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    by Aisha Hallman | Sep 04, 2018


    What is Homework Help?
    A free community service since 1997, the program provides one-on-one homework help to students in grades 6-12.

    Who can use Homework Help?
    Students in grades 6-12 who need homework help (including math, science, and other subjects) can attend. It's a great service for students of all academic levels.

    Is Homework Help free?
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Plus: it’s free.

    Do I need to register to come to Homework Help?
    No. Homework Help is a drop-in service, meaning you can come and go at any time during the hours it's offered. Some students visit us every night it's offered and stay the full two hours. Some students visit us only every once in a while and stay just until they have their question(s) answered.

    When is Homework Help?
    Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 pm during the school year.  See the library Events calendar for exact dates.
    Note: There is no Homework Help when Fort Wayne Community Schools are closed for vacations or weather-related emergencies.

    Where is Homework Help?
    In the Teen department (2nd floor of the Main Library at 900 Library Plaza).

    Who are the Helpers?
    Our volunteers are usually professionals (engineers, accountants, retired professors, etc.) with a desire to give back to their community by helping the next generation succeed.

    Will the Helpers give students the answers?
    No. Homework Helpers guide students but do not do the work for them. Helpers explain concepts and ask the right questions to help students analyze the problems and find their own solutions.

    What do the students need to bring with them?

    • Homework assignment
    • Textbook (if available)
    • Paper
    • Pencil or pen

    What is the difference between Homework Help and a tutoring service?
    Tutoring implies personal instruction in a subject area. Our Helpers are not teachers. They are here to help the students answer specific questions and complete specific homework assignments.

    What can I expect when I come to Homework Help?
    The Helpers set up at a table in the open area of the Teen department. They have signs at each end of the table that read, “Homework Help Available.” You may walk right up, sit down, take out your homework, and let them know you are here for help. A Helper will be with you as soon as possible, often immediately.

    Some students only need help with one specific problem. Some students need help with the whole assignment. It's not uncommon for a student to come in, take out his or her homework assignment, and say, “I just don’t get this.” A Helper will spend time with the student looking over the assignment and then tackling specific problems one by one, explaining how to solve them as they go.

    On busy nights, our Helpers will sometimes need to help two or more students at a time. In this case, the Helper will generally get you started on an assignment, take time to help another student, then come back to check on your progress, and so on.

    Have more questions? Contact us at 421-1255.

    by Meg B. | Sep 03, 2018

    Love and Ruin“In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. There she also finds herself unexpectedly—and unwillingly—falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend.

    On the eve of War World War II, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and their professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must forge a path as her own woman and writer.

    Heralded by Ann Patchett as “the new star of historical fiction,” Paula McLain brings Gellhorn’s story richly to life and captures her as a heroine for the ages: a woman who will risk absolutely everything to find her own voice.”

    Intrigued?  Please consider joining us!

    *Chapter Two Book Club:  Love and Ruin by Paula McClain
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *September 20, 2018
    *10:00 am
    *No registration


    Meg: frantic about nature and good music and wildly romantic love stories. An enigma; introverted yet extroverted, head in the clouds with one foot on the ground, filled with wanderlust and also a strong desire for my bed every night at 9pm. A mom, a wife, daughter, sister and friend. So many things, but also just Meg.

    by Mari H. | Sep 01, 2018

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    Book discussion Kits for Teens contain twenty copies of a title for classroom or book group use. Click on the titles to check availability.  Kits for Kids are also available.

