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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.

     

    cover image for the watermelon seed 

    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.

    cover image for don't spash the sasquatch

    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.
    cover image for a perfect day
    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.
    cover image for cricket in the thicket
    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.
    by Dawn S | Jun 25, 2018
    Try one of these new kids' books today. There's a little something for everyone!

    cover image for robot rescue cover image for bugs cover image for the incredi-files
    cover image for women athletes who rule cover image for build it trains
    cover image of look at me
     cover image for the color factory  cover image for grow up ant man
    cover image for every month is a new year
    cover image for the competiiotn begins cover image for bad move cover image for kecko the gecko
    cover image for tractor mac school day cover image for all of us
    cover image for niblet and ralph
    cover image for lost in the jungle  cover image for mabel and sam at home
    cover image for the worst pet
    by Craig B | Jun 25, 2018

    Book Review: Alice Walker's winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, The Color Purple

    cover for Alice Walker's novel, The Color PurpleIn 1983, Alice Walker became the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Filled with many beautiful metaphors, The Color Purple tells the story of the often brutalized Celie and is set in Walker’s home state of Georgia in the early 20th century.  The epistolary nature of the book allows Walker to open many of the chapters with the phrase, “Dear God,” which became my absolute favorite construction within the book.  Subtly, as details of Celie’s life are revealed, the phrase goes from the sound of a formal address to a cry of anguish and even disbelief.  The metaphorical possibilities of the final half of the novel are quite wide-ranging (can anyone recommend a good literary critic who might expound some of the intricacies for me?) and make me quite interested to see the 1985 film starring Oprah Winfrey with direction by Steven Spielberg to see how the film handles the varying narrative threads. 

    Alice Walker turned 74 this year and if you haven’t read this well-loved though oft-challenged novel of hers, consider doing so for her 75th.  Even though it’s not a very long book it tells a story that has been going on for a long time and one we should probably try and keep in the forefront of our minds.

     

    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 | Jun 22, 2018
    You're never too young to experience amazing outdoor adventures! Need inspiration? We just got a new book that's great for parents and care givers who want to take their kids along on the trail.
    cover image for hike it baby
    Hike It Baby, by Shanti Hodges, is a 372 page guide with trip ideas, tips, and family stories about adult hikers with kids under five. Hodges is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit, Hike it Baby, a membership organization that plans group family hikes and promotes outdoor adventure with kids. The Hike it Baby website (hikeitbaby.com) even has hikes listed for the Fort Wayne area!

    Because Hodges has her own experience and the experiences of thousands of others to draw on, she really makes this book specific and helpful. Kid-friendly trails at each location are highlighted so parents know exactly what to expect and how doable it will be for little legs on the walk. Beautiful color photos of kids having fun in a wide range of national and regional parks fill the pages. The book also features personal stories from all sorts of hikers, including; parents of kids with special needs, parents who didn't take up hiking until later in life, parents of extra fussy kids, and many more.

    This book is a delight to breeze through if your family has any interest in hiking, camping, or just exploring nature with kids, even if yours are all above the age of five. I'm confident there are going to be lots of families who check out the book then decide to buy a copy of their own. The added pages about safety, sun protection, hiking during hunting season, and other topics make it such a valuable resource.

    This book really makes you want to get out there and enjoy your world!



    by Kay S | Jun 22, 2018
    Here are a few upcoming releases which you may want to take with you to the lake, the pool, the picnic, the ocean, or the air conditioned room. The following books are due to be released between June 15 and July 14, 2018. As always, the release date is earlier than the date they may be on your library's shelves.

    Historical Romance
    Grace Burrowes  Grace Burrowes

    My Own True Duchess
    True Gentlemen series
    June 19 
     Manda Collins Manda Collins

    One for the Rogue
    Studies in Scandal series
    June 26, 2018
     Sabrina Jeffries Sabrina Jeffries

    The Risk of Rogues
    Sinful Suitors series
    July 2
     Johanna Lindsey Johanna Lindsey

    Marry Me By Sundown
    July 10

     Julia London Julia London

    Tempting the Laird
    Highland Grooms series
    June 26
     Sarah Maclean Sarah MacLean

    Wicked and the Wallflower
    Bareknuckle Bastards series
    June 19

    Historical Fiction

     Beatriz williams Beatriz Williams
     
    The Summer Wives
    July 10 

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

     Reshonda Billingsley ReShonda Tate Billingsley
     
    The Book in Room 316
    Mainstream
    July 10
     Emma hannigan Emma Hannigan

    Letters to My Daughters
    Mainstream
    June 28
     Mary Hogan Mary Hogan

    Left, A Love Story
    Mainstream
    June 19
     Susan mallery Susan Mallery

    When We Found Home
    Contemporary Romance
    July 10
     Victoria Murray Victoria Christopher Murray
     
