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    by Kayla W | Jul 20, 2018

    Manga Recommendation: Princess Jellyfish

    Terrifyingly enough… there’s a male princess in Tokyo.  A strong, beautiful male princess. – Tsukimi Kurashita

     

    Princess Jellyfish

     

    Although it hurts my heart, because I will miss the adventures of the Amars, I am at the last (ninth) volume of this series. For anyone who’s read and has fallen in love with this manga, it’s an easy thing to understand. After all, it’s a great series that has a lighthearted tone and an actual ending that is within believable reaching distance (unlike so many that NEVER seem to end and outstay their welcome!).  

    Although I am sad to be getting ready to say good-bye, I was happy to spend my time with such an upbeat, adorable story. Especially one that features grown women who love who they are and aren’t ashamed of their hobbies and passions.

    This manga is a cute and strangely sober look at the minds of both shut-in fangirl culture as well as haute couture fashion.  It’s a dramedy about a house full of women united in their absolute devotion to their individual fandoms, hobbies, and bizarre behavior.

    It has a cast mostly made up of female characters who have chosen a self-exile to focus on their eccentricities and dreams. Calling themselves Amars (nuns), instead of living in squalor, or at the mercy of family members like spinsters of old, they have come together to live in an aging estate, which has become a communal gilded cage.  Together, they ignore an outside world that has shunned them (in real or imagined ways), with the occasional interaction that they have outside of the house literally turning them to stone when approached by people they’re unfamiliar with!  But, above all, they’re trying to do everything in their powers to avoid a potential run-in with the most dreaded class of people of all.

    The Stylish

    The youngest and most approachable of the Amars, Tsukimi, is much like her Amars’ sisters in most ways, with her own fixation resting almost entirely on jellyfish. Yes, jellyfish.  She draws them, daydreams of them, and retains fond memories of a mother she lost, the fondest of all memories being ones spent visiting an aquarium where she first became enamored with the unlikeliest of creatures. 

    Her life changes with a split decision Tsukimi makes in order to rescue a jellyfish that would otherwise die.  It leads to her teaming up with a Stylish.  It’s not long before she discovers that not only is this beautiful woman dead set on situating herself firmly into Tsukimi’s life (and that of the rest of the Amars’), but that she’s more than make-up and perfect clothing.  To be exact, “she” is a young man who loves to dress as a woman.

    The clash of values, culture, wealth, and identities leads to a fascinating story, with make-overs and rabid attempts to save the Amars’ home from being demolished, working in tandem with a journey through the invention of a new focus in Japanese fashion.  It’s… *Deep breath*   Jellyfish.  No, really.

    Although I usually enjoy a good romance plot (especially the stranger and less logical it seems), I must admit that, to me, the love triangle that this manga insists on centering on is actually by far the weakest aspect of the series’ story.  However, among a sea of truly eye-rolling romance plots in mangas, Princess Jellyfish comes off surprisingly clean and light, in comparison to its cliché-riddled competition. Where the manga truly shows how special it is, however, is with its gentle depiction of its characters, not only poking fun at their more absurd behavior and fixations, but offering reasons why they do what they do and showing how they’re more than capable of overcoming odds stacked against them in wonderful and inventive ways.

    Indeed, what ultimately elevates this story is how it playfully pokes at these damaged characters, taking genuine joy in revealing the – Princess or Prince – beneath the surface of every worthy character, the humor never turning into excuses to punch down on these people for their strangeness or supposed defects.  The “makeovers” seem to be more indicative of a physical manifestation of a deeper possible change, a potential that’s there, if only it can be grasped. And I think that’s beautiful.

    A true disappointment is that the short-lived anime series based off of the manga was ultimately cancelled really early in the series’ story arc.  I believe it is still worth watching – the comedic timing and all of the heart of the manga is there, even though it was cancelled after a pretty big cliff hanger.  One thing I am hopeful for is that the next brand-spankin-new series that Higashimura has made, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, will offer a lot of the same heart and humor that this one has in spades.

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

    by Community Engagement | Jul 19, 2018
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    Our 2018 SPARK Summer Learning Program is in its final days, and we're already thinking about next summer! A great deal of planning goes into each year's program, and we rely on feedback from participants to help us make every summer truly spectacular.

    If you participated in our SPARK Summer Learning Program, please take a few minutes to share your feedback with us. The links below correspond with the age level that you participated at. Parents of little ones, you'll fill out the "Children's Program" survey to provide feedback for your child. If you also participated in our adult program, complete the "Adult Program" survey to share your thoughts.

