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Books for Dudes – Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly

DBRLTeen - June 5, 2015

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to FlyWe all know video games aren’t real life. However, in “Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly” by Conrad Wesselhoeft, 17-year-old Arlo discovers that his amazing skills at playing a drone war game are being observed by the military. Does this dirt-bike daredevil from a small New Mexico town have what it takes to be a real drone pilot?

While this book has a lot of humor, the story also deals with some serious subjects. Alaro’s family is struggling due to the violent death of his mother. His sister, already suffering from a degenerative disease, blames herself for her mom’s death. His dad hits the bottle too hard because he can’t cope with the loss of his wife. Alaro’s struggles are at the root of his actions as a fearless daredevil, both on his dirt bike and when piloting drones when in the “drone zone.”

This book came recommended from a friend, and I was surprised how quickly I devoured it. The realistic language in the narration flows smoothly, the funny interactions balance nicely with the tragic struggles of these characters, and I was rooting for Alaro the whole way through. This book dealt with the realities of losing a loved one in realistic way, and I highly recommend this book to teens (and adults) looking for a good read.

Originally published at Books for Dudes – Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly.

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Project Teen: Every Hero Has a Story

DBRLTeen - June 4, 2015

Project Teen Every Hero Has a Story

Project Teen is a regular program hosted by the Daniel Boone Regional Library. We invite young adults ages 12-18 to join us for crafts and snacks. For our next session, get creative with crafts inspired by your favorite graphic novels and comic books. Enjoy a free pizza lunch.

Southern Boone County
Public Library
Tuesday, June 9
at noon.
No registration required. Columbia Public Library
Monday, June 15
at 1 p.m.
Registration required.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161. Callaway County
Public Library
Friday, June 19
at noon.
No registration required.

Photo by Flickr user Sam Howzit. Used under Creative Commons license.

Originally published at Project Teen: Every Hero Has a Story.

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Friday is National Doughnut Day

DBRL Next - June 3, 2015

Book cover for The Donut BookMy older brother used to have an early-morning paper route. Sometimes, on his way home, he’d stop by the only doughnut shop in our small town and buy two glazed doughnuts, still warm from the fryer, and give one to me. These days I have access to an array of specialty and boutique doughnut shops, but my favorites still tend to be simple – glazed rings, cinnamon sugar twists and iced cake doughnuts. Whether you like your doughnuts traditional or topped with bacon, this Friday you have reason to indulge in a fried treat – it’s National Doughnut Day!

Learn about the history of doughnuts and their annual celebration in “The Donut Book: The Whole Story in Words, Pictures and Outrageous Tales” by Sally Levitt Steinberg. The Salvation Army is credited with originating Doughnut Day. Their workers made and delivered doughnuts to the soldiers in the trenches in France during World War I, and during the Great Depression they celebrated the first National Doughnut Day, selling the treats as a way to raise funds and promote awareness of the organization’s activities.

Book cover for Donuts by Elinor KlivansSteinberg’s book has a few recipes sprinkled throughout its pages, but if you want nothing but recipes to make at home, try “Donuts” by Elinor Klivans. The opening chapter walks the doughnut novice through the basic process. The remaining pages provide a variety of recipes (with drool-worthy photographs) starting with traditional – glazed, jelly-filled – and finishing up with more trendy versions including flavors-of-the-moment like salted caramel and – of course – bacon.

For more unconventional doughnuts, check out “Glazed, Filled, Sugared, and Dipped: Easy Doughnut Recipes to Fry or Bake at Home” by Stephen Collucci, the pastry chef at Colicchio & Sons in New York City. His book includes cake and yeast-raised doughnuts as well as recipes for beignets, churros, bomboloni, glazes, fillings and sauces.

Doughnuts not a part of your diet? You can still celebrate by reading Jessica Beck’s cozy Donut Shop Mysteries, starting with “Killer Crullers.”

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Summer Reading 2015 Book Giveaway!

DBRL Next - June 1, 2015

Summer Reading logoWhy should kids have all the fun? DBRL Next is home of the library’s Adult Summer Reading program. This year’s theme is the same for all ages: “Every Hero Has a Story.” We’ll explore and celebrate heroes in fiction and real-life, including unsung heroes and everyday heroes in our communities.

Registration is open, so sign up online, submit book reviews (the best of which will be posted right here for all to read) and learn about a range of events, from adult-only book discussions to programs on superhero science and Civil War soldiers.

