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    What We're Reading: March 2017

    by Becky C | Mar 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!

    Adulthood is a Myth
    Penrics Demon
     
    Miranda and Caliban
     
     Anonymous
     Eat Well
     The Power of Habit
     The Whole Towns Talking
     When My Sister Started Kissing
     American Gods
     Seven Minutes in Heaven
     Born a Crime
     Nation on the Take
     The Girl in the Well is Me
     Schadenfreude
     A Gentleman in Moscow
         

    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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    Allen County Reads: Kevin Roth

    by Craig B | Mar 20, 2017

    Kevin Roth in Grabill Branch LibraryIn this month’s Allen County Reads, Kevin Roth shares his love of the library.  Kevin is a lifelong resident of the Grabill community; he lives on the Roth family farm established in 1853.  The original log cabin from the Roth farm has been donated in an effort to preserve local history and can be seen on display at Sauder Village in Archbold, Ohio.  Now, here's Kevin:

    “The Grabill library is one of the key "quality of life" assets of the Leo-Grabill-Harlan area.  I know a lot of people were instrumental in getting the library to come to Grabill but my mind always goes to Chris Gerig and Ron Schmucker. 

    Chris spent several years gathering names on petitions and advocating for a library in Grabill.  Ron Schmucker was an Amish schoolteacher who also advocated for our library as a way to help his students learn and grow. 

    I really didn't use the public library very much until it came to Grabill.  Now I regularly have 8-12 items checked out at any time.

    I love the online reservation capability that allows me to get any materials I want delivered right to my local branch. 

    The library has expanded my areas of interest.  I will see or hear of something that catches my interest and I'll see what's available on that topic.  I get materials on consumer product research, history, sports ( Tour De France and Iditarod), Christian Living, biographies, comedy, movies, and music (Country and Christian).

    In the last couple of years I ...

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    The leprechauns made me do it

    by Becky C | Mar 17, 2017


    It's no secret that I love holidays and Saint Patrick's Day is no exception.  In fact, given that spring typically follows right on its heels, friendly shenanigans are the order of the day, and Irish music is literally in the air, it's currently at the top of my list!

    Looking for music recommendations to carry your Saint Patrick's Day celebrations past March 17?  ACPL has a solid collection to choose from.  I've included links to cds in our collection but there's more!  Your ACPL card also gives you free access to streaming music via Freegal and Hoopla.

    Come Dance With Me In Ireland: Classic Irish Dance Music. This cd offers 12 tracks culled from the Claddagh music label's vast collection.  AllMusic notes that "Among other gems, there's a great set of hornpipes played with an almost polka verve by Phil, John, and Pip Murphy, an exquisite rendition of "The Ace and Deuce of Pipering" by uilleann piper Gay McKeon, and a very fine jig set played on flute and pipes by Ronan Brown and Peter O'Loughlin. This is traditional Irish music of the relatively hardcore variety -- no synthesizers, no multi-tracked vocals, no electric basses. Highly recommended."

    The Ultimate Guide to Irish Folk. Tracks by traditional stalwarts like the Bothy Band, Altan, and the Dubliners appear alongside more pop-oriented acts like Lou McMahon and the Screaming Orphans.  A solid introduction to both classic Irish folk music and some of genre's better contemporary artists.

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    Jumpin' Jehoshaphat!! Upcoming Releases!!

