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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Library Week, everyone!

This week, April 8-14, marks National Library Week in this country. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

In honor of Library Week, we looked back to last year, when we invited our patrons to share with us what brings them in to the library. The answers ranged from the personal to the professional, and included the following comments:

“Have to get my mystery story fix!!”

“To study for nursing.”

“To Read My Book!”

“House M.D.!!!”

“Wife told me to get lost so I came here?”

There is a lot of talk about libraries and the roles they play today in education and in giving information access to people with lower incomes. These are all valid needs and interesting ideas in today’s digital world. We have noticed, however, that lots of people still come to the library for entertainment purposes. So today, I want to highlight some of the most common reasons that bring people in to Bradford Memorial Library.

  • To check out books –

Yep, this is still a popular thing to do at the library. We have a pretty nice selection of books of many genres and formats. Newest bestsellers, the next book in the series, and hopefully something that pertains to your field of study. If we don’t have it, we try to get it for you, in the form of an Inter-Library Loan request. This service has a very high success rate in tracking down the items that you want. There is also the option, if you still don’t want to come visit us for whatever reason, of using your digital reading device or phone to borrow digital copies of library books. Call us to hear more about it! (316-321-3363)

  • To check out DVDs-

Some people just borrow movies every week instead of paying for cable. While our selection may not be vast enough to satisfy everyone in this way, we do have a nice selection of movies that we have no trouble getting to circulate. So, really, don’t worry about helping us out in this department, it’s pretty well covered. Forget that I said we have DVDs.

  • To use the computers-

The computers are also well-used. Not only can you check your email and Facebook on our public computers, but some people also do their taxes, apply for jobs, and other types of work.

  • A place to be-

Sometimes you just need a safe, peaceful place to go. We certainly have some community members that use the building for comfort and shelter. And while they are here, they can read a book or use the computer. Thankfully, we have air conditioning and heating, and we can be a spot to temporarily land.

For more about local libraries, read these thoughtful articles recently published in the Butler County Times-Gazette, written by Belinda Larsen. And if you want to support us during Library Week, come in, make sure you have a library card, and check something out!

See you soon!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Have you checked out our graphic novel section? In case it has been a while since you’ve looked at graphic novels (or comics), you may be surprised with what is out there to see these days. Many people think of superhero comics when they hear about graphic novels, and these certainly are still popular. Who doesn’t love a good superhero story?

Here is one of the newest Wonder Woman books that we have here at Bradford.

Anyone need some more time in Wakanda? Check out our Black Panther graphic novels.

There is quite a selection of superheroes to read about. We have books about Superman, Batman, and Thor. Even the title character of the Netflix show, Iron Fist, is represented here at the library.

But there is much more to graphic novels than superheroes.

Check out these types of stories:

Hermes: Tales of the Trickster is the latest in the popular Olympians series, each of which concentrate on one Greek god or goddess. Other titles in the series include Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Aphrodite, and more.

Piper is a new take on the old legend, the Pied Piper. Lovely and haunting, this book puts faces and motives to these characters and really fleshes out this story.

And of course, there are many talented authors and illustrators with completely original stories as well.

Also, if you are feeling adventurous, we have a selection of Japanese manga stories (in English.) But don’t forget to read these books back to front, and right to left!

Bleach, Vol. 70: Friend by [Kubo, Tite]

One of the most popular manga series that we have here has been Bleach. Hot-tempered 15-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki has the unsettling ability to see spirits who are unable to rest in peace. His sixth sense leads him to Rukia, a Soul Reaper who destroys Hollows (soul-devouring monsters) and ensures the deceased find repose with the Soul Society. When she’s injured in battle, Rukia transfers her sword and much of her power to Ichigo, whose spiritual energy makes him a formidable substitute Soul Reaper. But the orange-haired teenager isn’t sure he wants the job: too many risks and moral dilemmas.

Graphic novels are not all fantasy, either. Horimiya is a recently popular series that is more of a high school love story. When a liberally pierced and tattooed (not to mention downright gorgeous) Miyamura appears unexpectedly on the doorstep of secretly plain-Jane homebody Hori, these two similarly dissimilar teenagers discover that there are multiple sides to every story…and person!

