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    by Kay S | Jan 18, 2019
    It's time for a few upcoming fiction releases which you will be seeing sometime between January 15 and February 14, 2019. Unless, of course, the publishers change their minds. And, as always, these are publishing dates, not the dates they will be on a shelf near you.

    Historical Romance

     burrows Annie Burrows
    A Duke in Need of a Wife
    January 15 – paperback, February 1 - ebook
     Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley
    The Devilish Lord Will
    MacKenzie series
    January 15
     Laura Lee Guhrke Laura lee Guhrke
    Governess Gone Rogue
    Dear Lady Truelove series
    January 29
     Marie Force Marie Force
    Duchess by Deception
    A Gilded series, debut historical
    January 29

    Historical Fiction

    Vijay  Madhuri Vijay
    The Far Field
    January 15 
     Marius Gabriel Marius Gabriel
    The Parisians
    January 17
     Mary Calvi Mary Calvi
    Dear George, Dear Mary, debut
    February 12
     Stephanie Barron Stephanie Barron
    That Churchill Woman
    January 29

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

    Kristin Wright  Kristin Wright
    Lying Beneath the Oaks, debut
    January 15 
     Maranda liasson Miranda Liasson
    The Way You Love Me
    January 29
     Sally Thorne Sally Thorne
    99 Percent Mine
    January 29
     Kamal Soniah Kamal
    Pride and Prejudice in Pakistan
    January 15

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Alan Bradley Alan Bradley
    The Golden Tresses of the Dead
    Flavia de Luce series
    January 22 
     Alexandra Ivy Alexandra Ivy
    You Will Suffer
    The Agency series
    January 29
     Andrea Camilleri Andrea Camilleri
    The Overnight Kidnapper
    Inspector Montalbano Mystery series
    February 5
     VC Andrews V C Andrews
    The Silhouette Girl
    January 29

    Paranormal/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Horror

     Alistair Reynolds Alastair Reynolds
    Shadow Captain
    Revenger series
    January 15
     Gareth Hanrahan Gareth Hanrahan
    The Gutter Prayer
    Black Iron Legacy series
    January 22
     Bennett Robert Jackson Bennett
    January 29
     Dyer Thoraiya Dyer
    Tides of the Titans
    Titan's Forest Trilogy
    January 29

    Young Adult/Teens

     Angela Thomas Angie Thomas
    On the Come Up
    February 5

     April Henry April Henry
    The Lonely Dead
    January 29
     Bridget Kemmerer Brigid Kemmerer
    A Curse So Dark and Lonely
    January 19
     Leigh Barugo Leigh Barugo
    King of Scars
    King of Scars duology
    January 29

    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream

    Abigil wilson  Abigail Wilson
    In the Shadow of Croft Towers
    January 15 
     Kathleen Ybarbo Kathleen Y’Barbo
    The Alamo Bride
    Daughters of the Mayflower Brides series
    February 1
     Kristi Ann Hunter Kristi Ann Hunter
    A Return of Devotion
    Haven Manor series
    February 5

    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 Emily M | Jan 17, 2019
    Each month we feature an independent or foreign film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  This month we will be showing the Japanese film The Third Murder.

    In The Third Murder, leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim’s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.

    TheThirdMurderWhat: The Third Murder
    When: Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    In Japanese with English subtitles.
    Free admission, ages 18 and up.
    This movie is not rated.

    by Community Engagement | Jan 16, 2019
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    AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for the 2018 tax year is available for free at the ACPL locations listed below from January 28, 2019 through April 15, 2019. For a list of what to bring with you, click here.


    12:00-4:00 pm
    (starting 2/4)
    Little Turtle
    12:00-4:00 pm
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    (starting 2/5)
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Hessen Cassel
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    (starting 2/5)
    Main Library
    4:00-7:00 pm


    10:30 am - 2:30 pm
    (starting 2/6)
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm


    New Haven
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    by Craig B | Jan 16, 2019

    Book Review: Oscar Hijuelos' winner of the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

    cover for Oscar Hijuelos' novel, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of LoveOnly his second book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love made Hijuelos, in 1990, the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The title of the novel comes from the fictional LP featured in the book, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and the novel is structured with an A side and a B side which, even more clearly in retrospect, has some nice metafictional qualities.  (For more on that I think I’d need to visit a local brew pub and go a few rounds with any interested parties.)

