New DVD List: C’mon C’mon, Attica, & More

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2022 by Dewey Decimal Diver

Here is a new DVD list highlighting various titles recently added to the library’s collection.

C'mon C'mon dvd cover
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In this drama from writer-director Mike Mills, radio host Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) receives a call from his sister Viv (Gaby Hoffman), asking him to temporarily take care of her son Jesse (Woody Norman). They forge a tenuous but transformational relationship when they are unexpectedly thrown together in this delicate and deeply moving story about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future. Continue reading “New DVD List: C’mon C’mon, Attica, & More”

Reader Review: The Ministry for the Future

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 by patron reviewer

Ministry for the Future book coverThe Ministry for the Future” by Kim Stanley Robinson took much longer to read than I expected. This book weaves several compelling fictional stories together with descriptions of real-life responses to climate change in a way that captured my attention for several weeks. I would read 30 pages and then need a day to think about what I had read before tackling another section — and I normally devour books whole! I highly recommend this book for readers who are willing to take a deep dive into what climate change will mean for people, and the many different ways that we can choose to think about addressing it.

Three words that describe this book: Thought-provoking, challenging, wide-ranging.

You might want to pick this book up if: You might pick up this book if you are concerned about climate change and want to think outside the box.


This reader review was submitted as part of Adult Summer Reading 2021. We will continue to share these throughout the year.

Reader Review: People We Meet On Vacation

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2022 by patron reviewer

People We Meet on Vacation book coverPeople We Meet On Vacation” introduces us to Poppy and Alex, who have been friends since college when they traveled home together to the small town they grew up in. Since that trip home, they became best friends — the type that have nothing in common but take a trip together every summer. At first, these trips were done with little to no budget, but now Poppy is living in New York and writing for a travel magazine and able to use the magazine’s money for these trips. But the last trip Poppy and Alex went on together, left them not speaking. Poppy is miserable and determined to get her best friend back, so she decides they need to take another trip together like they did in the old days.

Three words that describe this book: Fun, Sweet, Summer-y

You might want to pick this book up if: You want a fun summer read! It’s perfect to read by the pool or when you are on vacation!


This reader review was submitted as part of Adult Summer Reading 2021. We will continue to share these throughout the year.

As Beautiful as Wildflowers

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2022 by Sew Happy

As we swing into summer and flowering plants start blooming, I want to introduce you to the concept of wild harvesting, which is finding dye plants in the ditches along country roads and highways. Wild harvesting should not be done in your neighbors’ yards without permission nor in a protected area such as a park. Always park safely and watch the traffic, don’t over-harvest an area, and always watch for the wildlife sharing the ditch with you.

This is not an article about how to dye but I will share a couple of dyeing resources later. Continue reading “As Beautiful as Wildflowers”

Crafternoon-To-Go: Refrigerator Magnets

Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 by cs

With so many events happening in May, we thought we would make this month’s Crafternoon super easy: refrigerator magnets. We provide the magnet, flat glass bead, Mod Podge and a glue applicator stick.  All you need are a pair of scissors, a dab of glue and a picture of a family member, furry friend or even just decorative paper. (These kits are designed for adults; the magnets and glass beads can be dangerous for children due to their small size.)

These kits will be available while they last in all of our branches on Friday, May 13. You may pick them up at the reference desk at the Columbia library and near the service desks at our other branches. For other picture craft ideas, try this list.



Debut Author Spotlight: May 2022

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2022 by Katherine

Here are a few of the most notable adult fiction debuts coming out in May. These have all received positive reviews in library journals. For a longer list, please visit our catalog.

The Favor book coverThe Favor” by Nora Murphy

Leaving would be dangerous. Staying could be worse.

Leah and McKenna have never met, though they have parallel lives.

They don’t ever find themselves in the same train carriage or meet accidentally at the gym or the coffee shop.

They don’t ever discuss their problems and find common ground.

They don’teveracknowledge to each other that although their lives have all the trappings of success, wealth and happiness, they are, in fact, trapped.

Leah understands that what’s inside a home can be far more dangerous than what’s outside. So when she notices someone else who may be starting down the same path she’s on, she pays attention. She watches over McKenna from afar. Until one night she sees more than she bargained for. Leah knows she can’t save herself, but perhaps she can save McKenna.

Leah and McKenna have never met. But they will.

Continue reading “Debut Author Spotlight: May 2022”

Literary Links: Summer Reading 2022

Posted on Sunday, May 8, 2022 by Jerilyn

Did you know that oceans cover over 70% of the surface of Earth? The Daniel Boone Regional Library will explore “Oceans of Possibilities” this summer, encouraging readers to learn more about the many animals and plants found in oceans and the impact oceans have on our lives. For instance, did you know that besides providing a means of trade and transport, oceans also help with climate regulation? Our Summer Reading program is free and includes versions for all ages, even adults! Sign-up begins June 1. Dive into these books about oceans and marine life.

