Summer Reading Calendar

I added a calendar page to the website and have listed all of the adult and youth Summer Reading Program events and deadlines. Simply click the Calendar tab and then hover over the dates with your mouse for information on each event.

Based on the Book

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, based on the non-fiction guide to everything pregnancy by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, hit out local theatre this past Friday. While I’m sure the movie is a lot different than the book, if you are looking for popular work on pregnancy, this is the “Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you’ll need—and want—to know about life’s most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It’s all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options.

Comforting answers to hundreds of questions:
• I’m so queasy I can’t even eat for one. How can I eat for two?
• Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax?
• I’m only in my second month—why am I showing already?
• Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I’m expecting?
• Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it?
• What’s safe when it comes to sex?
• I think I felt the baby kicking—but I’m not sure. How do I tell?
• Will my body ever be the same after I deliver?

A month-by-month pregnancy guide.”

Adult Summer Reading Begins May 29th!

This year’s Adult Summer Reading theme is Between the Covers and we have a selection of fun and diverse programming and contests for you to choose from, ensuring that the Library will be an enjoyable part of your summer!

If you enjoy reading, there are three reader’s contests to participate in. Simply read a book and fill out an entry form, and your name will be entered to win $25 in Chamber Bucks! We will have three drawings, each spanning two weeks: May 29-June 15, June 16-June 29, and June 30-July 20.

If you enjoy some detective work, there are three scavenger hunts, giving you the challenge of searching throughout the library and its collection. The scavenger hunts are for those looking for a challenge and the winner of each hunt will receive a whopping $50 in chamber bucks! The three hunts will run the following dates: “A Night Out” May 29-June 8, “Home and Garden” June 11-June22, and “Thriller Chiller” June 25-July 13.

For those of you who are creative, there is a poetry exhibition/contest of “Book Spine Poetry” for anyone 16 and up from June 4-July23rd. I’ve included an example of what we’ll be looking for. We’ll display the poems in the library and online, and the winner will receive $25 in chamber bucks! 

Beginning on May 31, there is entertainment scheduled for every Thursday evening at the Library. Events include music from local musicians in our rose garden (should the weather be uncooperative we will move the event indoors) as well as a two-part series on backyard gardening about evening animal activity and evening gardening. A full list of events can be found on our calendar.

 Stop by the Circulation Desk and pick up a bookmark that gives more information about all these activities. We hope you’ll find something that interests you, and are looking forward to seeing you this summer!

Kidz Chat with Shelley

Summer Reading registration starts

Tuesday May 22nd!

Your children are invited to join the Alliance Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and attend the fun programs and events we are planning for all children. This summer’s theme, Dream Big – Read! is about all things nocturnal; dreams, stars and planets, bats, owls, spooky stories, and more. The programs are free and open to all children enrolled in Alliance Public Schools, St. Agnes Academy, or home-schooled children who reside in Alliance.

The Alliance Public Library cares about your children and has planned programs to keep them reading and learning all summer. Children who join the Summer Library Program keep their brains active and enter school in the fall ready to succeed. We are offering 3 different programs this summer.

  • READ FOR A RIDE This program is designed for children who have completed kindergarten on up, they will have to complete AR tests to meet goals, can earn $15.00 in Chamber Bucks.
  •  DREAM BIG This program is designed for children who have completed kindergarten on up, they will have to keep a reading log to meet goals, can earn weekly Pizza Hut certificate.
  • READ TO ME: This program is designed for children who have NOT started   kindergarten, parents will have to keep a reading log to meet goals, can earn weekly Dairy Queen certificate.

And remember, you are your child’s first teacher. Look at picture books with your children who have not learned to read and point out people, animals, and objects in the pictures. Read to your children and ask them to read to you. Your librarian will be happy to help you find books that are just right. We hope that you and your family enjoy looking at books and reading together and that you discover the treasures of your library.

Check the Alliance Times Herald, KCOW radio, and Facebook or stop in at the Alliance Public Library for more information and schedule of events.



New Young Adult Fiction

  • Guitar Boy by Mary Jane Auch: After his mother is severely injured in an accident and his father kicks him out of the house, thirteen-year-old Travis attempts to survive on his own until he meets a guitar maker and some musicians who take him in and help him regain his confidence so that he can try to patch his family back together.
  • Hate List by Jennifer Brown: Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.
  • Fever by Lauren DeStefano: In a future where genetic engineering has cured humanity of all diseases and defects but has also produced a virus that kills all females by age twenty and all males by the age twenty-five, teenaged Rhine escapes her forced marriage and journeys back to New York to find her twin brother.
  • Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum: As part of an art class assignment, high school junior Kate unwittingly sketches a wanted murderer, propelling her into instant celebrity and extreme danger while her parents fret and police provide constant protection.
  • Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall by Wendy Mass: After an accident in gym class puts sixteen-year-old Tessa into a coma, she re-evaluates her life by visiting the mall stores where significant events in her life took place.
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson: In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl, recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, learns a startling secret about her existence.
  • The Cardturner by Louis Sachar: When his wealthy uncle, a champion bridge player who has lost his vision, asks seventeen-year-old Alton to be a cardturner for him, Alton has no idea how much he will ultimately learn from his eccentric relative.
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen: When a school bus accident leaves sixteen-year-old Jessica an amputee, she returns to school with a prosthetic limb and her track team finds a wonderful way to help rekindle her dream of running again.
  • Choker by Elizabeth Emma Woods: Sixteen-year-old Cara has trouble fitting in when she moves away from her best and only friend, Zoe, and after a humiliating experience in the school cafeteria, Cara earns a new nickname from her peers, but when Zoe makes surprise return into her life, Cara’s popularity begins to rise, until a girl goes missing and Zoe begins to act strangely.
  • Girl, Stolen by April Henry: When an impulsive carjacking turns into a kidnapping, Griffin, a high school dropout, finds himself more in sympathy with his wealthy, blind victim, sixteen-year-old Cheyenne, than with his greedy father.

