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Aug 31, 2010

new nonfiction

The Secret revealed the law of attraction. Now Rhonda Byrne reveals the greatest power in the universe -- The Power to have anything you want.In this book you will come to understand that all it takes is just one thing to change your relationships, money, health, happiness, career, and your entire life.Every discovery, invention, and human creation comes from The Power. Perfect health, incredible relationships, a career you love, a life filled with happiness, and the money you need to be, do, and have everything you want, all come from The Power.
The life of your dreams has always been closer to you than you realized, because The Power -- to have everything good in your life -- is inside you. To create anything, to change anything, all it takes is just one thing…THE POWER.


Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, and brilliantly introduced by Judith Thurman, Simone de Beauvoir’s masterpiece weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of “woman” and to explore the power of sexuality.Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still as eye-opening and pertinent as ever. This triumphant and genuinely revolutionary book began as an exceptional woman’s attempt to find out who and what she was. Drawing on extensive interviews with women of every age and station of life, masterfully synthesizing research about women’s bodies and psyches as well as their historic and economic roles, The Second Sex is an encyclopedic and cogently argued document about inequality and enforced “otherness.”This long-awaited new translation pays particular attention to the existentialist terms and French nuances that may have been misconstrued in the first English edition; restores Beauvoir’s phrasing, rhythms, and tone; and reinstates significant portions of the “Myths” and “History” chapters that were originally cut due to length, including accounts of more than seventy female figures. A vital and life-changing work that has dramatically revised the way women talk and think about themselves, Beauvoir’s magisterial treatise continues to provoke and inspire.

A timely guide to overcoming the retirement challenges we all face
The Great Recession has placed a wake-up call to America's baby boomers. Many have not saved enough for retirement and have not taken a hard look at how many post-work years they may need to finance.
Written in a straightforward and accessible style, The Hard Times Guide to Retirement Security tackles the tough questions about retirement in the new post-crash economy. Page by page, it puts retirement in perspective by touching on important issues such as insuring against the risk of outliving your assets, recalibrating damaged retirement portfolios, managing the risk of health-care expenses in retirement, and career strategies for workers who are 50 years old and up.
Reveals how to boost lifetime income through better planning, and working just a few additional years
Offers advice on how to hire a financial advisor whose first loyalty is to you, not Wall Street
Discusses why you should rethink housing in the wake of the real estate crash
Offers detailed advice on career reinvention, the 50+ job market and midlife entrepreneurship
Engaging and informative, this practical guide provides the strategies needed for a truly fulfilling and secure retirement


"There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who don't cook out of and have NEVER cooked out of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK, and the other kind...The I HATE TO COOK people consist mainly of those who find other things more interesting and less fattening, and so they do it as seldom as possible. Today there is an Annual Culinary Olympics, with hundreds of cooks from many countries ardently competing. But we who hate to cook have had our own Olympics for years, seeing who can get out of the kitchen the fastest and stay out the longest."- Peg BrackenPhilosopher's Chowder. Skinny Meatloaf. Fat Man's Shrimp. Immediate Fudge Cake. These are just a few of the beloved recipes from Peg Bracken's classic I HATE TO COOK BOOK. Written in a time when women were expected to have full, delicious meals on the table for their families every night, Peg Bracken offered women who didn't revel in this obligation an alternative: quick, simple meals that took minimal effort but would still satisfy. 50 years later, times have certainly changed - but the appeal of THE I HATE TO COOK BOOK hasn't. This book is for everyone, men and women alike, who wants to get from cooking hour to cocktail hour in as little time as possible.





Aug 23, 2010

Story Times and Other Kids' Programs

Random announcement: Our Flickr account has been updated! Not only is everything current, but now you can also look all the back to 2007!

Friday, September 3 at 4pm: Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie! You've probably read at least the first book, if not all four. Come see the movie with friends and free popcorn! Not only that, but the publishers/publicity people have sent me Wimpy Kid 5 bookmarks and buttons that I will be giving out as well. (It comes out in November and yes, I will order it!).





