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    by Kay S | Oct 05, 2018
    As autumn slowly creeps its way toward us, it's time to once again look at some fiction books which will be making their appearance soon. Sometime between September 15 and October 14, 2018 these books will be making their appearance. And, my little Petunias, what do I always say? These are publishing dates, not the dates they will appear on your library shelf.

    Historical Romance
    Kelly Bowen Kelly Bowen

    Last Night with the Earl
    The Devils of Dover series
    September 25 
    Shana Galen Shana Galen

    Theresa Romain

    Mrs. Brodie's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies
    September 18
    Jo Goodman Jo Goodman

    A Touch of Flame
    Cowboys of Colorado
    September 19
    Julia Justiss Julia Justiss

    A Most Unsuitable Match
    Sisters of Scandal series
    September 18
    Joanna Shupe Joanna Shupe

    A Notorious Vow
    Four Hundred series
    September 25

    Historical Fiction

    Juliet Blackwell Juliet Blackwell

    The Lost Carousel of Provence
    September 18 
    Bernard Cornwell Bernard Cornwell

    War of the Wolf
    Last Kingdom series
    October 2
    Hazel Gaynor Hazel Gaynor

    The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter
    October 9

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

    Marie Force Marie Force

    Five Years Gone
    Mainstream Fiction
    October 9 
    Lynne Hugo Lynne Hugo

    The Testament of Harold's Wife
    Mainstream Fiction
    September 25
    Christine Morgan Sarah Morgan

    The Christmas Sisters
    Women's Fiction
    September 25
    Kiki Swinson Kiki Swinson
    The Hunt Is On
    Cheaper to Keep Her series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 18

    Mystery/Thrillers/Romantic Suspense/Suspense

    EJ Copperman E J Copperman

    Bird, Bath, and Beyond
    Agent to the Paws Mystery series
    October 9
    Angie Fox Angie Fox

    Pecan Pies and Dead Guys
    Southern Ghost Hunter Mystery series
    September 18
    Robert Galbraith aka jk Rowlings Robert Galbraith aka JK Rowling

    Lethal White
    Cormoran Strike series
    September 18
    Andrew Gross Andrew Gross

    Button Man
    September 18
    Anna Huber Anna Lee Huber

    Treacherous Is the Night
    Verity Kent series
    September 25
    Perry Carol J. Perry

    Bells, Spells, and Murders
    Witch City Mystery series
    September 25

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

    Paula Brackston  Paula Brackston

    The Little Shop of Found Things
    Paranormal Romance
    October 2 
    Grace Draven Grace Draven

    Phoenix Unbound
    Fallen Empire series
    September 25
    Jennifer Estep Jennifer Estep

    Kill the Queen
    Crown of Shards series
    Urban Fantasy
    October 2
    Heather Graham Heather Graham

    Echoes of Evil
    Krewe of Hunters series
    September 18
    Candace Osmond Candace Osmond

    The Siren's Call
    Dark Tides series
    September 24
    Anne Rice Anne Rice

    Blood Communion
    Vampire Chronicles series
    October 2
    Rene Rossner Rena Rossner

    The Sisters of the Winter Wood - debut
    September 25
    Harry Turtledove Harry Turtledove
    Through Darkest Europe
    Fantasy/Alternate History
    September 18

    Young Adult/Teen

    Becky Albertalli  Becky Albertalli

    Adam Silvera

    What If It's Us
    October 9 
    CC Hunter C C Hunter

    Two Feet Under
    Mortician's Daughter series
    October 1
    Julie kagawa Julie Kagawa

    Shadow Of The Fox
    Shadow of the Fox series
    October 9
    Mackenzie Lee Mackenzi Lee

    The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy
    Guide series
    October 2

    Maniscalco Kerri Maniscalco

    Escaping From Houdini
    Stalking Jack the Ripper series
    September 18

    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream

    Hubbard Charlotte Hubbard

    A Simple Christmas
    Simple Gifts series
    September 25

    Amy Lillard Amy Lillard  
    A Wells Landing Christmas
    Wells Landing series
    September 25
    Emily March Emily March

    The Christmas Wishing Tree
    Eternity Springs series
    September 25

    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 Angie Fetters-Nitza | Oct 03, 2018

    The Design It! program, which offers children the opportunity to create projects based on different themes, has expanded this school year into Build It Wednesdays. Each session we use open-ended projects encouraging children to use their imaginations as they build creative thinking and problem solving skills.

