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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New books for the Fourth of July – some of these might give you that patriotic American feeling, some might creep you out a little, others go a little deeper into what it means to be an American. Click on the title or the cover to place holds.

First, for the non-fiction:

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

I am looking forward to this one by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham –  The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels, which the library has in print and in audiobook form. Meacham brings to life turning points in American history and how they have led the country to look forward rather than back.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Barraccoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo is the newest by Zora Neale Hurston. This book tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.

Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire

Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Bret Baier, documents President Reagan’s dramatic battle to win the Cold War. “Highly readable, perceptive and deeply researched.” (Washington Times)

On the thrilling side, we have some fiction inspired by our government and military:

The President Is Missing: A Novel

The President is Missing, written by former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .

The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer – “…this page-turner not only entertains but also provides a fascinating glimpse into American history.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Different ways of thinking about being American:

There There: A novel

What does it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/American Indian/Native? There There by Tommy Orange allows a unique cast—ranging from teenagers to elders—to pull this question apart.

A Place for Us: A Novel

A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world.

And I can’t resist sharing a graphic novel and a few children’s picture books that are perfect for the season.

Captain America by Waid & Samnee: Home of the Brave (Captain America by Mark Waid (2017))

Captain America: Home of the Brave – Mark Waid & Chris Samnee

Pie Is for Sharing

Pie is for Sharing – Stephanie Parsley Ledyard

Bowwow Powwow

Bowwow Powwow – Brenda J Child and Jonathan Thunder

The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin

The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin – Audrey Vernick & Jennifer Bower

Have a happy Fourth!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….

Well, maybe that isn’t quite true for many of us. But we do get that urge to read during the summer. You may have to pretend that you are in a hammock, but hopefully you can sneak in a few minutes of reading here and there.

Here at the library, we have two ways that adults can participate in Summer Reading. First, you are entered to win every time you check out reading material. Second, we have a Reading Challenge Bingo for you if you would like to play. People who complete the bingo, will be entered to win the grand prize for the summer.

Need some inspiration on what hot new titles will help you escape this summer? Here are a few we have that might do the trick. (Click on the title to read more about it and/or place a hold):

Tangerine: A Novel

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Surprise Me: A Novel

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today

This Is Me by Chrissy Metz

Sunburn: A Novel

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Mars Room: A Novel

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

Warlight: A novel

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Happy Reading and have a lovely summer!




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!