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Oct 09

Book Notes 10/9/2023

Posted to Book Notes on October 9, 2023 at 10:14 AM by Genesis Gaule

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Come support your library at the Friends of the Library Book Sale: October 13 &14 @ 8 am-5 pm! Please bring your own bags and boxes for your purchases.

Prostate Cancer

by Neil H. Baum, MD, David F. Mobley, MD & R. Garrett Key, MD

Call Number: 616.9946 BAUM

With three leading experts in urology, surgery, and psychiatry as its coauthors, this book provides the information and guidance you need to better understand the disease, communicate with health care providers, and support yourself and your loved one through treatment and survivorship.

The Secret Hours

by Mick Herron

Call Number: HERRON

Two years ago, a hostile Prime Minister launched the Monochrome inquiry, investigating "historical over-reaching" by the British Secret Service. Monochrome’s mission was to ferret out any hint of misconduct by any MI5 officer—and allowed Griselda Fleet and Malcolm Kyle, the two civil servants seconded to the project, unfettered access to any and all confidential information in the Service archives in order to do so. But MI5’s formidable First Desk did not become Britain’s top spy by accident, and she has successfully thwarted the inquiry at every turn. Now the administration that created Monochrome has been ousted, the investigation is a total bust—and Griselda and Malcolm are stuck watching as their career prospects are washed away by the pounding London rain.

The Russo-Ukrainian War

by Serhii Plokhy

Call Number: MH 947.7086 PLOKHY

Serhii Plokhy, a leading historian of Ukraine and the Cold War, offers a definitive account of this conflict, its origins, course, and the already apparent and possible future consequences.

Starter Villain

by John Scalzi

Call Number: Science Fiction SCALZI

Charlie's life is going nowhere fast. A divorced substitute teacher living with his cat in a house his siblings want to sell, all he wants is to open a pub downtown, if only the bank will approve his loan. Then his long-lost uncle Jake dies and leaves his supervillain business (complete with island volcano lair) to Charlie.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

Oct 03

Book Notes 10/3/2023

Posted to Book Notes on October 3, 2023 at 10:01 AM by Genesis Gaule

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Come join us Saturday, October 14 at noon for our Cookbook Club! Select a recipe from The Apple Kitchen by Madeleine and Florian Anker, and bring your dish to share with the group!


Timothy McVeigh and the rise of right-wing extremism
by Jeffrey Toobin

Call Number: 363.325 TOOBIN

Based on nearly a million previously unreleased tapes, photographs, and documents, including detailed communications between McVeigh and his lawyers, as well as interviews with such key figures as Bill Clinton, this book reveals how the story of Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing is not only a powerful retelling of one of the great outrages of our time, but a warning for our future.

The Spare Room

by Andrea Bartz

Call Number: Large Print BARTZ

When Sabrina and Nathan offer Kelly an escape hatch, volunteering the spare room of their remote Virginia mansion, she jumps at the chance to run away from her old life. There, Kelly secretly finds herself falling for both her enchanting hosts—until one night, a wild and unexpected threesome leads the couple to open their marriage for her. At first, Kelly loves being part of this risqué new world. But when she discovers that the last woman they invited into their marriage is missing, she starts to wonder if they could be dangerous... and if she might be next.


A memoir of war, conscience, and family secrets
by Burkhard Bilger

Call Number: MH 940.5537 BILGER

Unexpectedly, Bildger receives a packet of letters from Germany containing hints on his family's secret history. His grandfather, Karl Gönner, was a schoolteacher and Nazi party member from the Black Forest. In 1940, he was sent to a village in occupied France and tasked with turning its children into proper Germans. A fervent Nazi when the war began, he grew close to the villagers over the next four years, till he came to think of himself as their protector, shielding them from his own party's brutality. Yet he was arrested in 1946 and accused of war crimes. Was he guilty or innocent? A vicious collaborator or just an ordinary man, struggling to atone for his country's crimes? Bilger goes to Germany to find out.

I Feed Her to the Beast and the Beast Is Me

by Jamison Shea

Call Number: Young Adult SHEA

Laure Mesny is a perfectionist with an axe to grind. Despite being constantly overlooked in the elite and cutthroat world of the Parisian ballet, she will do anything to prove that a Black girl can take center stage. To level the playing field, Laure ventures deep into the depths of the Catacombs and strikes a deal with a pulsating river of blood.

If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!

Nov 04

There is a Book to Help by Vanesa Gomez

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 4, 2021 at 4:32 PM by Genesis Gaule

In a perfect world, children would never be exposed to difficulties and hardships. They would never have to grow up too soon or feel unsafe. They could simply be kids. Unfortunately, life doesn’t discriminate. When these struggles arise, it can be difficult to find a way to answer questions or work through their feelings in an age appropriate way. 

Books can be a great tool to help children (and adults!) find the words for their feelings and cope. Whether it is for more common obstacles like bullying and divorce or other sensitive issues like, poverty, domestic violence, immigrating to a new country, or death of a loved one, books can help provide advice and comfort. Picture books are also a great way to encourage empathy for others in children that may be living these situations. 

These books are best read together with plenty of time afterwards for questions. With books that deal with sensitive subjects, it is always good practice for a grownup to read the book beforehand, and determine if there is a struggle that you or your child is facing, there is a book to help.

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Death / Loss



  • The Color Collector by Nicholas Solis and Renia Metallinou
    Topic: Homesickness, friendship // Easy SOLIS
  • My name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed, and Catherine Stock
    Topic: Refugee, names // Easy WILLIAMS
  • Home is in Between by Mitali Perkins and Lavanya Naidu
    Topic: Traditions, culture // Easy PERKINS

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