    Build It Wednesdays
    Build It Wednesdays take place on Wednesday afternoons in Children’s Services at the Main Library from 3:30pm-4:30pm.

    The first Wednesday of each month is Construction Zone. During Construction Zone, kids are able to build almost anything they can imagine using a variety of materials such as K’Nex, gears, straws and connectors, Brain Flakes, magnetic tiles, Mega Blocks and even plastic cups.

    The second and fourth Wednesday of each month are when we offer our Design It! program. The theme changes each time. Please check the schedule listed below for themes through the remainder of the year.

    The third Wednesday of each month is Block Play! This is a great time for kids to come build with our big blue blocks and our Keva planks.

    Design It! Schedule:

    October 10 – Build a Boat That Floats
    October 24 - Mixed Media Collage
    November 14 - Animation Flip Books
    November 28 - Musical Instruments
    December 12 - Paper Hats and Wigs
    December 26 - Build a Tower

    by Nancy | Oct 03, 2018
    The Great American Read logo

    Are you watching "The Great American Read" on PBS on Tuesday nights at 8pm?  They will be covering some of the 100 favorite books as voted by Americans.  You can vote here.  If you watch the show, they also offer phone numbers at the end of the broadcast if you you wish to cast your vote that way. 


    PBS will reveal the winner on October 23rd's episode.  I'm curious which book will win.  I have my suspicions, and my hopes.  I've already tried some books off the list that I had never read and I know I will try more in the days and months to come.  They were good!!

    The fall episodes will look at books surrounding different themes.  The "Who am I" episode features my favorite book of all time (so far): John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany.   It will probably be tough listening to someone else talk about why they love this book.  It's never quite my reason why! (Yes, I know.  How lucky am I that my favorite book is on the list so I can vote for it!  Granted, none of my other top 5 are on there and so your absolute favorite may not be either.  But perhaps an author you love is on the list, or a book from your top 10?)

    I've read 3 other books on this "Who am I" list.  One was so-so but interesting, and another I absolutely loved; so it may be a good list for me to embark on.  Maybe in watching the show, one of their celebrity readers will convince you to try their favorite.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  has persuaded me to pick up Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

    In case you want to get cracking, Hoopla, one of our 24/7 digital services where titles are always available with no wait, lists which "Great American Read" titles they offer on audio and ebook here.

    So enjoy the show but more importantly, enjoy a book!


    by Erin | Oct 02, 2018

    Welcome to our new weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Erin, a children's librarian at the Main Library.

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    One of my favorite things to do in Family Storytime is share a flannelboard activity! Flannelboards can help tell a story, provide visuals for a song, or even be made into a game! One of my favorite flannelboards to share during the month of October is Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed.

    I place each monster on the flannelboard (usually asking the children to help me count them), then I sing the song. As each monster falls off of the bed, I remove one monster from the board.

    Five Little Monsters

    Five Little Monsters Jumping on the Bed
    [to the tune of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed]

    Five little monsters jumping on the bed.
    One fell off and bumped his head.
    Mama called the doctor, and the doctor said.
    No more monsters jumping on the bed!
    --keep counting down until there are no little monsters jumping on the bed

    Jumping, counting, and monsters - Happy October!

    by Kayla W | Oct 01, 2018

    Book Review: Damn Fine Story


    Each answer creates more questions and problems. Put differently, every answer to every question – every solution to every problem – has consequences. Questions have answers, and answers lead to more questions.  These chain together, ultimately, into a story. And they chain together in a way that is consequential – meaning, they’re not simply this happens, then this, then this, but rather, each effect is preceded by a cause.  – Chuck Wendig


    Damn Fine story

    As someone who has read more than a handful of books on the craft of writing fiction, I can say that they tend to fall in a couple of directions through the execution of creating a narrative.  For example, Stephen King errs on the side of inspiration for the newbie with a healthy dose of “here’s who I am and how I work”, Larry Brooks will tell you the secret that screenplay writers have known for – well, forever – which is to embrace the formula and methodology.  Wendig presents some intriguing writing advice told in a conversational tone, as though he were your friend and he’s gonna skip all the needless formalities to tell you the truly important aspects of writing fiction – with some side tracks along the way.  What he wants to teach you is the heart of what it means to tell a narrative.