Ebooks and Public Libraries

Those of you who have e-readers, tablets and mobile devices and have utilized our e-lending service called Overdrive may have noticed that many books by your favorite authors are not available for checkout. This is a problem that has been occuring more and more simply because publishers refuse to make them available to libraries.

Instead of providing equal and fair access for all, which is a library’s guiding principle, they are refusing to sell this format to libraries in hopes that instead of borrowing titles, readers will purchase. Many of the publishers that do sell to libraries do so with unreasonable terms such as use restrictions and inflated prices, making it harder than ever for libraries to build healthy collections and remain competitive in the digital age. Six main publishers control nearly all published titles and include the following:

  • Penguin (recently ended e-book purchasing for libraries)
  • HarperCollins (only allows each copy to be read 26 times . . . then the library has to repurchase the title)
  • Random House (recently increased the price of e-books, in some cases tripling them, resulting in prices upwards to $100 per copy)
  • Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and Hatchette (none of which will allow libraries to purchase e-books)

The Nebraska Overdrive Consortium has had to react to these unfair practices as best as possible. We do not purchase any titles from HarperCollins and have recently had to decide to only purchase the top ten best sellers from Random House. As you can imagine, this leaves scraps for us to choose from, hoping that it will work. And it doesn’t. But it could . . . if we would be granted fair access to these new formats.

I highly encourage you to visit to learn more about publishers and e-lending and to sign a petition requesting publishers to allow libraries to have access to digital formats. Every voice counts, and unless librarians, readers and library advocates stand together and speak out, the future of ebooks in libraries is endangered.


Farewell Maurice Sendak

Beloved children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today at the age of 83. He gave us such classics as Where the Wild Things Are and  In the Night Kitchen, and illustrated a number of other works including the Little Bear series. His contributions to children’s literature were far reaching, and he won numerous awards despite his books being challenged and banned for their dark subject matter. Below is a list of books in our collection either by or about this masterful artist and wonderful storyteller.

Books available that were written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak:

  • Where the Wild Things Are (EF SEN)
  • In the Night Kitchen (EF SEN)
  • Outside, Over There (EF SEN)
  • Brundibar (EF SEN)

Book available that were illustrated by Maurice Sendak:

  • Little Bear series by Else Homelund Minarik (EF MIN)
  • Hurry Home Candy by Meindert DeJong (JF DEJ)
  • The Moon Jumpers by Janice May Udy (EF UDY)
  • Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s Farm by Betty Bard MacDonald (JF MAC)
  • The Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman (JF HOF)
  • Sing a Song of Popcorn (JUV 808.81 SIN)

Books about Maurice Sendak:

  • Maurice Sendak by Jennifer Hertig (JUV B SEN)
  • The Art of Maurice Sendak by Selma D. Lanes (741.64 LAN)


  • Where The Wild Things Are (DVD JF WHE)
  • Where the Wild Things Are . . . and 5 more stories by Maurice Sendak (DVD EF WHE)

Read the full story on MSN, with links to Sendak’s interviews and television appearances.

New Adult Non-Fiction

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman: Explains the two systems that drive the way we think; system one is fast, intuitive, and emotional, and system two is slower, deliberative, and logical and discusses how the two systems shape our judgments and decisions.
  • Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 by Charles A. Murray: A critique of white American class structure, arguing that the paths of social mobility that once advanced the nation are now serving to further isolate an elite upper class while enforcing a growing and resentful white underclass.
  • Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America by Mark R. Levin: Digs deep into the past and draws parallels to contemporary America from Plato’s Republic, Thomas More’s Utopia, Thomas Hobbes’s Leviathan, Marx’s Communist Manifesto and others.
  • The Search for the Forgotten Thirty-Four: Honored by the U.S. Marines, Unheralded in their Hometowns? by Terence W. Barrett: A collection of biographies of unknown war heroes, including Alliance native Ronald Leroy Coker.
  • Last Call: the Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent: Explores the events that led up to Prohibition in the United States, explaining why Americans agreed to stop drinking and describing what life was like during the Prohibition era.
  • The Secret Lives of Hoarders by Matt Paxton: A professional organizer explores the emotional and social issues involved in compulsive hoarding, describes the physical challenges of trying to help hoarders, and tells the stories of real clients.
  • Grubbycup’s Cimple Hydroponics: The Path of the Garden by Stash Grubbycup: Provides an introduction and instructions to setting up a home hydroponics gardening system.
  • Crazy for Cake Pops by Molly Bakes: Teaches the secrets of creating a variety of cake pop designs.
  • Once upon a Secret: My Affair with John F. Kennedy by Mimi Alford: A memoir of Mimi Alford’s 18-month relationship with President 
  • Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow: One of the best quarterbacks in the history of college football traces his path to success, discussing his childhood as the son of Christian missionaries and how his faith combined with his drive to succeed have made him

Brown Bag this Friday

Join us this Friday, May4th at noon in the Alliance Public Library Community Rooms as Don Henderson offers uplifting anecdotes and stories from the book I Like Being American: treasured traditions, symbols and stories edited by Michael Leach.

A book of great spirit and generosity, I Like Being American showcases in words and pictures why 300 million people of every religion, ethnicity, and race are proud to say with one voice, “I like being American!”

The free program is is sponsored by The Friends of the Library and light refreshments will be provided. This will be the last Brown Bag program of the season. The next Brown Bag will be on the first Friday of September, 2012.