• 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 .

  • ‘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’.

  • 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 .

  • ‘City Under the Skin’ grimly intrigues to the very last page

    Prolific veteran author Geoff Nicholson’s 17th novel, “The City Under the Skin,” is a rapidly paced speculative urban thriller set in a nondescript city landscape of failing industrial complexes, seedy commercial parking lots, and soon-to-be-abandoned municipal offices. Bordering these .

  • Library’s ‘Good Books Club’ ready to roll with discussions and more Janet.ulrey.librarian

    The “Good Books Club” is off and running. If you have a desire to join great book discussions with other book lovers, come talk about books with us! This fall we are launching a monthly Thursday night book discussion series. .

  • ‘Other Story’ shows layered self-portrait

    “The Other Story” is aptly named. First and foremost it’s the story of Nicholas Kolt, a 29-year-old best-selling author. He’s an arrogant celebrity who is hooked on himself and Twitter and is supposed to be writing his next .

  • ‘Redeployment’ shares collection of reality-inspired war tales

    The 12 stories in Phil Klay’s short story collection “Redeployment “ have two common themes. All have the specter of the United States’ recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as a backdrop (or, in many cases, a setting), and, like all .

  • Stumped by new gadgets? Consider the Assistive Technology Center Wandean.rivers

    Learning how to use new technology can be exciting, freeing, and totally frustrating all at the same time. If you find you need help, consider making an appointment for personal, one-on-one training in the Assistive Technology Center at the Manhattan .

  • ‘Twisted’ ushers in scary Halloween fun

    In the real world most everyone wants to feel safe. Spiritually, we can debate the consequences of our existence and ponder the afterlife. Fear makes us feel threatened or paranoid. Dialing “9-1-1” and uttering a prayer may soothe our .

  • ‘Apprentice’ holds attention till the end

    “The Accidental Apprentice” catches your attention from the first chapter and keeps it all the way to the satisfying conclusion. Sapna Sinha, the protagonist, is a pleasant, earnest young woman. She lives in Delhi and is a salesperson at an .

  • ‘Flat Water Tuesday’ buoyant with character-driven drama

    As much as most readers could hope to learn about the sport of competitive rowing informs “Flat Water Tuesday,” a darkly dramatic debut novel by Ron Irwin. While the basic storyline follows past scholarship boy, Rob Carrey, revisiting Fenton, his .

  • More than meets the eye: Don’t overlook library’s graphic novels Librarian.amber.keck

    The concept of telling stories through images has been around since the beginning of time. The idea has evolved in many ways, including the introduction of the comic book. From superhero stories to biographies, one can find a graphic novel .


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