    The last day to claim prizes is July 31! If you've reached your reading goals, check out the different learning tracks online and on the Beanstack mobile app for fun activities and challenging trivia. See you next summer!


    SURVEYS

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    Children's Program

    Teen Program
     
    Adult Program


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    Children's Program
     
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    by Emily M | Jul 19, 2018

    Each month we show a foreign or independent film as a part of our Independent Film Movement Series.  This month will feature the Indian film Hotel Salvation.  Directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani, Hotel Salvation is the story of a son embarking on a journey with his father, who has made the untimely and bizarre demand to go and die in the holy city of Varanasi to attain Salvation.

    What: Hotel Salvation*
     
    When: Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 pm
     Where: Main Library, Globe Room

    Hotel Salvation Poster


    *
    In Hindi, with English subtitles
    Free Admission, ages 18 and up

    by Dawn S | Jul 19, 2018
    Here's another mixed-up collection of new books for kids. Gotta cram in more fun summer reading!

    cover image for drawing fantastic dragons cover image for junior maker cover image for the dam keeper world without darkness
    cover image for where the watermelons grow cover image for posey the class pest
    cover image for here come the bit police
     cover image for i wish i was an elephant  cover image for i just ate my friend
    cover image for the 91-story treehouse
    cover image for see zip zap cover image for the everything book of dogs and puppies cover image for pretty kitty
    cover image for thunder road cover image for the curse of the warewolf boy
    cover image for you can't bring a sandwich to the moon
    cover image for christopher robin  cover image for best frints at skrool
    cover image for rapunzel and the vanishing village
    by SM | Jul 18, 2018

    Here are new teen fantasy novels to read for hot Summer days and nights...

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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 Craig B | Jul 18, 2018

    cover for William Kennedy's novel, IronweedBook Review: William Kennedy's winner of the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Ironweed

    Suicide is a recurring theme in William Kennedy’s novel, Ironweed, though Kennedy makes it clear from the very beginning, that his central metaphor of a flowering plant named for the “toughness of its stem” pretty much takes suicide off the table for his main character, Francis Phelan.  We begin following Phelan from just getting out of jail for accepting money to register to vote multiple times (21 in all) to a midnight raid on The Jungle; Albany, New York’s 1930’s hobo settlement.  In Francis Phelan, we are introduced to a complicated character that, despite his misdeeds, we mostly end up cheering on, though if I were in his daughter, Peg’s shoes, or even those of his son, Billy’s, I’m not sure I could.  But then, what has one to gain from unforgiveness when forgiveness could make a broken family whole again?  If only hindsight was more current!

    Speaking of which, the title of this post is not mine.  That first part is a cliché and the second part comes from Kennedy himself.  Kennedy’s phrase for me is a good example of the pith and vigor of his prose and the environment it brings to life (pun intended … keep reading you’ll see) with its inclusion of dreams, destitution, and actual ghosts (ha!).  Simultaneously hard-edged and fantastic, the story is often energized by the juxtaposition of terse language and composed, dreamy forays into the spiritual world, all to say, yeah, the man, Kennedy, can write.

    Kennedy’s life as writer began with a glowingly serendipitous event for all the bleakness of this novel.  Born in Albany, New York, he met his mentor-to-be, Saul Bellow, in, no, not New York, in Puerto Rico, and received encouragement to become a writer of novels.  I mean, speaking of fantasies, I’ve had one of sitting in Le Creuset in Nashville, making a profound impression on Nicole Kidman when she came in to buy some cast iron kitchen ware and receiving encouragement from that muse of many herself, but, as my friend pointed out, that would never happen.  Nicole would never visit Le Creuset; she has someone who does that kind of stuff for her.

    Anyway, this is a small novel (for which I was grateful) about a smallish place that looms large in my experience because of Kennedy’s artistry.  The novel, of course, reflects the world around it; a world small enough for Bellow to be met by a burgeoning writer in Puerto Rico, but a world also enlarged by the incorrigible serendipity of such an event.  Not to mention the ghosts.  I haven’t seen any lately but Kennedy’s novel is full of them which makes the 227 pager vast despite itself.  A world full of the dead begets infinity, I mean, because, well, they got all the eyes.

