Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling!

Today is the birthday of J.K. Rowling - author of the Harry Potter books - and boy am I glad she was put on this earth; otherwise, we wouldn't have the magical world of Harry Potter.
In honor of her birthday, I thought I would put together a few Harry Potter related links. - from what I understand, this is the place for Harry Potter Fans to congregate. They literally have everything you could dream of related to Harry Potter. Here's a few games from the site:
Click here to watch J.K. Rowling read "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" from her book The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Click here to visit J.K. Rowling's official site, where you can catch up on news, view a scrapbook and delve a little deeper into the author's mind.
We have all of Rowling's work available for check out, many of which are also available on audio for your listening pleasure. We also have a few of the movies, which were so generously donated.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Final Adult Summer Reading Trivia Question!

First off, I would like to thank all of you who have participated in our Adult Summer Reading Trivia! I hope you have enjoyed answering the questions and will still check in with the blog when you can. Also, if you have any ideas, suggestions or recommendations on how we can make the blog even better, feel free to let me know. Your feedback and ideas are surely welcome.

Also, we have decided to continue on with our online trivia contests. So stay tuned for more trivia fun on various topics.

And finally . . . the last trivia question! (Be sure to email your answer to Ronda at and bring your slips in to the circulation by 5:00 on Friday)

Question #12
Which Poet recited at President Kennedy's inaguration?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Patron Recommendations

Our wonderful patrons often recommend material that they have enjoyed, and I thought that I would share a few of those with you. If you would like to recommend a book, audio book, DVD or useful website, simply email me at, call 762-1387 or stop on by the circulation desk.

This great modern classic depicts life in China at a time before the vast political and social upheavals transformed an essentially agrarian country into a world power. Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck traces the whole cycle of life—its terrors, its passions, its ambitions, and its rewards. Call numbers FIC BUC & YA BUC

This popular travel series follows guide Rick Steves' on his european travels. A number of episodes are available for checkout. He has an extensive website as well, which compliments the show nicely, at
Call numbers DVD 914

Since it was first published, more than seven million people have been touched by the magic of The Christmas Box, a holiday classic that is as beloved in our time as A Christmas Carol was in Dickens's. When Richard Paul Evans wrote The Christmas Box, he intended it as a private expression of love for his two young daughters, Jenna and Allyson. Though he often told them that he loved them, he didn't feel that they could ever really understand the depth of his feelings until they had experienced the joy of rearing their own children, and by that time their relationship would have changed forever. In writing The Christmas Box, he hoped that at some time in the future they would read the book and know of their father's love. (The person who recommended this book also recommended that it be read with a box of tissues close at hand.) Call Number FIC EVA

An epic on an intimate scale, Memoirs of a Geisha takes the reader behind the rice-paper screens of the geisha house to a vanished floating world of beauty and cruelty, from a poor fishing village in 1929 to the decadence of 1940s Kyoto, through the chaos of World War II to the towers of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where the gray-eyed geisha Sayuri unfolds the remarkable story of her life. Call Numbers FIC GOL & AB FIC GOL


Delia's Crossing
by V. C. Andrews: Delia Yebarra, having lost her mother and father in a truck accident, struggles to find a place to call home goes to live with her wealthy aunt, who treats her like a servant, and her cousins, Edward, who is nice, and Sophia, who is jealous of Delia's beauty.

Strangers by Anita Brookner: Paul Sturgis sets off for a holiday in Venice, where he meets Mrs. Vicky Gardner. Upon his return to England, a former girlfriend, Sarah, reenters Paul’s life. These two women reroute Paul’s introspections and spark a transformation within him.

Knock Out by Catherine Coulter: Sheriff Ethan Merriweather goes looking for a missing little girl and soon realizes that Autumn has brought him a huge problem -- a relentless madman who has the ability to control others simply by looking at them, the madman is after Autumn and her mom.

Brimstone by Robert B. Parker: Freelance gunslingers Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, having found Allie French working in a brothel and relocated to Brimstone, find work as deputy sheriffs, but have trouble keeping peace in the town due to an unsolved string of murders and frequent disagreements between the local saloon owner and preacher.

Fugative by Phillip Margolin: Attorney Amanda Jaffe must find a way to keep her client alive long enough to defend him after she accepts a large retainer to represent Charlie Marsh, a petty crook who fled the U.S. twelve years earlier.

