Happy Arbor Day!


Arbor day originated in Nebraska and is a day designated to celebrate the planting of trees. It’s not hard to believe the holiday would originate in Nebraska, as the majority of our trees have been planted by man.

Arbor day is celebrated on different days in different states, and in Nebraska it always falls on the last Friday in April. Our state tree is the Cottonwood. We have many resources available in the library concerning trees. Here are just a few:

  • The Living Book of North American Trees by Gerald Jonas (582.16 JON)
  • A-Z of Evergreen Trees and Shrubs (635.9 REA)
  • Build Your Kids a Tree House by Philip Schmidt (690 SCH)
  • Franklin Plants a Tree by Sharon Jennings (EF BOU)
  • Mary Margaret’s Tree by Blair Drawson (EF DRA)
  • The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein (EF SIL) click here to read a flash animation version
  • And Many More!

The above animation is a film by Frederick Back based on the novel The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono. It won an Academy Award in 1987 for best Short Animated Film, and is the touching story of a man who dedicates his life to planting a forest in order to enrich the quality of life.


Based on the Book

Not so much based on any one book as inspired by an author, The Raven releases this Friday. Inspired by Edgar Allen Poe, we have many of Poe’s works available for checkout in both adult fiction and our literature nonfiction section.


 When a madman begins committing horrific murders inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s (John Cusack) darkest works, a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans) joins forces with Poe in a quest to get inside the killer’s mind in order to stop him from making every one of Poe’s brutal stories a blood chilling reality. A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues, which escalates when Poe’s love (Alice Eve) becomes the next target.

New Adult Fiction

  • Oath of Office by Paula McLain: After Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree at his office most of the blame falls to Dr. Lou Welcome, who counseled Meacham years before when his medical license was revoked but when Welcome begins to investigate the incident he finds evidence that leads directly to the White House.
  • Private Games by James Patterson: Private, the world’s most renowned investigation firm, has been commissioned to provide security for the 2012 Olympic games in London, but when a high-ranking member of the games’ organizing committee and his mistress are killed just hours before the opening ceremony, the killer must be identified before others meet the same fate.
  • Poison Flower by Thomas Perry: Jane Whitefield orchestrates an escape for James Shelby, a man unjustly convicted of his wife’s murder, but Jane is kidnapped by the real killer’s henchmen and she endures their sadistic torture to keep James safe.
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult: When his father and sister are injured in an accident that has rendered his father comatose, estranged son Edward decides to stop his father’s life support so that his organs can be donated, a choice his sister urges him to reconsider
  • The Wolf Gift by Ann Rice: A young reporter on assignment is attacked and bitten by an unknown beast in rural Northern California and begins a terrifying but seductive transformation into a being with a dual nature, both man and wolf.
  • Before the Poison by Peter Robinson: After his wife’s death, Chris Lowndes, a composer, returns to Yorkshire where they grew up and buys a charming old mansion, but he soon learns that the former owner was supposedly poisoned by his wife in the 1950s and was hanged and the more he discovers about that past the more he believes that the wife was innocent.
  • Celebrity in Death by J.D. Robb: When one of Eve’s famous cases is made into a film, a talented but rude actress from the film finds herself at the center of a crime scene.
  • Becker’s Farm by William Timmons: Sommerfield, a German prisoner of war during WWII, is interned at a small POW camp in Nebraska and his dreams seem as dead as his family in his native land . . . until the day he is “killed” in a barn fire and returns as Adam Becker, a reclusive dairy farmer in rural Nebraska. But his new life and love, Laurelie Schmidt, are about to be dashed by an escaping POW who knows his true identity.
  • The Blackdagger Brotherhood Series by J.R. Ward (8 books): Focuses on six vampire brothers and warriors who live together and defend their race against Lessers, soulless humans who threaten their kind.
  • Chasing Midnight by Randy Wayne White: During a reception by a notorious Russian black marketer, retired CIA operative Doc Ford and his friend, Tomlinson, get an underwater look at the billionaire’s yacht, but when the boat arrives at its destination, they discover the island is overrun by environmental extremists, who have threatened to kill one hostage every hour until midnight–at which point they will kill everybody.