Book cover for On My Own Two Feet by Amy PurdyIn honor of Summer Reading’s launch we are giving away two copies of Amy Purdy’s memoir, “On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life.” When Purdy was just 19, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a 2 percent chance of survival. What she believes to be a glimpse of the afterlife became the defining experience that put Purdy’s life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn’t just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures and big dreams, including competing in the Paralympic Games and on Dancing With the Stars. Enter to win a copy of this inspiring story of Purdy’s heroic journey.

Click here and enter to win!

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2015 Teen Summer Reading Challenge

DBRLTeen - June 1, 2015
Comic Book Struck

Photo by Flickr user Nawal Al-Mashouq

As part of the library’s annual Summer Reading program, we are challenging young adults ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Finish by August 15, and you’ll receive a free book and be entered into a drawing for a free Kindle E-reader (black and white). Sign up online, or at any of our three library branches or bookmobile stops.

The library is also planning a wide range of free programs in line with this year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” We’ll invite teens to enjoy crafting over lunch, participate in our annual photography contest and showcase their creativity through our cosplay costume con. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates!

Originally published at 2015 Teen Summer Reading Challenge.

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Super Summer Program Preview

DBRL Next - May 29, 2015

This year’s Summer Reading program is all about heroes, both those that wear capes and those that are heroic everyday, from parents to paramedics, soldiers to scientists. Here’s a preview of just some of the programs coming in June. Mark your calendars!

Book cover for The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt KidFirst Wednesday Book Discussion – Fulton
Wednesday, June 3 › Noon-1 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
In keeping with Summer Reading’s hero theme, bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” by Bill Bryson. The author shares his memories of growing up in the 1950s, including his rich fantasy life as a superhero.

Finding Helen: Diary of a WWI Battlefield Nurse
Thursday, June 11 › 7-8:15 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
Finding Helen: The Letters, Photographs and Diary of a WWI Battlefield Nurse” brings to life the story of a diminutive American Red Cross nurse named Helen Bulovsky who served along the Flanders front during World War I. Helen sent home letters, photos, poems and a diary, “Behind the Trenches,” describing the 18 months she spent in France and Belgium. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Book cover for Life During Wartime by Rudi KellerMid-Missouri’s Unsung Civil War Heroes & Villains
Tuesday, June 16 › 7-8:15 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
During the five years he has spent researching and writing his newspaper column “Life During Wartime,” journalist Rudi Keller has discovered many individuals whose stories have been forgotten or are remembered only as part of family lore. Hear about the unsung heroes and obscure villains he uncovered during his research into the daily lives of soldiers and civilians during the Civil War. Volumes one and two of “Life During Wartime” will be available for purchase and signing.

Center Aisle Cinema: “Superheroes”
Wednesday, June 17 › 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
We kick off our summer film series with the HBO documentary “Superheroes,” directed by Michael Barnett. Follow the zany escapades of Real Life Superheroes (RLSH), a national phenomenon of hundreds of real men and women who patrol city streets with the goal of deterring crime, and, if necessary, taking the law into their own hands. Adults and teens.

Visit our online program calendar to see all upcoming Adult Summer Reading programs!

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2015 Summer Reading Sneak Peek

DBRLTeen - May 29, 2015

2015 Teen Summer Reading Banner
Our annual teen Summer Reading program launches Monday, June 1. Young adults ages 12-18 will be challenged to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. When you finish, you’ll receive a free book and be entered in a drawing for a free black and white Kindle eReader.

In addition, the library is planning a wide range of free programs to go with this year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” We’ll invite teens to enjoy crafting over lunch, participate in our annual photography contest and showcase their creativity through our cosplay costume con. To receive email reminders of these and other teen programs, sign up for our blog updates

Where Have All the Superheroes Gone?
Thursday, June 4 • 2-4 p.m. –OR– 6-8 p.m.
Friday, June 5 • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Superheroes want to see the world, too! Drop in today to decorate your own small traveling superhero. Later, take him or her on a summer adventure, snap a photo and send it to us to display in the library throughout July and August. Send your snapshots to adventures@dbrl.org.

Your Super Immune System
Saturday, June 6 • 2-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Who knew that human cells could seem so superhuman in their abilities? The immune system fights biological crime throughout the body to ensure the safety of innocent cells. Danielle Koerner, a pre-med student at MU, will lead an exploration of the immune system and help us act out a comic of the Cellular Superheroes! For those in grades 5-8. Registration begins Tuesday, May 26. To sign up, call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Every Hero Has a Story
Get creative with crafts inspired by your favorite graphic novels and comic books. Enjoy a free pizza lunch. Ages 12-18.

Southern Boone County
Public Library
Tuesday, June 9
at noon.
No registration required. Columbia Public Library
Monday, June 15
at 1 p.m.
Registration begins
June 2.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161. Callaway County
Public Library
Friday, June 19
at noon.
No registration required.

