Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Traveling Art Exhibit is coming to Red River County Public Library!

Red River County Public Library
is bringing four magnificent traveling art displays to Red River County throughout the month of January. Artists featured in the exhibits are:

Impressionist -Edgar Degas:
January 5-9, 2009

Renaissance Master -Michelangelo:
January 12-16, 2009

American Old West painter
-Frederic Remington:
January 19-23, 2009

Contemporary Illusionist -M.C. Escher:
January 26-30, 2009

These dramatic works of art are presented in brilliant colors on larger-than-life satin fabric ranging from 4 to 17 feet in length. The exhibits have been described as moving, mesmerizing, and containing unbelievable detail. Young and old alike will enjoy viewing these spectacular exhibits.

This month-long event is sponsored by Red River County Public Library, Friends of the Library, and the Junior Library Board.

All exhibits are free. Take advantage of your county library, plan a field trip and come visit us.

Library hours:
Mon.,Wed.,Thurs.,Fri.: 12:00-5:00
Tuesday: 9-12;1-5
Saturday: 9:00-12:00

If you have any questions you may call (903) 427-3991.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Due to an upgrade of our system the library's on-line catalog and patron account information will be temporarily unavailable.

This system should be accessible by November 1,2008.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Please call if you need assistance.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Feature Books!

The House at Riverton is a sweeping debut novel set in England between the wars. It is the story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death, and a vanishing way of life, told by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for a lifetime.

Grace Bradley went to work at Riverton House as a servant when she was just a girl, before the first World War. For years her life was inextricably tied up with the Hartford family, most particularly the two daughters, Hannah and Emmeline.

In the summer of 1924, at a glittery society party held at the House, a young poet shot himself. The only witnesses were Hannah and Emmeline, and only they--and Grace--know the truth.

The novel opens in 1999 when grace is ninety-eight years old, living out her last days in a nursing home. She is visited by a young director who is making a film about the events of that summer in 1924. She takes Grace back to Riverton House and reawakens her memories. Told in flashback, this is the story of Grace's youth during the last days of Edwardian aristocratic privilege shattered by war, of the vibrant 1920s, and of the changes she witnessed as an entire way of life vanished forever.

On Valentine's Day 1985, biologist Stacey O'Brien first met a four-day-old baby barn owl--a fateful encounter that would turn into an astonishing 19-year saga. With nerve damage in one wing, the owlet's ability to fly was forever compromised, and he had no hope of surviving on his own in the wild. O'Brien, a young assistant in the owl laboratory at Caltech, was immediately smitten, promising to care for the helpless owlet and give him a permanent home.

With both a tender heart and scientist's eye, O'Brien studied Wesley's strange habits intensively and firsthand--and provided only a mice-only diet that required her to buy the rodents in bulk (28,000 over the owl's lifetime). As Wesley grew, she snapped photos of him at every stage like any proud parent, recording his life from a helpless ball of fuzz to a playful, clumsy adolescent to a gorgeous, gold-and-white, macho adult owl with a heart-shaped face and an outsize personality that belied his 18-inch stature. Stacey and Wesley's bond deepened as she discovered Wesley's individual personality, subtle emotions, and playful nature that could turn fiercely loyal and protective--though she could have done without Wesley's driving away her would-be human suitors!

The art of embroidery uncannily links two fascinating women of different eras and their equally passionate love stories...

In an expensive London restaurant, Julia Lovat receives a gift that will change her life. At first glance it is a book of exquisite seventeenth-century embroidery patterns belonging to a woman named Catherine Ann Tregenna. Yet in it's margins are the faintest diary entries; they reveal that "Cat" and others were stolen from their Cornish church in 1625 by Muslim pirates and taken on a brutal voyage to Morocco to be auctioned off as slaves. Captivated by this dramatic discovery, Julia sets off to North Africa to determine the authenticity of the book and to uncover more of Cat's mesmerizing story. There, in the company of a charismatic Moroccan guide, amid the sultry heat, the spice markets, and exotic ruins, Julia will discover buried secrets. And in Morocco-just as Cat did before her-she will lose her heart.

