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  • Books | October 26, 2014

    Pack your bags: ‘Ile Sordou’ transports reader to French island

    “Murder on the Ile Sordou” is the fourth in the series of “Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal mysteries,” the others being “Death at the Chateau Bremont,” “Murder in the Rue Dumas,” and “Death in the Vines.” After reading one of the previous books, I became hooked

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    Grab a cookbook: It’s never too late to celebrate World Pasta Day

    Pecoraro

    Nothing says Italy like pasta. Some historians believe that Marco Polo introduced noodles to Italy after his journeys to China. There is evidence, however, that the Romans used durum wheat to make a pasta-like noodle called “lagane.” By the 1300’s, dried pasta had gained popularity

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    ‘Wind Is Not A River’ excels with emotion

    Author Brian Payton has written of what is sometimes referred to as America’s “unknown war,” the 1942 Japanese occupation of Attu and Kiska. These two islands are in the Aleutian Archipelago which extends for over a thousand miles west of Alaska. They are freezing, windswept,

  • Books | October 26, 2014

    ‘King Peggy’ an inspirational figure, read

    It isn’t often that one encounters a lady king, particularly one who also works as a secretary in the United States. This is truly a modern day Cinderella story that is actually happening today. Peggielene Bartels was born in Ghana in 1953. Her family was

  • Books | October 18, 2014

    ‘Made You Look’ peeks into overflowing river of advertising

    The television drama has you hooked. You’re on pins and needles, anticipating the clencher, when an ad abruptly flashes across the screen. And now you’ll have to suffer as you sit through a string of unrelated commercials, waiting and cursing, until at last

  • Books | October 18, 2014

    On call: Books sure to spark kids’ interest in emergency services

    Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    During National Fire Prevention Week, our local firefighters visited schools to talk to students about fire safety and prevention, show them some equipment they use and make sure they would never be afraid of a firefighter in uniform. Notes were sent home reminding families to

  • Books | October 18, 2014

    ‘Expo 58’ tells humorous spy story

    Thomas Foley is a mid-level bureaucrat in Britain’s Central Office of Information. It’s a department where data, brochures and —this being 1958 —even short films on topics ranging from public health to child rearing are produced. Foley is also the protagonist in a whimsical

  • Books |Movies | October 17, 2014

    One ‘Very Bad Day’ good for a chuckle

    Christopher.conner1

    Adapted from the children’s book of the same title by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows two days in the life of the Cooper family. The first day is a typical day for the Coopers and the

  • Books | October 12, 2014

    ‘Close Call’ has grip on tension, plot

    Dame Stella Rimington knows the intelligence business. She joined Britain’s Security Service — MI5 — in 1968 and did a little of everything in the ensuing years. She was involved in counter-espionage, counter-terrorism and counter-subversion before becoming the first woman named MI5’s director general in 1992. Rimington

  • Books | October 12, 2014

    Top Ten teens’ choice books cover magic, love, loss and yes, superheroes

    Keri.mills

    The Teens’ Top Ten is a teens’ choice list sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Each year, teens nominate their favorite books from the previous year. Nominations are posted in April, and teens ages 12-18 can vote on their favorite titles. The


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