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    by Kay S | Jul 21, 2017
    Yes, as Groucho Marx may or may not have said, time is flying by. Half the year is gone and soon we will be dragging out our shovels - maybe. But before that cold front moves down from Canada, here are some releases which will be coming out between July 15 and August 14, 2017. And, remember these are the publishing dates not the dates they will be on library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    h_broday Linda Broday
    Knight on the Texas Plains
    Texas Heroes series
    August 1
    grace Burrowes Grace Burrowes
    Too Scot to Handle
    Windham Brides series
    July 25

    Historical Fiction

    dUKES Kristopher Dukes
    The Sworn Virgin
    August 8
    Rose M.J. Rose
    The Library of Light and Shadow
    Daughters of La Lune series
    July 18

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/Women's Fiction

    hEACOCK Summer Heacock
    The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25
    Lorelei James Lorelei James
    When I Need You
    Need You series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25

    Julie London Julia London
    Suddenly Engaged
    Lake Haven series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25
    Sarah Skilton Sarah Skilton
    Club Deception
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Liliana Hart Liliana Hart
    Say No More
    Gravediggers series
    Romantic Suspense
    July 25
    Iris Johansen Iris Johansen
    Roy Johansen
    Look Behind You
    Kendra Michaels series
    July 18
    Ronald Malfi Ronald Malfi
    Bone White
    July 25
    Susan MacNeal Susan Elia MacNeal
    The Paris Spy
    Maggie Hope series
    August 5
    Margaret Mitzushima Margaret Mitzushima
    Hunting Hour
    Mattie Cobb/Timber Creek series
    August 8
    Michael OBrien Kevin O’Brien
    Hide Your Fear
    July 25
    Elizabeth Peters Elizabeth Peters
    Joan Hess
    The Painted Queen
    Amelia Peabody series
    July 25
    Layla Reyne Layla Reyne
    Barrel Proof
    Agents Irish and Whiskey series
    Romantic Suspense
    August 7
    Marcus Sakey Marcus Sakey
    Brilliance series
    July 18
    pf tracy PJ. Tracy
    Nothing Stays Buried
    Monkeewrench series
    August 1

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    Rachel Aaron Rachel Aaron
    A Dragon of a Different Color
    Science Fiction
    July 28
    Ilona Andrews Ilona Andrews
    Hidden Legacy series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 25
    Molly Harper Molly Harper
    Accidental Sire
    Half-Moon Hollow series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 24
    Thea Harrison Thea Harrison
    Moonshadow series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 18
    David Levine David D. Levine
    Arabella and the Battle of Venus
    Adventures of Arabella Ashby series
    Science Fiction
    July 18
    Leena Likitalo Leena Likitalo
    The Five Daughters of the Moon
    Waning Moon series
    July 25
    marina Lostetter Marina J. Lostetter
    Noumenon, debut
    Science Fiction
    August 1

    Young Adult/Teen

    Colleen Houck Colleen Houck
    Reawakenned series
    August 8
    Emily Jones Emily Lloyd-Jones
    The Hearts We Sold
    August 8
    Sirowy Alexandra Sirowy
    First We Were IV
    July 25
    Mary Taranta Mary Taranta
    Shimmer and Burn
    August 8
    Kara Thomas Kara Thomas
    Little Monsters
    July 25
    Martin Wilson Martin Wilson
    We Now Return to Regular Live
    August 1


    Sierra Cartwright Sierra Cartwright
    The Donovan Dynasty
    August 1
    Jodi Malpas Jodi Ellen Malpas
    The Forbidden
    August 8
    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    Brittain D.A. Brittain
    Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone, debut
    July 30
    Heidi Chiavaroli Heidi Chiavaroli
    Freedom’s Ring
    August 8
    Pam Hillman Pam Hillman
    The Promise of Breeze Hill
    August 3
    Thomas Locke Thomas Locke
    Fault Lines
    Fault Lines series
    August 1
    Carrie Parks Carrie Stuart Parks
    Portrait of Vengeance
    August 8

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Dawn Stoops | Jul 20, 2017
    Yesterday I lugged home a bag of library books for my two boys. The four-year-old looked the pile over appreciatively then announced, "you got the wrong book mommy! This one is scary. It's not for kids."
    page from mr wuffles
    Evidently he didn't think Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner was appropriate for kids his age. We did a little 'book walk' through the pages so I could point out the funny parts and the general plot while he took a second look at the scary pictures to see if they were really all that terrifying. The verdict? He decided it was probably ok and asked me to read it right after the Lego City book about farms.