    Wendig believes that the way you tell a story is the most crucial aspect of a narrative. This strikes true in a way – people will remember the way you react to them more than they will remember the content of what you say to them. I have had numerous conversations with people over what it is that draws them to a specific narrative, genre, or creator, and a lot are honestly drawn to what they end up loving because of the way those narratives are packaged. To Wendig, his heroes in storytelling are people like his father, who could tell the story of how he lost his finger and spin it into a legendary and entertaining yarn. In the author’s view, the best storyteller is one that can cut through to the point in the most entertaining manner possible, while also seducing his audience to keep coming back for more.

    It’s a refreshing view on storytelling, getting back to the basics in a way that appeals to both new creators and old alike. Much of his beliefs on what makes a narrative worthwhile have held true, long before stories were ever written down, and they feel like ones that he has battle-tested after having written numerous stories. Even if you don’t agree with everything that Wendig says, it’s hard to not respect the care that he has taken for the benefit of his readers. At the very least, much like what Wendig believes is the most important aspect of telling a story, the book itself is very entertaining.

    My major problems with the book lie in the fact that, the middle of it, he focuses on personal stories relating to his children that weren’t particularly enlightening, nor were they funny. However, getting through even that middle slog that has a lot of strange focuses on its chapters, as well as the personal stories that go nowhere, will lead you to a final checklist that ought to make your ears perk up if you’re like me and are a fan of Revising Fiction: A Handbook for Writers. It provides a welcome, clarifying end after a book full of useful and enlightening advice.  The focus on creating and telling a narrative in a manner that draws an audience in likewise makes this guide worth reading even for people who aren’t writers.  After all, the people that often end up the most respected in whatever tribe they’re a part of are the ones who can spin the best stories.

    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 Emily M | Sep 28, 2018
    Looking for a book recommendation? Look no further! Here are a few good books I've enjoyed lately...

    The Child FinderThe Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

    Naomi is the country’s top private investigator for missing children, and her work is her entire life.  She has no spouse or children, and she can count her friends on one hand.  She doesn’t even have her own home, but works out of a hotel room in whatever town her current case is based. 

    In The Child Finder, Naomi has returned to the area where she grew up to work two cases: a five-year-old girl who has been missing for 3 years, and a baby who went missing a month earlier.  Told from multiple perspectives, The Child Finder not only follows Naomi’s investigation of the two missing children, but finds Naomi reluctantly facing truths from her own past that have long stayed buried.  While the subject matter of The Child Finder is dark, the writing is lovely, and the ending hopeful.    


    The NewcomersThe Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe

    Journalist Helen Thorpe spent a year in an English Language Acquisition Class at South High School in Denver, Colorado.  This class is for students who have little or no English language skills – recent immigrants and refugees from various countries around the world.  Thorpe gets to know these students from Iraq, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador and many other countries by observing them in class, interviewing them outside of class, and, in some cases, spending time with them and their families in their homes.  Over time, the students open up to Thorpe, sharing with her their stories, and she, in turn, gifts them to us. 

    Thorpe soon discovers most of these students have experienced warfare or trauma, have been or still are separated from members of their immediate family, or have spent months or even years as refugees in countries other than their own before coming to the United States.  She observes their struggles as they wrestle with learning English and understanding American culture.  She learns about the process of coming to the US and how much and what kind of support they receive.  She ponders and hypothesizes on why some students (and their families) seem to thrive while others flounder.  Ultimately, Thorpe humanizes the individuals who are so often thought of as only “immigrants” or “refugees” and shows the unique potential they have and challenges they face, while also demonstrating the immense undertaking our schools are tackling in educating students who enter the building without the English language skills necessary to succeed.  The Newcomers is both eye-opening and highly readable, and I recommend it to anyone interested in either immigration or education in the United States. 


    The Time Travelers WifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

    Fifteen years ago everyone was talking about this book, but somehow I never got around to reading it until now.  If you also missed it the first time around, I’ll tell you why you might like to give it a shot. 

    Henry DeTamble is a music-loving librarian who has been involuntarily time-traveling since the age of five.  Henry finds himself thrust forward and backward through time, often landing in scenes of his own past or future life, always naked and hungry.  While the time travel in this story is well done, at its heart, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a romance, telling the story of Henry, and his wife Clare, who first meets him as a child, as over and over again Henry finds himself thrust back in time and landing in the meadow behind Clare’s rural Michigan home.  This book is not without faults (despite being the titular character and approximately half the book being from her point of view, Clare’s character is surprisingly underdeveloped), but the time travel, and the way Henry’s life story and Henry and Clare’s romance is revealed in circular timeline is so interesting, that the faults are easily overlooked, making The Time Traveler’s Wife hard to put down. 

