Dec 29, 2009
Dec 28, 2009
Joyce Carol Oates returns with a dark, romantic, and captivating tale, set in the Great Lakes region of upstate New York—the territory of her remarkably successful New York Times bestseller The Gravedigger's Daughter.
Set in the mythical small city of Sparta, New York, this searing, vividly rendered exploration of the mysterious conjunction of erotic romance and tragic violence in late-twentieth-century America returns to the emotional and geographical terrain of acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates's previous bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and The Gravedigger's Daughter.
When a young wife and mother named Zoe Kruller is found brutally murdered, the Sparta police target two primary suspects, her estranged husband, Delray Kruller, and her longtime lover, Eddy Diehl. In turn, the Krullers' son, Aaron, and Eddy Diehl's daughter, Krista, become obsessed with each other, each believing the other's father is guilty.
Told in halves in the very different voices of Krista and Aaron, Little Bird of Heaven is a classic Oates novel in which the lyricism of intense sexual love is intertwined with the anguish of loss, and tenderness is barely distinguishable from cruelty. By the novel's end, the fated lovers, meeting again as adults, are at last ready to exorcise the ghosts of the past and come to terms with their legacy of guilt, misplaced love, and redemptive yearning.
In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them.In a story spanning five decades, Last Night in Twisted River—John Irving's twelfth novel—depicts the recent half-century in the United States as "a living replica of Coos County, where lethal hatreds were generally permitted to run their course." From the novel's taut opening sentence—"The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long"—to its elegiac final chapter, Last Night in Twisted River is written with the...
From one of the best-loved authors of all time comes an irresistible adventure of swashbuckling pirates in the New World, a classic story of treasure and betrayal.
The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses.
In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease—or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.
Word in port is that the galleon El Trinidad, fresh from New Spain, is awaiting repairs in a nearby harbor. Heavily fortified, the impregnable harbor is guarded by the bloodthirsty Cazalla, a favorite commander of the Spanish king himself. With backing from a powerful ally, Hunter assembles a crew of ruffians to infiltrate the enemy outpost and commandeer El Trinidad, along with its fortune in Spanish gold. The raid is as perilous as the bloodiest tales of island legend, and Hunter will lose more than one man before he even sets foot on foreign shores, where dense jungle and the firepower of Spanish infantry stand between him and the treasure. . . .
Pirate Latitudes is Michael Crichton at his best: a rollicking adventure tale pulsing with relentless action, crackling atmosphere, and heart-pounding suspense.
Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. That's what has happened to Whit Allgood and his sister, Whisty. They went to sleep as normal teenagers, and woke up as wanted criminals. Accused of holding incredible powers they'd never dreamed possible. And now, just how different they are-special, even-if just beginning to be revealed in a strange new world.
Str-S-d:I’ll begin with Lucy. She is definitely first on the list. You can’t believe how it feels to be in the cafeteria and turn around and there she is staring at me like I’m some disgusting bug or vermin. Does she really think I WANT to be this way? I hate you, Lucy. I really hate you. You are my #1 pick. I wish you were dead.The day after anonymous blogger Str-S-d wishes the popular girl would die, Lucy vanishes. The students of Soundview High are scared and worried. Especially frightened and wracked with guilt is Madison Archer, Lucy’s friend and the last person to see her the night she disappeared.As days pass with no sign of the missing girl, even the attention of Tyler, an attractive new student, is not enough to distract Madison from her growing sense of foreboding. When two more popular students disappear after their names are mentioned on Str-S-d’s blog, the residents of Soundview panic. Meanwhile, Madison receives anonymous notes warning that she could be next. Desperate to solve the mystery before anyone else disappears, Madison turns to Tyler, but can she trust him when it becomes clear that he knows more than he’s sharing?The clock is ticking. Madison must uncover the truth behind the mysterious disappearances . . . before her name appears in Str-S-d’s blog.In the spirit of stories like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Todd Strasser updates the teen thriller for the techno age with Wish You Were Dead, the first installment in a new “thrill”-ogy.