A family, and the security to enjoy it: That's all Tom and Anna Reed ever wanted. But years of infertility treatments, including four failed attempts at in vitro fertilization, have left them with neither. The emotional and financial costs are straining their marriage and endangering their dreams. Then one night everything changes. Offered a chance at a future they'd almost lost hope in, they seize it. One simple choice. A fairy-tale ending.

But Tom and Anna soon realize that fairy tales never come cheap. Their decision puts them square in the path of some ruthless men. Men who have been double-crossed. Men who won't stop until they get revenge.

No matter where they find it.

Pony Carteret--the lovely headstrong youngest member of the Carteret family--has always been a strong swimmer. So when she is discovered drowned at the family's summer home at Lake Aral, Vermont, her red hair tangled in an anchor chain and her baby abandoned on shore, her family is stunned with disbelief.
As the police conduct their investigation, Jasper Carteret, the patriarch, calls an urgent family meeting. Had any of the other siblings known that Pony would be at the house that day? Was she having personal problems, was she depressed? Had she ever revealed the true identity of her baby's father? Neither sister-Tinker, the family caretaker, nor Mira, the moody, thoughtful one--has any information, and ultimately the police rule the drowning an accident.

But William Carteret, Pony's older brother, can't accept the explanetion that his favorite sister's death was an accident. Determined to uncover the truth, he eventually learns the disturbing fact that a stranger had been present at the house, and why hasn't he stepped forward? As William digs deeper, his investigations quickly lead him to a new and more daunting series of questions, not only about the mysteries in Pony's life but also about the shadowy details of his deceased mother's past and even his own. before long, he has opened a Pandora's box of family secrets, including one dangerous fact his mother has kept hidden for a generation.

While Gates Hunt chose to fight his abusive father head-on, his younger brother, Mason, eventually escaped their bitter, impoverished circumstances by earning a free ride to college and law school. And while Gates became an intransigent, compulsive felon, Mason met and married the love of his life, had a spitfire daughter, and returned to his rural hometown as the commonwealth's attorney. But Mason's idyll is abruptly pierced by a wicked tragedy, and soon afterward his life further unravels when Gates, convinced that his brother's legal influence should spring him from prison, attemps to force his copperationby means of a secret they'd both sworn to take with them to the grave. And with his closest friend and staunch ally suddenly threatened by secrets of his own, Mason ultimately finds himself facing complete ruin and desperately defending everything and everyone he holds dear.

More New Books....

Bones, by Jonathan Kellerman
Called Out of Darkness, by Anne Rice
Crafting Fun: 101 things to make.., by Rae Grant
Envy the Night, by Michael Koryta
Friend of the Devil, by Peter Robinson
Gate House, by Nelson DeMille
Good Woman, by Danielle Steel
Grace, by Richard Paul Evans
Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman
If You Give a Mouse a Cupcake, by Laura Joff Numeroff
Most Wanted Man, by John Le Carre
5th Floor, by Michael Harvey
74 Seaside Avenue, by Debbie Macomber
8 Sandpiper Way, by Debbie Macomber

Monday, September 29, 2008

New Arrivals

The Junior Book Feature is Brisingr:

It's been only months since Eragon first uttered "brisingr," an ancient language term for fire. Since then, he's not only learned to create magic with words--he's been challenged to his very core. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still, there is more adventure at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

First is Eragon's oath to his cousin, Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strengths--as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices--choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.
Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king?

The Featured Novel:
The Laughter of Dead Kings

Who stole one of Egypt's most priceless treasures? That is the
question that haunts the authorities after a distinguished British
gentleman with an uppercrust accent cons his way past a security guard and escapes into the desert carrying a world-famous, one-of-a-kind historic relic. But the Egyptian authorities and Interpol believe they know the identity of the culprit. The brazen crime bears all the earmarks of the work of one "Sir John Smythe," the suave and dangerously charming international art thief who is, in fact, John Tregarth, the longtime significant other of Vicky Bliss. But John swears he is retired--not to mention innocent--and he vows to clear his name by hunting down the true criminal.
Vicky's faith in her man's integrity leaves her no choice but to take a hiatus from her position at a leading Munich museum and set out for the Middle East. Vicky's employer, the eminent Herr Doktor Anton Z. Schmidt, rotund gourmand and insatiable adventurer, decides to join the entourage.