The Lovers by John Connolly: Charlie Parker, forced to give up his private investigator's license, takes a job in a bar and begins to examine his own past and the events surrounding his father's suicide.

Matters of the Heart by Danielle Steel: Photographer Hope Dunne accepts an assignment to photograph author Finn O'Neill, and shortly after meeting him, she falls in love and is whisked away to his estate where she begins to question things he has told her about his past and starts to think that he may not be the man she thought he was.

Liberty and Tyranny
by Mark R. Levin: Presents a series of essays that argue for politically conservative perspectives with regard to liberty and topics such as health care, global warming, immigration, and the economy.

Medical Myths That Can Kill You by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D.: Dr. Nancy Snyderman offers clear, practical, scientifically proven advice to help people lead a happier, healthier life, while addressing common medical myths that can put people at risk.

The Brain edited by Kenneth Partridge: A series of articles that cover the structure, functions, and historic approaches to study; mapping the mind: advances in Brain-Imaging Technology; brain development from infancy to adulthood; how the brain processes languages; the brain and aging; and efforts to understand human consciousness.

The American History Cookbook by Mark H. Zanger: Traces the history of American cooking through commentary and recipes, featuring fifty chronologically arranged chapters on historical themes and topics, covering a period that ranges from 1200 through the 1970s, each with step-by-step instructions for three or more recipes.

Heydrich: The Face of Evil by Mario R. Dederichs: Reinhard Heydrich, a leading figure within the Nazi Party, he was responsible more than Himmler for the planning and execution of the Holocaust.

The Depression Cure by Dr. Stephen S. Ilardi, PhD.: In many respects, modern Americans should be among the happiest people in the history of the world. Ominously, the rate of depression has been on the rise for decades. What has changed?

Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton: Recounts events during which, immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a small group of U.S. Special Forces soldiers entered Afghanistan on horseback to capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and were ambushed in a battle in which they were outnumbered forty to one.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Based on the Book

The Time Traveler's Wife is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The novel depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other, as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals — steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

The film releases August 15th, so be sure to stop in and check out the book before seeing the film!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Digital Sheet Music Online Library

For those of you who are musically inclined, a wonderful library of sheet music is available online.

Collections include an archive of popular American music, historical music, African American sheet music and more! Accessible through the UCLA digital library, their site links to many other wonderful collections.

I found this wonderful resource via the Nebraska Library Commission's Delicious bookmarks, which are worth taking a look at.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Adult Summer Reading Classic Lit Trivia

As part of our adult summer reading fun, I will be posting 2 trivia questions each week. To participate please email Ronda at with the trivia question number as the subject and be sure to include your full name in the email so we know who you are. The person who correctly answers the most questions at the end of the program will win a prize! (Before participating, please sign up for the summer reading program at the circulation desk in the library.)

Question #11
What Nebraskan was recently chosen as the U.S. Poet Laureate?

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Summerhill Secrets by Beverly Lewis: Merry Hanson, living amongst the Amish in rural, Pennsylvania, relies on her Christian faith to guide her through such challenging situations as the childhood death of her twin sister, the disappearance of a friend's mother, boy troubles, a skating accident, and her Amish friend's newfound interest in the modern world.

Dear to Me by Wanda E. Brunstetter: Melinda Andrews loves two things deeply her Amish friend Gabe Swartz and the wild animals she helps to heal. When an Englishman tells Melinda she has a special gift with "critters," she dreams of becoming a vet.

Summer Lovin' by Carly Phillips: Zoe Costos is a security specialist with an eccentric family who runs a spa. The family is about to adopt Sam and then Ryan, who claims to be a relative shows up. Ryan is determined to protect Sam and find out the truth about his missing sister. Zoe is the perfect one to help him.

First Murder in Advent by Sharon Wildwind: Three stateside veterans of Vietnam take refuge at a convent and are caught in a curious battle with Catholic nuns on one side and a military think tank on the other. Will they manage to protect each other, find the killer, and save themselves from their guilty consciences?

Relentless by Dean Koontz: Cubby Greenwich is a novelist and is a lucky man. When his novel gets one bad review from a critic, he knows he should ignore it, but doesn't. After he meets the critic who doesn't take criticism, Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a sociopath.

Trouble by Jesse Kellerman: Jonah Stem stumbles across a murder in progress and rushes to protect the young woman being stabbed, inadvertently killing her attacker in the process and placing himself in the midst of a media frenzy that teaches him heroism isn't all it's cracked up to be.