    • All Quiet on the Western Front -- Erich Maria Remarque
      The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war.
    • The Battle of Jericho -- Sharon Draper
      When he is invited to pledge for the Warriors of Distinction, the most elite gang in school, Jericho will do anything to become a member until his friend Dana, the only female pledge in the group, is targeted by a vicious Warrior, forcing Jericho to make a difficult decision.
    • Between Shades of Gray -- Ruta Sepetys
      In 1941, Lina and her family are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers.
    • The Book Thief -- Markus Zusak
      Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
    • Code Talker -- Joseph Bruchac
      After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become code talkers, sending messages in their native tongue during World War II.
    • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes -- Arthur Conan Doyle
      Contains the mystery stories featuring the legendary detective.
    • The Diary of a Young Girl -- Anne Frank
      A young girl's journal records her family's struggles during two years of hiding from the Nazis in war-torn Holland.
    • The Doomsday Book -- Connie Willis
      Kivrin travels back in time to learn about the middle ages, but slippage on her drop coordinates causes her to land in the wrong year, when the bubonic plague is ravaging England.
    • Esperanza Rising -- Pam Munoz Ryan
      Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.
    • Flowers for Algernon -- Daniel Keyes
      Charlie Gordon, a youth with limited mental capabilities, along with a laboratory rat named Algernon become the the joint objects of a scientific alteration to see if Charlie can become "normal."
    • The Freedom Writer's Diary -- Erin Gruwell
      Tells the story of how a teacher and 150 students used writing to change themselves and the world around them.
    • The Giver -- Lois Lowry
      Twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.
    • The Glory Field -- Walter Dean Myers
      Follows a family's two-hundred-forty-one-year history, from the capture of an African boy in the 1750s through the lives of his descendants, as their dreams and circumstances lead them away from and back to the small plot of land in South Carolina that they call the Glory Field.
    • The Great Gatsby -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
      Follows the adventures of Jay Gatsby as he tries to win back the woman he loved and lost.
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- J. K. Rowling
      Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
    • Hatchet -- Gary Paulsen
      Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness.
    • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams
      Chronicles the off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, notions, and acquaintances of galactic traveler Arthur Dent.
    • The Hobbit -- J. R. R. Tolkien
      Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
    • The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Collins
      In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through a televised survival competition pitting young people against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
    • I Am the Messenger -- Markus Zusak
      After capturing a bank robber, nineteen-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy begins receiving mysterious messages that direct him to addresses where people need help, and he begins getting over his lifelong feeling of worthlessness.
    • Looking for Alaska -- John Green
      Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
    • Lord of the Flies -- William Golding
      The classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.
    • Maus: My Father Bleeds History  -- Art Spiegelman
      Depicting himself being told about the Holocaust by his Polish survivor father, Spiegelman not only explores the concentration-camp experience, but also the guilt, love, and anger between father and son.
    • Milkweed -- Jerry Spinelli
      The hardship and cruelty of life in the ghettos of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation of World War II is captured through the eyes of a young Jewish orphan who must use all his wit and courage to survive unimaginable circumstances.
    • The Misfits -- James Howe
      Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.
    • Monster -- Walter Dean Myers
      While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
    • Night -- Elie Wiesel
      Night is an autobiographical narrative, in which the author describes his experiences in Nazi concentration camps.
    • The Number Devil -- Hans Magnus Enzenberger
      Annoyed with his math teacher who assigns word problems and won't let him use a calculator, twelve-year-old Robert finds help from the number devil in his dreams.
    • Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
      In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
    • The Red Badge of Courage -- Stephen Crane
      The glory, pride, horror, and cowardice that are associated with war are depicted in a classic account of a young soldier's Civl War experiences.
    • The Rock and the River -- Kekla Magoon
      In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
    • Romeo and Juliet -- William Shakespeare
      Two young lovers defy their feuding families and marry in secret.
    • Salt: a Story of Friendship in a Time of War -- Helen Frost
      A novel in verse about two 12-year-old boys—a Miami tribe member and the son of traders—explores how their early 19th-century friendship was tested by rising tensions between Fort Wayne armies and Native Americans who sought to protect their homeland.
    • Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
      A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
    • Thirteen Reasons Why -- Jay Asher
      Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life.
    • To Kill a Mockingbird -- Harper Lee
      The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a young girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.
    • The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 -- Christopher Paul Curtis
      The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963.
    by Cindy H | Aug 30, 2018
    Did you know the library offers a number of free programs on weekends for children?
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    The Aboite Branch offers Family Storytime on the second Saturday of each month at 10:30am. This interactive storytime combines books, songs, rhymes and fun for children of all ages and their caregivers.

    The Georgetown Branch offers Toddler Fun! one Saturday a month. This program includes various stations for your little one to explore from 10:15-11:00am. Each month there is a different theme. September 15 the theme is apples, and the theme for October 13 is autumn. Check out the online calendar for future dates!

