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Thursday, February 15, 2018

We hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day/Singles Appreciation Day yesterday. Whether or not you have a “real” Valentine, you may need to get your mind off of reality during a long February. Around here we have plenty of fictional options for everyone, so here are some suggestions to help give your mind a well-deserved distraction! (Click on the links to place holds on these books.)

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott – I Know What You Did Last Summer meets the French countryside in this exhilarating psychological suspense debut about a woman trapped by the bonds of friendship.

The Celebration by Wanda Brunstetter – This is the third and final trip to the Troyer farm as part of the Amish Cooking Class series, and it is sad to see it come to an end. While this book could be read as a standalone, it is best to read them in order to gain a greater appreciation of the series, and there are some carryover characters.

The Pope of Palm Beach by Tim Dorsey – From Florida’s king of mayhem—“compulsively irreverent and shockingly funny” (Boston Globe) New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey—comes a diabolically madcap adventure featuring the indomitable Serge A. Storms.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert – “The Hazel Wood kept me up all night. I had every light burning and the covers pulled tight around me as I fell completely into the dark and beautiful world within its pages. Terrifying, magical, and surprisingly funny, it’s one of the very best books I’ve read in years.”
―Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik – A spellbinding debut novel about the trailblazing Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, who defied society’s expectations to find her voice and her destiny “Remember the flight, for the bird is mortal.”

New books to share with your child:

Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer – Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention—and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.

Rabbit & Possum by Dana Wulfekotte – Rabbit likes to leap before she looks. Possum is a little more cautious. Together, they are a dynamic duo ready to charm fans of Frog and Toad or Toot & Puddle!

Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks – “This is the funniest book I’ve read in years.” –Chris Grabenstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Mr. Lemoncello series. ABC’s Shark Tank meets The Terrible Two when a pair of sixth grade entrepreneurs compete to become top mogul on their block.

Happy February Reading!


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

We have lots of opportunities in February for the whole family to come to the library to learn. The film event Guilty Pleasures will be Feb 6 at 6 pm. Then we have Free Financial Classes in February: a Taxpayer Clinic on Feb 12, given by Kansas Legal Services, and Basic Investing on Feb 26, given by Chris Sexton from Spencer, Wernli, and Wilson. Both of those classes are on Mondays at 6:30 pm. We also have kids’ events that you won’t want to miss. On Feb 7 at 4:00 pm, Great Plains Nature Center will be here with another animal to show the kids in grades K-5. This time they are planning to bring a box turtle. On Feb 15 at 10:00 am, kids of all ages are invited to attend the preview screening of the new PBS show Pinkalicious and Peterrific, which is based on the popular book series.

One of our new book clubs will meet this month, on February 20 at 6:00 pm. Introducing the Kid Lit Book Group, for adults who enjoy reading and discussing children’s literature. Whether you like reading kids’ books for nostalgia, or you recognize that there are a lot of good books out there that are intended for all ages, this book club may be for you. The first selection, available to check out now, is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Children of the ’70’s and ’80’s likely read this Newbery winner when they were in school. For those of you who didn’t, it is a smart, funny mystery, that appeals to people of all ages. After our February meeting, will meet again in May to discuss the children’s fantasy classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. We hope you can join us!

As always, if you have questions or want to sign up for any of the classes or groups above, give us a call at 316-321-3363.

New Books to think about:

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn – It isn’t paranoia if it’s really happening . . . Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin – Instant New York Times Bestseller, Amazon Book-of-the-Month. This book is on all the “best of” lists right now. If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

City of Endless Night by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child – VERDICT: Fans of the Pendergast series will be delighted with this latest romp and its careful plotting and suspense should appeal to mystery fans generally as well.―Library Journal This, yet another masterpiece by Preston & Child, will be the perfect way to start out your New Year. Just as it was when D’Agosta and Pendergast first met up in the thrilling book, Relic, they are together once again solving a crime of mammoth proportions. Preston, Child, and their well-known characters are always sheer perfection!―Amy Lignor, Suspense Magazine One of the best in the series–tense and tightly wound, with death relentlessly circling, stalking, lurking behind every shadow.―Kirkus Reviews

Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the WorldIn celebration of the one-year anniversary of Women’s March, this gorgeously designed full-color book offers an unprecedented, front-row seat to one of the most galvanizing movements in American history, with exclusive interviews with Women’s March organizers, never-before-seen photographs, and essays by feminist activists.

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Here at Bradford we have some classes and events coming up for the community to attend. First up is a documentary film screening and discussion from POV, PBS’ acclaimed non-fiction film series. The film is Guilty Pleasures, and it was made by filmmaker Julie Moggan. Moggan follows three women from around the world that are fans of romance novels, and also an author and model who work in the industry. She presents these lives with humor and warmth. Whether you love romance, or are simply fascinated by human nature, this film will put a smile on your face. Please make plans for Tuesday, February 6, at 6:00 pm to join us for this learning experience.

Here is the link to the trailer. (Please note: the most risque part of the movie is here in the trailer. Guilty Pleasures is not as embarrassing as an actual romance novel!)


Some new books to the library that are all about love! (Click the links below to place holds on these books.)

The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle – When Lily and Abelard get sent to the vice principal’s office after a classroom incident, something sparks between them and leads to an unexpected romance. With wit, empathy, and insight, first-time author Creedle traces the smitten teens’ growing understanding of each other’s disabilities and mutual desire to make their relationship work.

Three Sides of a Heart: Stories About Love Triangles by Natalie C Parker – A collection of short stories. A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet. What do all these stories have in common? The love triangle.

