August 4, 2023 - A Grand Time Was Had By All

Well, times has continued on apace and suddenly we find ourselves in August. Library staff has once again put on a stunning Harry Potter Birthday Party. The weather cooperated, the bees and wasps mostly stayed away. The pumpkin juice, butter beer, and cookies were tasty. The very tall dementors were scary. The tea leaf reading by Professor Trelawney once again went well past the end of the party. The professor knew this would happen because sometimes she can see into the future (but mostly because the past is sometimes a good predictor of the future) and predict what will happen.  Many old friends were in attendance as were many new friends. A grand time was had by all. As we roll past the Harry Potter Birthday Party we are accelerating rapidly towards the end of the Summer Reading Program. The last day to enter books is 5:00 pm on August 5, 2023. The last day to redeem and spend Dragon Dollars is at 4:00 pm on August 13, 2023. This means there is still plenty of time -- okay maybe not "plenty" of time, but nonetheless there is still time-- to enter your books, earn Dragon Dollars, and spent then in the library "store".  

Just because the Summer Reading Program is winding down, this doesn't mean that you should quit reading. Many new books continue to arrive, almost daily. Now the potential strike for our primary deliverer of new books has been settled, we in library land can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The supply chain of books remains open. Below you will find some of the new titles which recently arrived at the library. Enjoy!

New Non-Fiction

“Muscle: The Gripping Story of Strength and Movement” by Roy Meals. Shedding new light on the essential tissue that moves us through life, an orthopedic surgeon takes us on a wide-ranging journey through anatomy, biology, history and health to unlock the mysteries of our muscles and explore major advancements in medicine and fitness.

“The Fourth Turning is Here: What the Seasons of History Tell Us About How and When the Crisis Will End” by Neil Howe. The visionary behind the best-selling “The Fourth Turning”returns with an extraordinary new prediction: what we see all around us—the polarization, the growing threat of civil conflict and global war—will culminate by the early 2030s, posing both great danger and great promise.

New Fiction

“An Evil Heart, No. 15 (Kate Burkholder)” by Linda Castillo. Painters Mill Police Chief Kate Burkholder investigates the violent, cross-bow shooting death of a hardworking, engaged young Amish man as her own wedding date draws near in the fifteenth novel of the series following “The Hidden One”.

“Fatal Legacy, No. 11 (Flavia Albia)" by Lindsay Davis. Taking over her father's private informer business in first century Rome, Flavia Albia helps her aunt track down a pair of deadbeats who owe her money in the eleventh novel of the series following “Desperate Undertaking”.

“The Murder Wheel (A Locked Room Mystery)” by Tom Mead. Conjuror-turned-detective Joseph Spector, in 1938 London, uses his uniquely logical perspective to prove the innocence of an idealistic young lawyer who has been framed for two impossible crimes in a world of illusion and misdirection, where seeing is not always believing.

“Peg and Rose Stir Up Trouble (A Senior Sleuths Mystery)” by Laurien Berenson. When Peg attempts online dating at Rose’s strong urging, she matches with Nolan Abercrombie, with whom she has an instant connection, but when a terrible accident claims his life, Peg and Rose team up to solve the dangerous mystery unfolding before their eyes.

“Pink Lemonade Cake Murder, No. 26 (A Hannah Swenson Mystery)” by Joanne Fluke. Serving super sweet pink lemonade desserts at the TriCounty Summer Solstice Celebration, Hannah finds the mood souring when a retired professional MLB player meets his demise and takes a swing at finding the killer in a league of their own.

“The Little Village of Book Lovers” by Nina George. Traveling the region of Nyons with her foster father’s mobile library in 1960s France, Marie-Jeanne, who has a special gift for matchmaking, brings soulmates together each place they go, but is unable to find one for herself, wondering when Love will finally come to her.

“Zero Sum” by Joyce Carol Oates. Creating a world of erotic obsession, thwarted idealism and ever-shifting identities, one of America’s most acclaimed writers presents this provocative and stunning collection of stories centering around deadly zero-sum games.

“After Death” by Dean R. Koontz. The only survivor of a catastrophic event awakens in a makeshift morgue with an extraordinary ability to be as elusive as a ghost and agrees to help a friend and her a son escape a violent LA street gang.

“All the Demons Are Here” by Jake Tapper. A new thriller takes readers back to the 1970s, with two unforgettable characters encountering many of the real-life figures and events that defined one of the wildest and most dangerous decades in American history. By the  “New York Times” best-selling author of “The Hellfire Club”.

“The Block Party” by Jamie Day. When the annual summer block party in the desirable and exclusive Meadowbrook community ends in murder, its residents becomes entangled in a web of secrets and scandal, discovering the real danger lies within their own block and nothing—and no one—is ever as it seems.

“Circle of Death” by James Patterson and Brian Sitts. In 2088, the world is in chaos as a powerful weapon, Command, is unleashed and Lamont Cranston, also known as The Shadow, and his small group of allies must race to stop the end of the world.