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella: Lawyer Samantha Sweeting stumbles into a new way of life when a costly error at work has her fleeing to the countryside where she is mistakenly hired as a housekeeper--despite a complete lack of domestic skills--and finds love with the handsome gardener.

Scarlet Feather by Maeve Binchy: Cooking school colleagues Tom Feather and Cathy Scarlet open their catering company, Scarlet Feather, to rave reviews, and are determined to make a success of the business despite the disapproval and interference of certain family members and friends.

Medusa by Clive Cussler: An undersea lab disappears, a bathysphere is attacked by an underwater vehicle and left helpless and only Austin's heroic measures save them. Austin suspects a connection and puts the NUMA team on the case and doesn't know what he's gotten them into. They are not only trying to save their own lives, but millions of others.

The Bourne Deception by Eric Van Lustbader: Jason Bourne takes on a new identity after he survives an assassination attempt, which causes him to wonder what his life could become without any attachment to the name Bourne.

The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman: Three sisters deal with tragedy after the oldest, Elv, who was sexually abused by a stranger as a child, succumbs to drug addiction and a mental breakdown, the middle sister, Meg, falls ill, and the youngest, Claire, tries to cope with her feelings of guilt over what happened to Elv.

Skeleton Justice by Dr. Michael Baden: Dr. Jake Rosen, deputy chief medical examiner, and Manny Manfreda, lawyer, take on the case of a bizarre serial killer who extracts a vial of blood from his victims. The attacks become more vicious and deadly as they look for a connection between the victims.

The German Woman by Paul Griner: Claus Murphy, an exiled American with German roots who makes propaganda films by day and spies for England at night, meets Kate, the English widow of a German surgeon; but as their relationship deepens, Claus must decide where his loyalties lie.

The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro: When a vampiric virus infecting New York begins to spread, Eph Goodweather--with help from Setrakian and a motley group of fighters--tries to find a way to stop the contagion, rescue the city, and save his wife and son.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Frank McCourt Passes On

August 19, 1931 ~ July 19, 2009

Frank McCourt was an Irish American writer who was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrants. After a trying childhood, he spent a good portion of his life teaching creative writing. His first novel, Angela's Ashes, won McCourt the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the ABBY Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Click here to read an interview with the author.

Below is a list of the books we have in our collection written by Mr. McCourt
Angela and the Baby Jesus
Angela's Ashes: a memoir
Teacher Man: a memoir
'Tis: a memoir

Classic Lit Trivia

As part of our adult summer reading fun, I will be posting 2 trivia questions each week. To participate please email Ronda at with the trivia question number as the subject and be sure to include your full name in the email so we know who you are. The person who correctly answers the most questions at the end of the program will win a prize! (Before participating, please sign up for the summer reading program at the circulation desk in the library.)

Question #10
What was J. Edgar Hoover's occupation during college?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Based on the Book

So I went to Harry Potter last night (and yes, it was awesome) and during the previews they played the trailer for the Where the Wild Things Are movie. It looks to be a good and releases in October! Maurice Sendak is one of our favorite children's authors here at the library. If you have kids or grandkids or an inner child, stop by and read a few. They are imaginative and endearing. A few of the titles include In the Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are and Outside Over There.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Adult Summer Reading Classic Lit Trivia

As part of our adult summer reading fun, I will be posting 2 trivia questions each week. To participate please email Ronda at with the trivia question number as the subject and be sure to include your full name in the email so we know who you are. The person who correctly answers the most questions at the end of the program will win a prize! (Before participating, please sign up for the summer reading program at the circulation desk in the library.)
Question #9
What letter was worn by sinners of the flesh in Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel?

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nebraska Memories

Nebraska Memories is a digitalized collection of historical and cultural heritage media made available to the public through the internet. It is a collaboration of institutions across the state, and is intended to make the material freely available to researchers.With over 3,500 items in the database, a rich variety of material is available with additional files being added each month.
To learn more about Nebraska Memories, or to begin your research, visit the website at

Nebraska Memories is sponsored by The Nebraska Library Commission.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New but not "New"

Here are some more books new to our catalog that didn't make it to the "New" cart:

Peony by Pearl S. Buck
This is the story of a culture within a culture. The conflict between the two cultures comes out as a love affair develops between two young people. Peony is classic Pearl Buck showing not only the conflict of the new and old ways but the difficulty in a society where there was no discrimination against the Jews. Pearl Buck won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1938.

