Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Next week is Banned Book Week - Celebrate Your Right to Read!


Book banning isn't a thing of the past - every day, books are being challenged and some are being removed from shelves.

In 2017 alone, 416 books were challenged or banned in the United States. The reasons are as different as the books and include :

  • Disapproval of the title of the book irregardless of the contents (ie: the classic horse story, Black Beauty)
  • Ethnic stereotypes (ie: Huckleberry Finn, Gone with the Wind)
  • Disagreements with the book's theme (ie: And Tango Makes Three)
  • Offensive language (ie: To Kill a Mockingbird)
  • Violence (ie: The Hunger Games)
  • Use of magic (ie:  the Harry Potter series, the Strega Nona series)
  • Too scary (ie: the Goosebumps series, the Fear Street series)
  • Use of slang or bad grammar by the characters (ie: the Junie B. Jones series)
  • Sexuality of the characters (ie: Are You There, God, It's Me, Margaret)
As you can see, many of the reasons are very subjective.  We support parents making choices for what their own children read, but leaving books available for others to choose.  Celebrate your right to read - ;pick up a banned book and give it a try.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Cookbooks




Good Food--Fast!: Deliciously Healthy Gluten-Free Meals for People on the Go by Jason Roberts an internationally known celebrity chef, cookbook author, and cast member of the hit daytime talk show “The Chew” on ABC. (From Lyonspress.com) Food is fuel for the body and mind. Chef Roberts knows that if you plan better, you eat better, and he shares the healthy cooking techniques that preserve the inherent nutrients that are present in foods that come directly from nature. Eating well doesn’t have to be boring, tasteless, or time-consuming. With a little imagination, creativity, and advance planning, your life can truly open up to the world of gloriously rewarding foods. Good Food--Fast! includes 100 tasty and accessible recipes, such as Rosemary and Sweet Potato Frittata, for anyone who wants to eat healthfully without sacrificing flavor.

Next, we have Ani's Raw Food Essentials: Recipes and Techniques for Mastering the Art of Live Food. (from Alibris.com) Chef Ani Phyo is back with Ani's Raw Food Essentials, full of everything you need to know to master the art of live food. Phyo shows you how to whip up simple, fresh recipes using what you've already got in your kitchen while also offering tips on dehyrating and more sophisticated techniques. Looking for innovative meals that are healthy and delicious? Phyo offers everything from classic comfort foods like nachos and burgers to Reuben sandwiches and bacon, along with more gourmet dishes like risotto, angel hair pasta, and her "you-won't-believe-they're-raw" desserts. Ani's Raw Food Essentials once again proves that you don't have to sacrifice taste to reap the benefits of raw foods, all while living a greener lifestyle. Recipes include: Broccoli and Cheeze Quiche, Kalamata Olive Crostini, Cashew "Tofu" in Miso Broth, Grilled Cheeze and Tomato Sandwiches, Cheeze Enchilada with Ranchero and Mole Sauce, Pad Thai, Pesto Pizza, and many more.

Korean BBQ is a casual and practical guide to grilling with Korean-American flavors from chef Bill Kim of Chicago's award-winning bellyQ restaurants, with 80 recipes tailored for home cooks with suitable substitutions for hard-to-find ingredients. Kim teaches the fundamentals of the Korean grill through flavor profiles that can be tweaked according to the griller's preference, then gives an array of knockout recipes. Starting with seven master sauces (and three spice rubs), you’ll soon be able to whip up a whole array of recipes, including Hoisin and Yuzu Edamame, Kimchi Potato Salad, Kori-Can Pork Chops, Seoul to Buffalo Shrimp, BBQ Spiced Chicken Thighs, and Honey Soy Flank Steak. From snacks and drinks to desserts and sides, Korean BBQ has everything you need to for a fun and delicious time around the grill. (from Amazon.com)

