Back To School

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It’s almost time for kids to head back to school. For students, fall is a time of anticipation and excitement, as they gain a new teacher, new school supplies, new clothes, new classmates, new rules, and some even head to a new school. I thought I would tell you about a few good children’s books about school from our collection:

 

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Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea (picture book)

Dinosaur is starting preschool today. ROAR! There are new friends to meet, dress-up outfits to wear, glitter and googly eyes to paste, musical instruments to play, and snacks to eat. What’s not to like? But then, oh, no! It’s Dinosaur vs. Clean-up Time! Fortunately, when friends work together, EVERYONE WINS!

The Little School Bus by Margery Cuyler (picture book): Join Driver Bob the school bus driver and his little school bus as they wake early, pick up the children, and drop them off at school. Then it’s off to the garage to fix a tail light. All in a day’s work for this trusty team. The lyrical text, catchy rhyme, and bright pictures make this a perfect choice for preschoolers who are soon to be school bus riders!

Monster School: First Day Frights by David Keane (easy reader): Norm is perfectly normal. That is, until he finds himself at a new school full of monsters. Without fangs, horns, or a tail, suddenly Norm has become the odd one out. But as the day goes on, Norm’s unusual classmates find that Norm isn’t too unlike them after all, and Norm thinks he may actually fit right in.

Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel (illustrated chapter book): Kitty and Puppy are out of control! They’re screaming, fighting, hissing, and drooling all over the house, and all of the commotion is upsetting Baby. Time for school—obedience school, that is. Can Kitty learn to follow the rules and make friends with the other students or will she bring chaos to the classroom? Find out in Bad Kitty’s hilarious, new (mis)adventure!

image of a sandwichPlus, don’t miss our fun events! Here’s what’s going on at the library for the rest of August:

  • We have Storytime twice a week: Tuesdays at 11 am and Thursdays at 5:30 pm. Join us for stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at storytime.
  • Library and Lunch will be on Tuesday the 14th at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger.
  • Join us for movie night on Wednesday, August 15! Free popcorn will be served. Visit the library, our website, or our Facebook page to see what we’re watching.
  • Back-to-School Saturday is on the 18th at 1:30 pm. Play games, make crafts, and get some FREE school gear! Space is limited, so register on our website
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday the 28th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s dishes! This month, we’re making sandwiches.

So come to the library and check out a book or have fun at one of our events. We’re your free source for education and entertainment!

Discover Outer Space at Your Library

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The National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration (NASA) was established 60 years ago today by President Eisenhower. Looking forward to next summer, the Summer Reading Program will be space-related to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing! So, I thought I would share some good kids’ books about space from our collection.

My Journey to the Stars
by Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly wasn’t sure what he wanted to be when he grew up. He struggled in school and often got in trouble with his twin brother, Mark. Then one day Scott discovered a book about test pilots and astronauts that set him on a new path. His new focus led him to fly higher and higher, becoming first a pilot and then an astronaut, along with his brother—the first twin astronauts in history.

But his greatest accomplishment of all was commanding the International Space Station and spending nearly a year in space, which set the record for the longest spaceflight by an American.

This story of an ordinary boy who grew up to do extraordinary things is perfect for children, aspiring astronauts, and anyone who has ever tried to defy the odds.

To Burp Or Not To Burp: A Guide To Your Body In Space
by Dave Williams

Of all the questions astronauts are asked by kids, the most frequent one is, “How do you go to the toilet in space?” This book not only answers that question, but many others about the effect of zero gravity on the human body: How do you brush your hair in space? What happens when you sweat? What does food taste like?

The best thing is that the answers are provided by Dr. Dave Williams, a NASA astronaut who speaks from first-hand experience. Written for kids ages 7 to 10, this book uses age-appropriate language to explain the different phenomena that astronauts encounter during a mission. The bright, colorful pages, short blocks of text accompanied by photos and humorous illustrations make this a very attractive choice for young readers.