But dark days and myriad dangers await them in this land of intriguing antiquity. Each uncovered clue seems to raise even more questions for the intrepid Vicky--the most troubling being, Where is John going during his increasingly frequent and unexplained absences? And the stakes are elevated considerably when a ransom note arrives accompanied by a grisly momento intended to speed up negotiations--because now it appears that murder most foul has been added to the equation.

The Feature Non-Fiction Book: The Necklace

Four years ago, in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a local jewelry store dislpay window. The necklace aroused desire first, then provocative questions: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women, with the goal of sharing it.

Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each woman's life, reflecting her past, defining her present, and making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women.
With vastly dissimilarhistories and lives, the women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey. What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women trandformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning: The more they shared with others, the more profounf this experience--and experiment--became.

More New Book Titles....

American Wife, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Being Elizabeth, by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Black Belt Patriotism, by Chuck Norris
Bourne Sanction, by Eric Lustbader
Fade Away, by Harlan Coben
Hate That Cat, by Sharon Creech
Heat Lightning, by John Sanford
Home, by Marilynne Robinson
Hot Mahogany, by Stuart Woods
It Only Takes A Moment, by Mary Jane Clark
Lace Reader, by Brunonia Barry
Moscow Rules, by Daniel Silva
Real Life, By Phillip McGraw
Remember, by Karen Kingsbury
Silks, by Dick Francis
Someday, by Karen Kingsbury
Summer of Light, by W. Dale Cramer
Sunset, by Karen Kingsbury

Friday, September 12, 2008

Meadow Aster

Pretty in Purple, Another Red River County Wildflower: The Meadow Aster

Common Name: Meadow Aster
Scientific Name: Aster pratensis

The purple and gold blooms of the Meadow Aster brings a vivid yet subtle note to our late summer-early fall landscape.

The stiffly upright, slender, hairy periennial grows to 20 to 32 inches high from a woody base.

Meadow aster usually grows on sandy or sandy loam soils in prairies, meadows, open woodlands, and woodland borders.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Red River Wildflowers!

Common Name: Spider Lily
Scientific Name: Hymenocallis Eulae

This stately lily is springing up and blooming in moist, low areas of northeast Texas. It springs forth from a large onion-like bulb. The four to six flowers bloom in a cluster a'top a stalk that may reach 40 inches. The stem may be solitary or several in a clump or colony. The flowers are often as wide as seven inches.

The spider lily gets its name from the greek words kellos meaning "beautiful" and hymen meaning "membrane".

The genus is easily recognized by the membrane (hymen) which joins all the stamens, forming a cup or crown, and the narrow, "spidery", divisions of the perianth.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Arrivals!

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she'd never met, a native of Guernsey, the British island once occupied by the Nazi's. He'd come across her name on the flyleaf of a secondhand volume by Charles Lamb. Perhaps she could tell him where he might find more books by the author.

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, she is drawn into the world of this man and his friends, all members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a unique book club formed in a unique, spur-of-the-moment way: as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the Society's charming, deeply human members, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Through their letters she learns about their island, their taste in books, and the powerful, transformative impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds there will change her forever.

More Titles, More Books......
Breaking Dawn, by Stephanie Meyer
Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker
Devil Bones, by Kathy Reichs
Follow the Drinking Gourd, by Jeanette Winter
Gooney Bird Greene, by Lois Lowry
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, by Marjorie Priceman
Ivy and Bean, by Annie Barrows
Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had To Go, by Annie Barrows
Ivy and Bean Break the Fossil Record, by Annie Barrows
Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton
Little Red Lighthouse, by Hildegarde Swift
Lost On Planet China, by Maarten J. Troost
Midnight Twins, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
New Coat For Anna, by Harriet Ziefert
Rough Justice, by Jack Higgins
Sister's Choice, by Emilie Richards
Sweetgum Knit Lit Society, by Beth Pattillo
Wee Gillis, by Munro Leaf

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ask a Librarian - LIVE

Find out how to talk with a librarian on line here.
(This post will remain at the top until August 18)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Books in August!

