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  • ‘Book of Forgiving’ challenges common convictions

    Written by South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his Anglican priest daughter Mpho Tutu, this book is a common sense look at the need for forgiveness in relationships and, more importantly, how to achieve it.  Bishop Tutu was for .

  • Summer reading program will be full of fizz and boom Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    We’ll be popping and fizzing at the library this summer with our super science summer reading theme: Fizz, Boom, Read! Mad scientists will be on the loose, and we hope all the kids in town will join us. Today .

  • ‘Secret Six’ a historian’s delight

    Spies, spies, and more spies in the time of revolution. As in the American Civil War, one’s enemy looked like one’s friend or family member. Most spies did not wear uniforms so each group tread lightly in public. .

  • ‘Runaway’ shows love, courage

    “The Last Runaway” is a story of love and courage. Honor Bright is a young Quaker who moves from England to Faithwell, Ohio, in 1850. She is leaving to escape a bad romance and to accompany her sister, Grace, who is .

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice outlines Constitution reform

    This important book by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the highest court from 1975-2010, proposes six constitutional amendments based on his experience on the bench.  While some are well-known, oft-debated issues (campaign finance, death .

  • ‘Desire Map’ keen on goal-setting… if that’s your thing

    True or false: All we have to do is “believe” and all our dreams will be granted. Are we wasting time and energy by wishing on stars? Will setting goals give you everything you desire? In this world, not everyone .

  • Really! An exciting look at grass

    “Grass don’t get no respect, ” to paraphrase the famous comedian. When we go out to commune with nature, we look at the tall trees, the forbs, the large areas of cultivated fields and pastures planted to non-native forage grasses, .

  • Grill season is here… and so are some handy cook books Pecoraro

    Summertime is almost here. It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to the smell of the open fire, the sizzling of grilled meat, and the joys of outdoor cooking. The word barbecue derives from “barabicu,” a word .

  • ‘The Giver’ finale intrigues

    In 1993, Lois Lowry wrote “The Giver,” which won a Newberry Medal. Since then, she has written three other books in the series. In 2012, Lowry wrote the last installment, “The Son,” which overlaps the time period in which Jonas, the protagonist .

  • Author argues Carthage was Civil War firestarter

    When did the fighting of the Civil War really start? The Kansas border wars in the latter 1850s? John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry, Va., on Oct. 21, 1859? The attack on Fort Sumter, S.C., on April 12, 1861? The First .

  • Annual book fair showcased top picks for adult readers Marcia.allen1

    On May 8, area librarians took part in the North Central Kansas Libraries Systems Annual Book Fair. This was a grand opportunity for public librarians throughout the system to learn about and purchase some of the better books published during the .

  • ‘Shadows’ hides from simplicity

    This book is the latest offering by the mother-son writing team of Charles and Caroline Todd (writing as “Charles Todd”).  Their 22 previous books are mostly murder mysteries set in Britain in the post-WWI period.  A majority of them, .





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