    The main thing I took away from Hijuelos’ story is that regrets are inevitable, which is, a bit oddly, comforting.  Sometimes concrete things will be there to be pointed out as regretful.  For example, in the novel, a failure to visit parents enough, a mistreatment of a spouse, a Communist revolution.  Sometimes regrets will come in spite of the many good things life has given one (like a dollop of fame, admiring friends, continual gainful employment) and one may find oneself sitting in a ratty hotel wondering, “What if?”

    The movie version of this book in 1992 starred a young Antonio Banderas.  Young?  He was 32.  At the ripe old age of 38 (the same age as Hijuelos when he finished this novel) 32 seems young … at least significantly “younger.”  (I do refer to myself as “middle-aged,” half-jokingly, but only half.)  What regrets do I already have?  What regrets am I incubating?  Where does this road I’m traveling actually end up?  Life, unlike novels, seems to only reveal answers to those sorts of questions at the end.  We animates don’t have the luxury of “in media res” to aid in giving perspective to past choices and events and the groove we’re running in doesn’t allow room for an omniscient narrator describing to us where we’re at on the A side or B side.  We just know that we’re playing till the end, whenever that is, and that being in the “middle of things”/in media res is less fancy than it sounds and wins almost none of us a significant literary prize.  But then, listen to me being so desultory.  At least, from within the groove we reside and have the chance to live in the present (much like the title of this novel I’m ostensibly reviewing) and make some music for a little while.  I mean, if regrets are kind of inevitable anyway, we might as well enjoy the spin.

    Craig B author 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 Miriam | Jan 15, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Miriam, who works with children and families in Children's Services at the Main Library.

    cover image for the very fluffy kitty pampillon
    I recently created a storytime that worked well with preschoolers in our storytime here at the Main Library, as well as class visits like our Juvenile Delivery Collection storytimes. It did not start out to be a storytime about fluffy things. As storytimes often do – this one evolved that way. First I found a new favorite book, The Very Fluffy Kitty Papillon by A. N. Kang. Here is that perfect blend of larger format and interesting storyline that captures the attention of both the grownups and children. It even lends itself to some dramatic storytelling but there was one problem. One of the pages had nine tiny pictures that were integral to understanding the story. By enlarging and laminating those little pictures I had nine pages of super silly pictures for kids to hold up as we read. We had a lot of fun talking about the crazy costumes Miss Tilly created in order to keep Papillon from floating around.

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    Sally and the Purple Socks by Lisze Bechtold was the second book I added to the storytime lineup. It was just right for lots of giggles. Sally's new socks grow mysteriously to fill her entire house! Children love thinking about the scenario and asking themselves “What would happen if….?”

    A movement based Jim Gill song gave us a chance to stretch our legs, clap our hands, and listen as well as pay attention to when to be still. Pretending we were cats getting up and going through our day with motions for every step of the day added more ways to connect our bodies to words. We even added some silly elements of the cat's day, such as brushing their teeth, for extra fun.
    cover image of bunny slopes

    Finally, a book that invites the reader into the story as a participant with holes in the pages for peeking through engaged everyone’s attention. Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda makes sure every child feels a part of the story as we helped bunny down the ski slopes and back home again for cups of cocoa.

    We had a great time with all the fluff! Check out one of these great titles today or ask your librarian to help you find THEIR favorite fluffy book.

    by Dawn S | Jan 14, 2019
    Saturday's Mock Caldecott Discussion and Election at the Main Library was such a blast! Twenty One librarians, teachers, and book lovers learned, discussed, and debated. We started the morning with 38 picture books and narrowed our favorites down to just a handful. Our job was to choose one book as the most distinguished picture book for children published in 2018 and the winner was...
    cover image for drawn together

    Drawn Together, written by Minh Le and illustrated by Dan Santat

    We also had two honor books that stood out from the rest.

    cover image for julian is a mermaid
    Julian is a Mermaid, written and illustrated by Jessica Love

    cover image for i am a cat
    I am a Cat written and illustrated by Galia Berstein

    Want to know which book from 2018 won the real CALDECOTT AWARD?
    The Caldecott Award winner, along with other youth media award winners, will be announced on Monday, January 28th at 8am (PT). Check online at the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards page for more information.

    by SM | Jan 14, 2019

    These books are new teen adventure novels for some great reading on cold winter days and nights...