It's the early 1970's. The town of Ringgold, Georgia, has a population
of 1,923, one traffic light, one Dairy Queen, and one Catherine Grace Cline. The daughter of Ringgold's third-generation Baptist preacher, Catherine Grace is quick-witted, more than a little stubborn, and dying to escape her small town life. Every Saturday afternoon, she sits at the Dairy Queen, eating Dilly Bars and plotting her getaway to Atlanta. And when, with the help of a family friend, the dream becomes a reality, she immediately packs her bags, leaving her family and the boy she loves to claim the life she's always imagined. But before things have even begun to get off the ground in Atlanta, tragedy brings Catherine Grace back home. As a series of extraordinary events alter her perspective-and sweeping changes come to Ringgold itself-Catherine Grace begins to wonder if her place in the world may actually be, against all odds, right where she began.

More Books....

Architecture by Birds and Insects, by Peggy Macnamara
Assassin, by Stephen Coonts
Black and White and Dead All Over, by John Darnton
Black Wave: A Family's Adventure at Sea, by John Silverwood
City of Thieves, by David Benioff
Commoner, by John Burnh Schwartz
Cypress Nights, by Stella Cameron
Memory of Water, by Karen White
Say Goodnight, by Lisa Gardner
Silent Thunder, by Iris Johansen
Smoke Screen, by Sandra Brown
Spurgeons Sermon Notees over 250 Sermons, by C.H. Spurgeon
Sweet Love, by Sarah Strohmeyer
Together: A Story of Shared Vision, by Tom Sullivan
Twisted Creek, by Jodi Thomas
Unbridled Dreams, by Stephanie Whitson

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

New Arrivals!

Care and Feeding of Sprites, by Holly Black
In The Woods, by Tana French
Last Oracle, by James Rollins
Last Patriot, Brad Thor
Likeness, by Tana French
Nixies Song, by Tony Diterlizzi
Rogue, by Danielle Steel
Tribute, by Nora Roberts

Monday, July 21, 2008

New Books in July!

Lutie McFee's history has taught her to avoid attachments...to people, to places, and to almost everything With her mother long dead gone to find his fortune in Las Vegas, fifteen-year-old Lutie lives in the godforsaken town of Spearfish, South Dakota, with her eleven-year-old brother, Fate, and Floy Satterfield, the three-hundred-pound ex-girlfriend of her father. While Lutie shoplifts for kicks, Fate spends most of his time reading, watching weird TV shows, and worrying about global warming. As if their life were not dismal enough, one day, while shopping in the local Wal-Mart, Floy keels over and the two motherless kids are suddenly faced with the choice of becoming wards of the state or high-tailing it it out of town in Floy's old Pontiac. Choosing the latter, they head off in search of a father who has no known address, no phone number, and no particular interest in the kids he left behind.

More New Books:

America America,
by Ethan Canin
Barefoot,by Elin Hilderbrand
Books,by Larry McMurtry
Chasing Darkness,by Robert Crais
Death Angel,by Linda Howard
Drifters Wheel,by Phillip DePoy
Hit and Run,by Lawrence Block
House and Home,by Kathleen McCleary
Impress The World With Your Body in 7 Days,by Dr. David Madow
Is Your Frog Boiling,by Dr. David Madow
Killer View, by Ridley Pearson
Last Kiss,by Luanne Rice
Made In The U.S.A.,by Billie Letts
Murder At The Bad Girls Bar And Grill,by N.M. Kelby
Sugar Queen,by Sarah Addison Allen
Summer Affair,by Elin Hilderbrand
Summer On A Plate,by Anna Pump
Swan Peak,by James Lee Burke
Unthinkable,by Amanda Ripley

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Have you ever wondered how the states got their shapes?

Find out the answers in:

How the States Got Their Shapes
is the first book to tackle why our state lines are the way they are. Here are the stories behind the stories, right down to the tiny northward jog at the eastern end of Tennessee and the teeny-tiny (and little known) parts of Delaware that are not attached to Delaware that are not attached to Delaware but to New Jersey.

How The States Got Their Shapes
*Why West Virginia has a finger creeping up the side of Pennsylvania
*Why Michigan has an upper peninsula that isn't attached to Michigan.
*Why some Hawaiian islands are not Hawaiian.
*Why Texas and California are so outsized, especially when so many Midwestern states are nearly so identical in size.

