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    by Evan | Dec 05, 2018

    UnthinkableI just finished a "romantic science" book, or at least that's how author Helen Thomson describes her recently published Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World's Strangest Brains. She calls it that, because instead of focusing on scientists and their research, she introduces the reader to unusual people who are the subjects of scientific study. 

    The book is about nine people whose brains operate in very strange ways. One person literally feels what he sees other people feeling. Another thinks he is a tiger. A third perceives colors around people, colors that change as he gets to know their personalities better. A fourth person went around for years believing he was dead.

    The book has ample scientific information about each case, but the heart of it is Thomson getting to know these rare individuals. Some of the conversations are comfortable, some disquieting, or even scary. The interview with the "tiger" had to be discontinued when it just felt too dangerous. 

    What Thomson wants readers to understand is that her subjects' minds are extreme but not utterly disconnected from the rest of us. Many of us have personality quirks, visions or persistent thoughts. She celebrates that there is so much interesting variety and capability in our brains. 

    If you would like a warm, informative read about amazing mental lives, check out Unthinkable.

    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Katie B. | Dec 04, 2018

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


    One of my favorite things to do when planning a storytime is to use a piggyback song to follow the theme of a book.  Although you might not be familiar with the term piggyback song I can almost guarantee you know a few (and probably use them too). 

    A piggyback song is simply a song using a traditional or well-known melody with new or different lyrics. If you have ever made up new words to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or “London Bridge is Falling Down” you have written a piggyback song. I love using piggyback songs in my storytimes.  It keeps me from getting tired of the same songs over and over while using songs the kids already know. 

    Hooray for Hat

    For example, one of my favorite storytime books is Hooray for Hat by Brian Won.  As we read the story we have fun pretending to be grumpy like the animals in the story and shouting “Hooray!” every time a new hat is shared.  After the story I like to sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with the kids, but I don’t follow the original lyrics.  The first verse is traditional, “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands” but on the second verse I change it up.  We sing, “If you’re grumpy and you know it, stomp your feet” and we make our grumpy faces and cross our arms just like we did with all of the grumpy animals in Hooray for Hat.  Then, we sing, “If you’re sad and you know it, cry boo-hoo” and we make really sad faces just like lion in the story and pretend to cry.  But, we don’t want to end on a sad note so we sing another traditional verse (and one that ties in nicely with Hooray for Hat) “If you’re happy and you know it, shout hooray!” The kids have a lot of fun exaggerating the different emotions and they pick up the new words and motions quickly because we already did them during the story.

    There are even several books that are based on the idea of the piggyback song. Ed Emberly’s If You’re A Monster and You Know It or If You’re a Robot and You Know It by David Carter are just two examples of other piggyback versions of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

    If You're aMonster  If You're a Robot

    For a Halloween storytime at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in October we sang

    “Horns, Fangs, Knees, and Claws

    Knees and Claws

    Knees and Claws

    Horns, Fangs, Knees and Claws

     Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Paws”

    instead of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”  The kids loved making horns with their fingers, swishing their “tails”, and shaking their paws as we sang along to a tune they already knew well.

    I also love to use “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” but instead of just rowing gently down a stream sometimes we row. . .

    “down the jungle stream, if you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream”


    “through the jungle mist, if you see a snake, don’t forget to hiss”


    “past the jungle shore, if you see a tiger, don’t forget to roar”


    “in the jungle swamp, if you see an elephant, don’t forget to stomp”


    Piggyback songs are great for kids because they already know the melody of the song, it is just a few new words for them to learn.  And, because most traditional children’s songs are repetitive, even new lyrics can be picked up quickly by little ones.  It’s easier than you might think to make up a new piggyback song so give it a try.
                                          Happy singing!

    by Friends of the Allen County Public Library | Nov 30, 2018
    Winter Book Sale graphic