      

    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 Dawn S | Jul 17, 2018
    Block play is fun and so much more! This summer our big blue blocks have toured the county and today they were at Grabill.
    image for kids playing with big blue blocks     image of girl playing with blocks

    If you haven't had a chance to experience the fun, there are a couple of locations that have upcoming programs. If you miss the summer events, check with your branch to see if they have any fall block programs scheduled.

    For a more in-depth look at the research behind all the amazing learning happening during block play, check out these books from our parent/teacher collections.

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    by Dawn S | Jul 12, 2018
    Have you tried the library's free digital music service? FREEGAL lets you download and stream music for free with your library card. Once you get logged in with your card number, you can search the children's genre for some fun family music. Freegal lets you make your own playlists and allows three hours of streaming a day. It features the entire Sony catalog of music. Here are just a few of the hundreds of songs you can choose from:

    cover image for fantastic voyagesWe Have Fun - The Roots - Fantastic Voyages
    cover image for spongebob's greatest hits cdThe Best Day Ever Spongebob, Sandy, Mr. ... SpongeBob's Greatest H...
    cover image for my little pony the movie soundtrackOff To See The World -  Lukas Graham - My Little Pony: The Mo...
    cover image for the emoji movieGood Vibrations - Ricky Reed - The Emoji Movie
    cover image for the peanuts movie soundtrackBetter When I'm Dancin... Meghan Trainor The Peanuts Movie - Or...


    If you'd like more information on this or other electronic resources the library has to offer just stop by and ask, or call 421-1200 to talk to a friendly librarian.
    by Emily M | Jul 11, 2018

    Join us for Paddington 2, and accompany Paddington bear on his latest adventure!  Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy's 100th birthday, only for the gift to be stolen.

    What: Paddington 2
    When: Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 pm
    Where: Main Library Theater, Lower Level 2

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    Free admission
    Limited seating. First-come, first-seated.
    Doors open at 6 pm with cartoons before the show.

    by Evan | Jul 11, 2018

    We have a big collection of books and other items at our library, but we don't buy everything published. Inevitably, people want to borrow items that we don't own. Oftentimes, we can borrow books from other library systems, but sometimes that's not the best option. And we don't borrow electronic items, such as ebooks or even CDs and DVDs. 

    To deal with such situations, there is a Purchase Request tab on the My Account button at the top of our home page. If you click on My Account, input your library card number and your PIN, you will see the tab as one of your options. Click on that and fill out the brief form shown here. 

    Title:
    Author:
    Format (ex BOOK, DVD):
    Pub. Info:
    ISBN/ISSN:
    Note:
    EMAIL:

     

    If you have all the information requested, that's great, but we mainly need the title, author and format. You are encouraged to include your email address in case we need to get in touch with you, but there is not a notification system to tell what decision was made. We ask that after you make a request that you wait a couple of weeks to check the catalog to see whether the item has been ordered. 

    Requests are limited to three per month, and not every request will be filled.  As a rule, for instance, we do not purchase highly specialized or academic material. But if you do know of something you think we should have, fill in that form and we'll look into it. And thanks for your interest in our library collection.



    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Dawn S | Jul 09, 2018
    Sometimes you're in a crafty mood but you don't want to make a mess. If you don't want to glob on the glue or risk painting your shirt green, then this new book is for you!
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    Low-Mess Crafts for Kids: 70 Projects to Create Your Own Magical Worlds
    by Debbie Chapman

    Projects are listed in themes like "fairy tale dress up", "little monsters puppet show", and "animals at the zoo". Most everything is made from common craft items like popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, straws, and wooden skewers. You'll love the colorful photos that display step by step instructions. Your kids will love all the creative playtime fun they can have once the projects are finished.

    Check out this crafty cool book at your library and ask for more craft books while you're there!

    by Emily M | Jul 08, 2018

    New England natives Andy & Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. They began writing songs in 2011. Today, this talented folk duo performs regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners blending their growing list of original songs with popular folk covers.

    Join us to hear this folk duo perform at an outdoor concert on our library plaza at lunchtime.  Local food trucks will be onsite, so you can dine al fresco while enjoying the music!

    Who: Andy & Judy Daigle Folk Duo
    When: Wednesday, August 8, 11:30-1:30
    Where: Main Library Plaza

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    by Dawn S | Jul 06, 2018
    There's still time to participate in our Summer Learning Program!
    SPARK runs from the first day of June to the last day of July.
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    We've got cool prizes! Just go to the SPARK site and keep track of the time you spend reading. There are also fun activities to try online.