    Children's Services at the main library also offers some fantastic programs on weekends. Some upcoming programs include:
    STEAM Lab: Astronomy-Saturday, September 8, 2:30-3:30pm
    Letterboxing on Sunday-September 9, 12:00-5:00pm
    Make Art: DIY Scratch Art-Saturday, September 15, 2:00-3:00pm
    BEADtastic!-Sunday, September 16, 2:30-3:30pm
    Family Storytime + a Craft-Saturday, September 22, 2:30-3:30pm
    Make Art: Clay-Saturday, October 6, 2:00-3:00pm
    Young Engineers: Pumpkin Drop-Saturday, October 13, 2:30-3:30pm

    Don't miss these wonderful opportunities, hope to see you at the library soon!
    by Erin | Aug 28, 2018
    Fall is right around the corner, which means apples, pumpkins, and all things spooky. While most people tend to want to read scary stories around Halloween, there are still plenty of kiddos who like to read them year-round. But what do you read once you've grown out of Goosebumps? Below are just a few suggestion:

    Tale Dark and Grimm Ghostcoming   nightmares
    mesmerist   stonekeeper  whichwood
     jumbies serafina   spirit hunters
     graveyard shakes properly unhaunted place  doll bones
    by Carrie V | Aug 28, 2018
    Do you want to write a mystery novel but don’t know how to start?
    ACPL Writers’ Series presents Mystery Writing 101 with renowned crime fiction author Lori Rader-Day on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 12 pm in meeting room A at the Main library.

    Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, was an Indie Next Pick and is a nominee for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and the Barry Award. Lori’s fourth novel of crime fiction, Under a Dark Sky, comes out in August 2018. Born and raised in central Indiana, she currently lives in Chicago.
    Pre-registration is recommended.  Call Readers’ Services at 260-421-1235 for more details.

    Lori Rader-DayUnder a Dark Sky

    by Aisha H | Aug 27, 2018

    All Voices Book Club is for teens in grades 9-12 and is dedicated to reading YA books that reflect the diversity of our world. AVBC will be held at the Pontiac Branch on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm and at the Main Library on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. You can attend either club.

    During the September meetings, we will pass out the book we’ll read for our October meetings, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and discuss what titles to read in the upcoming months.

    The Hate U Give

    The first meeting at the Pontiac Branch is on September 11. The first meeting at the Main Library is on September 13.

    by Aisha H | Aug 27, 2018

    All Voices Book Club is for teens in grades 9-12 and is dedicated to reading YA books that reflect the diversity of our world. AVBC will be held at the Pontiac Branch on the second Tuesday of the month from 5:00-6:00 pm and at the Main Library on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00-8:00 pm. You can attend either club.

    During the September meetings, we will pass out the book we’ll read for our October meetings, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, and discuss what titles to read in the upcoming months.

    The Hate U Give

    The first meeting at the Pontiac Branch is on September 11. The first meeting at the Main Library is on September 13.

    by Dawn S | Aug 23, 2018
    Take a look at these great new picture books!

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    by Dawn Stoops | Aug 21, 2018
    Let me share a little story.
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    My dad came over to help set up a daybed this weekend. I had two crib mattresses arranged as the cushion and the kids added a layer of pillows. As they played on the new furniture, I said it reminded me of the story "The Princess and the Pea". When I asked if they knew that story they both just said no and kept playing. I thought about giving them an overview, but then I remembered that I had my phone in my pocket!
    One quick click on the Hoopla app and a speedy search found several versions available to borrow electronically. So right then and there I borrowed the book, tapped the cover, and read it to the kids. I totally felt like a super mom!
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    When you have the Hoopla app it's simple and fast to get electronic access to books, movies, and music with your library card. Mostly, my family uses Hoopla to borrow kids' music. Favorites include the soundtrack to the Lego Ninjago Movie and music from Veggie Tales shows. There are thousands of items available. I encourage you to try it out and see what your family likes best. If you need some help, just call or stop by the library and we'll be happy to show you how it works or answer any questions you may have.


    by Becky C | Aug 20, 2018
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    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 July 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 next 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.

    Do any of these titles catch your eye? I'm mostly a fiction reader but the titles that really caught my attention this time around are nonfiction:  The Dinosaur Artist, How To Invent Everything, and We Fed An Island.

