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Valentine’s Day Giveway

For many of us Valentine’s Day is one of the best days of the year. A time to express and receive love from those most important to us. For others, it’s a horrific day, a cynical, made-up holiday designed to make us buy flowers or feel sorry for ourselves.

This year, we’re letting you decide. Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think of Valentine’s Day. Two lucky commenters will be chosen at random to receive a bag of books. One bag is full of romance novels, the other, thrillers and horror novels.

To be eligible to win, comment on our Valentine’s Day Facebook post with “Horrific” or “Romantic” and tell us where you live. After February 19th, we’ll pick two names at random to win.

Practice Battle Recap

Practice Battle Scores: Giles-22; Pennoyer-21; St Eugene-20; Leigh-20; St Monica Blue-16; St Monica WHite-16; Union Ridge-15

Congratulations to the teams for an excellent practice round!

Giles took first place with Pennoyer in second. St. Eugene and Leigh ended up in a tie for third place.  Now, a word of caution: two of the teams in these upper ranks had warning eggs. If that warning had become a negative point, they would have lost their placement. Be aware of your teams' vocal volume and behavior. You do not want to lose your ranking for something that can be easily avoided.

Battle 1 will officially start next week. The scores from Practice Battle do not carry over, so this is a perfect opportunity to start fresh, as all teams will be even again. Remember, each book will covered in every battle, so make sure all books have been read and the experts are in the team square by 4:00pm.

If there are any questions on the rules of Battle of the Books or to declare a food allergy, please contact Kids World.

Good luck to all the school teams!

2017 Academy Awards

The official nominees for the 89th Academy Awards were announced earlier this week.

As usual we’re holding our annual Academy Awards Contest. Look for entry forms the next time you visit Eisenhower and check off your selections from each category. Entries with the most corrects guesses will be eligible to win a movie-themed prize bag. We’re accepting entries until Sunday, February 26th when the Oscar ceremony is broadcast.

Speaking of the broadcast, for the second year in a row, we’re hosting an After Hours Awards Party. We’ll watch the Oscar show live at Eisenhower with a trivia contest during the show, prizes, snacks, and more. It’s going to be a lot of fun. We’d love for you to join us. Register now.


Most of the nominees for Best Picture are not yet available for viewing at home. Still, some are already listed in the library catalog. If you place a hold now, you’ll be on the list to borrow a copy as soon as the movies are ready to loan.

Arrival
When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.
DVD | Blu-ray

Fences
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.
DVD

Hacksaw Ridge
WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Hell or High Water
A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Hidden Figures
Based on a true story. A team of African-American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program’s first successful space missions.
DVD

La La Land
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles in this original musical exploring the joy and pain of pursuing dreams.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Lion
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Manchester by the Sea
An uncle is forced to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy’s father dies.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Moonlight
Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
DVD | Blu-Ray

Practice Battle Today

clipat image of a sword through booksWe are so excited to officially open the Battle of the Books for the 2016-2017 Season!

Practice Battle will be held in the Library. Please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. We will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Please go to the 2nd floor.

We look forward to seeing everyone.

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White book cover: a red cover with a black silhouette of an apple"An apple for a pretty thing?"

Most readers are familiar with the story of Snow White, so there will be no real surprises in plot here. However, knowing what is coming just adds to the artful suspense in this graphic novel. Phelan frames his retelling of Snow White in New York City during the late 1920s/early 1930s. Here, Snow White is the daughter of the "King of Wall Street," and the evil stepmother a "Broadway Queen."

Fans of Phelan's Storm in the Barn will find this a tad more sinster in tone.  Deliciously dark, the art leaves much of the acts of violence to the imagination, depicting the omnious results, and is all the more powerful for it.  The fantastical fairy tale is enriched by its historical dressings. The magic mirror has become a stock printer, which is not only a great introduction with the technology of the time, but an ingenious metaphor. Tuberculosis, the stock market crash, the display windows all feature prominently in the plot line. The art stays true to the time period as well, depicting appriopriate room furnishings and clothing.

True to Phelan's style, there is not a lot of text bogging up the pages of this graphic novel, and many panels rely solely on the art to move the story along. A sly "quick" read that invites multiple re-readings to pore over subtlies in the evocative art. This graphic novel is recommended for grades 4 and up.

Find Snow White in the Library

Celeste, Kids World

Leaving Lucy Pear

Monday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

This month’s Adult Book Discussion book will be Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon.