Packed with fun oddities and trivia, this entertaining guide also reveals the major fault lines of American history, from ideological intrigues and religious intolerance to major territorial acquisitions. Adding the fresh lens of local geographic disputes, military skirmishes, and land grabs, Mark Stein shows how the seemingly haphazard puzzle pieces of our nation fit together perfectly.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Live Chat

To better serve our patrons, we have added a Live Chat feature to our blog. You will find it in the gray box in the sidebar to the left.

When a librarian is logged on, you will see a green icon next to the words "Library is online".

Before beginning a dialogue, enter your name in the "edit nick" space at the bottom of the box.

Type your message, hit enter and allow a few moments for a librarian to answer.

Messages sent via the Live Chat are private, viewable only by the sender and the library. Once you leave our blog, the dialogue is no longer visible.

We hope this feature will be useful for rechecks, reserves and quick questions. We will not be able to do extensive research using Live Chat.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Texas Master Naturalist Display - July 1, 2008

Beautiful Sunflowers!

Common Name: Sunflowers
Scientific Name: Helianthus (species unknown)

These large sunflower blooms are from volunteer plants that came up aroud a bird-feeding station. These are of an unknown cultivating species. However, these plants were developed from native species by plant scientists.

Western North America is the home of the sunflowers which carpet many fields and adorn roadsides with gold. There are twenty to thirty species.

All native sunflowers have long (or occasionally reddish) rays and yellow or brown-purple disks.

Texas Master Naturalist
Red River Chapter

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

New Arrivals!

" An immensely appealing book...Nick is the pluckiest, most likable boy-hero since Robert Lewis Stevenson's David Balfour (Kidnapped). With great battle scenes; lots of nautical jargon; and themes of courage, integrity, and honor, this book will appeal to restless boys who can never find books written just for them. Three huzzahs and a great big 21-gun salute to Bell for his first novel for kids." --School Library Journal, Jane Henrikson Baird

" Nick of Time is a blast--the best of Robert Lewis Stevenson, Horatio Hornblower, and Harry Potter. The kid in me loved it, and so did the adult."
--James Patterson

"A brilliant adventure, hidden within a rolling saga, tucked inside an intriguing mystery. That's Nick of Time. Ted Bell proves that he's the master of swashbuckling for both young and old."
--Steve Berry

More Books....

Adventure in Flying, by Jack Elliott
Coast Lines: How Mapmakers.., by Mark Monmonier
Fearless Fourteen, by Janet Evanovich
Fortunes Fool, by Mercedes Lackey
How to Behave and Why, by Munro Leaf
How to Speak Politely and Why, by Munro Leaf
Love The One Your With, by Emily Giffin
Manners Can Be Fun, by Munro Leaf
Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life, by David Peltzer
Murder Notebook, Jonathan Santlofer
Mustang: The Saga of the Wild Horse, by Deanne Stillman
Nothing to Lose, by Lee Child
Resurrectionist, by Jack O'Connell
Richest Season, by Maryann McFadden
Simplexity: Why simple things become.., by Jeffrey Kluger
Snow Queen, by Mercedes Lackey
Still Growing, by Kirk Cameron
Tailspin, by Catherine Coulter
Walking with God, by Hohn Eldredge
Woman in Red, by Eileen Goudge
The Woman Who Can't Forget, by Jill Price
Writing Class, Jincy Willett

At 30 Londoner Joanna still spends her free time with her Oxford college friends, now with burgeoning careers and allon the cusp of real adulthood. Lucas, Joanna's closest friend and prolonged crush, inherits Stoneborough Manor, a huge and imposing house in the Cotswold countryside filled with priceless art, where all the college friends are to spend every weekend together. The first visit, on New Year's Eve, doesn't start well, as the Londoner's get lost. To Joanna, the manor has a threatening and unsettling aura, and indeed, the big, dark, vaguely confusing house with its secrets and disappointments works well as an allegory for moving into the responsibilities and fears of growing up. Joanna and her friends proceed to deal with the unknown, some well, others destructive.

--Publishers Weekly

Friday, June 20, 2008

Summer Reading 2008

For details about our
Summer Reading JUBLIEE

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Texas Master Naturalist Display

Red River County Wildflower!