Space!
Senior Editor, Ben Morgan

Truly encyclopedic in scope and fully up-to-date covering the stars and planets, space exploration, and the night sky, Space! is packed with amazing facts and NASA images revealing the wonders of the cosmos — from black holes to the big bang to the planets. Using computer-generated 3D models to explore and open up the most amazing objects in the universe, showing each object in incredible detail, Space! is bursting with facts, infographics, and data boxes. Every topic is covered in depth and detail while remaining easy to understand at a glance.

Exploring Space: From Galileo to the Mars Rover and Beyond
by Martin Jenkins

Told in richly detailed cutaway illustrations by Stephen Biesty and friendly, engaging writing by Martin Jenkins, here is the enthralling story of how we made the great leap into space and what we’ve discovered there. Find out what life is like on the International Space Station, what the chances are that we will ever settle on Mars, where in the solar system we might find alien life, and why visiting other stars will almost certainly remain a dream. Budding astronomers, junior astronauts, and anyone who has ever gazed up at the stars in fascination will pore over this beautifully intricate yet accessible glimpse of the infinite wonders of space.

Final Summer Reading Events at the Library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

This week marks the end of this year’s Summer Reading adventure “Libraries Rock”. Don’t miss our final Summer Reading events:

  • Monday – Friday at 11:30 am to 12:30 Summer Lunches – Lunches are still being served from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Downstairs Activity Area at the Library. USD 480’s Summer Food Service Program is open to all children and teens, ages 1-18. No registration or identification required. For more information, contact Connie Vogts at 620-604-1204.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – This storytime is for newborns to 3 year olds. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book.
  • Wednesday at 4 pm Teen Crafts and Video Games – For ages 12 & up. Play our X-Box, Playstation 4, or Wii! Or, make a cool craft! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Wednesday at 5:30 pm Movie Musical Mayhem – Celebrate “Libraries Rock” Adult Summer Reading with us and watch some iconic movie musicals! Attending this event counts as a stop on your tour badge. Feel free to sing along and have fun!
  • Thursday at 11 am Storytime – This storytime is for 4 to 6 year olds. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – This evening storytime is similar to the daytime version but is for all ages.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Yu-Gi-Oh – For Ages 12 and up. Play the fun card game with friends! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Friday at Noon Adult Summer Reading Grand Prize Drawing – We will have our July grand prize drawing for Adult Summer Reading. This month’s grand prize is a guitar. Get your drawing slips in before Noon this Friday to be entered to win.
  • Friday at 2 pm Friday Fun Day – Kids of all ages, come to a different fun event at the library every Friday at 2 pm during Summer Reading and enjoy free popcorn and drinks! This week we are showing a fun kid’s movie full of mermaids and creatures of the sea!
  • Saturday at 1 pm End of Summer Reading Party – Enjoy Freddy’s Frozen Custard and toppings while celebrating the summer! Kids, remember to turn in your filled-in reading logs to get a prize!

Musically Themed Books

Our “Libraries Rock” Summer Reading program is about over, but there is still time to check out our musically themed book display.

Got No Friend Anyhow
by Peggy Ehrhart

From the book description
Maxximum Blues has a solid foothold in the Manhattan blues scene, but Maxx Maxwell (real name: Elizabeth) knows a CD will make the band irresistible to festival organizers. Prowling Rooster Records is her label of choice, but when the CD is nearly finished, producer Rick Schneider disappears.

When Maxx searches for the CD’s master in Rick’s studio, she finds his cherished memento, a framed album cover, knocked from the wall–and even more alarming, a pool of dried blood. The next day, she identifies Rick’s body at the county morgue.

The cops believe Rick was pirating CDs and was murdered in a mob territory battle. Maxx is determined to clear his name by finding his real killer.
In classic whodunit style, Got No Friend Anyhow takes the reader on a ride that keeps pages turning all the way to a dramatic and unexpected climax.

Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: A Life In Music
by Dave Stewart and Mick Jagger

From the book description
A no-holds-barred look into the remarkable life and career of the prolific musician, songwriter, and producer behind Eurythmics and dozens of pop hits.