Wii U Family Game Night
Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 2015″ or a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.

Columbia Public Library
Thursday, June 11
at 6 p.m.
Registration begins
May 26.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161 Southern Boone County
Public Library
Thursday, August 6
at 6 p.m.
No registration required. Columbia Public Library
Thursday, August 27
at 6 p.m.
Registration begins
August 11.
To sign up, call
(573) 443-3161.

“Every Hero Has a Story” Teen Photography Contest
Begins Monday, June 15
Honor a hero in your life by submitting a portrait by August 15 with a short description of his or her inspiring deeds. Portraits may be headshots or photos that show your chosen hero in action. This contest is open to all teens in Boone and Callaway Counties. Winners receive a gift card to Barnes & Noble and their entries will be posted here. Find contest rules and submission guidelines after June 15 here or at your library. Ages 12-18.

Gamer Eve
Monday, June 22 • 6-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
Gamers unite! Drop in to play table-top games like “Gloom,” “Guillotine” or “Ticket to Ride.” Bring your “Magic: The Gathering” cards to challenge other players. Maybe you’ll discover your next favorite game! Ages 10 and older.

The Bronze Age to the Avengers
Wednesday, July 1 •  2-3:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library
The very first tales were hero tales. They were written in clay, on papyrus and paper, as well as being performed before huge crowds in open theaters. These tales are still told today in many other guises. Discuss how the heroes of ancient myths are still present in the books and movies of today. Then, create your own versions using ancient techniques in clay, on papyrus and paper. Ages 12 and older. Registration begins Tuesday, June 16. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Project Teen: Mask-Making
Friday, July 10 • Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
Create a mask that shows your super side (or your silly side or your creative side or whoever you have inside you). Plus, enjoy a free pizza lunch!Ages 12-18.

Project Teen: Tremendous T-shirt Art
Bring some old t-shirts and redesign them into something super! We’ll work with bleach and paint, so dress accordingly! There will be free pizza. Ages 12-18.

Columbia Public Library
Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m.
Registration begins July 7.
To sign up, call (573) 443-3161. Southern Boone County Public Library
Thursday, July 23 at noon.
No registration required.

Cosplay Costume Con for All Ages
Dress up as your favorite character! Be it superhero, anime, sci-fi or your own original design — come dressed as you usually aren’t! We’ll award prizes for costumes in different age categories, and you can pose for great photos. This program is for all ages! No registration required.

Columbia Public Library
Wednesday, July 22
at 6 p.m. Callaway County
Public Library
Thursday, July 30
at 6:30 p.m. Southern Boone County
Public Library
Tuesday, August 4
at 6:30 p.m.

Project Teen: Heroic Journeys
Friday, August 7 •  Noon-1:30 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library
The very first tales were hero tales. They were written in clay, on papyrus and on paper, as well as being performed before huge crowds in open theaters. The heroes of ancient myths are still with us in today’s books and movies. Join us for activities based on heroes old and new.Free pizza lunch. ages 12-18.

Summer Reading Ends
Saturday, August 15
Your story doesn’t end on this day, but Summer Reading does. August 15 is the final day for participants of all ages to claim rewards and enter into the final drawings for Summer Reading incentives.

Originally published at 2015 Summer Reading Sneak Peek.

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Program Preview: Your Super Immune System

DBRLTeen - May 28, 2015
White Blood Cells

Courtesy of the National Institutes of Health

Your Super Immune System
Saturday, June 6 • 2-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Who knew that human cells could seem so superhuman in their abilities? The immune system fights biological crime throughout the body to ensure the safety of innocent cells. Through this convention, we will explore the immune system in detail and act out a comic of the Cellular Superheroes! Led by Danielle Koerner, MU pre-med student. For students in grades 5-8. Registration required. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Program Preview: Your Super Immune System.

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Humble Beginnings: Docs About Elementary Schools

DBRL Next - May 27, 2015

to be and to have

The education of kids is an important part of our society as well as others. Check out these documentaries aimed towards an adult audience that highlight various elementary schools here in our own backyard as well as halfway around the world.

to be and to haveTo Be and To Have“ (2002)

In a small rural school in France, Georges Lopez is a remarkably devoted teacher responsible for nurturing a dozen children ages 3-11 in all their school subjects and life’s lessons. Mr. Lopez shows patience and respect for the children as we follow their story through a single school year.

eco schoolhouseEco School House“ (2010)

This documentary shows how Grant Elementary School in Columbia, Missouri worked hand-in-hand with the community and a renowned architect to build a more environmentally friendly satellite classroom. The administration also created a new curriculum around environmentalism.

i am a promiseI am a Promise“ (1993)

The Stanton Elementary School in North Philadelphia exists in an inner-city neighborhood where 90% of the students live below the poverty line. This award-winning documentary follows principle principal Deanna Burney as she sets about changing the atmosphere of the school.

a touch of greatnessA Touch of Greatness“ (2004)

This film focuses on Albert Cullum, an elementary school teacher in Rye, New York. Championing an unorthodox educational philosophy, Cullum regularly taught his elementary school children literary masterpieces, most notably the works of Shakespeare, Sophocles and Shaw.