    by Kay S | Mar 15, 2017
    Yes, my Petunias it's time for a few upcoming releases from March 15 to April 14, 2017! This is, of course, not alllll of the new books being released. I would not have the time to compile that list and you would not have the time to read a list of that size. But, I have selected a few books which I'm hearing good things about. And, remember these are the release dates not the dates they will be on library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    Anna Bennett Anna Bennett
    http://annabennettauthor.com/
    I Dared the Duke
    Wayward Wallflowers series
    April 4
    Alyssa Cole Alyssa Cole
    http://alyssacole.com
    An Extraordinary Union
    Loyal League series
    March 28
    Suzanne Enoch Suzanne Enoch
    http://www.suzanneenoch.com/
    My One True Highlander
    No Ordinary Hero series
    April 4
    Historical Fiction
    Marc Graham Marc Graham, debut
    http://www.marc-graham.com/
    Of Ashes and Dust
    March 22
    Contemporary Romance/Women's Fiction/Mainstream Fiction
    Lauren Denton Lauren K. Denton, debut
    http://www.LaurenKDenton.com
    The Hideaway
    Mainstream
    March 11
    Joanna Goodman Joanna Goodman
    http://www.aulitfinelinens.com
    The Finishing School
    Mainstream
    April 11
    Lorelei James Lorelei James
    http://www.loreleijames.com/
    All You Need
    Need You series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 4
    Kylie Scott Kylie Scott
    http://www.kylie-scott.com
    Twist
    Dive Bar series
    Contemporary Romance
    April 11
    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense
    Cherry Adair Cherry Adair
    http://cherryadair.com/
    Hurricane
    Cutter Cay series
    Romantic Suspense
    April 4
    ;Annabeth Albert Annabeth Albert
    http://www.annabethalbert.com
    At Attention
    Out of Uniform series
    Romantic Suspense
    April 10
    Steve Berry Steve Berry
    http://www.steveberry.org/
    The Lost Order
    Cotton Malone series
    Thriller
    April 4
    Bella Jewel Bella Jewel
    http://bellajewelbooks.com/
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    Look for real science, not agenda science

    by Evan | Mar 13, 2017
    Science Lab

    Science serves as a whipping boy for both the political right and the left. Often times, the right demands ever more evidence that pollution speeds up global warming; the left insists that scientists who advocate genetically modified crops are agri-biz stooges. The right pooh-poohs the destruction of species and ecosystems; the left insists that scientists who advocate immunizations are big pharma stooges. And who knows where people are coming from when they assert that scientists cover up evidence of superior aliens directing the course of human events?

    So, how can you tell someone is trying to sell you science to promote their own agenda? When you want to evaluate science -- maybe even detect pseudoscience -- who you gonna call? Hopefully, not the Ghostbusters. Instead, call your local librarian, who can draw upon many books written to help figure out who is doing solid scientific research and who is just blowing ideological smoke.   While librarians, like everyone else, tend to be diverse in our philosophical beliefs, we leave those at the door.  Whatever our personal leanings, we value solid research.  What kind of criteria do we use?  NBC and Forbes offer the examples of the types of questions we ask when evaluating information.

    The variety of books in our collection may help you appreciate a fundamental aspect of science: uncertainty. Good science does not require absolute theoretical certainty. It does require clear thinking, ideally based on observations and/or experiments that other scientists repeat. Even then, it is ...
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    First he had to conquer himself. After that, the universe would be easy.

    by Becky C | Mar 10, 2017
    Book Review:  The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Miles Vorkosigan is just shy of 5 feet tall, has a crooked spine and incredibly brittle bones.  He’d hoped to follow in his family’s military footsteps but an accident in the testing process resulted in his early discharge from the Academy.  Unfortunately, there’s not much else for a royal to do on the planet of Barrayar, a world which values physical strength and military prowess.  At his father’s suggestion, he sets off for his The Warriors Apprenticemother’s home world of Beta Colony for an extended vacation.

    Once on Beta, things begin spiraling out of control.  On a whim, Miles bluffs his way aboard a jumpship and determines a new path for himself:  shipping.  He purchases a decrepit ship and, hoping to find a way to pay it off before the bluff is discovered, takes a risky commission into a war zone.  More bluffing and many coincidences later, he finds himself the leader of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, a force sizable enough to make the Emperor of Barrayar question his motives . . . .

    One of the things I liked best about The Warrior’s Apprentice is that we see characters working to redefine themselves.  Miles is a great character: his exasperating hyperactivity is mostly entertaining, his compassion is endearing, and his determination to make something of himself is admirable.  That said, he is reckless, and his deceptions threaten to catch up to him.  Thankfully he has a quick mind, plenty of charisma, and ...