    What if you're done earning prizes? You can still record your time and help us reach our goal of 5 MILLION minutes. Here's where we stand today!
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    by Kay S | Jul 06, 2018
    Yes, it's time once again for a few select books which may help you cool down for the summer. These books are due to be released between July 14 and August 14, 2018. As always, please remember that is the publishing date, not the date they might appear on your library shelf.

    Historical Romance
    Eloisa James  Eloisa James

    Born to Be Wilde
    The Wildes of Lindow Castle series
    July 31
     Jane Ashford Jane Ashford

    Brave New Earl
    The Way to a Lord's Heart series
    August 7
     Karen Ranney Karen Ranney

    To Love a Duchess
    All For Love Novel series
    July 31
     Mia Marlowe Mia Marlowe

    The Singular Mr. Sinclair
    House of Lovell series
    July 17

    Historical Fiction

     Brooks Karen Brooks

    The Locksmith’s Daughter
    U.S. release date
    July 31 
     MJ rose M.J. Rose

    Tiffany Blues
    August 7

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

    Belle Andre Bella Andre

    Every Time We Fall In Love
    The Sullivans series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 18
    Alyssa Cole Alyssa Cole

    A Duke by Default
    Reluctant dukes series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 31
    jonah jonasson Jonas Jonasson

    The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man
    Sequel The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
    Mainstream fiction
    August 9
    Debbie Maccomber Debbie Macomber

    Cottage by the Sea
    Contemporary Romance
    July 17
    louise miller Louise Miller

    The Late Bloomers' Club
    Mainstream fiction
    July 17
    laura trentham Laura Trentham

    Set the Night on Fire
    Cottonbloom series
    Contemporary romance
    July 31

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Aaron Elkins  Aaron Elkins

    A Long Time Coming
    Mystery
    August 7
     Susanna Gregory Susanna Gregory

    Intrigue in Covent Garden  
    Thomas Chaloner series
    Mystery
    August 2
     Jeri Westerson Jeri Westerson

    The Deepest Grave
    Crispin Guest Medieval Noir series
    Mystery
    August 1

    Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror

    Heather Graham  Heather Graham
     
    Pale as Death
    Krewe of Hunters series
    Paranormal thriller
    August 1
     Kevin hearne Kevin Hearne

    Delilah Dawson

    Kill the Farm Boy
    The Tales of Pell series
    Fantasy
    July 17
     Lee Martinez A Lee Martinez

    Constance Verity Saves the World
    Adventure of Constance Verity series
    Urban Fantasy
    July 17
     Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire

    The Girl in the Green Silk Gown
    Ghosts Roads series,
    Urban Fantasy
    July 17

    Young Adult/Teen

    Ann Aguirre  Ann Aguirre

    Like Never and Always
    July 17 
     Oliver Potzsch Oliver Potzsch

    Sword of Power
    Black Musketeer series
    July 24
     Chloe Seager Chloe Seager

    Friendship Fails of Emma Nash
    Emma Nash series
    August 9

    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction

    Shelley Gray  Shelley Shepard Gray
     
    Her Fear
    The Amish of Hart County series
    July 24
     Marta Perry Marta Perry

    Shattered Silence
    Echo Falls series
    August 1




    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 Erin | Jul 05, 2018
    One thing to know about me is that I do not have a poker face. At all. Which is why when kids ask me for Smile, Sisters, or any other of Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels, I grimace. And I grimace because there's a 98% chance that those books are all checked out. She's amazingly popular! Thank goodness that there are plenty of other graphic novels that are just as wonderful as Telgemeier's books. Here are just a few:

    Awkward brave   roller girl
     sunny side up  lumberjanes real friends 
     el deafo cardboard kingdom   all's faire in middle school
     mega princess  mighty jack the time museum 
     baba yaga dream jumper   secret coders

    by Mindy L | Jul 04, 2018

    Some books sit on your nightstand for weeks as you read a little bit each night. These are not those books.

