Friday, October 30, 2009

October Trivia Contest #6

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Trivia Question # 6:
According to superstition, what does it mean when you see a spider on Halloween?

This is the last question of the month. To participate in this month's contest, simply email the answer with your name to and for each correct answer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize. You can still answer Questions 1-5 simply by emailing your answers to me by midnight on October 31st. I will announce the winner on Monday.

Thanks again to everyone who has been participating! Spread the word!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Based on the Book

Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller The Birds was actually based on Daphne Du Maurier's story "The Birds" which we have available in her collection Echoes from the Macabre (FIC DUM). We also have a number of Alfred Hitchcock collections at call number SC FIC ALF.

Here is the 1963 release of The Birds

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Based on the Book

Ray Bradbury has writen a number of good Halloween books, including A Graveyeard for Lunatics (FIC BRA), From the Dust Returned (FIC BRA & AB FIC BRA) and The Halloween Tree (JPB BRA), all of which are available for checkout. I've read From The Dust Returned and it was pretty good - kind of reminded me of The Addams Family.

The Halloween Tree was turned into an animated Halloween Special narrated with excerpts from the book by Ray Bradbury himself. Here's the entire movie:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Based on the Book

I am out on vacation all week, so I have put together a week of Halloween themed based on the book. I am a sucker for any Halloween & Christmas movies and love to read books that get me in the right mood for holidays.

Today's pick is from one of my favorite juvenile authors, Roald Dahl. We have the book in our collection and it is ready to be checked out. His stories are great for kids and adults that want to reconnect with their inner child.

Here's the full movie, which was a Jim Henson production so you know it will be good!


Isn't this little bookworm costume amazing!


Alex Cross's Trial by James Patterson: Detective Alex Cross recounts the story of his great-uncle Abraham, who, with the help of his beautiful daughter, introduces Washington, D.C., attorney Ben Corbett to the dark side of their small Southern town in the early 1900s, where Ben has been sent to investigate a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.

A Duty to the Dead by Charles Todd: British World War I nurse Bess Crawford, recovering from an injury, takes the opportunity to honor a promise she made to dying patient Arthur Graham to deliver a message to his brother, and becomes involved in trying to help yet another brother.

Diamondhead by Patrick Robinson: Mack Bedford is kicked out of the Navy SEALs after gunning down a group of Iraqi insurgents who killed Mack's fellow officers with a dangerous weapon sold to them by French politician Henri Foche, so when Mack is asked to assassinate Foche, he sees it as both a chance for revenge and a means of paying for the expensive medical treatment his son needs.

Order in Chaos by Jack Whyte: King Phillip IV has sent his armies to arrest every Templar in France in a single morning. He also seizes all the Temple assets. Sir William St. Clair manages to flee with the legendary treasure to Scotland. Eventually he releases his men from their sacred vow and allows them to fight as Temple Knights one last time.

Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger: When a charter plane carrying Cork O'Connor's wife, Jo, goes missing in a snowstorm over the Wyoming Rockies, Cork must accept the terrible truth that his wife is gone forever. But is she?

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks: Ronnie Miller is resentful when her mother insists she and her brother spend the summer with their estranged father, and while things get off to a rocky start, Ronnie eventually makes friends and begins to better understand her dad and why he wanted her to visit.

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R. J. Ellory: Joseph Vaughan learns of the assault and murder of a classmate that he was close to. Joseph gathers a group of friends to form "The Guardians" to watch over the girls of Augusta Falls, but the murderer evades them. Fifty years later, Joseph must confront the nightmare that has overshadowed his entire life.

Non Fiction
How to Be a Hepburn in a Hilton World by Jordan Christy: Discusses how to present yourself no matter what the fashion or fad and gain respect for yourself and family, friends, and colleagues.

Whickers, Wit and Wisdom by Niki Anderson: Cats demonstrate traits that most people only hope for, which include special elements of Purr-rayer, The Tail End, Kitty Wit, and Bio-note.

Men in Black by Mark R. Levin: Examines several issues in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court maintaining that justices have subverted democracy in order to support their own liberal agenda, and sites such decisions as Roe v. Wade, segregation, separation of church and state, and more.

