Friday, August 30, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Sept. 2)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or to get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week
 
Hardcover Fiction Top 5
 
#1: The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Position Last Week: 6
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: M GALBRAITH
Summary: A struggling detective, Cormoran Strike, investigates a supermodels suicide; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously. Available in Regular Print; eBook on OverDrive
 
#2: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Position Last Week: 4 
Weeks On List: 15
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist. Available in Regular Print; Large-Type; Audiobook on CD; eBook and Audiobook on OverDrive
 
#3: Mistress
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 3
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: When he begins to investigate a friends mysterious death, a man discovers that she was leading a double life. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD; eBook on OverDrive
 
#4: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks On List: 14
Call Number: F HOSSEINI
Summary: A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan. Available in Regular Print; Large-Type; Audiobook on CD
 
#5: The Third Kingdom
Author: Terry Goodkind
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: SF GOODKIND
Summary: A sequel to The Omen Machine. Available in Audiobook on CD
 
Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5
 
#1: The Liberty Amendments
Author: Mark R. Levin
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: 973.93 LEV
Summary: The talk-radio host offers 11 proposals for returning to America's founding principles. Available in Regular Print
 
#2: Zealot
Author: Reza Aslan
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 6
Call Number: 232.9 ASL
Summary: A biography of Jesus of Nazareth presents him in the context o his times as the leader of a revolutionary movement. Available in Regular Print; eBook on OverDrive
 
#3: Lean In
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Position Last Week: 3
Weeks On List: 24
Call Number: 658.4 SAN
Summary: The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence. Available in Regular Print; eBook on OverDrive
 
#4: Happy, Happy, Happy
Author: Phil Robertson
Position Last Week: 5
Weeks On List: 16
Call Number: 92 ROBERTSON
Summary: The Duck Commander pays tribute to "faith, family and ducks." Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD
 
#5: Exposed
Author: Jane Velez-Mitchell
Position Last Week: n/a
Weeks On List: 1
Call Number: Not Housed
Summary: The story of Jodi Arias, who was convicted of murdering her boyfriend, Travis Alexander.
 
Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover for yourselves why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, don't hesitate to get in on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Celebrate Library Card Signup Month in September!!!

Get Your APL Library Card!!!
September is near and your Abilene Public Library wants to remind you of a special initiative going on throughout the month.  September is National Library Card Signup Month, sponsored by the American Library Association, and a time designated to remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.  So if you don’t have a library card, now is the perfect time to visit your nearest branch library (serving you from three locations) and get your library card today!!!

This year’s Honorary Chair for Library Card Signup Month is professional basketball player Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls.  Deng is a 2-time NBA all star who has won the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award, and is respected for his work on behalf of the Lost Boys of Sudan and other refugees.
Honorary Chair Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls!!!
“But what’s so great about having your own library card?”

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Sept. 2-7)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Sept. 2; All Day
All Library Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the library will be closed in observance of Labor Day.  For your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all three (3) locations if you need to return anything.  We will resume our normal hours of operation on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 9:00 a.m.

Sept. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Guest presenters and Philatelists Phil McCauley and Lou David Allen will be on hand to teach guests the art of stamp collecting.  Whether you’ve been doing it for a while, getting started, or might have an interest in stamp collecting, you’ll certainly want to come out to this program and get the information from the pros themselves.

Sept. 4 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Kids of all ages are invited out to the first crafting session of the month where we’ll show you how to make special flowery cards that would be perfect to give to your grandmother or grandfather for Grandparent’s Day.  We supply the materials, you supply yourselves and some creativity.

Sept. 5 @ 3:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Guest presenter Craig Shaw and David Messenger (from CBS Insurance) will return to the library to help interested guests learn how to best navigate through the waters of Medicare.  Understand the ins and outs when it comes to this program and also feel free to come with specific questions you might have and get the answers from the pros themselves.