    cover image for mr wuffles
    Mr. Wuffles is indeed the perfect book for preschoolers and kids just learning to read! See the word bubbles for the aliens and bugs? There are not many actual words in the entire book. Mostly it's just a series of panels where readers tell what's happening by getting clues from details showing characters, action, facial expressions, and setting. It takes some work, but it  makes for stronger readers. Readers who know how to soak in a book in its entirety to get the full story. And it's fun! There are plenty of books like this if you'd like to explore wordless and nearly wordless picture books with your new reader. Just ask your librarian or try some on this Children's Services Book List.
    by Ask a Librarian | Jul 19, 2017

    I’m convinced that a lot of our iPad, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire library users have no idea that the library has popular magazines that you can download for free.  You can also view these 57 magazines on any computer too!  Just go to Explore on the ACPL homepage and scroll down to click on Flipster.  If you're not on a library computer, you'll be prompted to enter your 14-digit ACPL card number for access.

    Click on a magazine cover to begin reading.  Within that issue, you can then click on All Issues to view any available back issues for that magazine.  A few magazines have limits on how many people can access a title at once, but most of the time titles are immediately available.

    I can’t tell you how much I love this service!  I almost bought an iPad just to use Flipster, but then they finally offered an app for the Kindle Fire, which I already own.  Flipster also offers the app for Android devices and iPhones, though I would think an iPhone screen would be too small, at least for the types of magazines I read.  The iPad is the sleekest -- lucky you, if you own one! 

    For most devices (except for the Kindle Fire), you can find the Flipster app in the App Store/Play Store.  Install and Open.  Find Allen County Public Library, select Patron ID login, and enter your library card number.  You're in!



    It is a little clunkier to get the Flipster app installed on a Kindle Fire.  Here's how: 

    1. From the home screen of your Kindle Fire, go to Settings.
    2. Select Applications > Apps from Unknown Sources (allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore) and select ON. Or find this under Security options.
    3. From your Kindle Fire, download the APK (app installer) by tapping this link (i.e. open up the Silk Browser and head to this blog post and then tap this link; or, email this to yourself and then check your email on your Kindle Fire to click on the link.) You can also find this information under Help on our Flipster website:
    4. Once the download is complete, tap on the file and select Install.

    I subscribe to several print magazines, but Flipster lets me look at ones that I don’t love enough to spend money on (or that are not available in the US – hello Woman & Home).  It also lets me browse magazines that only interest me now and again (Money, People, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, Conde Nast Traveler).  I never seem to have enough time or hold spots to get physical magazines from the library, though we offer a ton more titles in print than via Flipster. Each year, we add and drop some titles as publishers change their Flipster offerings. 

    It’s nice to preload some magazines to read before a vacation, a long weekend, or a trip to the doctor’s office.  (I always feel a little queasy flipping through waiting room magazines at the doctor’s.)  I hope you will make time for a little light reading with Flipster and see if you love it as much as I do!

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    by Dawn S | Jul 17, 2017
    You've got a limited time for summer reading - the kind without assignments, AR points, lexile levels, or book reports. Here are some great new books to try!
    cover image for spiderman prelude cover image for victor shmud total expert
    cover image for slime 101
    cover image for the tail of the timberwolf
    cover image for pokemon first partner handbook
    cover image for cosmic commandos
    cover image for never say nether
      cover image for the kid from planet z cover image for two truths and a lie
    by Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection | Jul 14, 2017

    Ian RollandIan Rolland, the long-time local business leader who died July 1, had a long-standing respect for Abraham Lincoln.  He spent a lifetime preserving the legacy of our 16th President.

    As Lincoln National's CEO, Ian was responsible for moving the world-famous Lincoln Financial Collection out of the "basement" of the corporate headquarters, to a new location in what is now Citizens' Square in Fort Wayne.  The new Lincoln Museum opened to the public in 1995.  When that location was closed in 2008, a nationwide search was conducted to find a location for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of historical documents. 

    Under Ian's leadership, the State of Indiana submitted the winning proposal (competing against such national sites as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Gettysburg, and Springfield, Illinois), and the $20 million collection was donated to the State of Indiana. The three-dimensional artifacts were to be preserved at the Indiana State Museum and the two-dimensional items (newspapers, documents, 18,000 books, etc.) at the Allen County Public Library.  A significant factor in the selection of the State of Indiana was the promise to digitize the Collection at ACPL, an undertaking which is still in progress.

