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I Like That Dress!

April 17, 2014 – 4:53 pm |

Although I was raised with two sisters, I don’t know much about dresses. I do know a lot about book covers, though, because I see enough of them every day. Judging from a spate of recent covers, I perceive that women must really love displaying their dresses on hangers for all the world to see and admire. Don’t believe me? Check these covers out:

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Staff Reviews: Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and Murder by Millard, Candice

April 18, 2014 – 5:03 pm |

President James Garfield comes alive (before being, sadly, shot down) in this engrossing page-turner. Millard deftly packs in historical detail while keeping the plot moving briskly–she has a great knack for summarizing or ignoring boring bits and using letters and contemporary accounts to paint a vivid picture of the people and period. You’ll grow to care for Garfield and lament his death (he was smart, fair-minded and forward-thinking, and the post-Reconstruction era possibly would have turned out much better had he lived). More impressively, Millard offers insight into the mental illness of Garfield’s assassin, Charles Guiteau, portraying him as a complex, tortured individual rather than a madman. This is perfect for history buffs and fans of The Devil in the White City.

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Staff Reviews: What is Left the Daughter by Norman, Howard

April 18, 2014 – 12:37 pm |

17 year old Wyatt is scandalously, tragically orphaned and goes to live with his aunt and uncle in Middle Economy, Nova Scotia, to be an apprentice sled and toboggan maker. There, he falls in love with his adopted cousin, Tilda, but she becomes smitten with a German exchange student. The year is 1942, not a good time to be a German in Canada, when U-boats were sinking Canadian ships off the coast and in the St. Lawrence. Wyatt’s life is beset with unhappy events. He is a very likeable, thoughtful man, his tragic downfall the result of an almost too obliging nature. Yet even then, he doesn’t lose the reader’s respect. The book is his story as written to his far away daughter, and contains the voices of his neighbors and friends—most often characterized by a plain spoken, albeit sorrowful, acceptance of life’s vagaries. In that, and in the kindness that characterizes many of the relationships, as well as the descriptions of weather and landscape, it made me think of the novels of Kent Haruf. The narrator of the audiobook was wonderful. In Donna Seaman’s Book List (starred) review, she described the conversations as “rapid-fire banter,” but I thought Bronson Pinchot’s gentle, rather slow paced reading very convincing and spot on.

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I Like That Dress!

April 17, 2014 – 4:53 pm |

Although I was raised with two sisters, I don’t know much about dresses. I do know a lot about book covers, though, because I see enough of them every day. Judging from a spate of recent covers, I perceive that women must really love displaying their dresses on hangers for all the world to see and admire. Don’t believe me? Check these covers out:

Lakeside Cottage …

Meet Joan Bauer!

April 17, 2014 – 9:47 am |

Children’s book author Joan Bauer stopped by the library Tuesday for an awesome talk about her life and work. Before she stepped on stage, we asked her to do a live interview on Twitter. Here’s the recap of our chat: [View the story "A Twitter interview with author Joan Bauer" on Storify]

Staff Reviews: My Age of Anxiety by Stossel, Scott

April 16, 2014 – 12:07 pm |

Scott Stossel is a well-regarded journalist and editor of The Atlantic. He has had issues with anxiety since he was a small child. In writing this book he has many goals, among them to lessen his own anxiety by writing about it. Stossel gives us an historical context for what was once known as the malady of nerves. The ancient Greeks felt that the “bodily juices” were out of alignment and Spinoza felt that it was a problem of logic.How is it distinguished from depression? Is it genetic or acquired? Are psychotropic drugs useful or harmful or neither? Is worry part of our normal make-up or have big pharmaceutical companies manipulated it for their benefit? To me, the most interesting parts of the book are those that are a direct retelling of how anxiety has affected his life both physically and emotionally. He goes over countless therapies he has undergone in a brutally honest manner. Be prepared for a lot of discussion about emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and beware of your own anxiety increasing as you read. In the end, you may find that Stossel, as most anxious people are prone, has the ability to see all sides of an issue; winding up just where he started – asking questions, searching for answers and looking for peace of mind.

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Staff Reviews: Kind of Kin by Askew, Rilla

April 14, 2014 – 11:51 am |

A new Oklahoma law, sponsored by ambitious, image-conscious, state rep Monica Moorehouse, creates havoc in the small town of Cedar and for the family of Sweet Georgia Brown when her father is jailed for the felony of harboring illegal aliens in his barn. As if she doesn’t have enough to worry about with caring for her husband’s dying grandfather, now Sweet has custody of her nephew Dusty whom her own son is bullying, dad refuses legal help because he wants to stand up to the unjust law, Dusty runs away spurring a county-wide manhunt and an Amber alert (and does so with an elderly Mexican he finds in grandpa’s barn, no less), and niece Misty and her illegal Mexican husband need to hide out from the local sheriff. Often hilarious and culminating in a crazy standoff at the local church, Askew’s story humanizes the politics around the issue of illegal immigration, giving voice to those whose lives are so profoundly affected by such laws, and doing so mainly from the perspective of the Oklahoman citizens, who, even within Sweet’s family, fall on both sides of the controversy. Heartfelt and entertaining treatment of a weighty topic.

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Family Science Expo

April 11, 2014 – 1:57 pm |

On Sunday, March 9, the library hosted a Family Science Expo packed with all kinds of hands-on experiments and projects for parents and kids to experience.  They discovered that one wrongly placed apparatus could completely destroy a bridge when too much weight was distributed. Using both a paper model with coins for their weighted objects, [...]

R.I.P. Windows XP

April 10, 2014 – 1:04 pm |

If you’re still using Windows XP, it’s time to upgrade or switch. Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP as of April 8, 2014.  This means no more updates, no more security patches, nothing.
Microsoft suggests upgrading to either Windows 7 (which is extremely stable) or Windows 8.  But first, uou should check to see if your computer can be upgraded. Here’s how:
1.  Scan your computer …

The Essential Money Smart Bookshelf

April 7, 2014 – 5:42 pm |

It’s Money Smart Week, and we’re offering free classes aimed at helping you take charge of your finances, retirement, and credit score. If you can’t make it to the Library, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered with great books on personal finance that will help you save money, and invest intelligently, and retire comfortably.
Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Dyson
Don’t take the title personally: This is …

April 09 2014 #ADayWithoutWaste

April 7, 2014 – 1:18 pm |

In the spirit of trying to live better on this planet, and because an average person produces 4.38 pounds of garbage per day, Global Citizen, a non-profit organization, is calling all people to try and live without making (too much) garbage for at least one day: APRIL 09, 2014. Can you do that?
Hopefully, #ADayWithoutWaste will have an impact and make all of us live more conscious of …