    Main Library Winter Book Sale

    Thursday, December 13
    Noon - 7:00 pm
    Friday, December 14
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    Saturday, December 15
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    Shop thousands of books at our Main Library, all for $1 or less! All media is just $1 and includes hundreds of Blu-Ray discs, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more. Visit our ACPL Holiday Pop-Up Shop for a variety of unique gifts for everyone on your list. All forms of payment accepted. Free parking in library lots.
    Hardbacks $1.00
    Paperbacks $0.50
    Media: $1.00
    Tote Bags: $3.00
    100% of proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Allen County Public Library to support programs and outreach in our communities.
    Local Author Book Sale
    Saturday, December 15
    Noon - 4:00 pm
    In addition to our Winter Book Sale, we will also be hosting a Local Author Book Sale in our Main Library Great Hall on Saturday, December 15. Over 30 published authors from around the region will be selling their books, signing copies, and sharing their stories! This is a perfect opportunity to pick up thoughtful gifts for friends and family while supporting our area's local authors.

    Our Main Library is located in downtown Fort Wayne at 900 Library Plaza Fort Wayne, Indiana. 
    by Craig B | Nov 30, 2018
    cover for movie soundtrack, A Star is BornWell, beware of soundtracks.  Especially when they contain dialogue tracks like this one does featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.  I mean, I probably wasn’t going to ever see the movie, but now I basically know how it ends.  I should have learned from Episode I’s soundtrack and that not-so-veiled reference to the outcome of Obi Wan and Qui-Gon Jinn’s meeting with Darth Maul.  So it goes.  Although, if you’ve seen A Star is Born already this soundtrack is a nice collection of pop/outlaw country and love songs.  And it’s free.  On Hoopla and at your local branch location of Allen County Public Library.

    Suggested Use: Since I’ve already got it checked out, I very may well use this on my next date night with my wife.  I just need to get the Bluetooth connection between my tablet and car stereo solidified and then we can both enjoy the alternating moments of tough-guy lyrics and undying, though sometimes chiding, love.  The best of both worlds perhaps, just like an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, though with more drinking and less plastic couch covers.

    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 Stoops | Nov 29, 2018
    If you're in the mood for a great holiday book, we've got thousands to choose from. Here are three fun picture books featuring animal holiday antics.

    cover image for hanukkah hamster
    Hanukkah Hamster

    by Michelle Markel

    Cozy and colorful, this book about a lonely cab driver is a real treat! Edgar finds a hamster in his cab one night and takes him home to keep safe while he searches for the owner. Chickpea proves to be a fine companion, munching on salad, listening to stories, and watching  the candles on the menorah sparkle. Will Edgar ever find out who lost this hamster? I'm confident you'll love the ending just as much as I did!

    cover image for the Christmas Extravaganza hotel

    cover image for lil rabbit's kwanzaa 

    Don't forget to ask your librarian for more fun holiday stories!

    by Emily M | Nov 29, 2018

    Smooth Edge 2 is an a cappella group from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Formed in 2010, Smooth Edge 2 quickly developed a reputation for its stellar a cappella vocal sound and highly energetic, entertaining live shows. Following in the tradition of groups such as The Manhattan Transfer, Real Group and Pentatonix, Smooth Edge 2 performs contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz arrangements of songs ranging from current pop hits to American classics.  Join us for some Holiday entertainment!

    What: Smooth Edge 2: A Cappella Jazz for the Holidays
    When: Wednesday, December 5, 7:00 pm
    Where: Main Library, Great Hall

    Smooth Edge 2


    by Becky C | Nov 28, 2018

    "Books and literature are for everyone, no matter where the reader is situated geographically, economically, racially, or otherwise."  This is just one of the guiding principles of the National Book Foundation, the nonprofit organization which presents the National Book Awards.

    Established in 1950, the Awards currently honor the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People's Literature.  To be eligible for consideration, there are a few criteria:

    • The book must be written by an American citizen (or approved via a petition process)
    • The book must have been published by a U.S. publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year
    • The submission must come from a publisher

    The number of titles typically submitted for each category ranges from around 150 titles in Poetry to 500+ titles in nonfiction.  Each panel, having read the nominated books in its category, narrows the field to a Longlist of ten titles announced in mid-September.  The field is further narrowed to five Finalists, announced in mid-October.  The winners are announced mid-November.  For more detail about the process, please click here

    Below is the list of winners for 2018:  the summaries are taken from ACPL's catalog descriptions.  See a title you're interested in?  Click the book cover to check availability -- and, remember, you can always place a hold if you'd like a copy sent to your favorite branch location for pickup.