    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 | Jan 14, 2019

    cover for The Struts album, Young & DangerousIt’s official – rock is dead. Here’s my story – I searched high and low for a new “rock” album to review and only found The Struts latest, Young & Dangerous, an album that at first seemed promising, but after a careful listen, I’ve decided you just can’t be as sweet as the Struts are in their track, "Somebody New," on a sophomore album and still actually consider yourself a rock star.  Maybe later, when you’ve got a record named something like Highway Companion and are no longer “young” and your “danger” is diminished (if that can ever be said of a human being), you can indulge in sentiment and pining for lost loves.  Not that you can’t be some kind of music star, but not rock.  Rock and roll. Welcome to the age of the “rock-influenced” star.

    Suggested Use: Rock is dead?  Or just more domesticated?  Perhaps.  Try putting this on while doing something “domestic” like loading the dishwasher or making up the guestroom for Great Aunt Laura.  Just as you find ways to cut the meatloaf to accommodate the extra setting for your kid’s new friend from across the street you’ll find yourself cutting songs out of this album in an effort to make it more truly “rock and roll.”  If I may, I’d suggest keeping "Bulletproof Baby," "Tatler Magazine," and "I Do it So Well."  But that’s just my story.  Tell us yours.

    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 | Jan 11, 2019
    Even an adventure story can be a quiet tale.

    The Other Miss Bridgerton is part of the Rokesby series by Julia Quinn. This series is Julia Quinn connected to the Bridgerton series, but it is about the generation before the characters we all know and love. A prequel.

    The Other Miss Bridgerton was a delightful holiday treat, but it could be read any time of the year. Our heroine is Poppy Bridgerton and she is a mighty curious person. Our hero is Andrew Rokesby, aka Captain Andrew James, and he is on the receiving end of Poppy’s curiosity.

    I loved Poppy. As I said before, she is a curious person. Some people might classify that as nosy but there isn’t anything negative about her snooping. She’s just a unique person who doesn’t quite fit in. She has an inquiring mind, she’s open to adventure, and she isn’t always careful as to where that adventurous spirit might lead her. For instance, her curiosity might get her transported to a pirate ship.

    You see, one day Poppy wanders into a cave which turns out to be where some privateers have hidden their loot. Unfortunately for her, two of the privateers – Laurel and Hardy – discover her, bundle her up in burlap, and take her aboard their ship with a rag stuffed in her mouth. The rag is there because she just keeps talking, talking, and talking. They take the rag out of her mouth once she’s on board, however, and she won’t shut up – so, they put it back in her mouth. Then they leave her and try to decide who is going to tell the captain. By the way, they aren’t really named Laurel and Hardy. It just seems as if they are.

    The ship sets sail and by the time the captain is reluctantly told about their captive guest, it’s too late to return her. Captain James is not a happy camper. He is on a secret mission, he has a deadline, and much to his chagrin he discovers he has a Bridgerton on board. Even more upsetting to him is that his older brother is married to a Bridgerton. He has a big problem. Not only does he have a mission to complete, he has an innocent woman to get back on shore without anyone finding out. He tries to keep his distance, but it isn’t long before Poppy wiggles under his skin.

    The romance slowly builds in this story. A lot of the scenes in the book are more sensual then sexual and it’s a slow burn until their relationship finally explodes. There isn’t a ton of token whankee-roo scenes – which is nice for a change. We have two likeable characters who have a tender relationship which slowly blossoms before our eyes.

