Wednesday, March 31, 2010


Fiction Books on CD

Man of Her Dreams by Tami Hoag: Maggie McSwain should have been thrilled when Rylan Quaid asked her to marry him, but he left out the word "love". She is still determined to charm him into loving her. Rylan knows that Maggie is who he could have a perfect partnership with, but can never fall in love again.

Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky: When Susan Tate finds out that her daughter, Lily, is pregnant, she is stunned. And then she finds out two of Lily's friends are also pregnant. As principal of the high school, Susan comes under fire.

The Scoop by Fern Michaels: Toots is single again after eight husbands and the paper where her daughter works is in danger of closing. Toots and three of her friends hatch a plan that promises thrills, laughter, and a hint of danger. Never underestimate a Southern lady of a certain age.

Wild Orchids by Jude Deveraux: Widower and author Ford Newcombe has been living a life of solitude and needs inspiration for his writing. Jackie Maxwell is a researcher with an attitude to match Ford's intellect. They discover a connection between their lives and the past which will help them solve an old crime.

Murder at the Washington Tribune by Margaret Truman: Crime reporter Joe Wilcox investigates the murders of two female media professionals, and risks his career, marriage, and even his own daughter's life by baiting a trap for the serial killer.

The Secret Hour by Luanne Rice: Attorney John O'Rourke, his household in turmoil since the death of his wife, and his family the target of resentment over his defense of the Breakwater Killer, finds his life further complicated by the arrival of Kate Harris, a woman trying to discover whether her missing sister is one of the killer's victims.

Sizzle by Julie Garwood: Film student Lyra Prescott witnesses a crime while filming her school project and is pulled into a web of intrigue with only FBI agent Sam Kincaid to help her survive, but their passion for one another may threaten both their lives.

Cat's Paw, Inc. by L.L. Thrasher: Zack Smith is tracking down a fourteen-year-old runaway, Jessica, and her trail leads to the streets of Portland, pimps, drug dealers and pornographers offering security for their innocence.

The Grief Shop by Vicki Stiefel: Tally White is with the Grief Assistance Program and has seen a lot of dead bodies. But this is the first time a murder victim has been brought there by the murderer himself, with a massage that reads: Sins of the Fathers. The girl’s playmate is also missing and Tally hopes to save her before the killer strikes again.

Young Adult Books on CD

Guys are Waffles, Girls are Spaghetti by Chad Eastham: Investigates the scientific reasons why guys and girls think and act differently, and offers advice on how to communicate with the opposite sex.

Young Adult Fiction

L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad: When Jane Roberts is cast in a new reality show; she discovers that the fame and fortune of her new life come at a high price to herself and her friendships.

Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox by Erin Colfer: Artemis's fairy friends help him travel back in time to find a cure for his mother's rare disease which can only be cured by the brain fluid of now-extinct African lemurs, and is shocked to discover that it was actually his younger self who was responsible for bringing about the animal's extinction.

At a Crossroads by Kate T. Williamson: Watercolor illustrations aid in describing the twenty-three months that Kate T. Williamson spent living with her parents in Pennsylvania after she graduated from Harvard and spent a year in Japan.

Monday, March 29, 2010

New Brown Bag Date

The April Brown Bag has been rescheduled!
It will be held on Friday, April 9th instead of
Friday, April 2nd in observance of Good Friday.
Mary Schadwinkle reviews
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson &
David Oliver Relin
12:00 noon on Friday, April 9th
in the Alliance Learning Center
Community Rooms
light refreshments will be served.

The Brown Bag program is made possible by The Friends of the Library and is a free event that is open to any who wish to attend.

Based on the Book

I've been meaning to post about The Blind Side, as we added the books to our collection a few months ago. Sandra Bullock won an academy award for her performance, and I have heard the book is very good.
The Blind Side, perhaps the best book written about a college football player since Willie Morris's The Courting of Marcus Dupree (1983), grabs hold of you in several ways. On one hand, you'll be appalled by the tactics used to advance academically unqualified high school and college football players. At the same time, you'll be furiously turning the pages, rooting for Michael Oher to succeed. And the story isn't over: If Oher makes it into the NFL in three years, Lewis should have a dandy follow-up.