     The Friend A moving story of love, friendship, grief, healing, and the magical bond between a woman and her dog. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself with the unwanted dog he has left behind.
     The New Negro Alaine Locke, the first African American to be named a Rhodes Scholar, emerged from Black Philadelphia around the turn of the century to mentor a generation of young artists including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jacob Lawrence.  He called them "the New Negro--the creative African Americans whose art, literature, music, and drama would inspire Black people to greatness".
     Indecency Political and personal, tender, daring, and insightful--the author unpacks his intimacies, weaponizing poetry to take on masculinity, sexuality, exploitation, and the prison industrial complex and unmask all the failures of the structures into which society sorts us.
     Translated Literature
     The Emissary Japan, after suffering from a massive irreparable disaster, cuts itself off from the world. Children are so weak they can barely stand or walk: the only people with any get-go are the elderly. Yoshiro concentrates on nourishing his grandson, Mumei, a strangely wonderful boy who offers "the beauty of the time that is yet to come."
     Young People's Literature  
     The Poet X Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers.  A novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet.

    I've scanned both the Longlist and the Finalists list and there are some intriguing titles in the mix.  I've also scanned the lists of past winners:  while each year is represented by only one cover, if you click that cover, you will see all of the winners for that year. There is no end in sight for my To Read list!

    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 Dianna | Nov 27, 2018

    Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Dianna, who works with children and families at the Hessen Cassel Branch Library.
    image of hands holding lizard

    Once a month we invite the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to our Storytime, which we call Preschool Parties. This month I wanted to explore texture with the children and asked the zoo to bring a lizard.
    cover image for the lizard's tail
    I took the book, The Lizard’s Tail by Shobha Viswanath and turned it into a flannel story. The lizard loses its tail and tries a few others before its tail grows back.

    image of lizard with rat taildrawing of lizard with a opossum taildrawing of lizard with a fox tail

    We laughed at the other tails and how silly they looked.

    Other fun lizard stories are Mary Had a Little Lizard by Kayla Harren and Brief Thief by Michaël Escoffier.

    I had informational books available to show all kinds of different lizards. Lizards by Julie Murray, Lizards by Kathryn Stevens, and The Wild Life of Lizards by Camilla De la Bédoyère.

    To explore texture we used the story Dancing Feet! by Lindsay Craig, Have a Look Says Book by Richard Jackson, and That’s Not My Dinosaur by Fiona Watt.

    We explored texture more by creating many textures on a large paper lizard with lots of different things: paper, yarn, toy cars, buttons, Legos©, sponges, and markers.
    drawing of a lizard decorated with different textures

    We had so much fun combining good stories with science and art!

    by Dawn Stoops | Nov 23, 2018
    There are so many great new picture books!
    cover image for a tangle of brungles cover image of five flying penguins cover image of night train night train
    cover image for good morning snowplow cover image of duck on a disco ball
    cover image for gator gator gator
     cover image for no boring stories  cover image for never let you go
    cover image for dino
    cover image for i just like you cover image for bake like mommy cover image for animal city

    by Aisha H. | Nov 21, 2018

    Otis in his hat

    Are you a teen in grades six through twelve? Are you looking for handmade gifts to give your loved ones this holiday season? Well, you’re in luck! On Saturday, December 1st from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, you can make an assortment of easy handmade gifts for free!

    Join us at the Main Library in Meeting Room A to make:

    • Bath Fizzies
    • Buttons
    • Charm Bracelets
    • Chocolate Candies
    • Tiny Adorable Hats for Pets
    • and a handy Gift Bag to carry it all home!

    Registration is required and can be done online or by calling 421-1255.

    by Dawn S | Nov 21, 2018

    Welcome to our weekly installment of Sharing the Storytime Joy!
    Today's post is by Dawn who works with children and families at our Grabill Branch Library.

