
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    This first collection of short stories by the Pulitzer Prize winner includes the tales of a failed poet-turned-embezzler, a young traveler seeking enlightenment, and a high schooler whose drastic decision upends a British physicist's life.

    Uncommon Type: Some Stories
    Tom Hanks
    The two-time Oscar winner presents a first collection of short fiction that includes the stories of a bowling champion who fears his celebrity has ruined his love of the game and an eccentric billionaire and faithful assistant who, while searching for acquisitions, discover romance and real life in a down-and-out motel.

    Tell Tale: Short Stories
    Jeffrey Archer
    A highly anticipated next collection of short tales by the acclaimed author features a series of protagonists reflecting the author's experiences with the people he has met and the cultures he has visited throughout the past decade.


    Mind Game
    Iris Johansen
    Searching for a long-missing treasure in Scotland, Jane MacGuire experiences vivid dreams of a girl in danger at the same time she reconnects with a volatile ex and is confronted by stunning changes in the lives of those closest to her.

    The Rooster Bar
    John Grisham  
    After three law-school students they realize they’ve fallen for a scam at the hands of a New York City hedge fund operator, they set out for revenge.

    Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier
    Mark Frost
    A sequel to the best-selling The Secret History of Twin Peaks bridges former and current storylines while sharing insights into mysteries raised by the new series, providing character histories, behind-the-scenes details and insider commentary on the latest plots.


    Ali: A Life
    Jonathan Eig
    An unauthorized portrait of the iconic champion fighter, arguing that race was a central theme in Muhammad Ali's career, faith and advocacy work and that his political beliefs and neurological health shaped his complex character.

    From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death
    Caitlin Doughty
    The best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes aims to expand readers' sense of what it means to treat the dead with dignity.

    We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    A compelling portrait of the historic Barack Obama era, combining new and annotated essays from the National Book Award-winning author, includes the articles, "Fear of a Black President" and "The Case for Reparations" as well as two new pieces on the Obama administration and what is coming next.

    Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
    Liza Mundy
    Documents the pivotal contributions of more than 10,000 American women who served as codebreakers during World War II, detailing how their efforts shortened the war and saved countless lives, in an account that also reveals the strict practice of secrecy that nearly erased their efforts from history.

    Ron Chernow
    A meticulously researched portrait of the complicated Civil War general and 18th President, challenging the views of his critics while sharing insights into his prowess as a military leader, the honor with which he conducted his administration and the rise and fall of his fortunes.

    American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
    Nate Blakeslee
    An account of the rise and reign of O-Six, the fabled Yellowstone wolf, describes how conservationists managed to restore the species, after it was nearly hunted to extinction, and the ensuing debates over America's western regions.

    Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff
    Chip Gaines

    Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
    Scott Kelly
    A memoir by the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station shares candid reminiscences of his voyage, his colorful formative years, and the off-planet journeys that shaped his early career.

    Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food Is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It
    Joel Fuhrman
    The revered nutrition expert and PBS personality examines the role of fast and processed foods in the nation's health crisis while outlining specific recommendations for long-term solutions, sharing complementary meal plans and recipes.

    Leonardo da Vinci
    Walter Isaacson
    Draws on da Vinci's notebooks as well as new discoveries about his life and work in a narrative portrait that connects the master's art to his science, demonstrating how da Vinci's genius was based on ordinary qualities, including curiosity and imagination.

    Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir
    Amy Tan
    The best-selling author of such novels as The Joy Luck Club presents an intimate memoir on her life as a writer that explores formative experiences from her childhood and her evolving perspectives on the symbiotic relationship between fiction and emotional memory.

    An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
    Khizr Khan
    The Pakistani immigrant-turned-U.S. citizen and Gold Star parent documents the story of his family's pursuit of the American dream, discussing the need to respond to challenges in modern society and advocate for what is most important.

    Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny
    Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger
    A high-energy portrait of the seventh American president focuses on his formative military prowess during the War of 1812 and his pivotal contributions to the capturing of New Orleans from the British.

    I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street
    Matt Taibbi
    The best-selling author of The Divide presents an exploration into the roots and aftermath of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the police in 2014, sharing insights into the ensuing nationwide series of protests that reinforced the "Black Lives Matter" movement and transformed American politics.

