Books

  • Picture books can engage and educate children Jennifer.adams.librarian1

    Steven Kellogg is a children’s book author and illustrator who has touched the lives of most of us in one way or another. You may recall reading aloud his fun picture books about the big white dog Pinkerton in .

  • Teens’ trip to the moon reveals some of NASA’s deepest secrets

    “172 Hours on the Moon” earned a spot on the list of 2013 Teen’s Top Ten books to read. It is easy to see why. It is a suspenseful space thriller — a crossover between young adult and general science fiction that .

  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ still meaningful to people today

    Written 170 years ago, Charles Dickens’ classic novella “A Christmas Carol” still resonates with people today, according to two literature experts at Kansas State University. The latest example of Dickens’ enduring popularity will also be a nod to one of his .

  • Historian recounts politicians’ complicated friendship

    This fascinating historical study by renowned Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examines the parallel rise of early 20th century U.S. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (1901-09) and William Howard Taft (1909-13) and the critical investigative journalism sometimes pejoratively called “muckraking.”  .

  • Mysterious relic spurs hunt in Minnesota

    Virgil Flowers is an engaging protagonist. He is 6-2, “unless he was wearing cowboy boots, which he usually was,” and is the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s sole agent in the southern part of the state. Virgil served in .

  • Science of Santa: Travel, age and all those cookies Pecoraro

    How does Santa Claus visit all the children of the world in a single night? Is there some special significance in Santa’s red suit? How do reindeer fly? Inquiring minds, young and old, have many questions about the magic .

  • How to restore the Constitution

    Everyone can probably agree that the United States faces some serious challenges. In The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, Mark Levin, a nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of Landmark Legal Foundation, traces the root of the problem to .

  • Library brightens the season with holiday reading Marcia.allen1

    It’s become an annual ritual to await new holiday titles from favorite authors.  This year’s offerings include more than the usual output and a wide variety of subject matter as well.  For your holiday reading you .

  • Unusual kitten heals family relationship

    A tiny marshmallow puff of a kitten shows up at the house where young Sara and her father might as well be strangers. Sara desperately wants to talk about her mother’s death, but her father remains aloof, choosing instead .

  • Being different can be a strength

    Temple Grandin’s latest book, “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum” examines autism in various ways. Perhaps one person in eighty-eight has the syndrome to some degree, which means that someone you know or are related to has it. .

  • Another ‘Custer’ killed in re-enactor tale

    This seventeenth and latest installment in Margaret Coel’s Wind River Mystery series will delight faithful readers of the series and win new adherents to this fascinating series of murder mysteries in the multicultural (white and American Indian) world of .

  • Former spy writes what she knows

    It’s hard to tell whether credit for “Blowback,” which is an entertaining spy novel, should go to Valerie Plame or Sarah Lovett. Plame was the career CIA agent, and the protagonist not only is a woman but also has .


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