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    What We're Reading: February 2017

    by Becky C | Feb 27, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    A Man Called Ove
     Babylons Ashes
    Kidding Ourselves
     
     The Good House
     The Passenger
     Behind Her Eyes
     Books for Living
     The Unbanking of America
     The Fringe Hours
     Hillbilly Elegy
     The Latehomecomer
     My Name Is Memory
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Proceed with caution, we are now entering the Bridgerton world . . . On the Way to the Wedding

    by Kay S | Feb 24, 2017
    Before I begin, let’s sing a little song:

    “Some enchanted evening you may see a stranger (or the back of their head)
    You may see a stranger (or the back of their head) across a crowded room
    And somehow you know, you know even then
    That somewhere you'll see her (or the back of her head) again and again”
    – Rodgers and Hammerstein – sort of

    So begins the last of the stories in the Bridgerton series, On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn. AtOn the way to the wedding last it’s Gregory Bridgerton’s turn. Poor Gregory - he’s alone and feeling blue. He’s blue because everyone has someone but him. He wants someone. He’s on the lookout for someone. And then, he enters a room. There - across the way - he spots a beautiful woman. He’s hit by the luv-lightening. Oh lovely lady, I luv you forever and ever. At least the back of your head. Yes, fellow readers, Gregory Bridgerton, of the famous Bridgerton family, falls in love with the back of some woman’s head.

    The woman belonging to that head-back is Hermione Watson. Excuse me while I ponder naming of characters in books. All the way through the book I had a problem with the name Hermione Watson. First of all, I don’t like the name Hermione (sorry all you Hermione’s). Secondly, I kept thinking of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. Then it dawned on me that the actress who plays Hermione is Emma Watson. Ms. Quinn ...
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    Author Visit: Eloisa James

    by Becky C | Feb 22, 2017
    • Author Visit:  Eloisa James
    • March 4, 2017
    • 1:00 pm
    • Main Library, Theater
    • Free; no registration required
    Spend an enchanting afternoon with USA Today and New York Times bestselling historical romance writer Eloisa James! An Oxford-educated professor of Shakespeare, James is the author of over 25 romance novels and a memoir entitled Paris in Love.

    James will talk about her latest book Seven Minutes in Heaven, as well as how she came to write Regency romances, and why the genre is definitely worth reading. 

    Book signing as well as meet & greet with Eloisa will follow the event. Books will be available for purchase.




    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Real news is plentiful, but it would help if you paid for it

    by Evan | Feb 21, 2017
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    America has always been awash in dubious information. Thinking about Americans affronted by liars on the Internet takes me deep into the cliche mine where Captain Renault is "shocked" there is gambling in Rick's establishment.

    But social media has enabled fake news to spread more quickly. Before accepting everything that shows up in your newsfeed at face value, and more importantly, before automatically sharing it yourself, there are a few things to consider.

    Fact-checking websites are one place to start, but even relying on these can lead you to sites with a political spin. (Here and here and here are articles that may help guide you if you want to try them.) I do use a few online-only sites for analysis and opinion, but they are not set up to dig for news.

    For that, the best source remains the online versions of the real reporting agencies -- newspapers, magazines and major broadcast outlets. It may well be that some online entity will get a scoop before the big folks do, but it's their job to see if it is real or fake news. This is no guarantee that any one of them is always right; I spent more than 20 years writing for newspapers, and I know we got things wrong sometimes. But intentional fakery in regular news outlets is extremely rare and is punished severely when discovered. 

    Still, to get it as close to right as you can, you need to use at least three real news ...
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    What would George think?

    by Becky C | Feb 20, 2017
    Lansdowne portrait of George WashingtonWhile many calendars and advertisements identify the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day, the official name of the federal holiday is Washington's Birthday.  The name of the federal holiday indicates that we are celebrating the birth of George Washington, but the name most of us are familiar with implies that we are celebrating other presidents as well.  Which is it?