Dave Stewart’s life has been a wild ride—one filled with music, constant reinvention, and the never-ending drive to create. Growing up in industrial northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the seventies, where he began collaborating and performing with various musicians, including a young waitress named Annie Lennox.

For the first time, Stewart shares the incredible, high-octane stories of his life in music—the drug-fueled adventures, the A-list collaborations and relationships, and the creative process that brought us blockbusters from Eurythmics like “ Here Comes the Rain Again” and “Would I Lie to You” as well as Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” No Doubt’s “Underneath It All,” Golden Globe winner “Old Habits Die Hard” with Mick Jagger, and many more.

More Featured Books

See more featured books using our new “Library Mobile” app. View the full list by selecting the “Books for Music Lovers” tile on the app.

With this app on your phone or other device, you can quickly see what’s new at the library (new books, new DVDs, etc.), put a hold on items you like, renew what you have checked out, and even pay library fines using PayPal. You can also create lists of books you’d like to read or other items you would like to check out. Look for “Auto-Graphics” or “Library Mobile” in your app store to get started.

Hot Days, Cool Events

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It is really hot this summer, so why not cool off and enjoy a fun event in the air-conditioned Library? Here’s what’s coming up at the Library in July:

  • Kids ages 18 & under can enjoy a free lunch every weekday (Monday – Friday) from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the library! No registration or identification required.
  • We have three storytimes a week! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft: Tuesdays at 11 am, Thursdays at 11 am, and Thursdays at 6 pm. Plus, every child gets a free book to take home!
  • This month’s Library & Lunch is on Tuesday, July 10 at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce.
  • Join us for “Musical Movie Mayhem” every Wednesday in July at 5:30 pm and on Saturdays, July 14 & 21 at 1:30 pm. Adults, attending this event counts as a stop on your tour badge. Feel free to sing along and have fun! Check our calendar at events.lmlibrary.org for information on which movies we’re watching.
  • Young adults (ages 12 – 19) are invited to play video games every Wednesday at 4 pm! Play our Playstation 4, Xbox One, or Wii. Plus, this Wednesday and July 25, make a fun craft!
  • Young adults can also join us on Thursdays at 6 pm to play Yu-Gi-Oh.
  • It’s really easy for Young Adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! Just check out a book or attend a Summer Reading Event, and you get a scratch ticket that could be a prize-winner! Prizes include free food at area restaurants, earbuds, fidget cubes, and more.
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday the 12th at 11 am. Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 & up.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in your slips for reading a book or completing a tour stop every week by Friday at noon for our prize drawing!
  • Every Friday is Fun Day at 2 pm! This week, play our Playstation 4, Xbox, or Wii. Next week, make a fun craft. And on July 27, watch a fun movie and enjoy free popcorn and lemonade!
  • Tuesday, July 17, at 2 pm, learn about Native American dances and traditions from Ken Dixon and Regina Smith.
  • Adults, come to our music trivia contest on Friday, July 20th at 6 pm just after the library closes. You can use one of the library’s laptops to play or bring your own smart phone, tablet or laptop. Play individually or as a team. Questions will cover classic artists like The Beatles and Elvis all the way up to artists of today as well as many kinds of music. Attending this event counts as a stop on your Adult Summer Reading tour badge. You could also win a fun prize!
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm! Enjoy frozen custard and toppings from Freddy’s and celebrate everything you’ve done over the summer.
  • Kids, don’t forget to turn in your Summer Reading Logs at the end of July! If you read at least 25 hours this summer, you get a prize!
  • Recipe Swap is on Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 pm. Bring a dish you’ve made along with the recipe and enjoy everyone’s dishes! This month, we’re making sides and salads.