    Envy
    the Seven deadly Sins series
    Mainstream
    June 19
     JoAnn ross JoAnn Ross

    Lucky in Love
    Temptation series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 1
     Jill Shalvis Jill Shalvis
     
    Rainy Day Friends
    Wildstone series
    Contemporary Romance
    June 19
     Maisey Yates Maisey Yates

    Untamed Cowboy
    A Gold Valley series
    contemporary Romance
    June 19

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Jennifer Armentrout  Jennifer L. Armentrou

    Moonlight Seduction
    de Vincent series
    Mystery
    June 26
     Jackie Ashenden Jackie Ashenden

    Total Control
    An 11th Hour series
    Romantic Suspense
    June 26
     Jennifer Ashley Jennifer Ashley

    Scandal Above Stairs
    Below Stairs Mystery series
    Mystery
    July 3
     Linda Castillo Linda Castillo

    A Gathering of Secrets
    Kate Burkholder series
    Suspense
    July 10
     Carola Dunn Carola Dunn

    The Corpse at the Crystal Palace
    Daisy Dalrymple series
    Mystery
    July 3
     Diana Freeman Dianne Freeman

    A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
    Countess of Harleigh series
    Mystery
    June 26
     Lisa jackson Lisa Jackson

    Liar, Liar
    Suspense
    June 26
     Nina Laurin Nina Laurin

    What My Sister Knew
    Romantic Suspense
    June 19

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

    Terry Brooks  Terry Brooks

    The Skaar Invasion
    The Fall of Shannara
    Fantasy
    June 19
     Alyssa Day Alyssa Day
     
    Curse of the Black Swan
    League of the Black Swan series
    June 19
     Jacquelyn Frank Jacquelyn Frank
     
    The Science of Pleasure
    The Phoenix Project series
    Fantasy
    June 26
     Yasmine Galenorn Yasmine Galenorn

    Oak and Thorns
    Wild Hunt series
    Urban Fantasy
    July 2
     Benedict Jacka Benedict Jacka

    Marked
    Alex Verus series
    Fantasy
    July 3 or June 7
     Morgan Llywelyn Morgan Llywelyn

    Drop by Drop
    Step by Step series
    Science Fiction
    June 26
     LE Modesitt L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
     
    Outcasts of Order  
    The Saga of Recluce
    Fantasy
    June 19
     Rebecca Zanetti Rebecca Zanetti

    Vampire's Faith
    Dark Protectors series
    Paranormal
    June 19

    Teens/Young Adult

     PC Cast Kristin Cast Kristin Cast

    P C. Cast 

    Lost
    House of Night Otherworld series
    July 10 
     Cynthia Hand  Cynthia Hand

    Brodi Aston

    Jodi Meadows

    My Plain Jane
    June 26
     Lauren James Lauren James

    The Loneliest Girl in the Universe
    July 3, U.S.
     Scott Westerfeld Scott Westerfeld

    The Broken Vow
    Spill Zone series
    July 10
     Samantha Young Samantha Young

    The Fragile Ordinary
    June 26

    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream

    Colleen Coble Colleen Coble

    The House at Saltwater Point
    Lavender Tides series
    July 3 
     Jill Williamson Jill Williamson

    King’s War
    Kinsman Chronicles series

    Erotica

     Sarah Castille Sarah Castille
     
    Strong Hold
    Redemption series
    July 3 




    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Cindy H | Jun 21, 2018
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    This summer at the Aboite Branch we are combining the magic of yoga and storytime into a fun program for children. Yoga Storytime integrates the basic movements and principles of yoga into a story for a truly unique experience. Becky Neff, an educational yoga instructor, will be leading us.

    The program is from 7-8 PM on Wednesday June 27th, July 11th, and July 18th. We do ask that you register for this program, as space is limited. Please click on the date(s) above to register online, or call the Aboite Branch at 260-421-1310 for more information!  Hope to see you there!
    by Dawn S | Jun 20, 2018
    All this week Bruce the Bear from the Mother Bruce books, written and illustrated by Ryan Higgins, will be visiting our libraries.
    Today at the Grabill Library we had a blast talking about his books and meeting the big bear himself. He's off to another library this afternoon so if you want stop by and say hi check out this blog post.
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    If you've read the books, you know that Bruce can be a little grumpy. He's hard working, lovable, responsible...and grumpy. My librarian friend Jen gave me the idea to celebrate that grumpiness with a picture. So here's to summer fun and visitors from far away (story) lands!
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    by Becky C | Jun 20, 2018
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to read a summary and check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    The Limit   A Higher Loyalty  Disarmed
     Bosh  The Power of Moments  Drink
     You Are Free  Born a Crime  The Man Who Caught the Storm
     Unlikely General  DIY Rules for a WTF World  Your Dad Stole My Rake