    I enjoyed this story quite a lot. While it didn’t contain some of the bells and whistles of some of my favorite Julia Quinn stories, it was a very charming story, filled with humor, banter, and lovely dialogue. The characters worked together, the romance slowly bloomed from friendship to lovers to a couple who respected each other and one we have no doubt will last a long, long time. A gentle story, which I recommend. 

    Time/Place: 1700s English Channel
    Sensuality: Warm

    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 Emily M | Jan 10, 2019

    Join us for a showing of the film First Man, a look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the moon.  The movie begins at 6:30.  Doors will open at 6:00 with cartoons playing before the show.

    What: First Man
    When: Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2


    Free admission.
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Rated PG-13.

    by Aisha H. | Jan 09, 2019

    2018 saw me read a variety of things. While some people might not consider listening to audiobooks and looking at photography books a proper definition of reading, I still consider these as “books read” because they involved me hearing or seeing a story, analyzing what I heard and saw, and taking some part of the story into myself. Here are some of the books I read in 2018.

    I started listening to audiobooks years ago when I lived farther away from friends and family and would go on road trips. I kept listening to audiobooks because having someone read to me is a lovely experience.

    Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah     

    I knew Noah from "The Daily Show" and love his accent, so listening to his memoir instead of reading it seemed like the right thing to do, and it was.


    Look Alive Out There: Essays by Sloane Crosley

    I’ve been a Sloane Crosley fan for years since reading her first book of essays, I Was Told There’d Be Cake. Standout essays included the one about her battles with her neighbor’s excessively cool teenagers and the one where she gets diagnosed with Ménière’s disease.


    You'll Grow Out of It by Jessi Klein

    I definitely snorted when she talked about the way being called “ma’am” makes you feel, when up until that point, people called you “miss”.


    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

    I’d be surprised if you hadn’t already heard of this book, but if you haven’t, it’s an amazing Young Adult novel that deals with the issue of race in America. Starr witnesses the police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil and the two worlds she lives in, her poorer, predominantly black neighborhood and her wealthy, mostly white private school, clash as she tries to deal with the pressures her family and friends put on her.

    Past Tense by Lee Child

    This is the latest book in Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. I started reading the series back in November 2017. I hadn't thought of them as my kind of books (which goes to show you, we can all change), but I'd watched the film Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and decided to give them a shot. In a year, I read all 23 novels. (They took up a good chunk of my year.) Some of the standouts were One Shot (#9), Bad Luck and Trouble (#11), Worth Dying For (#15), and Make Me (#20). Oddly enough, Never Go Back (#18), the book that inspired the movie that got me reading the series was one of my least favorites. The book’s plot was a little different than the movie’s (or maybe more accurately, the movie’s plot was a little different than the book’s), and that might have thrown me off.
    Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore

    This novel is a mix of fantasy, historical fiction, romance, and science fiction. Milo has been reincarnated 9,995 times and has five more lives left in order to pursue perfection. He’s in love with Death (who prefers to be called “Suzie”), and if he doesn’t reach perfection, he’ll cease to exist and cease to be with Suzie. This book is funny, touching, and philosophical.
     DressLikeaWoman Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore by Abrams Books

    This collection of photographs uses clothing to explore the changes in women’s roles throughout the world. There are photos of famous women like Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai, but some of the more powerful, moving images are of everyday women.


      How New York Breaks Your Heart by Bill Hayes

      These photographs of regular people doing regular
      things are intimate and impressive.

    Aisha’s favorite authors are Lisa Lutz and Lorrie Moore. After years of resisting the librarian who owns a cat stereotype, she found Otis, the best giant little kitty ever created, and is now never without a cat hair somewhere on her clothing. 

    by Christi | Jan 08, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Christi, who works with children and families at the Dupont Branch Library.

    image of baby's face
    Baby Storytime is always fun, but my little ones really love it when the books I share reflect their own experiences. One favorite is Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn. In this book, Leo goes to the library for storytime. There he enjoys many of the same activities that take place at our Baby Storytime, such as singing and playing peekaboo with scarves.