Magic and Music at Your Library

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Dan Dan the magic man poster imageWhat’s happening this week at the Library

  • Monday – Friday at 11:30 am to 12:30 Summer Lunches – This summer lunches will be served from 11:30 to 12:30 in the Downstairs Activity Area at the Library. USD 480’s Summer Food Service Program is open to all children and teens, ages 1-18. No registration or identification required. For more information, contact Connie Vogts at 620-604-1204.
  • Tuesday at 11 am Storytime – This storytime is for newborns to 3 year olds. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book.
  • Tuesday at 6 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is “5 ingredient recipes”.
  • Wednesday at 4 pm Teen Crafts and Video Games – For ages 12 & up. Play our X-Box, Playstation 4, or Wii! Or, make a cool craft! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Thursday at 11 am Storytime – This storytime is for 4 to 6 year olds. Join us for stories, songs, and a craft! Plus, every child gets a free book.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – This evening storytime is similar to the daytime version but is for all ages.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Yu-Gi-Oh – For Ages 12 and up. Play the fun card game with friends! Free snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Friday at Noon Adult Summer Reading Grand Prize Drawing – We will have our June grand prize drawing for Adult Summer Reading. This month’s grand prize is a ukulele. Get your drawing slips in before Noon this Friday to be entered to win.
  • Friday at 2 pm Dan Dan the Magic Man – Dan’s magic show will guide you on a journey full of musical adventures! Silly songs, live animals, and tons of audience participation will have you Rockin’, Rollin’, and Reading!

 

New Library Mobile App

Check out the new free app for our library catalog! Now you can use your mobile device to view your library account, quickly see what’s new at the library (new books, new DVDs, etc.), put a hold on items you like, renew what you have checked out, and even pay library fines using PayPal. You can also create lists of items you would like to check out, books you would like to read.

Suppose you are at a store and see a book you’d like to read, but don’t want to buy it if the library already has a copy. You can use the Library Mobile catalog app to scan the book’s ISBN barcode (usually on the back of the book towards the bottom) and instantly see if the library owns it.

Look for Auto-Graphics Library Mobile in your app store to get started. Once you’ve installed the app, type in the zip code to find your library and login using your library card number and password. You have the option of setting the app to remember your library card number and password for you so you won’t have to enter it again.

Teen Area

We’ve added computers to the library’s teen area that are exclusively for the use of our teen patrons. The computers and the lovely new computer tables they sit on are a welcome addition to our vibrant teen area, which includes comfy furniture and a good selection of books and graphic novels that are sure to engage even reluctant readers.

 

Summer Fun at Your Library

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“Libraries Rock!” this summer, and we have a lot of fun events for all ages going on at the library! Here’s what’s coming up in June:

  • It’s not too late for kids ages 0-11 years old to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! If they read (or are read to) at least 25 hours over the course of the summer (until July 28), they get a prize! Sign up at the library or on our website, lmlibrary.org
  • Kids 18 & under can get a free sack lunch every Monday – Friday, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the library. No registration or identification is required.
  • Young Adults ages 12 & up, play Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm!
  • Young Adults (ages 12-19) get a scratch ticket every time they check out a book or come to a Summer Reading Event (limit 2 tickets per day). Scratch for a chance to win a cool prize, including free food, a fidget cube, a Bluetooth speaker, and more!
  • We have three weekly storytimes with stories, songs, and a craft. Children ages birth – 3 years are invited to storytime on Tuesday at 11 am. Ages 4 -6 are invited to storytime on Thursday at 11 am. All ages are invited to storytime on Thursdays at 6 pm. And remember, every child gets a free book at storytime!
  • Library & Lunch is on Tuesday at noon. Bring your lunch and join our discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Wednesday at 1:30 pm, Smoky Hills PBS presents a special Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7! Listen to a story, watch a video, and make a craft.
  • Young Adults ages 12 – 19, come play our Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 4 at YA Video Games. Every Wednesday at 4 pm.
  • We also have fun crafts for Young Adults every other Wednesday at 4 pm, including this Wednesday!
  • Thursday at 1 pm, make a Record Clock! Adults only.
  • Adults, don’t forget to turn in slips for books you’ve read and tour stops you’ve completed by Friday at noon to enter our weekly drawing!
  • Friday Fun Day is every Friday at 2 pm! This week, we’ll be watching a fun children’s animated movie. Free popcorn and lemonade will be served. Next week at Friday Fun Day, play our Xbox, Playstation 4, or Wii!
  • Get your hair styled in a cool ‘do at Rock Star Hair Styling, Monday the 18th at 1:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 6 pm, watch a fun Marvel movie! Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free popcorn.
  • Listen to Celtic Knot perform on Thursday, June 21 at 6 pm! Shawn and Allison Reynolds will perform traditional Celtic folk music from the British Isles and beyond.
  • Recipe Swap will be on June 26 at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) and enjoy everyone’s dishes! This month, we’re making dishes with 5 ingredients or fewer.
  • Dan Dan The Magic Man brings his magical, musical tour to the library on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Watch our website, lmlibrary.org or our Facebook page (search “Liberal Memorial Library”) for reminders and updates on all our events!