Sept. 5 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Designed for ages 10-17, if you have a passion for writing in all its forms, come out to this weekly writing club at the library where we’ll explore the various types of writing, work on projects, share our work with the group, and so much more.  We’ll help you find that writer within at this special club.

Sept. 5 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Kids of all ages, and parents too, are invited out to the first Family Fun event of the month where we’ll delight in stories, songs, games, crafts, goodies, and more that all deal with the book Actual Size that will have us viewing the true sizes of different creatures…trust me, you’ll be amazed at how big some can get.  Please note, there will not be any animals or creatures at this program.

Don’t miss out on these fun activities, and don’t forget to take advantage of our weekly Storytime Programs and Book-A-Librarian sessions.  Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) for more information about any of these programs and be sure to come out and attend the ones of interest to you.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Affliction" by Laurell K. Hamilton

Affliction (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #22)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Reviewed By: Amanda Sasser, Library Assistant (Main Library)

Book Summary: Some zombies are raised.  Others must be put down.  Just ask Anita Blake.

Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous.  Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony.  But that’s all changed.

Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”

Anita makes her living off of zombies – but these aren’t the kind she knows so well.  These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.  If they bit you, you become just like them.  And round and round it goes. 

Where will it stop?

Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.

Personal Review: Okay, if you are rolling your eyes at the book summary for Affliction, you are not alone.  I’ve been reading this book series since Obsidian Butterfly came out in 2000, and I’ll admit there have been more than a few books since then that have come close to making me stop reading them altogether.  This is not one of them.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library?

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we’re highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.

Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can’t find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line.

Pain & Gain (View Trailer)
Starring: Mark Wahlberg
Rated: R
Run Time: 129 min.
Summary: When an ambitious group of personal trainers go after the American dream, they get caught up in a criminal enterprise that goes horribly wrong.  Now, living large will take everything they’ve got.

The Great Gatsby (View Trailer)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 142 min.
Summary: A would-be writer, Nick Carraway leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and skyrocketing stocks.  Chasing his own American dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby.  It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves, and deceits.

Monday, August 26, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Read 'Bones,' See the Movie, Compare the Two"

Book-to-Movie adaptations have been going strong for years.  Sure, some of them have been rather lackluster - I won't name any names, but I'm sure you have seen at least a few sparkly stinkers.
 
For the most part, things steadily have been getting better as filmmakers realize one key thing: Readers who loved the book don't want to see filmmakers hacking it apart.  Sure, we all expect some changes.  Things that work in print don't always work on the big screen, but please stay true to the soul of the source material.
 
So as we say a sad farewell to the "Harry Potter" movies and wait expectantly for the next "Hunger Games" and "Hobbit," there is a new movie - and if the books are any indication, it will be huge.
 
The film version of City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare, opened in theaters Aug. 21.  The book is the first in The Mortal Instruments series.  So if you haven't picked up her books yet, now is an excellent time to start.  Your Abilene Public Library has all eight in both the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series.  The two take place in Clare's amazingly detailed world, but The Infernal Devices trilogy takes place 150 years before the setting of City of Bones and is set in Victorian England.

2013 West Texas Book Festival Highlights: Brown Bag Programs!!!

The 2013 West Texas Book Festival is upon us, running Sept. 24-28, and each week we'll be highlighting different areas of this wonderful celebration of reading and writing and of course Texas authors.  With plenty of activities to participate in, many of them which are free, this entry will highlight the free Brown Bag Programs at this year's festival.

Three Brown Bag programs will be offered this year, where authors will be on hand to discuss their latest books published.  Each event is free and hosted over the noon hour, and you're more than welcome to bring in your lunch to the library, or purchase one from the Friends of the Library for $5.  Drinks will be provided.  Plus, at the end of each program, feel free to purchase a copy of the featured book and participate in an author book signing following the end of the event.

