Jan's Column 2020
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July 23, 2020 - "Normally"
Normally, at this time of year, I would be counting down the days to the Harry Potter Birthday party annual event at the library as well as counting down the days to the end of the Summer Reading Program which, normally, follows soon thereafter. "Normally" is the operative word here and since about March of this year, nothing has been what you could call "normal". This year we will be celebrating Harry Potter's Birthday by sending out parties in a bag so that you can celebrate at home and perhaps share some of your celebration with us via social media. We have also extended the Summer Reading Program until the end of August. "Why would we do that?", I hear you ask. For s couple of reasons. First, we put a rather high-priced prize in our prize store and want to give people a chance to earn enough dragon dollars to "buy" it. Second, getting books to read for some of you this summer has been a bit more challenging this summer than in previous years so we thought we would extend the time through the month of August.This means that there is still plenty of time to read, earn dragon dollars, get fabulous prizes with those dragon dollars, or donate them to one of three charities: the Dane County Humane Society, the DeForest Area Needs Network (D.A.N.N.) or the endowment fund of the DeForest Area Public Library. So keep reading! Below are some of the new titles recently-arrived at your library.Enjoy!
“The Golden Thread: The Cold War and the Mysterious Death of Dag Hammarskjold” by Ravi Somalya. Investigates the mystery behind the 1961 death of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, drawing on previously undisclosed evidence, recently revealed firsthand accounts and groundbreaking interviews to identify the powerful international cabal behind his death.
“She Proclaims: Our Declaration of Independence from a Man’s World” by Jennifer Palmieri. An empowering guide to feminism by the best-selling author of “Dear Madam President” outlines a blueprint for activism while sharing lessons from her personal choice to live on her own terms instead of embracing toxic patriarchal norms.
“Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less” by James Hamblin, A lively introduction to the new science of skin microbes and probiotics draws on expert and alternative-treatment insights to clarify contradictory recommendations and explain how to cultivate a healthy and natural biome for optimal skin health.
“The Empire of Gold (The Daevabd Trilogy)” by S.A. Chakraborty. In this final installment in the critically acclaimed trilogy, Nahri and Ali are determined to save both their city and their loved ones, but when Ali seeks support in his mother’s homeland, he makes a discovery that threatens not only his relationship with Nahri, but his very faith.
“The Heir Affair, No.2 (Royal We)” by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan. A follow-up to The Royal We finds Bex Porter and her husband, Prince Nicolas, in self-imposed exile in the wake of a scandal before a royal crisis exposes old family secrets and a brother's ongoing disgrace.
“The Outsider, No.12 (Kate Burkholder)” by Linda Castillo. A follow-up to the best-selling “Shamed” finds Kate Burkholder helping a friend from the police academy go into hiding among the Amish to avoid vengeful rogue cops who have wrongly accused her of murdering an undercover officer.
“Shadows Rising (World of Warcraft: Shadowlands)” by Madeleine Roux. Presents an all-new official prequel novel to Shadowlands, the next expansion for Blizzard Entertainment’s legendary online game World of Warcraft.
“The Shadows” by Alex North. Forced by his mother's failing health to return to the hometown where a misfit friend committed a shocking murder 25 years earlier, Paul learns about an investigation into a local copycat before realizing he is being followed.
“Peace Talks, No. 16 (Dresden Files)” by Jim Butcher. Joining the White Council's security team to help facilitate peace among hostile supernatural nations, wizard Harry Dresden is confronted by manipulative political forces that threaten all of Chicago. By the best-selling author of the Codex Alera series
“The Sin in the Steel, No. 1 (Fall of the Gods)” by Ryan Van Loan. In a debut fantasy set in a world of dead gods, pirates and shapeshifting mages, a brilliant former street youth-turned-detective and her ex-soldier partner investigate the activities of a pirate queen to expose societal corruption.
“The Lost and Found Bookshop” by Susan Wiggs. Inheriting her mother's San Francisco bookshop in the wake of a tragedy, Natalie bonds with her ailing grandfather and hires a contractor to perform repairs before unexpected discoveries connect her to the community and family secrets.
“The Book of Lost Names” by Kristin Harmel. The best-selling author of “The Winemaker's Wife” draws on true events in the story of a Polish graduate student in World War II who uses her forgery talents to help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.