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2016 Truman Award Nominees

DBRLTeen - May 25, 2015

2016 Truman Readers Award NomineesThe Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner. These titles will be voted upon by students in March 2016; the recipient of the award will be announced in late April 2016 at the annual MASL Spring Conference. As summer kicks into high gear, consider bringing along one of these titles to enjoy poolside.

Rapunzel Untangled” by Cindy C. Bennett
For one thing, Rapunzel has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But, then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

Tandem” by Anna Jarzab
Sasha lives a quiet life with her grandfather in Chicago, but dreams of adventure. When her long-time crush, Grant, asks her to prom, she is thrilled. That is, until is turns out he is abducting her to a parallel universe to impersonate a princess.

A Matter of Days” by Amber Kizer
On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, Nadia’s mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother, Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren’t as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That’s their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather’s survivalist compound in West Virginia.

Pivot Point” by Kasie West
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or, so she thought.

The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But, to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Mila 2.0” by Debra Driza
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Rogue” by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends?

Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer” by Katie Alender
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots. But, a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. As she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

SYLO” by D.J. MacHale
SYLO, a secret branch of the U.S. Navy, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Tucker Pierce believes there’s more to SYLO’s story, and only he holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery.

Inhuman” by Kat Falls
America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught and Lane agrees to complete this father’s job.

Prisoner B-3087” by Alan Gratz
Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And, that she must run.

Originally published at 2016 Truman Award Nominees.

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2016 Truman Award Nominees

Teen Book Buzz - May 25, 2015

2016 Truman Readers Award NomineesThe Truman Readers Award honors a book that is selected by Missouri junior high students. Even though this award is administered by the Missouri Association of School Librarians (MASL), it is the responsibility of Missouri teens to choose the actual winner. These titles will be voted upon by students in March 2016; the recipient of the award will be announced in late April 2016 at the annual MASL Spring Conference. As summer kicks into high gear, consider bringing along one of these titles to enjoy poolside.

Rapunzel Untangled” by Cindy C. Bennett
For one thing, Rapunzel has a serious illness that keeps her inside the mysterious Gothel Mansion. And for another, her hair is 15 feet long. Not to mention that she’s also the key to ultimately saving the world from certain destruction. But, then she meets a boy named Fane, who changes all she has ever known, and she decides to risk everything familiar to find out who she really is.

Tandem” by Anna Jarzab
Sasha lives a quiet life with her grandfather in Chicago, but dreams of adventure. When her long-time crush, Grant, asks her to prom, she is thrilled. That is, until is turns out he is abducting her to a parallel universe to impersonate a princess.

A Matter of Days” by Amber Kizer
On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, Nadia’s mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother, Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren’t as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That’s their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather’s survivalist compound in West Virginia.

Pivot Point” by Kasie West
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or, so she thought.

The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But, to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Mila 2.0” by Debra Driza
Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Rogue” by Lyn Miller-Lachmann
Kiara has Asperger’s syndrome, and it’s hard for her to make friends. So whenever her world doesn’t make sense—which is often—she relies on Mr. Internet for answers. But there are some questions he can’t answer, like why she always gets into trouble, and how do kids with Asperger’s syndrome make friends?

Marie Antoinette: Serial Killer” by Katie Alender
Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots. But, a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. As she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

SYLO” by D.J. MacHale
SYLO, a secret branch of the U.S. Navy, informs Pemberwick residents that the island has been hit by a lethal virus and must be quarantined. Tucker Pierce believes there’s more to SYLO’s story, and only he holds the clues that can solve this deadly mystery.

Inhuman” by Kat Falls
America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught and Lane agrees to complete this father’s job.

Prisoner B-3087” by Alan Gratz
Based on the life of Jack Gruener, this book relates his story of survival from the Nazi occupation of Krakow, when he was eleven, through a succession of concentration camps, to the final liberation of Dachau.

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die” by April Henry
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her. And, that she must run.

Originally published at 2016 Truman Award Nominees.