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

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


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Kayla W | Jun 18, 2018

    Movie Recommendation: COLOSSAL

    I'm done being Mr. Nice Guy. - Oscar

    Colossal

     

    The trailers and the poster for this movie are misleading.   Think it looks like an absurd comedy involving lighthearted drunken hijinks?  Think again.

    To put it simply (and without spoiling too much), the movie is far deeper than some sort of mumblecore crossover comedy with giant monster battles. I mean, that still sounds cool. But it's not this movie.  If there’s a battle in this movie, it is one between two peoples’ personal demons.

    Not only does this movie far exceed what expectations someone can make for it, given the bizarre choice in how it was marketed, but it also exceeds most of what is produced that is supposed to delve into the murky waters of emotional depth and complication in Hollywood fiction. 

    I think the best genre stories, as in those that deal with overt, preestablished genres and their oftentimes well-established tropes, are those that use their chosen genre framework as a way of examining humanity through that lens (another movie that comes to mind is The Final Girls, which manages to take slasher horror and makes it into a heart-warming/breaking commentary on the relationship between a clichéd persona and a real, genuine person from the daughter's perspective).  It's like the movie is watching you back.

    Honestly, though, it’s tough talking about a movie that presents a façade that it somewhat believes in for a portion of the story.  I have no desire to spoil the reveals in this movie, but it offers a shock that left me glued to the screen and that sharing with you might spoil some of the effect that was intended.  Oh well – I think if this movie was given the exposure it initially deserved, I might not even have felt obliged to talk about it. So, here we are now.

    But what a balancing act this movie manages to pull off – taking its absurdist premise, of a complex character study of a woman who is teetering on the edge of losing the last shred of control she has on her life to a drunken stupor. The next (il)logical step is when she discovers that she has control of a Kaiju (Japanese) monster who looks as though it escaped a Godzilla black and white movie, all the while presenting a shockingly sober look at the life of the trainwreck protagonist. 

    If anything, the movie feels like a truly fantastic bait-and-switch, where it almost seems like it was half made by people who were revving up for a comedy, only to have it transformed halfway through into something completely, utterly, unexpected. And I can’t recommend it enough.


    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 Craig B | Jun 15, 2018

    cover for Sir Rosevelt's eponymous albumAlright Zac Brown, a.k.a. Sir Rosevelt.  So many of the musical elements of this side project sound like they were included on a dare.  “Hey, you guys are musicians, I dare you to make a pop song with a Spaghetti Western guitar riff!  Hey, dare you to attempt a Diplo & Skrillex-influenced dance-pop album!  Hey!  Dare you to make a giant dance-beat song based around my grandfather’s name, Robert Baker!” 

    But, if you already are fond of Zac Brown, I think all of this kind of works out because the band is clearly having fun, and for me that’s much of what music is about.

    Suggested Use: Interested in expanding your horizons?  Try international travel.  If you can’t afford that, check out this eponymous album and over-analyze the musical musings of a talented set of musicians.  Listening, ride the waves to the farthest shore and then give the deep thoughts permission to roll through you … and not just in one ear and out the other.  That does nobody no good.


    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 13, 2018
    We just got this really great science book yesterday!
    It's called Do Not Lick This Book*
    *it's full of germs
    by Idan Ben-Barak
    It's all about Min the microbe and her adventures.
    cover image for do not lick this book
    It's full of science facts, like how many microbes could fit in the space a period takes up. It's also full of goofy science(y) facts like microbes live everywhere, including up Santa's nose. The one thing that takes this book to the next level of awesomeness is the inclusion of big, colorful, amazing, electron microscope images of things like a shirt and a tooth. Seriously. Have you seen what your teeth look like really, REALLY close up? Something like a mountain range.