Gr 8 Up—Taro wants to be a samurai, but as this story opens, ninjas attack his house and decapitate his father, and he is run through with a ninja sword. All is not lost—he is saved by a good ninja who had to bite him and turn him vampire. Yes, that's right; all the ninjas are vampires. This addition to the dead and undead outpouring is cleverly set in the 16th century at the height of the warring daimyos of the Tokugawa period in Japan. The author makes a good argument for the logic of ninjas being vampires—they only come out at night, they move with stealthlike speed, and they seem to be invincible. In this case, they are vital in determining who will be eventual Shogun as well. Taro and his friend Haro are taken on an adventure with the good ninja, Shusaku, where they learn of and must thwart a plot to have Taro killed because of his true identity. The female characters take a backseat to the nonstop action, and the gruesome details of all the killings and the cool weaponry will mark this as a great "guy book" to counter all the female frenzy around Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series (Little, Brown).—Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO
Dec 18, 2009
Thanks to Don Bagley, our fearless reader and snorer extraordinaire!
This afternoon, Paws 4 Reading will feature Misty from 3:30-5:00 and only the very last slot is available (4:45). Call or email to sign up for a January time with Misty or Aspen.
This coming week is peaceful and quiet. Breathe deeply and enjoy your holiday celebrations!
The final movie night is Wednesday, Dec. 30th. Starbucks hot chocolate and cookies :)
The January schedule, story times and other news will be available very soon; keep watching this blog.
Happiest of holidays to everyone!
Dec 15, 2009
Dec 11, 2009
Monday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Aspen). Come read to our St. Bernard Reading Therapy dog. Only three slots left, so call or email for a time.
Tuesday at 3:30--Bead Stringers. This lesson will be most useful AFTER Christmas, but good for gifts now: we're going to make wrapping paper beads! Bring your own paper if you want, or just use ours (it won't take much anyway).
Wednesday at 3:00--The final Christmas Story Time. All ages are welcome to this drop in story time featuring reindeer, Santa, families and snow! A small craft will follow.
Wednesday at 6:00--The final Family Christmas Movie Night. This week is a double feature: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the Boris Karloff version) and A Charlie Brown Christmas. Each is about 25 minutes. Starbucks hot chocolate and popcorn included :)
Thursday at 6:00--The Polar Express Story Time! This week's headliner is the library's great tradition :) Old Time Radio star Don Bagley will read the story while the audience enjoys Starbucks hot chocolate, then each child will receive a bell, enter to win Christmas books and get a small stocking to take home! Don't miss this one.
Friday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Misty). This is Misty's second visit with us--she's our new German Shepherd Reading Therapy dog. There are only two slots left, so call or email to sign up.
Sara Black is tiptoeing across a fraying tightrope.
As the new eleventh grader at Anton High–the most elite public school in the country–she sticks out like an old VW bus in a parking lot full of shiny BMWs.
But being the new kid also brings a certain advantageous anonymity.
In Anton High’s world of privilege, intelligence, and wealth, Sara can escape her family’s tarnished past and become whomever she wants. And what’s the harm in telling a few little black lies when it can lead to popularity?
That is, until another it girl at Anton becomes jealous of Sara’s social climbing. With her balance evaporating, one small push could bring Sara crashing down.
In a gripping dystopian novel, four teenagers risk impossible odds to fight against tyranny in a world of dangerous choices — and reemerging hope.
Escape. Milena, Bartolomeo, Helen, and Milos have left their prison-like boarding schools far behind, but their futures remain in peril. Fleeing across icy mountains from a terrifying pack of dog-men sent to hunt them down, they are determined to take up the fight against the despotic government that murdered their parents years before. Only three will make it safely to the secret headquarters of the resistance movement. The fourth is captured and forced to participate in a barbaric game for the amusement of the masses — further proof of the government’s horrible brutality. Will the power of one voice be enough to rouse a people against a generation of cruelty? Translated from the French, this suspenseful story of courage, individualism, and freedom has resonated with young readers across the globe.
