Brown Bag this Friday

Join us this Friday, March 2nd at noon in the Alliance Learning Center Community Rooms for a review of Never Look Back by Alliance native Ann Hope.

Ann was born and raised in Alliance, Nebraska. She lived in Wyoming for 19 years and just recently moved to the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

With the encouragement of her family, Ann completed her first novel Never Look Back six years ago. It was entered into the 2010 Women of Faith Writing Contest where it placed in the top thirty of seven hundred and fifty contestants. At this point, Ann decided to self publish. She has written two novels and now working on her third.

Never Look Back is a dramatic love story with a twist of faith and has been been “compelling” and “uplifting.”


  • The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews: Meg Langslow finds her living room filled with cats, dogs, hamsters, gerbils, rabbits, guinea pigs, and a macaw that her father and zoologist grandfather stole from a shelter that recently repealed its no-kill policy, and when the volunteer who was supposed to transport the animals to their new homes is murdered, questions arise about the killer’s motives.
  • No Mark Upon Her by Deborah Crombie: Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James, investigate the murder of Rebecca Meredith, Met detective and Olympic contender in rowing.
  • The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney: Ben MacCarthy wants no part of the fledgling armed rebellion in Ireland in 1956 but ends up with an IRA sympathizer and begins running guns for the cause when he finds that his ex-wife, actress Venetia Kelly, is back in the country with her new husband and Ben uses all of his love and gun running connections to win her back.
  • Pineapple Grenade by Tim Dorsey: Serge Storms, one-man vigilante, is expecting something big to go down in Miami and has decided to spy for himself until his talents are appreciated, but the intelligence community is not amused and they want answers.
  • Bond Girl by Erin Duffy: Alex Garrett, a recent college graduate who began her Wall Street career in 2006, dreams of fast-talking days on the trading floor while living a life tied to a government bond desk and performing other peculiar tasks.
  • The List by Martin Fletcher: In London after World War II, Edith and Georg, Austrian refugees, search for surviving family members as they live in an environment filled with anti-Semitism, terrorism, and assassination attempts.
  • Kill Shot by Vince Flynn: CIA assassin Mitch Rapp finds himself framed by the group of men he has been systematically eliminating for their roles in the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing. Now the primary suspect in the deaths of nine people in Paris, including the Libyan oil minister, Mitch must avoid capture or die trying–if the CIA does not kill him first.
  • Catch Me by Lisa Gardner: Charlene Grant believes she will be murdered in four days and while she intends to flee or fight, wants to make sure that if she dies her murder will be investigated by Detective D.D. Warren, Boston’s top detective.
  • Home Front by Kristin Hannah: Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all but after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce when the Iraq war starts and unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news.

Sandhill Crane Season!

It’s the time of year when Sandhill Cranes flock to the Platte River to pick up a few pounds and possibly a date! To learn more about this yearly event and Sandhill Cranes, check out the titles below. The Nebraska Game and Parks Website also has some interesting information and videos, such as the one posted above.

  • The Cry of the Sandhill Crane by Steve Grooms (598 GRO) : Discusses sandhill cranes, especially those along the Platte River in Nebraska. Contains an appendix with information on other cranes of the world.
  • In Search of a Sandhill Crane by Keith Robertson (JF ROB) : Dismayed at the prospect of a summer in the Michigan wilderness, a young boy becomes increasingly fascinated by nature as he roams the woods in hopes of photographing sandhill cranes.
  • On Ancient Wings by Michael Frosberg (598 FOR) :  With 153 stunning color photographs, On Ancient Wings presents sandhill cranes in their wild but increasingly compromised habitats today. Over the course of five years, Michael Forsberg documented the tall gray birds in habitats ranging from the Alaskan tundra, to the arid High Plains, from Cuban nature preserves to suburban backyards. With an eye for beauty and an uncommon persistence, the author documents the cranes’ challenges to adapt and survive in a rapidly changing natural world. Forsberg argues that humankind, for its own sake, should secure the cranes’ place in the future. On Ancient Wings intertwines the lives of cranes, people, and their common places to tell an ancient story at a time when sandhill cranes and their wetland and grassland habitats face daunting prospects.
  • Sandi the Sandhill Crane by Colleen Gage: This is a fictionalized account of the Sandhill Cranes’ migration for the young reader.
  • Those of the Gray Wind: The Sandhills Cranes by Paul Johnsgard : follow the annual migration of the sandhill cranes from the American Southwest to their Alaskan mating grounds and then home again. It is a flight unaltered in nearly ten million years. By presenting various cycles of the migration in four time periods from 1860 to 1980, Johnsgard, a prominent naturalist, is able to show how man’s encroachments have imperiled the flocks. In each section there is interaction between a child and an adult brought about by some ritual event in the migration of the cranes. The story is enriched by the author’s exquisite illustrations, by Zuni prayers, and by Eskimo and Pueblo legends.

Tax Time

Tax season is in full swing, and while we have not received any tax forms here at the library, we are still able to help you find forms via the internet. We will be happy to find and print the forms for you at the circulation desk. Printing is still only $.10 a page.

To find the forms and publications you need this tax year, follow the links below:

Federal Tax Forms

Nebraska Tax Forms

Based on the Book

Brother and sister Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert look forward to meeting the young orphan boy whom they hope to give a good life to at their Avonlea farm, Green Gables. When they are accidentally sent Anne Shirley instead, they make the most of the orphanage’s mistake, and welcome the imaginative girl with loving arms. Under their care and through the friendships she forges at school, Anne enjoys adventures and experiences that teach her how to be loving and caring in return.