    cover image for leo loves baby time

    In Babies Don’t Walk, They Ride! by Kathy Henderson, babies ride in strollers, shopping carts, car seats, back packs, slings, and more to get around. Adults and older children in the book use bicycles, wheelchairs, scooters and more. The book has a fun rhythm, so I like to read it all the way through and then go back through the pages, naming various modes of transportation.
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    You'll find more great baby books on our custom book list HERE.
    Happy reading!

    by Aisha H. | Jan 05, 2019
    Unfortunately, the Jazz at Lincoln Center film, "John Lewis", scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, has been cancelled. We will resume the series on Thursday, February 7 with the film, "Blood on the Fields".
    by Dawn Stoops | Jan 04, 2019
    Do you know a kid who loves taking things apart?
    Here's a great new book to fan the flames of technical curiosity!
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    Cut in Half by Mike Warren is part of the library's adult collection, but it's a great fit for kids of all ages who like to ask those 'why' and 'how' questions.
    Here's the blurb from the publisher.
    "Explore the inner world of ordinary objects with this photographic collection of sixty household items that have been cut in half! Based on his successful Youtube channel, designer and fabricator Mike Warren uses a high-pressure waterjet cutter to divide everything from laptop computers to vacuum cleaners, boxing gloves to golf balls, and even a singing fish! Cut in Half displays the inner workings and materials of each object, along with informative captions for how each object works and the contents within, revealing the extraordinary in the everyday."

    We've got a physical copy and a digital copy so take a look and enjoy it with a curious child!

    by Carrie V | Jan 04, 2019

    Together we create

    Have you always wanted to be a writer? Are you a writer looking for motivation and support?  You might be surprised by Fort Wayne's active writing community!

    Here is a consolidated listing of local literary events happening in January:

    3 Rivers Co-op & Deli: First Friday Readings
    Friday, January 4th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
    At the 3 Rivers Natural Grocery Co-op & Deli
    Come hear readings by noteworthy poets and writers of the Fort Wayne area, and
    grab some food at the One World Café

    FWWG: Workday Wordsmiths
    Tuesday, January 8th, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Feedback, brainstorming, and learning in a relaxed, daytime setting.

    NI POETS: Northeast Indiana Poets Of Every Type Society

    Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Northeast Indiana P.O.E.T.S. meets at the Downtown Allen County Library, 900 Library Plaza. The public is invited. Bring your favorite poems and join us.


    Northeast Indiana P.O.E.T.S. (which stands for Poets Of Every Type Society) was organized in 1990. This poetry organization has been a member of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne for years, and is associated with Poetry Society of Indiana (PSI), formerly Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

    FWWG: Writers Round Robin – Evoking Emotions from your Readers
    Wednesday, January 9th, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    A structured workshop where participants critique readings from two readers.

    ACPL: Monday Morning Book Group – Author Visit
    Monday, January 14th, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    At the Little Turtle Branch of the Allen County Public Library
    Please join us to share the books you are currently reading and listen to others share theirs as well.  We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.  On January 14th we will be having an Author Visit with local author Shelia Webster Boneham who writes both fiction and nonfiction books related to animals.


    ACPL: Hanna-Creighton Writers Guild
    Monday, January 14th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    At the Pontiac Branch of the Allen County Public Library
    Writers of all levels get together to educate, inspire, encourage, and motivate members though the expression of their ideas in the written word, using positive feedback, constructive criticism, and example.


    FWWG: Pubs & Prose Night
    Monday, January 14th, 7:00 PM - ???
    At J.K. O’Donnell’s
    No readings, just a group of fascinating local writers talking shop, talking smack, and sometimes expounding on life's great pageantry over a few excellent brews.


    FWWG: Workday Wordsmiths
    Tuesday, January 15th, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Feedback, brainstorming, and learning in a relaxed, daytime setting.


    ACPL: Heartland Writers’ Forum (Monroeville)
    Wednesday, January 16th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    At the Monroeville Branch of the Allen County Public Library



    FWWG: Shut Up & Write
    Thursday, January 17th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Put pen and paper where your mouth is and join in a writing session. Bounce ideas around or ask about a questionable phrase or even plot point, but come with the intention of walking out with a page or two in your hand.