    Do Not Lick This Book is funny and informative. It had my kids laughing and my brain learning right along with theirs!
    by Becky C | Jun 13, 2018
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to read a summary and check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    General Fiction

    Stephen Florida  The River Bank Heart Spring Mountain 
     The Overstory  The Perfect Nanny  Romeo and or Juliet
     Amy and Isabelle  The Sirens of Titan  We Are Okay
         


    Mystery/Suspense

    The Punishment She Deserves  Never Let Me Go   Tangerine
     The Good Liar  Six Four  
         

    Science Fiction/Fantasy

     The Fold A Face Like Glass  The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August 
     The Way of Kings  The Shape of Water  
         

    Children's

    Winterhouse  Like Vanessa
       

    Graphic Novels

    Rie and Taeko


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

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


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Dawn S | Jun 11, 2018
    image of boy writing
    It's summer break but that doesn't mean your kids can just take the summer off from reading and writing. For my family, reading has always been fun, but getting an active 5 and 7 year old to practice writing is another matter. The secret is to make writing fun and make it relevant.
    Here's how.
    1. Make a list. Model the usefulness of list making while you're going about your busy day. When you're packing up for a picnic or a trip to grandma's let your child make a list of the things you'll need. When your kids start naming what they want for their next birthday (even if it's 8 months away) ask for a list so you don't forget! When they're lining up their stuffed animals for a train ride, suggest they make a list of everyone who's riding and where they're going.
    2. Write a note. Sometimes dad has to be at work at 6am so he leaves us a note on the kitchen table. The kids like writing him back just to say hi and ask him about his day.
    3. Label pictures. When pretend play suddenly means your kids need a police badge or a drawing of a one-eyed monster, suggest they add words and numbers to go along with what they're drawing.
    4. Be silly. Play a game where everyone uses sticky notes to label stuff around the house. (Read Dangerous! by Tim Warnes for inspiration on this one.) Make signs for each room with goofy descriptions of what, or who is inside.
    5. Use everything. You don't need paper or a pencil to write! Try writing names in the sand at the beach or with an ice cube on a hot sidewalk. While you're waiting in line somewhere play 'guess this letter' and ask your child to trace a letter on your back while you guess what letter he wrote.
    image of two girls writing
    There are so many ways to make writing fun! And remember, not everything has to be spelled correctly. Giving young learners the encouragement and tools, like letter sounds, to figure out spellings on their own has a lot of value. This year my first grader wrote "I hav grat idus" in his journal. He's learning how to spell better every day and I can't wait to see those 'great ideas' come to life!
    by Evan | Jun 11, 2018

    At least read Chapter 11. Then come over here and talk about it.

    Homo DeusSometimes you want to read a book that rocks your world, really shakes things up. For a lot of people that book could be Yuval Harari's Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. And while the whole book is a feast of eye-opening ideas, you can get a bellyful in just the last chapter. 

    The subtitle is telling. Harari is a historian, not so much a futurist. He gained celebrity three years ago for Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, and the new book is sort of a sequel. In it, Harari projects recent trends in history and says how he thinks they may play out in the next century or so. 

    The sequel notion applies partly because Harari thinks humanity won the wars of the past. He sees famine, disease and violence as the three chronic oppressions across history and argues that all three have been radically reduced since World War II. Next up, he predicts, will be the pursuit of happiness, of godlike powers and, yes, immortality. 

    What's more, Harari thinks the wars were won partly because what he calls humanist religions outperformed theistic religions in creating the modern world. The humanist trio -- communism, fascism and liberal democracy -- fought it out. Supposedly liberal democracy triumphed, but the rise of China presages a great irony in Harari's story: the scientific progress led by liberal democracy is making individuals, and ultimately humanity itself, useless.

    Perhaps, Harari muses, there will be a small core of elitists who will become homo dei -- immortal, happy gods. But he's betting against it. He sees the world currently heading to a universal, and fatal, religion of dataism. The collection and flow of information is driving progress today, and people give up their privacy and individualism to be part of it. In time, however, the flow will be so terrific that no human -- even a divine one -- will be able to cope with it, and humanity will wash away like all the extinct species before us. 

    Or maybe not. Harari leaves the door open for us to respond to what he has written. But he acknowledges resistance may be futile. 

    Homo Deus is the subject of a Science and Technology Book Club session I'll be hosting at 7 p.m. on June 21 in the conference room of the Business, Science & Technology Department at the Main Library. I'm trying to build a nucleus of people who are interested in a broad range of science themes, and if people don't find this book interesting, then I'll be mystified. 

    Harari makes a lot of broad statements about science, religion, humanity and the rest of life on Earth, but he backs them up with examples and footnotes. Some ideas are not original, but the way he puts them together could well erode the confidence readers have in how and why they are living the lives they lead. Harari's writing style is absolutely accessible, especially for such a heavy topic, although he sometimes hammers his points a little deep in the ground. 

    Fiction lovers like to talk about how good novels cause them to examine their own lives, but non-fiction can do the same. I encourage you to give this one a try -- or at least read the last chapter -- and then come on by and talk about it.


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