Out of the Ashes (The Heart of Alaska #2) by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley WoodhouseCan the Majesty of Alaska Foster Hope and Healing for Those Who Need it Most?
After the death of their father, Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier are no longer tied to post-war France. While his sister dreams of adventure, Jean-Michel is hoping to finally escape reminders of the horrors he faced in the Great Syrian Revolt of 1925. When an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel arrives, it seems the perfect opportunity. This book is number two in the series, but also works as a standalone novel.

And since it is January, here are some new books that you may need to help get your life in order!

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H Pink – Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?

When to Jump by Mike Lewis“A lively and inspiring guidebook for anyone who wants to make the jump from normal to extraordinary.”―Tony Robbins.  An inspirational book that lays out the “Jump Curve”―four steps to wholeheartedly pursuing the career of your dreams―through experiences from a variety of people who have jumped and never looked back.

Happy Reading!


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

We have a new addition to announce and we are excited to show you!

Our new book drop! It is located at the back (west side) of the building, which is where the book drop always has been. Now we have a nice, new return box. Please note that there is a slot for books and a slot for audio/visual items (both clearly marked!) Hopefully this will make it super easy to get items returned to the library when you are in a hurry.

2018 Book Groups at Bradford!

We are happy to announce that we have several options if you would like to join a book group or participate in book discussions this year at the library.

Coming up in January… “Reading Diversely”

Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – Yejide and Akin have been married since they met and fell in love at university. Though many expected Akin to take several wives, he and Yejide have always agreed: polygamy is not for them. But four years into their marriage–after consulting fertility doctors and healers, trying strange teas and unlikely cures–Yejide is still not pregnant. She assumes she still has time–until her family arrives on her doorstep with a young woman they introduce as Akin’s second wife.

Stay With Me. Copies are available to check out now at the front desk. In April for the Reading Diversely group, we have selected Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, winner of the National Book Award for Fiction. Sing, Unburied, Sing tells the story of Jojo, a young black Mississippi boy raised by his grandparents, who is forced to become a man far before he should because his mother is a drug addict, his father is in jail, and his baby sister needs a guardian.

Also now available to check out is our first of four selections for the 2018 Bradford Challenge. This year we are working on reading Sherlock Holmes. Because there are so many Sherlock stories, you can choose to participate with just the four novels, or as many as all of the 56 short stories as well. The first novel, A Study in Scarlet, is available to check out now, and we are planning to have that first meeting on March 5. We will also be offering an Historical Fiction group and KidLit (reading children’s literature as an adult). We hope you will join us for one or more book groups this year!

Other NEW books for your winter reading:

Year One by Nora Roberts – The new Nora Roberts audiobook for those of you who like to listen to your books. –  It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed – and more than half of the world’s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river – or in the ones you know and love the most.

Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere by Kira Willey – Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child’s desk at school.

January is sure to bring lots of new books for everyone, so stay tuned for more new titles soon. Be sure and call the library at 321-3363 if you have any questions.

Happy Reading!


Monday, December 18, 2017

This week we are all getting ready for Christmas. The library will be open all week, but closed next Monday and Tuesday (Dec 25-26) for the holiday.

Be sure and mark your calendars for Friday, Dec 29, when we will be holding a retirement reception for our children’s librarian, Teresa Leonard! Many of us have fond memories of “Ms. Teresa” teaching our preschoolers in storytime over the years. Drop in sometime between 1 and 4 pm that day to wish her well! In lieu of gifts, donations to the El Dorado Safe House would be greatly appreciated. Suggestions for what they could use are: paper products, Ziploc bags, laundry soap, boxed food, coffee (no decaf), copy paper, women’s toiletries, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, and children’s pajamas. We hope to see you there!

Now to talk books – here are some NEW Christmas books on the shelves to help you get in the Christmas spirit:

Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak – It’s Christmas, and for the first time in years the entire Birch family will be under one roof. Even Emma and Andrew’s elder daughter—who is usually off saving the world—will be joining them at Weyfield Hall, their aging country estate. But Olivia, a doctor, is only coming home because she has to. Having just returned from treating an epidemic abroad, she’s been told she must stay in quarantine for a week…and so too should her family. “Perfect for fans of cozy Christmas films like Love Actually and The Family Stone. An emotional but ultimately uplifting holiday story.”—Kirkus Reviews

Mr. Dickens and His Carol by Samantha Silva – Charles Dickens is not feeling the Christmas spirit. His newest book is an utter flop, the critics have turned against him, relatives near and far hound him for money. While his wife plans a lavish holiday party for their ever-expanding family and circle of friends, Dickens has visions of the poor house. But when his publishers try to blackmail him into writing a Christmas book to save them all from financial ruin, he refuses. And a serious bout of writer’s block sets in.

Red & Lulu by Matt Tavares – Red and Lulu make their nest in a particularly beautiful evergreen tree. It shades them in the hot months and keeps them cozy in the cold months, and once a year the people who live nearby string lights on their tree and sing a special song: O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree. But one day, something unthinkable happens, and Red and Lulu are separated. – Read this book to a child ages 3-7 years old.


Other NEW books for your winter reading:

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden –  Number two in a trilogy. Katherine Arden’s enchanting first novel introduced readers to an irresistible heroine. Vasilisa has grown up at the edge of a Russian wilderness, where snowdrifts reach the eaves of her family’s wooden house and there is truth in the fairy tales told around the fire. Vasilisa’s gift for seeing what others do not won her the attention of Morozko—Frost, the winter demon from the stories—and together they saved her people from destruction. But Frost’s aid comes at a cost, and her people have condemned her as a witch. “[A] sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy . . . Fairy tales don’t get better than this.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The Wanted: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel by Robert Crais – It seemed like a simple case—before the bodies started piling up… When single-mother Devon Connor hires Elvis Cole, it’s because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she’s afraid he’s dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two others, he’s been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.


Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!