And for the kids, there are some wonderful graphic novels. If you have kids that are in elementary school, or recently have been, you have likely heard of Raina Telgemeier, with her very popular books, Smile, and Sisters, among others. There are many more options where those came from! (The graphic novel section, that is.)

Here are some new kids’ graphic novels:

Bolivar by Sean Rubin is a beautifully illustrated, hefty picture book/graphic novel about a dinosaur quietly living in New York City, unobserved by most of the population. This book is well worth your child’s time!

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson – For Raina Telgemeier fans! All the crushes, humiliations, boredom, and drama of middle school are compressed into one surprising day in this extraordinary novel.

Just remember, there are graphic novels out there for all ages and all types of stories and topics. We are always updating our graphic novel sections here at the library, so come in and see what there is to see. Happy reading!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

It’s March, so maybe spring will be here soon!

Our new book club, Historical Fiction, will meet this month, on March 20 at 6:00 pm. The first selection is Jeffrey Lent’s, In the Fall, which is a family saga over three generations, starting in the post-Civil War Era.  At the close of the Civil War, Norman Pelham, son of a Vermont farmer, is found wounded by Leah, an escaped slave harboring a devastating secret. The two become lovers as Leah nurses Norman back to health, and journey north together as man and wife. Their son forsakes the family for the anonymous world of bootlegging and nightclubs, but long-buried truths come to light when their grandson is driven to retrace his history and disentangle his complicated inheritance. Books are available to check out now at the front desk and you can call us at 321-3363 with any questions.

In the Fall by Jeffrey Lent – The immediacy of the past, the tensions of race, the crushing weight of guilt and the searing intensity of forbidden love drive Lent’s expansive, richly detailed and expertly plotted debut novel.

Historical fiction comes in all types of flavors – in general, it usually means books set around the middle of the 20th century or earlier, but many new books lately have been set in the 1980’s and 90’s. Books can be light or heavy in tone, blended with other genres, such as romance or mysteries, and from any place and time in history. Here are some new books at Bradford that would be considered historical fiction if you are interested in trying more from this genre. Click on the links to place holds on them.

Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas – (Romance) Dr. Garrett Gibson, the only female physician in England, is as daring and independent as any man—why not take her pleasures like one? Yet she has never been tempted to embark on an affair, until now. Ethan Ransom, a former detective for Scotland Yard, is as gallant as he is secretive, a rumored assassin whose true loyalties are a mystery. For one exhilarating night, they give in to their potent attraction before becoming strangers again.

In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson – (Inspirational Romance) Camrianne Coulter’s brother Caleb is a successful San Francisco attorney. But when three months go by without a word from the usually communicative Caleb, Camri boards a train to the booming West Coast city to find out for herself why he hasn’t written. When she arrives at his home, nobody seems to know where he is, or what has become of him. Camri’s search for her brother leads her deep into the political corruption of the city–and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb.

Munich by Robert Harris – (Spy Thriller/Mystery) “Harris has built a career upon painstakingly researched what-if stories centered on World War II, and with Munich, he weaves fiction into the fabric of history without even the tiniest hint of a seam. This is a fine addition to a fine writer’s oeuvre.” —Bruce Tierney, Bookpage

The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley – (Mystery) NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The world’s greatest adolescent British chemist/busybody/sleuth” (The Seattle Times), Flavia de Luce, returns in a twisty new mystery novel from award-winning author Alan Bradley. In the wake of an unthinkable family tragedy, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is struggling to fill her empty days. For a needed escape, Dogger, the loyal family servant, suggests a boating trip for Flavia and her two older sisters. As their punt drifts past the church where a notorious vicar had recently dispatched three of his female parishioners by spiking their communion wine with cyanide, Flavia, an expert chemist with a passion for poisons, is ecstatic.

Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliott – (Young Adult) Drawing from historical journals and letters, New York Times bestselling author Laura Elliot weaves a richly detailed tale about the extraordinary Peggy Schuyler and her revolutionary friendship with Alexander Hamilton. Perfect for fans of the smash Broadway musical sensation Hamilton!

The possibilities are endless. Happy reading!


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!