    What about you?  What good books have you read recently?

    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 S | Sep 27, 2018
    Time for pumpkin spice and every book that's nice...and spooky. Try one out today!
    cover image for sammy's spooktacular halloween cover image for thomas and the runaway pumpkins cover image for fright school
    cover image for a fall for friendship cover image for peppa pig and the halloween costume
    cover image for bone soup a spooky, tasty tale
     cover image for costume quest: invasion of the candy snatchers  cover image for disney 5-minutes halloween stories
    cover image for take us to your sugar
    cover image for halloween adventures cover image for how to scare a ghost cover image for ghoulia

    by Kay S | Sep 26, 2018
    Book Review:  Come Back to Me by Josie Litton

    That’s not really true, romance novels weren't the only historical book reference I ever 676565used, but who knew people were so clean in the days of Vikings? The Vikings in Josie Litton’s Viking series all seem to have saunas. These are clean Vikings, not the dirty ones you see on television.

    It’s time for Rycca, aka Super I-Hear-the-Truth Girl’s book, Come Back to Me. This is Josie Litton’s third installment in this series, and she has redeemed herself. Just for the record, I liked the first book and third book in the series, not so much the second.

    Rycca is running away; she doesn’t want to marry the Viking her family is forcing her to marry. She hatesssssss dirty Vikings; she doesn’t know about the sauna. She disguises herself as a boy, one of my least favorite themes, and traipses off to Normandy – or tries to traipse. Her plan is to sneak on board a ship and then try to find her twin brother. Sounds suspiciously like a Romanceland plan.

    Dragon Hakonson is also strolling around the countryside. He’s delaying his return to his brother’s stronghold because Dragon is about to be married. What do you think the chances are that Rycca and Dragon are going to cross paths? Dragon is a different kind of Viking, he likes women. He's not the kidnapping, raping, pillage kind of Viking; he’s more of an Alan Alda kind of Viking. He respects women and he will go to great lengths to protect them if he thinks they need his help. He’s just not in any hurry to tie the knot. Then he crosses paths with the boy who turns out to be a girl. Because Dragon is the helpful, honorable kind of Viking, he insists that he take Rycca to her boat safely. Rycca hides her true identity from Dragon. She has a few trust issues. As the two embark on their road trip, they become romantically involved. Friendship blossoms, trust on both sides appears. Then they discover that they are in fact betrothed to each other. They are not happy campers, at least for a while.

    Dragon and Rycca worked as a romance couple. Dragon was an alpha male with a soft spot for women. He liked being around them and he loved being with Rycca. He knows Rycca is in some kind of trouble. He knows she is hiding something from him and he uses oodles of charm trying to find out what. As they continue on their road trip, they become close. Eventually the truth about Rycca’s problems become known and they work together to find a solution.

    All the characters from the other two books make an appearance, each trying to solve the continuing mystery from the other books. Sometimes the appearance of characters from other books is irritating, but in this one they add to the narrative. Besides that, it was a pleasure to see them again. The villains are exposed and all is right with the world.

    Josie Litton’s Viking series ends on an up note. I believe this was my favorite of the three and I do recommend Come Back to Me. It’s been a pleasure reading Josie Litton, aka Maura Seger, once again.

    Time/Place: Vikings, Alfred the Great time
    Sensuality: Hot

    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 Lici | Sep 25, 2018

    Welcome to our new weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! We hope you're enlightened and inspired by what you read each week!
    Today's post is by Lici, a children's librarian at the New Haven Branch.

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    Last week, our Family Storytime theme was “Let’s Get Messy!” We read some really fun books about getting into giant messes. And then proceeded to make a few ourselves during Let’s Get Social, our program for crafts and playtime that directly follows storytime.

    Our Stories:
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    Mucky Duck loves so many things! Like painting, gardening, and playing soccer—but the one thing Mucky Duck does not like is taking a bath. This is a great read aloud book for any reluctant bath taker, duck lover, or all around mess maker extraordinaire!

    cover image for stuck in the mud
    In Stuck in the Mud, by Jane Clarke, Mother Hen’s 10th little chick has gone missing—AGAIN! And this time, he’s stuck in the mud. All the farm animals (and the farmer himself!) lend a helping hand in this hilarious read aloud with a surprise ending the kiddos will never see coming.

