Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

“Saturday, September 29 is Responsible Dog Owners Day at Alliance’s dog park, Wiggly Field. A professional dog psychologist will demonstrate dog training and answer your questions. A working dog demonstration will be part of the big day which begins at 9 a.m. If you want your dog AKC certified for the Good Citizenship Award this is the time to do it! Bring your dog and a lawn chair and spend the day as it is absolutely wonderful! We are very fortunate to have the Alliance Dog Owners Group sponsor this big event!

Moving on to a dog book review in honor of courageous dogs and humans:

Oogy by Larry Levin is the heartwarming story of a family of adopted twin boys who take their ailing, elderly cat to the vet to be euthanized.  Full of sorrow they leave the exam room only to have a one-eared, smiling white puppy greet them with all the love and exuberance imagined! Right then and there the family adopts Oogy, the survivor of an illegal, dog fighting ring.

Being the parents of several rescue dogs over the years. this story spoke to my heart. We have encountered the medical as well as psychological needs of these spectacular creatures. The baggage they carry is challenging yet the love in their hearts is so very rewarding.

Levin’s debut is alive with the love and devotion anyone could ever hope to accomplish. This book is for anyone with a soft spot for animals and kids. It is a quick read, perfect for a day of relaxing.

My favorite passage is a memory Levin shares of a conversation with one of his adopted twin sons: ‘Years later, Noah told me that he remembered laying on the bed with Oogy that first night, and he thought, I hope my parents felt as good about us the day they brought us home as I feel about this dog right now.’

Another vignette that pretty well sums up the story is: ‘Oogy is, right there in front of everyone he meets, tangible living proof that there can be happiness, love and hope on the other side of unspeakable and unimaginable horror.'”


This book has been recommended by a number of other readers, so it must be really good!

If you or have a book you liked (or didn’t) and would like to share with our readers, please email me using the contact page on this website and I’ll be happy to post it for you!

Based on the Book

For all of you Alex Cross fans out there, the movie is releasing in a few weeks. So why not take a refresher and re-read a few of the good ol’ Alex Cross books by James Patterson, all of which can be found in our collection.


Free Medical Information Workshop

Please join us this Thursday, September 27th, at 9:00 am in the WNCC computer lab for a FREE workshop in online medical resources. Librarians from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National Library of Medicine will be presenting information on the CHIRS (Consumer Health Information Resource) website.In addition to an overview of CHIRS, you will learn how to evaluate health information websites to make sure you are finding accutate and reliable information.

Please RSVP to Tiffany at 762-1387 or by leaving a comment as space is limited.

Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

I Am In Here by Elizabeth M. Bonker and Virginia G. Breen is the story of an autistic young woman who cannot speak but found her voice by using a highly specialized communication board.  Elizabeth Bonker is autistic.  Her poetry speaks volumes of the power of the human spirit. 

Her mother, Virginia, redefines the role of what it means to be a mother, friend and fierce champion for her daughter in the face of unimaginably difficult odds.

This mother-daughter duo will change the way you feel about autism and give you hope for the hurdles you have to face every day.  This is their first book.

I Am In Here is the only book on autism I have ever read.  I admit, the topic is just tragic and who wants to read a downer?

 Our Public Library had a display of a dozen or so books on autism.  I try to read a wide variety of subject matter so I trudged over and scanned the selections.

Elizabeth and Virginia’s little book grabbed me from the start and I can’t get it out of my mind months after finishing it!

I recommend this book with all my heart.  I came away with a new appreciation of autism and an understanding of how I will live a better life.”


If you have a review you’d like to share with our readers, please email


New Overdrive Titles

These titles were recently added to our Overdrive collection, and are only available to Alliance Public Library patrons as opposed to all members of the consortium 🙂

Alex and the Elephant by Keith Harvey: Alex comes face to face with an elephant and together they work out a way to solve a problem.

Ash by Malinda Lo: In the wake of her father’s death, Ash is left at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Consumed with grief, her only joy comes by the light of the dying hearth fire, rereading the fairy tales her mother once told her. When she meets the dark and dangerous fairy Sidhean, she believes that her dreams have come true.

Black Hills by Dan Simmons: When Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, “counts coup” on General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at the Little Bighorn, the legendary general’s ghost enters him – and his voice will speak to him for the rest of his event-filled life.

Mister Death’s Blue-eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn: Based on an actual crime in 1955, this YA novel is at once a mystery and a coming-of-age story. The brutal murder of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunningham’s junior year in high school throws Nora into turmoil.

If I Were a Monster by Scott Nicholson: A father tells a bedtime story to teach his daughter that monster’s can be protectors.

Cake Decorating with Kids: Halloween by Natalie Saville: Get messy in the kitchen with these easy-to-follow cake decorating projects.

Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass: At Moon Shadow, an isolated campground, thousands have gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare and extraordinary total eclipse of the sun. It’s also were three lives are about to be changed forever:

Calico Joe by John Grisham: A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball.

American Cocktail: This ultimate guide to American Cocktails collects more than fifty drink recipes from across the U.S

Fallen Angel by Eden Bradley: Haunted by a military mission that ended in personal tragedy, Declan Byrne still bears a soldier’s scars. As a park ranger on the secluded Mendocino coast, he guards his heart while standing ready for anything. Anything except a beautiful, ethereal woman with a mysterious past, falling from the cliffs to the rocks below.