    Today's Baby Storytime was such a delight! One of our favorite parts is when we all sit together, each family holding a copy of Snuggle Puppy, and sing the song that goes with the book.
    cover image for snuggle puppy
    Ask your librarian for more books that are also songs and try them out with your own Snuggle Puppies!

    by Becky C | Nov 19, 2018
    Editor's note:  originally published November 23, 2016

    You’re probably aware that the Allen County Public Library is home to The Genealogy Center, the second largest genealogical library in the United States.  Maybe you’ve visited it; maybe you’re planning to.  If you’re interested in retracing your family’s history and gaining a glimpse into what their daily lives were like, Genealogy's variety of resources, both online and inside the department only, are well worth exploring.

    Working with genealogists on a regular basis has given me a new appreciation for the traditions we keep alive, generation after generation.  I never gave family customs a thought when I was a child.  I was simply excited that Thanksgiving was one of the two holidays that I would see all of my cousins.  My mom’s family and my dad’s family lived within an hour of each other, so it was relatively easy for us to begin the day with one group and end the day with the other.  And between the abundance of cousin-time and food, my parents could look forward to a quiet drive home while my brothers and I dozed in the backseat.

    I’m a forty-something now.  My parents are gone, and my brothers and I live in different corners of the state.  My youngest brother will have to work Thanksgiving evening.  He's a cop; he often works holidays.  Our traditions have changed.  For years now, my brothers and I have picked a random day that works with everyone’s schedules to gather together and enjoy an afternoon of sharing stories from our childhoods and sharing stories of what our kiddos have been up to lately.  And as we’ve each added to our extended families, there’s often a few other stories to tell as well.  And new foods to try.

    Whether I’m hosting or visiting, I always make a dessert from our childhood, toffee bars.  It’s a recipe my mom’s mom used to make and there’s no toffee in it at all, so I don’t know how it came by that name.  I wish I had asked when I had the chance.  Was it a recipe she had been given?  How long had it been in the family?  Was there an older recipe card, in someone else’s handwriting, still tucked away somewhere?

    My husband is a creative guy in the kitchen.  He likes to create his own recipes and he certainly has a knack for it.  I can easily see our kids using his recipes and passing them down to their kids.  While I love our cookbook collection at ACPL, I envy a friend's recipe card collection, passed down and added to over the generations.  There are a variety of individuals represented in that collection.  A variety of handwriting styles.  A variety of notes.  What a powerful connection to family.  What an incredible gift.

    I'd originally thought to write a post about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States.  As you can see, I decided to go another way.  While I love reading and sharing tidbits about history, that information is relatively easy to find, especially when we are fortunate enough in Allen County to have access to such a vast collection of resources through our library system.  What isn't as easy to find are our personal stories and traditions.  It only takes a generation or two for those to be lost.  So, instead I'd like to encourage you to reflect on your own Thanksgivings past.  What made the holiday special to you?  What family traditions do you hope continue as the years go by?

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her favorite books are The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz and The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman..
    by Dawn Stoops | Nov 16, 2018
    One of the many great new books we got this week was Horse Meets Dog.
    cover image for horse meets dog
    Kids are going to love this silly book about two different animals who meet for the first time and make some crazy assumptions.

    Is the dog just a small horse? Is it a baby? Does it need a bottle of hay to grow into an adult horse?

    What's wrong with horse's paws? Did he loose them?

    The pictures are a hoot with word bubbles and a simple cartoon style.
    I highly recommend this book for anyone (any age) needing a good laugh. And maybe there's a message here as well? It's the perfect package!
    by Byron, Readers' Services | Nov 16, 2018

    Stan Lee

    November 12, 2018 marked the passing of a living legend of the comic book industry, Stan Lee. Born in 1922 as Stanley Lieber, his uncle Robbie Solomon ushered him into the business in 1939 as a teenage assistant at the offices of Timely Comics, published by another relative, Martin Goodman. Young Stanley’s first writing credit was a two-page text story appearing in the third issue of Captain America Comics that he signed “Stan Lee.” He claimed later that he wanted to save the use of his given name for eventually writing the “Great American Novel.”

    Stan assumed greater responsibilities at Timely until becoming an editor while in his late teens. After WWII military service, Stan resumed work as the company evolved into Atlas Comics in the 1950s, producing a variety of genre series. The business floundered at times, as did Stan’s interest in it.

