28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Graphic Book, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Large Print, Unshelved # 8 by Bill Barnes (Illustrator), Gene Ambaum, 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/08/2014

large printOnce again join Dewey, Tamar, Mel and the rest of the staff at the Mallville Public Library for the humor that is part of the day to day life of your library staff at a public library.

28. April 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Graphic Book, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , , ,

Reader's Advisory Unshelved # 7 by Bill Barnes (Illustrator), Gene Ambaum , 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 04/10/2014

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This is the 7th collection of web comics by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum. All the adventure and humor takes place in a public library. Main character, Dewey, is a snarky teen librarian who also works the reference desk. Join him and his coworkers as they attempt to help the public with their library issues and sometimes more personal issues. You do not have to have read any of the earlier book collections for the stories to make sense. Some reviewers think this collection has the best art and writing in the series. Join Dewey and the library staff to discover a different side of a familiar place.

 

22. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, 308 pages, read by Tammy, on 08/18/2013

libromancer  I loved this book. It was so much fun. The author weaves classics, fantasy titles, science fiction, mythology and crime dramas into the story as well as some novels he created just for this work.

Isaac Vainio is a librarian in a small town library. He is happy with his daily duties helping his patrons and cataloging though the library director doesn’t know what to think of his pet spider be carries with him everywhere, Scorch. He is also a libriomancer, a member of a secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw out objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that have leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape with his life. Then he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users and Johannes Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of beautiful dryad, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. His search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic. He will have to make some difficult choices to save lives and possibly all of humanity.

08. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Janet · Tags:

Falling In by Frances O'Roark Dowell, 245 pages, read by Janet, on 08/07/2013

Falling In   Isabelle Bean was not really interested in schoolwork as this story begins, gets in trouble, and sent to the principal’s office.  However, she stopped to help a wounded boy to the nurses’s office first, which is where interesting things begin to happen.  She “dropped in” to another time period, where she was at first thought to be a witch by some children at a camp where she landed.  She escaped them and walked through the woods until she met an old lady who lived there.  This lady, Grete, taught Isabelle and the girl who followed her, Hen, many medicinal uses for the plants around them.

The girls went back to the children’s camp and found most of them very ill.  Using the knowledge of plants they had learned from Grete, they began to heal them.  Needing more help, Samantha headed back to Grete, but found her dying from a poisonous plant she had been fed accidently.

Some children from camp followed the girls and wanted to kill the “witch” but were talked out of it by Isabelle.  They learned Grete’s advice had saved the children’s lives.  All ended well and Elizabeth was going to try to bring her mother to meet Greta, her own mother.

31. October 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios by Eric Rasmussen, 212 pages, read by Tammy, on 10/30/2012

The author relates his life long search for the First Folios of Shakespeare. The first collection of Shakespeare’s plays published after his death. He shares the history of different copies of the Folio and in some cases can only share the search and known characteristics of still missing copies.

17. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

The Man who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett, 274 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/15/2012

A look at why people steal books: love of the book or author, profit or prestige of owning a collection. For unrepentant book thief John Gilkey steals to accumulate a collection to prove he is a “gentleman” because in his deluded mind it’s only fair – if he wants it the world should give it to him. The world including individuals, libraries and book sellers that he sees as keeping him from what is rightly his.

Almost as obsessive is Ken Sanders who is driven to catch him and has helped connect book dealers to alert each other about book thiefs and their methods. The author Allison Bartlett talks to both dealers including Sanders and interviews Gilkey trying to understand what makes some people stop at nothing to posses the titles they love even after jail time.

29. June 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, How To's, Informational Book, NonFiction · Tags:

From Cover to Cover: Evaluating and Reviewing Children's Book by Kathleen T. Horning, 240 pages, read by Angie, on 06/29/2012

From Cover to Cover is an excellent resource for anyone who talks about, reviews or purchases children’s books. It has clear and concise chapters on every type of children’s book: nonfiction, poetry, chapter books, picture books, etc. While the subtitle states this book is about evaluating and review, the majority of the book is on evaluating books. Reviewing doesn’t come in until the final chapter. Not that it is a bad thing. The information in the evaluating chapters is great. Horning goes into the history of the literature, the different parts, what you should look at and how to evaluate it. She even gives examples of excellent books in each genre. Great resource and very helpful.

23. March 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Tammy · Tags: , , , ,

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai , 324 pages, read by Tammy, on 03/22/2012

The BorrowerLucy Hull, a young children’s librarian in Hannibal, Missouri stumbles into a moral dilemma when she finds her favorite patron, ten-year-old Ian camped out in the library after hours with a knapsack of provisions and an escape plan from his homophobic parents.The precocious Ian is addicted to reading, but needs Lucy’s help to smuggle books past his overbearing mother.  Lucy allows herself to be hijacked by Ian. The odd pair embarks on a crazy road trip from Missouri to Vermont, with ferrets, an inconvenient boyfriend, and upsetting family history thrown in their path. Lucy is running away from as much or more than Ian.

There is a love of books and reading throughout this book which is quite enjoyable. How books can open new world’s to the reader and even rescue a person dealing with an overwhelming situation in their life is a wonderful message. Lucy’s relationships with Ian, her family and her friends will keep you interested but for a character who claims to be open-minded she is very preachy about her personal beliefs and why everyone else is wrong. I found the repetitive restatements of why Ian’s parents are in Lucy’s words  “completely wrong and prejudice” annoyingly ironic.

26. January 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Reading with the Stars: A Celebration of Books and Libraries by Leonard Kniffell, 158 pages, read by Tammy, on 01/20/2012

Reading with the StarsEach chapter tells how a writer, politician or celebrity has not only been influenced by libraries but what they have done to support literacy and libraries. Nice to find that such diverse people have some common ground and that it benefits kids, learning and libraries