Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How Two Families Found Faith, Hope, & Love in the Midst of Tragedy

A True Story

Read more about the book
and this amazing family

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Arrivals....

In this kaleidoscopic setting, two unforgettable characters are brought to life. Emilie Guillaudeu, the museum's longtime taxidermist, is horrified by the chaotic change Barnum brings. Ana Swift, a professional giantess, is jaded by a world of gawkers pushing against her, and reacting to her, every day. But they both will endure dramatic change, one against his will, propelled by a paradigm shift happening whether he likes it or not, and the other because she is struggling to survive.

Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lives in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.
When the lives they've built come crashing down, brother and sister have nowhere to to go but home, where they discover that Caleb and Camille are planning one last performance-their magnum opus-whether the kids agree to participate or not. Soon, ambition breeds conflict, bringing the Fangs to face the difficult decision about what's ultimately more important: their family or their art.

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphange.

A strange collection of very peculiar photographs.

As our story opens a horific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that miss Peregrine's children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.

Arriving in the mail over a period of weeks are taunting letters that end with a simple declaration: "Think of any number...picture see how well I know your secrets." Amazingly, those who comply find that the letter writer has predicted their random choices exactly. For Dave Gurney, just retired as the NYPD's top homicide investigator and forging a new life with his wife, Madeleine, in upstate New York, the letters are oddities that begin as a diverting puzzle but quickly ignite a massive serial-murder investigation.
What policeare confronted with is a completely baffling killer, one who is fond of rhymes filled with threats and warnings, whose attention to detail is unprecedented, and who has an uncanny knack for disappearing into thin air. Even more disturbing, the scale of his ambition seems to widen as events unfold.
Brought in as an investigative consultant, Gurney soon accomplishes deductive breakthroughs that leave local police in awe. Yet, even as he matches wits with his seemingly clairvoyant opponent, Gurney's tragedy-marred past rises up to haunt him, his marriage approaches a dangerous precipice, and, finally, a dark, cold fear builds that he's met an adversary who can't be stopped.

Don't forget these titles.......
Accident, by Linwood Barclay
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
Before Ever After, by Samantha Sotto
Bonnie, by Iris Johansen
The Eighty Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts
Emory's Gift, by W. Bruce Cameron
Everything Beautiful Began After, by Simon Van Booy
Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Kill Me If You Can, by James Patterson
Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Magician King, by Lev Grossman
The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
Murder One, by Robert Dugoni
New York to Dallas, by J.D. Robb
Next To Love, by Ellen Feldman
No Rest For The Dead, by Jeff Abbott
Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
Remebering The Music, by Kate Whouley
Robert B Parker's Killing The Blues, by Michael Brandman
Seal Team 6, by Howard E. Wasdin
Secret Obsession, by Kimberly Lawson Roby
Shut Your Eyes Tight, by John Verdon
Son of Stone, by Stuart Woods
Start Something That Matters, by Blake Mycoskie
Thirty Three Men Inside the Miraculous.., by Jonathan Franklin
Those Across The River, by Christopher Buehlman
Thunder Dog, by Michael Hingson
Trick of the Light, by Loise Penny
Unsaid, by Neil Abramson
Vintage Affair, by Isabel Wolff
We The Animals, by Justin Torres
What It Is Like To Go To War, by Karl Marlantes
Winter Sea, by Susanna Kearsley
The Woodcutter, by Reginald Hill

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A library is.....

via Pintrest

Travel to upstate New York with Margaret Roach as she gives up city life and discovers nature through gardening.

Venture to Sri Lanka and let Adele Baker introduce you to the customs, cultures, and landscapes there.

Travel back in time to the Paris, France of 1830-1900 and follow along with  David McCullough as he introduces American artists, writers, doctors, politicians and architects who set off to advance their careers across the Atlantic.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New Arrivals....

Alex Miller is a criminal defense attorney and, at thirty-five, the youngest partner in one of the most powerful law firms in New York City. He's a man at the top of his game with the life he's always dreamed of, complete with a loving wife, who remains patient with his long hours and high-stakes cases, and a beautiful young daughter.
At his father's funeral, Alex meets Michael Ohlig- a mysterious and nearly mythic firgure in the Miller family history--who presents Alex with a surprising request: to represent him in a high-profile criminal alleged brokerage scam that has lost hundreds of millions of dollars for investors. Wealthy beyond words, Ohlig insists he has done nothing wrong, and Alex, who's experienced enough to know that clients always lie, uncharacteristically believes him.
But as the facts come out, shocking secrets are revealed that threaten everything Alex believes in--about the law, his family, and himself. But his desperate need for the truth propels Alex to unscrupulous depths, and to confront a past defined by deception and a future in jeopardy...with the realization that one false step could destroy everything Alex holds dear.