    The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Come and Get It!: Simple, Scrumptious Recipes for Crazy Busy Lives
    Ree Drummond
    A collection of recipes that provide for the needs of today's busy families, outlining a wide range of quick-prepare, nutritious and satisfying options for every meal of the day.


    Teen Books

    The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3)
    Rick Riordan
    Magnus and his friends set sail for the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard's greatest threat, Loki's demonic ship full of zombies.

    Before the Devil Breaks You (Diviners #3)
    Libba Bray
    After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They're more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror, the King of Crows.

    All the Crooked Saints
    Maggie Stiefvater
    10/10In 1960s' Colorado, three cousins long to change the future: Beatriz wants to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who runs a renegade radio station.

    Turtles All the Way Down
    John Green
    Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there's a hundred thousand dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate.

    The Book of Dust
    Philip Pullman
    Renowned storyteller Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure—a work in three parts—in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.

    Children’s Books

    The War I Finally Won
    Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
    This sequel to Bradley's Newbery Honor-winning "The War that Saved My Life" continues Ada's World War II journey as new challenges force her to figure out who she really is now that she's free.

    Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race
    Chris Grabenstein
    Mr. Lemoncello's new fact-finding game puts Kyle in a race to uncover facts about famous Americans.

    Spy School: Secret Service
    Stuart Gibbs
    Thirteen-year-old Ben Ripley is assigned to protect the president from an assassination attempt in his first solo mission, but he may be in over his head.

    My Brigadista Year
    Katherine Paterson
    Follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro's national literacy campaign and travels into the impoverished countryside to teach others how to read.

    Little Bigfoot, Big City (Littlest Bigfoot #2)
    Jennifer Weiner
    The second book a trilogy about friendship, furry creatures, and finding the place where you belong.

    Picture Books

    After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
    Dan Santat
    Now terrified of heights after his fall, Humpty Dumpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

    The Bad Mood and the Stick
    Lemony Snicket
    Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness, laughter, and love in its wake.

    La La La: A Story of Hope
    Kate DiCamillo
    This nearly wordless graphic story follows a little girl in search of a friend.

    The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse
    Mac Barnett
    A story of cooperation and creative cuisine about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

    Old MacDonald Had a Farm
    Gris Grimly
    Inspired by his son's love for the song, and his own family's farming history, this stunning book offers a new version with an unexpected twist.

    by Emily M | Oct 02, 2017

    Join us for a concert in the theater!
    Who: Jan Aldridge Clark
    When: Sunday, October 22, 2:00 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2
    harpist concert

    by Craig B | Oct 02, 2017

    cover of Norman MacLean's book, A River Runs Through It and Other StoriesBook Review: Norman MacLean's near-winner of the 1977 Pulitzer Prize, A River Runs Through It, and Other Stories

    This novella and the two shorter stories that go with it confused me a little.  "A River Runs Through It" is arguably much better by itself; the other two stories read more like genre fiction, even though they are elegantly told, and a certain poker game scene made me chuckle several times (I finished it on the ride home from church and I think my wife was concerned for my sanity).  I’m just not sure this all hangs together as a book.  With the shift in tone from the tragic, deeply personal nature of "A River Runs Through It", to the shenanigans of the U.S. Forest Service, not to mention the fact that the last two stories predate the first one resulting in some anticlimacticism, I can perhaps see why MacLean’s book is only a near-Pulitzer.

    Then again, perhaps my interpretation of MacLean’s novel as a clumsy assortment of narratives is missing the point.  MacLean does seem to have had a strong streak of the historian in him, and as a poet influenced by a poet/historian (he taught Shakespeare at the University of Chicago and every year told himself, “You better teach this (guy) so you don't forget what great writing is like”), it seems reasonable for MacLean to be interested in elevating his couple of informational narrative romps that verge on poetic to something more than just genre fiction, while also understanding that their force as historical documents cannot be compromised.  That combination of poetry and pragmatism could actually be read as gutsy, even “cutting-edge,” and so any dismissiveness you hear in my intonation of the phrase “genre fiction” may be a mistake on my part. Either way, I don’t really care, because the novella that is "A River Runs Through It" is so beautiful it outshines any real failing the overall book has. 