Brown Bag Session with Author Julie Kibler
Sept. 24 @ Noon
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
Kibler will be on hand to discuss her debut novel titled Calling Me Home.  A graduate of Hardin-Simmons University, this novel has been receiving praise from readers and critics with a buzz that has caught the eye of Warner Bros. that bought the film rights to the book.  A compelling novel that was inspired by stories of her own family's past, this book was published in February, and although set in the present day, we're taken back to 1930s Kentucky when young white lady fell in love with the black son of her family's housekeeper.  In a town where black people weren't allowed to stay after dark, this tale centers on their forbidden relationship.  Don't pass up on your chance to attend this great author talk, and get your hands on a copy of this wonderful novel.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Voting Now Open for 2013 Teens' Top Ten!

If you’re a teen (or a parent who has an avid teen reader), now’s the time to vote for your favorite teen reads from the previous year for YALSA’s (Young Adult Library Services Association) Teens’ Top Ten list.  Working as a division of the ALA (American Library Association), voting is open until October 19th, with the winners from this year’s nominations being announced on October 21st during Teen Read Week.
 
28 titles have been selected and to see what they are, as well as learn about how to cast your votes, CLICK HERE.
 


Up to three (3) titles can be selected from the list of nominees, and the 10 titles that receive the most votes before the voting period is closed, will be the winners of this year’s list.  Best yet, the nominations came from teens across the country, who gave their input as to what their favorite books of the previous year were.  So not only will this be a way for you to vote on some great reads, but also see what’s hot in teen and young adult literature that you might not have read, so you can then look for the at your Abilene Public Library.
 
Young Adult literature is on the rise these days, and the majority of them have had wide crossover appeal for the adult demographic as well, but check out the Teens’ Top Ten online and cast your votes today.

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Aug. 26)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or to get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Cuckoo's Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Position Last Week: 1
Weeks On List: 5
Call Number: M GALBRAITH
Summary: The struggling detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel's suicide; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously. Available in Regular Print; eBook on OverDrive

#2: Mistress
Author: James Patterson
Position Last Week: 2
Weeks On List: 2
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: When he begins to investigate a friend's mysterious death, a man discovers that she was leading a double life. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD
 

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Aug. 26-31)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Ages 10-17
Aug. 29 @ 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Join in on the first writing club at the library for youth as we discuss all things related to creative writing, work along in some writing projects, share our works with others in the club (if you choose) and learn how to develop stronger writing skills in all forms (i.e. novels, short stories, poetry, and more).

Aug. 29 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Bring out a pair of flip flops and decorate them with beads, markers and other items.  We'll supply everything you need, you just come with a little creativity and ready to have a little fun.

Don't miss out on these fun activities, and don't forget to take advantage of our weekly Storytime Programs and Book-A-Librarian sessions.  Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) for more information about any of these programs and be sure to come out and attend the ones of interest to you.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

TumbleBooks Coming Soon to Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library has been busy in the grant-writing department, and thanks to the hard work of Mockingbird Branch Manager Anne Ellis, your library was recently awarded with a special grant from the Target Corporation.  With the funding received from this grant, we'll add another great service to our library system aimed at kids with TumbleBooks!!!

TumbleBooks is a great service that brings literature to life for kids of all ages in an interactive learning experience.  Working with the leading children's book publishers on the market, this amazing service connects kids with great literature to help strengthen and build reading skills with the aid of animation, talking picture books, music, narration, and more for a unique reading experience.

Staff Book Review: "Vessel" by: Sarah Beth Durst

Vessel
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)

Book Summary: In a desert world of sandstorms and sand-wolves, a teen girl must defy the gods to save her tribe in this mystical, atmospheric tale from the author of Drink, Slay, Love.

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess.  The goddess will inhabit Liyana’s body and use magic to bring rain to the desert.  But Liyana’s goddess never comes.  Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert.  Until a boy walks out fo the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that.  He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of other vessels.  For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods.  But the journey is dangerous, even with a god’s help.  And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god’s tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess.  But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live.  Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate – or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

Personal Review: Teen fantasy, though I love it dearly, can become a bit formulaic after a while.  So when I picked up Vessel by Sarah Best Durst, I had no idea of what to expect.  Now she has proven me wrong in the past with some very inventive unique books such as Drink, Slay, Love where she breathes new life into the teen vampire genre.  So I was quite excited to hear she had a new novel out.  She did not disappoint.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Annual Book Sale a Huge Sucess!!!