    As it turns out, the history of this holiday has a few twists and turns.  It originally began as a day of remembrance of George Washington.  Washington was much admired; following his death in 1779, his birthday became a day of commemoration.  February 22 was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1879 by President Rutherford B. Hayes.  Initially, the holiday only applied to the District of Columbia but was expanded to include the entire United States in 1885. 
     
    February 22?  Yes, until 1971, the Father of Our Country's birthday was, in fact, celebrated on his birthday.  In the late 1960s however, there was a push to create more three-day weekends for federal workers.  And, by that time, America had another widely admired President many wanted to celebrate as well:  Abraham Lincoln, also born in February.

    While working out the details of the holiday bill, the committee discussed whether the name of the Washington's Birthday should be changed to Presidents' Day but ultimately decided against it.  However, the decision to place the observance on the third Monday of the month, also placed ...
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    Hey Buckaroos!!! It's That Time!!!

    by Kay S | Feb 18, 2017
    No, no! It's not time for a nap, it's time for a few upcoming book releases. For your perusal, coming someplace near you between February 15 to March 14, 2017...and after.

    Historical Romance
    Meredith Duran

    Meredith Duran http://meredithduran.com/
    A Lady’s Code of Misconduct
    Rules for the Reckless series
    February 28

    Lisa Kleypas Lisa Kleypas
    http://www.lisakleypas.com/
    Devil in Spring
    The Ravenels series
    February 21
    Theresa Romain Theresa Romain
    http://theresaromain.com
    Passion Favors the Bold
    Royal Rewards series
    February 28
    Historical Fiction
    Rosen Renee Rosen
    http://www.reneerosen.com
    Windy City Blues
    February 28
    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/New Adult
    Donna Alward Donna Alward
    http://www.donnaalward.com
    Someone to Love
    Darling, VT. series
    Contemporary Romance
    March 7
    Meg Donohue Meg Donohue
    http://www.megdonohue.com
    Every Wild Heart
    Mainstream Fiction
    March 14
    Kasey Lane Kasey Lane
    http://www.kaseylane.com
    Beautiful Mess
    Rock 'n' Ink series
    Contemporary Romance
    March 7
    Rhenna Morgan Rhenna Morgan
    http://RhennaMorgan.com
    Rough & Tumble
    The Haven Brotherhood
    Contemporary Romance
    February 20
    Colleen Oakley Colleen Oakley
    http://www.colleenoakley.com
    Close Enough to Touch
    Contemporary Romance
    March 7
    Danielle Steel Danielle Steel
    http://daniellesteel.com
    Dangerous Games
    Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction
    March 7
    Alexandra Teague Alexandra Teague
    https://www.alexandrateague.com/
    The Principles Behind Flotation
    Mainstream Fiction
    March 14
    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense
    Cherry Adair Cherry Adair
    http://cherryadair.com/
    Stormchaser
    Cutter Cay series
    Romantic Suspense
    March 7
    Jennifer Armentrout Jennifer L. Armentrout
    http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/
    Till Death
    Romantic Suspense/New Adult
    February 28
    Jorgan Brekke Jorgen Brekke
    https://www.facebook.com/wheremonstersdwellbrekke/
    The Fifth Elemnet
    Odd Singsake series
    Mystery
    February 28
    Tillie Cole Tillie Cole
    http://www.tilliecole.com
    Riot
    Scarred Souls series
    Romantic Suspense
    March 7
    Lea Griffith Lea Griffith ...
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    Proceed with caution, we are now entering the Bridgerton world . . . It's In His Kiss

    by Kay S | Feb 17, 2017
    I can hear you now - OMG how many kids are there? Remember, I said eight when I started these reviews.

    At last it’s time for Hyacinth Bridgerton, the in-your-face Bridgerton . Hyacinth has been a Its in his kisssupporting character in almost all of the books in this series. She is one of those scene-stealing secondary characters; one of those characters that make us nervous about her own book. Will that book be good or will it be a dud? Will my expectations be met or will they be crushed under someone's big old foot? Well, I'm happy to say It's in His Kiss worked for me. It's in His Kiss by Julia Quinn was published in 2005

    Was Hyacinth a little bit over the top? Yes. Was she a character who some readers may not like? Yes. But for me she had all the ingredients needed to make me smile – even have some laugh-out-loud moments. It’s in His Kiss does justice to Hyacinth and Ms. Quinn writes her just how I imagined her to be.