Most people dream of having an interior designer swoop in ans save them. But you don't need that.
You already have what it takes to decorate. The talent. The creativity. All your missing is the know-how, and that's exactly what this book gives you.
Meghan walks you through each step of the decorating process, starting with determining what you want and ending with your dream room--a room perfectly tailored to your wants and needs. And while you may think an interior designer could create a better version for you, she begs to differ. No one knows what you love better than you. Which is why, you'll always be your own best decorator.
To make the process as easy as can be, included are many full-color photo examples along with simple worksheets with step-by-step instructions that make decorating absolutely foolproof.

Don't forget these books....
Bad Things Happen, by Harry Dolan
BetterPhoto Basics, by Jim Miotke
A Dance With Dragons, by George R. R. Martin
Digital Photgraphy Book, by Scott Kelby
A Drop of the Hard Stuff, by Lawrence Block
Escape, by Barbara Delinsky
Eyes Wide Open, by Andrew Gross
Game of Secrets, by Dawn Tripp
Identity, Lost, by Pascal Morco
Iron House, by John Hart
Never Knowing, by Chevy Stevens
You're Next, by Gregg Hurwitz

Friday, July 29, 2011


Peaceful bliss.
Book lover's fantasy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Library Learning Patch-A Look Back

2011 Library Learning Patch
A story in pictures

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Learning in the Learning Patch

Session 19

The harvest continues

Down to just the maintanence work.


Local resident, Nancy Smith gave the gardeners a demonstration on spinning yarn from her own animals.

Carding the wool

Making yarn using a drop spindle

Making yarn using a pedal spindle

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Arrivals!

Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota-based pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug. Nothing about the assignment is easy: not only does no one know where Dr. Swenson is, but the last person who was sent to find her, Marina's research partner Anders Eckman, died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding Dr. Swenson as well as answers to troubling questions about her friends death, the state of her company's future, and her own past.
Once found, Dr. Swenson, now in her seventies, is a ruthless and uncompromising as she ever was back in the days of Grand Rounds at Johns Hopkins. With a combination of science and subterfuge, she dominates her research team and the natives she is studying with the force of an imperial ruler. But while she is as threatening as anything the jungle has to offer, the greatest sacrifices to be made are the ones Dr. Swenson asks of herself, and will ultimately ask of Marina.

Don't forget these...
The Bird Sisters, by Rebecca Rasmussen
Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson
Best Staged Plans, by Claire Cook
Buried Prey, by John Sandford
Buried Secrets, by Joseph Finder
Dreams Of Joy, by Lisa See
Easily Amused, by Karen McQuestion
Embers Of Love, by Tracie Peterson
Friendship Bread, by Darien Gee
Greater Journey, by David McCullough
Heart Of Memory, by Alison Strobel
Hearts Aglow, by Tracie Peterson
Jefferson Key, by Steve Berry
Mama Ruby, by Mary Monroe
Pirate Queen, by Patricia Hickman
Promises To Keep, by Ann Tatlock
Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson
Secrets in the Sauce, by Linda Evan Shepherd
Silver Girl, by Elin Hilderbrand
Sister, by Rosamund Lupton
Sixteen Brides, by Stephanie G. Whitson
Summer Rental, by Mary Kay Andrews
Tigerlililys Orchids, by Ruth Rendell
Turn Of Mind, by Alice LaPlante
Two Deaths Of Daniel Hayes, by Marcus Sakey

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tomatoes & Peppers & Squash! Oh My!

Session 18

Busy gardeners

Have you ever seen a sunflower so tall?
It's about to reach the top of the building!

The fruits...ummmm, vegetables...of our labor

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Learning Patch Bounty

Session 17

Sampling pesto made from our
garden fresh basil
A found snake skin leads to an impromptu lesson

Learning about insects--good and bad

Bountiful harvest

Many more on the vines

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Learning Patch Catch-up

Session 13

At session 13, the children sampled maple candy,
 made with 100% pure maple syrup.

Outside work for the day: build a scarecrow:

Session 14

A weed-free garden, growing strong.

Session 15

The Learning Patch had guest teachers this week
 while Mrs. Sheri was out of town.
Mr. and Mrs. Maroney taught a lesson on
Victory Gardens and nutrition.

Session 16

The first ripe tomatoes