Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love is in the Air

Barking Up the Wrong Tree is a Bluff Point Romance by Jenn McKinlay. Carly DeCusati has returned to Bluff Point, Maine licking her wounds after her life fell apart. She is determined to get things back on track. She starts by trying to find a home for an elderly golden retriever and an excessively chatty parrot she inherited just as things were crumbling around her. Hunky one-night stand, James Sinclair agrees to help her if she will just give him the time of day. He doesn't care that she doesn't do relationships, he is determined to win Carly's heart, but will James's secrets tear them apart before they get their happily-ever-after?

Right Where We Belong is a Silver Springs Novel by Brenda Novak. With her husband arrested for attacking three women, Savanna Gray is in desperate need of a change. She takes her two kids and high-tails it to Silver Springs as soon as the divorce is settled. The old farmhouse her late father was going to renovate looks like a good place to get back on track and take charge of something. Gavin Turner is the one person who can understand Savanna's struggle to start over. Gavin was abandoned when he was five and it wasn't until he found his way to the New Horizons Boys Ranch as a teen that her finally began to heal. In spite of her attraction to Gavin, Savanna is reluctant to let him close; after all, her ex had a similar sad backstory and look how that turned out.

Tomorrow the Glory is a Graham Novel by Heather Graham. Kendall Moore is a high spirited southern belle, but a cruel marriage-bed betrayal forces this proud and beautiful woman to risk her life for freedom. Brent McClain is a Confederate agent who meets Kendall aboard the warship Jenni-Lyn and loses his heart in a single night of passion. When war and treason tear them apart--Brent into a raging battle and Kendall in her determined flight from a vengeful husband--these two lovers can only hold onto the promise of tomorrow and the love that will burn eternally in their hearts.

Other Romances for Your Consideration:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

AARP Tax Assistance is Here!

AARP will be here in our Meeting Room to assist senior citizens and low-income         taxpayers with their tax preparation for the 2017 tax year on the following 
Wednesdays :

February 7—February 14—February 21—February 28
March 7—March 14—March 21—March 28
April 4—April 11

On each of the scheduled days, the doors will open to begin tax assistance at 9 am. First come, first served.  The volunteers will only be able to assist 10 individuals per day - no appointments.  AARP membership is not required for this assistance.

Documents and Helpful Information that you will need to provide:
· A copy of your 2016 Income Tax Return
· All income documents for 2017 (W2 - 1099 - Retirement - Pensions - Social Security - Unemployment - etc) . 
· 2017 Mortgage statement showing interest and property taxes paid
· All 2017 Tax Receipts from Tax Collector's Office (Home, Land & Tags)
· All Social Security Cards (Taxpayers & Dependents)
· Driver's License or other valid picture ID

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Historical and Contemporary African-American Biographies

Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman is the memoir of an African American man--Harold H. Brown--who, through dedication to his goals and vision, overcame the despair of racial segregation to great heights, not only as a military aviator, but also as an educator and as an American citizen. This memoir is told from the actual beginning: not on the first day of combat, not on the first day of training, but at the very moment Brown realized he was meant to be a pilot. He revisits his childhood in Minneapolis where his fascination with planes pushed him to save up enough of his own money to take flying lessons. Brown also details his first trip to the South, where he was met with a level of segregation he had never before experienced and had never imagined possible. This moving memoir of one of the original 930 Tuskegee pilots is sure to inspire all who read it.

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons begins in North Philadelphia. Hart was born an accident, unwanted by his parents. His father was a drug addict who was in and out of jail. His brother was a crack dealer and petty thief. And his mother was overwhelmingly strict, beating him with belts, frying pans, and his own toys. The odds were most certainly stacked against him, but with hard work, determination, and a whole lot of humor, Hart managed to become one of the most recognizable comedians today (his films have, together, earned a total of $3.5 billion). “Not only do you get to choose how you interpret each chapter, but your interpretation writes the next chapter,” he says. “So why not choose the interpretation that serves your life the best?”

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan is written by Elaine M. Hayes. Sarah Vaughan, a pivotal figure in the formation of bebop, influenced a broad array of singers who followed in her wake. Drawing from a wealth of sources as well as on exclusive interviews with Vaughan’s friends and former colleagues, Queen of Bebop unravels the many myths and misunderstandings that have surrounded Vaughan while offering insights into this notoriously private woman, her creative process, and, ultimately, her genius. Hayes deftly traces the influence that Vaughan’s singing had on the perception and appreciation of vocalists—not to mention women—in jazz. She reveals how, in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Vaughan helped desegregate American airwaves, opening doors for future African-American artists seeking mainstream success, while also setting the stage for the civil rights activism of the 1960s and 1970s. She follows Vaughan from her hometown of Newark, New Jersey, and her first performances at the Apollo, to the Waldorf Astoria and on to the world stage, breathing life into a thrilling time in American music nearly lost to us today.

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories is by Gabrielle Union. In this moving collection of thought provoking essays, actress Gabrielle Union efuses her unique wisdom and deep humor, using her fearlessness to tell astonishingly personal and true stories about power, color, gender, feminism, and fame. Union tackles a range of experiences, including bullying, beauty standards, and competition between women in Hollywood, growing up in white California suburbia and then spending summers with her black relatives in Nebraska, coping with crushes, puberty, and the divorce of her parents. Genuine and perceptive, Union bravely lays herself bare, uncovering a complex and courageous life of self-doubt and self-discovery with incredible poise and brutal honesty. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.

