Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena, a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team. Let us know if you would like any titles added to your book list or head over to BARD to download the titles now.

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
Violet and Daisy are twins and both have psychic abilities. In their teen years, they are not well accepted by their peers. They rely on each other for companionship, but when they go off to college Daisy reinvents herself and becomes Kate and Violet drops out of school. Violet counts on her psychic skills to make a living and Kate marries and has a family. Violet floats through life and Kate feels the need to take care of her. Violet predicts an earthquake for the St. Louis area and is suddenly thrust into the lime light. Kate’s husband, Jeremy is attending a conference on the date of the predicted earthquake. Kate begs him to stay home. While Jeremy is gone Kate does something to jeopardize her marriage. This book is about relationships with parents, siblings, spouses and children. DB77180
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Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
I wanted to read this because, I thought mistakenly, like the author, that soon after the sinking of the Lusitania that the United States entered World War I. My grandfather served in World War I and I was interested in the events that would have happened before my grandparents married. Several things in this book made me angry. Winston Churchill perpetuating the myth that the U-boat fired two torpedoes. The fact that Room 40 knew where that U-boat was every day, days before the sinking of the Lusitania, and yet they provided no security. The blaming of the Captain of the Lusitania for its sinking was ludicrous. Following some of the passengers and learning what happened to them was interesting. If you enjoy history, particularly maritime history, you will enjoy this book. DB80936
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A Mothers Reckoning by Sue Klebold
This book is the raw, emotional journey of Sue Klebold. She took this journey after her son, Dylan along with Eric Harris shot and killed a teacher and 12 students and injuring 20 more at Columbine High School. Sue felt like a failure as a mother and searched her memory to find signs of what Dylan had done. Her family was ostracized for many years after the tragedy. In the end, she was so consumed by trying to understand what went wrong that she and her husband, who just wanted to move on with life, divorced. She finally concluded that Dylan had mental health issues and this was an easy way to die or commit suicide. A thought provoking book. Whether you agree with Sue’s conclusions or not this was painful to all who were touched by it. DB83764
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The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
The story takes place during World War II. Noa was cast out by her family when she became pregnant at a young age. Her baby was adopted. As she makes her way through the countryside she rescues a baby from a train car bound for a concentration camp. She raises the boy as her own. She joins a circus touring Europe and becomes an aerialist. The ringmaster is a kind man hiding several Jewish people in his employ. The circus in Germany at the time, was the only entertainment that kept the people’s mind off the despair of war. This is an interesting tale with a twist at the end. DB89826
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Summer Reading Program Report of the Week!

Cat carriying books with text Imagine Your StoryWe went deep sea diving straight into the ocean and found ourselves learning and swimming with the enormous Blue Whale! In fact, did you know that the Blue Whale is a mammal and can weigh as much as 441,000 pounds and can grow to be as big as a jet airplane! Wow, now that is amazing! We spent time on the beach while making our very own Sandcastle Sand Art with our library friend Ellie! Next, we got to meet Abigail who dazzled us with her sparkling crown and BEE QUEEN sash as she introduced us to her very own bee hive. We got BUZZING with the BEES! Did you know that bees cannot see the color red and can flap their wings 200 times per second, plus out of every 4 bites of food bees are responsible for 3 of those delicious bites?  We are so excited, in the month of September don’t miss out, we are going to make beeswax candles and lip balm with our friend Abigail. I can’t wait!!  Finally, as if this week isn’t fun enough, Friday we learned all about plants. Plants provide us with both oxygen and food, wow, who knew that! We got to make our very own CHIA pet friend.

We only have one week left of our Summer Reading Program Virtual Event, but I have great news for all of you, the fun will continue as we look ahead! Stay tune to “up and coming” detail in the very near future. COMING UP NEXT WEEK …

Summer Week and STEM Week Virtual Event

  • July 27- Will it Pop or Will It Not Experiment, Singing Glasses Experiment, Circle, Square or Triangle Who is the Strongest Experiment
  • July 29 – Singing Balloon Experiment, Stress Ball Frenzy
  • July 31 – Ice Cream in a Bag Activity!

IDB Read Kids with Bob White will continue through August every Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00pm.  We are continuing to read the Bunnicula series by James Howe!

To see the full summer schedule checkout the Summer Reading Program Blog Page.

You still have time to be a part of this summer sensation!  Register Today

Hope to see you soon!
Denise Bean, Youth Services Librarian
denise.bean@blind.state.ia.us
515.452.1338

Three Bookish Wishes

What if you could rub a lamp and a Book Genie appeared offering you three wishes….three bookish wishes?  Wishes that had to deal with books and reading.  Maybe you want to meet a certain author?  Wish that your favorite author would write a sequel to your favorite book?  See a character come to life?  Have the time to read all the books you want?

