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After a Thanksgiving filled with too much cleaning, too much cooking, and way too much eating, I was ready for a read that was light and fun. I hesitate to call a murder mystery fun, but in this case it’s appropriate, as I picked up the book “Teetotaled” by Maia Chance. It was just what I needed.

The story follows Chance’s book “Come Hell or Highball” and finds Lola Woodby in 1923 New York, where her dead, cheating husband has left her penniless. She and her former cook, Berta, end up as roommates and partners in a fledgling private detective agency. With a few cases (and a few highballs) under their belts, the two sassy ladies find themselves on the trail of a murderer at Willow Acres “health farm” on Long Island. All the while, Lola tries to adjust from high society life to wondering how she will pay her next month’s rent.

Lola is bold with a laid-back sense of humor. I liked her. She’s obsessed with dime-store detective novels, shoes, and chocolate. I liked that, too. But most of all, I liked the fact that I didn’t have the mystery figured out before the end of the book. That’s always a plus when reading a murder mystery. At least it is in my book.

That’s Entertainment!

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The greatest moments and brightest stars shine eternal in That’s Entertainment!, a celebratory tribute to the Golden Era of MGM musicals, from the introduction of sound in the late 1920s to the 1950s. Featured in this special extravaganza is an all-star cast that includes Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor, Jimmy Durante, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, and many others. Fans and novices alike won’t want to miss the song and dance numbers from nearly 100 classic films that ranks among the greatest compilations ever made.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library invites you to a free showing of That’s Entertainment!, January 18 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Enjoy popcorn while you’re there.

Reluctant Readers

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Children need to read in order to become successful individuals. Having a child that does not like to read can be frustrating for a caregiver, but there are ways to change a child’s mind about reading. One of the keys to creating a lifelong reader is to help the child find something he or she likes to read. Children are frequently asked to read specific books for school, but these books may or may not interest the child. If children are given the opportunity to find something that they enjoy reading, they will be more likely to continue reading. Click here to for tips on helping a reluctant reader http://bit.ly/2eWV4L5.

Last week I had the opportunity to hear James Patterson speak at a conference. Most people are aware that James Patterson writes many books for adults, but also writes a number of children’s books. He said the main reason why he writes so many books for children is so they can find a book that they like. He kept saying he writes the way he does so that once a child finishes one of his books, the child will ask for another. Mr. Patterson reminded us that by reading children become more diverse, they learn more about others, and they learn more about themselves. He also said that better readers become better people. Of course he would like a child to pick up one of his books and read it, but ultimately he just wants children learn to read for enjoyment…even if they don’t read one of his books. Here are just a few of his books and book series that are on the shelf at the library: House of Robots, I Funny, Jacky Ha Ha, Public School Superhero, Treasure Hunters, and Word of Mouse.

If you are struggling with a reluctant reader, our Children’s Library staff will be happy to help your child find a book that will open the door to the adventure of reading.

-Lynn T., Children’s Library Manager


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes” (Goodreads synopsis).

“So here’s the file that almost killed me, Director.” (Illuminae, Sentence 1).

Krystal’s Review:

I eyed this book for months, picked it up, put it back down, did a little “don’t want to” dance, and then finally read it because my book club made me–and I’m so glad it did. Despite my hating the format (the entire book is comprised of documents that the narrator has composed) AND this being a space story (sorry, just not a huge fan of ’em), I LOVED this book. This book made me snort with laughter, cringe in girlish disgust (ewww…did he REALLY just say that???), gasp in horror, and BAWL my eyes out (seriously, have a box of tissues ready).

Kady is a strong heroine who’s grasp of sarcasm  could be labeled an art form, and Ezra is the romantic “ex” boyfriend that every girl wishes she had. My favorite part of this entire book were the narrations about Kady and Ezra from the security footage. Find these parts and I swear you’ll laugh-out-loud.  Aidan, the AI, is philosophical (think I, Robot) about existence, love, and everything in-between; you will be guessing until the very end about whether he’s villain or hero.

The book is BIG, but most of the pages are in instant message format, so don’t let the size of the book scare you. This book is action packed from beginning to end–once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.

Read this book if you are a fan of: strong female leads,  AI stories (like I, Robot), space stories (like Ender’s Game), or horrific zombie stories like Resident Evil/The Walking Dead.

After you read it, find me to discuss!




Famous Works of Art – and How They Got that Way

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Fame for art, just as it is for people, can be a matter of celebrity status as much as for their quality. Nici considers twenty famous works of art and the history that gave them their fame. Many works have become well known because they were controversial such as Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup.  Critics asked if a picture of a can of soup could even be called art.  But it has become part of our culture.  The works of Van Gogh get much of their fame from the artists tortured history.

The Mona Lisa is considered equal to her reputation but she spent the first few hundred years in relative obscurity. It wasn’t until the painting was stolen in 1911 that it became famous.  During the two years of her absence people went to the Louvre just to see the empty place where she had once hung.  She was returned but then suffered several attacks of vandalism.  It seems that celebrity has a price even for paintings.  She now hangs behind protective glass in a salon designed to hold 1,500 visitors an hour.