In 1917 Beatrice sneaks out of her uncle's house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. Ten years later, Prohibition is in full swing, post-WWI America is in the grips of rampant xenophobia, and Bea returns to her uncle’s house, seeking refuge from her unhappiness. But she discovers far more.

Copies of the book will be available at the Library Services Desk approximately a month before our discussion.

The Woman in Cabin 10

Last year, nearly 1% of all the fiction published in the U.S. reportedly contained the word “girl” in the title. Of course, that’s because of the successes of books like Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train, Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, and Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.

One of last year’s hit books is hopefully a signal that titles are growing up.

In The Woman in Cabin 10, travel writer Lo Blacklock has finally gotten her big break. Her boss is on maternity leave and has handpicked Lo to take her place reporting on the maiden voyage of The Aurora Borealis, a luxury cruise ship marketed to ultra-wealthy vacationers. Everything would be great if only she could get past the anxiety she’s been experiencing since she was trapped in her apartment by a burglar. If only she didn’t need to treat that anxiety with copious amounts of alcohol. If only she wasn’t awoken in the middle of the night by the sounds of a possible murder in the room next to her’s. And if only there was some evidence that anyone had ever even occupied that room.

Lo may be a full-grown woman now, but she isn’t a very proactive one. Most of the plot happens around her and she’s just along for the ride. You’ll probably want to go along too, just to see if you figured out the mystery.

I bet you will have.

Place a hold on The Woman in Cabin 10 in your preferred format.

Book | Large Print | eBook | Audiobook CD | Audiobook Download

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett

How This Book Was Made: an illustrated tiger, hamburger, and storm cloud are in the center with pages and paper all aroundThe first draft of this book was not so good. Neither was the second draft. Or the third. Or the twelfth.

Want to learn how this book got made? Here we go! There are tigers, editors, pirates, illustrations, astronauts, machines, lots of waiting, and an eagle. You got all that? But even after all that, it’s still not a real book. Can you guess what’s still missing?

“How This Book Was Made” is a great read-aloud for parents to share where reality and fantasy collide, making this book just plain fun. Introducing the basics and expectations for aspiring writers and readers as to how books come about, this ‘instructional’ is far from boring!

Find How This Book Was Made in the Library

Naomi, Kids World

Good Omens

This week, Amazon Studios, The BBC, and Neil Gaiman announced an upcoming six part adaptation of Good Omens, the hilarious1990 book written by Gaiman with Terry Pratchet.

In Good Omens, end times have arrived. The Antichrist, Adam Young, has been born and his final judgement is soon to come. Fortunately, there was a mix-up in the hospital and he was sent to live a perfectly normal life with a family in small-town England. Two immortal beings, an angel and a demon, have become pretty comfortable with their lives on earth and aren't quite ready for the end. As Adam begins to realize his supernatural origins, they work together to stop him and the fast-approaching apocalypse.

In a statement announcing the new show, Gamain said, “Almost 30 years ago, Terry Pratchett and I wrote the funniest novel we could about the end of the world... Three decades later, it’s going to make it to the screen. I can’t think of anyone we’d rather make it with than BBC Studios, and I just wish Sir Terry were alive to see it.”

If you're a fan of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide, you'll love Good OmensIf you haven't read it, now is a great time dig into it. Place a hold on the book or the eBook. If you prefer audiobooks, get it on CD or stream it on your mobile device.

Echo Echo by Marilyn Singer

Echo Echo book cover: illustrations of a couple on a lake, the reverse of the image is seen as a reflections"Ancient Greece: An age of marvelous myths, gone, but not forgotten. Heroes that rise and fall."
"Heroes that rise and fall, gone, but not forgotten. An age of marvelous myths: Ancient Greece."

Enter the world of Ancient Greek mythology in Marilyn Singer's third installment of reverso poems. Each myth is presented as a different type of poem, sometimes freeform and sometimes rhyming, but always able to be flipped upside down and still make sense. Not only will readers learn the different myths of Ancient Greece in poem form, but many myths also have accompanying footnotes for further explanation.

This book is recommended for students in grades 2-6 who enjoy mythology or poetry and wordplay. Be sure to also check out the author's other fairy tale reverso offerings, Mirror Mirror and Follow Follow.

Find Echo Echo at the Library

Brittany, Kids World

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