    Hyacinth is not married. She is not married because men run from her in fear. She is a younger version of the outrageous Lady Danbury, her idol. Hyacinth is outspoken, head-strong, competitive, intelligent, and honest. She knows no fear and she craves adventure. She does things that are outrageous, but because she is a Bridgerton, she has never been condemned for her behavior. If she were an older woman, she would be called eccentric. ...
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    Art appreciation for everyone!

    by Craig B | Feb 16, 2017

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    Love art?  Love your local community?  If yes, please join us for ACPL’s local Artist Fair during the last weekend of the Three Rivers Festival.  We will be turning the Great Hall of the Main Library into a bazaar of unique contributions from a variety of local artists.  We are excited to be able to help facilitate this opportunity for local artists to make connections with other artists, local art connoisseurs, and the many resources available at the Allen County Public Library.

    Artists!  Consider submitting an image of a representative piece from your body of work to be printed by the Allen County Public Library as a bookmark/postcard for the promotion of your work and the Artist Fair.
    Apply here.

    Not an artist yourself?  Be sure to come and sample artists’ offerings between 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday, July 15th.  A budding artist?  There will be several programs offered throughout the day to allow you to bloom including Watercolor and Simon Says Art!

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    • 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!) Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    Suggested (m)use: DNCE

    by Craig B | Feb 15, 2017

    cover art for DNCE's eponymous debut albumFilled with lyrics that go right up to the edge of fully-realized cleverness, but, are in the end, mostly overwhelmed by clichés, DNCE’s debut album, DNCE, still has its moments.  From the “shakin’ it-able”, self-referential opening track, “DNCE”, to the irreverent-to-love love song, “Pay My Rent”, the album teases its audience with more-than-acceptable qualities, but in the end, I’d stick to the hit single, “Cake by the Ocean”.  And don’t use a slang dictionary or an explanation from Joe Jonas to figure out what that title means exactly.  Just bask in the surreal quality of the figure of speech and the existential crisis it seems to imply.  I’ve found that’s usually the best way to make a moment last.

    Suggested Use: A placeholder in your CD collection.  What I mean is that this album is really just waiting for a brilliant follow-up that taps into a more mature vein of penmanship.  That said, I’m kind of killing the groove for a band and album calling themselves DNCE, aren’t I?  I mean, who cares about penmanship when all you really want to do is “shake it”?  And who even collects CDs anymore?  Nerd.

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    • 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!) Craig’s current favorite book is Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann.

    This blind date won't require a fake emergency call from your friends

    by Becky C | Feb 13, 2017
    It's the day before Valentine's Day and we'd love to set you up on a blind date . . . with a book!  Our Aboite Branch library has selected a variety of books, wrapped them in white paper to conceal all identifying information, and set them out on display. 

    Like an online dating profile, each of our potential dates includes a short description -- unlike an online dating profile, the description is from someone who has previously "dated" the book.  And isn't that the kind of information we all wished we'd had at some point?


    Date a Book    
         
         
         
       Date a Book display  
         
         


    Uncertain?  Our Grabill Branch library offers a more traditional display.  They've pulled together a variety of books for your browsing pleasure but they have not concealed any book information.

         
       Valentines Day_Share the Love  
         
         
       Valentines Day_Staff Pick  


    ACPL has 14 locations and each always has a few book displays to highlight different aspects of our collection.  Your number one matchmaker though is the person at the reference desk.  Let us set you up with the perfect book today!


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Proceed with caution, we are now entering the Bridgerton world . . .When He Was Wicked

    by Kay S | Feb 10, 2017
    Now we come to the sixth book in the Bridgerton series, When He Was Wicked. This is when he was wickedprobably the darkest one so far. I have to give Julia. Quinn credit for trying to tackle some heavy-duty issues, trying to delve a little deeper in to angstland, but I’m not quite sure she succeeded. This story had the feel of another experiment.