Encyclopedia of American Farm Implements and Antiques by C.H. Wendel: Presents over twenty-five hundred illustrations of American fame implements and antiques along with names, equipment makers, and locations on items including combines and cultivators, milking machines and corn planters, reapers and threshers, and much more.

The Last Prarie: A Sandhills Journal by Stephen R. Jones: Contains twenty essays in which naturalist and author Stephen Jones meditates upon life in the Nebraska Sandhills, the largest remaining relic of the American prairies.

The Year Everything Change 1959 by Fred Kaplan: Chronicles the vital events that took place around the world in 1959 and explains how those events changed cultures, governments, human knowledge and development, and virtually every aspect of life.

Nurture Shock: New Thinking about Children by Bo Bronson: Reveals what decades of studies teach us about the complexities of raising, happy, healthy, self-motivated kids.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Based on the Book

Edgar Allan Poe has long been considered a classic horror writer, and many of his works are available for checkout. Some of his more famous works have crept over into cinema, including The Tell Tale Heart and The Black Cat. My personal favorite is The Simpson's rendition of The Raven, which I was unable to find :-( I did however find The Tell Tale Heart with Vincent Price.

So if your too old to go Trick-or-Treating this year, why not curl up with a bit of Poe?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Halloween Storytime

Join us at Storytime for Halloween stories and ghoulish fun!
Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30pm
and Thursday, October 29th at 10:00am
for a Halloween Party!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

October Trivia #4 & Anniversary Pics

Here are just a few of the pictures we took at the Alliance Public Library 100 year Anniversary Celebration:
^The Friends of the Library weekly volunteers ^

^ Alison Gould (APL Board Teen Reoresentative), Rosa Lee Hoff (APL Board President), Georgina Red Fern (Dena's mom) and Melba Dickenson (APL Board Member)

APL Staff L-R: Jan (Technical Librarian), Stephanie (Children and Youth Librarian) and Ronda (Adult Services Librarian)

I'll try to set up a flickr account over the next few weeks with all of our other pictures in it :-)

Question #4 & #5
Who was the first Alliance Public Library Librarian?
What was her monthly salary?
To participate in this month's contest, simply email the answer with your name to and for each correct answer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Teen Read Week 2009!

This week is Teen Read Week, so if you're a teen, or you know a teen, or you like young adult fiction, come on by and check out a book! We have a wonderful teen section, something that wasn't really around when I was a teen, and there are so many new authors who are writing specifically for the young adult age group. I've read a number of young adult books and like them because they are the happy medium between juvenile fiction and adult fiction.

A few of my recent reads that I enjoyed include: Wildwood Dancing, The Hunger Games & Catching Fire, Life as We Knew It and, of course, the ever famous Twilight series.

Do you have a fovarite Young Adult book? If so, leave a comment and let us know the title.

And here are some additional links concerning Teen Read Week:
Young Adult Library Services Associate (YALSA) Blog
Young Adult Book Lists and Awards
2009 Best Books for Young Adults
2009 Top Ten Books for Young Adults (We have a number of these available for checkout.)
2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


Star wars: Fate of the Jedi by Troy Denning: Luke Skywalker continues his desperate mission to uncover the truth behind Jacen's fall to the dark downfall and his only path to the truth maybe into the labyrinth of black holes where the Mind Walkers dwell.

A Princess of Landover by Terry Brooks: Ben Holiday is monarch of enchanted Landover. His daughter, Mistaya, is in a girls' prep school and gets suspended. Ben is determined that his daughter must learn responsibility and declares her grounded until she refurbishes the royal library. When she runs away she begins an odyssey.

Outlaw's Bride by Lori Copeland: Johnny McAllister was being a model prisoner on a rehabilitation program so he could be released early and continue his plan to find and kill the man who had wiped out his family 16 years earlier. But, he hadn't counted on the beautiful Ragan and the generous folks of Barren Flats.

A Dream to Call My Own by Tracie Peterson: Lacy Gallatin, the youngest, is determined to find her father's murderer, but her quest is compromised when she develops a romantic attachment to Dave Shepard, the deputy sheriff for Gallatin Crossing, Montana, who is helping her solve the mystery.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: Balram Halwai is educated in the art of corruption when he is hired as the driver for the wealthiest man in his village in India, by witnessing his employers bribe and barter through his rear view mirror.