    Look, I hate to fish, at least that’s my memory of it as a kid, I don’t really swim, and the beach can make me crazy, but this story’s engagement with fly-fishing, this thing I don’t really like and don’t understand, is so powerful and its embodiment of the story’s central theme about how someone can love something they don’t understand is so apt, I now feel emboldened to declare, “I love fly fishing.”  See, my life has been changed! Not just because I enjoy pseudo-pretentious, semi-facetious, self-referential (and often self-effacing) communications, but also because I have learned yet another application of the oft-used phrase, “I love …!”  However, if I choose to employ this phrase about fly-fishing, enabling me to launch into a detailed explanation of what I mean and the literary merit of MacLean’s novella, I should probably not open a conversation with this.  I mean, first impressions can be dire, and if my audience has not yet learned to “love” me the misunderstanding a conversation like this could engender could end any real hope for a friendship … kind of like MacLean’s book.  He didn’t win a Pulitzer but would he have if he had re-ordered his stories and made a different first impression, if he had led with the jokiness of "USFS 1919" and built up to the doomed athleticism and artistry of a brother’s fly fishing?  Again, not a good conversation opener for most interactions, but perhaps something still worth batting around among very good friends.

    by Cindy H | Sep 29, 2017
    Do you have a secret desire to be a rock star? Do you have a song in your heart that is yearning to get out? Would you enjoy watching your friends, family, and neighbors perform songs while eating delicious snacks? If so, then the Aboite Branch's new all-ages program, the Super Awesome Karaoke Party, is for you! This program begins October 21st from 2-4pm and will be offered the 3rd Saturday of each month. Our new karaoke machine connects to YouTube, so an unlimited number of popular karaoke songs are at your disposal.

    Disclaimer: Must be prepared for fantastic fun in an extremely encouraging and judgment-free environment.

    Questions? Contact Cindy Harter, Youth Librarian at the Aboite Branch. 260-421-1310
    by Kay S | Sep 29, 2017
    Sometimes when you go digging through the dust and cobwebs of the past, all that happens is a sneeze. But other times you find a forgotten treasure and you say to yourself -- now I know why this author is still around.

    Book Review: 
    The Spinster and the Rake by Anne Stuart.

    The Spinster and the Rake
    by Anne Stuart, 1982.  Written in 1982 by then fledgling author Anne Stuart, The Spinster and the Rake is considered a traditional Regency 1531931romance, but this is much more than just traditional. This book has the beginning of Anne Stuart’s powerful voice and one of her manly-men-dark-heroes which she is known for, (though not as dark as her later ones). While nothing can compare to my favorite Anne Stuart book, The House Party, this one comes pretty close. This is a relatively short book, clocking in at 194 pages. But when the writer is Anne Stuart, you don’t notice the length of the story. You just sit back and enjoy it. Both The House Party and The Spinster and the Rake have recently been reissued electronically.

    Plot, plot, plot. What’s the plot? We can make this really short. Gillian Redford is a thirty-year old spinster who is happy to spend her life going from one of her siblings’ houses to another. While her family takes advantage of her, she is also a favorite of her nieces and nephews. She is not a martyr; she is in control of her life and she doesn’t take too much guff from her siblings. Then we have Ronan Blakley, Marquis of Herrington, and he is one of Anne Stuart’s typical rakes. And, when I say he’s an Anne Stuart rake, I mean he is a real rake, not a pretend rake who is really a good guy in disguise. Well, one rainy evening Ronan and his drunk friend Vivien Peacock rescue Gillian from a carriage wreck. From that moment on, this book is filled with delightful banter, great farce, and occasional deep thoughts.

    9781611947090_p0_v1_s192x300There is also a cute secondary romance thrown in and numerous other little plots -- revenge, wagers, seduction.

    This was a delightful little package which had a mature couple in the center of all the shenanigans which went on around them. If I had any quibble, it was there wasn’t enough of Ronan’s brain-think. Even with that I highly recommend this story -- it has aged well.

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.