The Friends of the Abilene Public Library's Book Sale, hosted this past June at your Abilene Civic Center, was a HUGE success.  The biggest book sale hosted thus far, sales were at an all-time high bringing in $56,600, beating out the previous record set in 2009.  Best yet, the proceeds from this sale go towards helping your Abilene Public Library and supporting our mission to being the best library system possible to the community we serve.

This also goes to show that despite the rise in popularity of eBooks and eReaders, the printed word is certainly not dying out as visitors from across the community, and even outside of the area, came to peruse a collection of over 100,000 items and get some of the best deals in town.  With an event that takes a full year to pull off, we appreciate the number of great materials donated, as well as more than 75 volunteers who came out to get the sale ready for the public to enjoy.

Changes to Interlibrary Loan

Many of you have taken advantage of the great Interlibrary Loan service to request materials from libraries outside of Abilene.  Offered as a free service, there's been a recent change to your Interlibrary Loan materials once they arrive and are made available for you to pick up.

In the past, we would hold your item for the length of its checkout period; however, now when your materials arrive, we will hold them for eight (8) days (much like we do for regular holds you reserve from your Abilene Public Library).  If your Interlibrary Loan item/s is not picked up within the eight (8) day period, it will be removed and returned back to its lending library.

When any item you've placed on hold becomes available, a notice is sent to alert you of its availability.  If you have an email address on file with us, your notices will be sent directly to your email.  If you have not been receiving email notifications from your library, Contact Us to see about adding your email to your account.  If you do not have an email account, you will still receive your notifications via postal mail.

If you have any questions regarding this change to the Interlibrary Loan process, please feel free to Contact Me (Tremain Jackson) and I'll be happy to answer your questions.

@ the Library Article: "Utopia's Opposite, Dystopia, Populates Young Adult Books"

Many of us have heard of the popular Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  Many also grew up reading The Giver by Lois Lowry.  And, who has not heard the phrase, "big brother is watching you," coined from the classic novel 1984 by George Orwell?

What these books have in common is the fact that they are dystopias.  The opposite of utopia, the perfect society, dystopian societies often are established after a cataclysmic event, and frequently feature a totalitarian government or some other form of repression.

Although many such tales are bleak from start to finish, some initially appear utopian, then things go downhill.  All of these books, however, are disturbing - and they have become very popular in recent years, especially among teens.

Don't let the books' young adult status fool you; they can be as bleak and disturbing as any adult novel.

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library?

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we’re highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.

Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can’t find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line.

Scary Movie 5 (View Trailer)
Starring: Charlie Sheen
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 86 min.
Summary: A couple begins to experience some unusual activity after bringing their newborn son home from the hospital.  With the help of home-surveillance cameras and a team of experts, they learn they’re being stalked by a nefarious demon.

Epic (View Trailer)
Starring: Beyonce Knowles
Rated: PG
Run Time: 102 min.
Summary: The story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil.  When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world, and also ours.

Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 West Texas Book Festival Highlights: Amazing Ticketed Events!!!

The 2013 West Texas Book Festival is upon us, running Sept. 24-28, and each week we'll be highlighting different areas of this wonderful celebration of reading and writing and of course Texas authors.  With plenty of activities to participate in, many of them which are free, this entry will highlight the ticketed events at this year's festival.

Three events require participants to purchase a ticket to attend including the TSTC Culinary Cuisine Luncheon, the Boots & Books Luncheon, and the already SOLD OUT Texas Cookbook Gala.  Learn more about each of these ticketed events, as well as how you can purchase a ticket to attend if available.