New Fiction on CD

  • One Summer by David Baldacci: Jack, terminally ill, is helpless when his wife Lizzie is killed in a car accident and his three children separated, sent to live with family members across the country, but a miraculous turn of events puts Jack on the road to recovery and he sets out to put his family back together over the course of a summer spent at Lizzie’s childhood home in South Carolina.
  • Downfall by Terri Blackstock: Emily Covington has been clean of drugs for almost a year but everyone still has a hard time trusting her. When one woman is murdered, Emily discovers the plot for a double murder. She has a hard time convincing the authorities, and everything turns back on her.
  • Sixteen in Nome by Max Brand: Joe May finds himself traveling across hundreds of miles of frozen country when he becomes the unwilling bait in a mad man’s quest for revenge.
  • Heat Wave by Richard Castle: New York Police Department Homicide Detective Nikki Heat encounters an unanticipated challenge when the commissioner asks her to take magazine journalist Jameson Rook with her on patrol; she finds that the handsome, wisecracking journalist is the least of her problems as she attempts to unravel a case involving a murdered real estate tycoon.
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart by Mary Higgins Clark: When a minor accident brings prosecutor Kerry McGrath to the plastic surgeon’s office, she sees a woman with the face of Suzanne Reardon, the “Sweetheart Murder” victim who was killed more than ten years ago. Kerry immerses herself into a fresh investigation to solve the mystery, but each new piece of evidence she unearths reveals a disturbing cache of questions.
  • Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich: Kate Appleton plans to turn her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan, into a bed and breakfast, but she needs cash and a job, and Matt Culhane needs to find out who is sabotaging his company; together they will smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s family home, stop a killer, and get to know each other a lot better.
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway: An old fisherman battles the sea and sharks to bring home the giant marlin he caught.
  • Dead Sleep by Greg Iles: Photojournalist Jordan Glass joins the FBI in a desperate investigation after she wanders into a Hong Kong art exhibit of a notorious series of paintings that are rumored to depict dead women and sees her twin sister, missing for over a year, is the subject of one of the portraits.
  • Sail by James Patterson: Widow Anne Dunne takes her three children–one who is suicidal, one who is a drug user, and one who is withdrawn–on a sailing trip hoping they can reconnect as a family, but dangerous weather and an individual who wants them dead threaten to ruin her plans.
  • Hidden Riches by Nora Roberts: After Dora Conroy, a Philadelphia antiques dealer buys a selection of auction items, her genteel antiques shop becomes the focus of an international smuggler whose passion for beautiful objects knows no bounds.
  • Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow: After Alaskan aviation entrepreneur Finn Grant is murdered Kate Shugak, private investigator, goes uncover to help Alaskan state trooper Laim Campbell find his killer.

Earth Day @ Your Library!

This Sunday is Earth Day and we have numerous resources to help you celebrate our good Earth! Why not watch a nature documentary? Or teach your kids about recycling with a book? Or make an earth friendly craft?


  • Life BBC nature documentary (DVD 591.7 LIF)
  • Planet Earth BBC nature documentary (DVD 591.7 PLA)
  • Vanishing of the Bees documentary (DVD 638.1 VAN)
  • Curious George Goes Green (DVD EF CUR)

Earth Day picture books for kids:

  • I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn (EF ASH)
  • Recycled! by Jillian Powell (EF POW)
  • A Plastic Bottle’s Journey by Suzanne Slade (EF SLA)
  • The Kid’s Environment Book: what’s awry and why by Anne Pderson (JUV 363.7 PED)
  • Earth Day Birthday! by Maureen Wright (EF WRI)

Nature projects and activities:

  • Keepers of the Earth: Native American stories and environmental activities for children (398.2 CAD)
  • Baskets from Nature’s Bounty (746.41 JEN)
  • Nature Crafts: outdoor magic using natural materials for creative crafts (JUV 745.5 LOH)
  • Fantastic Recycled Plastic: 30 clever creations to spark your imagination (745.57 EDG)
  • Stones and “Stuff” (JUV 745.5 LLI)
  • Making Art with Sand and Earth (745.5 CHA)
  • Trash to Treasure (745.5 TRA)

Books about green living:

  • Llewellyn’s 2009 Green Living Guide (363.7 LLE)
  • The Illustrated Green Guide (333.75 ILL)
  • Going Green: a wise consumer’s guide to a shrinking planet (640 KNE)
  • Greening Your Home: sustainable options for every system in your house (644 BEN)

Based on the Book

Think Like A Man releases in theatres this weekend and is based on on the bestselling nonfiction book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey. It spent quite a long time on Library Journal’s most checkout/requested list. In the book, Mr. Harvey presents advice that lets women inside the male mindset to reveal answers about spotting the right kind of man for a relationship, with questions to ask and tips about how to determine whether a man is independent, trustworthy, and mature. The movie is sure to be a funny one, and the book is available in our collection at 306.7 HAR.