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Top Ten Books Librarians Love: The June 2015 List

Next Book Buzz - May 22, 2015

Let the summer reading begin! Some readers turn to lighter fare in June, wanting books with breezy plots they can finish in a long afternoon, fast-paced thrillers that make miles of travel fly by or fantasy novels into which they can escape. Others use hard-earned vacation time (I’m waving at you, teachers!) to dive into hefty works of literary fiction or narrative nonfiction. Whatever reading mood summer inspires, we’ve got a hot-off-the-presses recommendation for you from LibraryReads. Here are the top 10 titles publishing in June that librarians across the country love and recommend.

Book cover for Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura DaveEight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dave

“Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
– Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ

Book cover for The Truth According to Us by Annie BarrowsThe Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows

“It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. A sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
– Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Book cover for The Book of Speculation by Erika SwylerThe Book of Speculation” by Erica Swyler

“A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s ‘The Night Circus’ or Kostova’s ‘The Historian,’ this is a book for you.”
– Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

Book cover for The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina GeorgeThe Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George

“Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
– Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

And here’s the rest of June’s best with links to the library’s catalog so you can place your holds on these forthcoming books.

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Top Ten Books Librarians Love: The June 2015 List

DBRL Next - May 22, 2015

Let the summer reading begin! Some readers turn to lighter fare in June, wanting books with breezy plots they can finish in a long afternoon, fast-paced thrillers that make miles of travel fly by or fantasy novels into which they can escape. Others use hard-earned vacation time (I’m waving at you, teachers!) to dive into hefty works of literary fiction or narrative nonfiction. Whatever reading mood summer inspires, we’ve got a hot-off-the-presses recommendation for you from LibraryReads. Here are the top 10 titles publishing in June that librarians across the country love and recommend.

Book cover for Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura DaveEight Hundred Grapes” by Laura Dave

“Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
– Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ

Book cover for The Truth According to Us by Annie BarrowsThe Truth According to Us” by Annie Barrows

“It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. A sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
– Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

Book cover for The Book of Speculation by Erika SwylerThe Book of Speculation” by Erica Swyler

“A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s ‘The Night Circus’ or Kostova’s ‘The Historian,’ this is a book for you.”
– Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA

Book cover for The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina GeorgeThe Little Paris Bookshop” by Nina George

“Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
– Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

And here’s the rest of June’s best with links to the library’s catalog so you can place your holds on these forthcoming books.

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Wii U Family Game Night

DBRLTeen - May 21, 2015

Just-Dance-200x200Wii U Family Game Night
Thursday, June 11 • 6:00 p.m.
Columbia Public Library

Try out the library’s Wii U game console. Become a dancing superstar in “Just Dance 2015″ or a gold cup winner in “Mario Kart 8.” Snacks provided. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome. Registration begins Tuesday, May 26. To sign up, please call (573) 443-3161.

Originally published at Wii U Family Game Night.

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2015 One READ Winner: About “Station Eleven” and Emily St. John Mandel

One Read - May 21, 2015
About the Book

Station Eleven for web

Station Eleven” is a literary, post-apocalyptic page-turner.

Twenty years after a deadly flu outbreak kills most of the world’s population, what survives? What matters? This haunting novel begins with the on-stage death of famous actor Arthur Leander during his performance of King Lear, which coincides with the beginning of the pandemic. The narrative moves back and forth between Leander’s younger life and 20 years after his death, weaving the stories of a handful of people connected to him – some closely, like his ex-wife, and some by the smallest thread, like the EMT who attempted to save his life or the child actress with whom Leander briefly shared a stage. A lyrically written examination of the importance of art and what it means to be human.

The book’s UK publisher describes “Station Eleven” as “thrilling, unique and deeply moving … a beautiful novel that asks questions about art and fame and about the relationships that sustain us through anything — even the end of the world.”

About the Author

 Dese'Rae L. StageEmily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York.

She is the author of four novels, including “Last Night in Montreal,” “The Singer’s Gun” and “The Lola Quartet.” “Station Eleven” is her most recent novel and was a finalist for a National Book Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She is a staff writer for online magazine The Millions and lives in New York City with her husband.

Biographical info from emilymandel.com and the Books & Authors Database.

