Fifteen Years Ago…

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It’s hard to believe this year marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Most incoming high school freshman weren’t alive when the attacks occurred. Even though that tragic day may still be fresh in your memory, it is becoming “history.” This weekend I read Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes. It is about a fifth grader named Deja from New York. From her classroom window, the New York City skyline is visible with the Twin Towers now missing. Her class was given an assignment about the two towers. Initially Deja couldn’t understand how buildings they could no longer see had anything to do with her life. Deja’s eyes were open to the ripple effect something like this has for generations to come and what’s really important in life. There are two other chapter books focused on the subject of 9/11: I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis and Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin.

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Picture books are available for younger children who may have questions about this topic. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein is about a French aerialist who amazingly walked between the towers in 1974 during the construction of the towers. Fireboat: the Heroic Adventures of John J. Harvey by Maria Kalman handles the sensitive topic an an age-appropriate way. This book describes the growth of New York City starting with the Empire State Building and ending with heroes working to save this beautiful city on September 11, 2001. Showing the ripple effect internationally, 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy tells the story a tribe in Kenya who bestowed 14 cows on an American diplomat to show sorrow for the acts of September 11, 2001.

The topic of September 11’s attacks is a difficult subject for adults to grasp and even more difficult for children. Hopefully through these books you and your child may discover answers to questions that may arise about this subject. The 9/11 Memorial Museum’s website has some helpful resources: tips for talking to your children about 9/11, lesson plans to teach different grade levels about 9/11, and a museum guide for visitors with children. The muesum guide is full of pictures and topics of discussion geared toward children 8-11 years old. As we approach the 15th anniversary of this dark time, take some advice from a children’s chapter book and remember to focus on what is truly important in life: friends and family.



Events for Kids & Families

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Alphabet Storytime

Tuesdays at 10 am (Jan. 3 – Feb. 28)
Learn letter shapes and sounds. Hear stories, sing songs, make a craft, and experience a sensory activity related to the letter of the day.

Baby Storytime

Thursdays at 9:30 am (Jan. 5 – Feb. 23)
You and your baby (ages 0-2) will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes and more at this storytime.

Toddler Storytime

Thursdays at 10 am (Jan. 5 – Feb. 23)
Ages 2-3 can hear themed stories and fingerplays, get grooving to the music, take part in various large and small motor activities, and create a craft.

Pajama Storytime

Mondays at 6:30 pm (Jan. 2 – Feb. 27)
Grab your teddy bear and wear your pajamas for a fun evening of stories and songs designed for all ages.

Second Saturday STEAM

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2 – 3 pm- Conduct science experiments, build structures, and create art all using candy! Sign up here.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 2 – 3 pm- To celebrate National Children’s Dental Health month we will conduct science experiments about teeth and create art using tooth brushes. Sign up here.

Tale Waggers

Thursdays, Jan. 5 & 19; Feb. 2 & 16, 5 pm
Grades K-6 can come and read to Lucky the therapy dog.

Candy Sushi Making

Saturday, January 28, 2 – 3 pm- Not everyone likes sushi, but most people will like this sweeter variety of sushi,  Assorted candy will be used to make sushi creations.

Dance Party

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2 – 3 pm- Let’s get our hearts pumping, muscles moving, and give our lungs a workout while we dance to a variety of music.


Friday January 14, 4-6 pm
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Friday February 10, 4-6pm
Wreck It Ralph

Winter Read

January 6 – February 18
Pick up a log sheet and get prizes for reading 20 minutes a day. This program will conclude with a life size game of Candyland in the Children’s Department on Saturday February 18, 2 -3:30.


A Noble Treason

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Sophie Scholl was only 21 years old when she was beheaded by the Nazis in Germany on February 22, 1943. Her crime? Distributing anti-Nazi leaflets at the university in Munich where she was a student.

The leaflets were written and published by the White Rose, a small, underground group of students whose members included Sophie and her brother Hans. The White Rose stood for everything the Nazis did not—compassion, faith, hope, and freedom—and its members had the courage to stand up to Hitler and his ideas when others did not.

In A Noble Treason: The Story of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Revolt Against Hitler, author Richard Hanser provides a detailed and history-filled account of the White Rose and Nazi Germany, focusing on Sophie and Hans Scholl. I’ve never quite understood how Hitler could rise to power and how so many Germans seemingly could be swept up in his ideology. Through Sophie’s story, I’ve gained a better understanding of the German people and the evolving circumstances of the time and how it was possible for Hitler to wield so much power.

The Nazis, however, held no power over Sophie, Hans, and the other members of the White Rose who were willing to die—and did—for what they believed to be right. Their bravery was shown even to the end, when facing the guillotine, they accepted responsibility for their actions and declared their belief in freedom. Sophie and Hans’ story got me thinking: Would I be willing to do the same? I’d like to think so . . . but would I?

Review by Karen T., Technical Services


YALSA 2016 Top 10 Voting

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This is the week to vote for your favorite 2016 YA book for the YALSA Top 10 List. Check out the video and then head over to their website to vote on your favorite nominee!


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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

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“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places” (Goodreads synopsis).

