Summer Reading This Week

Please be sure to join us this week for our Adult and Youth Summer Reading activities!

Deb Carpenter-Nolting with poet Lyn Messersmith: Legends & Leaders of the West

Wednesday, June 27th at 1pm

The children will learn about leaders and legends who shaped the American West. Sacagawea, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley, Doc Middleton and others are the focus of this program of original songs, stories and poems. 


St. John’s Brass Band plays Americana selection

Thursday, June 28th at 7pm in the Rose Garden

Refreshments will be served thanks to RSVP volunteers 🙂 You may wish to bring a lawn chair, as seating is limited.

New DVDs

  • J. Edgar: A biopic of J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director as notorious for his overzealous methods of law enforcement as for the rumors regarding his cross-dressing and close relationship with protégé Clyde Tolson.
  • The Iron Lady: A subtle and nuanced portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, whose political career and determination changed the rules that had limited women’s opportunities for leadership.
  • Against a Crooked Sky: After a hostile Indian tribe kidnaps his sister, young Sam Sutter sets out to find her. He enlists the help of a rough-and-ready trapper named Russian to aid in the rescue. But when the tribe, led by the ruthless Temkai, closes in on our heroes, Sam must undergo the ancient trial of “Crooked Sky” to save his captive sister.
  • The Code: Deeply in debt to the Russian mob, master jewel thief Ripley recruits a talented burglar to help him pull off one more daring heist: filching two gem-encrusted Fabergé eggs worth a cool $20 million each.
  • Hancock: A down-and-out superhero, is forced to employ a PR expert to help repair his image when the public grows weary of all the damage he’s inflicted during his lifesaving heroics.
  • The Grey: After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren’t alone.
  • Game of Thrones, Season 1: When a power vacuum emerges in the mythical land of Westeros following mighty King Robert’s death, several noble families, including the Starks, Lannisters and Baratheons, wage war against each other for control of the vacant Iron Throne.
  • One for the Money: Stephanie Plum is adrift after getting a divorce and losing her job. To make ends meet, she becomes a bounty hunter, with her first big case revolving around a high school boyfriend who may be falsely accused.
  • The Woman in Black: Dispatched by his boss to an isolated seaside village to tie up a recently deceased client’s affairs, a young London lawyer finds himself in a community grappling with dark secrets — and a haunting presence with a sinister agenda.
  • Chronicle: Soon after three teens stumble upon an unidentified substance in the Pacific Northwest woods, they begin to exhibit powers beyond their wildest dreams. But harnessing their newfound abilities proves far more challenging than they ever imagined.

Based on the Book

The movie adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith’s book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theatres this week. We have the title available for checkout in our collection, and it sounds interesting to say the least 🙂

“When Abraham Lincoln was nine years old, his mother died from an ailment called the “milk sickness.” Only later did he learn that his mother’s deadly affliction was actually the work of a local vampire, seeking to collect on Abe’s father’s unfortunate debts.

When the truth became known to the young Abraham Lincoln, he wrote in his journal: henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become learned in all things—a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose.

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for reuniting the North with the South and abolishing slavery from our country, no one has ever understood his valiant fight for what it really was. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time—all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War, and uncovering the massive role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.”

The Bird Saviors

The Bird Saviors by William J. Cobb artfully blends the desolate enchantment of the desert lands of Southern Colorado with a cast of colorful down-and-out characters who find their lives subtly intertwining on the brink of what promises to be either the next big depression or the beginning of the end.

In a near-future ravaged by an alarming bird-flu pandemic and economic turmoil, a seventeen-year-old single mother finds her religious father trying to wed her off to Hiram Page, a shady pawn shop owner with two wives. She decides to take her destiny into her own hands and finds a job counting birds for a grieving, widowed ornithologist. Throughout the book, various other characters touch  their lives in one way or another, including a vigilante Arapaho, Hiram Page’s criminal counterparts, a scorned bride, and a shoddy police officer.

Overall, while the plot moves a little slowly, the character’s true motives and intentions are gloriously revealed during the books final, well deserved climax. It’s a story worth sticking out to the end.

Available in the collection in the New Fiction display in FIC COB.

