Under the Stars: How America Fell in Love with Camping

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According to a recent TV interview, when Michelle Obama retires from being First Lady she and Oprah are going glamping. I suspect that glamping is a far cry from my own camping experiences.  Every vacation, every three-day weekend and many other weekends were spent in a tent. What was the appeal of having our camp site ravaged by a sick bear in Yellowstone, being attacked by hordes of deer fly in Glacier, or nursing blistered feet up the switchbacks of the southwest canyons? White sets out to explore the very American need to chase the wilderness, commune with nature, and escape the pressures of civilization in exchange for discomfort and even danger. He tries every experience for himself from stark (as in stark naked) survival camping to the RV community to glamping on a wild animal preserve. His vivid accounts are set against the history and literature of this national phenomenon. He was originally inspired by Thoreau’s Walden and his own adventures are interspersed with accounts of John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt and many lesser known characters.

Review by Janet T., Reference Librarian

Board Meeting Archives 2016

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?” (Goodreads synopsis).

“Elide Lochan’s breath scorched her throat with every gasping inhale as she limped up the steep forest hill.” (Empire of Storms, Pg 11, Sentence 1).

Krystal’s Review:

“Is it here yet? Is it here yet? Is it here yet?” Yes, I turn into a not-so-patient toddler when a book series that I ADORE has a new book out. Let me begin with an apology to our Tech Services Department for my EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. check-in to see if the audiobook to Empire of Storms was in/processed yet. I HAD to have it in audio because if you’re reading this then you’ve probably (maybe? hopefully?) read another of my reviews and know that I basically do ALL of my reading via audio to keep my long commute to work not so long. Anyways, back to the review. Have I started the review yet? I should start. To the review!

Empire of Storms is book #5 in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (aka as my most favorite series that is currently out). I should start this review with a WARNING: This book has waaaay more adult content than the previous books. Ahem, there are rather detailed scenes that most YA books don’t detail quite so…explicitly. *Awkward throat clearing* So, now, you’ve been warned.

Aelin Galathynius is the most kick-butt of all kick-butt heroines out there. The assassin queen is the “ask questions later” type that I adore. Plus, she’s snarky. I love snarky. But Aelin is not the only point-of-view that we get in this book, and all of the side characters are just as well developed. Rowan, Manon, Dorian, Elide, Lorcan, Aedion, and Lysandra all own a little piece of my heart. If any of them die, E.Lockhart isn’t the only author I’m going to make write me an apology. This is starting to feel like a George R. R. Martin tale where I’m fearful of how many characters are going to make it out alive and I’m picking which ones I think will die so I can start preparing my heart. The book is fast-paced with loads of action (see previous warning) and fight scenes. (SPOILER ALERT) Our major characters FINALLY come together and are all in the same place at the same time (if only momentarily). As much as I hate to admit it , I definitely need at least a little romance in my stories, (SPOILER ALERT) so my heart was very happy with all of the main characters pairing up and falling in love…until, you know, it got ripped out and shredded to pieces. WHY DOES THIS SERIES ALWAYS MAKE ME CRY? At the end, you get to see what all Aelin has lined up (even from previous books), and realize that Maas really is that awesome.

Let me know what you think of the book/series!


Teen Winter Reading is Coming

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The TWR, or Teen Winter Reading for all you not down with the library lingo, is almost upon us. January 6-February 18, 2017 is when you get to read (and attend programs) for a chance to win a brand new…CAR! Just kidding. Sorry, library budgets and all that. However, I hope you’ll be excited for the chance to win the ACTUAL grand prize of a brand new…Homido Virtual Reality Headset! Yeah, pretty spiffy, huh? This headset is compatible with both Android and iOS  smart phones and will transport you into a 3D experience from your smart phone. Excited? I know I am! So, back to how to win this most amazing of all prizes (that’s not a new car).

Everything will be at the Main Circulation Desk. If you don’t know where that is, walk around confused until someone asks you if you need help locating something. Then, fill out a Registration Card (just once) and turn it in at the Main Circulation Desk. Following that, grab a review slip (or more) and read a book (or attend a teen program between January 6 and February 18). Once you’ve finished reading the book in question (or attending the teen program), fill out a review slip on what you liked/disliked about that book (or teen program). Simple, really. Then cross into Mordor and drop the review slip in to the fires of Mount Doom…or, drop it off at the ballot box labeled “Teen Winter Reading” located at the Main Circulation Desk–whichever is simpler. Keep filling out and turning in review slips to increase you chance at winning the grand prize! The grand prize winner will be announced the following Monday, February 20, 2017.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

Your most awesome and humble Teen Librarian,


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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