While you are waiting for your copy of “Crown of Midnight”, check out the prequels that are available for your electronic device on the Ohio E Book Project: The Assassin and the Desert”, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord”, and “The Assassin and the Empire”.
The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story by Lily Koppel: As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. The book tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown: Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.
City of Women by David R. Gillham: Hiding her clandestine activities behind the persona of a model Nazi soldier’s wife at the height of World War II, Sigrid Schröder dreams of her former Jewish lover and risks everything to hide a mother and two young children who she believes might be her lover’s family.
Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls: Essays, etc. by David Sedaris: From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.
Lexicon by Max Barry: Recruited into an exclusive government school where students are taught the science of coercion to support a secretive organization, orphaned street hustler Emily Ruff becomes the school’s most talented prodigy before catastrophically falling in love.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman: When otherworldly beings are set loose on the world, threatening the life of a little boy, the extraordinary Hempstock women–Lettie, her mother and her grandmother–summon all of their courage and cleverness to keep him alive, but soon discover that his survival comes with a high–and deadly–price.
The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes: A time-traveling serial killer is impossible to trace– until one of his victims survives. In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back. Working with an ex-homicide reporter who is falling for her, Kirby has to unravel an impossible mystery.
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls: Abandoned by their artist mother at the age of twelve, Bean and her older sister Liz, are sent to live in the decaying antebellum mansion of their widowed uncle, where they learn the truth about their parents and take odd jobs to earn extra money before an increasingly withdrawn Liz has a life-shattering experience.
The Son by Philipp Meyer: Comanche Indian captive Eli McCullough must carve a place for himself in a world in which he does not fully belong — a journey of adventure, tragedy, hardship, grit, and luck that reverberates in the lives of his progeny.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani: Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school’s strict environment.
“The library has unlocked a passion in my child that is truly priceless and for that, I am so grateful,” said Union Township Branch Patron Tracey Herzner St. John. “My daughter honestly waits by the door for me to get home to see if it’s library day.”
St. John’s six-year-old daughter, Isabella, is an active participant in the library’s Summer Reading Program. She and her mom use the library’s online program to track all of Isabella’s reading activities throughout the summer.
“I’ve seen her confidence grow and she now will sit for hours and read to herself, rather than always asking me to read it for her,” St. John said. “She has always preferred math over reading until recently. It’s all thanks to our Clermont County Public Library!”
Isabella and other participants in the program earn prizes from the library as they reach certain goals. St. John said the prizes really add to the excitement for her daughter.
“When she found out she had a chance to win a messenger bag, she was all aboard the reading train,” she said. “I originally thought the chance for a Kindle Fire would be the motivator, but she’s really proud of her messenger bag. We now carry it everywhere we go filled with books. We look forward to all the many fun things she can get her hands on when we stop in to our local branch.”
St. John said she encourages families everywhere to get started and sign up today for the program. Her daughter has been spreading the word as well.
“She’s been telling other children about it when we go to the park so she’s already a walking advertisement,” she said. “If her excitement for reading can become contagious, we’re all for it!”
The free program is for ages 0-18 and is offered exclusively online. It ends July 20. Register here.
With all the book fads that have come and gone over the years, I am still kinda waiting for 2013′s big thing. It could hit at any time and come from complete obscurity. I mean, who predicted Fifty Shades of Grey? Or for that matter, The Hunger Games? We live in an age where the internet can turn something that would otherwise fade into oblivion into a mega can’t-miss, gotta-have, gotta-see, super over-the-top hit. (I like adjectives.)
The problem is, 2013 is half over, and so far, nothing. We in the reading community can’t stand for this. We need something so that we can say, “Oh you haven’t read that yet? Well, you should.” With that said, I have a quick confession to make…..I don’t read fad books. I don’t. They could be the most well-written, highly-received books of the century. I like telling people I haven’t read them and then getting told that I should. To which I reply, “I won’t.” For example, I didn’t read the Left Behind books, The Harry Potter series, Twilight, The Hunger Games or Fifty Shades of Grey, and I won’t. I have, however, read many other books, such as The Six-Gun Tarot, High Fidelity, Rum Punch, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, No Country for Old Men, and The Things They Carried, among many others.
So my new goal is to write 2014′s fad book. I already have the title: Fifty Shades of Hunger Left Behind at Twilight by Harry. It will be about zombies that eat sparkly vampires before the wizard can turn them into hobbits. I don’t want to give away too much; there are a lot of literary thieves out there. I’m looking at you, James Patterson.
The next fad series may well be The Raven Cycle series, as book two comes out soon, and I am actually reading book one, The Raven Boys, right now. It is still too early in the book to give my assessment, but I am a little hooked.
But who can say what the next big thing will be? I am pretty sure it’s going to be Fifty Shades of Hunger Left Behind at Twilight by Harry. It will be huge! We will see. Meanwhile, stop by the library and read one of those other books that nobody is talking about. They are usually just as good or better than the fad books. Recommend your favorite to a friend, then they will recommend it to a friend until it becomes the next big thing. That way, you can say, “I read that book before anyone knew anything about it.”
If you are a culture vulture like yours truly, you probably yen for the escape that only the art museum can provide. And if you are like me, you are probably also strapped for time. But courage! The library once again can come to your aid.
