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Mammoths in Alaska!

Posted by Cindy Mom, OWL IT Aide on January 27, 2014

Learn about Alaska’s mammoth hunters at a live video conference this Friday, January 31, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Inupiat poster

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5/22: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 22, 2012

Movies

V for vendetta
Waking the dead
Enemy mine
K-19 : The widowmaker
The sixth sense
Love at first bite
Transylvania 6-5000
Casino Royale
Unbreakable
Like water for chocolate
The adventures of Ma & Pa Kettle
Les miserables
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5/1: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 1, 2012

Movies

Doctor Who: series 5 & 6
Justified: season 2
Sky captain and the world of tomorrow
The golden child
Tommy boy
The Tuskegee airmen
Shanghai noon
Bulletproof monk
Grosse Pointe blank
The whole nine yards
The whole ten yards
Ghostbusters
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4/19: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on April 19, 2012

Movies

Anonymous
Burlesque
Justified – season 1
Game of thrones: season 1
The queen
Rumpole of the Bailey-series 1, 2 & 3
Reilly, Ace of Spies
Inspector Lewis: series 1
Jesse Stone : Innocents lost
Jesse Stone : Death in paradise
Murder most English
Inspector Alleyn mysteries: sets 1 & 2
Midsomer Murders: complete through series 18
The descendants

Books

Freewalker / Dennis Foon
One year has passed since Roan, Alandra and the children escaped from the Brothers. Now, in the haven they call Newlight, Alandra has begun traveling the Dreamfield with the children, exploring their potential. But when the children mysteriously fall into a life-threatening coma, Roan and Lumpy set off to find a cure. The remedy may lie in the hands of Roan’s lost sister, Stowe. But Stowe, now the icon of the City, has become obsessed with her growing powers — powers that threaten to overwhelm and transform her into a destructive, vindictive force. (Grade Level: 6 and up; The Longlight Legacy #2)
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3/9: New at the library this week (part 3)

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on March 9, 2012

And here’s the rest of our adult and teen titles we’ve added this week.

Books

Silver Sparrow / Tayari Jones
Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families—the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich yet flawed characters—the father, the two mothers, the grandmother, and the uncle—she also reveals the joy, as well as the destruction, they brought to one another’s lives.

Elizabeth And Hazel: Two Women Of Little Rock / David Margolick
The names Elizabeth Eckford and Hazel Bryan Massery may not be well known, but the image of them from September 1957 surely is: a black high school girl, dressed in white, walking stoically in front of Little Rock Central High School, and a white girl standing directly behind her, face twisted in hate, screaming racial epithets. This famous photograph captures the full anguish of desegregation—in Little Rock and throughout the South—and an epic moment in the civil rights movement.
In this gripping book, David Margolick tells the remarkable story of two separate lives unexpectedly braided together. He explores how the haunting picture of Elizabeth and Hazel came to be taken, its significance in the wider world, and why, for the next half-century, neither woman has ever escaped from its long shadow. He recounts Elizabeth’s struggle to overcome the trauma of her hate-filled school experience, and Hazel’s long efforts to atone for a fateful, horrible mistake. The book follows the painful journey of the two as they progress from apology to forgiveness to reconciliation and, amazingly, to friendship. This friendship foundered, then collapsed—perhaps inevitably—over the same fissures and misunderstandings that continue to permeate American race relations more than half a century after the unforgettable photograph at Little Rock. And yet, as Margolick explains, a bond between Elizabeth and Hazel, silent but complex, endures.

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2/18: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on February 18, 2012

Movies

Downton Abbey: Season 2

Books

The Snow Child / Eowyn Ivey
Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.
This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.

Muddypaws And The Birthday Party / Deborah Chancellor
Ben and his puppy Muddypaws do everything together. On Ben’s sixth birthday, Muddypaws gets in trouble and can’t understand why they put him outside!
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2/15: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on February 15, 2012

Books

Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity / Katherine Boo
Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption. With a little luck, her sensitive, beautiful daughter—Annawadi’s “most-everything girl”—will soon become its first female college graduate. And even the poorest Annawadians, like Kalu, a fifteen-year-old scrap-metal thief, believe themselves inching closer to the good lives and good times they call “the full enjoy.”
But then Abdul the garbage sorter is falsely accused in a shocking tragedy; terror and a global recession rock the city; and suppressed tensions over religion, caste, sex, power and economic envy turn brutal. As the tenderest individual hopes intersect with the greatest global truths, the true contours of a competitive age are revealed. And so, too, are the imaginations and courage of the people of Annawadi.
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9/30: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on September 30, 2011

Movies

Marian Anderson: A portrait in music
The Red Green Show : 1999 season
Red Green : Stuffed and mounted
Red Green: Hindsight is 20/20

Books

The Rogue : Searching for the Real Sarah Palin / Joe McGinniss
Based on McGinniss’s on-the-ground reporting that began in late 2008 (which yielded an April 2009 Conde Nast Portfolio cover story) and continued with his return to Alaska in 2010, this book is a startling and penetrating examination of the illusion and reality of Palin–and a probing look at the Alaska and the America that have produced her, and the country she feels she is destined to lead. The Rogue delves deeply into Alaska’s political and business affairs and Palin’s political, personal, and family life to chronicle how and to what extent Palin and her beliefs, attitudes, and outlook will influence and even change life in America and the perception of America abroad.

Cooking with the two fat ladies / Jennifer Paterson Clarissa Dickson Wright
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9/24: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on September 24, 2011

Movies

The mechanic

Books

Forbidden / Ted Dekker; Tosca Lee
Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Sea of poppies / Amitav Ghosh
At the heart of this vibrant saga is an immense ship, the Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its purpose to fight China’s vicious nineteenth-century Opium Wars. As for the crew, they are a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed tribeswoman, from a mulatto American freedman to a free-spirited French orphan. As their old family ties are washed away, they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais, or ship brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races, and generations. (read an excerpt)
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8/17: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on August 17, 2011

Movies

You’re in the navy now
Faith like potatoes
Fighting caravans
Mr. Robinson Crusoe
Wild hogs
The king’s speech
Dancing at Lughnasa
Chicken Little

Books

The Clinton wars / Sidney Blumenthal
When in 1997 Bill Clinton appointed Sidney Blumenthal as a senior advisor, the former writer was catapulted into the front lines of the Clinton wars. From his first day in the White House until long after his appearance as the only presidential aide ever to testify in an impeachment trial, Blumenthal acted in or witnessed nearly all the battles of the Clinton years. His major new book—part history, part memoir—is the first inside account we have of the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton.
The Clinton Wars begins in 1987, when Blumenthal first met Bill and Hillary Clinton. His chronicle of Clinton’s first presidential campaign and first term draws on his experiences as confidant to both the President and the First Lady, and is enriched with previously unpublished revelations about both. This remarkable personal interpretation goes far in explaining the polarizing nature of Clinton’s presence on the national scene. (read an excerpt)
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