    The initial success having been achieved, Ian then chaired a statewide capital campaign which raised $9.5 million to provide immediate "moving expenses," capital for the first four years of operation, and then an endowment which would provide long-term financial stability for the preservation of this significant collection.

    Ian then served as vice president of Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, the collection's support group, until his death on July 1, 2017.

    Abraham Lincoln's words in his Message to Congress on December 1, 1862, clearly apply to Ian MacKenzie Rolland: "Honorable alike in what we give and in what we preserve."

    by Dawn S | Jul 12, 2017
    Today's program at the Grabill Branch Library was loads of fun and tasty too!
    boy making snack
    fruit and veggie snack
    girl making snack
    fruit and veggie snack
    boy with snack
    Find out where the next Fun with Food class will be here!


    Thanks to the Foellinger Foundation and the Friends of the Library for making these sorts of exciting summer programs possible!
    by Kay S | Jul 12, 2017
    Spoilers ahead.

     The Most Dangerous Duke in London begins Madeline Madeline HunterHunter's Decadent Dukes Society series. Don't let the title fool you into believing this is a light and fluffy story, because it's not. This is a story about revenge, not my favorite plotline. The character bent on revenge in this book is our hero Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. By the way, he has two duke friends - Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford; and Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth. They are in this book because we need to have a few buddy talks scattered throughout. Anyway, Adam is bent on revenge against someone in the Cheswick family. He hasn't quite put all the pieces together, but he believes one of the Cheswicks is responsible for his father's death. When the story begins he is on the way to the Cheswick's home. Much to his surprise he has been summoned by the Dowager Countess of Morwood. The dowager is a Cheswick; and let me tell you I had some problem keeping all the titles and surnames straight. Oh, for the days of just plain Smith.

    The dowager wants to put aside the ol' family feud between Adam's family and the Cheswick family. It could be that Adam's reputation as a duelist has preceded him and she wants to protect her grandson Theo. Or it could be something else.  When Adam arrives, he finds that she is going to settle the feud by offering up her youngest granddaughter as the sacrifice. She figures he wouldn't shoot his brother-in-law.

    Well, Adam's no dummy, he holds his cards close to his vest/chest; he's on to her game. And, he's not all that excited about it, but remember he's looking to exact some kind of revenge and this young girl might be the answer. But wait! Who is that magnificent creature on that horse? He can tell from a distance that she's got spirit! He must have her! What! She's the old lady's other granddaughter! Revenge! Revenge! You know I never quite understand how marrying someone is revenge, especially if there is some kind of attraction. Now, he could throw her in a dungeon, but that would only hurt her, not the rest of the family. But hey, this is Romanceland and I don't have to understand revenge plots.

    Anyway, up on the hill in the distance is the exciting Lady Clara Cheswick. And, she can see the handsome man staring at her. Being a strong woman who takes no guff from anyone, she sticks her nose in the air and rides off. This only makes Adam more intrigued and he gives chase. And, the story begins.

    This story was hard for me to review. I like Madeline Hunter. I like her writing. I can depend on her stories to be filled with characters who have more of a mature voice. There are some interesting back stories which weave their way slowly throughout the entire tale. And, there is just a little bit of a twist to the end of the tale.

    Ms. Hunter ties up all the loose ends and it was enjoyable traveling down the path to get there. The interesting thing for me about the book was that in the beginning I didn't really care about the mystery of Adam's father's death, but the closer to the end of the book I read, the more engrossed I became with the secret. On the other hand, the romance between Adam and Clara had the opposite effect on me. I started out enjoying their romance, but the closer I got to the ending, the less I cared. The reason I found the romance less than thrilling was mainly due to Adam.

    I liked Clara a lot. She was a strong, independent woman. Yes, yes - I know there are a lot of "independent" women in romance books, but often those women are portrayed as being so strong-willed they become a caricature of what strong women really are. Yes, Clara is a secret publisher, and she supports other women in their efforts - but at no time in the book did I feel as if I was being hammered over the head by her strong convictions. Everything about Clara - her stubbornness, her strength, her intelligence - was mature. There was a completeness about her. She could see through almost everything that Adam was up to and she would confront him. He changed in the book because she asked him to, not because she forced him. That part of the romance was lovely.