    Superhero comics experienced a renewed popularity in the late 1950s, and Martin Goodman decided to cash in on the craze and put Stan to the task. With the partnership of veteran comic book artist Jack Kirby, the 1961 release of the Fantastic Four heralded the beginning of the modern Marvel Comics. Stan’s innovative portrayal of superheroes with flaws and hang-ups attracted a new generation of readers. Using a fresh creative approach known as the “Marvel Method,” he would brainstorm ideas with artists like Kirby and Steve Ditko, who would then develop the stories through sequential art for Stan then to script. The success of the Fantastic Four opened the floodgates to a wave of a new characters and series including the X-Men, Avengers, and Spider-Man as well as the reintroduction of Timely era superheroes Captain America and the Sub-Mariner. Stan broadened the appeal of their comics by engaging readers with editorial statements written in a friendly, informal style.

    By 1972, Stan’s promotion to publisher diminished his writing output to periodic ventures such as Marvel’s first graphic novel in 1978 of the Silver Surfer with Jack Kirby and the 1980 introduction of the She-Hulk with artist John Buscema. After retiring as publisher in 1996, Stan explored other opportunities such as the re-imagining of the iconic superheroes at DC Comics in the 2001 limited series Just Imagine…

    With the booming popularity of Marvel Comics in the 1960s Stan assumed the role of the public face of Marvel Comics and was a familiar sight at comic book conventions and on the lecture circuit. As publisher, he relocated to the west coast in 1981 for film and TV development of Marvel’s beloved superheroes. The Marvel Studios movie adaptations of recent years have regularly featured cameo appearances by Stan for comedic effect.

    From a lowly beginning as a young office assistant, Stan Lee’s editorial direction revolutionized the comic book industry and enabled the multi-media success that Marvel Comics has grown into today. While the public persona of Marvel Comics has passed on, the rich legacy of entertainment he left behind will be an enjoyment for generations to come. Excelsior!




    by Craig B | Nov 14, 2018

    Book Review: Toni Morrison's winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Beloved

    cover for Toni Morrison's novel, BelovedI can see why Morrison’s novels inspire, what is sometimes called in academia, a “close-reading.”  There are layers and layers here in her 1988 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved; layers laced with question after question, ripe for some intransigent essay questions.  For example, who am I supposed to sympathize most with?  Who is the heroine?  Hero?  95% of the way through the novel I suddenly found myself being pulled to look at events in a different way, which I found fascinating, intriguing even.  Intrigue can lend itself to “close-reading,” to an obsession with questions like, “What is Morrison trying to tell us?  Who is Morrison really writing this book about?  What do you think, class?” 

    It is true that I find some of Morrison’s vagueness and disjointed exposition frustrating (especially at the beginning), but I also find that it allows for interpretations to be formed, picked apart, formed again, and that there’s something profound about this process.  And this sort of thing happens not only within the text.  Put Beloved within its actual historical context, the fact that the seed for the story originated with something that happened within Morrison’s own family history, and every scene has the potential to take on a different timbre.

    Lastly, it’s a ghost story!  Of sorts.  It does read like a horror novel at some points, which I actually found a little weird and a bit off-putting, and then that near overly maudlin ending really put my experience of this novel on edge, but I have to say Morrison does seem to near perfectly pull the narrative out of its dangerous dive.  And further good news, Beloved is part of a trilogy!  A trilogy connected by themes rather than concrete characters allowing for point-counterpoint comparisons as well as nebulous connections, mirroring of events, and various other literary magic.  Talk about an opportunity for close-reading!


    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 Angie | Nov 13, 2018

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

    Pic Balance Beam leading into Room

    Without Exception is a new storytime hosted by Children’s Services at the Main Library. Designed especially for children with special needs and their families, it is held on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of every month between 12:00pm-12:45pm in the Globe Room. This room is located next to Children’s Services, directly inside our Ewing Street and parking garage entrance. A tactile balance beam is laid out at the entrance to Children’s Services which leads children right to the door of the Globe Room.

    What Happens at this Storytime?
    I like to give families time to get into our storytime space and get settled, so we usually don’t start with our welcoming game and song until about ten minutes after noon. (Of course, there is flexibility on the other end of the program, and I extend our time as needed.) Once children enter the room, they are free to explore the room a bit as the other half of our tactile balance beam is set up. There are also fidget objects to choose from if children want something to hold onto during storytime.