“A busy and crowded station.” (Act One, Scene One, Sentence One)

Krystal’s Review

*Warning, unintentional spoilers may occur…

If you’ve read/watched the last book/movie, you’ll recognize the beginning of Act One, Scene One. This play begins at the ending of the last book/movie, where the Potters and Weasley-Grangers are at King’s Cross Station seeing their children off to Hogwarts.

As a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd, you’d expect I’d have purchased AND read this newest of Harry Potter books as soon as it was released. You’d be wrong. I dragged my heels because I was genuinely SCARED to read this book/play. Based on the synopsis, I was expecting a Star Wars plot, and I wasn’t sure I could handle that. The major theme of father/son relationships was there, but my major fears didn’t come to fruition.

You all, I am so HAPPY that I didn’t wait too long to read this! It truly was fantastic to be back with all of the characters again. This play (and it is in play format, although as soon as you get into the story you forget and it doesn’t matter), brought all of the feels. Snape tells a joke! Who knew that Snape had a sense of humor?!!! I feel like I need to re-read all of the books just to see if he’d had one all along and I just missed it. And Draco! Who knew I’d EVER be fond of Draco Malfoy? At a few points in the story, I was happier with Draco than I was with Harry…ten points to Slytherin!

Besides getting to revisit most of our favorite characters, the plot was actually really good. If you are aware of the butterfly effect and know how time-travel can mess things up in the future, you’ll be okay with the back-and-forth of the plot line as Harry’s middle son, Albus Severus, and his best friend, Scorpius Malfoy, jump back-and-forth from the past to the present. The plot weaves around events found primarily in The Goblet of Fire because it is there that the boys want to right a wrong of the past. Will they succeed? I guess you’ll have to read the play to find out!

Your favorite Teen Librarian,


CD Spotlight – August 2016

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The Eye of Heaven

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When I recently was looking for a new book to read, I wanted something that was fast-paced and exciting. I turned to one of my favorite action-adventure writers, Clive Cussler. I’ve enjoyed his Fargo Adventure books in the past, so I found the next one in the series that I hadn’t read – The Eye of Heaven.

As in the previous books in the series, Sam and Remi Fargo, the independently wealthy, adventurous husband and wife duo embark on a globetrotting expedition. In this book, they’re off to find the connection between a Viking ship frozen in the ice near Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle and pre-Columbian Mexican artifacts. As usual, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way and the inevitable villain who will do anything to reach the treasure before the Fargos.

Overall, this was a quick, entertaining read that met my expectations for a good, summer beach read. You can find it on the shelf at the library as well as our virtual shelf on Overdrive.

Review by Winnie Logan, Library Director


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TeenCon was a blast this year! Thank you to everyone who showed up–I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. Did you all get to see the article from the Courier Times? If not, you can view it is “Comic book convention draws crowds“. Our cosplay contest was fantastic this year; the cosplayers truly outdid themselves this year. We will be creating a TeenCon’17 FB event page here soon, so keep a look out for more TeenCon updates! Here are just a few of the photos from this year’s TeenCon.

When the Sun Bursts: the Enigma of Schizophrenia

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Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood illnesses and is far more prevalent than one would assume. It is a degenerative disease of the brain, characteristically striking young men in their late teens and women a little later. Although commonly heard about in connection with acts of violence, violence against others is not a characteristic of schizophrenia. As many as 50 percent of the sufferers do, however, attempt suicide.

It is estimated that 1.1% of the population has schizophrenia, which means there are about 500 people with schizophrenia in Henry County. It is one of the top ten causes of disability and occurs twice as often as Alzheimer’s disease. Since the use of marijuana and opioids are major contributors to the onset and severity of the illness, these numbers are not likely to decrease.

Bollas’ book is not about the statistics, symptoms, or treatment of schizophrenia. It centers on the stories of patients the author has treated as a therapist. His accounts show the irrational logic of those who have lost touch with reality. With understanding and humanity, he opens up the world of these patients and the reader begins to understand why their behavior, that is so strange to us, makes perfect sense to them. Their world is fearful. Their need to protect themselves from the most ordinary activities and events in life consumes them. But the simple act of listening can be transformative for both the patient and the therapist.

“[Bollas] reminds us that the wisdom inherent in human beings – to turn to conversation with others when in distress – is the foundation for any cure for human conflict.” (From book jacket)

Review by Janet T., Reference Librarian

The Princess Bride

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In director Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride, lovely farm girl Buttercup (Robin Wright) hears that her true love Wesley (Cary Elwes) has died at the hands of the Dread Pirate Roberts. Knowing she will never love again, Buttercup is soon betrothed to the villainous Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). But Wesley has survived and returns to rescue his beloved. The Princess Bride pays tribute and parodies the swashbuckling adventures of the 1930s and ‘40s – Captain Blood (1935), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Sea Hawk (1940), and The Three Musketeers (1948). While a modest hit when released theatrically in 1987, the film has gained a huge following, and why not? It is a tale of fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, and miracles.

 The New Castle-Henry County Public Library invites you to a free showing of The Princess Bride on Wednesday, August 3 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. There will be a raffle for a Princess Bride coffee mug after the movie. Tickets will be distributed at the auditorium entrance. Enjoy popcorn while you’re there.

New Music!

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TeenCon Author Highlight–John David Anderson

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