    The problem with Adam. I could not connect to Adam, and not because of the revenge thingy. He was like a pod-person. There was just nothing there. All I saw was a handsome facade which was supposed to be sexy, similar to a cologne advertisement - looks good, but there is nothing behind the eyes. I was never able to see any vitality. There just wasn't any charisma. He was boring, and he shouldn't have been. For me, Adam was just too cold. I couldn't work up any sympathy for him when it came to his father. While there was tons of hippedy-hopping-bedroom-floor-chair-wall sexcapades, they were all rather tedious. And there was even a pool table scene! Nothing better than a hot pool-table. Could have been a spark - but nooooooo, he had to run upstairs with her - ruined the mood. On top of that I had an ewwwwww moment.

    My ewwwwww moment. Why did you include this in your book, Ms. Hunter?  Let's just say that there's too much description of the evidence of a particular night's activities -- with commentary from Clara's grandmother AND brother.  EWWWWWW!!!

    Overall there was much to like about this book, Clara for one, the mystery for another. But I found the hero to be cold and problematic and the ewwww moment jerked me out of the story. It was an okay book, but not one of Ms. Hunter's best.

    Time/Place: 1822 England
    Sensuality level: Warm/Hot (depending on your definition of sensuality)

    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 SM | Jul 10, 2017

    These books are new teen mystery novels to puzzle over and solve...



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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 Michal M. | Jul 10, 2017

    yellow duckling

    The Children’s Services department at the Main Library has partnered with Riverfront Fort Wayne and started a new venture this summer called Little Science Explorers at Lawton Park. The first topic we explored was BIRDS!--which happens to be one of my favorite topics! I had the hardest time choosing what book to read and what birds to focus on because there are so many different kinds!

    Do you know what bird has the largest wingspan that can fly? It’s the Andean Condor! Can you guess how looooong the wing is from one tip to the next? It’s about 10 feet long! Since we know what the biggest flying bird’s wingspan is, what about the smallest? Check this book out about tiny birds to read more about the smallest ones. Don't forget to read about the Bee Hummingbird!

    Here is a fun activity you can do at home with comparisons: first think of the condor’s wingspan and then think of something really small, like a hummingbird. Cut a piece of yarn to the length of the condor’s wingspan and stretch it out between two people or line up smaller items to see how many paper clips it would take to reach from one end of the yarn to the other. Then, cut a piece of yarn to match the length of the hummingbird's wingspan! How many paperclips does it take to measure the hummingbird's wingspan? The difference is very noticeable! (Check out Measuring Penny by Loren Leedy for more ideas on how to measure with everyday objects!)

    If you really love birds and want to explore some more fun books check out these:

    Birds Make Nests by Michael Garland
    A Bird is a Bird by Lizzy Rockwell
    Bird Nests by Hopkins
    - Robin, Where are You? by Harriet Ziefert
    - Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette Cate
    - Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins
    - Birds by Kevin Henkes

    Come join us for fun explorations in Lawton Park on the first Saturday of each month. Here is the topic line-up:

    August 5th - Stars
    September 2nd - Aquatic Wildlife
    October 7th - Leaves
    November 4th - Signs of Winter

    Hope to see you soon!

    by Evan | Jul 10, 2017

    The only way in which I've ever been anything like a trend-setter is in playing board games for grown-ups before they started to catch on. It's still a niche hobby, but news reports have been coming out for a few years now with themes along the lines of, "Wow, there are a bunch of modern board games you can play that are a lot better than Monopoly!"

    Here's a recent article from Detroit about people who teach people to play them at bars. Here's one about a game store in North Carolina where people gather to play. (There are at least two such stores in Fort Wayne.) 

    And the library has a new book -- It's All a Game by Tristan Donovan -- that tells the story of board games from the time before written records to their 21st century renaissance. 

    Part of the story today is that board games are thriving even though electronic games are a much bigger market. Another part is that there are crossovers, with good board games turned into good apps (Carcassone) and good computer games turned into good board games (Sid Meier's Civilization). 

    I'm using the term "grown-ups" because the phrase "adult games" implies risque themes. Those show up a little bit in new games, but mostly in party games such as Cards Against Humanity, or in some of the artwork tied to role playing games.