    FWWG: Writers Round Robin
    Wednesday, January 23rd, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    A structured workshop where participants critique readings from two readers.


    ACPL: Young Writers Group
    Thursday, January 24th, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
    At the Main Library Downtown
    Grades 9-12: The Young Writers Workshop led by Dr. Michael Levan is for high school students who love words and want to put them together better. Each session will be a mix of workshopping drafts, in-class writing exercises, craft talks where we learn about strategies to improve our work, and in discussion of contemporary poetry and prose. See link for signup info.


    COP a Story
    Saturday, January 26th, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    At COP a Story, writers have one month to compose their story based on Character, Object, and Place prompts provided by audience members. A public reading of the stories happens on the last Saturday of every month. Unlike many public reading events, COP includes time for discussion - not critique - of each story.


    ACPL: Writers’ Group Meeting
    Monday, January 28th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    At the Main Library Downtown
    Have you always wanted to be a writer? Or are you already a writer and looking for motivation and community? Join ACPL's new Writers' Group! This group aims to provide a forum for sharing works in progress, as well as getting feedback and ideas. Writers of any experience level are welcome.  


    FWWG: Workday Wordsmiths
    Tuesday, January 29th, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    -See Link for Location-
    Feedback, brainstorming, and learning in a relaxed, daytime setting.

    Make it your new year's resolution to attend a local writing event this month!

    by Evan | Jan 02, 2019
    WhenHow to Change Your MindThe Girls of Atomic City
    GrantThe Future of HumanityEducated

    The library’s Real World Book Club is opening for business January 17 with a discussion of Daniel H. Pink’s When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. This new club is a morphing of the Science and Technology Book Club we had in 2018 and will include science books as well as history, biography and other non-fiction titles.

    All the conversations will begin at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month in the Business, Science and Technology Meeting Room at the Main Library. Dates and titles through June are:

    February 21 – How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us about Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

    March 21 – The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

    April 18 – Grant by Ron Chernow

    May 16 – The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth by Michio Kaku

    June 20 – Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

    I hope you will grab copies of these books and join the conversations, but if you haven’t read them and want to learn about them, you will certainly be welcome.

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Kris | Jan 01, 2019

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Kris, who works with children and families at the Aboite Branch Library.

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    Hello!  Let me introduce you to Mouse, my storytime puppet. Mouse attends Baby Storytime with me on Monday mornings at the Aboite Branch Library. His familiar little face helps regular attendees settle in and feel comfortable. And Mouse is very good at helping me find new friends to attend storytime by walking through the children’s area before we begin!

    Of course, every week, we sing songs, do fingerplays and say rhymes together at Baby Storytime. This week I emphasized to caregivers that songs and rhymes are not only fun and engaging for their children, but research on brain development shows they help familiarize children with sequences and patterns, which aids in the development of math skills!

    Did you ever stop to think…when we sing with our children, we are helping prepare them for MATH! Isn’t that amazing? And amazingly simple? 

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    Many stories written for children also include patterns and rhythms, similar to songs.  This week we read the two stories pictured above with mouse. They include fun, repetitive lines that we all say together (and yes, many babies cannot say these lines YET, but they are definitely listening and bouncing along as their caregivers say them).    

    I hope you visit one of our branches soon and join in the storytime joy! 

    by Kay S | Dec 31, 2018

    Auld Lang Syne lyrics via pinterest

    Bet’cha didn’t know that song was so long and sooooo Scottish.  (Click the image to view it full size.  Much easier to read!  Just a bit too big to fit into this post.)
    Is it possible that another year has gone by? It seems like we were just welcoming 2018 into the world not too long ago. Well, now it’s time to say farewell to 2018 and I have to admit that I’m really not sorry to see it go. Too-de-loo! As I look back on the number of books I’ve reviewed this year, I notice that there were fewer. Why is that? Simply put, I didn’t finish as many as I usually do. Yes, I picked them up – and then I put them down. As far as books go, this year has been underwhelming. Here’s hoping next year will sparkle – fingers crossed.