First published in 1908, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables is a cherished tale of the importance of family and community. The movie starring Megan Follows, made in 1985, captures the spirit of the book and of Anne perfectly. Both the book and the movie are available in our collection.

Happy President’s Day

The library will be closed on Monday, February 20th in observation of President’s Day.

Follow the links below for more information on two of America’s greatest presidents who helped to shape our country.


Good Read

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2012 ALA Alex Award, and deservedly so.

Poetic in her metaphors and voice, Jesmyn Ward delivers the impoverished south to the feet of Hurricane Katrina with so much grace and literary poise that readers will embrace the encroaching destruction with open arms.

Set on the Gulf Coast in Bois Sauvage, Mississippi during the ten days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, readers find themselves introduced to the Batiste family, the poorest of the poor black families living on land that has become a haven for broken down cars and discarded appliances. The widowed alcoholic father known as “Daddy”, the graceful athletic oldest brother Randall, the gritty dog fighting Skeet and his pit bull China, and the forever protected seven-year-old Junior are all drawn to life through the narration of Esch, a promiscuous fifteen-year-old girl who finds herself pregnant and without hope. As the storm approaches, it becomes evident that their love and need for each other is the only thing that enables them to survive.

Highle recommended and available in our New Fiction display under FIC WAR. It is a novel you won’t soon forget.

How to Say I Love You

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Alliance Public Library!

  • Ek is lief vir jou! (Afrikaans)
  • Te dua! (Albanian)
  • Ohiboke (man to female), Nohiboka (female to man, or man to man) (Arabic)
  • Yes kez si’rumem! (Armanian)
  • Volim te! (Bosnian)
  • Obicham te! (Bulgarian)
  • Mi aime jou! (Creole)
  • Volim te! (Croatian)
  • Miluji tev! (Czech)
  • Jeg elsker dig! (Danish)
  • Ik hou van je! (Dutch)
  • I love you! (English)
  • Iniibig kita! (Filipnio)
  • (Mä) rakastan sua! (Finnish)
  • Je t’aime! (French)
  • Ich liebe dich! (German)
  • S’ayapo! (Greek)
  • Aloha wau ia ‘oe! (Hawaiian)
  • Mai tumase pyar karata hun (male to female), Mai tumase pyar karati hun (f emale to male) (Hindi)
  • Szeretlek! (Hungarian)
  • t’a gr’a agam dhuit! (Irish)
  • Ti amo! (Italian)
  • Kimi o ai shiteru! (Japanese)
  • Dangsinul saranghee yo! (Korean)
  • Saya cintamu! (Malaysian)
  • Wo ai ni! (Mandarin)
  • Jeg elsker deg! (Norwegian)
  • Kocham ciebie! (Polish)
  • Eu te amo! (Portugeuse)
  • Ya tyebya lyublyu! (Russian)
  • Te amo! (Spanish)
  • Nakupenda! (Swahili)
  • Jag älskar dig! (Swedish)
  • Seni seviyorum! (Turkish)
  • Ya tebe kokhayu! (Ukranian)
  • Kh’hob dikh lib! (Yiddish)

To learn to say a lot more than “I Love You”, check out our language books in the 400’s as well as our instructional CDs. We just added some new language CDs for Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and French, which can be found in the Audio CDs in the 400’s.


New Adult Nonfiction

  • The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer: Presents resolutions for Christian women, identifying important characteristics for success in faith, family, and growth, and provides biblical references and advice on achieving these personal standards.
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton: Prosecutor Jeff Ashton presents his version of the 2011 Casey Anthony murder trial. Also available in Large Print.
  • Don’t Count On It by John C. Bogle: John C. Bogle, the founder and retired CEO of The Vanguard Group, examines the American financial system, discussing the difference between market expectations and realities, and describing the failures of money managers, the consequences of short-term speculation over long-term investment, and other related topics.
  • Dont’ Look Behind You and Other True Cases by Anne Rule: A collection of four true stories about unsuspecting victims of violent crimes who died at the hands of someone they trusted.
  • Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman: Offers women practical advice on how they can start losing weight, with suggestions to help them improve their daily diet and make educated choices about food and nutrition.
  • God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Neil Pasricha: Contains brief essays in which comedy writer Neil Pasricha shares his observations on some of the little things in life that make people happy, such as popping bubble wrap, solving the “Wheel of Fortune” puzzle first, and seeing someone laugh in their sleep.
  • Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller: The author provides an account of her mother Nicola Fuller’s life, from being raised in Kenya to moving around the continent with her husband in search of a home, and describes her devotion to her family and land.
  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan(“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
  • The Journal of Best Practices: One Man’s Journey to Beings a Better Husband by David Finch: At some point in nearly every marriage, a wife finds herself asking, What the @#!% is wrong with my husband?! In David Finch’s case, this turns out to be an apt question. Five years after he married Kristen, the love of his life, they learn that he has Asperger syndrome. Determined to change, David sets out to understand Asperger syndrome and learn to be a better husband

Based on the Book

The Lorax is perhaps my favorite Dr. Seuss book (actually, I think it is tied for 1st with McElligot’s Pool), and they have created a feature length film featuring the adorable mustached keeper of the trees. I just hope it is as good as the original (which we have available for checkout on DVD in addition to the many Seuss books in our children’s section.)