Ticket Price: $25.00
Sept. 26 @ 11:30 a.m.
TSTC Culinary Institute
901 N. 1st St.
This wonderful event is a great option for those not able to snag a ticket to the SOLD OUT Texas Cookbook Gala.  Featuring chefs/authors in town for the gala, this luncheon will honor these authors and provide guests with a wonderful lunch prepared by students at the Institute and featuring the recipes from the authors' cookbooks.  Tickets are $25.00 each and there will be limited seating so you'll want to purchase your tickets early.  The featured chefs and authors includes Tim Byres who is the author of Smoke; Cindy Burch who is the author of The Dove's Nest Restaurant; Robb Walsh who is the author of Texas Eats; and Sharon Riley who is the author of Yum! Yum! An Abilene Tradition.  For more information about the featured chefs, view their Chef Biographies.  Don't pass up on your opportunity to participate in this great luncheon to share in some wonderful cuisines.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of Aug. 19)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular title, or to get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Cuckoo’s Calling
Author: Robert Galbraith
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: M GALBRAITH
Summary: A detective probes a supermodel’s suicide; by J.K. Rowling, writing pseudonymously. Available in Regular Print; eBook on OverDrive

#2: Mistress
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: M PATTERSON
Summary: When he begins to investigate a friend’s mysterious death, a man discovers that she was leading a double life. Available in Regular Print; Audiobook on CD

Friday, August 16, 2013

September's Cover-to-Cover Book Club Selection!!!

If you're looking for a great book club discussion group, try our Cover-to-Cover Book Club at your Abilene Public Library.  Meeting on the third Thursdays of the month, this group reads everything including bestsellers, fiction, biographies, non-fiction, classics, and more.

For September, the featured selection is Calico Joe by John Grisham and we invite you to look out for a copy at your library and then attend the book club discussion group on Thursday, September 19 @ 7:00 p.m.  For more information, be sure to contact Ann Mount at 325-676-6025.

Calico Joe
Author: John Grisham
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: 30 years have passed since 11-year-old Paul Tracy watched his troubled father, Warren, a pitcher for the New York Mets, clash with his childhood hero, the Cubs' golden-boy Joe Castle, in a contest from which no winners emerged.  Now the news that his father is dying brings the memory of that day flooding back.  Deciding that it's time to face up to what really happened on that baseball field in 1973, father and son make their way to Calico Rock, Arkansas, where either redemption or rejection awaits them.

Be sure to check out this title from your Abilene Public Library, or borrow one from a friend, and come out ready to discuss this title with other avid readers in the community.  Again, the Cover-to-Cover Book Club will meet Thursday, September 19 @ 7:00 p.m. to discuss this title, so be sure to get in on the reading fun.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Aug. 19-24)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Ages 8-15
Aug. 19 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Youth are more than welcome to come out to learn how to create some edible dessert crafts that look like grilled foods.  From corn-on-the-cobs to regular kabobs, you’ll learn how to make your own tasty treats that will almost look like the real thing.  Come check it out at your library.

Preschool Ages
Aug. 20 @ 10:45 a.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
We’re going to the birds at this popular monthly program where it will be all about grumpy birds, happy birds, big birds, little birds, just all types.  Come out for a morning of stories, songs, crafts, and fun at this activity that will be all about these fine-feathered friends.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Horns" by: Joe Hill

Horns
Author: Joe Hill
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary: Merrin Williams is dead, slaughtered under inexplicable circumstances, leaving her beloved boyfriend Ignatius Perrish as the only suspect.  On the first anniversary of Merrin's murder, Ig spends the night drunk and doing awful things.  When he wakes the next morning he has a thunderous hangover...and horns growing from his temples.  Ig possesses a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look - a macabre gift he intends to use to find the monster who killed his lover.  Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere.  Now it's time for revenge...

It's time the devil has his due... 

Personal Review: This is the second novel of Joe Hill, after I read (and was highly impressed by) his debut novel Heart-Shaped Box.  As the son of Stephen King, he is able to create some pretty alarming, as well as engaging, horror novels, where he’s able to create extremely unsettling stories that are more than stories that provide you with standard elements of horror clich├ęs we’ve heard before.