    General Fiction coming to the collection August 2018

    The Golden State  The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock  The Rain Watcher
     Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen  My Struggle  Unsheltered
     The Governesses  Waiting for Eden  The Clockmakers Daughter


    Sunrise Highway   Little Comfort City of Ink 
     The Devils Wind  Nameless Serenade  Wild Fire
     Idyll Hands  Death at Sea  The Man Who Came Uptown
     Depth of Winter  Solemn Graves  Big Sister
     Holy Ghost  The Accident on the A35  I Know You Know

    Science Fiction/Fantasy

    The Spaceship Next Door  Dreadful Company  The Fated Sky
     Bloody Rose  The Sisters of the Winter Wood  An Easy Death


    The Paris Seamstress    



    Nonfiction coming to the collection August 2018

    Wasteland  The Dinosaur Artist  The New Essentials Cookbook
     Bing Crosby  The Last Palace  The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters
     How to Invent Everything  We Fed An Island  The King and the Catholics
     Betty Ford  Its What I Do  Palaces for the People
     Solo  Quintessential Filipino Cooking  A Mind Unraveled
     Road to Disaster  Book Girl  Seeing Green
     Beastie Boys Book  The Big Fella  Leadership in Turbulent Times
     Rush  Football for a Buck  Twisting Fate

    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 Community Engagement | Aug 17, 2018
    2018 Senior Information Fair

    Thursday, September 20
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Allen County Public Library - Main Library

    Join us for the 2018 Senior Information Fair! Network with 89 exhibitors and vendors. Ask a pharmacist any questions you may have. Take advantage of free health screenings and educational sessions. Valuable resource materials and information will be available, all free of charge.

    This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit



    "VA Legal Lingo"
    9:15-10:30 am

    Speaker: Charles Backs
    Presented by Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP

    "Managing the Medicare Maze"
    10:30-11:15 am
    Speaker: Greg MacDonald
    Presented by Sage Insurance Advisors


    Open Demonstrations
    9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Tour the Maker Lab and unleash your creativity! Learn how to turn your old pictures into digital files, slides, and even convert film into digital images.


    "Starting Your Family History"
    9:30-10:15 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few easy steps you can take to trace your family history.

    "Telling the Stories of Our Lives"
    10:45-11:30 am
    Presented by ACPL Genealogy Center
    Learn a few simple ways to encourage the sharing of stories.


    "The Importance of Books, Interaction, Reading & Play"
    10:30-11:15 am and 1:00-1:45 pm

    Learn about what the library has to offer you and the special children in your life. We'll share information about how playing, talking, and reading with kids can help them get ready to learn and read.

    The 2018 Senior Information Fair is sponsored by AARP, Parkview, American Senior Communities, Beers Mallers Backs & Salin, LLP, Oak Street Health, WANE-TV 15, and 1st Source Bank.
    by Emily M | Aug 17, 2018

    If you've been enjoying free audiobooks and music through Hoopla's website or app, there is now a brand new way to listen!  Amazon's Alexa can play Hoopla audiobooks and music on the Amazon Echo, Dot, Spot, and Show devices.  You will still need to visit the Hoopla website or app to check out new materials, but Alexa can provide information on what titles you have checked out and play your Hoopla music and audiobooks.

    If you've never tried Hoopla, now is a great time!  Hoopla allows digital downloads of movies, ebooks, audiobooks, and music.  All you need is an email address and your library card number to set up an account on Hoopla's website or app.

    Check out Alexa and Hoopla in action together below!

    EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.


    by Dawn Stoops | Aug 15, 2018
    Here are just a few books published this year for parents, teachers, homeschool families, and others who work with children. We've got plenty of older, tried and true titles too, so ask your librarian when you need to find just the right book.

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    by Kay S | Aug 15, 2018
    Yes, it's time for a few fiction upcoming releases coming to a library near you! These are not everything that is coming out - there just wouldn't be enough space for that. Hopefully some of these may be of interest to you.

    Historical Romance
     Tessa Dare Tessa Dare
    The Governess Game
    Girl Meets Duke series
    August 28
     Lorraine Heath Lorraine Heath
    When a Duke Loves a Woman
    Sins for All Seasons series
    August 21
     Sophia Jordan Sophie Jordan
    The Duke Buys a Bride
    The Rogue Files series
    July 24 - Yes, I missed it last month!
     caroline linden Caroline Linden
    An Earl Like You:
    The Wagers of Sin
    August 28

    Historical Fiction

     Pat Barker Pat Barker
    The Silence of the Girls
    August 30/September 11
     Kate Furnivall Kate Furnivall
    The Survivors
    September 6
     Douglas Jackson Douglas Jackson
    Hammer of Rome
    Gaius Valerius Verrens series
    September 6
     Andrew Miller Andrew Miller
    Now We Shall Be Entirely Free
    August 23