Here are a few interviews with the author of the book and the actors, as well as Sandra Bullock's elegant Oscar acceptance speech:

Friday, March 26, 2010

Antique and Collectible Online Resources

Antique and Collectible research is a common reference subject, so I thought I would share some of the NebraskAccess web links today. NebraskAccess is such a wonderful tool, and all of the links provided have been recommended by Librarians.
Antique and the Arts online (a leading print source of antiques and collectibles online site)
These are just a sampling of all the Antique and Collectible online sources that can be found here on NebraskAccess, so if your ever in need of some quick online info, NebraskAccess is a wonderful one-stop-shop.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

April Brown Bag

Mary Schadwinkle reviews
Three Cups of Tea
by Greg Mortenson &
David Oliver Relin
12:00 noon on Friday, April 2nd
in the Alliance Learning Center
Community Rooms
light refreshments will be served.

The Brown Bag program is made possible by The Friends of the Library and is a free event that is open to any who wish to attend.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah: Sisters Meredith and Nina, having been estranged from one another and their parents, reunite after their father falls ill, and, by carrying out their dad's dying wish of hearing the true story of their mother's life in war-torn Leningrad, the women find their relationships mending and begin to have a deeper understanding and respect for their mom.

Poor Little Bitch Girl by Jackie Collins: Three twenty-something women and one hot rich guy, who were high school classmates, come back together when Annabelle's beautiful mother is found shot to death in her Beverly Hills mansion.

Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd: Adam Kindred's life changes abruptly when he travels to London for a job interview and becomes a suspect in the murder of Dr. Philip Wang, the director of a medical trial seeking a cure for childhood asthma.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb: The Traders wish to protect their dragon defender, Tintaglia, and increase the number of dragons by taking them to The Rain Wild River for protection. Thymara, a forest girl and Alise, a Trader's, are part of the group of people who care for the dragons. As the dragons and caretakers journey to the River, they are taught lessons of hardships, betrayals and joys.

Blood Ties by Kay Hooper: The FBI's Special Crimes Unit, a top secret group of agents led by Noah Bishop, travel to the small town, in pursuit of a serial killer who plans to destroy the group from the inside.

An Uncertain Dream by Judith Miller: Olivia Mott becomes torn between her loyalty to Pullman Car Works and her love for Fred DeVault, who is the union's delegate, and when Lady Charlotte Spencer returns to Chicago with her son, reporter Matthew Clayborn shows interest, causing Charlotte to wonder about his motivations.

In the Company of Secrets by Judith Miller: Olivia Mott didn't intend to lie and her position as assistant chef at Pullman's elegant Hotel Florence is dependent on keeping her secrets. Samuel Howard, Olivia's friend and the town manager, seems to think everything is fine. Should Olivia tell what she knows?

Hidden America: The book shows beautiful photography as well as evocative text. America is filled with tantalizing riddles both natural and unnatural, in this illustrated tour of our country.

Unforgettable Places: A tour of eighty favorite destinations, including cultural and historical background, travel advice, and suggested activities for all sites.

The House of Dance and Feathers by Ronald L. Lewis: In the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Ronald W. Lewis has assembled a museum to the various worlds he inhabits. Built in 2003, the House of Dance & Feathers represents many New Orleans societies.

Cover Letter Magic by Wendy S. Enelow: Professional resume and cover letter writers reveal their inside secrets for creating phenomenal cover letters that get attention and land interviews, which features more than 130 sample cover letters written for all types of job seekers.

Warman's US Stamps Field Guide by Maurice D. Wozniak: Whether the collection is focused on images of presidents or any of the other images, U.S. stamps offer a unique glimpse at history. This pocket-sized guide pays tribute to these various categories of popular postage which offers collectors details and pricing in 4,200 listings.