Common Name: Giant Coneflower
Scientific Name: Rudbeckia grandiflora

These tall, stately coneflowers are blooming in area prairies and pinelands.

A colony of the five-foot tall coneflowers are blooming alongside the west side of Highway 37 about 3 1/2 miles norht of Clarksville. The stately blooming plants also usually bloom alongside FM 1159, and other Red River County locations and southward to the Lake Caddo area.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Check Out our New Books!

As a little girl, Jane has no one. Her mother, the powerful head of a Broadway theatre company, has no time for her. She does have one friend--a handsome, comforting, funny man named Michael--but only she can see him.

Years later, Jane is in her thirties and just as alone as ever. Then she meets Michael again--as handsome, smart, and perfect as she had remembers him to be. But not even Michael knows the reason they've really been reunited.

More New Titles:
Act 2, A Novel with Perfect Pitch, by Kimberly Stuart
Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
Belong to Me, by Maris De Los Santos
Child 44, Tom Rob Smith
The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, by Elizabeth Berg
Doesn't She Look Natural, by Angela Elwell Hunt
Executive Privilege, by Phillip Margolin
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer
Moon in the Mango Tree, by Pamela Ewen
Organizing From the Inside Out, by Julie Morgenstern
Peace Like A River, by Leif Enger
Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich
Shadow Command, by Dale Brown
She Always Wore Red, by Angela Elwell Hunt
Sisterchicks Go Brit, by Robin Jones Gunn
Skid, by Rene Gitteridge
So Brave Young and Handsome, by Leif Enger
Southern Living Garden Book, by Steve Bender
Sweet Caroline, by Rachel Hauck
When Organizing Isn't Enough, by Julie Morgenstern
Winter Study, by Nevada Barr

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bouquet of Flowers compliments of the Red River Chapter, Texas Master Naturalist Program

Spring Wildflowers!

Common name: Brown-eyed Susan (the gold daisy with the brown center)
Scientific name: Rudbeckia hirta

Common name: Philadelphia fleabane (small white daisy with yellow center)
Scientific name: Erigeron philadelphi cus

Common name: Queen Ann's Lace
Scientific name: Daucus carota

Common name: Spiderwort (bloom 3-petaled blue or occasionally magenta.
Closes in PM)

Common name: Sensitive briar (bloom
pink ball-shaped bloom)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More New Arrivals!!!

Here is the much anticipated non-fiction book :

Twisted Triangle tells the compelling true story of Margo Bennett, a married FBI agent whose jealous, vengeful husband, Gene Bennett, a former undercover FBI agent, kidnapped and attempted to murder her after she had a secret love affair with best-selling crime novelist Patricia Cornwell.

This series of bizarre events caused a sensation when it made national news a decade ago, but the whole incredible story has never before been told. Only now have Margo Bennett, her friends, and family granted investigative journalist Caitlin Rother exclusive access to personal interviews, previously sealed court records, diaries, letters, and other formally confidential material. The book details the crazy dynamics of Margo and Gene Bennett's marriage and family, the rise and fall of their FBI careers, and Margo's clandestine lesbian affair with celebrity author Patricia Cornwell. Stranger than fiction , this story decribes the makings of Gene's complex plan, his insanity defense, and the trial that ultimately vindicated Margo and sent Gene to prison, where he remains today.

Odd Hours, by Dean Koontz

Audiobooks: The Bottom Dollar Girls series
Bet Your Bottom Dollar, by Karin Gillespie
A Dollar Short, by Karin Gillespie
Dollar Daze, by Karin Gillespie

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Summer Reading Program Jubilee! 1958-2008

The 2008 Summer Reading Program
June 1 - June 27

Program Schedule:

Kindergarten- 3rd grade
June 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 1:oo in the Library Conference Room

4th- 6th Grades
June 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th at 1:00 in the Library Conference Room

Friday June 27th at 10:00 a.m. the concluding Party will be held for everyone!