“1st Case” by James Patterson & Chris Tebbetts. Recruited into the FBI when her unorthodox programming skills get her kicked out of MIT, a computer genius tracks a killer who has been targeted young women through a sophisticated messaging app.
July 16, 2020 - Harry Potter
A little over two weeks from now, on July 31st, we will be celebrating Harry Potter's Birthday. This year, unlike in previous years, we will not be having a large birthday bash at the library. Instead all you Potterheads will be able to pick up a party in bag so that you and yours can celebrate in your homes. Our staff wizards are currently assembling the bags which will be available (possibly on Harry's birthday eve day -- that would be July 30th) if all goes well and everything arrives from Diagon Alley. Those delivery owls are a little less regular due to the pandemic so the date the party-in-a-bag will be available is fluid right now. Watch our website and FaceBook page for more details. The number of bags available will be limited.
If the Harry Potter Birthday celebration is near at hand, can the end of the Summer Reading Program be far away? No it can't. The Summer Reading Program will end on August 8th -- so a little more than three weeks. There is still plenty of time to record the books you have been reading over this summer, earn Dragon Dollars, and "purchase" prizes in the library's store. If you don't want to come in, prizes can be picked up through curbside delivery or our electronic locker. Below you will find some books you might care to read between now and August 8th and add them to your list. Enjoy!
“Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You” by Capricia Marshall. The former U.S. Chief of Protocol under President Obama and the social secretary for the Clinton family explains why etiquette matters in diplomacy and how to use facilitation effectively to navigate cultural complexities with empowerment and respect.
“Nancy Pelosi” by Brenda Jones & Krishan Trotman. Part of a four-book series celebrating women in congress, this biography of the historic, trailblazing Speaker of the House describes how being the daughter of a Congressman and Democratic party organizer in Maryland prepared her to play the political game.
“Read or Alive, No.3 (Bookmobile Mysteries)” by Nora Page. Delighted when the Georgia Antiquarian Book Society chooses Catalpa Springs for its annual fair, septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins investigates the murder of a con artist who had stolen a prized book from Cleo's cousin.
“Into Darkness, No. 5 (Children of O’Hara)” by Terry Goodkind. A latest novella-length entry in the highly anticipated series set after the events of the Sword of Truth novels continues the story of Richard and Kahlan’s children. By the best-selling author of “The Scribbly Man”.
“The Lightness” by Emily Temple. One year after her father leaves home for a meditation retreat and never returns, Olivia, yearning to make sense of his departure and to escape her overbearing mother, runs away and retraces his path to a place known as the Levitation Center.
“Two Truths and a Lie” by Meg Mitchell Moore. From the author of “The Islanders” comes a warm, witty and suspenseful novel filled with small-town secrets, summer romance, big time lies and spiked seltzer.
“The Mist, No.3 (Hidden Iceland)” by Radnar Jonasson. In this gripping conclusion of the critically acclaimed Hidden Iceland series, Detective Hulda is haunted forever by the events that occurred in an isolated farm house in the east of Iceland that opened its doors to a killer.
“The Mountains Wild” by Sarah Stewart Taylor. A series debut set in Dublin and New York introduces homicide detective and divorced mom Maggie D'Arcy, who in the wake of a disappearance and new clues reopens the investigation into her cousin's disappearance 23 years earlier.
“The Girl from Widow Hills” by Megan Miranda. Rendered famous in childhood for her miraculous survival of a dangerous storm, a young woman changes her name and struggles to hide from the media before waking up one evening to find a corpse at her feet.
“Interlibrary Loan, No. 2(A Borrowed Man)” by Gene Wolfe. A sequel to “A Borrowed Man” is set in a future world of artificial intelligence where a clone is loaned out to a little girl before discovering that his original self, a mystery writer, is still alive.
“The Clutter Corpse. No. 1 (Decluttering Mysteries)” by Simon Brett. Stumbling upon a murdered body in a cluttered flat, professional home organizer Ellen Curtis begins to doubt suspicions that are targeting the victim's escaped prisoner son before uncovering disturbing links between the crime and her own past.
“The Golden Cage” by Camilla Lackberg. Discovering that the privileged husband for whom she sacrificed everything has been having an affair, an emotionally and financially devastated woman orchestrates a daring plot for revenge. By the award-winning author of the Fjallbacka series.