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    Always a crowd pleaser, I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont is a book that’s just begging to be sung as you read it aloud. With cliff hanger page endings that give listeners time to fill in the missing rhymes with the next body part to be painted—this book is sure to elicit giggles and gasps from adults and children alike. This story is also a great segue into messy crafting (or crafting with less mess) and a great way to encourage children to keep messes to a minimum by asking participants whether or not our little paint enthusiast is making a good decision by painting on himself. (Ask the kiddos where they’re supposed to paint at the end of the story. You’ll get a resounding answer of “ON THE PAPER!”—it’s adorable.)

    For playtime, we made our own puffy paint!
    image of supplies to make homemade puffy paint

    If you’re interested in making your own Puffy Paint, you will need:

    • Shaving cream
    • Liquid glue
    • Paint (or food coloring) of your choice
    Mix the Shaving Cream and glue together in a 2:1 ratio and then add your desired color. Mix well for a solid color, mix less for a marbled look. If you glob the paint on, it will retain its puffiness once dry. It does take up to 24 hours for this puffy paint to dry completely.
    by Aisha H. | Sep 24, 2018

    If you’re like me, you sometimes start singing random songs from the tiniest prompt. A couple of weeks ago, I was doing something that caused my cat to look at me in disbelief, and I said, “I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.” And then for a good two hours after that, I kept singing, “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)”.

    Last week, while cleaning my cat’s litter box, I started singing, “I’m a Little Teapot”. The line “Just tip me over and pour me out!” popped into my head while scooping. After singing it for way too long, I started to think quite a bit about the song. Why is “I’m a Little Teapot” a children’s song? Was there a need to inform children en masse of how teapots work? Were millions of children just standing around in kitchens not knowing what to do while teapots whistled? What was going on with this song?

    Luckily, I’m a librarian and well-versed in looking up information. Though to me (and as it turns out, others), something about the song makes it seem like it was written a couple of hundred years ago, it was written in 1939 by George Harry Sanders and Clarence Kelley. Kelley ran a dance school in New York City that specialized in teaching a dance step that younger children were having trouble learning. Sanders was his piano accompanist. In need of something to teach the children for a dance recital, Kelley and Sanders wrote “I’m a Little Teapot” so the children could sing the song and do a simple dance. The dance was a hit with the parents, and Kelley and Sanders published the song.

    It was found by a bandleader who recorded it, a tea company put a free tea coupon in the record envelope, and Kelley and Sanders waited for the song to become a hit. It did not. While the song wasn’t played on the radio, it did become a children’s classic, recorded many times and used by summer camps and nursery schools. Anthologists of children’s songbooks were surprised the authors were still alive, thinking as I had that the song was very old, and had to request permission to reprint it. And that is the basic history of “I’m a Little Teapot”.

    If song history is of interest to you, here are some books that might satisfy your curiosity.


    33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, From Billie Holiday to Green Day by Dorian Lynskey

    Anatomy of a Song: The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B, and Pop
    by Marc Myers

    The Golden Age of Novelty Songs by Steve Otfinoski

    On My Journey Now: Looking at African-American History Through the Spirituals
    by Nikki Giovanni

    Sleigh Rides, Jingle Bells, and Silent Nights: A Cultural History of American Christmas Songs by Ronald D. Lankford, Jr.

    This Land That I Love: Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, and the Story of Two American Anthems by John Shaw

    Aisha’s favorite authors are Lisa Lutz and Lorrie Moore. After years of resisting the librarian who owns a cat stereotype, she found Otis, the best giant little kitty ever created, and is now never without a cat hair somewhere on her clothing.
    by Craig B | Sep 21, 2018

    cover for Larry McMurtry's novel, Lonesome DoveBook Review: Larry McMurtry's winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Lonesome Dove

