November Brown Bag

Join us this Friday, November 2nd for Kevin Horn’s Brown Bag presentation “Stories From Beyond Husker Sidelines” at noon in the community rooms. Light refreshments are provided courtesy of Friends of the Library.

Halloween Happenings at the Library!

This Halloween we have a ghastly array of Halloween activites for spooks of all ages!

  • Valerie Keenan of Stained Glass Visions will be in the library painting faces from 3:30 to 6:00 on Tuesday, October 30th! For FREE!

  • And while your getting your faces painted, you can submit a pumpkin in our Pumpkin Decorating Contest! There will prizes for youth and adults! More info is available here.

  • And don’t forget to enter our Spooky Reading Contest! Checkout any spooky item from our collection (think sci-fi, murder mysteries, thrillers, etc.)  and submit an entry slip for your chance to win Chamber Bucks! We have a wonderful selection of spooky items in print, audio and video! See the list below for some of our newest editions.

We hope to see your ghoulish side this Halloween!!! So Join the Fun!

New Spooky selecions recently added to the collection:

Rabid: a cultural history of the world’s most diabolical virus: The authors examine the history, science, and cultural mythology of rabies.

The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer: my life at Rose Red: A team of University researchers investigates Rose Red, a mansion built on a Native American burial ground in the early twentieth century by oil tycoon John Rimbauer whose wife, Ellen, has left a detailed diary of ghostly and ghastly happenings in the house.

Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook: Full-color book with almost 100 recipes (photos of every recipe), plus bonus features on topics like setting up a Halloween buffet and … ways to reuse Halloween candy.  

A Ghastly Good Halloween: Contains instructions for more than two hundred Halloween crafts, recipes, and decorations.

Taste of Home Halloween Party Favorites: Provides a ghoulish array of Halloween recipes, crafts and party how-tos.

Stalin’s Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith: Russian cop Arkady Renko, not the most popular man on the force, is assigned to investigate reported sightings of Stalin’s ghost in a Moscow subway station, which leads him to a murder investigation that has links to Nikolai Isakov, a former Black Beret now running for public office.

The Sound of a Scream by John Manning: As a new governess, Daphne tries to adjust to her strange surroundings and difficult pupil when a waitress’s gruesome death sets the whole town on edge. Then a killer strikes again–and again. A psychopath is culling his victims with brutal precision, and Daphne’s arrival is far from random. 

Hell to Pay by Wendy Corsi Staub: As they await the birth of their first child, Lucy Walsh and Jeremy Cavalon, who survived the attacks of a serial killer as children, become trapped in a nightmare with a shadowy predator who has come to finish what he started

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke: When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie, the estate’s manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into Belle Vie’s history, which leads her to a centuries old mystery involving the plantation’s slave quarters–and her own past.

Red Rain by R.L. Stine: In the aftermath of a hurricane from which she barely escapes while on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, travel writer Lea Sutter impulsively adopts a pair of orphaned twin boys against the wishes of her family before encountering the twins’ sinister natures.

Soup Supper

Vote – then join the Friends of the Library for a Fall Soup Buffet!

Enjoy a variety of soups, relishes, deserts and drinks for only $5! 

Tuesday, November 6th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the community rooms.

During the supper you will be able to enjoy a slide presentation by Wally Seiler featuring some of the photos to be published in the book  Alliance Memories: celebrating 125 years. The books will be available for purchase in early December and procedes will benefit the Alliance Chamber of Commerce.

iPads available!

We have five Apple iPads available for in library use! They are loaded with kid friendly aps and have internet capability through our Wi-Fi, so we invite to come up and check one out at the Circulation Desk.

Remember to bring headphones if you plan on listening to music or watching video, as the library does not supply headphones to patrons.


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 chose this review in honor of my Mom who died ten years ago of Stage 1V cancer.

Patrick Swayze’s high energy acting career of over 30 years was kept on track despite the diagnosis of stage lV pancreatic cancer in 2008.

The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, is a memoir not only recounting the struggle and successes of the preforming arts but of their long marriage and how cancer impacted their lives.  Patrick and Lisa met in high school and married very young.  They remained sweethearts despite the difficult curve balls life threw at them.

My introduction to Partrick Swayze was as Orry Main in the television mini series North and South.  I was impressed with the depth he gave his character.  I knew then that Swayze was an artist to follow.  My favorite movies of his are Dirty Dancing, Ghost and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.  These are a tiny smattering of his overall accomplishment.

In his book, Swayze says:  ‘But the spiritual journey we were on wasn’t about finding answers.  It was about understanding the questions.  Once you think you have the answers, you stop growing. Yet if you keep exploring, seeking, and opening your mind, you’ll find that the learning never stops. This has helped me immeasurably in the difficult days of my life, from dealing with injury, to career disappointments, to the most trying days of all, as I fight to keep on living through cancer.’

This story is of interest to anyone awed by Swayze’s acting intensity, anyone diagnosed or love someone told they have stage lV cancer and finally, anyone seeking inspiration and encouragement with marriage.

The Time of My life was published September 2009, the same month Patrick Swayze died.  This little book gives honor and dignity to a deserving big life.”


