Mysteries with a Science Fiction Twist for your Next Reading Cocktail

Are you a Sci Fi fan, but ready for a new twist in your reading? Are you an avid Mystery reader, but looking for something a little different – but not TOO different?  “Genreblending” between Science Fiction and other genres isn’t new, but it’s a lot bigger now and offers just the right mix for some people, whether as a temporary diversion or a newly discovered passion. Science Fiction and Fantasy have been together a long time, but want to try Sci Fi and Mystery? Read on!

#BlackHistoryMonth Reads

If you're looking for Black History Month reads this February, there's some great web resources out there! One of my new favorites is using the hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks, which should lead you to the story of Marley Dias. Dias is an 11 year old frustrated at not seeing black girls as characters in books she's assigned at school. She decided to do a book drive collecting 1000 books where black girls are the main character.

The Right Mystery for You Awaits

People who don’t read mysteries sometimes think they are all alike. Nothing is worse than looking forward to that new mystery, and getting home to read, only to find it’s not “your kind of mystery” at all! Horrors! Not even worth trying. No way.

We in libraryland have ways of describing the different types of mysteries to help you find just what you want. If you run out of everything by an author you love, we can help you find authors from the same kind of mystery appeal. My favorite is a reference book called “Genreflecting”, by Diana Tixier Herald.

Fiction to Read in Early 2016

With the end of the year drawing towards its close many are using this time to reflect back, take stock, put things into perspective,  and make 'best of' lists.  If you're interested in catching up with reading, have a look at EarlyWord's downloadable spreadsheet.  If, however, you're ready to put 2015 behind you and look squarely toward the future of 2016, I have some reading suggestions for you. Expect to see the titles in the online catalog beginning in January. (All descriptions are provided by the publisher)

Reading About: Refugees

At the moment all things related to refugees, particularly from Syria, are up for debate and discussion.  All of us, no matter what age, have questions.  What makes a person become a refugee?  What is life like for them?  When my own understanding falls short, books help me bridge the gap.  Whether fiction or not, stories allow us to experience life from another person’s perspective.  Books are a great resource to share information and begin conversations, especially with children.

Books for the Whole Family to Snuggle Up With

Whether you are in your favorite chair, alone by the fire, or snuggled up with the kids, it is that time of year. When it's cold outside there is nothing better than getting cozy with a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. These books are sure to settle your holiday stress and warm your heart this season. Here you'll find a little something for all members of the family, and maybe even an idea for a gift or two.

Best of 2015 – Books for Kids and Teens

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… and if you’re like me, this is the time of year to scour all the awesome best of 2015 lists. Sure, best of lists aren’t always comprehensive, they may lack objectivity, they cannot account for everyone’s taste, and I would even go as far to say that they could be wrong. None-the-less, they are fun because you can devise your own list, compare with your friends, flat-out disagree or bond over shared favorites.

Does Your Book Move?

Flaps to lift, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, an image springing out of a book when you turn the page—you may find any or all of these in a movable book. 

My earliest memory of movable books is pulling a tab to help Hansel and Gretel’s father chop wood by moving his arm up and down.  The book was one of dozens created by Czech artist Vojtech Kubasta and one of two that my sisters and I read almost to pieces.  I still enjoy reading pop-up books myself and sharing them with others, especially during storytime!

Stitch a Cozy

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Bring your stitching and have a snack.  Each month a different mystery will be discussed.

"Partners in Crime" by Agatha Christie

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