John Nici teaches art history in high schools and at Queen’s College in New York. He has published articles and lectured on diverse subjects in art history with a specialty in Italian art.

Review by Janet T., Reference Librarian

The Most Dangerous Game/Son of Kong Double Feature

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Before making movie history with King Kong (1933), the creative team of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack amazed audiences with The Most Dangerous Game (1932), an exciting adaptation of the O. Henry Prize-winning story by Richard Connell. The film stars Leslie Banks as Count Zaroff, a big game hunter on a remote island who forces shipwrecked survivors Bob Rainsford (Joel McCrea) and Eve Trowbridge (Fay Wray) into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

This special double feature concludes with Son of Kong (1933), Cooper and Schoedsack’s sequel to their epic thriller King Kong. Robert Armstrong reprises his role as Carl Denham, fleeing New York aboard a ship to escape all his creditors after the destruction caused by Kong. After a mutiny, Carl finds himself on the mysterious Skull Island once again. There, he encounters a gentler relative of Kong, who may be his only chance for survival on an island on the brink of destruction.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library invites you to a free showing of The Most Dangerous Game (1932) and Son of Kong (1933), November 16 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Enjoy popcorn while you’re there.

Music Spotlight – October 2016

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Teens’ News

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Hey, all. If you haven’t seen it recently, the Courier Times has been taking some awesome pictures of some of the teen programs here recently. The latest is of our Henna Tattoo Program titled: “Temporary tats for Trojan teens.” You may even see one  soon on our poisoned apple program…so keep an eye out. You can also find a lot of photos from programs on the library’s Facebook page. Whaaaat?!!!! The library has a Facebook page? Yes…we do. Search for New Castle-Henry County Public Library and BAM…there we be.

In other news, the latest TAB meeting finalized our November and December programs…look for those in our upcoming newsletter. A lot of fun and exciting programs are coming up…we hope you will join us for some of them. Also, the TAB members are always looking for new recruits to come and help plan teen programs. The new TAB dates will be moved to Mondays…so look for that in the newsletter, as well.

I’m just going to leave you with a picture of one of our delicious, poisoned apples now. See you around! -Krystalsingle-poisoned-apple

Frankenstein/The Wolf Man Double Feature

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The Frankenstein Monster and The Wolf Man, along with the other golden age Universal Monsters, are among the cinema’s most memorable characters and helped define the horror genre in the United States. This special double feature event includes 2 fully restored classics Frankenstein (1931), starring Boris Karloff and The Wolf Man (1941), starring Lon Chaney, Jr. These landmark motion pictures sparked a legacy that continues to inspire numerous remakes/adaptations that reinforce the legend of Frankenstein and The Wolf Man, from Old Hollywood to the present.

The New Castle-Henry County Public Library invites you to a free showing of Frankenstein (1931) and The Wolf Man (1941), October 19 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Enjoy popcorn while you’re there.

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Dust and Shadow

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“I will be very much mistaken if the colour of this investigation, black as it were before, will not have darkened by this evening.”  ~Sherlock Holmes

 In her debut novel, Lyndsay Faye presents a thrilling tale of horror and suspense featuring the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Dr. Watson. The duo investigates a series of murders, seeming all connected to one terrifying serial killer, Jack the Ripper!  As time goes on and the killings continue unstopped by Holmes, the people of London begin to ponder the ultimate question: Could the great detective possibly be involved?

First of all, I applaud Lyndsey Faye for tackling not only the Jack the Ripper killings in her first book, but for her flawless integration of Sherlock Holmes lore. The idea of placing the famous Sherlock Holmes against the equally famous Jack the Ripper isn’t necessarily novel, however, her approach brings refreshing and exciting new life to this supposition.

At first I worried that the inclusions Jack the Ripper would entail a lot of gore and blood. Thankfully, the book focuses more on the reactions of Holmes and Watson rather than the gory details, leaving the gruesome imagination to the reader. This does not diminish the intrigue, horror, and heart-pumping suspense of the story in any way. We see Holmes slip further and deeper into desperate frustration under the weight of these terrible killings. We the readers are swept along until we are as anxious as Holmes is discover the true identity of Jack, in this electrifying, edge of your seat adventure.

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s no other book I would recommend more than Dust and Shadow by Lyndsay Faye. In having Sherlock Holmes tackle Jack the Ripper, Lyndsay Faye combines these disparate ideas in an ingenious way that makes this completely enthralling. Recommend for fans of Sherlock Holmes, suspense, or anyone interested in a classic idea with a new twist!

Review by Wimberly W.

Henna Permission Forms

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Here is the permission form for the henna tattoo program this Thursday. Please have it signed by a parent or legal guardian if you would like to have a henna tattoo done.


Music Spotlight – September 2016

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