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

New Young Adult Titles

  •  All Good Children by Catherine Austen: In the not-too-distant future, Max tries to maintain his identity in a world where the only way to survive is to conform and obey.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas of growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver.
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman: Adam, now a rising rock star, and Mia, a successful cellist studying at Juilliard, are reunited in New York City and reconnect for the first time since Mia’s near-fatal car accident three years earlier drove them apart.
  • Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen: Will Scarlet shadows Robin Hood, with an unerring eye for finding treasures to steal and throwing daggers with deadly accuracy, but when Gisbourne, a ruthless bounty hunter, is hired by the sheriff to capture Robin and his band of thieves, Robin must become Will’s protector risking his own life in the process.
  • Eona: The Last Dragoneye by Alison Goodman: Eona, the first female Dragoneye in hundreds of years, joins fellow rebels Ryko and Lady Dela on a quest to find the black follio and help the young Pearl Emperor win back his throne from the evil Lord Sethon.
  • Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge: Paige Turner, who has just moved to New York with her family, uses her sketchbook to try to make sense of her new life, and she finds the process of sharing her artwork and identity with others both scary and rewarding.
  • Nocturne by Christine Johnson: After the tragic events of the summer, Claire wants to worry about nothing but finding the perfect dress for the Autumn Ball, but her worst nightmares come true when someone learns that she is a werewolf, placing everyone she knows at risk.
  • Legend by Marie Lu: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis: Amy, having been cryogenically frozen and placed onboard a spaceship which was supposed to land on a distant planet three hundred years in the future, is unplugged fifty years too early and finds herself stuck inside an enclosed world ruled by a tyrannical leader and his rebellious teenage heir and confused about who to trust and why someone is trying to kill her.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

Carve, Paint, Glitter, Glue…anything goes!

Pumpkins and Funkins will be accepted and displayed beginning Friday, October 26th through Halloween. We have prizes for youth and adults!

Winners will be selected October 31st in four age groups: Kindergarten thru 3rd, 4th thru 6th, 7th thru 12th, and Adults.

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:

Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfullness by Alexandria Fuller is an intimate story of her parents and the price of being possessed by Africa’s uncompromising, fertile, death dealing land.  We follow Tim and Nicola Fuller on an adventure that is funny in a way that’s both hilarious and tragic.

Nicola Fuller of Africa, which is her preferred name, was born July 9, l944 on the Isle of Skye, thus begins the adventure. During childhood her close friend was a monkey named Stephen Foster who wore look-alike outfits and were left unsupervised to play together.  I must admit that the picture on the front of this book of the two buddies holding hands wearing homemade rompers and the unusually meandering title piqued my curiosity into picking it up at the library.  Our pastor and his wife are from the same area of Africa that the story takes place so I was doubly intrigued with what this little package contained. Our church’s mission trip to Kenya is planned for next summer which brings the African continent to Alliance in a very real, somewhat frightening light.  I can better understand why Kenya is the destination in need of service.

I am tempted to share passages from my favorite parts of the book but I don’t want to tell you more to influence your opinion because it is just unlike any story you will find, in a very rewarding  way! Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness continues to roam around in my imagination as a masterpiece on forgiveness and healing, large expansive hats, off the wall nicknames and most of all; courage. “


Thank you Roxi, for sharing!

If you 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!

New Adult Fiction

  • The Spymasters by W.E.B Griffin: Tapped by FDR to assist the Allies’ efforts to secure France and build an atomic bomb, OSS spy chief Wild Bill Donovan and top agent Dick Canidy coordinate a sabotage mission in Germany while countering a mole who is leaking Manhattan Project secrets to the Soviets.
  • 15 Seconds by Andy Gross: A random act of violence plunges Henry Steadman, a successful Florida plastic surgeon, into a nightmarish world when he is accused of murdering two people. He must clear his name and discover who is trying to destroy him in order to save himself and his family.
  • Haven by Kay Hooper: Jessie, psychic investigator for a firm called Haven, has been estranged from her sister Emma for years. Now Emma is having nightmares, and the sisters discover there are secrets buried in Baron Hollow– an evil that has been festering for years, one that’s targeting Jessie and Emma one last time…
  • You Don’t Want To Know by Lisa Jackson: After spending the past two years in and out of Seattle mental institutions, unable to remember the details of her son’s disappearance, Ava returns home and, secretly visiting a hypnotist, discovers that her son may still be alive.
  • Judgement Call by J.A. Jance: Though Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has tried to protect her children from the dangers of the grown-up world, the search for justice leads straight to her own door and forces her to face the possibility that her beloved daughter may be less perfect than she seems.
  • Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon: Kateria Avani is driven by a lifetime of perplexing dreams to Las Vegas, where she meets a compellingly familiar warrior who has returned from the dead to prevent the fulfillment of a prophecy that could end the world.
  • Odd Apocalyspe by Dean Koontz: Odd Thomas confronts deadly adversaries in a decaying estate.
  • Trickster’s Point by William Kent Krueger: Cork O’Connor has gone bow-hunting with Jubal Little, Minnesota’s first Native American governor-elect, when an arrow out of nowhere slices through Little’s heart. Alas, the arrow belongs to O’Connor, and he must find out who framed him for this murder.
  • The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen: When a joke about making illicit money escalates to a kidnapping scheme, four friends enjoy the proceeds of a low-risk operation until they abduct the wrong target and capture the attentions of the law and a vengeful organizedcrime ring.