The Complete Book of Cross Stitch Designs by Linda Schaffer
A classic of stitchwork, The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs showcases 500 designs—from traditional favorites to originals found nowhere else. There are soft and lacy patterns; some that mimic knitting, weaving, or patchwork; and others that use large openwork and popcorn stitches. And every stitch design features a photo, reader-friendly instructions, and a diagram showing each stitch and its placement—so it’s easy to understand the entire design at a glance. The guide also includes a pictorial index, which displays the complete pattern, and directions for all basic crochet stitches. Both beginners and experienced crocheters alike will turn to this invaluable reference for years to come. (Please note that we own the "classic" edition, so the cover looks different.)

Guts by Gary Paulsen
In Guts, Gary tells the real stories behind the Brian books, the stories of the adventures that inspired him to write Brian Robeson's story: working as an emergency volunteer; the death that inspired the pilot's death in Hatchet; plane crashes he has seen and near-misses of his own. He describes how he made his own bows and arrows, and takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, or how he met the moose with a sense of humor, and the moose who made it personal. There's a handy chapter on "Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition." Recipes included. Readers may wonder how Gary Paulsen survived to write all of his books -- well, it took guts.

Black Hills by Nora Roberts
A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not eleven-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

As part of our adult summer reading fun, I will be posting 2 trivia questions each week. To participate please email Ronda at with the trivia question number as the subject and be sure to include your full name in the email so we know who you are. The person who correctly answers the most questions at the end of the program will win a prize! (Before participating, please sign up for the summer reading program at the circulation desk in the library.)

Question #8
Which poet served as a nurse during the Civil War?

Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh: Young Stephen Huxtable, the Earl of Merton, becomes entangled in a romantic affair with Cassandra Belmont, a beautiful widow who has been accused of murdering her husband, but taking Cassandra as his wife would risk his reputation.

Marine One by James W. Huston: After the President of the United States is killed in a helicopter crash, Mike Nolan, a Marine Corps reserve helicopter pilot and civilian trial attorney, is hired to defend the European manufacturing company in a court, but his only hope to win is to discover what really caused the crash.

Nightwalkers by P. T. Deutermann: Cam Richter finds himself caught up in mischievous pranks around his land. Then the pranks turn hostile and he realizes he's a target of a killer who holds him responsible for something he didn't do. As he tries to find out why someone wants him dead, he begins to uncover the secrets of the plantation.

Winterkill by C.J. Box: In a violent Wyoming blizzard, game warden Joe Pickett finds an arrow-riddled corpse stuck to a tree. The investigation, run by federal agents with conflicting agendas and strong rivalries, leads to a group of survivalists called the Sovereign Citizens.

Razor Sharp by Fern Michaels: The Ladies of Pinewood are about to come to Lizzie's aid after she takes on a high-profile case involving some "ladies of the night" and some wealthy, arrogant customers. Even the higher courts will prove no match of seven fearless friends determined to ensure that real justice is served, Sisterhood style.

Knit Fast, Die Young by Mary Kruger: Ariadne Evans swore her sleuthing days were over after her very own knitting shop became a crime scene a few months back. But she hadn't anticipated that the Freeport Wool and Yarn Festival would become the site of another murder -- with hers truly as a prime suspect.

The Last Gunfighter Hell Town by William Johnstone: Buckskin, Nevada, was once a boom town then died a peaceful death. But when a fresh vein of silver is struck, Morgan lets himself get pinned with a tin badge at the worst possible time.

Non Fiction
In The Mind's Eye
by Elizabeth Dodd: A collection of essays in which Elizabeth Dodd examines the natural and human history of various sites in the American Southwest, southern France, and the Pacific Northwest.

Becoming Attached by Robert Karen: The book offers fresh insight into some of the most fundamental issues of emotional life, a voyage of discovery in children’s emotional development and its pertinence to adult life, and personal discovery.

Walking Your Blues Away by Thom Hartmann: A new approach to using walking to heal emotional trauma and bring forth optimal mental functioning.

American Lion
by Jon Meacham: Details the life of the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, and focuses on his political actions and choices that shaped the White House and inspired the later presidents--including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and others.