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    Suggested (m)use: Bon Iver

    by Craig B | Mar 08, 2017

    cover of Bon Iver's album, 22, a millionI expected to be annoyed with Bon Iver’s newest album, 22, a million, but what do you know, an unexpected level of dynamism and a single use of an electric guitar won me over.  I was even able to inadvertently share my admiration for this album with a co-worker.  Now I’m sharing it with you.  I hope you appreciate how much annoyance I risked to bring you this message.

    Suggested Use: Find yourself in “a mood?"  Need to be reminded of how sometimes the best things are unexpected?  Pop this guy in and see where its creativity and unorthodox musicality takes you.  Take the boat out on the lake, bend your back against your oars, or better yet, get out that toothbrush and scrub some grout in your shower.  You’ll be surprised by the unexpected positive feelings that come to you by finishing a less than desirable task.

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    Coming Soon to a bookshelf near you: March 2017

    by Becky C | Mar 06, 2017

    Image from Dennis Skley flickr page

    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. 

    I've taken the liberty of going through the January issues and sharing the upcoming releases PW 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 this 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.

    What new titles are you looking forward to?




    Fiction coming to the collection March 2017

    The Idiot
     the-lonely-hearts-hotel
     The Whole Art of Detection
     The Lost Book of the Grail
     Rabbit Cake
     Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
     Say Nothing
     Mister Memory
     devils feast
     Find Me
     Dead Letters
     The Lucky Ones
     The Weight of This World
     The Woman on the Stairs
     Vicious Circle
     The Talker
     The Wanderers
     Eveningland
     One of the Boys
     Never Let You Go
     The Cutaway
     Blue Light Yokohama
    Mississippi Blood  Revenger
     Himself
     Tadunos Song
     Conviction
     Without Mercy
     Lenins Roller Coaster
     Catalina Eddy
     Satanic Mechanic
     Skeleton God
     
         

    Nonfiction coming to the collection March 2017

     Family Gene
     Martin Luther
    City of Light
     
     A History of Ancient Egypt
     Locking Up Our Own
     No Friends But the Mountains
     The Gulf
     Inferno
     Self Evident Truths
       Wild Nights
     Someone to Watch Over Me
         

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    List makers take note

    by Heather G. | Mar 03, 2017
    Are you a list maker? If you are much of a reader, watcher, or listener you may consume much of the library's offerings. It's frustrating to check something out, only to start reading/watching/listening and realize you've already been there, done that.  I feel your pain!  That's why I'd like to introduce you to the "My Lists" function in our online catalog.

    You have two different options for creating your lists -- using our website or using our mobile app. All lists live where you create them. If you want to have your lists at your fingertips in the library, you'll want to access them the same way you created them.

    Here's a step-by-step approach for creating lists via the online catalog (we'll focus on the app in a future post).  Click on the images if you want to zoom in.

    Step 1
    Your first step is to log in to your library account.  You can create a list without doing so, but it will only be temporary -- if it's a list you want to access again, you want to be logged into your account so that you can save it.

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    Step 2
    Your second step is to create at least one list name to get started.  Maybe a To Read list?  An Already Read list?  To do this, click on "My Lists" (located to the right of "My Account" at the top of the page).

    Under "Lists", click the book with the + sign next to it, and a ...
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    • Miss Heather is the Children's Librarian at Shawnee Branch. She likes to bead while listening to audiobooks. She also watches a bit too many tv shows when she should be reading. Her dog, Pookah, is her only "son" and is her shadow wherever she goes.