Secrets of a Stingy Scoundrel by Phil Villarreal: This is the book for everyone who loves rule-bending and money-saving madness. In this economy, it’s every man for himself and this book can help.

Helping Your Child Read by Dee Reid: Learn to develop your child's reading skills and foster a love of books from birth to the end of their primary school years. This is full of practical advice that will help your child become a fluent and proficient reader.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Based on the Book

The movie The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks has already came and gone in our theatre, but the book is in our collection and ready to be checked out.

Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alientated from her parents, especially her father...until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels--first love, love between parents and children -- that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Have You Done Your Taxes Yet?

We have a number of forms available for all of your tax needs, and those we don't have on hand, we will gladly print off for you. If you don't have a home computer, we have the public computers available for e-filing. Since the tax deadline is less than a month away, I thought I would share some tax related links from the Nebraska Library Commission Reference Delicious page

Thursday, March 18, 2010


I haven't posted a Twitterlit feature for a while now, but today's feature is available in our Teen Section and I thought I would share. For those of you not familiar with Twitterlit, it is a twitter page that posts the first lines from books twice a day. It doesn't give the title, only the first line, and then the reader is able to click on a link to amazon where the title of the book is revealed. The page is really quite charming and is a great way to find new reads based on their opening sentences.

For almost seven years, I lived a double life.

The above line opens the book Next to Nothing: A Firsthand Account of One Teenager's Experience with an Eating Disorder and is available for checkout at call number YA 616.92 ARN as part of the Adolescent Mental Health Initiative Series.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes: A spirit brings an expectancy of change to the residents of a town house, including PR representative Katie, who has just dumped her boyfriend; Lydia, a cab driver trying to figure out what to do about her mother's dementia; a psychic invaded by her foster son; and a newlywed couple.

Worse Case by James Patterson: Rich kids are being snatched off the street and parents can't save them because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price they will pay for his life of luxury. Wrong answers are fatal. Detective Michael Bennett leads the investigation.

Poison to Purge Melancholy by Elena Santangelo: Pat Montella is spending Christmas with her boyfriend Hugh and enjoying a Christmas dinner. But, one of the guests becomes gravely ill. Was it food poisoning? Then a ghostly kiss under the mistletoe is Pat's first clue that the old house might be haunted.

The Burning Land by Bernard Cornwell: King Alfred is ill and his heir is an untested youth. The Vikings see this as a chance to conquer Wessex. But Uhtred, Alfred's warlord, outwits and defeats them. Tragedy falls upon Uhtred and he joins the Vikings. When the Danes and the Vikings plot to conquer Britain, Alfred's daughter pleads with Uhtred to help and he can't resist.

The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark: Lucy Ellis is toiling away on an assembly line while dreaming of being a fashion designer. She is about to move, she meets Wyatt Hayes IV. Wyatt is turning Lucy into this year's "it" girl. Later they are at a gala, where they confront society and their feelings for each other.

Burn by Ted Dekker: Janeal Mikkado agrees to help Salazar Sanso recover a vast sum of money from her father in exchange for freedom from her father's Gypsy culture, but when the plan takes a violent turn and Sanso burns the camp to the ground, Janeal is forced to make a decision that will haunt her forever.

Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich: Irene America, having discovered that her husband Gil is reading her diary, begins making things up for him to find, placing their marriage on shaky ground. Gil begins the defining work of his career, and their children suffer the consequences of their parents' failed relationship.

This Book is Overdue! By Marilyn Johnson: Showcases the work of librarians in a variety of fields to examine how, in the early twenty-first century, they still serve as educators, archivists, and curators despite the abundance of digital information available to the general population.