Libraries Rock

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The Summer Reading Program theme for this year is “Libraries Rock!” We will have a lot of music in our events this June & July! Here’s what’s coming up this summer:

Kids ages 0-11 can sign up for Summer Reading Program now at the library or on our website.

No sign-up necessary for young adults (ages 12-19) to participate in our Summer Reading Program! When a young adult checks out a book or comes to a Summer Reading Event, they get a scratch off ticket! (Limit two tickets per person per day.) Most scratch tickets are prize winners. The ones that are not winners are entered to win the grand prize! We have a variety of prizes, including fidget cubes, small speakers, and earbuds.

Adults, complete the stops on our Summer Reading World Tour for prizes! Watch our website for fun summer activities! Watch movies, make crafts, and listen to music.

  • This Saturday at 1:30 pm, Poppa D. Clown will present a musical program for our Summer Reading Kickoff! Free popcorn and drinks will be served.
  • USD 480 is serving free lunches for kids ages 1-18 at the library starting on Monday, June 4. Lunches will be served Monday – Friday, 11:30 am
  • Ages 12 & up can join us for weekly games of Yu-Gi-Oh on Mondays at 6 pm, starting next week!
  • Starting June 5, we will have three weekly storytimes, featuring stories, songs, and a craft! Storytime for ages birth – 3 years old is on Tuesdays at 11 am, ages 4 – 6 years on Thursdays at 11 am, and all ages on Thursdays at 6 pm. Every child gets a free book at every storytime!
  • Mad Science will be here on Tues., June 5 at 1:30 pm to show kids the science of sound.
  • We will have Video Game Day for ages 12 & up on Wednesdays at 4 pm! Plus, we will have a craft for ages 12 & up every other Wednesday at this time.
  • Starting June 8, every Friday is Funday at 2 pm! We’ll be watching movies, building with Legos, playing Video Games, making crafts, and enjoying free refreshments.
  • The next Library and Lunch is on Tuesday, June 12 at noon. Bring your lunch and join us for a discussion of the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
  • Smokey Hills PBS is coming to the library on Wed., June 14 at 1:30 pm with a Daniel Tiger storytime for ages 3-7!
  • Get your hair styled like a Rock Star on Mon., June 18th at 1:30 pm!
  • Dan Dan the Magic Man puts on a magical, musical show on Friday, June 29 at 2 pm!
  • Musician Aaron Fowler will be at the library on Thursday, July 12 at 11 am! Music, movement, and stories for ages 4 and up.
  • Learn about Native American dances and traditions on Tuesday, July 17 at 2 pm! Ken Dixon and Regina Smith will be at the library for this special event.
  • Our End of Summer Reading Party will be on Saturday, July 28 at 1 pm. Enjoy ice cream and celebrate all you’ve done over the summer!

Mother’s Day at the Library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Thursday at Noon Bunco – Come Join the Bunco Party! Seating is limited so sign up now. (Snacks will be served). Bunco is a popular game played with nine dice and a whole lot of luck. It requires twelve players.
  • Thursday at 4 pm Water Candle craft for adults – Make a water candle! Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk. Adults only.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there. I hope you were able to make it to our Mommy & Me teatime with your younger kids yesterday.