Monday, September 20th at 11:ooam--"Getting Ready for Kindergarten" Workshop for Parents. If your child is going to kindergarten in the spring (or next fall and you really want to get a jump on it!), this program is for you. The Parent Information Resource Center provides this workshop to show you simple, fun and cheap ways to help your child prepare. You will receive free materials you can use and refreshments will be provided. Childcare will also be provided but you MUST sign up so that I can plan appropriately. Call 474-2044 or email lmichaud@sealib.org
Story Times start September 7 and run through Oct. 15!
Tuesday, 10:30am. 1-2 year olds, Toddlers Story Time. Wednesday, 3:00pm. 4-6 year olds, Runners Story Time. Thursday, 11:00am. 2-3 year olds, Walkers with Parents Story Time.
Friday, 11:00am. 3-4 year olds, Independent Walkers Story Time.
Each Story Time is different: The Toddlers group will have mostly songs and fingerplays or rhymes, with a very simple book or two. Then the little ones will play while the grown-ups have coffee and tea and a little time to socialize.
The Walkers with Parents Story Time is slightly more advanced, with some songs and fingerplays, but we’ll also introduce picture books and ask a few simple questions. Instead of play time, this group will make a small craft at the end.
Independent Walkers will follow the same format, but they will come in on their own while their parents have a chance to select their own library materials.
The Runners group will have a couple songs or fingerplays, but most of the time will be spent reading and talking about the stories while their parents have a chance to select their own materials. They will also have a craft at the end.
There will be a different theme each week, from favorites to fall, etc. Our space is limited, so please call to sign up—these limits exist not only because of space but also so that each child will have the best Story Time experience possible.
Call 474-2044 and ask for Lisa to sign up.

Aug 19, 2010

new manga

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Volumes 18-22















Volumes 1 & 2

new teen books


Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.



What would Apollo's online profile look like? What would Aphrodite say if she had her own blog? Greek mythology hall of famers meet the modern age in a new series that brings the superstars of Greek myth to life with stories that put them in the pantheon! Complete with profiles, headshots, family trees, fascinating sidebars and irreverent surprises, Mythlopedia is for readers who love action, romance, power struggles and more!






In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing—from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.


Truly, Madly, Undead-ly
This irresistible collection features stories of love amid vampires by five of today's hottest authors—Kristin Cast (Tempted), Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy), Alyson No√čl (Evermore), Kelley Armstrong (The Summoning), and Francesca Lia Block (Pretty Dead).
From a fugitive vampire forced to trust a boy who might work for the group bent on destroying her to the legendary romance of two immortals whose love compels them to risk everything, this heart-pounding collection brings new meaning to the words "love you forever." Whether you're into romances that are dark and moody or light and fun, these stories will quench that insatiable thirst for enchanting tales of the beautiful undead



Karen DeSonne is used to pretending to be something she’s not. All her life, she’s passed as a normal all-American teenager; with her friends, with her family, and at school. Passing cost her the love of her life. And now that Karen’s dead, she’s still passing – this time, as alive. Meanwhile, Karen’s dead friends have been fingered in a high-profile murder, causing a new round of anti-zombie regulations that have forced nearly all of Oakvale’s undead into hiding. Karen soon learns that the “murder” was a hoax, staged by Pete Martinsburg and his bioist zealots. Obtaining enough evidence to expose the fraud and prove her friends’ innocence means doing the unthinkable: betraying her love by becoming Pete’s girlfriend. Karen’s only hope is that the enemy never realizes who she really is – because the consequences would be even worse than death


Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind? Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies - not humans - and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind – and the grips of a giant squid – in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer delivers a knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the blockbuster series.

From Booklist
The title says it all for this indulgent and delightfully macabre spoof on the current vampire craze. Doug Lee is 15 and overweight—and will be for eternity. He may be a vampire, but he is not a romantic figure by any means. An opening scene at the San Diego Comic Con neatly captures the event's unabashed geekiness, while Doug's efforts to get some blood from a panda in the San Diego Zoo bring him to the attention of a reality TV show, Vampire Hunters. Back home in Philadelphia, Doug is smitten by a new exchange student from India, Sejal, who does not return his affection and tries to let him down easy. When he is not busy trying to win Sejal's affections (or at least suck her blood) or fending off the TV show host, Doug gets tutored in vampire ways by a most unusual mentor. Rex successfully sustains the wonderfully dry humor and calculated silliness and then surprises the reader with a thoughtful, poignant, ambiguous ending that is bound to inspire discussion. Grades 9-12. --Debbie Carton

Daniel X's hunt to eliminate each and every intergalactic criminal on Earth is always relentless, but this time, it's getting personal. Number Three on the List of Alien Outlaws takes the form of raging, soul-possessing fire. And fire transports Daniel back to the most traumatic event of his life-the death of his parents. In the face of his "kryptonite", Daniel struggles with his extraordinary powers like never before, and more than ever is at stake: his best friends are in grave peril. The only way to save them is to travel back-through a hole in time-to the demon's arrival during the Dark Ages. Rip-roaring action and humor sets the pages afire in this gripping time-travel adventure with an Arthurian cast-and countless other surprises!