The Last Princess by Matthew Dennison: A comprehensive biography of Beatrice, the youngest daughter of England's Queen Victoria, that chronicles her life, devotion to her mother, marriage, and family.

Paul Newman: A Life by Shawn Levy: Looks at the life of Oscar-winning actor Paul Newman, discussing his youth in Cleveland, Ohio, his early acting struggles, his artistic battles, long-lasting marriage to Joanne Woodward, late-life decision to become a race car driver, and charitable work.

Eat This, Not That for Kids by David Zinczenko: Provides nutritional facts for thousands of foods from fast-food restaurants to vending machine choices that children usually enjoy; and suggests healthier alternatives.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Harrry Potter is almost here!

And boy am I excited! We have 2 copies of the book available for checkout, and you still have time to read (or reread) it before the movie comes out.)

Friday, July 10, 2009

New but not "New"

The following are books newly dded to our collection that did not make it onto the "New" cart:

The Essential 55: an award-winning educator's rules for discovering the successful student in every child by Ron Clark
The runaway bestseller that's a must-have for every parent and teacher.
How many authors would travel coast to coast on a bus to get their book into as many hands as possible? Not many. But that's just what Ron Clark, author of The Essential 55, did to keep his book and message in the public eye. And it worked. The book sat tenaciously on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks. Ron Clark was featured on the Today show, and in the Chicago Tribune, Good Housekeeping, and the New York Daily News -- not to mention the calls we've received from teachers and parents who want to get their hands on Ron's guidelines for teaching children. Call number 371.102 CLA

The Book Borrower by Alice Mattison
In deceptively quiet, guileless prose, she has described the mind numbing routine of child-care and the fraught, complex relations of men and women. Only Margaret Atwood has written as knowingly about the frienship between women. Emotionally wrenching, beautifully realized work. Call number FIC MAT

The One-Life Solution by Dr. Henry Cloud
Do you feel that if you could get rid of some of the chaos in your work life, you could take your performance to a greater level? Do you stay late at the office many nights, or check your BlackBerry when you don't? Do you have difficulty dealing with cantankerous bosses or passive-aggressive coworkers? If you've answered yes, your performance is suffering and your work life has taken over your personal life. In The One-Life Solution, bestselling author Dr. Henry Cloud examines the workplace. Through engaging real-world examples, Dr. Cloud shows us how to construct and enforce better boundaries against the technological devices, bullying bosses, and distracting coworkers who invade our time and space. Call number 650.1 CLO

The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
This beautifully bound volume includes over 70 stories and 40 poems, including his famous works The Pit and the Pendulum, The Tell-Tale Heart & The Raven. Call number FIC POE

The Pictorial Encyclopedia of Japanese Culture: the sould and heritage of Japan
This book is visual rich as well as informative. It provides a comprehensive look at the Japanese culture. Call number 390.0952 PIC

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Adult Summer Reading Classic Lit Trivia

As part of our adult summer reading fun, I will be posting 2 trivia questions each week. To participate please email Ronda at with the trivia question number as the subject and be sure to include your full name in the email so we know who you are. The person who correctly answers the most questions at the end of the program will win a prize! (Before participating, please sign up for the summer reading program at the circulation desk in the library.)
Question #7
What was the original title of The Long Hot Summer?

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Lots of New VHS!

Since DVD technology has taken over, we have been receiving more and more VHS donations, many which are finding their way into our collection. Nearly 30 new titles have been added to our catalog this week alone, including the following titles:

Batman Forever
Hot Shots
The Hunt for Red October
Romancing the Stone & Jewel of the Nile
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
The Pink Panther & Return of the Pink Panther
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Sixth Sense and many more!

Be sure to stop in and check out our ever growing movie collection. Movies are checked out for one week and 3 can be taken home at a time. Best of all - it's FREE!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Alexandria by Lindsey Davis: In the first century A.D. in Rome, Marcus Didius Falco works as a private "informer" often for the emperor. When he takes a vacation to Alexandria Egypt, he soon finds himself in the midst of a case involving the Head Librarian of the world-famous library found dead behind locked doors.

Shadows Still Remain by Peter De Jonce: New York Police Department detective Darlene O'Hara risks losing her job when she refuses to believe that the prime suspect in the murder of a college student is guilty and sets out to find the real killer.