    Here’s the plot. The Bridgerton sibling we’ve never seen in the other books, Francesca, is in a wonderfully happy marriage to John. Unbeknownst to John and Francesca, John’s cousin Michael Sterling falls head over heels in love with Francesca when he first meets her. Through the years, Michael has hidden his true feeling behind the rake facade while all the time he has hung out with John and Francesca. The three of them have become the best of buddies. They go places together, they laugh, joke, and confide in each other. They all have come to depend on each other. Then one evening John dies. This opens up allll kinds of problems for Francesca and Michael. Francesca turns to her best friend Michael for comfort in her grief and doesn’t understand when Michael rejects her. In fact he does more than just reject her, he runs away to India. He has all kinds of guilt, yearning, passion, guilt, torment, guilt rushing through his system. The only way he can handle it is to disappear and not be around the woman who he craves.

    Francesca not only has to ...
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    Movie theaters still let you escape

    by Evan | Feb 09, 2017
    My Oscars season question to you: Where do you prefer to watch movies, at home or in a theater?

    Before VHS was invented, I used to imagine that when something like that did come along, I'd gobble it up and watch movies every night.

    Didn't happen. I've used many technologies at home, but I still watch movies in the theaters. That used to puzzle me. Why would I spend time driving, usually in the winter, in order to pay money for something I could do at home, sometimes for free? 

    It's not so much the big screen or the big sound or the plush rocking chairs, although I enjoy them all. And I am zealously opposed to spending any money on soda and popcorn at a theater. 

    The Purple Rose of CairoIt's the escape. Same thing it's always been about the movies. They get you out of your home, your chores, your life, and take you someplace totally different. At home, I may take weeks to finish a movie, maybe only watching it while I fold laundry. In the theater, the movie has my total attention. (If you have never seen The Purple Rose of Cairo, go find it. It tells the secrets of a movie-goer's heart like nothing else I know.)

    The five Best Picture-nominated movies I've seen this season all kept my attention. I have no more credentials to declare which was best than your little brother does, but I got my money's worth with each.

    "Hacksaw Ridge" took me way ...
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    Recommended authors to check out during Black History Month

    by Emily M | Feb 08, 2017
    Editor's Note:  As You Like It began publishing content in 2011.  That's six years of awesomeness!  Here's a look back at a post we originally published February 23, 2015.

    In honor of Black History Month, I selected two books by African-American authors to read during the month of February: Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler and Jubilee by Margaret Walker.

    From the mid-1970s until her death in 2006, the award-winning Octavia Butler stood out as an African-American woman in a genre nominated by white males. Her science fiction unapologetically addresses issues of race, class, gender, and religion. Parable of the Sower is the first book in an unfinished trilogy. (Butler died while writing the third book.)

    Parable’s protagonist is teenaged Lauren, who lives in a futuristic Los Angeles in which the government has all but collapsed. The walls of her gated community and the leadership of her pastor/professor father serve as her only protection against the lawless, violent society in which she and her family live. Adding further difficulties to her already challenging reality, Lauren suffers from a condition that allows her to experience the physical pain of those around her. In the midst of her struggle to survive (spoiler alert: that struggle will greatly intensify when Lauren’s community is overrun and she and two other survivors hit the road in an attempt to find somewhere safer to live), Lauren is waxing poetic about religion. She has dismissed her Baptist father’s God, and instead believes that ...

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    Eloisa James and my moment of Zen

    by Kay S | Feb 06, 2017
    A little advertising before I talk about Eloisa James and my moment of Zen. In case you don’t know, Ms. James is coming to the Allen County Public Library on March 4, 2017. The event will start at 1 pm, in the Main Library Theater. Afterward, she will spend some time with us doing author things, like signing books and talking about books and answering questions about books - so join us!

