Rachel Recommends

Ghost­land: an Amer­i­can his­to­ry in haunt­ed ­places by Colin Dickeyjacket-jpg

“An intellectual feast for fans of offbeat history, Ghostland takes readers on a road trip through some of the country’s most infamously haunted places–and deep into the dark side of our history. Colin Dickey is on the trail of America’s ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and “zombie homes,” Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places. Some have established reputations as “the most haunted mansion in America,” or “the most haunted prison”; others, like the haunted Indian burial grounds in West Virginia, evoke memories from the past our collective nation tries to forget. With boundless curiosity, Dickey conjures the dead by focusing on questions of the living–how do we, the living, deal with stories about ghosts, and how do we inhabit and move through spaces that have been deemed, for whatever reason, haunted? Paying attention not only to the true facts behind a ghost story, but also to the ways in which changes to those facts are made–and why those changes are made–Dickey paints a version of American history left out of the textbooks, one of things left undone, crimes left unsolved. Spellbinding, scary, and wickedly insightful, Ghostland discovers the past we’re most afraid to speak of aloud in the bright light of day is the same past that tends to linger in the ghost stories we whisper in the dark.”

jacket-jpgThe first sign­s: un­lock­ing the mys­ter­ies of the ­world’s old­est sym­bols by Genevieve von Petzinger

“One of the most significant works on our evolutionary ancestry since Richard Leakey’s paradigm-shattering Origins, The First Signs is the first-ever exploration of the little-known geometric images that accompany most cave art around the world—the first indications of symbolic meaning, intelligence, and language. Imagine yourself as a caveman or woman. The place: Europe. The time: 25,000 years ago, the last Ice Age. In reality, you live in an open-air tent or a bone hut. But you also belong to a rich culture that creates art. In and around your cave paintings are hand prints and dots, x’s and triangles, parallel lines and spirals. Your people know what they mean. You also use them on tools and jewelry. And then you vanish—and with you, their meanings. Join renowned archaeologist Genevieve von Petzinger on an Indiana Jones-worthy adventure from the open-air rock art sites of northern Portugal to the dark depths of a remote cave in Spain that can only be reached by sliding face-first through the mud. Von Petzinger looks past the beautiful horses, powerful bison, graceful ibex, and faceless humans in the ancient paintings. Instead, she’s obsessed with the abstract geometric images that accompany them, the terse symbols that appear more often than any other kinds of figures—signs that have never really been studied or explained until now. Part travel journal, part popular science, part personal narrative, von Petzinger’s groundbreaking book starts to crack the code on the first form of graphic communication. It’s in her blood, as this talented scientist’s grandmother served as a code-breaker at Bletchley. Discernible patterns emerge that point to abstract thought and expression, and for the first time, we can begin to understand the changes that might have been happening inside the minds of our Ice Age ancestors—offering a glimpse of when they became us.”

By ­gaslight: a nov­el by Steven Pricejacket-jpg

“A literary tour de force of a detective’s ceaseless hunt for an elusive criminal By Gaslight is a deeply atmospheric, haunting novel about the unending quest that has shaped a man’s life. William Pinkerton is already famous, the son of the most notorious detective of all time, when he descends into the underworld of Victorian London in pursuit of a new lead on the fabled con Edward Shade. William’s father died without ever finding Shade, but William is determined to drag the thief out of the shadows. Adam Foole is a gentleman without a past, haunted by a love affair ten years gone. When he receives a letter from his lost beloved, he returns to London to find her. What he learns of her fate, and its connection to the man known as Shade, will force him to confront a grief he thought long-buried. A fog-enshrouded hunt through sewers, opium dens, drawing rooms, and seance halls ensues, creating the most unlikely of bonds: between Pinkerton, the great detective, and Foole, the one man who may hold the key to finding Edward Shade. Steven Price’s dazzling, riveting By Gaslight moves from the diamond mines of South Africa to the battlefields of the Civil War, on a journey into a cityscape of grief, trust, and its breaking, where what we share can bind us even against our darker selves. ”

jacket-jpgTo­day will be d­if­fer­en­t: a nov­el by Maria Semple

“Eleanor knows she’s a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won’t swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action–life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother’s company. It’s also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office–but not Eleanor–that he’s on vacation. Just when it seems like things can’t go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. A hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.”