    And now for my wrap-up of things book-ie. Much to my surprise and displeasure, one of my favorite review magazines came to a close in May/June of 2018. It was founded by Kathryn Falk and was originally called Romantic Time Reviews. Somewhere along the way it changed its name to Book Reviews. And then one day, it went to all digital and I should have seen the writing on the wall. This year it was announced – out of the blue – that they would no longer be publishing. I miss that magazine. I found numerous authors by reading its pages.  I’m sifting through numerous sources, publishing houses, and author sites but I have to do a lot more digging and double-checking these days.  I'm sorry this magazine is no longer around.

    I started numerous reading projects and author gloms this year. There was the All About Romance Project, the DNF Project (which I seem to have forgotten I was doing, and must be returning to). I also glommed authors Kelly Bowen and Julia Justiss.This year also saw the return of Betina Krahn and Miranda Davis, something which made me very happy. I also did some traveling in my Wayback Machine.

    Voices we have lost this year. Although not a romance author, this year we lost Phillip Roth – but thankfully he left a lot of material behind for us to enjoy.

    Debut authors who have crossed my radar. Oyinkan Braithwaite, Rena Rossner, Vee Walker, Caryl Bloom, Katrina Carraso, Arif Anwr, Kelli Clare, Tracy Clark, R.F. Kuang, Taylor Bennett, Emma Berquist, Melissa Ostrum, Allison Temple, L. J. Haywood, Gwendolyn Clare, Joy McCullough, Tomi Adeyemi, Lindsey Harrel, Lynn Blackburn, Julia Sonneburn, Angela Surmelis, Melissa Albert, and Richard Lawson.

    2018 Outstanding Books. This year we had some slim-pickens. I had to travel in the Wayback Machine to find some of these. I was delighted that some of my old beloved books stood up to the test of time. Anyway, these are the books which made me smile, made me laugh, made me sigh, and brought a tear to my eye in 2018. Thanks to all of you authors who brought these gems to me. In no particular order.
    1.    Someone to Care by Mary Balogh, 2018
    2.    Come Back to Me by Josie Litton – AAR Project, year, 2001
    3.    A Most Unconventional Match by Julia Justiss, 2008 – part of glom
    4.    The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie, AAR Project, 2005
    5.    A Duke in the Night by Kelly Bowen, 2018
    6.    His Lordship’s Last Wager by Miranda Davis, 2018
    7.    Beyond Scandal and Desire by Lorraine Heath, 2018
    8.    A Good Rogue is Hard to Find by Kelly Bowen, part of glom, 2015
    9.    The Lady in Red by Kelly Bowen, part of glom, 2018
    10.    Last Night with the Earl by Kelly Bowen, part of glom, 2018
    11.    The Governess Game by Tessa Dare, 2018
    12.    His Convenient Marchioness by Elizabeth Rolls, 2017

    Now on to my prestigious awards . . .

    No More Wire Hangers – Time for the 2018 Mommie Dearest Award.
    In order to be nominated for this honor, there must be a horrible family member – age does not matter. Gambling brothers, self-centered sisters, spoiled children, conspiring mothers, oblivious fathers – anyone who may cause boo-hoo moments for either the heroine or hero.

    The Wedding GambleNominees: From A Most Unconventional Match, by Julia Justiss, we have Hal Waterman's family.    The maniac, abusive grandfather from The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie. Everyone but the heroine in Seduced by a Scot by Julia London. The father from An Earl Like You by Caroline Linden.   

    And the winner is Clarissa
    from The Wedding Gamble by Julia Justiss. Now, technically Clarissa isn’t a relative of the heroine Sarah. And, Clarissa is a future heroine, but in this book she is a spoiled, temperamental shrew, and she’s horrible to her companion Sarah. Clarissa was a horrible person, and probably tooooo horrible to be given her own book.

    2018 Steve Morgan Bonehead Award.
    How many times have we groaned because the hero is such a schmuck? He cannot forget his first love, he’s unfaithful, he’s jealous, he's possessive, he's domineering, he's always right, and he uses cold-cream instead for other purposes than what it is used for – if you get my drift.

