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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays A Novel by Elan MastaiThose of us who crossed the space time continuum with Marty McFly will likely enjoy Mastai’s take on time travel.   

Tom Barren is from the Jetsons versions of 2016 - a utopia of flying cars, moving sidewalks, liquid polymer outifts that recycle daily, and more.  All courtesy of the Goettreider engine, a source of unlimited absolute clean energy, invented by Lionel Goettreider on July 11, 1965.

Apple Pie

AppleIt is apple picking season and the local orchards are welcoming visitors of all ages.  Whether you are picking apples for an apple pie or to have as a snack a trip to an orchard is great family time.

Banned Books Week 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Banned Books Week postings.  Yesterday, we talked about the importance of Banned Books Week.  Today, I'm going to talk about a few banned books that might surprise you.  I was working with a coworker yesterday to add more books to the display, and found myself constantly questioning the titles she added.  Not because I didn't want them on the display*, but because I couldn't understand why that particular title would be banned.

Banned Books Week

Show your rebellious side and celebrate Banned Books Week with us!  This is one of my favorite times of the year, because its a perfect reminder of the importance of the library and the dangers of censorship.  By banning a book, you essentially are saying that no one should be allowed to read it.  And while your concerns are certainly legitimate, oftentimes, this leads to restricting access of books to other patrons.  A good way to think of it is like this: if everyone went into the stacks and pulled books that they didn't like or didn't agree with, we wouldn't have very many books on the shelves at all!  I once heard it put best: "A good library always has something to offend everyone".

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonLook no further for your next suspense title.  Swanson delivers a tangled web of murderous schemes at the center of which is Lily Kintner.  Beautiful and aloof Lily is the daughter of an eccentric writer and his artistic wife, the product of a rather bohemian upbringing.  Lily meets Ted on a flight and strikes up a conversation that leads to Ted admitting his wife is cheating on him and he’d like to kill her.  So begins a fledgling relationship whose foundation is devising the perfect crime together, until the plot takes a turn.  Lily’s unusual way of solving problems has caught up with her, dredging up an old acquaintance and another perfect crime.

Truth Doesn't Have a Side

A few years ago, a fascinating film hit theaters, called Concussion.  It told the story of a Nigerian doctor, Bennett Omalu, who discovered the debilitating brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated trauma to the head.  Most commonly found in athletes in high contact sports, such as football, boxing, rugby, and ice hockey, this terrible condition causes mood swings, sudden violent behavior, forgetfulness, and eventually death.  There is no known cure.

Crazy Hair

crazy hairCrazy Hair Day written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg is a heartwarming story of Stanley, a young hamster, who confused picture day with crazy hair day.

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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

MouseIf You Give a Mouse a Cookie written by Laura Numeroff and illustrated by Felicia Bond has sold over a million copies. This story is a huge hit with young children and can bring back fond memories for adults. Numeroff and Bond have written several entertaining books following If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If You Give a Moose a Muffin, If You Give a Pig a Pancake and If You Give a Dog a Donut are all written in a similar format that children love.

Death Note Comes to Netflix

As you might have guessed from my last blog post, I'm a huge fan of anime and manga.  And so are a lot of my friends.  It comes as no surprise, then, that I would be hearing a lot about the new live-action film adaptation of the Japanese series Death Note.  In fact, it's been all over my Facebook feed.  As with any adaptation, of course, there is bound to be some debate about whether or not this is worth watching.  While I'm spare you the details, generally reviews have been mixed, and as a huge fan of the series, myself, I'm not sure whether I should watch or not.  But, dear reader, you can rest assured that the original Death Note series comes with only the highest recommendations from me!