    A Zen moment has been defined as: a moment of clarity, insight, enlightenment. You become aware of the nothing/everything that makes the world go 'round and you are somehow better for it.potent pleasures

    Well, how does that fit in with Eloisa James? I will tell you, my little Petunias. I have been a fan (squeal) of Eloisa James ever since I spent a gazillion dollars for her first novel Potent Pleasures in 2000. Why did you spend a gazillion dollars on a book, you may ask. You see, buckaroos, her very first book was released in hardback only. For those of you who don't know, before electronic books, most romance books were released in paperback form. So, for a debut author to have her first novel published in hardback form was a big deal. What this would mean for us, the readers, was that our expectations were set higher because we were paying a higher price. (In the end it's all about money.) I'll offer a little bit more perspective on this phenomenon. I have a humongous ...
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    Here They Come Again!!!

    by Kay S | Feb 04, 2017
    Yes, my little Petunias, it's time for a few upcoming releases. These treasures will be released between January 15 and February 14 of 2017. So keep an eye out or maybe just look for them on a shelf near you. (Keeping an eye out would probably hurt).
    Historical Romance
    Byrne Kerrigan Byrne
    The Duke
    Victorian Rebels series
    February 7
    James Eloisa James
    Seven Minutes in Heaven
    Desperate Duchesses series
    January 31
    Jenkins Beverly Jenkins
    Breathless
    Old West series
    January 31
    Shupe Joanna Shupe
    Mogul
    The Knickerbocker Club series
    January 31
    Mary Wine Mary Wine
    Highland Vixen
    Highland Weddings series
    February 7
    Historical Fiction
    Williams Beatriz Williams
    The Wicked City
    January 17
    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    Fabiashi Abby Fabiaschi
    I Liked My Life
    Mainstream
    January 31
    Lori Foster Lori Foster
    Under Pressure
    Body Armor series
    Contemporary Romance
    January 24
    Kristin Higgins Kristan Higgins
    On Second Thought
    Contemporary Romance
    January 31
    Kinkaid Kimberly Kincaid
    Crossing Hearts
    Cross Creek series
    Contemporary Romance
    February 7
    McLaughlin Jen McLaughlin
    Dare to Lie
    The Sons of Steel Row series
    Contemporary Romance
    February 7
    Pagan Camille Pagan
    Forever is the Worst Long Time
    Mainstream fiction
    February 7
    stuart Kimberly Stuart
    Sugar
    Mainstream Fiction
    February 7
    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
    Armstrong
    Kelley Armstrong
    A Darkness Absolute
    Casey Duncan series
    Mystery
    February 7
    chaney JoAnn Chaney
    What You Don’t Know
    Thriller - Debut
    February 7
    Gardner Lisa Gardner
    Right Behind You
    Quincy and Rainie series
    Thriller
    January ...
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    Proceed with caution, we are now entering the Bridgerton world . . . To Sir Phillip with Love

    by Kay S | Feb 03, 2017
    We now turn to the fifth book in the Bridgerton series – To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn . This one is a correspondence story – sort of. Remember julia QuinnEloise Bridgerton from the previous story Romancing Mister Bridgerton? Remember she had ink on her fingers, was sneaking around, and disappeared into the night from a party? Well, we get to find out what all the hub-bub was. You see, Eloise’s distant cousin died and she sent a letter of condolence to her cousin’s husband, Sir Phillip. He responds. She responds. He responds. She responds. He proposes. She accepts – sort of.

    Poor Eloise is feeling sorry for herself. Eloise and her bestest buddy Penelope made a pact. They had both reached the ancient age of 28 and were going to be spinsters forever and ever. They were going to do whatever spinsters do – sit along the wall, raise cats, go shopping together. Then what does Penelope do? She marries Eloise’s brother Colin – so much for growing old together with cats. Well, Eloise has never told anyone that she’s been writing to Sir Phillip Crane for over a year – it’s been her own little secret. Level-headed Eloise decides it would be a good idea to pack her bags and leave the wedding party without telling anyone. Then she still doesn’t see the problem with journeying all the way to Sir Phillip’s country estate and meeting him – sans chaperone. Somewhere in her mind she thinks ...
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    Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection

    by Melissa T | Feb 01, 2017
    Editor's Note:  Have you checked out The Genealogy Center's monthly E-Zine, Genealogy Gems?  You should!  The content for this post, written by Genealogy Librarian Melissa, appeared in the September 30, 2016 issue.

