Library News for May 30, 2017
All of our 55+ magazines are ready for check-out! Patrons can now borrow up to three magazines for a three-day loan period, including the option to renew them one time. Be sure to lift the metal shelf that is displaying the magazine to access stored back issues.
A Sleeping Bee Jazz Ensemble will perform vocal and instrumental classics from the Swing era on Wednesday, May 31st at 12:00 noon in the Cumberland Room. Performers will be: vocalists Angela Robbins and Rebecca Purdue, Buzz Ziegler on the piano, David Odegaard on the upright bass, and Huston Wheeler on the drums and percussion.
Great New Books!
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
The legendary number one New York Times bestselling author returns to the world of paleontology in this recently discovered novel—a thrilling adventure set in the Wild West during the golden age of fossil hunting. A page-turner that draws on both meticulously researched history and an exuberant imagination, Dragon Teeth is based on the rivalry between real-life paleontologists Cope and Marsh; in William Johnson, readers will find an inspiring hero only Michael Crichton could have imagined. Perfectly paced and brilliantly plotted, this enormously winning adventure is destined to become another Crichton classic.
The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara
The master of military historical fiction turns his discerning eye to the Korean War in this riveting new novel, which tells the dramatic story of the Americans and the Chinese who squared off in one of the deadliest campaigns in the annals of combat: the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as Frozen Chosin. Written with the propulsive force Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “Forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.
A Good Country by Laleh Khadivi
This is a novel about the radicalization of a Muslim teen in California - a heartbreaking coming-of-age story about the world we live in now – where does identity truly lie and how do we find it. Timely, nuanced, and emotionally forceful, A Good Country is a gorgeous meditation on modern life, religious extremes, and a young man caught among vastly different worlds. What we are left with at the dramatic end is not an assessment of good or evil, east versus west, but a lingering question that applies to all modern souls: Do we decide how to live, or is our life decided for us?
Murder in Matera by Helene Stapinski
Since childhood, Helene Stapinski heard lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, Vita. In Southern Italy, she was a loose woman who had murdered someone. Immigrating to America with three children, she lost one along the way. Helene’s youthful obsession with Vita deepened as she grew up, eventually propelling the journalist to Italy, where, with her own children in tow, she pursued the story, determined to set the record straight. In revisiting events that happened more than a century before, Helene came to another stunning realization—she wasn’t who she thought she was, either. Weaving Helene’s own story of discovery with the tragic tale of Vita’s life, Murder in Matera is a literary whodunit and a moving tale of self-discovery that brings into focus a long ago tragedy in a little-known region remarkable for its stunning sunny beauty and dark buried secrets
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For your next party, make an ice-mold in the shape of a pretty flower for your punch bowl! Carefully cut off the top half of an empty 2-liter pop bottle. Fill the bottom with water or fruit juice and freeze it. For the party, take the frozen bottle bottom and dip it lightly in warm water. Carefully turn it upside down over your punch bowl and voila! you will have a lovely ice-mold shaped like a flower to flavor, cool and float in your party punch!
Stingy Schobel Says . . .
Getting new glasses can be expensive. When you purchase new eyeglasses, keep your old frames. If the prescription has only changed slightly, get the lenses tinted and use them as sunglasses.
Quackers Joke of the Week
Q. What time is it when five dogs chase after one cat?
A. Five after one.
Ponder This . . .
We have not wings, we cannot soar; but we have feet to scale and climb by slow degrees, by more and more, the cloudy summits of our time. The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Wednesday, March 15, 2017