Special Events scheduled:
Week of June 2nd:
Monday and Thursday:
*Place Marker Making*
*Story Time*

Week of June 9th:
Monday and Thursday:
*Story Time/ Art Project*

Week of June 16th:
Monday and Thursday:
*Story Time*
*Texas Bingo*
**Camo Day**

Week of June 23th:
Monday and Thursday:
**Story Time**
*Book Mark Making*
**Hat or Bandanna Day**

Monday, May 19, 2008

May Arrivals!

"McEwen was voted one of the most
trusted people in America...His wit and
warmth made him a welcome guest
in millions of homes. The stroke almost
took all that away [but] today he has
a new mission." - CBS.com

"Stroke recovery is not for the faint
of heart. It takes plenty of 'angels on
earth,' from doctors and therapists to
friends and family, to make it through.
Mark McEwen was lucky enough to
have those angels in his life. And now,
through his book, he has become an angel
on earth for others, including myself, to lean on
-Shary Shreffler, stroke survivor

More May Additions......

Audition, Barbara Walters
Bulls Island, Dorothea Benton Frank
Careless in Red, Elizabeth George
Comfort Food, Kate Jacobs
The Front, Patricia Cornwell
Moon Shell Beach, Nancy Thayer
Phantom Prey, John Sanford

Saturday, May 17, 2008

New Arrivals!

"In a voice more powerful and compassionate
than ever before, bestselling author Elizabeth Strout
binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives
into a book with the heft of a novel, through the
presence of one larger-than-life,
unforgettable character:
Olive Kitteridge."

More New Titles include:
Arkansas, John Brandon
Dark Tide, Andrew Gross
Days of Infamy, Newt Gingrich
Mercy Street, Mariah Stewart
Mirrors Edge, Steven Sidor
Once Upon a Fastball, Bob Mitchell
Quiet Please! Dispatches from a public librarian, Scott Douglas
Secrets, Jude Deveraux
The Story of a Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer
Twenty Wishes, Debbie Macomber

Monday, April 21, 2008

April Books

A relative newcomer, James Sheehan delivers a masterfully written novel in his new legal thriller The Law of Second Chances. Fans of John Grisham, David Baldacci, Jeffery Archer, and Harlan Coben will most likely find Sheehan to be a winner as well.

Other new titles added in April include:

Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult
Charley’s Web – Joy Fielding
Dark Tide – Andrew Gross
Girls in Trucks – Katie Crouch
Guilty – Karen Robards
Hold Tight – Harlan Coben
Killer Heat – Linda Fairstein
Mistaken Identity – Van Ryn
People of the Weeping Eye – Michael Gear
Prisoner of Birth – Jeffery Archer
Suddenly – Barbara Delinsky
Sudoku Puzzle Murders – Parnell Hall
3rd Angel – Alice Hoffman
Where Are You Now – Mary Higgins Clark
Y’all Come Eat – Jamie Dean
Zookeeper’s Wife – Diane Ackerman

Monday, April 14, 2008

National Library Week

National Library Week is April 13-19.

This years marks the 50th anniversary of National Library Week.

Red River County Public Library is celebrating with
an OPEN HOUSE on Thurday, April 17 from 4 - 6 p.m.

This event is hosted by the Library Board of Trustees and the Junior Library Board.

Members of the Junior Board will present
Living Literature dressed as
famous characters from favorite books.

There will be drawings for door prizes.

Refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


These are the questions being asked here at the library:

Do we have so few blog readers because of infrequent posts?


Do we have infrequent posts because we have so few blog readers?

When we figure this one out, we will move on to
the chicken and the egg and the tree in the forest.

In the meantime, we will work on regular posts.....just in case!

Please come again soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Library Links

People are interested in other people, otherwise we wouldn't have an entire section in the library devoted to biographies. Some books recount the glorious and not-so-glorious days of celebrities and newsmakers. Other biographies document the lives of ordinary people that share extraordinary events or inspire with triumph over adversity. The time period is varied--from historical accounts to contemporary stories. There is much to be learned about history and human nature in biographies. For people watchers among us, there is a wealth of entertainment value in a good biography or memoir.

At InfoPlease you can find mini biographical sketches of news worthy people that died in 2007.
Browsing the list, you might find someone you have not thought about in a long time or whose passing you may have missed.

Also of interest: an article reviewing a collection of bad cliches a U.S. university has nominated for banishment.