Based on the Book

Life of Pi by Yann Matel releases in theatres this November, and being directed by Academy Award wining director Ang Lee (Broke Back Mountain) it promises to deliver. By a strange coincidence Life of Pi is also September’s selection for our online book club. If you would like to participate in the book discussion, you can join in at Library Thing by clicking here (you’ll need to set up a free account), or join us on Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. for our in-library discussion. Extra copies of the title are available at circulation and an ebook copy is available on Overdrive.

Roxi Reviews

Roxi Wilkinson has graciously agreed to share some of her recent reads with us. The following review is part of an ongoing series of guest posts written by Roxi:

“The Paris Wife, a historical novel by Paula McLain, is the great love story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadly Richardson.

This well researched gem spans the United States, Paris and Spain during the 1920’s.  Hadly, the narrator, is a twenty-eight-year-old spinster when she meets Hemingway, a twenty-one-year-old emotionally scarred war veteran, at a friend’s house party in Chicago.  Their mutual attraction is immediate with a wedding quickly following.

As the couple’s marriage deepens Hemingway wrote,  “I would have rather died than fall in love with anyone but Hadly”.  This leads Hadly and the reader to believe their love will survive Hemingway’s struggle to literary success.

A colorful cast of lively and volatile friends such as Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald influence the impressionable young pair in ways not always positive.  All of the characters are well developed and evoked raw emotion.

As the Hemingway’s marriage bumps along, Hemingway says to Hadly, “It’s not always easy to know how to live”.  It is this statement that ties their story of ambition and betrayal together into a book worthy of anyone’s precious reading time.”


If you would like to share a review of a book in our collection you’ve enjoyed (or didn’t), please email me at and I’ll be happy to share!


  •  Fireproof by Alex Kava: A local D.C. team insists they’re looking for a young white male, suffering from an uncontrollable impulse to act out his anger or sexual aggression when a string of deadly arson incidents occur. But when special agent Maggie O’Dell is called in, everything she sees leads her to believe that this is the work of a calculating and controlled criminal
  • Cop to Corpse by Peter Lovesey: When a sniper begins assassinating policeman, Chief Superintendent Peter Diamond is assigned to the case and begins to find curious connections to the dead officers.
  • Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel: Henry VIII, finally married to Anne Boleyn, is no longer interested, as she has yet to bare a son, and Henry turns to Thomas Crown for help yet again.
  • Tuesday’s Child by Fern Michaels: Mikala Aulani, an attorney ready to retire, is visited by the man who admits killing one of her former client’s parents and she must help free the wrongly accused woman.
  •  Courageous by Diana Palmer: Special Forces Officer Winslow Grange, having been sent to the jungles of South America to help a general gain control of his nation, is distracted when the daughter of his foreman arrives unannounced and sets out to prove to him he needs her in his life.
  • I, Michael Bennett by James Patterson: When Michael Bennet’s life is endangered after bringing down a Mexican crime lord, he tries to escape the chaos by vacationing with his ten kids and beautiful nanny only to find himself in the middle of more warring gangs. 
  • The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson: When a Chinese national working for an American-owned construction company goes missing in Shanghai, the security firm hires Grace Chu, a forensic accountant, and Johnny Knox, a civilian with training in combat and street culture, to find the hostages before the ransom deadline.
  • Bloodline by James Rollins: Painter Crowe and his team of elite operatives are recruited on a mission to rescue a pregnant American, who is the daughter of the president and has been kidnapped by Somali pirates.
  • Cast On, Kill Off by Maggie Sefton: Kelly Flynn’s knitting pal Megan is about to get married and Megan has found the perfect seamstress, Zoe Yeager, but after Zoe finds the courage to leave her abusive husband she is found dead from a single bullet shot.

Banned Books Reading Contest

Throughout history, books have been burned, ravaged, removed from the public eye and taken off library shelves through both dramatic and subtle acts of censorship. Today, libraries still struggle with efforts to ban books from public shelves. Some most recent titles to be challenged are the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E.L. James and The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

In short, each individual has a right to decide what is appropriate for him/her to enjoy, and each parent has the right to decide what is right for their own children. This is one of the great freedoms, and we invite you to join us and celebrate your freedom to read!

From September 6th to October 6th, read a banned book and register to win a prize! Banned books are on display near circulation and in our teen zone, along with a brochure listing challenged and banned books that include titles such as Little House on the Prairie, Gone with the Wind, the Twilight series, and even The Lorax, Harry Potter and the Goosebumps series.

Stand up for your right to read and checkout a banned book today!

Upcoming Children’s Programs

Next week kicks off a new season of children’s programs which includes weekly storytime and monthly Do-It-Yourself programming.

Storytime is for children ages 3 to 6 years old and features themed stories, crafts and activities. The weekly program is presented on Tuesday mornings at 10am and Thursday afternoons at 1pm. Children must be registered at circulation before attending.

Join us Tuesday, September 11th at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, September 13th at 1:00 p.m. for What Do You See, Eric Carle?

The Do-it-Yourself program is for elementary students K-4th and is held in our community rooms the third Tuesday of each month. The program features guest speakers from around the community as well as activities.

Join us Tuesday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m. for the Do-It-Yourself program featuring the City of Alliance Electrical Department.

We hope to see you this fall at the library!

For a complete list of library programming, please see our Calendar page.