    By contrast, the modern board game hobby owes its momentum to European game designers who want to make challenging games for the whole family -- or at least those members who have "grown up" enough to play them. The Settlers of Catan gets credit as the breakthrough game that revolutionized the hobby in the 1990s, but, in my opinion, many better games are available today.

    We American males of a certain age got into the hobby decades ago mostly through war games, although there have long been a few good American games, such as the business game Acquire, that also appealed to women. When I went to game conventions in the 1970s, I doubt even 10 percent of attendees were women; now I'd say it's more than 30 percent. 

    In the months ahead, I hope to write blog posts about some of the best modern games, but, for now, if you like to browse, I encourage you to visit Board Game Geek. It has articles on just about any board game you can name -- and thousands more that you can't. Have fun. 

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Miss Heather | Jul 07, 2017

    GSK Science in the Summer from Science Central is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK for students entering grades 2-6. This year’s theme is “Science of Sports.”

    Kids will explore the role of science, technology, engineering, and math in sports. Through active hands-on learning, students discover that athletes need to be physically as well as mentally fit and properly equipped to excel. At the same time, students learn how a broad and diverse network of STEM professionals support athletes. The Science of Sports program shows them that science is another way to get in the game.

    Sessions will be held at Shawnee Branch Library, 5600 Noll Avenue, July 17-July 20, 2:30-3:30pm and Mondays in July, 2pm at  Hessen Cassel Branch, 3030 Paulding Rd. and July 24-27 at Tecumseh Branch, 1411 E State Blvd. There is no cost for this Science Central program!



    by Kay S | Jul 07, 2017
    Yes, once again the publishing world is releasing some books just for our edification. Here are a few books which are coming to a store or library near you between June 15 and July 14, 2017. I've been hearing good things about this selection. Remember these dates are release dates not the dates they will appear on your library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    Sabrina Jeffries Sabrina Jeffries
    The Pleasures of Passion
    Sinful Suitors series
    June 20
    Sarah Maclean Sarah MacLean
    The Day of the Duchess
    Scandal and Scoundrel series
    June 27
    amy sandas Amy Sandas
    Lord of Lies
    Fallen Ladies series
    July 4

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction

    debbie burns Debbie Burns
    A New Leash on Love
    Rescue Me series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 4
    marie harte Marie Harte
    Just the Thing
    Donnigans series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 4
    beverley jenkins Beverly Jenkins
    Chasing Down a Dream
    Blessings series
    July 4
    matthew quick Matthew Quick
    The Reason You're Alive
    July 4
    ks tucker K.A. Tucker
    Until It Fades
    Contemporary Romance
    June 27
    melissa young Melissa Scholes Young
    June 26

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    sarah castile Sarah Castille
    Ruin and Revenge series
    Romantic Suspense
    June 27
    peg cochran Peg Cochran
    Sowed to Death
    Farmer's Daughter Mystery series
    July 4
    john connelly John Connolly
    A Game of Ghosts
    Charlie Parker series
    July 4
    julie garwood Julie Garwood
    Buchanan-Renard series
    Romantic Suspense
    July 4
    lillian hart Liliana Hart
    Gone to Dust
    Gravediggers series
    Romantic Suspense
    June 20

    Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

    callie bates Callie Bates
    The Waking Land
    June 27
    r belcher R.S Belcher
    The Queen of Swords
    Golgotha series
    June 27
    sallie durst Sarah Beth Durst
    The Reluctant Queen
    The Queens of Renthia series
    July 4
    kevin hearne Kevin Hearne
    Iron Druid Chronicles series
    Urban Fantasy
    July 11
    christine henry Christina Henry
    Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
    July 4
    ian irvine Ian Irvine
    The Fatal Gate
    Gates of Good and Evil series
    June 27
    nancy kress Nancy Kress
    Tomorrow’s Kin
    Yesterday's Kin series
    Science Fiction
    July 11
    sarah kuhn Sarah Kuhn
    Heroine Worship
    Heroine Complex series
    Urban Fantasy
    July 4
    tad williams Tad Williams
    The Witchwood Crown
    Last King of Osten Ard series
    June 27
    rebecca zanetti Rebecca Zanetti
    Wicked Kiss
    Paranormal Romnace
    July 4

