Recommendations for Kids: Sci-Fi

Excited about ComicCon? I am. Because I was introduced to cons through science fiction conventions such as WorldCon and DragonCon, just the thought of ComicCon got me excited about reading new science fiction from our library. It’s never too early to start enjoying science fiction.  For the youngest kids Zelda’s Big Adventure by Marie Alafaci, […]

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Happy birthday, Agatha Christie!

Agatha Christie, born September 15, 1890, was a best-selling writer, the best-selling novelist of all time, but she was also a surfer when young, a world traveler, a poison expert, and enthusiastic archaeology buff. Talent and imagination took her to the top, and her hospital pharmacy work in World Wars I and II gave her the poison […]

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The Amber Shadows

The Amber Shadows, by Lucy Ribchester, begins in the cold winter of 1942 at Bletchley Park, the site for British codebreakers during World War II. Honey Deschamps, who transcribes coded messages, meets a man while walking home in the dark who gives her a package with Russian postal marks. Inside is a small amber block, mysteriously […]

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Gone to Dust

Gone to Dust, a fast-paced and funny private eye novel by Matt Goldman, is set in wintry Minnesota. A woman is found murdered in her home, the entire crime scene obscured by thick layers of vacuum cleaner bag dust.  This detail, unsurprisingly, is an obstacle to the investigation.  When the police call in private investigator […]

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Friendship for Little Ones — 15 Children’s Books

Public librarians serve a diverse clientele with equal rigor and enthusiasm — kids, families, retirees, folks passing through town — the list goes on. Cultural, economic, religious, political, and personal differences are sure to exist — even with librarians. But when it comes to serving the public, a librarian’s professional commitment to understanding the views […]

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Books for tough times

There are times when even the stiffest of upper lips wobble, and the most ardent reader’s literary work ethic turns to mush. This poor unfortunate soul cannot conceive of picking up the grim psychological thriller, the worthy biography,the best-selling history,  or even the latest gore-soaked serial killer novel.  Dark days call for cheerful measures, and […]

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Ooo! Aaa! Solar Eclipse 2017!

Hey everyone, there’s this super rare natural phenomenon known as a ” total solar eclipse” happening this Monday, August 21! Citizens across the country will be whipping out their fancy eclipse glasses or homemade viewing devices, and hunkering down to enjoy this special natural event.  Here in Grand Junction the event will be viewed as […]

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Jane Austen at Home

When I don’t want to be a soulless creep, I turn to Jane Austen. Reading her as an uncouth youth elevated my witless literary habits and saved me from a slack-jawed, Judith- Krantz-and-her-ilk-filled future. She was my gateway to the classics, and her tart and funny novels have entertained me ever since. Her charming satire, […]

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Coffee Lovers Unite

Coffee: it’s the first thing I think of when I wake up.  The ritual begins as I groggily slump towards the kitchen with eyes half open, heading directly towards the stove top to begin boiling water.  I move on to pour beans out of the bag with a gentle urgency, always adding a little more […]

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