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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eye-Catching Picture Books - October 2014

Posted by Youth Service Staff

We feel very lucky that we get to see all of the new picture books as they are added to the Children's Library. Here are some of the new picture books that have caught our eye for being cute, having really nice illustrations, or a great story.

The Pout-pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

Penguin on Vacation by Salina Yoon.  Penguin's tired of the snow and cold--so he decides to go on vacation! But where should he go? And what new friends will he meet along the way?

That Pup! by Lindsay Barrett George. After having fun digging up acorns, a little dog decides to bury them all again. Cute puppy, need we say more?

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle.  In this wordless, lift-the-flap picture book, Flora and her new friend, thepenguin, dance on the ice together and learn to treat each other with respect and kindness.

Quest by Aaron Becker.  Colored markers in hand, two children  make their own way through the portal, under the sea, through a tropical paradise, over a perilous bridge, and high in the air with the help of a winged friend. Amazing illustrations.

Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl.  Goatilocks gobbles more than porridge in this fractured fairy tale that puts a hilarious twist on a favorite story.

Hug Machine by Scott Campell.  
This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug-- and this book!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Meet the Staff: Jocie D.

Posted by Jocie D.

How long have you worked at the library?  About 1 month

How many items do you have checked out right now?  15        

How many items are on your hold list?  3

What book can you read again and again without losing interest? Why do you still read it?  I will reread several books. The most often are any of the Harry Potter Series and the Stephanie Plum series. I will also reread several “single” books by my favorite authors: Linda Howard, Susan Wiggs, Janet Evanovich, Lori Foster, Maya Banks, Karen Robards, and many more! I really enjoy reading, so when I find a good story I don’t mind reading it several times. I often discover little tidbits in the storyline that I overlooked the first few times!

If you were a literary character, who would you be and why?  If I were a literary character I would want to be Stephanie Plum. I am very clumsy and accident prone just like she is! She has a very interesting job and is always meeting new people both and good and bad. She gets to work with the most interesting people and animals, and she has the funniest Grandma ever!

What is your favorite book format (book, audio, mp3, e-reader, etc.)? Both real books and kindle e-books.

If you use multiple formats, what percentage do you use each? 90% real books, 10% Kindle e-books (I often forget to charge my Kindle!)

What is your favorite aspect of working at the library?  The people! I love meeting new people of all ages.

What is your guilty reading (or listening) pleasure?  Romantic Suspense

What is your perfect reading environment?  Anywhere!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what single genre of books would you want with you?  Non-fiction with an emphasis on survival skills

Friday, October 24, 2014

You CAN Handle the Truth: New Non-Fiction Picks October 2014

Posted by the Information Services Department (Gwen B., Amanda E., Lisa E., Kristen R., & Joyce D.

Every month, the cataloging department gets to see new books before everyone else.  Listed below, along with their Dewey Decimal classification, are our top picks of the non-fiction books that looked most interesting, ultra-informative, or just plain fun.

155.2 MCM Why You're Not Married - Yet: the Straight talk you need to get the relationship you deserve by Tracy McMillan. Based on her wildly popular Huffington Post article—one of the site’s most-viewed of all time—Why You’re Not Married . . . Yet dishes out straightforward, no-holds-barred practical and proven advice for women hoping to head down the aisle or just have a great relationship. With sisterly insight, razor-sharp wit, and refreshing candor, McMillan points out the things that might be in your blind spot: unhelpful attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs so easy to identify in others, much more difficult to see in yourself.

248.845 STO How to Raise Selfless Kids in a Self-Centered World by Dave Stone. In this third book from the Faithful Families series, Dave Stone continues to share his practical, conversational, and humorous approach to the challenges of building a strong spiritual foundation for the family. He equips parents with what they need to raise kids whose focus is not always on themselves. Some topics include: Becoming Other Focused, Service, Generosity, Forgiveness, and much more.

355.54 STI Special Forces Survival Guide by Alexander Stilwell. Written by a former member of the British Territorial Army, Special Forces Survival Guide arms readers with the survival techniques used by special forces units around the world. Trained to take on the toughest missions in the most challenging environments, these warriors must be able to master any situation, including escaping danger, evading capture and surviving with little or no gear.

641.5954 SAL Six Spices: a Simple Concept of Indian Cooking by Neeta Saluja. Featuring recipes and introducing the use of fundamental spices, this collection guides cooks of various levels of expertise in the preparation of healthy, delicious Indian meals. It focuses on a different cooking technique, offering insight into foods that at times can seem daunting for the novice cook.

747 SAN 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas by Alex Sanchez Vidiella. One of the most popular interior design trends, minimalism highlights the essence of a room, stressing clean lines, clutter-free spaces, and a limited color palette.In 150 Best Minimalist House Ideas, photographs and floor plans of minimalist homes around the world are featured.

779 DIO Dior, the Legendary Images: Great Photographers and Dior. Reaching beyond the intimate setting of the fashion show, the photographer paints a portrait of haute couture that takes the courturier's intention to enchant the public and elevates it to the level of the sublime. The great names in photography, the mythical photos that have contructed Dior's imae, and the emblematic subjects of the house's iconography - whether they are dreams of faraway place or captured in the vast open-sky "studios" of Paris or Versailles - are all evoked in this vast panorama that takes us through more than sixty years in the history of fashion photography.

B Glass The Todd Glass Situation: a Bunch of Lies About My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories About My 30-year Career in Standup Comedy by Todd Glass. A hilarious, poignant memoir from comedian Todd Glass about his decision at age forty-eight to finally live openly as a gay man and the reactions and support from his comedy pals, from Louis CK to Sarah Silverman.