    One of the more interesting things about Larry McMurtry’s 1986 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Lonesome Dove, is that it started out as a screenplay.  Peter Bogdanovich wanted to do a Western with McMurtry after he successfully adapted McMurtry’s The Last Picture Show in 1971, so the two collaborated on a little piece they called Lonesome Dove.  Well, actors (John Wayne included) didn’t like it and so, after 12 years of the project being stalled, McMurtry bought the rights back for something like $35,000 and turned it all into the novel I just finished ... and found to be quite good.  Later the story did get its movie magic makeover, of course, with Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones, so it all came full circle, but again the really interesting thing is this failed-screenplay-to-novel thing.  I guess this can’t be the first time something like that has happened, but, to me, it does feel like it; it feels like some sort of landmark keyed into our culture’s transition from print media-centricity to the YouTubers of today.  Sort of like, anecdotally, Fido is the first “regular” movie I ever “streamed,” and now some of the best stuff is made by streaming services and not the traditional studio system.  The Handmaid’s Tale anyone?  I doubt the traditional studio system could have handled Margaret Atwood's dystopian tale so well, though I could be wrong.  It's happened before.

    But back to the title.  Born and raised in Texas, McMurtry certainly seems to have the chops to write about desolate landscapes, geographical and otherwise.  (I guess it really is like the song says, "If you’re gonna play in Texas you gotta have a fiddle" … born in Texas.)  Human failings and achievements, the seeming meaninglessness of it all, giant distances and punishing geography are all captured here, but don’t get me wrong, this novel seems to be asking questions not just diatribing on whatever it is that gives existentialism its fuel.  Within the novel it seems that there might be hope and room for optimism; McMurtry just stops short of including such things.  Part of the reason there seems to be room, though, is because of the depth of the characterization in figures like Woodrow F. Call and Lorena Wood.  The characters make one sort of want to know what happens to them, even at the risk of a sequel that would probably end up being a cliché-fest full of fan service and wish-fulfillment.  But, good news!  There is hope!  For there is a sequel and from the plot points I saw enough characters die in the intervening time between the novels that it might just summon enough conflict to be operational.  Maybe I’ll have to give McMurtry’s The Streets of Laredo a go is what I’m saying.  At the very least that novel is shorter than Lonesome Dove making the time commitment less of a problem.  I mean, some of our calendars are just not as desolate as the Texas llano and the conversational stylings of a certain former Texas Ranger.  Page count must simply be a central consideration when deviating from one’s reading list into sketchy sequels with possibly unsustainable narrative arcs.  Of course the strictness of that admonition leaves me feeling a little desolate and without hope.  What is life without a little chance?


    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 Carrie | Sep 20, 2018
    Monday, October 8 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm in Meeting Room A at the Main Library.

    Have you ever dreamed of getting something published?  Hear Michael Martone, a Fort Wayne native and renowned author and creative writing teacher, talk about his journey to publication.  This workshop is part of the ACPL Writers' Series.
    Michael Martone is currently a professor at the University of Alabama.  He has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University, and Syracuse University.  Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Michael Martone has published more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books.  His most recent books include a collection of essays entitled, "Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet," and a short story collection called, "The Moon Over Wapakoneta: Fictions and Science Fictions from Indiana and Beyond."


    by Dawn S | Sep 20, 2018
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    Albert's Very Unordinary Birthday
    by Daniel Gray-Barnett
    Birthday toast and birthday socks are not very festive, but that's what Albert's parents have in mind. Anything more would be too noisy and too messy. Albert's hoping for more, and when he makes a wish the morning of his birthday there's an unexpected knock on the door. It's Grandma Z! Suddenly his day is looking up. Thanks to Grandma Z's knack for the unordinary, she and Albert ride a roller coaster, meet a king, fly with birds, and eat a spectacular cake. Now that's a great birthday!

    This book is perfect for preschoolers and elementary kids. It has bold, silly pictures and just the right amount of story to let your imagination fill in the rest. It has a kind of Roald Dahl vibe to it that keeps a smile on your face hours after you've read it.
    by Community Engagement | Sep 19, 2018
    Spooky Fort Wayne

    Put away your history books. You will not find these stories there.

    Spooky Fort Wayne
    Saturday, October 6 - 1:30 pm
    Georgetown Branch
    Free admission

    This is the dark history of Fort Wayne, the city built along the rivers, a city of secrets. Put away your history books. You will not find these stories there. These are the tales that are too dark, too grisly, and too unspeakable to be recorded by traditional means. But we promise, dear reader, the stories told at this event are, unfortunately, absolutely true. Lori Graf, our fearless presenter, will pass along local lore from ARCH's famous "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" tours. This program is intended for teens and adults, but is not suitable for children or for the faint of heart.