The Flavor Matrix by James Briscione is a revolutionary new guide to pairing ingredients, based on a famous chef's groundbreaking research into the chemical basis of flavor. A groundbreaking ingredient-pairing guide, The Flavor Matrix shows how science can unlock unheard-of possibilities for combining foods into astonishingly inventive dishes. Briscione distills chemical analyses of different ingredients into easy-to-use infographics, and presents mind-blowing recipes that he's created with them. The result of intensive research and incredible creativity in the kitchen, The Flavor Matrix is a must-have for home cooks and professional chefs alike: the only flavor-pairing manual anyone will ever need. (from Amazon.com)

Designed for One! By Nancy S. Hughes is a cookbook full of Diabetes-friendly recipes. This book is for ONE. It does not contain recipes that can feed an army of 4 to 6 which can leave you with a week's worth of unwanted (and expensive) leftovers, it feeds ONE! This book contains 120 budget-friendly recipes for the dinner hour, including salads, vegetables, grains, entrees and even desserts. As with all Nancy's books with the American Diabetes Association, the recipes are extremely easy to follow with main stream ingredients. The book begins with a 'How To' chapter which helps the reader learn how to shop economically, store properly, stock up 'smartly' and cut corners like a pro in an easy, bullet-form manner. The chapters focus on dinner, but break down into sections, such as salads, sides, entrees (including a wide variety of recipes from grilled and roasted recipes to soups and stews, skillet dishes, stir-fries, hot and cold sandwiches and main salads) and desserts. (from Amazon.com)

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

September is National Literacy Month!

It's National Literacy Month!  Come in and see the new resources we have available in our new Parents Resource Center to help you help your child learn and thrive


.  Books, puzzles, games, and more - we have a lot to offer.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Compilation of Cozies



In The Cost of Living by Rachel Ward, supermarket checkout girl Bea teams up with the clumsy new trainee, Ant; but can she trust him? When a young woman is brutally attacked on her way home from the supermarket, Bea thinks it's her responsibility to figure out who did it. After all, the police don't seem to be doing anything about it really. As customers and coworkers alike become suspects, dirty secrets surface and fear grips the town. Will Bea risk losing the people she loves most to solve this mystery?

Murder of a Good Man is a Piney Woods Mystery by Teresa Trent. Nora Alexander has come to Piney Woods, Texas to fulfill her mother's dying wish, but things get a bit dangerous. First, she is run off the road, then the sealed letter she is to deliver to Piney Woods' most prominent citizen--Adam Brockwell--turns out to be a scathing rebuke. Before you know it, the beloved Mr. Brockwell is found stabbed to death and suspicion immediately falls on Nora--because she's an outsider and one of the last people to see him alive. Ordered by the flirty sheriff, Tuck, not to leave town, Nora finds herself working with Tuck's Aunt Marty trying to revive business at the rundown Tunie Hotel. Will the secrets the old hotel harbors help clear Nora's name?

Scot Free by Catriona McPherson features Scottish-born marriage counselor Lexy Campbell moving to California to chase the American Dream. When she fell in love and married her hunky husband, Lexy moved to California and began building her marriage counseling practice. Life was indeed bright. Six months later, however, she's divorced, broke, and on her way back to Scotland. When her only client--sweet Mrs. Bombarro--is arrested for killing her husband with a fireworks rocket, Lexy knows the cops have it all wrong. In order to help out her client, she has to find a cheap place to sleep. When she checks into the Last Ditch Motel, Lexy finds an unexpected slice of life and a whole new world of trouble.

Deja Moo is a Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery by Kirsten Weiss. Maddie Kosloski, owner of San Benedetto, California's Paranormal Museum is no fan of the Christmas Cow--a thirty-foot straw bovine that graces the town square each December. For one thing, it replaces her museum as the top attraction every Christmas. Not to mention, every year, despite round-the-clock guards, the darn thing goes up in flames. This year, however, the cow is not the only thing to bite it. One of the night guards is found with an arrow sticking out of his chest. On top of all this, it seems that her new haunted cowbell exhibit is causing a panic. Can she quell the hysteria and find a killer without getting distracted by the hunky Detective Slate?