    What Should Be WildWhat Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

    Maisie Cothay has a problem: She can't be touched and she can’t touch anyone.  Her touch kills and resurrects, there's no in-between.  She lives in an old manor near a fearsome wood which the villagers warn against entering. When her father disappears, she has to break out of a lifetime of training as she searches for him. This novel features strange immortal women and time that moves at a different pace. Written in an old-fashioned, formal style, it's an odd but rewarding coming-of- age fairy tale. 8 ½ Kittehs. cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji



    A Howl of WolvesA Howl of Wolves
    by Judith Flanders

    Sam is an amusing book editor in London who somehow gets involved in some interesting murders.  This is the fourth book in the Sam Clair series and I’m always happy to see a new one. Fast read, not heavy on social commentary, offering a window on the publishing industry. 8 Kittehs cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji



    The Dark AngelDark Angel
    by Elly Griffiths

    A new offering in the Ruth Galloway Mystery series! Ruth, an archeologist with a daughter fathered by DCI Nelson (a married police officer) has plenty on her plate. Her paramour’s wife is pregnant (no one is quite sure who the father is, either Nelson or another policeman) and all the relationships are fraught. This sounds like a book revolving around sex! It’s not. Ruth takes an unplanned vacation in Italy to help an old friend with an archeological mystery. Earthquakes, murders, bad things happening back in England, and a particularly wrenching ending kept me up too late.  There are many characters with storylines going in all directions. They’re worth the effort although most readers will want to start at the beginning of the series.  10 ½ kittehs. cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji



    Dead PrettyDead Pretty by David Mark

    In this fifth installment of the Detective Sergeant McAvoy series, McAvoy tries to find the murderer of Hannah, while dealing with his boss’s apparent breakdown. Aector is a moral person, so the trials and tribulations of being a cop wear on him mightily. Several different story lines merge and diverge — stay on your toes!  Mark’s books are gritty, more police procedural than cozy, with complicated, realistic characters. I'm always happy when I see a new title on the shelf.  9 ½  Kittehs cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji



    Scot FreeScot Free
    by Catriona McPherson

    Lexy, a transplanted Scot, moves to California for love (and husband), gets a Reno divorce, becomes involved in a murder investigation, and things get really weird after that. I really enjoyed this book. Lexy’s off the wall humor and the bizarre cast of characters makes for a fun, fast read. I’m not even going to try to describe all the people she meets at the Last Ditch Hotel. Trust me, try it. 9 kittehs.  cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji


    Blackfish CityBlackfish City
    by Sam Miller

    The climate wars have ended and the earth is ravaged. An amazing feat of engineering, a floating city in the Arctic Circle has degenerated into two populations — the haves and the have-nots. The city seethes with discord and anger. A well-constructed look into one possible future, I enjoyed this read. The several characters who propel the book are interesting and well-drawn, as are the visuals. Complex, depressing, and uplifting at the same time. 9 kittehs. (I would have given it more but I found it confusing at times, probably me, not it!) cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji

     

    Best Beach EverBest Beach Ever by Wendy Wax

    Number six in the 10 Beach Road series, this is a fun chic-lit book.  5 women, 5 different disasters, rock gods, movie stars, babies, commitment issues, and revenge — what’s not to like? You don’t have to start at the beginning of the series to enjoy this summer read. The women are of different ages so their problems and how they deal with them break things up nicely. 8 kittehs.  cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji cat emoji


    *Cat emoji images via freepik

    Another month, another cat pic:  Appo is judging whether you've read enough this week.

    Appo

    Mindy works at the Little Turtle branch.  She's a cat lady, an avid reader, and an old boomer.

    by Craig B | Jul 02, 2018

    cover for Calpurnia's EP, ScoutOkay, so I love the literary reference here with the band’s name and this debut EP called Scout, and the EP itself is even, eh, pretty good, but let’s not get carried away in either direction yet.  For the detractors, yeah, sure, the EP’s fairly derivative of some of the other bands I’ve followed the last few years (Dr. Dog, anyone?), but every song is solid.  Though, as my friend says, a band produces their first album (in this case, EP) writing it over the course of ten years … their second album is written on tour over ten months, thus the oft-observed phenom of the sophomore slump.  However, maybe this band won’t succumb, and if they don’t they will most certainly have my attention.  I guess we’ll see.

    Suggested Use

    Haven’t tried Freegal yet?  Want to make your first foray into online music or just see what the kids these days are up to?  Okay, who am I kidding.  The “kids” who are listening to bands like Calpurnia are mostly 30 somethings with a penchant for 90’s alternative rock … or am I wrong?  Tell me I’m wrong.  Rock’s not dead?  Well, I suppose it can’t be as long as bands like Calpurnia are keeping the dream alive, even with half-hearted EPs.  I mean, come on, write an album already!  Keep Rock alive!