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

     kenji jasper Kenji Jasper
    Nostrand Avenue
    Mainstream Fiction/suspense
    August 28 
     Beverly Jenkins Beverly Jenkins

    Second Time Sweeter
    Blessings series
    Contemporary romance
    August 28
     Christina Lauren Christina Lauren
    Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating
     Sharon Sala Sharon Sala
    Come Back to Me
    Blessings Georgia series
    August 28
     Tiffany Warren Tiffany L Warren
    The Outside Child
    Mainstream fiction
    August 28
     Carl Weber Carl Weber  
    Mainstream fiction
    August 28

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Nancy Bush  Nancy Bush
    August 28
     Vivien Chien Vivien Chien
     Dim Sum of All Fears
    Noodle Shop Mystery series
    August 28
     JT Ellison J. T. Ellison
    Tear Me Apart
    Sequel to Lie to Me
    August 28
     steve hamilton Steve Hamilton
    Dead Man Running
    Alex McKnight series
    August 21
     edwin hill Edwin Hill
    Little Comfort
    Hester Thursby Mystery series
    August 28
     sofie kelly Sofie Kelly
    The Cats Came Back
    Magical Cats Mystery series
    September 4
     Ward Larsen Ward Larsen
    Assassin's Run
    David Slaton series
    August 21
     karin slaughter Karin Slaughter
     Pieces of Her
    August 21

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

     Ilona Andrews Ilona Andrews
    Magic Triumphs
    Kate Daniels series
    Urban Fantasy
    August 28
     robert Jackson bennett Robert Jackson Bennett
    Founders series
    August 21
     FG Cottam F. G. Cottam
    The Lucifer Chord
    September 1
     john alvide lindqvist John Aivide Lindqvist
    I Am Behind You
    Platerna series
    August 23

    Young Adult/Teens

     Elly Blake Elly Blake
    Frostblood Saga series
    August 21 
     Fischer Nancy Richardson Fischer
    When Elephants Fly
    September 4
     abbi glines Abbi Glines
    Losing the Field
    Field Party series
    August 21
     morgan rice Morgan Rice
    A Crown for Assassins
    Throne for Sisters series
    August 21

    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction

     colleen coble Colleen Coble
    Freedom's Light
    September 11
     roseanna white Roseanna M White
    An Hour Unspent
    Shadows Over England series
    September 4
     cindy woodsmall Cindy Woodsmall
    As the Tide Comes In
    August 21

    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 | Aug 13, 2018
    This morning when my seven year old woke up and asked what we were doing today I explained, among other things, that in two more days he'd start school. He sleepily replied "Then I hope these two days go extra slow."

    Yep, I know how you feel honey!

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    Here's to all the amazing FIRSTS your family experiences this week. May you find the joy in small and big accomplishments.

    by Craig B | Aug 13, 2018

    cover selection from film, AdaptationBook Review: Alison Lurie's winner of the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Foreign Affairs

    The pun in Alison Lurie’s title of her 1985 Pulitzer Prize winner, Foreign Affairs, seems acceptable mostly because the rest of the book is restrained and full of insightful, character-driven complexities.  For example, “Is Fred Turner likeable?”  I mean, he seems like a nice guy, but then, it’s easy to be nice when no one has ever really told you “No.”  Also, there’s, “Vinnie Miner is a kleptomaniac.”  Yet we seem to be expected to sympathize with her.  Is that ok?  Perhaps I’m the victim of a gross misreading of the text (a bit like the time I misunderstood the point of The Graduate, thank you 500 Days of Summer), but I think we are supposed to sympathize with Vinnie … and her dog … at least, if we’re not, that’s a lot of pages to dedicate to a character that, well, I mean, is this The House of Yes, here?  At least we can say this about Vinnie; she doesn’t seem to steal from friends, just corporations, which, though they can often have a hard row to hoe are at least faceless.

