Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Book of the Moment - Quiet
Not every success story begins with an outgoing personality.
From Vincent Van Gogh to Abraham Lincoln, Susan Cain examines the impact of introverted personalities on history, and dispels misconceptions about those who prefer solitude to socializing. She also offers helpful tips for parenting a shy child and letting one’s low-key talents shine at work.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain


Now available at the Library

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Arrival...

Paul Jennings was born into slavery in 1799 and came of age in the White House. Fiercely intelligent, as the constant servant in James Madison's study, he absorbed lessons meant for those of high stature. After achieving his own freedom, Jennings endangered it by trying to free others in the greatest-scale-ever-attempted slave escape. He later established himself with a government job, living in the nation's capitol alongside families of ex-slaves of presidents Washington, Jefferson, and Madison, and he authored the first White House memoir. Jennings died in 1874, bequeathing valuable property in Washington, D.C. to two sons.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sign up time for Garden Club

The Red River County Public Library and members of the Red River Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists are offering the Library Learning Patch again this year.  Children from grades 1-5 are invited to sign up at the Library from January 9-27.  The program will run from February 21, 2012 through June 26, 2012 and will be held at the Library on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Children will plant, tend and harvest their garden while learning about the natural world around them.  Utilizing the gardening experience as well as library books and fun, hand-on activities, the group will learn about such things as soil composition, helpful and harmful insects, birds, the water cycle, botany and the interrelation of plants, animals and humans.

Class size will be limited, so early signup is advised.  Older children wishing to serve as helpers are also invited to participate.

For further information, please contact Sheri Schwed at the Library, 903-427-3991.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Do you enjoy a good thriller?  May we recommend:

Amazon's pick for Best Mystery, Thriller & Suspense of 2011

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me. . . ."

Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Her husband, Ben, is a stranger to her, and he's obligated to explain their life together on a daily basis--all the result of a mysterious accident that made Christine an amnesiac. With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she's written three unexpected and terrifying words: "Don't trust Ben." Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion. What kind of accident caused her condition? Who can she trust? Why is Ben lying to her? And, for the reader: Can Christine’s story be trusted? At the heart of S. J. Watson's Before I Go To Sleep is the petrifying question: How can anyone function when they can't even trust themselves? Suspenseful from start to finish, the strength of Watson's writing allows Before I Go to Sleep to transcend the basic premise and present profound questions about memory and identity. One of the best debut literary thrillers in recent years, Before I Go to Sleep deserves to be one of the major blockbusters of the summer. --Miriam Landis