    ARCH's "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" walking tours have become a staple in Fort Wayne's October event list, and they are known to quickly sell out. Tours typically cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 6-17. Our "Spooky Fort Wayne" program is an opportunity to experience the "Murder, Mystery, and Mayhem" tour for free, and in the comfort of our Georgetown branch.

    by Kay S | Sep 19, 2018
    Book Review:  Believe in Me by Josie Litton

    On to the second book in Ms. Litton’s Viking series, Believe in Me. Lady Krysta, aka Josie littonSuper I-Talk-To-Animals-and-Fantasy-Creatures Girl, is the heroine and she is a Norse woman who has been forced by her brother to marry Lord Hawk. Lord Hawk is our Saxon lord and he is being encouraged by King Alfred to wed Krysta. You know that this wouldn’t actually be a romance without the requisite bad plan, only this time it’s the heroine who has the stink-a-roo. Krysta is going to – wait for it – wait for it – disguise herself. Instead of pretending to be a boy, she is going to pretend to be a servant. She plans to ensconce herself in Hawk's stronghold so she can keep an eye on him. She just wants to be very sure he is a trustworthy sort before she commits herself. If she had really thought her plan out, she would know that she didn’t really have any choices, but this is make-believe. She dyes her hair black (I’m not sure why because I don’t think Hawk has ever seen her). She also brings two of her trusty servants along. These servants have been with her since she was a child and her parents abandoned her. Here’s the deal. Krysta’s servants are not what they seem. Raven, the female servant, is a shapeshifter and she can turn into birds. Mainly, ravens, hence the name. Krysta’s other servant, Thorgold, is a troll. I’m not actually sure what the benefit of having a troll for a buddy can be. The bird I get, because a bird can fly into a room and eavesdrop – which is what Raven does. But a Troll, they live under bridges and collect money. Not sure how that would be of any use to Krysta.

    As you may have guessed there is a slight paranormal element in this tale, and I wonder why. When the story begins, we are told that Krysta’s mother wasn’t human, or we are led to believe that she wasn’t. Because Krysta’s father could not accept whatever it was that Krysta’s mother was, her mother was “called” back to the sea and never seen again. So, all of Krysta’s life, everything she does all centers around a paranormal mother. I suspect the mother was a Selkie because Selkies used to show up a lot in older romance books. However, we never actually know. All we know is that Krysta has to marry a man who will really, really love her, even if she does swim with the fishes. And, paranormal romances are fine, I don’t have a problem with them, as long as they are treated as such. What this story does is bring up all the shapeshifting, trolls, and non-human stuff and then just sort of forget about them as the book progresses. The story then turns into a Saxon/Norse non-paranormal story with the villain from the previous book. I think this book would have been a lot better if those paranormal elements had either been left out or been written stronger. For me, the narrative didn’t blend the paranormal elements into the story very well.

    Let’s talk about Lord Hawk. When I compare Hawk to the hero from the previous book, Wolf, Hawk doesn’t stand up too well. Just making a hero big doesn’t really add anything to his character. Hawk was a pretty flat guy; quite a cardboard person. Sure, sure, all the correct body parts twitch when they are supposed to but there wasn’t any substance to it. There was also tons of sex with no chemistry.

    After an interesting start with the first book in the series, Dream of Me, Believe in Me was a let-down. I was disappointed in this book; there was just nothing to it. It does come as part of a package, but it doesn’t really enhance that package. Second story - not so good.

    Time/Place: Vikings, Alfred the Great time - long, long, time ago
    Sensuality: Lots of mediocre sex.

    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 | Sep 18, 2018
    You may already be aware that the Allen County Public Library has a pretty impressive collection of books. However, what you might not already know is that the Main Library has, not just one, but two, basements with book storage! As a librarian in the Children's Services department, I am in charge of maintaining certain areas of the kid's storage book collection. A few weeks ago, I was working with the 500s, and I came across a couple of older books that had just really amazing illustrations. I love these illustrations so much that I decided to share a few with you!

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    This illustration is from the book Wild Horses by Glen Rounds. There's something very beautiful about the jagged lines, the sparse color, and the use of white space. This technique really conveys the wildness of the horses without going overboard or adding too much detail.

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    The next illustration comes from Elephant Crossing by Toshi Yoshida. While you can't see it very well in this photo, Yoshida's artwork almost looks like pointillism with many spots and dots taking up the frame. There is also a series of pages in which Yoshida uses lines to convey urgency and movement.