The Branch and the Scaffold
by Loren D. Estleman: A fictional account of the life of Judge Isaac Parker, telling how he earned the title of "Hanging Judge of the Border" for his severe judgments during his tenure as the sole law in the territory around Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Return of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone: The town of Bury, Idaho was raw and untamed and not for the faint-hearted, but Smoke Jensen was neither. Nor were the outlaws he was after -- the ones who had killed his wife and boy.

The Valentine Legacy by Catherine Coulter: Jessie Warfield and James Wyndham are an unlikely romantic duo in the riding set. James is being pressured to marry her and Jessie is being pressured to leave. She runs away but ends up at James' cousins and is transformed into a stylish and beautiful maiden.

The King James Conspiracy by Phillip DePoy: In 1605, at Cambridge University, one of the translators working on the new Bible is savagely murdered by unknown hands. Help comes from people who are not who they claim to be -- Brother Timon has a secret past and blood on his hands. He is an agent for the forces working to stop the translation itself.

Flinx Transcendent by Alan Dean Foster: Flinx races against time and various obstacles to save the Human Commonwealth from certain destruction, and must face the AAnn, come to terms with the truth about his father, locate an ancient sentient weapons platform, and outwit assassins.

The Increment by David Ignatius: Harry Pappas, chief of Persia House for the CIA, receives intel about the Iranian bomb program from an Iranian scientist, but when the scientist's life is in jeopardy, and the United States government is little help, Pappas is forced to betray America and enlist the aid of a British spy team known as "The Increment."

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly: Forced out of the "Los Angeles Times" amid the latest budget cuts, newspaperman Jack McEvoy decides to go out with a bang, and uses his final days at the paper to write the definitive murder story of his career.

Whispers of the Dead by Simon Beckett: Forensic anthropologist David Hunter travels from London to a field laboratory in Knoxville, Tennessee, and after he is called to a crime scene in a remote mountain cabin, Hunter begins to search for a serial killer who is knowledgeable about forensics.

Wicked Prey by John Sanford: Lucas Davenport grows increasingly concerned about various potential threats as the Republican convention in St. Paul approaches, and Randy Whitcomb, a pimp and petty thief with a grudge regarding a stray bullet that left him in a wheelchair, plans a way to get revenge by targeting Davenport's fourteen-year-old adopted daughter.

An Honorable German by Charles McCain: Max Brekendorf, a young German
German naval officer, commands a U-Boat in the beginning of World War II, but as the war progresses, Max worries about his fiancée, Mareth, who faces danger while living in Berlin, and Max must make a choice between his own morality and his loyalty to the Reich.

Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston: FBI special agent Aloysius Pendergast and Lieutenant Vincent D'Agosta think they have an open and shut murder case when they receive footage of the killer leaving the victim's apartment, but things are not so clear when they learn the suspect actually died two weeks before the crime.

Gone Tommorrow by Lee Child: Jack Reacher survives a suicide bombing that claimed the life of Susan Mark, and with the help of a female police officer, Reacher looks for answers about Susan Mark's life, and follows a trail that leads him to Washington, California, and Afghanistan.

Adult Summer Reading Classic Lit Trivia

As part of our adult summer reading fun, I will be posting 2 trivia questions each week. To participate please email Ronda at with the trivia question number as the subject and be sure to include your full name in the email so we know who you are. The person who correctly answers the most questions at the end of the program will win a prize! (Before participating, please sign up for the summer reading program at the circulation desk in the library.)

Question #6
Which Nebraska author wanted to be a medical doctor?

Monday, July 6, 2009

Based on the Book

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate -- a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister -- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves.

Here's the trailer of the movie and an interview with the actresses. Be sure to stop in and check out the book before seeing the movie!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing you and your family a wonderful 4th of July from the staff here at the Alliance Public Library! The library will be closed Friday,
Saturday and Sunday.
Take a moment this weekend to reflect over the vision our founding fathers had for the United States of America by clicking here to read The Declaration of Independence.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The History of Independece Day

We have a wonderful DVD available for checkout titled Independence Day: The History of the 4th of July and it can be found in our DVD collection under the call number DVD 394.2634 IND
Hurry in and check it out! It would be a nice way to wind down your 4th of July celebration (after the barbecue and fireworks, of course.)

I tried to find a clip to share with you here, but was unsuccessful; however, if you click here, you'll be directed to a nice selection of Fourth of July related videos on the History Channel website.