Aug 6, 2010

August 9-13 for Kids--End of the Summer Reading Program!

Scotty Lago visited us last week! He answered everyone's questions (all of them!), signed snowboards, goggles, shirts and a boot, and gave personalized autographed posters to everyone. He even passed his bronze medal around for everyone to see up close.
This is the last week of "Make a Splash--Read!". I hope you've had as much fun as I have :)

Monday, 4pm: Monday Movie--Surf's Up. Surf’s Up goes behind the scenes of the high-octane world of competitive penguin surfing. Cody Maverick, an up-and-coming surfer, enters his first pro competition. Inspired by his hero, a legendary wave rider named Big Z, Cody leaves his family and his town of Shiverpool, Antarctica to travel to Pen Gu Island for the Big Z Memorial Surf Off. Cody believes that winning will bring him the admiration and respect he desires. But when he unexpectedly comes face to face with a washed up old surfer named The Geek, Cody begins to understand that the greatest champion isn’t always the one who comes in first.

Tuesday, 10am: Families First Parent Recharge. Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care is free for ages 12 and under--advance signup required--and refreshments included. Call 422-8208 x2
1-5pm: Sand Art! Draw a design, then color it in with sand! Or just freehand with the lovely colors.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11 IS THE LAST DAY TO TURN IN YOUR READING LOG! IF YOU WANT WATER COUNTRY OR TOPSFIELD FAIR TICKETS, I MUST SEE YOUR LOG BEFORE THE FINAL PARTY!

Wednesday, 6pm: Pajama Story Time and Stuffed Animal Sleepover! Wear your jammies and bring a stuffed friend. We'll start with a craft, then wind down with stories and songs. Then we'll make nametags for your stuffed friends and say goodnight to them--so please bring an animal you can stand to leave. They will spend the night in the library! When you pick them up on Thursday (at the Final Party--hint hint!), they will have a small book with pictures and the story of their night.

Thursday, 3:30pm: Final Party with Magician Peter Boie! Ok, folks, this is IT! Peter Boie is a fantastic award-winning magician who has performed hundreds of shows since he was 11. He'll have you laughing and gasping in amazement :) There will be a display of all the items the children have earned for the NHSPCA and the Food Pantry.There will, of course, be treats and final prizes as well--books for all, Topsfield Fair tickets for our 6-hour readers, and Water Country tickets for our 8-hour readers. 8 lucky 8-hour readers will also win Canobie Lake Park passes!

Aug 5, 2010

new teen books

For months, Cass has heard her best friend, Julia, whisper about a secret project. When Julia dies in a car accident, her drama friends decide to bring the project—a musical called Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad—to fruition. But Cass isn't a drama person. She can’t take a summer of painting sets, and she won’t spend long hours with Heather, the girl who made her miserable all through middle school and has somehow landed the leading role. So Cass takes off. In alternating chapters, she spends the first part of summer on a cross-country bike trip and the rest swallowing her pride, making props, and—of all things—falling for Heather.
This is a story of the breadth of love. Of the depth of friendship. And of the most hilarious musical one quiet suburb has ever seen.


From Louis Sachar, New York Times bestselling author and winner of the Newbery Medal for HOLES, comes the young adult novel THE CARDTURNER, an exploration of the human condition. How are we supposed to be partners? He can’t see the cards and I don’t know the rules! The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him to hook up with his best friend. He has no money and no job. His parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner—whatever that means. Alton’s uncle is old, blind, very sick, and very rich. But Alton’s parents aren’t the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp’s good graces. They’re in competition with his longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family, who seem to have a mysterious influence over him. Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda. As the summer goes on, he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life. Through Alton’s wry observations, Louis Sachar explores the disparity between what you know and what you think you know. With his incomparable flair and inventiveness, he examines the elusive differences between perception and reality—and inspires readers to think and think again.






Joshua's life was pretty average until his archaeologist father was reported dead in a plane crash. Josh's dad had been searching for the Mayan Codex, said to contain key information about the 2012 Mayan prophecy foretelling the end of the world. Was the crash simply a tragic accident, or is there more to his father's death than the authorities are willing to tell him?This first novel in the action-packed Joshua Files brings Josh to the depths of the Mexican jungle and into a secret society existing beneath an ancient Mayan Pyramid. Sucked into a vortex of intrigue, Josh becomes a target for danger as he learns that his father, grandfather, and Josh himself are the key to solving the mystery of the prophecy. Can Josh find the missing codex in time to save mankind?
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