April 2 Library Notes
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Today April 2 is International Children’s Book Day. I have so many favorite children’s books it would be hard to name just one. But as a young girl reading to my little sister and reading to my children, I would have to say “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss.

I believe reading to your children and with your children is one of the most important things you can do for their future. I still love to read the newest children’s books we get at the library. Ms. Cheryl our Children’s Librarian started a new program a little over a year ago called “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” We are proud to announce that Maeve Ballengee is the first to finish this project. Congratulations Maeve and to her mother Kathryn.

To celebrate National Library Week we are having a contest, beginning April 7. All you have to do is guess how many items are in the library (books, movies, audiobooks & CDs only). Stop by and give us your guess! Entries must be turned in by April 17, and the winner will be determined on April 18. Only one entry per person.

“Pam’s Pick” of the week is: “Be Careful What You Wish For” by Jeffrey Archer, this is the fourth book in the Clifton Chronicles. Did Sebastian survive the fatal car accident? Do Harry and Emma tell Jessica who her real parents were? These and several more questions will be answered in this book.

New Fiction: “The Unwelcomed Child” by V.C. Andrews, the story of a young girl abandoned by her mother and raised by strict grandparents. Elle grew up believing that because of her mother’s sinful ways she was doomed. Will learning the truth about her mother help her understand why she is the unwelcomed child?

“Missing You” by Harlam Coben, this is a heart pounding thriller about the ties we have to our past. An unlikely bond develops between NYPD detective Kat Donovan and 19-year-old Brandon Phelps whose mother goes missing after exploring a dating site called YouAreJustMyType.com. Kat discovers the photo of Jeff Raynes, her ex-fiance, who is now missing. Several puzzles emerge. What happened to Jeff? What is happening to Dana? Are the two together?

“Don’t Look for Me” by Loren D. Estleman, this is an Amos Walker novel. Investment banker Alec Wynn asks Walker to find his missing wife, Cecelia, who disappeared, leaving behind a note simply stating, “Don’t look for me.” Walker starts with Wynn’s ex-apprentice, who had an affair with Cecelia, but gets nowhere with him. With few leads, he tracks down the herbal remedies store that supplied Cecelia with a cabinet-full of pills, to see if anyone there has any idea of her whereabouts. But they are not telling. Do they know where she is and just not telling?

“Twisted Sisters” by Jen Lancaster, deep-seated sibling rivalry issues come to life in this new novel. Reagan Bishop is a licensed psychologist who stars on a cable show “I Need a Push.” Reagan helps participants become their best selves by urging them to overcome obstacles and change behaviors. ⌘Reagan is used to delivering results. Despite her overwhelming professional success, Reagan never seems to earn her family’s respect. Her younger sister, Geri, will always be the family favorite. When a national network buys Reagan’s show, the pressures for higher ratings mount. Will this newfound power make her the favorite as last?

“Cider Brook” by Carla Neggers, this is the third book in the Swift River Valley series. Samantha is a treasure hunter who has returned to Knights Bridge to solve a 300-year-old mystery and salvage her good name. Justin remembers her well. He’s the one who alerted her late mentor to her iffy past and got her fired. But just because he doesn’t trust her doesn’t mean he can resist her. Samantha is daring, and determined. Can Justin stop her? (also in large print)

New Christian Fiction: “Over the Edge” by Mary Connealy, this is book three in the Kincaid Brides series. After surviving a fire in a cave and fighting in the Civil War, Seth Kincaid has returned to Colorado crazier than ever. While Seth remembers a lot of things, he doesn’t remember getting married but Callie is determined to help him remember and try to rekindle their love before one of them goes over the edge.

“Hopeful” by Shelley Shepard Gray, this is the first book in the Return to Sugarcreek series. Miriam Zehr has worked at the Sugarcreek Inn longer than she cares to admit. Deep down, Miriam knows something’s missing, a family of her own. When Junior the man she’s been after all her life suddenly seeks her out, she’s thrilled to be noticed. When she realizes he’s only asking for her help to get the attention of Mary Kathryn Hershberger, she is disappointed. If Miriam helps Junior court Mary Kathryn, she’ll get to spend a lot of time with him. Are these few stolen moments worth the sacrifice?

New Mystery: “Death of a Policeman” by M.C. Beaton, this is a Hamish Macbeth mystery. Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This is the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair’s plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder. Is Macbeth being framed?

New Large Print: “Day of the Wolf” by Charles G. West, this is the story of a man who only wanted to be left alone but gets entangled in a war. The mysterious mountain man called Wolf wants no part of the rampant war between the Crow and white settlers. But when three desperate women need his help traveling across the Western plains, he finds himself in the thick of the conflict he’s been avoiding all along.

New Non-fiction: “Amglish in, Like Ten Easy Lessons” by John G. Doherty, this book describes how informal American English, influenced by the syntax of tweets and the slip-ups of celebrities, has begun to dominate the globe in a language known as Amglish.

“Power Foods for the Brain” by Neal D. Barnard, MD, this is an effective 3-step plan to protect your mind and to help strengthen your memory.

“Encyclopedia of Planting Combinations: by Tony Lord, this is a comprehensive guide to growing a beautiful garden with the most imaginative and visually effective planting combinations.

“Rustic Chic Wedding” by Morgann Hill, this book has 55 projects for crafting your own wedding style, from classic to country.

“Basketball’s Greatest Stars” by Michael Grange, this book will take you court side for a look at the best of the best in basketball history.

“Not Cool” by Greg Gutfeld, this book goes from politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected all aspects of our lives.

New Biography: “Code Name: Johnny Walker” by Johnny Walker with Jim Defelice, this is the extraordinary story of the Iraqi who risked everything to fight with the U.S. Navy SEALs. Who became a hero and how that debt was repaid with the gift of freedom.

New Audio Books: “Be Careful What You Wish For” by Jeffrey Archer, “Cider Brook” by Carla Niggers, “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert, and “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel.

New CDs “The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack” season one, and “More From Pitch Perfect” by Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

New DVDs: “Pacific Rim,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and “Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale.”

New TV Season: “Breaking Bad” season 2.

TAX SERVICE: Only a few more days until April 15, to fill your taxes. You can still call for an appointment 270-522-6301. Happy Reading!

The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.
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