Survival of the Fritters by Ginger Bolton is the first of her Deputy Donut Mystery. Emily Westhill--along with her retired police chief father-in-law and her tabby, Deputy Donut--runs the best donut shop in Fallingbrook, Wisconsin. When one of her regulars doesn't show up for her knitting group, Emily and some of the woman's friends go searching at Georgia Teeter's home only to find her murdered among a pile of stale donuts. Georgia's murder coincides with her son's murder five years earlier. It was a case Emily's late husband never solved and she will have to revisit some painful memories to help free an innocent man and trace a killer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Steamy Romances to Enjoy

 In Stefanie London's Bad Bachelor, everyone is talking about the hot new app that ranks New York's most eligible bachelors. It's not the Prince Charmings on the list that has everyone abuzz, but the list of so-called "Bad Bachelors"--NYC's most notorious bad boys. Number one on that list is Public Relations guru Reed McMahon, but he's ready to clock the next person who mentions Bad Bachelors to him. Reed is known as an "image fixer," but he needs a PR miracle of his own. He decides that helping a struggling library run by Darcy Greer may just be what he needs to take his mind off the list. Darcy is a streetwise Brooklynite who knows Reed is just the sort of guy she should avoid, however, the library is in desperate need of his help, so she reluctantly agrees to work with him. She soon realizes that there is more to Reed than his reputation and maybe, just maybe, he's the One for her.

In Tempest by Beverly Jenkins, Regan Carmichael is an independent spirit who has traveled to the Wyoming Territory as the mail order bride for Dr. Colton Lee. Only, when she arrives she shoots her intended in the shoulder instead of greeting him with a kiss. It was an honest mistake, but Regan begins to question her decision to marry a man she's never met. Colton buried his heart with his first wife and is insisting that he only wishes to marry so that his daughter will not grow up without a mother. However, the thought of having a forthright woman bold enough to brave the wilds of Wyoming begins to stir something in his soul. Despite his family's disapproval and the threat from an unseen enemy, Colton decides to risk it all to make this match a true union of body and soul.

All I Want for Halloween is a romance novel by Marie Harte. Sadie Liberato is tired of plain life, so she plans on letting go at the costume party this Halloween. Dressed up and anonymous, Sadie hasn't felt this powerful, sexy, and free in a long while. Gear Blackstone has decided to cut loose for one night and the added anonymity of a mask helps. His cheating ex and slime-ball best friend really threw him for a loop and managed to send his life into a tailspin. Gear manages to find the sexiest, snarkiest woman he's ever met. There is no doubt that Sadie and Gear have a scorching encounter and they each want to meet the other in real life, but will the heat remain when the masks come off?

Twelve Nights of Temptation by Barbara Dunlop is part of Whiskey Bay Brides trilogy. Even covered in grease, marine mechanic Tasha Lowell excites Matt Emerson who owns a charter-boat empire. Matt knows that Tasha isn't interested in a romance with the boss, so he keeps his distance. Yet, a saboteur has targeted Matt's business and Tasha agrees to accompany him to the holiday ball to gather intel. Tasha was beautiful before the makeover, but now she takes Matt's breath away and keeping things strictly business is no longer an option.



Wednesday, August 8, 2018

August is Romance Awareness Month!

During August, why not celebrate Romance Awareness Month by checking out some of our romance novels?  We have authors from classical to modern day, including :


  • Charlotte Bronte
  • Jane Austin
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Denise Hunter
  • Beverly Jenkins
  • Cindy Woodsmall
  • Jane Peart
  • Lynsay Sands
  • Jodi Thomas


Need more suggestions?  Watch our Facebook page for romance novels that have been turned into movies.