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2015 List of Suggested Titles

One Read - May 21, 2015

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

 

Final 10 Selections

Other Suggested Titles
  • 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
    Jonas Jonasson
  • 2 a.m. at The Cat’s Pajamas
    Marie-Helene Bertino
  • Allegiant
    Veronica Roth
  • Berlin: Portrait of a City
    Rory MacLean
  • Blind Assassin
    Margaret Atwood
  • Blood Feud: The Clintons Vs. the Obamas
    Edward Klein
  • The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest
    Dan Buettner
  • Boy, Snow, Bird
    Helen Oyeyemi
  • Bumi Cinta
    Habiburrahman El Shirazy
  • Cartier Cartel
    Nisa Santiago
  • The Center of Everything
    Laura Moriarty
  • The Chaperone
    Laura Moriarty
  • Cherub
    Robert  Muchamore
  • City of Bones
    Cassandra Clare
  • City of Thieves
    David Benioff
  • City of Women
    David R. Gillham
  • The Coldest Winter Ever
    Sister Souljah
  • Defiance
    Lili St. Crow
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
    Candice Millard
  • Edge of Eternity
    Ken Follett
  • Entwined With You
    Sylvia Day
  • Everything I Never Told You
    Celeste Ng
  • Fablehaven
    Brandon Mull
  • Factory Man
    Beth Macy
  • Fever (Breathless 2)
    Maya Banks
  • The Fever
    Megan Abbott
  • Fifty Shades Darker
    E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades Freed
    E.L. James
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
    E.L. James
  • Flight Behavior
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Floating City
    Pamela Ball
  • Flowers For Algernon
    Daniel Keyes
  • Giving In
    Maya Banks
  • Goldfinch
    Donna Tartt
  • Heaven Is For Real
    Todd Burpo
  • The Help
    Kathryn Stockett
  • Hobbit, or There and Back Again
    J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Homesman
    Glendon Swarthout
  • I am Malala
    Malala Yousafzai
  • I, Robot
    Isaac Asimov
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
    Rebecca Skloot
  • In the Eye of the Storm
    Max Lucado
  • In the Sanctuary of Outcasts
    Neil White
  • The Invention of Wings
    Sue Monk Kidd
  • It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
    Danah Boyd
  • Lawrence in Arabia
    Scott Anderson
  • The Lightning Thief
    Rick Riordan
  • Lila
    Marilynne Robinson
  • The Long Way Home
    Louise Penny
  • Looking For Alaska
    John Green
  • Lucky Bunny
    Jill Dawson
  • The Maid’s Version
    Daniel Woodrell
  • Making Rounds with Oscar
    David Dosa
  • A Man Called Ove
    Fredrik Backman
  • The Martian
    Andy Weir
  • The Master and Margarita
    Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Me Before You
    JoJo Moyes
  • The Men We Reaped
    Jesmyn Ward
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    Carol Dweck
  • Mistaken Identity
    Lisa Scottoline
  • Naughts and Crosses
    Malorie Blackman
  • Norwegian Wood
    Haruki Murakami
  • On Such a Full Sea
    Chang-Rae Lee
  • One More Chance
    Abbi Glines
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in A Women’s Prison : A Memoir
    Kerman Piper
  • Orphan Train
    Christina Kline
  • The Orphanmaster
    Jean Zimmerman
  • The Puppy Place
    Ellen Miles
  • The Quality of Life Report
    Meghan Daum
  • Ranger’s Apprentice: The Lost Stories
    John Flanagan
  • The Reading Lessons
    Carole Lanham
  • Red River
    Lalita Tademy
  • Robopocalypse
    Daniel H. Wilson
  • Rules of Civility
    Amor Towles
  • Savvy
    Ingrid Law
  • Shadowfever
    Karen Marie Moning
  • Shifting Gears
    Sarah Kohnle
  • The Sixth Extinction
    Elizabeth Kolbert
  • The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing
    Mira Jacob
  • Someone
    Alice McDermott
  • Still Alice
    Lisa Genova
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
    Gabrielle Zevin
  • Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin…
    Lisa Bloom
  • The Sweet Sixteen
    Kinda Kay
  • A Tale for the Time Being
    Ruth Ozeki
  • Tale of Emily Windsnap
    Liz Kessler
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home
    Carol Rifka Brunt
  • This is the Water
    Yannick Murphy
  • Three Cups of Tea
    Greg Mortenson
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Harper Lee
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
    Joshua Ferris
  • Travels with Charley
    John Steinbeck
  • Twilight
    Stephenie Meyer
  • Unbroken
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • Walden on Wheels: On the Open Road From Debt to Freedom
    Ken Ilgunas
  • Warmth of Other Suns, The: The Epic Story…Migration
    Isabelle Wilkerson
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
    Karen Joy Fowler
  • We were Liars
    E. Lockhart
  • The Weight of Blood
    Laura McHugh
  • When Day Breaks
    Maya Banks
  • Where She Went
    Gayle Forman
  • Wicked Burn
    Kery Beth
  • Wicked Lovely
    Melissa Marr
  • The Wonder of All Things
    Jason Mott
  • The Word Changers
    Ashlee Willis

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Suspense in a Small Town: Karin Slaughter’s Grant County Series

Next Book Buzz - May 20, 2015

Book cover for Triptych by Karin SlaughterAs a regular reader of the thriller genre, I was excited to finally give Karin Slaughter a try. I was familiar with her name — her novels are often bestsellers that fly off the shelves. I was immediately drawn to her strong writing. Slaughter’s style is dark and gritty. She’s not afraid to expose the dark side of her characters (even those that you’re rooting for)! Although many crime novels are set in more urban areas, Slaughter takes readers into small, Southern towns, where horrific crimes are bubbling just under the surface. And when they explode into visibility, it becomes clear that even idyllic small towns are not safe from the darker side of human nature.