    Rules of EngagementNominees: Brandon from Nicole Jordan’s My Fair Lover. Hugh Deveraux from Caroline Linden’s An Earl Like You. And then we have Brandon from Heartless by Anne Stuart. Bonehead heroine! Bonehead heroine! In Cathy Maxwell’s A Match Made in Bed, our heroine Cassandra had a crush on Soren when she was a little girl. And then he broke her little heart and she can never, ever, forgive him. Even when she grows up, she holds a grudge – she hatesssssss him when she’s eleven and she hatesssssss him forever.

    And the winner of the 2018 Steve Morgan Bonehead Award
    is Kerrich, aaarrggghhhh. Rules of Engagement by Christina Dodd shows all of its 18 years of age. For a moment I thought I was in the Wayback Machine and had been transported to Ripped Bodice Days of Yore. This guy has to find an orphan so he can pretend to be nice and Queen Victoria will like him again. He also must find an ugly woman to be his pretend governess, because pretty women just won’t leave him alone – he’s just that wonderful. But the topper moment is when he wanted his ugly-not-really-governess-heroine to be forced to marry him. Sigh, my hero.

    Sidekicks, aka Secondary Character, aka Supporting Cast of 2018.
    The hero and heroine may carry the book but occasionally there are other characters who draw our attention. Sometimes they are just great supporting characters –  their just being there makes the book even better than it is. Their importance to the story cannot go unrecognized, and sometimes they are even rewarded with their own stories.

    The Lady in RedHere are my nominations for great supporting characters of 2018:
    Gavin from Seduced by a Scot, by Julia London. Eleanor, Duchess of Worth from Devils of Dover series by Kelly Bowen.Rosamund and Daisy from The Governess Game by Tessa Dare. Eula from Tempting the Laird by Julia London and Georgie and Henry from His Convenient Marchioness by Elizabeth Rolls. Arthur from Betina Krahn’s A Good Day to Marry a Duke.

    And the winner is King
    . Kelly Bowen's The Lady in Red offers a great example of a secondary character who does more than just support. He almost takes over when he appears in the books he’s been in. He’s everything an alpha male should be – mysterious, dark, domineering and sensual. He is a fascinating character and has appeared in two of her series. I hope she gives him his own story soon.

    The Perfect RakeAnd now for a special moment from 2018, well actually it is from 2005 – I just reread it this year. One of my favorite heroes showed up in The Perfect Rake by Anne Gracie.  While Gideon may have been irritating, arrogant and obnoxious, he was a wonderful, funny character and I loved him. He made a great hero.

    So goodbye 2018. Hopefully, 2019 will bring me some new authors I can turn to for distraction. Keep on writing all you auto-buy authors. And, welcome to the fold all of you debut authors - may you live long and prosper.

    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 | Dec 28, 2018
    Kwanzaa table setting

    Kwanzaa, a seven-day festival cultural festival, began December 26 and ends January 1.  Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor of Africana Studies, Kwanzaa is an African American and pan-African holiday which celebrates family, community, and culture.   Kwanzaa is organized around seven principles:  Unity, Self-determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. 

    Here are my top picks for those of us wanting to learn more about this holiday.

    KwanzaaKwanzaa: A Celebration of Family, Community, and Culture by Maulana Karenga.  Written by the creator of the holiday, this book presents the continental African and African-American origins of the celebration, including in-depth information on the harvest festivals providing the basis for Kwanzaa.  Each of the Seven Principles receives a chapter, symbols are explained, and a section is devoted to frequently asked questions.  A chapter on Swahili terminology and Kwanzaa greetings is included and a bibliography provides extensive references for those interested in further research.

    The Complete KwanzaaThe Complete Kwanzaa: Celebrating Our Cultural Harvest by Dorothy Winbush Riley.  This comprehensive guide details the traditional ceremonies, foods, clothing, and history of this joyful and spiritual holiday.  Riley has illuminated each Kwanzaa principle with chapters filled with poetry, life stories, quotations, folktales, and proverbs.

    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 Stoops | Dec 28, 2018
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