    Speaking of faces, I was struck by the similarities between Alison Lurie and the character Vinnie Miner.  They share an interest in the teaching and writing of children’s literature as well as being immersed in academia.  Considering the kleptomaniac aspect, let’s hope that’s where the similarities stop, but of course that detail offers another chance for an “insightful complexity.”  Is my worry that Lurie is a kleptomaniac (and should never visit my home!) because she wrote herself into a kleptomaniac character actually an overinflated concern with dividing fiction from reality?  Aren’t all stories fiction on some level?  What I mean is that even if Lurie were to write her autobiography we would probably do well to take it with a grain of salt.  It’s probably been dramatized.  She’s human after all and we all remember things differently than others on a regular basis.  Who is to be believed?  And do we really want completely believable elements in our stories?  Most of our lives probably don’t feel as if they were scripted by Spielberg (though Lurie’s life might feel more that way than others).   Often, it’s more like our lives are scripted by Kaufman, and only the first 30 minutes of Adaptation.  Yup, the boring part.  And yet, if we look closely at our non-Spielberg lives (and the first 30 minutes of Adaptation) I feel certain we can learn something.  Or make something up.  Novelists have been doing it for years.


    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 Kayla W | Aug 10, 2018
    Movie Recommendation: Paprika

    ...the Internet and dreams are similar. They're areas where the repressed conscious mind escapes.  – Dr. Chiba



    Satoshi Kon is the late-great master of the imaginative. Through his body of work, it is apparent that the artist just as equally possessed the ability to bring across this sense of a stark, unfeeling reality, as well as never failing to show a staggering amount of well-honed creativity. I believe that Kon deserves to be remembered in the same breath as Haruki Murakami or Neil Gaiman, where the abnormal is treated as passé and what’s “normal” is treated as exotic. He was an artist that held a sense of underlying humanity – one that was prone to flights of the imaginative and some truly moving instances of empathy - which was, nevertheless, sometimes tempered by a shocking ruthlessness. To me, he could, like so many creators who are lauded as being ahead of their time, peer into some strange vision of the future. This is a trait he shares with some of his personal influences, such as Philip K. Dick and Terry Gilliam. He also happened to be one of those rare and thankfully more than talented enough artists who are not afraid to acknowledge the fourth wall separating fiction from reality - his characters from their audience - but was skilled in breaking it, as shown in his late work, Opus.

    On a personal note, this artist's widely differing and truly fantastic body of work is a lofty goal I aspire to one day live up to creating my own version of. Probably sounds silly, coming from someone with unfinished manuscripts to be comparing themselves to a master, but he is truly one of the great creators whom I am profoundly influenced by.

    To Kon, genre was a set of tropes and tools that he used freely and without any restraint, save for the choice of what is the absolute best one to use in that moment. As an audience member, his work will have you switching effortlessly and in a sophisticated manner between, say, the heavy feels of Millennium Actress to the nail-biting tension in the short film Magnetic Rose. Kon's work is still sometimes unbelievably hard to find (where are you in print, Paranoia Agent and Perfect Blue?), but all of his movies, books, as well as his single television series, are more than exceedingly worthy of being hunted for. I don't mean to bum you out unnecessarily. A good deal of his work is still in print, and I don't foresee a future where all of his work is going to wither into obscurity.

    I can comfortably say that if Kon could have chosen something to do the proverbial mic drop on, he could have done a lot worse than this film. Paprika is a thesis statement to what were his obsessions as a creator, a volatile but somehow immaculate tempering of childlike wonder with chilling, abruptly shocking coldness, as well as a flagrant disregard for a supposed line between reality and imagination. It’s magical realism with a heavy kick to the abdomen of “realism”.  

    Paprika is bright, colorful, and demented one moment, then moody, slow, and emotional the next. It's intelligent, engaging, and is astoundingly "mature", in the sense that it requires the full engagement of its audience and rewards it. The film is the work of a master at the height of his ability, one with a deep and profound understanding of pacing, mood, and the knowledge of just how far to push boundaries. Kon (and I would be remiss to not also cite the legendary Madhouse animation studio who crafted it) took what I can best describe as a proto Inception story (but better) and with a lot of the moody noir reminiscent of Blade Runner, injecting it with personality and color to spare.

    It’s an experience, like all of his filmography, that truly must be seen to give justice to it, but the plot could best be summarized as followed:

    A team of research psychologists use a special, prototype technology which enables them to interact with patients through dreams. Following me on this?

    One of these experimental psychologists, Dr. Chiba, illegally uses a "borrowed" set of the device in order to provide therapy to clients. During these deep dives into their subconscious, she takes on the persona of Paprika in her clients' dreams, transforming her into a carefree, younger woman. As Paprika, Dr. Chiba is able to identify what her clients’ deeply embedded problems are, and for a while things are great. However, although the doctor has good intentions by using the device she sneaks out in order to perform this therapy, there are terrible consequences when one device is stolen by a thief who uses the still prototypical interface to hack into people’s dreams: including the clients that Dr. Chiba had been trying to help.