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths by Margaret Weis: After slaying the Dragon Highlord Verminaard and saving the refugees from Pax, Tanis and Flint are sent to search for the long-lost dwarven kingdom of Thorbardin seeking winter shelter for the refugees. There, Flint faces a test in which he must make a choice that may decide the future of Krynn.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory: While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown.

Non Fiction
Liars Too by Roger Welsch: Another two and a half years of laughter from the Nebraska Farmer's Liar's Corner.

Your Guide to Nebraskaspeak by Paul Fell: Cartoon drawing depicting pronunciations of towns in Nebraska.

How the States Got Their Shape by Mark Stein: Explores the history behind each of the fifty United States and why their border lines are where they are.

Ddiary of a Husker by David Kolowski: Is an account of the five years (1998-2002) Kolowski spent as a walk-on offensive lineman for the University of Nebraska football team. His book, based on the daily journal he kept during his Husker football career, is a behind the scenes look into the world of Cornhusker football.

Out of Attica by William Kloefkorn: New poems by the Nebraska State Poet, widely acclaimed for his poetry dealing with the land and people of the Great Plains.

Train Time in Nebraska: The Post Card Era by Michael M. Bartels: A look back at the golden era of the railroad station and train travel in Nebraska depicted on post cards between 1900 and 1915 with more than 100 historic post card images and captions.

Excuses Begone! by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer: Discusses how to alter self-defeating thought patterns that prevent the achievement of high levels of success, health, and happiness by examining one's beliefs from a new perspective in order to see the truth behind excuses and proceed toward a plan for a positive paradigm shift.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Based on the Book

Since Halloween is almost upon us, I thought I would feature Bram Stoker's Dracula for today's post. The story of Dracula has been made into many movies over the years and the novel is available for checkout at FIC STO. Stop on in and check it out to get yourself in the mood for Halloween.

And as a little bonus, here is the entire 1932 release of Dracula.

P.S. I went to Where the Wild Things Are on Friday night and it was so good I am probably going to go again sometime this week :-) Maurice Sendak actually helped produce it, which I didn't realize, so it kept the same feel as the book. The costumes and sets were absoultey amazing!

Friday, October 16, 2009

100th Anniversary Celebration

Last night we had our 100th Anniversary Celebration, as well as celebrated 10 years in our current building. The commissioned painting was revealed and it is amazing! We are looking forward to having it permanently hung in the building!

Click here to be redirected to KCOW's website for pictures of the commissioned 100 Year Anniverary painting by local artist Robert Peltz and audio of the entire program.

I will post some pictures either later today or Monday, so be sure to check back.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

100th Anniversary Celebration Tonight!

The Alliance Public Library is Celebrating 100 years of service to the community
tonight at 5:00 pm
Join us for refreshments, a program and the unveiling of the 100th Anniversary commemorative painting.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

October Trivia Contest #2

October 12-18 is World Rainforest Week
We have a number of items available for checkout concerning the rainforest. The Planet Earth DVDs are available for checkout, and it has a wonderful section on jungles, available at DVD 591.7. We also have a few books available for checkout concerning rainforests and their ecosystems. Click here for ideas on how to celebrate World Rainforest Week and click here to watch the film Green, which tells a story through the eyes of a female Orangutan whose habitat is threatened by corporate deforestation.

Question #2 & #3
What percentage of the world's flowering plants live only in the rainforest?
What percentage of rainforest plants have been tested for medicinal use?

To participate in this month's contest, simply email the answer with your name to and for each correct answer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The Doomsday Key by James Rollins: Commander Gray Pierce and his Sigma Force operatives investigate the murders of three individuals in different countries whose bodies were marked with a Druidic pagan cross and connect the crimes to an ancient artifact which can threaten the existence of mankind if it falls into the wrong hands.

Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove: What if Neville Chamberlain had not ceded part of Czechoslovakia to Hitler? This alternative history explores the possibility of a totally different World War II.

The Still of the Night by Kristen Heitzmann: Morgan Spencer has a gift for identifying problems and finding solutions in both business and his friends' personal lives, but he can't seem to set his own life straight, until a young woman enters his life with news that will either set him free or ruin his life.

The Return by Ben Bova: Astronaut Keith Stoner, having spent more than a century exploring space, returns to Earth and joins forces with an engineer in an attempt to save humanity from destroying itself through the use of nuclear weapons, but their efforts are hindered by an ultraconservative religious group which is focused on saving America from godlessness.

