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Saturday, August 03, 2013 12:00 AM

It is hard to believe but school starts in three weeks. The summer was busy here at the library with many fun activities. Three hundred forty-eight children enjoyed the summer reading program as well as 85 adults. The mobile computer lab from the state library will be here through Monday. The staff is now preparing for fall activities. Check the library’s website and Facebook for frequent updates.

The following DVDs have been added to the collection this month:

Call the Midwife

The Confession

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

Gunsmoke: the Directors Collection

The Host

Once Upon a Time: Season One

OZ: the Great and Powerful

Saige Paints the Sky

Upside Down

Veggie Tales: Lettuce Love One Another

Video Muffins: Make Fresh Muffins at Home

Video Bread Basics: My First Loaf

Music CDs added this month:

Trace Adkins-Love Will

Big Time Rush-24/7

John Fogerty-Wrote a Song for Everyone

Lonestar-Life as we know it

Doc McStuffins-The Doc is In

NONFICTION

DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century by Debbie Kinnett

The first decade of the new millennium has been an exciting time for the family historian. The increasing availability of online resources has transformed the genealogical research process. DNA testing and the new generation of social networking websites have developed in parallel and are becoming increasingly useful tools. DNA testing can now be used to prove or disprove genealogical connections and will put you in touch with your genetic cousins around the world. It can also take you back beyond the paper trail into your pre-surname history. Social networking tools can help you to find and stay in touch with friends and relatives, and provide new ways to share and collaborate with other researchers. This book looks at all the latest advances in DNA testing from the Y-chromosome tests used in surname projects through to the latest autosomal DNA tests. Debbie Kennett explores the use of new social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and wikis, along with more traditional networking methods. DNA and Social Networking is an indispensable guide to the use of 21st-century technology in family history research.

The Route 66 Encyclopedia by Jim Hinckley

An encyclopedia with a twist, “The Route 66 Encyclopedia” presents alphabetical entries on Route 66 history, landmarks, personalities, and culture, from Bobby Troup’s anthem “Route 66” to The Grapes of Wrath to the Wigwam Motel, illustrated with over 1,000 old and new, color and black-and-white photos and memorabilia. You’ll learn about Jack Rittenhouse and Will Rogers as well as the contributions of lesser-known figures like Arthur Nelson and Angel Delgadillo. With references to the old (including the history of the U Drop Inn Café in Texas) and new (including a section about the recent Cars movie), The Route 66 Encyclopedia provides a sweeping look at a highway that has become more than just a road.

Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace by Michael Perry

Tuesdays with Morrie meets Bill Bryson in Visiting Tom, another witty, poignant and stylish paean to living in New Auburn, Wisconsin, from Michael Perry. The author of “Population: 485,” “Coop,” and “Truck: A Love Story,” Perry takes us along on his uplifting visits with his octogenarian neighbor one valley over—and celebrates the wisdom, heart and sass of a vanishing generation that embodies the indomitable spirit of small-town America.

Though Perry makes no claim to being an actual farmer whose livelihood is dependent on his labor, he offers a loving portrait of the occasional rigors and quirks of farm life. In this book, the focus is on his neighbor Tom Hartwig, a man who has lived 82 years in one farmhouse in rural Wisconsin, on a farm that survived the construction of a four-lane interstate in its front yard in 1965. Tom, known for his hobby of building and occasionally firing cannons, offers pearls of wisdom on everything from living with whizzing traffic outside your kitchen window, to repairing tools ranging from massive farm equipment to shovel handles, to raising daughters. Perry relates his own farm life, including realizing that taking his daughter to swim in the local creek is more important than deadlines and appreciating the pleasure of odd tools as he sharpens a scythe (only to be told very matter-of-factly by Tom that a gas-powered weed-whacker is better).

FICTION

Light of the World by James Lee Burke

Louisiana Sherriff’s Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana’s spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives—and the lives of their families—are in danger. In contrast to the tranquil beauty of Flathead Lake and the colorful summertime larch and fir unspooling across unblemished ranchland, a venomous presence lurks in the caves and hills, intent on destroying innocent lives. First, Alafair Robicheaux is nearly killed by an arrow while hiking alone on a trail. Then Clete’s daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom readers met in Burke’s previous bestseller “Creole Belle,” runs afoul of a local cop, with dire consequences. Next, Alafair thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town—but how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surette be loose on the streets of Montana? Light of the World is a harrowing novel that examines the nature of evil and pits Dave Robicheaux against the most diabolical villain he has ever faced.

The Amish Seamstress (The Women of Lancaster County) by Mindy Starns Clark

“The Amish Seamstress,” tells the story of young Amish women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love. .Izzy Mueller is an exceptional listener and gifted caregiver. She’s also a talented seamstress. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She’s content with her life until circumstances reconnect her with someone she once loved. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite, is not what her family is hoping for in a spouse and his creative interest in filmmaking is definitely at odds with her Amish upbringing. .As Izzy is swept up again in Zed and renews her friendship with his sister, Ella, she begins to ask questions about her own life — her creative longings and historical interests, her relationships and desire for romance and most importantly, her faith.

The English Girl: A Novel by Daniel Silva

When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems…and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.

FROM THE CHILDREN’S CORNER:

Good News Bad NewsGood News Bad News by Jeff Mack

This clever picture book proves the adage, “it’s all in how you look at it.” Rabbit is all about good news and Mouse just keeps finding the bad as they try to enjoy a picnic together. When it starts to rain, Rabbit has an umbrella; when the bees chase them; Rabbit finds a cave to hide in; and when the bear chases Rabbit and Mouse out, they find a flag pole to climb up. There’s good news and bad news here for moms and dads, as little ones will want to read this one more than once.

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson

“Each little kindness we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world.” Acclaimed author Woodson had written a beautiful and thought-provoking picture book about a group of school children and their failure to befriend the “new girl” in their classroom. Chloe joins in with the other children, making fun of her poor clothing and shoes, but as the school year goes by and Maya stops coming to school, she wishes she had another chance to choose kindness. This is the perfect story to share with children before they go back to school.

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills

Prolific author Mills, known for sneaking in a good lesson in life and ethics, has begun a new series called “Franklin School Friends (hmmmm that sound familiar.) Kelsey Green is a reading machine and when her principal announces a school-wide reading contest, she just knows she will lead her third grade class to victory. Of course, there are some fellow students that are not living up to her expectations!

Below by Meg McKinlay

On the day Cassie was born, they drowned her town below a man-made lake. Now 12 years later, she is drawn to the forbidden lake and the secrets it holds. Her mom thinks she is swimming in the town swimming pool to strengthen her lungs. However, the water is receding over Old Lower Grange” and she and friend Liam are able to peek into the mysteries below. Eventually, the new town will have to deal with what is floating to the surface.

Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone

It’s not autumn yet but it won’t be long till the nights are cooler and we’re sitting on the bleachers at the football field. “Awesome Autumn” bills itself at a book with “all kinds of fall facts and fun.” From the changes in the leaves and our apparel, to the length of the days and nights, and the animals preparing to hibernate or migrate, Fall is all about change. The photographic illustrations enhance the reading experience.

 

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