New Adult Non-Fiction

  • The Rough Guide to the Android Phone and Tablets by Andrew Clare: Provides a comprehensive guide to Android devices, with an emphasis on applications and their uses.
  • Heros at Home: help and hope for America’s millitary families by Ellie Kay: From the wife of an Air Force pilot, this is a compilation of unique insights and practical tips on how to physically and mentally survive being the spouse of an active military member.
  • Housing Reclaimed: sustainable homes for next to nothing by Jessica Kellner: A guide for individuals interested in creating homes using reclaimed and alternative materials with tips on how to build a home with little to no financing.
  • Mindfulness to go: how to meditate while you’re on the move by David Harper: An on-the-go guide to mindfulness, linking personality types with meditation styles, and describing types of exercises, or meditations, that can be done while driving, walking, talking, typing, shopping, jogging, or waiting in line.
  • The Invasion of Indian Country in the Twentieth Century: american capitalism and Tribal natural resources by Donald Lee Fixico: Tells the story of how the minerals and oil industries were able to use the resources on Native American lands, the governmental policies that were involved, and the efforts of Native Americans to preserve and regain control of their lands.
  • Windmills and Wind Motors: how to build and run them by F.E. Powell: A reprint of F. E. Powell’s classic windmill book, detailing how to build and run them.
  • The Vaccine Book: making the right decision for your child by Robert Sears: Dr. Bob Sears offers parents a comprehensive guide to childhood vaccinations, with an in-depth look at each vaccine, its purpose, dangers, schedule, effectiveness, and necessity.
  • Plains Indian Art by John C. Ewers: A comprehensive study of artwork produced by Plains Indians over the past 150 years.
  • Shoot: your guide to shooting and competitions by Julie Golob: A comprehensive shooting guide designed for both the experienced shooter and novices.

New Adult Fiction

  • Letter from a Stranger by Barabara Bradford Taylor: When award-winning film maker Justine Nolan returns to her beautiful childhood home, she is intrigued by an envelope she finds in her absent mother’s post, but the letter inside contains a shocking revelation, which will change everything she believes about her family’s recent history, her mother and her adored grandmother, Gabriele, if it turns out to be true.
  • Aunt Dimmity and the Village Witch by Nancy Atherton: Aunt Dimity, the original paranormal detective, moves to Finch and must conceal her identity, while she sets out to discover if one of Amelia’s ancestors might have been Mistress Meg, the Mad Witch of Finch.
  • Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby: Spenser takes up a seemingly open and closed cold case at the behest of a street-wise 16 year old girl, who believes her mother’s murderers went free. As Spenser digs deeper into the mystery, he finds a much more dangerous and complex mystery than he bargained for
  • Born to Darkness by Suzanne Brockman: Dishonorably discharged Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin starts work at a scientific research facility where individuals with unique mental abilities are trained to hone their skills; meanwhile, Michelle “Mac” Mackenzie, a valued operative at the Institute, discovers the truth about the source of a highly addictive drug that has begun to circulate in society and becomes determined to bring about it’s end.
  • The Innocent by David Baldacci: When an independent hitman who works for the U.S. government does the unthinkable and refuses to kill, he is forced to go on the run to save his own life. While fleeing, he crosses path with an orphaned fourteen-year-old runaway whose parents were murdered. Unable to turn away from her, he begins to realize she is at the center of a vast cover-up that reaches to the top-most rungs of power.
  • Dearest Dorothy, If Not Now, When?: Dearest Dorothy, the soul of Partonville, Illinois, is overjoyed when her firstborn son Jacob, a big city attorney, decides to move back to the small town for good, but her prayers and common sense are still needed to keep everyone else on the right track, especially with the mayoral race heating up.
  • Phantom by Ted Bell: Counterspy Alex Hawke hunts a madman about to unleash a new super weapon–one powered by artificial intelligence.
  • The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson: John Wells goes undercover in Afghanistan to investigate not only the Taliban, but also his fellow Americans, as he seeks the source of the hostility, mistrust, and drug trafficking involving people within the CIA, the military, and the Taliban.
  • The Big Cat Nap by Rita Mae Brown: 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.
  • Force of Nature by C.J. Box: Joe Pickett’s partner, Nate Romanowski, a former secret Special Forces operative in Asia, knows a secret about a colleague, who wants anyone with this knowledge dead, putting Pickett’s family and himself in danger.