You deserve a break on your special day. If you’re looking for a good read, check out our “Chick Lit” book display. It includes old favorites and new. Here are a few examples:

Babyville
by Jane Green

From the book description
Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend.

Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.

And then there’s Samantha – happily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaver mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend’s incredibly sexy husband the answer?

By turns witty, rollicking, and tender, Babyville isn’t really a story about babies it’s about three friends whose lives are suddenly turned upside-down by that life-changing event that hangs over the head of every single girl: motherhood.

Surprise Me
by Sophie Kinsella

From the book description
After ten years together, Sylvie and Dan have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls, and they communicate so seamlessly they finish each other’s sentences. They have a happy marriage and believe they know everything there is to know about each other. Until it’s casually mentioned to them that they could be together for another sixty-eight years . . . and panic sets in.

They decide to bring surprises into their marriage to keep it fresh and fun. But in their pursuit of Project Surprise Me—from unexpected gifts to restaurant dates to sexy photo shoots—mishaps arise, with disastrous and comical results. Gradually, surprises turn to shocking truths. And when a scandal from the past is uncovered, they begin to wonder if they ever really knew each other at all.

With a colorful cast of eccentric characters, razor-sharp observations, and her signature wit and charm, Sophie Kinsella presents a humorous yet moving portrait of a marriage—its intricacies, comforts, and complications. Surprise Me reveals that hidden layers in a close relationship are often yet to be discovered.

Remember Me?
by Sophie Kinsella

From the book description
When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all.

Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

Earth Day at your library

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What’s happening this week at the Library

  • Tuesday at 11am Storytime – Stories, songs, crafts, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime. Story times are open to children of all ages.
  • Tuesday at 6:30 pm Recipe Swap – Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! Every month is a different theme! This month’s theme is comfort foods.
  • Thursday at 6 pm Storytime – If you can’t make it to the morning storytime on Tuesday, you can come to the evening Thursday one instead.
  • Friday at 1 pm Games and a Movie – Play board and card games at 1:00 p.m. followed by a fun new family friendly movie at 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday at 1:30 pm Dia de los ninos & Dia de los libros – Children and their parents, come to our Día de los niños / Día de los libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) celebration! Make crafts, play games, and eat free snacks! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.


Earth Day

On April 22 of every year, we celebrate our home, the planet Earth, and recognize the need protect our environment. Earth Day began in 1970, partly in response to a massive oil spill that took place in 1969. Since then Earth Day has spread across the globe. More than a billion people worldwide now celebrate it.

If you want to learn more about how to reduce your negative impact on the environment, here are a few books from our Earth Day display that could be enlightening and entertaining.

It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change
by Bridget Heos

From the book description
Temperatures are inching up. Glaciers are melting. Ocean levels are rising. The climate is changing – and it’s only going to get worse from here. Because the past affects the present and everything we do today will turn directly affect what happens to our planet and its inhabitants in the future.
We are changing our global environment – but it’s not too late to take action now to ensure a brighter future for us all.

Rubbish!: The Archaeology of Garbage
by William Rathje

From the book description
It is from the discards of former civilizations that archaeologists have reconstructed most of what we know about the past, and it is through their examination of today’s garbage that William Rathje and Cullen Murphy inform us of our present.

“Rubbish!” is their witty and erudite investigation into all aspects of the phenomenon of garbage. Rathje and Murphy show what the study of garbage tells us about a population’s demographics and buying habits.

No Impact Man: The Adventures of a Guilty Liberal Who Attempts to Save the Planet, and the Discoveries He Makes About Himself and Our Way of Life in the Process
by Colin Beavan

From the book description
Is it really possible to live eco-effectively?

With No Impact Man, Colin Beavan tries to find out. He swears off plastic, goes organic, becomes a bicycle nut, turns off his power, and generally tries to save the planet from environmental catastrophe while dragging his young daughter and his Prada-wearing wife alone for the ride.