I'm the Greatest Star by Robert Viagas: Here is a survey of Broadway musical theatre stars, telling the life stories of 40 stage stars from Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, and Gwen Verdon, to Nathan Lane, Patti Lupone, and Audra McDonald. The author describes each star's most important stage roles as well as the triumphant, tragic, inspiring, and cautionary tales of how they achieved and maintained their status as top Broadway stars.

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan: Follows the three major food chains that feed humans: industrial, organic, and hunter-gatherer; from the earth to four meals, exploring the ethical and political effects of one's food choices.

Food Rules by Michael Pollan: A guide to health and food that contains rules for eating well, with insights from various ethnic and cultural traditions.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey: Radio host Dave Ramsey explains how to get out of debt and develop a fiscally sensible lifestyle, discussing mortgages, car loans and leases, student loans, life insurance, emergencies, and other related topics and providing charts and work sheets, numerous case studies, and Bible-based guidance.

The New Secret of Style: Learn how to create new looks with the clothes you already own, shop like a professional, play up your figure assets and avoid making mistakes in the dressing room.

The Will and Living Will Toolkit by Daniel Sitarz: This book provides a source of understandable information and forms for preparing estate planning legal forms. The forms and instructions provide a wealth of hands-on tools for preparing customized versions of these important legal forms.

Alliance Public Library serving Alliance since 1909.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Based on the Book

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid releases in theatres this Friday. It is based on the illustrated novel of the same name by Jeff Kinney and is the first in a series. We have the first three books available for checkout at call number YA KIN. They are charming books and are a great pick for relectant readers.
It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you're ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary. In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley's star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend's newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

A web version also is available by clicking here and has author interviews, links to related video and audio, and a touch cheese game. You can even turn yourself into a Wimpy Kid character at You can see me wimped out by clicking here.

And here is the trailer:

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nebraska Tourism on Twitter

While taking a twitter "webinar" from the Nebraska Library Commission, I was introduced to the Nebraska Tourism Twitter page, and since vacation season is quickly approaching, I thought I would share the link with you.

They have a number of posts concerning activies happening statewide as well as other found tidbits. For those of you curious about Twitter, I urge you to jump over to their page and take a look. Since Twitter is a microblogging tool and posts are limited to 140 characters, links are aturomatically shortened to fir within the post. Explore their page and links and you just may find your next weekend getaway right here in the state!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Large Print Fiction

The Apache Kid by Will Henry: His father called him Red Wolf and his friends called him Nino. His many enemies had other names for him. He was the finest tracker for the enlisted Apache Trackers, and now he was the most feared and hunted fugitive.

Bad Company by William A. Luckey: Blue Mitchell was hired to protect a man and thought it would be easy. He was caught in the middle of a battle for land and cattle where tempers ran hot. He found courage he never knew he had.

Master of the Mesa by William Colt McDonald: Hawk Nielson was ruthless and powerful and when he had a son his pride almost matched his greed. Vard Whitlock had more reason than most to hate Hawk Vard kidnapped the baby and hit the trail. Twenty-five years later the showdown was the most violent fight the Mesa had ever seen.

The Lobo Breed by Chuck Martin: Jeff Dawson's father, know as the Lobo, had been falsely accused of stealing and dry-gulched before he could prove his innocence. Now Jeff bore the brand of the Lobo breed and only two people believed in him.

Creede Old Montana by Stephen Bly: Avery Hohn Creede, an ex-cavalry soldier, searches for four Army pals who didn't show up for a reunion. In Fort Benton, he stops a bank robbery and suddenly finds himself in the middle of one conflict after another.

Longhorn Trail by Lauran Paine: Rancher Jack Cole saves the life of a woman who calls herself Julie Krohn. The very next day he is arrested for the murder of Julie Krohn! Jess Howard is an experienced trail boss with a herd on the way to Kansas. He hires a veteran crew as well as two strangers.

The Scorpion Killers by Ray Hogan: The Mexican General, Jamarillo was assassinated and the four Mexicans believed to have done the deed were led by an American known only as Amigo. Shawn Starbuck has reason to believe it might be his missing brother Ben and is lead from the Mexican border to Dodge City with more than one man dead before the mystery man "Amigo" is revealed.