New Adult Fiction

  • Cinnamon Roll Murder by Joanne Fluke: Hannah Swensen has her hands full preparing a generous supply of cinnamon rolls for the weekend Jazz Festival concert by the Cinnamon Roll Six jazz band, but before the festival can begin the band’s tour bus overturns, keyboard player Buddy Neiman is murdered, and soon Hannah finds herself uncovering a quantity of suspicious facts and a few local suspects.
  • Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command by Paul Garrison: Paul Janson is working to find redemption and reform from his days of covert operations, so now not only does he help rehabilitate disenchanted agents and helps them find new lives, he also takes on missions for the greater good.
  • Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green: Andi finally finds the man of her dreams and marries into a ready-made family with his two daughters, but when Ethan’s daughter insists on fighting against her all of their happiness is in danger.
  • Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta: Five surgeons, attending the Morbidity and Mortality Conference, confront their professional failures and the consequences of pushing their abilities.
  • Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand: For the last twenty-two years, Kayla, Antoinette, and Val have put aside their daily, separate lives to have a special weekend in Nantucket, where they meet to swap stories and talk about old times, but when one of them doesn’t return from their latest trip, the surviving friends must find a way to overcome their grief and come to terms with the many secrets that have come out since their friend’s death.
  • Never Look Back by Ann Hope: After breaking away from an adulterous and abusive husband and returning to her hometown, Cammi finds love again with Bryce and his daughter Allie. Years down the road, Allie’s mother returns in hopes of reconnecting with the daughter she abandoned as an infant, and Cammi and Bryce find themselves unprepared to deal with the resulting chaos and reopened wounds.
  • The Snow Child by Ivey Eowyn: Homesteaders Jack and Mabel struggle to survive in the harsh Alaskan wilderness, but the couple’s quiet life of hard work and routine suddenly changes when a small girl named Faina magically appears on their doorstep.
  • Victims by Jonathan Kellerman: Unraveling the madness behind L.A.’s most baffling and brutal homicides is what sleuthing psychologist Alex Delaware does best. When gruesome crime scenes that rical those of Jack the Ripper, even Alex is stymied.
  • I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella: After she loses her engagement ring and her phone is stolen during a hotel fire drill, Poppy Wyatt, discovering an abandoned phone in a trash can, crashes into the life of the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, when she uses his phone to make her wedding preparations.
  • Trail of the Sepllmans by Lisa Lutz: Follows the hilarious adventures of private investigator Izzy Spellman and the Spellman family who together run Spellman Investigations.

Trivia Question # 4

Name the WOMEN in this late 1970s photo of Friends of the Library Members and Library Staff.

Join us tomorrow for an Open House following the Brown Bag Presentation from 1pm to 5pm and the final question to our National Library Week Trivia Contest (it’s a doozey!). Don’t forget, the winner will receive $25 in Chamber Bucks!

National Library Week Library Trivia Contest

Help us celebrate National Library Week by participating in our Library Trivia Contest. The winner will receive $25 in Chamber Bucks. Answers must be turned in at our circulation desk by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13th. We’ll have a total of 5 questions, one for each day of the week.

  • Question 1: The book “At my Grandmother’s Tables” by Gregory Harris Christensen is a book written in honor of his grandmother. Who was Gregory’s grandmother and what Alliance business did she and her husband own for many years?
  • Question 2: What is the name of the Alliance Public Library’s painting and who is the artist that created it?
  • Question 3: Local resident Kevin Horn once wrote a book on some of his favorite memories. In it, Kevin states that there are two reasons David Humm is Kevin’s favorite Husker. What are those two reasons?

The final two questions will come later this week, so be sure to check back!