Based on the Book

Green Lantern is playing in the theatres now. Fo those of you unfamiliar with the popular graphic works, be sure to stop in. We have the following volumes available for checkout, and let me tell you the art work in these books is amazing!

  • Blackest Night
  • Blackest Night : Green Lantern
  • Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns
  • Blackest Night : Tales of the Corps
  • Blackest Night : Green Lantern Corps

And here is a trailer from the movie:

New DVDs

Over the past year, we have added a wonderful new DVD collection to the library. In an effort to keep up with the demand, our DVD checkout policy will change on July 1st. DVDs will be checked out for 3 days with a $1/day fine instead of the current 7 days with a $.10/day fine. This change has become necessary in order to keep the DVDs circulating and available to our patrons.

Take a look at some of the new DVDs recently added to the shelves:

  • Gnomeo and Juliet (G) – Two garden gnomes from rival lawns fall in love and must find a way to happiness despite their families’ constant feuding.
  • Battle: Los Angeles (PG-13) – Marine staff sargeant and his platoon take on an enemy unlike any they have encountered when hostile alien invaders attack the planet.
  • The Greent Hornet (PG-13) – Britt Reid is a slack by day and a party animal by night until he finds a serious career as a crime-fighting hero. As the Green Hornet, he teams up with Gadget Wiz and martial arts master Kato to take down L.A.’s underworld.
  • Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (PG) – Explores the rich mythology of the Green Lantern universe through six interlocking stories.
  • Surf’s Up (PG) – Cody, a rockhopper penguin from Antartica, journeys to Pen Gu Island to take part in the Big Z Memorial Surf-off. When the monster waves prove to much for Cody, a surfing legend becomes his mentor.
  • The Roommate (PG-13) – When Sara arrives at college she finds new romance with Stephen and forms a fast friendship with her roommate Rebecca. What begins as camaraderie soon turns creepy, and Sara comes face to face with the terrifying realization that her new best friend is obsessive, unbalanced and maybe even a killer.
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (G) – Shipwrecked survivors are taken captive by the mysterious Captain Nemo who has launched a deadly crusade across the seven seas.
  • Sanctum (R) – Master diver Frank McGuire leads a team – including his 17-year-old son – to explore the largest and least excessible cave system. When a tropical storm cuts off their only route, the team must work together to make their escape through an uncharted and dangerous underwater labryinth.
  • Nature’s Most Amazing Events (NR) – Charts the effects of global climatic phenomena which transforms entire landscapes, drawing in thousands of animals and determining their fate.
  • Tne Exorcism of Emily Rose (Unrated) – After Emily Rose, an average teenage girl, is the target of terrifying demonic forces, a skeptical attorney attempts to clear the clergyman who exorcised Emily and in turn discovers that powerful spiritual forces may in fact exisist.

New Books!

Here is a sampling of some of the cool new books we have recently added to our shelves:

  • King’s Cross: the story of the world in the life of Jesus by Timothy J. Keller – A revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. There have been many biographies of Jesus, but few will be as anticipated as one by Keller, the man Newsweek calls “a C.S. Lewis for the twenty-first century.” In it, Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God. Like Keller’s other books it has tremendous crossover appeal, but it is also ideal for the faithful, those who are looking for a closer connection to Jesus and Christianity.
  • Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell – An examination of Hawaii, the place where Manifest Destiny got a sunburn. Many think of 1776 as the defining year of American history, when we became a nation devoted to the pursuit of happiness through self- government. In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as defining, when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded first Cuba, then the Philippines, becoming an international superpower practically overnight.
  • In the Still of the Night: the strange death of Ronda Reynolds and her mother’s unceasing quest for the truth by Ann Rule – From true-crime legen Ann Rule comes this riveting story of a young woman whose life ended too soon and a determined mother’s eleven-year crusade to clear her daughter’s name.
  • The Devil’s Light by Richard North Patterson – tells the story of an AL Qaeda operative named Amer Al Zaroor, who, on orders from Osama Bin Laden, directs the theft of a nuclear weapon from the Pakistani military, and then transports it toward its intended target, Israel. Meanwhile Bin Laden announces to the world that he will make a major terrorist strike on 9/11/10, the tenth anniversary of 9/11. Deep inside Washington, Brooke Chandler, a CIA operative whose cover was blown by an incompetent colleague in Lebanon, thinks he knows how the bomb is being moved toward its target and how to find it.
  • The Snowman by Jo Nesbo – The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother—and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall.
  • Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks – In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, Brooks has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.
  • The Last Fix by K.O. Dahl – A recovering drug addict, Katrine Bratterud, is almost finished with her time in rehab. One evening, contemplating her success at the shore of a lake, she senses that she is not alone. The discovery of Katrine’s corpse the following day brings detectives Frølich and Gunnarstranda onto the case and into a web of secrets and lies that stretches back generations.
  • Quicksilver by Amanda Quick – Virginia Dean wakes at midnight beside a dead body, with a bloody knife in her hand and no memory of the evening’s events. Dark energy, emanating from the mirrors lining the room, overpowers her senses. With no apparent way in or out, she is rescued by a man she has met only once before, but won’t soon forget.
  • Spider Web by Earlene Fowler – The Memory Festival is a celebration of recollections and loved ones through crafts. But when a local cop is wounded by a mysterious sharpshooter who seems to have a vendetta against the police, Benni fears for her loved ones, especially her police chief husband. Benni is determined to make her hometown safe-before their peaceful street fair becomes a day to remember in the worst way.
  • Against All Enemies by Tom Clancy –  A terrorist bombing in Pakistan wipes out Max Moore’s entire CIA team. As the only survivor, the former Navy SEAL plunges deeper into the treacherous tribal lands to find the terrorist cell, but what he discovers there leads him to a much darker conspiracy in an unexpected part of the globe—the US/Mexico border.

Summer Reading AR Testing Reminders

Summer Reading is in full swing, and with participants coming in to take their tests, I thought I would post a few reminders:

  • Deadline for children to meet their reading goal is Friday, July 8th at 4:30 p.m. We will not be testing any students after this time. If there is a waiting list for testing, children are only allowed to take two tests. Don’t wait until the last minute!There will be no gaurantee that your child will be able to make it onto a computer for testing during the last week, as we are anticipating the testing lab to be very busy!
  • Children must read books that are at or above their set reading level. It is your responsibility to make sure all tests that your child completes are at or above their set level. The level can be found in our catalog at www.alliancelibrary.org, on www.arbookfind.com, and printed on the test reports. At the end of the program, any points from tests that do not meet specifications will not count towards their goal. If testing has closed, they will not be able to take a new test to make up the points.
  • Children must pass with an 80% or higher for tests to count towards their goal. The reports that are printed will automatically count any tests with a 60% or better score, but we will only count tests that are 80% or higher. To calculate their points, only add up the tests that are 80% or higher.

We strongly encourage you to bring in your summer reading folders for library staff to calculate the child’s progress.

So far the program has been running smoothly. Through our partnership with the schools, we are thrilled to be able to extend this opportunity for the children to return to school prepared and ready to continue reading. We thank all who are participating, and if you have any questions about the program, we’ll be happy to help!

Happy Birthday Joyce Carol Oates!

Joyce Carol Oates is a mainstay in classic contemporary literary fiction. She has written over 50 novels as well as poetry collections and nonfiction. She won the National Book Award in 1996 and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction three times.

We have many of her works available in our collection including A Fair Maiden (2010), The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007), Litte Bird of Heaven (2009) and My Sister, My Love (2008). Click on the book title for a summary of each book.