Re­mem­ber yes­ter­day: For­get To­mor­row series — 2 by Pintup Dunnjacket-jpg

“Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries–if only she’d let TechRA study her. But after they kidnapped and experimented on her as a child, cooperating with the scientists is the last thing Jessa would do. But when she discovers the past isn’t what she assumed, Jessa must join forces with budding scientist Tanner Callahan to rectify a fatal mistake made ten years ago. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister–even if it means aligning with the enemy she swore to defeat.”

jacket-jpgRepli­ca: Repli­ca series — 1 by Lauren Oliver

“Replica is a “flip book” that contains two narratives in one, and it is the first in a duology. Turn the book one way and read Lyra’s story; turn the book over and upside down and read Gemma’s story … Lyra’s story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene and even beautiful. But up close the locked doors, military guards, and biohazard suits tell a different story. In truth, Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised, and observed. When a surprise attack is launched on Haven, two of its young experimental subjects–Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72–manage to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school, and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family’s past and discovers her father’s mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions”–From publisher’s website

CD Audiobooks: 101 S­tum­bles in the March of His­to­ry: What If the Great Mis­takes in War, Govern­men­t, In­dus­try, and E­co­nomic­s Were Not Made? by Bill Fawcettjacket-jpg

“Did I do that?! When asked to name a successor, Alexander the Great declared that his empire should go “to the strongest.” But would rival factions have descended into war if he’d been a little more specific? What if the Vienna School of Art took a chance on a hopeful young student named Adolf Hitler? If Pope Clement VII granted King Henry VIII an annulment, England would likely still be Catholic today–and so would America. Bill Fawcett, author of 100 Mistakes That Changed History, offers a compendium of 101 all-new mammoth mistakes–from the ill-fated rule of Emperor Darius III to the equally ill-fated search for WMDs in Iraq–that will, unfortunately, never be forgotten by history.”

jacket-jpgDVD: X-Men — Apoca­lypse

“After the re-emergence of the world’s first mutant, world-destroyer Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.”

MPAA rating: PG-13; for sequence of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images.


DVD: The leg­end of Tarzanjacket-jpg

“It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom. But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.”

MPAA rating: PG-13; for sequences of action and violence, some sensuality and brief rude dialogue.

jacket-jpgOverDrive Audiobook: Killing the Ris­ing Sun: How Amer­i­ca Van­quished World War II Ja­pan

“The powerful and riveting new audiobook in the multimillion-selling Killing series by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Autumn 1944. World War II is nearly over in Europe but is escalating in the Pacific, where American soldiers face an opponent who will go to any length to avoid defeat. The Japanese army follows the samurai code of Bushido, stipulating that surrender is a form of dishonor. Killing the Rising Sun takes readers to the bloody tropical-island battlefields of Peleliu and Iwo Jima and to the embattled Philippines, where General Douglas MacArthur has made a triumphant return and is plotting a full-scale invasion of Japan. Across the globe in Los Alamos, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his team of scientists are preparing to test the deadliest weapon known to mankind. In Washington, DC, FDR dies in office and Harry Truman ascends to the presidency, only to face the most important political decision in history: whether to use that weapon. And in Tokyo, Emperor Hirohito, who is considered a deity by his subjects, refuses to surrender, despite a massive and mounting death toll. Told in the same page-turning style of Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, Killing Jesus, Killing Patton, and Killing Reagan, this epic saga details the final moments of World War II like never before.”

OverDrive Audiobook: Two by T­wojacket-jpg

“#1 New York Times bestselling author Nicholas Sparks returns with his signature combination of gripping, emotionally resonant storytelling and love overcoming all odds. At thirty-two Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six-year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive, and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear … and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding—one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.”


All of the new selections can be found on the “New Book” shelves located in the different areas of the library. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

See you in the stacks!

Get Ready for Summer!

bookstackSpring is here and summer isn’t far behind.  In less than 60 days the children will be out of school for vacation and it will be time to “catch some rays,” and spend some time poolside.  What will your children do this summer?  If you have young children at home you know that summer means finding ways to keep them busy, employing babysitters, or getting those camp dates scheduled.  Every child should be looking forward to a summer of fun, a time when the phrase “I’m bored!” should be the very last phrase that is on their lips.

For the staff at the Kilgore Library, summer is the time of year that we work the hardest to attract young people to our doors.  We want to provide fun, educational programming that will continue to engage our children and entertain them too.  We want every child to be able to enjoy the programs we offer free of charge and join our reading club to keep actively reading during the months out of school.

If your child does not read during the break he will lose several levels of his reading comprehension and it will take him 6-8 weeks to re-learn what he has lost.  No one wants their child to start a new school year behind.  To ensure your children read this summer, have your family visit the Library at least twice a month to choose “new” reading material, and encourage your child to join our summer reading club.