Fifteen-year-old Blake has a girlfriend and a friend who’s a girl. One of them loves him; the other one needs him. When he snapped a picture of a street person for his photography homework, Blake never dreamed that the woman in the photo was his friend Marissa’s long-lost meth addicted mom. Blake’s participation in the ensuing drama opens up a world of trouble, both for him and for Marissa. He spends the next few months trying to reconcile the conflicting roles of Boyfriend and Friend. His experiences range from the comic (surviving his dad’s birth control talk) to the tragic (a harrowing after-hours visit to the morgue). In a tangle of life and death, love and loyalty, Blake will emerge with a more sharply defined snapshot of himself.
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed.
But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets.
The one who saved me...and the one who cursed me.
So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a grueso me find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.
Critically acclaimed author Rick Yancey has written a gothic tour de force that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts?
Dec 9, 2009
It's very easy to use. First, find a librarian (usually Lisa is the closest!) and ask for the power cord. Once it's plugged in, put in your tape or CD, pull up a caterpillar and make yourself comfortable! Please put the CD or tape back in the bag with its book and hang it back on the rack. The Listening Pond is open any time the library is open, so come check it out!
Nov 27, 2009
"Reading to Aspen" is now "Paws 4 Reading"--Aspen has a partner in crime now and her name is Misty! She's a long-haired German Shepherd, owned by Pat O'Hearn. Aspen and Ursula will be here every other Monday, Misty and Pat will be here every other Friday. Come meet Misty this coming Friday, Dec. 4th, at 4:00!
The Children's Room has a Facebook page! Check it out--watch for events and pictures and random notes. If you become a fan, you'll see all the news as soon as it hits the page!
Ok, for this coming week:
Monday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Aspen). This week is completely full, so call or email for a slot next week.
Tuesday at 3:00--Christmas Story Time. This is an all ages drop in story time centering around seasonal books. We will also make a craft at the end.
Wednesday at 6:00--Family Christmas Movie Night. The first feature will be "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". Starbucks is again providing us with hot chocolate! Wear your favorite jammies, bring a stuffed animal and relax!
Thursday at 3:30--The Great Stone Face Debates. Great books to discuss over hot chocolate and Christmas cookies! This is for 4th-8th graders only.
Friday at 3:30--Paws 4 Reading (Misty). This is her debut appearance! Call or email for a slot or just come in to meet her--she's lovely :)
Nov 25, 2009
The Ladybug Party and Skype Author Visit was great fun! Kristyn Crow, author of "Bedtime at the Swamp" was friendly and enthusiastic; she got all the kids chanting, thumping and shaking along. Then she answered questions they asked about her, about her books, about writing... There's actually nearly 15 minutes of video that I've cut down to almost 5. This was my first attempt at video editing; please be kind!
The Party and Visit were marvelous and we will be inviting other authors to join us via Skype at other times--be there with us next time!
P.S. The audio is simply not that good--turn up your speakers all the way.
Nov 24, 2009
Second: The Children's Room now has a Facebook page! Check it out, become a fan, watch for events, send pictures, talk to other parents...
Third: There are regular story times tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 25th) and Friday (Nov. 27th). Then we're done until January.
Fourth: Christmas story times are starting on Tuesday, Dec. 1st! We'll have cheery stories and a small craft. This is an all ages story time.
Fifth: Family Christmas movie nights are starting Wednesday, Dec. 2nd. Starbucks is again providing our hot chocolate (three cheers!). Join us in your jammies with a favorite stuffed animal or pillow :)
Nov 17, 2009
Nov 10, 2009
Windows For Dummies is the all-time bestselling guide to the Windows operating system. Windows 7 For Dummies answers all your questions about the interface adjustments and all the new tools in Windows 7.
Whether you're new to computers or just eager to start using the newest version of Windows, expert author Andy Rathbone will walk you step by step through the most common Windows 7 tasks, including managing files, applications, media, and Internet access. If you've never used Windows before, it shows you the things most books assume you already know, like how to navigate the interface, customize the desktop, and work with the file system. Then it helps you get comfortable using all aspects of Windows 7.