    Pic Balance Beam in Room

    Pic Fidget Objects

    A visual schedule is displayed to help children follow the order of our activities. During the first half of “Without Exception,” we read stories, practice fun rhymes together, sing songs, and move or dance around with scarves and bubbles. Of course, all activities are always optional. We focus on reading two stories during the time we spend together, but the real focus of our program is on the children who attend and their needs. The program is designed to be flexible and as the facilitator, I adjust based on the needs and ages of the children who attend each time. 
    Pic Visual Schedule

    Pic Elephant Theme

    We spend the last half of our time together participating in a very relaxed playtime atmosphere. Playtime activities vary, but often include sensory boxes, magna-tiles, puzzles, color sorting with pretend vegetables and baskets, or a puppet theater and puppets. This is a great opportunity for children and families to get to know each other.
    Pic Sensory Boxes

    Pic Puppet Theater

    If this sounds like the kind of storytime your family would enjoy, we're excited to meet you! Please contact us at with any questions or to tell us more about the needs and interests of your child and children.

    by Becky C | Nov 12, 2018
    Veterans Day via pixaby

    On November 11, 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I.  This day was largely considered to be the end of “the war to end all wars” and dubbed Armistice Day.  It became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938.

    And then World War II and the Korean War happened.  In 1954, at the urging of veterans service organizations, Congress amended the commemoration by changing the word “armistice” to “veterans” so that the day would honor American veterans of all wars. 

    Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.  Memorial Day, which we celebrate in May, is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle.

    In honor of our veterans, I've pulled together a list of titles which I hope will serve as a starting point for anyone wanting to better understand the circumstances our men and women found themselves in.  My list begins with WWI and ends with the Afghanistan and Iraqi Wars.  I've included titles which offer general overviews of the conflicts involved, as well as personal narratives.  This is just a glimpse into our collection -- there is much, much more available.  Our Genealogy Center offers a wealth of free information available online via Our Military Heritage.

    The subject headings are quick links to our catalog, with a focus on adult nonfiction books.  See a title you're interested in?  Click on the book cover to check availability.  And please feel free to share your personal recommendations in the comments below.

    World War I (1914-1918)

     Victory 1918 America and the Great War  The Doughboys 
     The Unknowns  The Escape Artists  Loyalty
       Hello Girls  

    World War II (1939-1945)

    1941   Inferno The Holocaust 
     Fighting for Honor Code Talker   Resisting the Holocaust

    Korean War (1950-1953)

     I remember Korea  In the shadow of the greatest generation  The Korean War
     The Coldest War  Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War  Hot Shots

    Vietnam War (1955-1975)

     Voices from the Vietnam War  The Vietnam War in American Memory  The Vietnam War
     Strong Hearts, Wounded Souls  Radical Visions  What it is like to go to war

    Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)

     Road to Baghdad Spare Parts   Viper Pilot
     The Brave Women of the Gulf Wars  Warthog  Persian Gulf War

    Afghanistan & Iraqi Wars (2001- )

    Valor   The Fighters Understanding the US Wars   
     And Then All Hell Broke Loose  Blood Sweat and Steel  Heroes Among Us  

    Quick Links for more information about Veterans Day:

    From the US Department of Defense website:  5 Facts to Know about Veterans Day

    From  Veterans Day

    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 Craig B | Nov 09, 2018

    cover for Willie Nelson's studio album, My WayWell, Nelson’s most recent studio album, My Way, wasn’t a country album.  I hoped for a bit more of a country twist, but it wasn’t too disagreeable hearing Nelson’s slightly stilted delivery on these heavily orchestrated songs (there is a steel guitar in there somewhere) from ye olde (Great) American songbook.  And I do have to say, that was quite a powerful delivery of Sinatra’s "My Way" at the end, from a gentleman who, if anyone, has earned a creditable right to proclaim, “But through it all, when there was doubt / I ate it up and spit it out / … / And did it my way.”