Here are three bookish wishes from Deena, Patron Services Librarian:

1.    Nancy Drew Mystery Stories were one of my favorite genres in my youth.  My favorite story was The Ghost of Blackwood Hall by Carolyn Keene (DB94369).  I wish I could be Nancy’s friend and help solve a mystery.

2.    I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder as a girl.  I would like to spend a few days with the Ingalls family to learn more about life on the prairie.

3.    I would like to spend one day at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, as portrayed in the book The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson (DB55748).  I would like to the see “new inventions” and see how it compares to the Iowa State Fair. Let’s hope that I don’t run into the serial killer!

What would you wish for if the Book Genie visited you?

Three Bookish Wishes

What if you could rub a lamp and a Book Genie appeared offering you three wishes….three bookish wishes?  Wishes that had to deal with books and reading.  Maybe you want to meet a certain author?  Wish that your favorite author would write a sequel to your favorite book?  See a character come to life?  Have the time to read all the books you want?

Here are three bookish wishes from Leslie, the Special Services Librarian:

  1. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors.  I wish I could love to travel to Maine where most of his books are set and visit his home and surroundings.
  2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of my favorite books.  I wish to be able to step into that world filled with magic, love, and spell-binding intrigue.
  3. My last wish is a little more basic.  I wish I could remember all the books I read as a child, teen and now an adult with greater clarity.  I tend to forget the details of the books I’ve read and it would be great to remember every last detail of every last book I have ever read!

I have many more bookish wishes.  But I will keep it to three for now!

What would you wish for if the Book Genie visited you?

Book Reviews from Deena

Check out these book reviews from Deena, a member of the Library’s Patron Service Team.  Let us know if you would like any titles added to your book list or head over to BARD to download the titles now.

Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!  by Fannie Flagg
Dena Nordstrom’s life is out of control.  She is drinking too much, cannot maintain a relationship and it is affecting her health. Dena is beautiful and has a high powered job as a TV personality.  She goes into therapy. As the therapist pushes, she learns Deana’s mother, Marian Chapman abandoned her at age 15.  As Dena digs deeper into her past, she finds out Marian Chapman did not exist.  Who was her mother?  Why did she leave Dena alone? What happened to her?  DB47006, LT5786
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Island of Lost Girls by Jennifer McMahon
Rhonda Farr was at a gas station when she sees someone in a rabbit suit get out of a car and go over to a car with a young girl, take her by the hand and lead her to his car and take off. Rhonda can’t believe what she has just seen.  Thinking back, Rhonda remembers a similar rabbit costume from long ago. Her best friend, Lizzie’s father dressed up as the Easter bunny. Lizzie’s father, Daniel disappeared almost three years after that and Lizzie disappeared several years later. The last time Rhonda heard from Lizzie was a number of years ago, when she was in high school. Lizzie sent a postcard claiming to be with Daniel. Rhonda feeling guilty, turns “detective” to find out who took the little girl from the car.  DB67786
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Losing It and Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time by Valerie Bertinelli
This is a gossipy book about the girl next door and her tumultuous marriage to a rock star.  Valerie Bertinelli, star of “One Day at a Time”, writes of her dysfunctional marriage to Eddie Van Halen.  The couple always seemed to be going in different directions with their careers, never taking time to be together and work on their marriage. Valerie suffered from body image problems from her teens into adulthood. She learned she always tried to solve her problems with food.  She later became a spokeswoman for Jennie Craig and learned to love herself as she was.  DB66058
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Reading With a Purpose

Heart shape filled with books on shelvesMany writers and readers would agree that reading or getting lost in a good story CAN be so powerful and essential to life. But why read? The reasons are endless…

IMAGINATION
By reading, you are exposed to so many wonderful things. This helps your imagination when it comes to creating and thinking. By reading, you are painting those pictures of the story in your mind. Books can take you anywhere you want to go!

FOCUS AND CONCENTRATION
When you are reading, you are focusing and concentrating on one thing. Almost as if you are mediating. Did you know that meditating for just 30 minutes a day helps create a healthier you!

IMPROVES MEMORY
When you read you are using your memory muscle which lies in the Cerebrum part of your brain. Using this muscle helps your memory long term.

READING MAKES YOU SMARTER
Readers display greater knowledge of how things work, vocabulary and language development, as well as information on people, places, and things.

Our library is brimming full of books just waiting to be read.

Thank you for allowing us to fulfill your craving for a good book!