    Manuscripts

    Charles F. Heartman (1883-1953), a book seller in Mississippi and former resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, amassed a sizable collection of materials concerning African Americans in the South during his career. His collection of Afro-Americana books and manuscripts covers primarily Louisiana, though it also includes other states, such as South Carolina and Virginia. Xavier University of Louisiana has since purchased the collection and is now actively digitizing what it describes as the “Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection,” making these materials available freely online for researchers.

    The digital collection of more than 4,000 images, dating from 1724 to 1897, documents the social and legal conditions of free people of color and slaves in Louisiana. Half of the collection is comprised of New Orleans municipal records, which correlates with that city’s rich history of having the largest population of free people of color in the United States. Records in the collection include appraisals, ownership affidavits, mortgage records of slaves, receipts for slave work in chain gangs, legal status documents of both free persons of color and slaves, tax receipts, business bonds, deeds, New Orleans police reports, service reports, municipal records, and much more. The records are written in English, French, and occasionally, Spanish.

    To access the collection, visit the “Xavier University Archives and Special Collections – Digital Collections” page...
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    What We're Reading: January 2017

    by Becky C | Jan 30, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

    The Bear and the Nightingale
     
    The Bonjour Effect
     
     The Immortals
     The Invisible Library
     The Masked City
     The Burning Page
     Settle for More
     Click Here to Start
     Jesus
     Sweet Lamb of Heaven
     Born a Crime
     Nordic Theory of Everything
     Dante Club
     Vassa in the Night
     Silent in the Sanctuary
     Ghost
     You Cant  Touch My Hair
     Better Than Before
     Case Against Sugar
     Third Bear
     Curious Beginning
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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    Proceed with caution, we are now entering the Bridgerton world . . . Romancing Mister Bridgerton

    by Kay S | Jan 27, 2017
    Yes, it's the fourth Bridgerton book, Romancing Mister Bridgerton, and excitement is in the air! The mysterious gossip columnist Mrs. Whistledown is revealed. Spoilers are ahead julia quinnfor those of you who have never read the series. In my humble opinion this is the best book in the series. A lot of this has to do with the humor, but the characters in this story are superb.

    Colin. Colin is one sexy, charming Bridgerton. Although he is truly charming, he also uses that charm as a facade. He doesn’t know who he is as a person. All of his brothers have something which makes them unique, but he's just charming. So, even though he loves his family deeply, he is a tad bit resentful and has spent most of his adult life traveling through the world. But he didn't spend so much time away from England that a young girl couldn't fall in love with him.

    Penelope. Penelope Featherington is the daughter of an extremely overbearing mother with no sense of style. Penelope has grown up with the Bridgerton brood; in fact, her best friend is Eloise Bridgerton. Eloise and Penelope have plans to be spinsters together. Here's one little secret: when Penelope was sixteen, she fell in love with Colin. She's terribly shy, overweight, badly dressed - but she is going to luv him forever. Of course, Colin views Penelope as a dumpling of a girl who seems to be at their house allll the time. Now he's back ...
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    ACPL Spotlight: Welcome to our online book club

    by Becky C | Jan 26, 2017
    Are you looking for a book club but can’t find one that meets at a time and place that’s convenient? Join our online book club! It’s a chance to get together with like-minded readers from the Allen County area. This librarian-moderated community is a safe place to meet and discuss accessible, thought provoking books that you can find in the library today.

    To sign up, look for the goodreads icon (a g in a brown circle) at the bottom of the ACPL homepage.  Click it.  You'll need to establish a goodreads account but it's free, it's easy, and there are lots of perks for doing so.  Once you've created an account, click Join Group.  It's as easy as that!

    Of course, you're still welcome to check out our in-person book clubs as well.  We love talking about books with you, whenever and however we can.  Current titles up for discussion are listed in our Events Calendar.

    Happy reading and we hope to meet you in the Allen County Public Library’s Online Book Club!





    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
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