    Young Adults/Teens

    miranda kenneally Miranda Kenneally
    Coming up for Air
    Hundred Oaks series
    July 4
    mackenzi lee Mackenzi Lee
    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
    June 27
    emily murphy Emily Bain Murphy
    The Disappearances
    July 4


    shelly bell Shelly Bell
    At His Mercy
    Forbidden Lovers series
    June 20
    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    rachel hauck Rachel Hauck
    The Writing Desk
    July 10
    carrie pagels Carrie Fancett Pagels
    My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring
    My Heart Belongs series
    July 1
    amber perry Amber Lynn Perry
    So Pure a Heart
    Daughters of His Kingdom series
    June 20
    roseanne white Roseanna M. White
    A Name Unknown
    Shadows Over England series
    July 4

    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Cindy H | Jul 06, 2017
    Lucy and the Bully, written and illustrated by Claire Alexander, is the story of a little lamb named Lucy who is one of the most talented artists in her class. She is very kind and well-liked, except by Tommy, who is a bull. Tommy spills paint on her drawings, breaks her clay model, and rips her storybook. Each day Lucy comes home, sadder than the day before, but she is afraid to tell her mother what is going on with Tommy at school. Finally, Lucy breaks down and confesses to her mother what she has been experiencing. She is afraid of what will happen, but her mother calls their teacher, Ms. Goosie, to explain what Lucy has been going through. When she gets to school the next day, Lucy notices that Tommy is very quiet and withdrawn. She begins to feel sorry for him and decides to tell him that she likes the drawing he is doing and ask him to draw one for her too. Tommy is surprised, because no one has ever asked him to draw something for them before. He gives Lucy his drawing and apologizes for hurting Lucy and breaking her things. In the end, they decide to go outside and play together.

    There is a note at the beginning of the book to help parents and caregivers understand the importance of encouraging children to talk with them about bullying. This book is a great way to approach the subject with your young children, and is a good lesson on being kind and understanding as well. Bullying is something nearly all children will experience at some point or another, so reading this book with your child will help them know that you are there and will listen to them if they are in trouble. This picture book is recommended for children ages 4-8 and is available in print at the library. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Craig B | Jul 05, 2017

    album cover of After Laughter by ParamoreI should probably check out Paramore’s back catalog because I was under the impression that they were a rock band and that I was likely to enjoy their newest album, After Laughter.  Well … I do have to give the band credit for writing some catchy lyrics like “shot a hole in the sun,” “a dream is good if you don’t wear it out,” and my favorite, “low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather.”  I also was really beginning to enjoy that one song, “Fake Happy” (maybe mostly because it opens with an instrument that impressed itself upon me as actually being a guitar) until my wife pointed out, “If I find myself with enough energy to laugh and smile and be fake-happy (like the song says), maybe I’m actually just happy,” a comment I then found I enjoyed much more than the song.  So it goes.

    Suggested Use: Building your first robot?  The strong synth elements of this album are certain to make for a good inspirational soundtrack to your efforts.  Also, the Emo roots of this band could go a long way to helping you design feelings for your robot’s AI which we humans need it to have so that it can be relied upon to not try and take over the world.  Unlike Watson.  That dude is clearly a stone-cold world dominator.  All for our own good, of course.  All for our own good.

    by Katie B. | Jul 03, 2017

    We have a lot of cool fish in our three 175 gallon aquariums here in Children's Services at the Main Library, but my personal favorite is our porcupine puffer fish. This little fish always looks like he has a smile on his face.
    Porcupine Puffer 2

    Our porcupine puffer also has one really cool trick - he can fill his body with water and turn into a spiky ball! In the wild, puffer fish use this trick to scare away any predators that might want to eat them. Here at the library, our puffer doesn’t have any predators to worry about but you still might catch him all puffed up. Porcupine puffer fish will also puff up just to keep their skin flexible. I have caught our puffer here in Children's Services “stretching out” twice now during some rare quiet moments in the department.
    Porcupine Puffer

    For a couple of adorable picture books featuring puffer fish, be sure to check out Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen and Sea Monkey & Bob by Aaron Reynolds.
    Poor Little Guy Elanna AllenSea Monkey and Bob Aaron Reynolds

    If you have never seen a porcupine puffer fish in action before, check out this video I was able to get of our resident porcupine puffer here in Children's Services.        

    by SM | Jul 03, 2017

    Here are even more new teen fantasy novels for summer reading...