Get ready for summer reading now!  If you don’t have a Library card, come in and get one!  Library cards are free to any York city or county resident.  If you have an old style card, come in and have your account updated.  Now we can even add your email address to your record and have date due and reserve reminders emailed to you.  You may choose to have a family card and keep everyone’s book checkouts together.  We can also make cards for each family member.  Each new card comes with two mini-key chain cards too.  This makes keeping a family’s cards together much easier to manage.  If you live within walking distance of the Library consider putting a house key on a lanyard with one of your mini Library cards too.

We can no longer check out items without a Library card, so if your children are visiting the Library any time without you, please consider giving them one of the key card versions on a key ring.

Next month I will highlight our super summer activities at the Library.  Don’t forget to buy some sunblock, and stop by and get your Library card ready for the summer too.

Picture revealed!

The picture of the building that was in my blog post for January was the City Hall building on Grant Ave. It’s scarcely recognizable as that of yesteryear since it is modernized and now houses the H & R Block business on the ground floor with apartments above. The picture was taken many years ago and discovered in the attic of a home bought in the late 1960’s. It must have been quite a sight to see the billboards at the side of the old city hall. I believe the building use to be the home of First Federal Savings and Loan Association too.

Also, mark your calendars as the library will be closed Monday for Presidents Day. It will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

We have a new staff member!



We have added a new face to the staff at Kilgore Memorial Library.  Diane will be working at the circulation desk from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Thanks to Mother Nature this is Diane’s second day with us and she is already wandering the stacks and shelving books on her own!  We are thrilled to have an extra person to help us during what is one of the most hectic times of the day at the library.

Do you have your new library card yet?

kilgore mem library logo2Since arriving at Kilgore Memorial Library as the new library director I have listened to and learned from many of you.  Mostly the library staff.  I am sure that they are beginning to think to themselves, be careful what you wish for because it might just turn into more work!  In the past 15 months we have worked to improve the networking and computing infrastructure, we designed and developed a new website, implemented a new catalog interface, designed new logo for the library, and improved many other things along the way.  Now we are in the process of working to update our patron database.  To do this we are issuing brand new library cards to each patron.  Do you have yours yet?

Each new card comes with a regular wallet card, two key fob cards and the option to scan the barcode into a loyalty app for electronic use.  Each new card also comes with an instruction sheet that offers several tips for using your library card.  What it is trying not so subtly to say is, USE YOUR LIBRARY CARD.

For extra assurance that you have all the information you need we have created a step-by-step list of how to log into and use your online library account.  Once you are logged in you will be able to do everything listed in the instructions along with use all the services listed at the online catalog home page.  Yes, even librarians have to deal with change!  So you will notice that the online catalog screen you will see today looks different from the one in the screen shots of the tutorial.  That is because that software was update recently.  To learn more about this new interface we have created this 41 second video just for you!

We certainly hope that you are enjoying all of the improvements we have made to our services.  If you have an idea for what could make library services more enjoyable let me know.  I am always looking for ways to make more work around here!

Do you recognize this picture?

Here is a picture that appeared in the York Daily newspaper in July, 1960. Can anyone identify the picture and where the building is located in York?


Be looking for my blog post in February to find out about the picture and its location, including what business is currently in that building today.

Also, the library will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19th and will reopen on Tuesday the 20th at 10 a.m. We will have a display of Martin Luther King Jr. books that you might like to check out.

Have a good month!

You are invited to join us

Earlier this summer you were invited by Libby to consider joining our Friends of the Library group, but did you know you do not need to be a member to attend the events they host?  The Friends work hard to promote the library and its services and when they host an event it is for the community we serve and we serve all who come into the building!

So if you are interested in activities like:

  • hearing a New York Times best-selling author talk about her work,
  • interviewing the main character of a book and learning more about the grieving process from local experts,
  • attending a Veteran’s Day event with a U.S. Consul General as he shares his experiences that lead to writing a biography,

check out our new schedule of events web page that promotes the events the Friends will be hosting in the coming months!

The next time you think there is nothing to do in York — remember to check out your library!

P.S.  You will also find date reminders of standing favorites like the Festival of Trees and the next book sale along with the plans for our soup sale booth at the Holiday Gift Fair on this new web site.  — You are welcome:-)

What’s New

Hey Everyone! We’ve received some wonderful additions to our collection and I wanted to share a few titles with you. Here are some of the new materials I have cataloged in the last month.







For a full list of the materials we’ve added this month visit the Catalog on our website and click on the blue “See What’s Hot” on the upper left hand side of the page.


All of the new selections can be found on the “New Book” shelves located in the different areas of the library. Be sure to let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

See you in the stacks!