Jean Hansen's blog

In the Woods by Tana French

Check out our catalog for: In the Woods

Rob Ryan, police detective for the Dublin murder squad finds himself on the case of a child murder that took place in a woods that has haunted him since his childhood. The author does a fine job developing the characters Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox along with a huge cast that create the right mix of real and mystical in this super psychological sleuthing. There are many slow twists that take you into the past-psychologically, archeologically and culturally as you sort  through the layers that keep you guessing up to the very end.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Check out our catalog for: Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is deep, dark and depressing. Characters die of consumption, go insane and become depraved by drink and longing. The setting and the storytelling draw you in to the lives of these tortured souls. Ten times better than the movie. I know now why Bella in Twilight says that this is her favorite book!

Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs by Molly Harper

Check our catalog for: Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

nice girls don't have fangs coverJane Jameson is a children's librarian who gets fired by her mean boss, then on the same day gets accidentally shot.  The handsome stranger (Gabriel Nightengale) who saves her is a vampire, so she's turned into a vampire, too.  As she learns about her new vampire lifestyle in the small southern town she lives in (who knew you could go shopping for blood? - late at night, at the all-night store, of course), and gets to know her new friends and enemies, you have got to laugh.  She's afraid to tell her parents she's a vampire, and someone in the vampire community is trying to frame her for murder, but Gabriel seems to like her... This light vampire romance/mystery was quite enjoyable. This is the first in a series. The second book is Read more

Tick Tock by Dean Koontz

Check out our catalog for: Tick Tock

Tick Tock by Dean Koontz is a fun, suspenceful, and engaging read. One night Tommy Phan, a Vietnamese novelist of James Bond type detective stories arrives home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. Phan soon finds that the "doll"  is mysteriously transforming into a demon that can't be stopped. The audio version of this book is well read and quite entertaining. Highly recommended for those looking for a light read with hilarious content.

Changes to our catalog coming June 7

Starting June 7th, our catalog will have a new look, new colors, and a few changes. The catalog name will change from iBistro to eLibrary. We think you'll find it's mostly pretty similar to the previous version of the catalog, but you may want to take note of the following changes:

Searching

  • You'll pick your type of search (author, title, subject, keyword) from a dropdown menu, and then click the "search" button.
  • The specialized searches, such as audiobook search, or movie search, which used to be on tabs across the top of the page, will now be found on the right side of the page in the "Find Material" box.
  • Once you do a search and get a hit list, click on either the title or the item's cover image to get to the full information for that item and see whether any copies are available and where they are located, and/or to place a hold.

Renewing your items

  • In "My Account", renewal of materials will be accomplished from the "Checkouts" tab.

As always, please let us know if you need help using the catalog, or just have comment.

Library Now Has Mango Online Language Learning Program

Mango LogoHave you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Refresh your knowledge before a trip abroad? Mango Language Learning Programs available through the library's online databases now provide the following 22 languages and 14 additional ESL programs:

Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portugese, Greek, Japanese, Russian, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish, Hebrew, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Hindi, Irish, Dari

The Mango Language Learning Program is available 24/7 and can be accessed through this link: Try Mango Languages Today!

Vegetable Gardening Books

You'll have a growing interest in these vegetable and herb gardening booksorganic vegetables

All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space! / Mel Bartholomew.
CALL NUMBER: 635 BART                   

Crops in pots : how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy care containers / Bob Purnell   
CALL NUMBER: 635.986 PURN                             Read more

A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny

Check our catalog for: A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace coverThis is the second book in the mystery series set in the small town of Three Pines, Quebec, and featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. (Smart, experienced, and patient - he's just what you want in a chief inspector).  A woman nobody likes is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake while watching a game of curling, and Gamache and his team have to figure out who the murderer is.  The characters of the townspeople are interesting and appealing and well developed - you really get to know them and their individual personalities.  Three Pines just seems so pleasant and cozy. The first book in the series is Still Life.  These are great books, especially if you like your cozy mysteries with a little French mixed in.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Check our catalog for: The Glass Castle

 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls takes the reader on an incredible journey through the lives of the Walls family told by the middle child Jeanette who by her own strength of character and persistance leaves an abusive family environment to thrive in New York as a successful journalist. Wall's memoir exposes startling neglect within a context of humor and irony as the family consisting of four children and two clueless parents falls deeper and deeper into debt, neglect and abject poverty. You will find yourself rooting for Jeannette throughout this well told story. I loved this book.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Check our catalog for: The Beekeeper's Apprentice

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King is a well drawn historical novel that makes the assumption that Sherlock Holmes is real and that he takes on an apprentice by the name of Mary Russell. The relationship between Holmes and Russell developes slowly throughout the book and by the end, the characters, including Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson provide enthralling escape for the reader into the world at the turn of the century. King is up to her 10th installment in this well written series. Fans of Conan Doyle will be pleased.