    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 Trish | Jul 03, 2017

    Did you know the Main Library has a book club for adults?  It is called Chapter Two and it meets the third Thursday of every month, except December.  In July, the club will be discussing the novel A Lesson in Hope from the Hope series by bestselling author Philip Gulley

    A Lesson in HopeGulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana who has published 21 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series which chronicles life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana.  An eclectic writer whose books have been described as “heartwarming,” “amusing,” and “upbeat,” Gulley has also written several books of theology, including Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today, as well as the memoir I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood

    *Chapter Two Book Club:  A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *July 20, 2017
    *10:00 am
    *No registration

    And mark your calendars for October 12, 2017!!!  Philip Gulley will visit the Main Library on Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm to present the topic Storytelling, followed by a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author.

    Hope to see you at both events!

    by Cindy H | Jun 30, 2017
    Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a beautiful story about the love and friendship of two boys living in El Paso, TX. It opens during the summer of 1987. Aristotle, or Ari, is a sweet but troubled teenager. His brother is in prison and he struggles with the fact that his parents don't like to talk about it. He mostly keeps to himself and ponders life and his apparent differences from most of the boys his age, until he meets Dante one day at the swimming pool. They bond over their rather unique names, “We laughed again. We couldn’t stop. I wondered what it was we were laughing about. Was it just our names? Were we laughing because we were relieved? Were we happy? Laughter was another one of life’s mysteries.” Dante is in many ways Ari's opposite; he is outspoken and comes from a very loving and affectionate family; Dante marvels at the fact that they kiss each other on the cheek. They form a deep bond over the summer, and it is lovely to see their relationship progress. Ari learns that he is not happier being a loner, and that Dante has a way of making him see the world in a different way. When a series of events occur that test their friendship, however, Ari has to decide what he wants in life and discover who he truly is.

    This is an excellent book that I had a hard time putting down. This book has won many awards; it is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a story about true love and friendship. Today is the last day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and reading this book would be a great way to celebrate! Although homosexuality is not the primary focus of the book, it is an important aspect that helps make the story that much more beautiful. This book is available in print, audiobook, and as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive. Click the picture of the book's cover to place on hold!
    by Becky C | Jun 30, 2017

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

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

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

    Which of these catches your eye? 

    Fiction coming to the collection June 2017

    Scribbled in the Dark
     No Middle Name
     The Devils Triangle
     Wicked Wonders
     The Refrigerator Monlogues
     The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter
     Home Run
     Beyond Reason
     Grief Cottage
     The Windfall
     Dear Cyborgs
     Widow Nash
     The Himalayan Codex
     She Rides Shotgun
     The Weight of Lies
     Raven Strategem
     The Witch Who Came In From the Cold
     At His Mercy
     Ascension of Larks
     The Marsh Kings Daughter
     Berlin Red
     Odd Numbers
     Cast the First Stone
     The Last Iota
     Food of the Gods
     Nothing Like a Duke

    Nonfiction coming to the collection June 2017

    American Eclipse
    Atomic Adventures
     Wine Isnt Rocket Science
     I Was Told to Come Alone
     Open Heart
     The Wonder of Birds
     The Bright Hours
     Beyond Trans
     Kennedy and King
     The Havens Kitchen Cooking School
     Shake Shack
       Six Seasons

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Dawn S | Jun 29, 2017
    Summer time is bug time! As an adult, I'm usually annoyed by a buzz or a sting. Little ones, however, can be fascinated by creepy crawlies. The world of children's books has no shortage of great bug books. Here are just a few, perfect for the 2-6 year old crowd.


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    Tiny Little Fly
    by Michael Rosen
    This tiny little fly is such a pest! Every animal in the jungle wants him gone, but even the biggest can't destroy little fly's fun day.

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    Give Bees a Chance
    by Bethany Barton
    Wow! There's a lot to learn about bees. These super pollinators come in 25,000 varieties. Some make tasty honey. This cartoon style book makes it fun to learn about bees.

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    Bugs Galore
    by Peter Stein
    Rhyming text and pop art pictures make this a colorful, silly read. I love how the pictures mimic real bugs and something more like monster bugs.
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    Can You Make a Scary Face?
    by Jan Thomas
    See this bug? He's talking to you. Yes, there's a bug in this book who tells you what to do and how to do it. There's nothing like getting bossed around by a bug!
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    Cricket in the Thicket
    by Carol Murray

    Try out some poems about bugs and learn a little something with interesting facts sprinkled throughout the book.

    Ask for more bug books when you visit your local library and don't forget about our Explore the Honeybee programs coming up in July!