Ranger Man by William Colt McDonald: Johnny's friend Matt was shot just as Johnny rode into Rawhide City and the satchel of gold he was carrying is missing. The sheriff took Johnny's guns and ordered him out of town. But Johnny is a persistent ranger and is determined to unravel the web of mysteries.

Painted Rock by Alan LeMay: Western Stories Whack-ear's pup -- Strange fellows -- Gunnies from Gehenna -- Hard-boiled -- Next door to hell -- Feud fight -- Thanks to a girl in love -- Man with a future -- Old thunder pumper -- The nester's girl -- Fight at Painted Rock.

Same Time Next Year by Debbie Macomber: James Wilkins is a jilted man, with that broken engagement finally behind him; he spends New Year's Eve in Las Vegas, where he meets Summer Lawton. Summer has just been betrayed and James promised her that in a year she'll be over it. They make a date to meet in Vegas at the same time, next year.

Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler: Jane Mansfield leaves 1813 England and awakens in the body and life of a twenty-first-century woman, Courtney Stone. Jane wished to escape her life in England, but the new world is shocking. And the only thing she finds she has in common with Courtney is a love of Jane Austen.

Elvis and the Greatful Dead by Peggy Webb: The Valentine family runs the only funeral parlor in town which caters the wakes, sell the headstones and style the hair of the departed. There is a murderer on the loose and he is killing Elvis impersonators. Callie and Lovie are racing to solve the case and save the annual Elvis Festival.

Unleashed by Laurien Berenson: Melanie Travis wants to plan her wedding to Sam, when Sam’s ex-wife, Sheila sends her a dinner invitation and announces that her temporary stay in town is permanent because she's accepted a job as co-publisher of Woof! -- A dog show gossip magazine. But Sheila is found strangled with a dog leash.

Double Take by Catherine Coulter: After reopening the case of a psychic who was brutally murdered, Special Agent Cheney Stone enlists the help of FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock, who are also working on tracking down a woman who looks just like Sheriff Dixon Noble's wife who disappeared three years earlier.

Alliance Public Library serving Alliance since 1909.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Patron Recommendation

Don Henderson gave the book Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heros of Seal Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson a raving review. It is available for checkout in our New Classified section.

This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, fire team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history. His teammates fought valiantly beside him until he was the only one left alive, blasted by an RPG into a place where his pursuers could not find him. Over the next four days, terribly injured and presumed dead, Luttrell crawled for miles through the mountains and was taken in by sympathetic villagers who risked their lives to keep him safe from surrounding Taliban warriors.

Based on the Book

Since we are short staffed I will be posting on the blog as time allows, so bear with me for another few months and I should be back to running a regular schedule.

Today I thought I would post on the up and coming 3-D animation movie How to Train Your Dragon, which is based on a book of the same name by author Cressida Cowell, available in our collection at call number JF COW.

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is a truly extraordinary Viking hero known throughout Vikingdom as "the Dragon Whisperer" ... but it wasn't always so. Travel back to the days when the mighty warrior was just a boy, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans. Can Hiccup capture a dragon and train it without being torn limb from limb? Join the adventure as the small boy finds a better way to train his dragon and becomes a hero!

Here is the trailer:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Brown Bag Tomorrow!

Pete Taylor reviews
Laughter: The Best Medicine
by Reader's Digest
12:00 noon in the Alliance Learning Center
Community Rooms
light refreshments will be served.

The Brown Bag program is made possible by The Friends of the Library and is a free event that is open to any who wish to attend.


The Heaven Stone Secrets by V.C. Andrews: After a tragedy claims the life of Semantha's mother, she is left under the watchful eye of her older sister Cassie, but when Cassie begins wearing their mother's clothing and competing for their father's affections, Semantha decides Cassie is taking things too far.