A Cousin's Promis by Wanda Brunstetter: Crippled in a horrific accident, Wayne Lambright feels unable to care for himself, much less Loraine Miller, his future bride, so he does everything he can to rekindle feelings between her and ex-boyfriend Jake Beechy, but Loraine's heart is torn.

Rules of Vengence by Christopher Reich: “Doctors Without Borders” physician Jonathan Ransom is working under an assumed name in a remote corner of Africa while his wife, Emma, desperate to escape the wrath of Division, the secret American intelligence agency she betrayed, has vanished into the netherworld of international espionage.

Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl: Seventeen-year-old Katie, a Senate page, disappears while walking her dog and reporter Cassidy Shaw, federal prosecutor Allison Pierce, and FBI agent Nicole Hedges take on the case; but clues from Katie's Web diary reveals a secret relationship with an older man who might turn out to be a U.S. Senator.

Sand Sharks by Margaret Maron: Judge Deborah Knott is ready for a vacation and conference at the beach where she can unwind and visit with friends and colleagues. When one of the less admired colleagues is found strangled, she is unwilling to stand by while the murderer draws near. Everyone becomes a suspect.

The Traffickers by W.E.B. Griffin: Homicide sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but there's been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. The murders appear to not be related, but he can't shake the hunch that there's something more to it and the hunch leads him to the Texas-Mexico border and a Texas Ranger who is tracking a nasty murderer with Mexican cartel connections.

Intervention by Robin Cook: I it has been more than thirty years since medical examiner Jack Stapleton’s college graduation and almost as long since he’d been in touch with former classmates Shawn Doherty and Kevin Murray. Kevin turns to his old friend Jack to help protect an explosive secret—one with the power to change lives forever.

Smash Cut by Sandra Brown: Defense lawyer Derek Mitchell is hired to defend Creighton Wheeler, the nephew of recently murdered CEO Paul Wheeler, before an accusation has been made, but Julie Rutledge, Paul's mistress who was present at his death, is determined to prove Creighton's guilt and possibly ruin Derek's career in the process.

The Dame by R.A. Salvatore: Progress is made and the kingdoms of Honce could be brought together maybe to unite. But the laird began a fight for supremacy and Bransen learns that some things truly matter on his quest to put right over wrong, a quest for the truth of Honce and of himself.

The Winds of Dune by Brian Herbert: After Paul-Muad'Dib walks off into the desert and is presumed dead, his mother, Jessica, returns to Dune to assist sixteen-year-old regent Alia, who is trying to counteract the propaganda spread by Bronso of Ix but does not know that Paul had charged him with the task when they were boyhood friends.

Rhino Ranch by Larry McMurtry: After a heart attack, Duane Moore returns to Texas, where he encounters and is charmed by K. K. Slater, an heiress who has opened a ranch for endangered black rhinoceros, but the return of Honor Carmichael hinders Duane's romantic endeavors.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

October Trivia Contest

Happy Birthday to R.L. Stine!
His creepy books have sparked the reading interest of many many children, and for that we are thankful.

Question #1:
Who is R.L. Stine's favorite actor?
To participate in this month's contest, simply email the answer with your name to and for each correct answer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a prize.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Purses and Poison by Dorothy Howell: Fashion sleuth Haley Randolph decides to help out when she arrives at Holt department store for the employee luncheon and fashion show--being catered by her mother, to find one of the servers is sick, but everything goes sour when model Claudia Gray, is found dead in the ladies room, and Haley becomes a prime suspect.

The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen: Medical examiner Maura Isles and Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli investigate when a murderer begins placing his victims in the Crispin Museum and a young archaeologist goes missing.

Gingham Mountain by Mary Connealy: Grant is a cowboy with a ranch full of orphans he's rescued and wants to take in two more. Hannah takes the job of schoolmarm and is determined that Grant should not exploit these children with hard labor. Then oil is discovered on Grant's land and the con artists are trying to steal his ranch.

The Deep Blue Sea For Beginners by Luanne Rice: Years ago Lyra Davis left behind her privileged world and the people she loved. Now that her father is dead, Pell and her sister long for the mother who ran away. Pell travels across the ocean to make sure Lyra is secure and discovers the deep truths Lyra could never tell.

