A Different Way to Dive Into a Book

Fall is settling in. We haven’t quite hit the official date on the calendar yet, but it starting to feel like it outside. The weather is back and forth from nice hot Indian Summer kind of days to wet was that all we got for fall kinda days. Either way, it is still perfect weather to dive into a book.

As a Home-school Mom it seems we are always reading a book. Either you are being read to or you are taking your turn at reading to your Home-schooled child. There is no doubt in my mind traditional Teachers also get to enjoy this back and forth exercise. Hearing their ability to read more fluently and see them begin to understand what they are reading is an incredible thing to watch develop.

I will confess, sometimes I want to sit next to my student and draw or paint right along with her. All the while, keeping with our habit of me reading while her creative mind transfers onto the paper, I’ve found a perfect solution here at Butler Memorial Library.


They aren’t a new thing. Audio books have been around for quite some time. But maybe they haven’t been on your radar like they haven’t been on mine until recently.

Adult & Children Audio Books

Did you know our library has both Adult and Children Audio books? I’ve gone through all of them and picked a few I thought may be something to pick up the next time you are in. There are several Young Adult appropriate choices that could be helpful when your older students tend to get a little lazy with their reading. Pick one up, make some hot cocoa and set down together. It will give you an opportunity to enjoy each others company and listen to a good book.

Adult/Young Adult

Marley & Me

Written and Read by John Grogan

P.S. I Love You

By Cecelia Ahern

Performed by Victoria Smurfit with Rupert Degas

Twilight Series 1-4

By Stephanie Meyer

Read by Ilyana Kadushin

Seabiscuit An American Legend

By Laura Hillenbrand

Read by Campbell Scott


By Laura Hillendbrand

Read by Edward Herrmann

Children Audio Books

Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn

By Kenard Pak

Read by Tanya Eby

Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

By Michelle Robinson

Read by Tim Pabon

Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes

Written and Read by Eric Litwin

There are a number of other titles to choose from. Take a look at them the next time you are in the library. Who knows, you may stumble upon your new favorite way to dive into a book.

Non-fiction and Close to Home

For those of us who love a good read from the non-fiction section of the library, there is one that stands out for several reasons. The most interesting of facts I found was that the story itself was kept silent until “the principle characters had all passed off the scene…”.

The victims of Annie Cook were still terrified of the woman and the things she had done well past the date of her death.

The author Nellie Snyder Yost states “…written in the hope that the facts set forth will awaken readers to their duty and obligation to report knowledge of any known abuse to the proper authorities and see that something is done to put an end to it.”

Another Interesting Fact

The other interesting fact about this book is the events it contains took place only 83 miles north of Cambridge in North Platte, Nebraska. And not that long ago. Some of my family members remember hearing her name and being told the tales of what she was doing. I was surprised to find that I too recognized a few of the names as I read the harrowing tale of abuse, intentional starvation, murder, and greed.

Standing under the big cottonwood, almost on the spot where Clara’s blood had soaked into the dusty ground, the insurance man asked Joe what he knew about Miss Cook’s death, and he told him. The knowledge that Annie had killed her daughter had been a burden since the day it happened. He knew the doctor and the undertaker were going along with Annie’s version of the death (each believing that he would one day inherit a fine Eighty if he did).

Evil Obsession; The Annie Cook Story

A Road-Trip Idea

You can still go to Annie Cook’s farm. There isn’t much left of the original part of the farm. If you read the book I encourage you to take a drive, put a physical place with the book. If you are a historian and like to research and investigate go to her grave, read the court documents. It adds another element to the realness of the story.

Available at Butler Memorial Library

Look for Evil Obsession; The Annie Cook Story by Nellie Snyder Yost the next time you’re in the library. I promise you won’t put it down.