    A Few Good Books: March 2017

    by Emily M | Mar 02, 2017
    Looking for a good book recommendation? Look no further!  Here are a few good books I’ve enjoyed recently:

    Book Review:  Uprooted by Naomi Novik

    Agnieszka lives in a quiet, peaceful village bordered by the Wood, a dangerous forest full of malicious power, which is kept at bay by a wizard known as the Dragon.  In exchange for the Dragon’s benevolence, once every ten years he comes to pick a Uprootedteenage girl from the village and takes her back to his castle home.  The girl picked is always special – she’s the prettiest of all the girls, or the smartest, or the kindest, or has some special talent.  Agnieszka does not fear being picked because she and everyone else in the village know that Agnieszka’s best friend, Kasia, will be picked.  Kasia is beautiful and smart and kind and talented; she is special, so she will be chosen.  Except, when the Dragon comes, Agnieszka is the one chosen, the one whisked away from her family and home for some unknown purpose, with consequences of which she never could have dreamed. 

    Naomi Novik’s fantastical fairy tale is a page-turning delight, steeped in magic, with frequent nods to fairy tale lore (Beauty and the Beast is heavily alluded to in the beginning of the book).  Uprooted is perfect for fantasy lovers, for fairy tale lovers, and for lovers of bewitching storytelling. 

     

    Book Review:  The Rain Before it Falls by Jonathan Coe

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    What are you reading for Women's History Month?

    by Becky C | Mar 01, 2017

    It's Women's History Month!  There's not enough room in one post to highlight all of the titles I'd love to call attention to, but here are a few to get you started.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that! 

    Reverend Addie Wyatt
     Wonder Women
     A Warrior of the People
     Beyond Rosie
     Anna Howard Shaw
     Women in American Politics
     History in Blue
     Mary McGrory
     Rad Women Worldwide
     Hidden Figures
     The Firebrand and the First Lady
     Rise of the Rocket Girls
     On Her Own Ground
     Twenty Years
     Harriet Tubman

     
    Looking for more recommendations?  A catalog search for women history or women biography will provide several titles to choose from.  Take advantage of the Limit Search Results options that appear on the left side of the list.  I typically limit my search to include Books and include Adult Reading Level, but you can also choose to focus on fiction or non-fiction, among other things.

    And, of course, you're also always welcome to give us a call or send an email to ask@acpl.info.  We love talking about books!  The Readers' Services department at the Main Library has the largest selection of history and biography titles -- their phone number is (260) 421-1235.  If you prefer to speak to someone at your favorite library branch though, that's okay!  It doesn't matter where a particular item is located -- as long as it is not Express or Reference, it can be sent to the most convenient location for you.

    Who are you most interested in learning about this month?  Which books would you recommend for this post?


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    My two/three cents

    by Craig B | Feb 28, 2017
    planet earthThe 15-Minute Pulitzer

    There were three books that came in neck and neck (maybe “spine and spine” is a better phrase) for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction of 1971.  Ultimately, since the Fiction Jury had noted that it was “not likely that (they) would be able to decide on a single, unanimous, persuasive choice” out of the three recommended titles, the Pulitzer Board decided to not award a Fiction prize at all, thus mandating that Craig read all three “recommended titles” so he could have his own pet opinions and share them with you.  (sigh)

    Recommendation #1:  Losing Battles

    Even if I don’t take major issue with Eudora Welty’s final book and near Pulitzer-win, I don’t not take issue with its never-ending dialogic wanderings, and I definitely take issue with the dude on the Pulitzer Jury for Fiction that called this book “genre fiction.”  What genre?  I mean a work of 436 pages with this little of plot (almost nothing happens for 400 pages) can hardly be called “genre” fiction.  Stuff happens in genre fiction.  Like birth, death, divorce, circle of life sort of stuff.  Stuff that engages the emotions, even in a horrifically maudlin way, and makes us care.  Reading this book I just was never sure why I should care … I could care, but so much was made of so little … My efforts to care were truly a losing battle.  Aha!

    Recommendation #2: Mr. Sammler’s Planet
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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

    news

    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.  Generally speaking though, you want to do the following: 

    Consider the source.  Who wrote it?  Who published it?  What sources are cited to support the story?  Are the sources credible?  When was it originally published?  Is it satire?

    Read beyond the headline.  What's the whole story?

    I 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 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 the news outlets' 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. 

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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
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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.

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