He is No Impact Man, and this is his adventure.

Kids can be even more enthusiastic than their parents when it comes to caring for the planet. Here is a classic for young readers that is just as informative and fun now as when it was new.

The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore)

by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain

From the Book description
When careless citizens pose a threat to Bear Country’s environment, Brother and Sister Bear form the Earthsavers Club. Their spirited ecological efforts deliver a timely message about the urgent need to mend our polluting and wasteful ways.

It’s Earth Day!
by Mercer Mayer

From the Book description
Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy. Join Little Critter as he plants a tree, makes a climate control machine, and helps the polar bears.

Check out a Kill-A-Watt EZ power meter

Have you ever wondered how much electricity your TV, DVD player, sound system, or household appliances consume? Even when you are not activity using them? Just how much money could you save by unplugging your computer or TV when you’re done with them? You can find out by using a Kill-A-Watt EZ power meter, available for checkout from the library compliments of Southern Pioneer Electric Company.

Plug the Kill-A-Watt EZ into your electrical outlet and follow the included instructions to reset it for use. Plug whatever devices you want to test into Kill-A-Watt EZ to find out just how much they cost you in dollars and cents a month.

Spring Into Fun At Your Library

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The library has several fun events for all ages this month! Here’s what’s happening in April:

  • This week is the Friends of the Library booksale! Proceeds from the booksale go to help fund Baby’s Bookshelf, the Summer Reading Program, and more!
    • Monday from 6 pm – 8 pm, there will be a reception and sale that is limited to members of the Friends of the Library and LML Board Members.
    • Tuesday & Wednesday – Paperbacks will be $0.50 and all other items will be $1.
    • Thursday – $1 for every bag full of books.
    • Friday, all remaining items are free!
  • Budding Bookworms Storytimes are Tuesdays at 11 am & Thursdays at 6 pm. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home at every storytime.
  • Do you have questions about 3D printing?  Come to our beginner’s workshop on Monday the 16th at 6 pm to learn how to use the library’s 3D printer. Sign up online or at the front desk.
  • Come make crafts on Wednesday the 18th at 3:45 pm! Adults can make paper flowers, while kids make Mason jar aquariums! Seating is limited, so sign up at the front desk.
  • Adult Game Day is on the 19th at 2 pm. Play Mexican Train Dominoes, Spoons, or the card game “5 Crowns.” Adults only.
  • This month’s Recipe Swap will be on Tuesday the 24th at 6:30 pm. Bring something you’ve made (along with the recipe) to share and enjoy everyone else’s creations! This month, we’re making Comfort Food.
  • Do your kids need something to do on Friday, the 27th, when they are out of school? The library will be having movie day! Join us for board games at 1 pm, followed by a fun children’s movie at 2 pm! Free popcorn and drinks will be served during the movie.
  • Children and their parents are invited to celebrate Día de los Niños / Día de los Libros (Children’s Day / Book Day) on Saturday the 28th at 1:30 pm! We’ll have a craft, games, snacks, and more! Plus, every child gets a free book to take home.

 

Did you know that we have a parenting section in the children’s department? While your kids are playing with toys, you can look for books with helpful parenting tips and tricks. Here are a couple of parenting books that have been recently added to the collection:

Deep breaths: the new mom’s handbook to your baby’s first year
by Michelle Pearson

As a happy mother of three, [the author] has plenty of wisdom to share including:

what to expect during pregnancy;
what to expect during the first year of motherhood;
the importance of finding your mother tribe;
how to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs;
how to continue managing your career;
[and] how to continue your social life.

Staying connected to your teenager: how to keep them talking to you and how to hear what they’re really saying
by Michael Riera

Offers helpful strategies for promoting authentic, respectful conversations; moving from a “managing” to a “consulting” role in a teen’s life; understanding and working with normal adolescent development; and guiding kids on everything from social media to college applications.

Riera shows how to bring out the best in a teen—and, consequently, in an entire family.