Impact by Douglas Preston: CIA agent Wyman Ford is sent to locate the source of some radioactive gemstones--a mission that has links to a woman's search for a meteorite she saw streak through the sky, and the murder of a researcher who discovered gamma rays originating from Mars.

Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton: Scottish Highland's bachelor, Hamish, is about to be married at last. Everyone adores Josie, but Hamish has the jitters. They met because of a mysterious Valentine's Day package delivered before the woman's death. As they work on the case they discover she had many admirers.

The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton: Mike was traumatized at the age of eight. Now he is eighteen and hasn't spoken for ten years. He has discovered his talent -- being able to unlock anything -- which makes him a hot commodity for the wrong people. He is close to a life of crime, but sees his chance to escape and go back home to unlock the secret that has kept him silent for so long.

The Wolf at the Door by Jack Higgins: Someone is targeting the members of the elite intelligence unit known as "the Prime Minister's private army" and he has a lot of resources at his command. Sean Dillion might know who it is, but it will be difficult to prove it and survive it.

Kisser by Stuart Woods: Stone Barrington is back working for a law firm who wants the cases kept quiet. But, he gets into the show business a little deeper than he planned and gets lead into the worlds of financial fraud, big Art, and Manhattan's Upper East Side. Beauty and wealth may come at an unusually high price.

Alter of Eden by James Rollins: Years after armed men loot the city zoo, Lorna Polk, a state veterinarian, discovers deformed animals with a heightened intelligence in the cargo of a shipwrecked fishing trawler and must track down the one that got free, but she will need help from, U.S. Border Patrol agent Jack Menard.

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh: After Reginald Mason's father forces him into an engagement with Lady Annabelle Ashton in order to protect his social status, both Reginald and Lady Annabelle is resentful of the situation, while their fathers take pleasure in the couple's discord.


Nuggets of Neutrinos: The Homestake Story by Steven T, Mitchell: Details the history of the gold mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota, from the discovery of gold, the location of the Homestake Mine, its development and now that it is closed, the conversion to a science and engineering laboratory.

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert: A memoir in which the author discusses why the marriage to her partner, Felipe; was the only way to keep from being detained at the American border. Various aspects of marriage, including compatibility, fidelity, social expectations, the risk of divorce, and responsibility are included.

The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy by James Cross Giblin: Presents a discussion of Senator Joe McCarthy's anti-Communist crusade in the U.S. during the height of the Cold War, covering the strengths and weaknesses of the political figure within the context of world affairs and both military and political struggles.

The Family by Jeff Sharlet: Traces the history of America's most powerful fundamentalist group, describing how they have influenced politicians, generals, and foreign dictators since their creation in 1935, and how they impacted American democracy.

Turkey Hunting by Bob Humphrey: Discover how to build a successful season from the ground up by refining your techniques and learning creative new ways of calling, using decoys, and bagging the maximum.

Steve McQueen King of Cool by Darwin Porter: Examines the life of actor Steve McQueen, discussing his childhood, different jobs, time in the U.S. Marines, and Hollywood fame, and presenting reportedly true stories of his many sexual exploits.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Based on the Book

Well, I'm sure that you know by now that Alice in Wonderland will be in theatres very soon. Everywhere I look there is a buzz about the film. I have to say that personally I am very excited, and not just because I adore both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, but because I truly love the books. I actually am re-reading them (for the third time) on my handy little I-Pod before I go see the movie. They are the first books I have read digitally, and it is kind of fun - I like turning the "digital page" :-) The illustrations are much better to look at in a print book, and if this is your first time reading the stories, that is what I would suggest. We have both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass available for checkout in a number of formats.

Click here for a free ebook download of Alice in Wonderland.
ITunes also has a classic literature ap for only $.99 that includes both the Alice books as well as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Frankenstein, The Jungle and more. It can be found by searching "books" in the ap store.

And here is the trailer for what looks to be an amazing 3-D experience. I am anxious to see how he adapted the two books into one movie.