Saturday, May 10: Celebrate Astronomy Day by taking a look at the night sky. After dark, say around 9:30 to 10:00, under --we hope-- a clear sky, look in the direction of the first-quarter Moon. To the lower right of our pock-marked neighbor you will see three bright "stars" floating in the still darkening sky. The first of those isn't a star at all. That first reddish object is the planet Mars. To the right of that are two of the genuine article: stars Pollux and Castor, the "head" parts of the constellation Gemini. Higher in the sky, nearly overhead, the ringed planet Saturn can be seen to the east of the star Regulus; the pairing makes them easy to spot. Look carefully: can you see the slightly golden tint to Saturn's light compared with the star's cooler color?
I am Legend by Richard Matheson
Robert Neville is the last man in Los Angeles California. By day he roams the city gathering food and supplies to prepare himself for night, when vampires surround and attack his home.
A few years before, a germ had spread, turning everyone into the living dead: Neville had to bury his wife, twice. Nightly, Neville's old neighboor and carpool buddy, now walking dead, taunts him to come outside.
Jennifer Weiner's debut novel Good in Bed featured heroine Cannie Shapiro, a plus-sized newspaper journalist turned single mother turned wildly successful novelist. In Certain Girls, Weiner's latest release and the sequel to Good in Bed, thirteen years have passed, and Cannie is now married to a bariatric physician, the author (under a pseudonym) of a successful science fiction series, and the mother of a teenager. When Cannie's daughter Joy discovers and reads her mother's novel, a thinly disguised fictional account of Cannie's life, Joy suddenly begins to question everything that she has held true and dear regarding herself and her family. Her search for the truth leads her on a journey of self-discovery and reveals what it means to love and to be a family.
Popular Mystery Authors
Ingram Book Group, the vendor from whom we order most of our books, has an author standing order program. This program allows us to develop a list of the most popular authors here at Westlake Porter Public Library. When these authors publish a new title, Ingram automatically sends us our designated number of copies just before the release date so we can process the books and have them ready to go.
A four-year-old boy who had never spoken, a seven-year-old girl severely troubled after years of various abuses, an 82-year-old woman who stopped speaking after suffering a stroke: All were in danger of becoming casualties of an overburdened mental health care system until one woman entered their lives and brought to them the compassion, hope, dignity, and understanding they so desperately needed.
Torey Hayden, educational psychologist and former special education teacher, chronicles her work with these three memorable individuals in Twilight Children: Three Voices No One Heard Until A Therapist Listened. Hayden has written 10 other books, eight of which, including Ghost Girl and Beautiful Child, recount her experiences with children with special needs.
With a message similar to that of Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth and Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements, Marianne Williamson’s The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife advocates for change from within, a spiritual and psychological personal awakening with the potential power to change the world. Williamson directs her message specifically toward those who have reached what society deems as middle age - mid-40s and beyond. Instead of slowing down, compromising, or giving up, Williamson says that this stage in life can be a rebirth, a time of change, a shifting of priorities, and a rejuvenation of the body and spirit if only we are open to new possibilities and perspectives.
Lady Macbeth by Susan King
Lady Gruadh is the last heir in a royal Celtic family whose unwilling marriage to Macbeth, a warrior lord who killed her husband, will unite Scotland for the first time. Together they survive treacherous and violent politics to save the country they were both born to rule. A rich and dramatic historical novel!
If chores are a constant battle in your family, then there is a Website for you: ChoreWars.com.
Basically, your household's chore workload is transformed into an online role-playing game, like the ones your kids are already playing.
The family determines what the chores are, and how many "experience points" each one is worth, making a nice little competitive incentive between the players. So, a little healthy sibling rivalry could give you a much cleaner house!
Facing 30 and feeling that she didn't have much to show for it except an unrewarding secretarial job, Julie Powell decided she needed a project, something that would motivate, challenge, excite, and satisfy her. She found it in Julia Child's classic cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. With support from her husband, friends, and eventually her family, Powell gave herself a year to make every recipe in the cookbook. What began as a simple daily blog resulted in Julie & Julia: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 tiny apartment kitchen. How Powell accomplished her goal and what she learned will inspire, amaze, and amuse even those with the most basic cooking skills.
You'll view the public library in a whole new light after you read Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library by Don Borchert. This memoir of an assistant librarian at a California library reveals, among other things, that sex offenders, drug dealers, and gang members are just as likely to roam the stacks as preschoolers, students, and senior citizens; that books are not the only items put in the book drops; and that even seemingly cheery, mild-mannered librarians have a breaking point. Often laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally poignant, and always entertaining, this book features a library that is a microcosm of public libraries around the nation.