The Siege by Stephen White: On the Yale campus it appears that a number of students may have gone missing. Suspended Boulder police detective Sam Purdy soon finds himself and FBI agent Christopher Poe and CIA analyst Deirdre Drake trying to solve the riddle of what is going on inside the windowless stone tomb on the edge of campus.

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant: In the year 1570, a convent is disrupted by the arrival of Serafina, the daughter of a noble family who has been forced to attend the convent and begins a complex relationship of trust and betrayal with one of the nuns.

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage by Margaret Weis: Raistlin Majere, now a Black Robe wizard, travels to the lord city of the Dark Queen, Neraka, where he feigns a desire to work for her to gain more power, but when he uncovers Takhisis' plot against the gods of magic, Raistlin will be forced into battle against his own sister and her ally, Lord Soth.

Jumbo: This Being the True Story of the Greatest Elephant in the World by Paul Chambers: The true uncensored story of Jumbo the elephant from his birth to his tragic end including how Jumbo was exploited, how he was self-destructive, and how he lived an extraordinary life.

How the Mighty Fall and Why Some Companies Never Give In by Jim Collins: Examines why large, successful companies fail in times of hardship, explains how a company's failure can be detected while there is still time to stop it, and discusses how companies can reverse their course and prevent failure.

My life in France by Julia Child: Julia Child's chronicles the years she spent in France, where she discovered a passion for French cuisine and found her life's calling as a chef.

Sickened by Julie Gregory: The author describes her life as the daughter of a woman afflicted with Munchausen by proxy, a form of child abuse in which a parent, most often a mother, invents or induces illness in a child in order to gain attention from medical professionals, tells how she was able to save herself, and discusses her efforts to have another young girl removed from her mother's care.

Dear First Lady: Letters to the White House: This unique collection of letters offers a glimpse of the wit and wisdom the First ladies dispensed, the joys and tragedies they endured, and the exuberant diversity of the women themselves.

Candle Creations by Simon Lycett: Provides illustrated, step-by-step instructions for making and displaying candles.

Tiling Complete by Michael Schweit: Filled with trade secrets only a pro would know, as well as detailed instructions and many photos and drawing that show every step.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Monday, October 5, 2009

Based on the Book

The movie A Beautiful Mind is based on the biography of John Forbes Nash Jr., winner of the Nobel-Prize for his economic theories who suffers from schizophrenia. The movie won 4 academy awards and we have the book available for checkout at call number B NAS

"How could you, a mathematician, believe that extraterrestrials were sending you messages?" the visitor from Harvard asked the West Virginian with the movie-star looks and Olympian manner.
"Because the ideas I had about supernatural beings came to me the same way my mathematical ideas did," came the answer. "So I took them seriously."
Thus begins the true story of John Nash, the mathematical genius who was a legend by age thirty when he slipped into madness, and who -- thanks to the selflessness of a beautiful woman and the loyalty of the mathematics community -- emerged after decades of ghostlike existence to win a Nobel Prize and world acclaim.

Here is a full length documentary on the life of John Nash titled A Brilliant Madness:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Brown Bag Program Tomorrow!

John Miller reviews
Dreams of My Father and
The Audacity of Hope
by Barack Obama
Friday, October 2nd
12:00 noon
in the Alliance Learning Center
Community Rooms
(The Library will close for this event.)

This free program is provided courtesy of The Friends of the Library. Light refreshments will be served.

September Trivia Winner!

Tracy Davis is this month's trivia winner!
The prize is a free 6" sandwich from Subway and a copy of Cormac McCarthy's book The Road. We'll have your prize at the circulation desk.

Here were the questions and answers for September:
1. In what publication did Richard Wright's first story appear? The Jackson Southern Register
2. Tolstoy was the direct descendent of what famous Mongolian? Ghengis Khan
3. Who is considered the father of the constitution? James Madison
4. What was the name of the Fraggle Rock episode that the Fraggle pictured above in the upper left hand corner first appeared (bonus for his name)? The Minstrels & his name is Cantus
5. In the book The Christmas Memory, Buddy, the narrator, has a nameless cousin. The character is based on one of Truman Capote's real life cousins - what was her name? Sook Faulk

I'll be starting the October contest next week :-) Thanks to all who participated!