Her most recent series (starting with the twist-filled thriller, “Triptych“) features Will Trent, a special agent for the Georgia Bureau of investigation. I learned that some of the characters who show up in the Will Trent stories were first featured in her “Grant County” series. I’m a bit of a stickler for reading things in order (gotta avoid spoilers!), so I set out to read the earlier series first.

The “Grant County” series features Dr. Sara Linton, town pediatrician and coroner, as well as her ex-husband (and chief-of-police) Jeffrey Tolliver. Sara and Jeffrey’s troubled relationship plays out over six books as they work together to solve several horrific crimes.Book cover for Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter The series also includes troubled officer Lena Adams. Lena is Jeffrey’s protogé, and the vicious murder of her twin sister Sybil opens this series in “Blindsighted.”  In the next two novels — “Kisscut” and “A Faint, Cold Fear” — the trio find themselves drawn into cases involving a family’s dark secrets and a series of suicides at the local college. A personal favorite of mine from the series is “Indelible,” which features an incredibly tense hostage situation. This book also provides a glimpse into the early days of Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship, as well as their involvement in the possible cover-up of a crime. In “Faithless,” Sara and Jeffrey look into a murder that may be connected to a local religious cult, while Lena struggles to maintain a grip on both her personal and professional lives. And, in “Beyond Reach,” the series’ final book, Sara and Jeffrey journey to Lena’s hometown after she is accused of murder, leading to repercussions none of them could have imagined.

Slaughter knows how to write a taut thriller, but she truly excels in developing complex characters and exploring their even more complex relationships. I found myself pulled into not only the story of how Sarah, Jeffrey and Lena solved the crimes, but also the drama in their ever-evolving relationships. The “Grant County” series is truly an engaging saga, with each novel building on the events of the previous one. And lucky for us readers, Slaughter gets better with each book.

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Suspense in a Small Town: Karin Slaughter’s Grant County Series

DBRL Next - May 20, 2015

Book cover for Triptych by Karin SlaughterAs a regular reader of the thriller genre, I was excited to finally give Karin Slaughter a try. I was familiar with her name — her novels are often bestsellers that fly off the shelves. I was immediately drawn to her strong writing. Slaughter’s style is dark and gritty. She’s not afraid to expose the dark side of her characters (even those that you’re rooting for)! Although many crime novels are set in more urban areas, Slaughter takes readers into small, Southern towns, where horrific crimes are bubbling just under the surface. And when they explode into visibility, it becomes clear that even idyllic small towns are not safe from the darker side of human nature.

Her most recent series (starting with the twist-filled thriller, “Triptych“) features Will Trent, a special agent for the Georgia Bureau of investigation. I learned that some of the characters who show up in the Will Trent stories were first featured in her “Grant County” series. I’m a bit of a stickler for reading things in order (gotta avoid spoilers!), so I set out to read the earlier series first.

The “Grant County” series features Dr. Sara Linton, town pediatrician and coroner, as well as her ex-husband (and chief-of-police) Jeffrey Tolliver. Sara and Jeffrey’s troubled relationship plays out over six books as they work together to solve several horrific crimes.Book cover for Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter The series also includes troubled officer Lena Adams. Lena is Jeffrey’s protogé, and the vicious murder of her twin sister Sybil opens this series in “Blindsighted.”  In the next two novels — “Kisscut” and “A Faint, Cold Fear” — the trio find themselves drawn into cases involving a family’s dark secrets and a series of suicides at the local college. A personal favorite of mine from the series is “Indelible,” which features an incredibly tense hostage situation. This book also provides a glimpse into the early days of Sara and Jeffrey’s relationship, as well as their involvement in the possible cover-up of a crime. In “Faithless,” Sara and Jeffrey look into a murder that may be connected to a local religious cult, while Lena struggles to maintain a grip on both her personal and professional lives. And, in “Beyond Reach,” the series’ final book, Sara and Jeffrey journey to Lena’s hometown after she is accused of murder, leading to repercussions none of them could have imagined.

