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