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    Last but not least, we have Birds by Janusz Grabianski. Vibrant, colorful artwork takes up each page as the text informs readers about many different varieties of birds. This one would be great to share with an attentive preschooler, seeing as the text on each page is just a sentence or two and the artwork is captivating.

    Just because these books are in storage doesn't mean that they can't be checked out! Feel free to put any one of these on hold, or stop by the Main Library and ask a librarian how you can get something out of storage.

    by SM | Sep 17, 2018

    These books are new teen science-fiction novels to enjoy before leaves begin to fall...



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    Scott M, Editor - Scott is known around Shawnee Branch and about town as the “Library Dude” and is kind of squirrelly!  His favorite short story is Leaf by Niggle written by JRR Tolkien and he also works for chocolate brownies and Rice-Crispy treats!


    by Readers' Services | Sep 17, 2018
    Local Author Book Sale


    Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 ACPL Local Author Book Sale! Previously called the ACPL Author Fair, the Local Author Book Sale will take place on Saturday, December 15 from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at the Main Library. This event will provide local authors an opportunity to sell their work, sign copies of their books, and meet other authors from around the region. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2018.

    *Please note that only authors who are currently residents of Indiana or who can demonstrate strong ties to Indiana will be considered.*

    Click here to apply!

     The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, October 15, 2018.

    by Kay S | Sep 17, 2018
    awardRomance Writers of America (RWA) announced the winners of the 2018 RITA®.  The RITA—the highest award of distinction in romance fiction—recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas.

    Congratulations to the winners!

    2018 RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Suzanne Brockmann

    Suzanne BrockmannSuzanne Brockmann is the New York Times best-selling author of fifty-seven novels, including her award-winning Troubleshooters series about Navy SEAL heroes and the women—and sometimes men—who win their hearts. Her favorite book is All Through the Night, in which her most popular character, FBI agent Jules Cassidy, marries the man of his dreams. In 2007, Suz donated all of her earnings from this book to MassEquality, in perpetuity, to help win and preserve equal marriage rights in Massachusetts. 

    2018 RWA Cathie Linz Librarian of the Year
    librarianFran Strober Cassano
    North Bellmore Public Library, North Bellmore, NY

    Fran Strober Cassano is an adult reference librarian, dedicated to all that is romance and erotic genre fiction for the North Bellmore Public Library in North Bellmore, New York. She is also an advocate of libraries and for genre collection development on the state and local levels. Frannie is a contributor over at Library Journal’s Xpress Reviews, writing reviews for their E-Originals section. She has been a contributor over at Scandalicious Book Reviews doing OverDrive and Libby app recommendations. She has presented at the RT BookLovers Convention, and she has been invited to give talks on libraries at local RWA chapter meetings.

    2018 RITA® Winners!!!!

    take the lead
    alexis daria
    Best First Book Winner
    Alexis Daria
    Take the Lead

    Falling hard lexi ryan Contemporary Romance:
    Long Winner

    Lexi Ryan
    Falling Hard - epub
    Tell me Abigail Strom Contemporary Romance:
    Mid-Length Winner

    Abigail Strom
    Tell Me
    Second Chance Summer Kait Nolan Contemporary Romance:
    Short Winner

    Kait Nolan
    Second Chance Summer
    wicked Dirty J kenner Erotic Romance Winner
    J. Kenner
    Wicked Dirty
    Between the Devil and the Duke kelly bowen Historical Romance:
    Long Winner

    Kelly Bowen
    Between the Devil and the Duke
    waltzing with the earl Catherine Tinley Historical Romance:
    Short Winner

    Catherine Tinley
    Waltzing with the Earl
    Now that You Mention it Kristan Higgins Mainstream Fiction
    with a
    Central Romance Winner

    Kristan Higgins
    Now that You Mention It
    hunt the darkness
    Stephanie Rowe Paranormal Romance Winner
    Stephanie Rowe
    Hunt the Darkness
    forbidden river Brynn Kelly Romance Novella Winner
    Brynn Kelly
    Forbidden River - epub 
    then there was you Kara Isaac Romance with Religious
    or Spiritual Elements Winner

    Kara Isaac
    Then There Was You 
    the fixer HelenKay Dimon Romantic Suspense Winner
    HelenKay Dimon
    The Fixer
    seize today Pinip dunn Young Adult Romance Winner
    Pintip Dunn
    Seize Today

    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 S | Sep 15, 2018
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