Nearly ninety percent of the world's PCs use the Windows operating system
Covers basic management of applications, files, and data; creating and printing documents; setting up an Internet connection and e-mail account; and online security
Explores using Windows to edit and manage audio, video, and photo files, and how to create CDs, DVDs, and playlists with Media Center
Helps you tweak and customize Windows 7 to operate your way and set up user accounts, build a home network, and maintain your PC
Provides troubleshooting advice, helps you find missing files and use the Help system, and explains common error messages
Windows 7 For Dummies will have you up and running on the newest version of Windows quickly and easily.
Windows 7 is Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system used by millions of people around the world. If you're a visual learner and are new to Windows 7, then this book is an ideal introduction to the new features of this operating system. Seasoned author Paul McFedries walks you through the basics and beyond of Windows 7 in a straightforward manner.
You'll discover how to install and repair programs, maintain your system, set up password-protected accounts, load images from a digital camera, play music and other media files, secure Internet and e-mail accounts, and much more. More than 150 tasks are accompanied by full-color screen shots as they guide you to becoming a confident user of Windows 7.
Experienced author Paul McFedries walks you through Microsoft's eagerly awaited new operating system: Windows 7
Clear and succinct explanations, step-by-step instructions, and full-color screen shots take you through the newest features of Windows 7
More than 150 Windows 7 tasks show you the basics and beyond, including installing and repairing programs, maintaining your system, loading images from a digital camera, and more.
Fantastic illustrations with easy to follow directions.
Nov 6, 2009
Monday: Reading to Aspen has been shifted this week--she will be here from 3:00-4:15. The 3:15 and 3:30 slots are still available; if you want one, call or email me!
Tuesday: Lego Builders Association will be meeting again! Come in at 3:30 to build your own castle, show everyone how cool it is and get your picture with it for the website.
Wednesday: WE ARE CLOSED!
Thursday: There will be a Thanksgiving Drop In Craft between 1 and 5pm. We are making Indian Corn table/wall decorations. Join us when you can!
Storytimes are ongoing--if you'd like to sign up, let me know.
A request as we approach the holidays: I need empty gift-wrap tubes! If you would save them for me and bring them to the library, I would really appreciate it. There's a great craft I'd like to do next summer that will use them.
Oct 27, 2009
Lily survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and the most heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds — against women, Native Americans, and anyone else who didn't fit the mold. Half Broke Horses is Laura Ingalls Wilder for adults, as riveting and dramatic as Isak Dinesen's Out of Africa or Beryl Markham's West with the Night. It will transfix readers everywhere.
LAPD Detective Harry Bosch is off the chain in the fastest, fiercest, and highest-stakes case of his life. Fortune Liquors is a small shop in a tough South L.A. neighborhood, a store Bosch has known for years. The murder of John Li, the store's owner, hits Bosch hard, and he promises Li's family that he'll find the killer. The world Bosch steps into next is unknown territory. He brings in a detective from the Asian Gang Unit for help with translation--not just of languages but also of the cultural norms and expectations that guided Li's life. He uncovers a link to a Hong Kong triad, a lethal and far-reaching crime ring that follows many immigrants to their new lives in the U.S. And instantly his world explodes. The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.
Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life.Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital. Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.
Meanwhile, three of the al Qaeda terrorists are still at large, and Rapp has been unofficially ordered to find them by any means necessary. No one knows the personal, physical, and emotional sacrifices required of the job better than Rapp. When he sees Nash cracking under the pressure of the mission and the memories of the horrors he witnessed during the terrorist attack, he makes a call he hopes will save his friend, assuage the naysayers on Capitol Hill, and get him one step closer to the enemy before it's too late. Once again, Rapp proves himself to be a hero unafraid "to walk the fine line between the moral high ground and violence" (The Salt LakeTribune) for our country's safety, for the sake of freedom, for the pursuit of honor.