For ages birth to five

I Want a Boat book coverOne of my favorite books is “I Want a Boat!” by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon. A girl uses her imagination to turn a box into a boat that sails out into the world. She and her stuffed animal friends encounter a storm, but find their way home in time for supper. Pair this with the classic “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and you can have a conversation about traveling places in your imagination. The possibilities are endless.

Somewhere in the Ocean” by Jennifer Ward is a variation on the classic children’s song “Over in the Meadow,” counting animals in the ocean. Learn about clownfish, hermit crabs, tiger sharks, jellyfish, manatees, sea turtles, octopi and more.

For ages five and older

Otis and Will Discover the Deep book coverTake a look at the beginning-to-read book “Sink or Float” by Kimberly Derting. Vivi and her classmates visit an aquarium where they see a variety of sea creatures and learn about an organ called a swim bladder. It helps a fish sink or float. Instructions for a science experiment that illustrates the concept are included.

Otis and Will Discover the Deep: The Record-Setting Dive of the Bathysphere” by Barb Rosenstock is a well-researched children’s picture book that could be of interest to all ages, even adults. Through this beautifully illustrated story, you learn about Otis Barton and Will Beebe who, in 1930, were the first humans to see live creatures in the ocean depths. The two men helped make further deep-sea exploration possible.

Dive In: Swim With Sea Creatures at Their Actual Size” by Roxie Munro explores a coral reef and its inhabitants through vibrant life-sized illustrations and interesting facts. It includes a folded section that opens up to illustrate the size of a reef shark. This is another book that may interest all ages.

For preteens and teens

Science Comics: Sharks book coverFor those who prefer their reading in graphic novel format, I recommend “Sharks: Nature’s Perfect Hunter” by Joe Flood from the Science Comics series. It is filled with information about different types of sharks, their biology and behavior and their relationship to humans. The illustrations are comic book-style art.

Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean” written by Patricia Newman includes photographs by Annie Crawley, a certified master scuba instructor. The book visits three different areas above and below the seas, profiling people and animals, and discussing environmental changes and their effects. There are QR codes printed in the book that take you to videos of student divers, sea creatures, pollution and more, adding information and bringing the sea to life.

For Adults

Ocean Anatomy book coverYou may want to check out “Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the World Under the Sea.” In easily accessible bites, with colorful, accurate drawings, Julia Rothman provides information about ocean food chains, the anatomy of various sea creatures, coral reefs and the ocean floor as well as how people affect the ocean. Because of its sketchbook-like format, this book also appeals to teens. It touches briefly on a wide variety of topics, so it may inspire you to learn more about a specific subject.

I’ve suggested mostly nonfiction books, but the topic “Oceans of Possibilities” can cover all kinds of fiction also. How about a romance on a cruise ship? A mystery on the sea? Or historical fiction about immigrants traveling to the United States on a boat. Or if pirates are of interest, you can check out these books about piracy. Whatever you enjoy, I’m sure we can help you find something to read this summer. Come in and see us!

Your Ticket to a Horror Trope

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 by Alyssa

Sometimes, your coworkers are so brilliant that you just have to steal their ideas. This post is a shameless ripoff of Dana’s “Your Ticket to a Love Trope” post on our Teen Blog (which, if you’re not reading, you’re missing out).

Horror and romance are very parallel genres. They both follow familiar storylines. They both have a specific feeling they are aiming to invoke. And, of course, they both have common tropes that pop up again and again. I’m going to play a little fast and loose with what counts as a “trope” and what counts as a “subgenre.” Just go with it. Continue reading “Your Ticket to a Horror Trope”

Nonfiction Roundup: May 2022

Posted on Monday, May 2, 2022 by Liz

Below I’m highlighting some nonfiction books coming out in May. All of the mentioned titles are available to put on hold in our catalog and will also be made available via the library’s Overdrive website on the day of publication in eBook and downloadable audiobook format (as available). For a more extensive list of new nonfiction books coming out this month, check our online catalog.

Top Picks

Out of the Corner book coverOut of the Corner: A Memoir” by Jennifer Grey (May 3)
In this beautiful, close-to-the bone account, Jennifer Grey takes readers on a vivid tour of the experiences that have shaped her, from her childhood as the daughter of Broadway and film legend Joel Grey, to the surprise hit with Patrick Swayze that made her America’s sweetheart, to her inspiring season 11 win on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Throughout this intimate narrative, Grey richly evokes places and times that were defining for a generation — from her preteen days in 1970s Malibu and wild child nights in New York’s club scene, to her roles in quintessential movies of the 1980s, including “The Cotton Club,” “Red Dawn,” and her breakout performance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” With self-deprecating humor and frankness, she looks back on her unbridled, romantic adventures in Hollywood. And with enormous bravery, she shares the devastating fallout from a plastic surgery procedure that caused the sudden and stunning loss of her professional identity and career. Grey inspires with her hard-won battle back, reclaiming her sense of self from a culture and business that can impose a narrow and unforgiving definition of female worth. She finds, at last, her own true north and starts a family of her own, just in the nick of time. Continue reading “Nonfiction Roundup: May 2022”