    Suggested Use: Well, this isn’t carpet removal music, that’s for sure.  More like, doing some spackling?  On the ceiling?  With a deadline?  Chill out to Willie’s take on Sinatra and a bygone era and remember that you’re improving your own house and it should be totally okay to do it your way.  Unless you’re hoping to re-sell the house soon.  Then maybe sand that spackle a bit more thoroughly, aim for a timeless color on the ceiling like eggshell or taupe, and perhaps reconsider your decision to “popcorn” the ceiling.  Some things stand the test of time with a twist, I’m not sure textured paint has.

    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 | Nov 08, 2018
    We love new chapter books! Here are some great ones you might like.
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    by Kay S | Nov 07, 2018
    Just in time for the Holidays!  Here are a few upcoming releases which caught my eye. So, while everyone else is watching football, pull up a handy recliner, and enjoy some great reads.

    As always, the dates listed are the publishers' projected dates, not the date the books actually hit library shelves.

    Historical Romance
     Mary Balogh Mary Balogh
    Someone to Trust
    Westcott series
    November 27 
     Betina Krahn Betina Krahn
    The Girl with the Sweetest Secret
    Sin and Sensibility series
    November 27
     Julia Quinn Julia Quinn
    The Other Miss Bridgerton
    Bridgerton/Rokesby series
    November 20

    Historical Fiction

     Clare Hastings Clare Hastings
    The House in Little Chelsea
    December 1
     Sherry Jones Sherry Jones
    Josephine Baker’s Last Dance
    December 4
     Adriana Trigiani Adriana Trigiani
    Tony’s Wife
    November 20
    Kirby Williams  Kirby Williams
    The Long Road From Paris
    sequel of sorts to Rage of Paris
    Historical Fiction/Mystery
    December 4

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction/New Adult
     Rosalind Noonan Rosalind Noonan
    The Sisters
    November 27
     Hope Ramsey Hope Ramsey
    The Cottage on Rose Lane
    Moonlight Bay series
    Contemporary Romance
    December 4
     Cydney Rax Cydney Rax
    A Sister’s Survival
    Reeves Sisters series
    Contemporary Romance
    November 27
     Lauren Rowe Lauren Rowe
    Misadventures on the Rebound
    Misadventures series
    Contemporary Romance
    November 20
     Danielle Steel Danielle Steel
    Beauchamp Hall
    Mainstream/Women’s Fiction
    November 20

    Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Suspense

    Oyindan Brithwaite  Oyindan Braithwaite
    My Sister the Serial Killer
    November 20
     Rita Mae Brown Rita Mae Brown
    Homeward Hound
    Jane Arnold series
    November 20
     Laura Childs Laura Childs
    Eggs on Ice
    Cackleberry Club series
    December 4
     Rosemary Simpson Rosemary Simpson
    Let the Dead Keep Their Secrets
    Gilded Age Mystery
    November 27

    Paranormal/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Horror
    Genevieve Cogman  Genevieve Cogman
    The Mortal Word
    Invisible Library series
    November 27 
     Jennifer Estep Jennifer Estep
    Hiants and Hobwebs,
    Elemental Assassins series
    November 27
     Yasmine Galenorn Yasmine Galenorn
    A Shadow of Crows
    Wild Hunt series
    Urban Fantasy
    December 3
     N.K. Jemisin N.K. Jemisin
    How Long ‘til Black Future Month
    Fantasy Anthology
    November 27
     George martin George R R Martin
    Fire and Blood
    History of House Targaryen of Westeros
    November 20
     Nora Roberts Nora Roberts
    Of Blood and Bone
    Chronicles of the One series
    December 4
     Diane Setterfield Diane Setterfield
    Once Upon a River
    December 4

    Young Adult/Teen

    Cassandra Clare  Cassandra Clare
    Queen of Air and Darkness
    Dark Artifices series
    December 4
     Arwen Elys Dayton Arwen Elys Dayton
    Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
    December 4

    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream

    Robin Lee Hatcher  Robin Lee Hatcher
    Who I Am with You
    December 11 
     Jody Hudlund Jody Hedlund
    Searching for You
    Orphan Train series
    December 4
     Julie Klassen Julie Klassen
    The Bride of Ivy Green
    Tales from Ivy Book series
    December 4
     Carolyn Miller Carolyn Miller
    The Making of Mrs. Hale
    A Promise of Hope series
    November 27

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