Slaughter knows how to write a taut thriller, but she truly excels in developing complex characters and exploring their even more complex relationships. I found myself pulled into not only the story of how Sarah, Jeffrey and Lena solved the crimes, but also the drama in their ever-evolving relationships. The “Grant County” series is truly an engaging saga, with each novel building on the events of the previous one. And lucky for us readers, Slaughter gets better with each book.

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The Gentleman Recommends: Tania James

DBRL Next - May 18, 2015

Book cover for The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania JamesIt can be great fun to read about villains, whether it’s because they command an army of monkeys (Wicked Witch), or they’re a great cook (Hannibal Lector) or they make you feel better about your own ethical shortcomings (Martha Stewart). But when you often read about such indisputably inhuman monsters, it’s good to be reminded that not everybody that does bad things is evil, and sometimes they are elephants. “The Tusk That Did The Damage” reminds us of this. In this sad and lovely and sometimes scary little novel, the elephant known as “The Gravedigger” witnessed the murder of his mother and the removal of her tail, and, after an often horrific existence marked by cruelty, isolation and a stint in the entertainment industry, begins murdering people and covering their corpses with leaves. Hence his catchy nickname.

The Tusk That Did The Damage” rotates among three perspectives: the aforementioned homicidal elephant, a young woman working on a documentary about a veterinarian running a rescue center for elephants and the younger brother of a young elephant poacher. While each narrative is worthy of my esteemed recommendation, getting inside the head of a mad elephant is the highlight for me, and I’d gladly read any excised material should the publisher wish to reward me for the sales boost I’m currently providing.

Tania James has given us a novel that raises a lot of questions, like: Why is the world set up so that the poverty stricken often have little choice but to step outside the law if they want their children to have cool stuff like plentiful food and maybe a toy? Why are humans so quick to kill things because pretty stuff is attached to their victims? And why can’t mosquitoes carry around little sacks of ivory so we don’t have people murdering intelligent creatures so they can make really pretty pianos? (You would be like, “Ouch, it hurts to slap a sack of ivory,” but then you’d be like, “It’s cool though cause I’ll just run this conveniently packaged ivory down to my local ivorysmith and he’ll turn it into a fancy trinket and give me some folding cash and maybe I’ll buy a little ivory glove from him so it doesn’t hurt to kill mosquitoes.”) Maybe you’ll get to thinking about the poacher’s brother’s insight that his community is “neither poor enough nor princely enough to appear on Western screens.” I’m grateful to see it on Western pages.

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The Gentleman Recommends: Tania James

Next Book Buzz - May 18, 2015

Book cover for The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania JamesIt can be great fun to read about villains, whether it’s because they command an army of monkeys (Wicked Witch), or they’re a great cook (Hannibal Lector) or they make you feel better about your own ethical shortcomings (Martha Stewart). But when you often read about such indisputably inhuman monsters, it’s good to be reminded that not everybody that does bad things is evil, and sometimes they are elephants. “The Tusk That Did The Damage” reminds us of this. In this sad and lovely and sometimes scary little novel, the elephant known as “The Gravedigger” witnessed the murder of his mother and the removal of her tail, and, after an often horrific existence marked by cruelty, isolation and a stint in the entertainment industry, begins murdering people and covering their corpses with leaves. Hence his catchy nickname.

The Tusk That Did The Damage” rotates among three perspectives: the aforementioned homicidal elephant, a young woman working on a documentary about a veterinarian running a rescue center for elephants and the younger brother of a young elephant poacher. While each narrative is worthy of my esteemed recommendation, getting inside the head of a mad elephant is the highlight for me, and I’d gladly read any excised material should the publisher wish to reward me for the sales boost I’m currently providing.

Tania James has given us a novel that raises a lot of questions, like: Why is the world set up so that the poverty stricken often have little choice but to step outside the law if they want their children to have cool stuff like plentiful food and maybe a toy? Why are humans so quick to kill things because pretty stuff is attached to their victims? And why can’t mosquitoes carry around little sacks of ivory so we don’t have people murdering intelligent creatures so they can make really pretty pianos? (You would be like, “Ouch, it hurts to slap a sack of ivory,” but then you’d be like, “It’s cool though cause I’ll just run this conveniently packaged ivory down to my local ivorysmith and he’ll turn it into a fancy trinket and give me some folding cash and maybe I’ll buy a little ivory glove from him so it doesn’t hurt to kill mosquitoes.”) Maybe you’ll get to thinking about the poacher’s brother’s insight that his community is “neither poor enough nor princely enough to appear on Western screens.” I’m grateful to see it on Western pages.

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