    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 Dawn S | Jun 29, 2018
    What can you do on a hot afternoon? The pool will certainly cool you off, and my kids are especially fond of water gun fights. If, however, you want to stay dry, try reading some of these cool summer picture books.

     

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    The Watermelon Seed
    by Greg Pizzoli
    What happens when you swallow a watermelon seed? What if it starts to grow inside your belly? This crocodile imagines the worst when he accidentally eats a seed along with the yummy, juicy fruit.

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    Don't Splash the Sasquatch
    by Kent Redeker
    Who's ever seen a swim trunk-clad Sasquatch or an Octo-Rhino? Even sillier is what happens when the pool play does get out of hand and the Sasquatch DOES get wet!


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    Higher! Higher!
    by Leslie Patricelli
    Going for a swing is a perfect way to cool off, especially when dad is doing all the pushing. What if you kept going higher and higher? Maybe you'd see some pretty amazing things.
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    A Perfect Day
    by Lane Smith
    A perfect day looks different from different perspectives. This story shows several characters, including a cat, a bird, a boy, and a bear, having a perfect day.
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    Cricket in the Thicket
    by Carol Murray

    Stay cool with some bug poems and learn a little something along the way.

    Come on into your local library for more cool books and some air-conditioned air too!
    by Kayla W | Jun 29, 2018

    Album Recommendation: GUNSHIP

    (Give it up) Stay with me
    (Don't give it up, sunshine)
    (Give it up) Stay awake with me

    When the cloud breaks
    Wake me when it's over
    (It's only rain)   

    “The Mountain” by GUNSHIP

     

    GUNSHIP

     

    I am not an audiophile. That is, I am not someone that often worries about what I am listening to, or sometimes even the quality of what I’m listening to. I just enjoy whatever resonates with me. Which is why I find it hard to articulate why a piece of music is good.  I can oftentimes describe why a narrative is engaging, why something tastes good, why a piece of game play feels right.  But describing music often has me stumped.  So I’ve put off talking about anything like that.

    I started listening to this seemingly fad-tastic retro synthwave band a couple of months ago, due mostly to the fantastic music video made by the legendary claymation artist Lee Hardcastle for their epic song, “Tech Noir”.  I liked a few other tracks, but it took a while until I decided to wander into the whole album. Oh my word, once I did, I found that the experience – the atmosphere, the story – created through the use of synthesizers and oftentimes dreamy vocals and lyrics, sucked me in in a way that barely any other band has before. 

    Synthwave is often known for its heavy instrumental tracks, and GUNSHIP has been noted for how much it balances out their anachronistic 80’s sound with lyrics that often pairs its primary male vocals with a female that weaves together a sense of timeless harmony.  The band can run the gamut from beautiful and dreamy (“The Hegemon”), haunting (“Black Sun on the Horizon”), to celebratory and breath-taking (“Revel in Our Time”).   The wide range of moods used in these evocative, expertly crafted songs have a habit of drawing you in, involving you in the experience on a deep, emotional level that reminds me of being immersed in a lucid dream.

    I’ve been listening to this album for seventy five percent of the music I’ve been listening to while writing the rough draft of my second novel, and it fits in so well with a cyber punk feel that isn’t strictly depressing and seedy.  I can’t recommend it enough, even if you’re driving down the road late at night and want something that invigorates your soul.

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

    by Evan | Jun 27, 2018
    Book sale room fullThis is how things looked Tuesday morning (June 26th, 2018) at the Main Library. The book sale will run here today and Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Friday 10 to 4:00 pm -- hard cover $1, soft cover 50 cents.  Saturday is the final sale day and will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- $5 to fill a bag, as big a bag as you can carry. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library

    There are now signs at the tables showing different areas of non-fiction, fiction genres, and children's books. What you see above is only a small portion of what will be available. We will be steadily refreshing the stock as it is sold. So if you come by a second day, you will see a lot of titles that were not available the first day. 

    Book sale fictionThere are tables
    and tables full of popular fiction. 














    Book sale French There are tables and tables of popular
     non-fiction -- and occasionally the exotic   surprise.















    And if you lost one of your HarryBook sale Potter
    Potter books, 
    look no further.
    The books on the table on the
    right side of this 
    photo -- and the 
    books beneath
    it -- are all about
    Harry. 
                                    








    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.