Ali: a Life is by Jonathan Eig. Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man on the planet. But until now, he has never been the subject of a complete, unauthorized biography. Jonathan Eig, hailed by Ken Burns as one of America’s master storytellers, radically reshapes our understanding of the complicated man who was Ali. Eig had access to all the key people in Ali’s life, including his three surviving wives and his managers. He conducted more than 500 interviews and uncovered thousands of pages of previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files, as well dozens of hours of newly discovered audiotaped interviews from the 1960s. Collectively, they tell Ali’s story like never before—the story of a man who was flawed and uncertain and brave beyond belief.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blind Date with a Book!

Join us for our second year of Blind Date with a Book!  Just choose one of the wrapped books from the selection on our Valentines table, check it it, take it home and enjoy!

Patrons are asked to fill pit a Rate the Date slip and return it to the Circulation Desk.  These slips will go into a drawing at the end of the program for prizes!

Don't miss out on the fun - take a chance on a book!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Memorable Memoirs

“The Choice: Embrace the Possible” is a memoir by internationally renowned psychologist Dr. Edith Eger. As one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors, Edith Eger tells her incredible story of resilience and survival in one of the darkest chapters of human history. At sixteen, Edith, a trained ballet dancer and gymnast, was sent to Auschwitz where she was forced to dance for the amusement of Josef Mengele. He rewarded her with a loaf of bread which she shared with her fellow prisoners—a choice that would later save her life. Along with her sister, Edith survived multiple death camps and the Death March. In 1945, when American troops liberated the camps, Edith was found barely alive in a pile of corpses. She spent decades struggling with flashbacks, nightmares, and survivor’s guilt. She remained silent about her experiences even as she raised a family and practiced psychology. Thirty-five years after the war, Edith returned to Auschwitz and was finally able to forgive the one person she blamed the most for her tragic history—herself.

“A Speck in the Sea: A Story of Survival and Rescue” is the story of the harrowing ordeal of being lost at sea written by John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski. In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown off the back of the Anna Mary—the fishing boat he co-owns with Anthony Sosinski. Anthony was fast asleep down below at the time and could not here his partner’s cries for help. Hours ticked by as Anthony, their families, the local fishing community, and the US Coast Guard in three states mobilized an unparalleled search effort that ended with an unlikely and thrilling success. Interwoven with the narrative of the massive rescue effort are the harrowing details of John’s struggle to survive. This is a story of survival and perseverance, but also one of community and cooperation among strangers.

“Sin Bravely: A Memoir of Spiritual Disobedience” is by Maggie Rowe. Maggie grew up in a moderately religious household, but she took the idea of salvation very seriously. This obsession with salvation eventually turned into a childhood terror and, at nineteen, Maggie checked herself into an Evangelical psychiatric facility—and, so begins her story. She finds herself surrounded by a group of rabble that includes a former biker meth-head, a set of identical twins obsessed with their mother, and a chronic depressive who becomes Maggie’s greatest confidante. Told with both humor and reverence, Maggie decides to make the most of her treatment and, thus begins a crusade to live by the words of Martin Luther, “Sin bravely in order to know the forgiveness of God.”

“Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery” is the memoir of Astronaut Scott Kelly. As a veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder of the most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly relays his record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station. This is also the story of the brash young man who became a Navy pilot and, along with his twin brother, Mark, became an astronaut. Kelly describes how he navigates the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, the devastating effects on the body and psyche, how colliding with space junk can be catastrophic, and how helpless you feel when tragedy strikes at home. Kelly’s remarkable compassion, humor, and determination shine through as he describes his New Jersey childhood, his inspirations for walking the path to becoming an astronaut, and his genuine wonder about our universe.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

Did you know WCVPL has a new online catalog?  You can see it at .

Introducing Apollo, where you can see our new arrivals, find links to our selection of electronic resources, or search our library's collection. 

Using your library card number and PIN, you can sign into your account to:

  • Check the due dates of items you have checked out.
  • Renew items (if applicable).
  • Submit a request for a book.
  • Bookmark items of interest.
  • “Subscribe” to popular author lists; Apollo will automatically place a hold on new books by that author for you as the library acquires them.  If you don’t see your favorite author, let us know.
  • Select to be notified by email if you have books coming due or have a reserve come available.
  • You can even have your checkout receipt emailed to you.
We hope all our patrons enjoy the many options and services that our new catalog offers.  If you have questions or problems with the new system, let one of our library staff know and we will do our best to help.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jump-Start Your New Year's Resolutions

Zero Sugar Diet: The 14-Day Plan to Flatten Your Belly, Crush Cravings, and Help Keep You Lean for Life is by David Zinczenko with Stephen Perrine. Sugar is making us fat and sick and it lurks in the most innocuous of foods--pizza, oatmeal, pasta sauce, and even foods marketed as "health" foods. Excessive intake of sugar has been proven to increase abdominal fat, trigger diabetes, heart disease, cancer, liver disease, fatigue, and tooth decay. This book was written to help people live their happiest and healthiest lives without the tons of hidden sugar in the modern American diet. The authors have come up with a plan to help you avoid those hidden sugars manufacturers love to cram into their products while still eating the foods you love. You will replace empty calories with essential ones by swapping added sugars for whole foods and fiber. You will be able to conquer cravings and lose up to one pound per day.

The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution: Manage Your Blood Sugar with 125 Recipes Plus a 30-Day Meal Plan is written by Jill Hillhouse, CNP with Lisa Cantkier, CHN. This book contains all the information you need to understand how blood sugar works in the body and how you can effectively manage your diabetes with the paleo diet approach. A paleo lifestyle may be able to halt, if not reverse, the negative effects of blood sugar disorders and type 2 diabetes. The authors give you 100+ recipes and a 30-day meal plan to help you begin your road to better blood glucose levels. You will also learn how to navigate eating away from home, how to read and understand food labels, and how to stock your pantry with whole foods the will help you restore your health.