    The film becomes a unique mix of noir thriller, magical realism, and psychological science fiction, full of beautiful and compelling concepts that can make something as silly as a parade seem uncontrollably sinister, and presents many things which are not what they first appear – and require multiple movie viewings to truly grasp the reality of.

    Although it is based off of a book, I haven’t had the chance to read it myself, so I cannot attest to its quality in comparison to the movie that it became the basis for. What I can vouch for is that this is a truly great film that is more than worth your time.  And if you ever happen to find his short movie collection, Memories, watch it immediately.

    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 Dawn Stoops | Aug 09, 2018
    Our family doesn't do a lot of tv watching, but for the screen time we do allow, it's great to get fun stuff from the library - for FREE! My boys, ages 5 & 7, are going to be thrilled to see we've just gotten some new DVDs.
    Take a look!
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    "Whether it's an out-of-control robo-vacuum, a band of fugitive monkeys, or a runaway hot air balloon, Rusty will find the fix! Rusty's got the ingenuity, creativity, and a recycling yard full of the coolest parts and pieces to 'Combine and Design' any gadget, vehicle, or robot that his wild imagination can think up."
    --from the catalog

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    "Welcome to Lily's Driftwood Bay! Lily is six years old and lives with her dad and her best friend, who is a seagull named Gull, in a little hut on the beach. Across the way is Driftwood Bay, a special island that exists in Lily's imagination. Every day the sea washes up a new treasure which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening on Driftwood Bay."
    --from the catalog

    Ask your librarian for more fun shows on DVD and Bluray!
    by Mindy L | Aug 08, 2018

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

    The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

    The High Tide ClubNinety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island.  Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal, and a long-unsolved murder. She wants Brooke to help save her island from developers -- and to find her three best friends from her youth so that she can make amends to them.

    This is a much darker book than many of Andrews' others. It reads well and the characters are interesting and well-drawn. Several times the Kleenexes were needed.

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    Fiction Can Be Murder by Becky Clark

    Fiction Can Be MurderMystery author Charlemagne "Charlee" Russo thinks the twisty plots and peculiar murders in her books are only the product of her imagination - until her agent is found dead exactly as described in Charlee's new, unpublished manuscript. Naturally Charlee becomes the prime suspect. Mostly a cozy with a bit of grit, this is a nice quick read for a summer evening.

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    Medusa Uploaded
    by Emily Devenport

    Medusa UploadedA fast-paced science fiction thriller about the limits of power and control, and the knife-edge distinction between killing for revenge or for a greater good.  Oichi’s voice is exceptional -- it's conversational, funny, and tragic. She, along with the Executives and the servants, has to overcome inherent bias to uncover the devastating plot that could destroy their starship.

    I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

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    Crime & Punctuation
    by Kaitlyn Dunnett

    Crime and PunctuationMikki Lincoln, newly widowed, moves back to her childhood home (now a fixer-upper), and becomes a freelance editor. Lenape Hollow is not the thriving tourist destination it was decades ago. Not with a murderer on the loose . . .

    Murder, conspiracies, and editing. Mikki’s a fun character, not a gauche 25 year-old. She’s tough and funny and works hard to find out who dunnit.  I look forward to more in the series.

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    In the Valley of the Devil
    by Hank Early 

    In the Valley of the DevilI don’t usually post reviews of books I didn’t like but I'm going to make an exception here.  The first book in the series, Heaven's Crooked Finger, was hard to put down. Racism, religion, romance, mysticism, family drama:  it had it all and I was really looking forward to the sequel.

    Those same ingredients are still in the mix in the sequel but somehow nothing jelled this time.  I found myself getting progressively annoyed with the main character, Earl Marcus. How many times do you have to make the same mistake -- how many times do you have to get beat up, cut up, or shot, before you get a clue? I think the author may have been under pressure to get the second book out. The whole book was basically a fugue of the same thing happening to Earl. Over and over.

    Maybe the third book will get the bugs worked out (I am usually willing to give the author a second or third chance).

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    Another month, another cat pic:  Ursula aka VOC (very old cat) is taking a nap.  She's over 20 years old.


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