Take, for example, The ART Collection through OhioLink’s Digital Resource Commons. You can search for works of art at museums throughout the country. A simple search, and voila! You can view Rembrandt from the comfort of your own home. An added bonus: you can alter your view of an artwork by zooming in or out, panning or flipping. That means no worries about ruining it by getting too close and accidentally touching the canvas. You may, however, smudge your screen if you are staring way too close and intently. The ART Collection is a database, so please have your card ready for home enjoyment–it’ll ask you for your card number.
If you like things the old-fangled way and don’t trust them infernal computation machines, you can stride into the library and check out a book. Here are a few suggestions:
Smithsonian Q & A: American Art and Artists- presents a concise history of art in America, all in an easy-to-read format with plenty of illustrations.
30,000 Years of Art- A behemoth of a tome (and that’s an understatement) that features art from around the world from neolithic sculpture and painting to postmodernism. Difficult to lug, but well worth the exercise for mind and body.
Michel Nuridsany’s 100 Masterpieces of Painting- This lush book features works from prehistory to the contemporary. While I don’t always agree with the author’s picks, the large illustrations make excellent eye candy.
501 Great Artists- A chronological listing of important Western (and some Eastern) artists since the Middle Ages. A great resource for those who are just delving into art history or just want to expand their general knowledge.
Civilisation: A Personal View by Lord Clarke- This documentary series from the 1960s is still considered groundbreaking. Featured is a young Patrick Stewart acting in a scene from Hamlet.
Until next time, that’s all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.
It’s summer time, the grandkids are out of school and have lots of free time! First thing, I do every summer, is to make sure that each of them has signed up for the library’s summer reading program. Then when they visit I make sure that I am prepared with a lot of good books.
Having six grandchildren between the ages of 10 years and 6 months of age, creates lots of reading opportunities at my house. I have a large bookshelf loaded with books for them, but I also bring home a few library books each week.
Recently, I bought my youngest granddaughter, Charlotte, a cute board book “Where is Baby’s Bellybutton” by Karen Katz. I also, checked out “Peek a Boo! (Baby Faces Board Book) by Robert Grobel Intrater, at the library.
Providing books, a baby can enjoy, even though they aren’t ready to read yet, is a very important part of early literacy. The best thing you can do to foster early literacy is to provide an environment that is fun, verbal, and stimulating! You don’t have to worry about “teaching your grandchild to read” simply focus on creating lots of opportunities to talk, play, sing, read and write!
For my beginner readers, the 4-7 year olds, are reading books by Robert Munsch, this age group really enjoys the humor in these stories. This week, we are reading Stephanie’s ponytail and Smelly Socks. On the bookshelf, I also have a very large collection of books, written by Mercer Mayer, which are wonderful beginning reader books.
For the, bored ten year old we are reading, The Lord of the Rings. I also checked out a couple of books that I think he will enjoy by Roald Dahl.
During the summer we swim, watch movies, play video games, but nothing is more enjoyable than snuggling up with them, on the couch and reading a fun book together.
So my recommendation, to grandparents everywhere, would be to take the time this summer to read a good book, with that adorable grandchild of yours. You will both have a wonderful time and make memories that will last a lifetime.
Join us at the New Richmond Branch on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 p.m. as Historic New Richmond presents information about Civil War sites in Clermont County. There will also be a question and answer session. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by visiting the branch, calling 553-0570, or registering online. For attendees ages 10-adult, children are welcome to attend this lecture, with their adult caregiver. Books about Ohio during the Civil War.
It’s been 150 years since the Civil War and July 2 marks the second day of the infamous Battle of Gettysburg. Join us at the Amelia Branch on Tuesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. as we mark this significant turning point in the war. Members of the Clermont County Civil War Commemoration Committee speak about the Gettysburg Campaign and local connections to the battle. Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by visiting the branch, calling 752-5580, or registering online. This program is for ages 13+. Books about the Battle of Gettysburg.
Join us at the Owensvile Branch on Saturday, June 8 at 10:00 p.m. for a hands-on scrapbooking workshop. Scrapbooking beginners learn how to create a two-page layout of your vacation photos. We’ll learn about templates, cropping, journaling and even how to add your trip mementos to your pages. Bring 8-12 of your photos and we’ll supply the rest! Space is limited, so please reserve your spot by visiting the branch, calling 732-6084, or registering online. Books about scrapbooking.
If you love scrapbooking, join us for the Union Township Scrapbook Club on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. Attendees ages 13-adult are invited as Brenda Rettig of Scraps, Etc. will present a two-page layout for attendees to create, as well as teach techniques and tips for beginning and dedicated scrapbookers. No need to bring anything; all scrapbook materials are provided. For more information or to register, call the library at 528-1744 or register online.
If you’re like me, then sometimes you can’t wait for more than an hour for a sweet treat. (Sometimes even a minute seems too long!) Although chocolate is my first love, fruit cobbler is at least in the top ten.
Through a lot of trial and error, I’ve come up with an easy-to-remember, easy-to-do recipe for Peach Cobbler that usually takes less than an hour from start to finish. Why do I call it “Omnomable Peach Cobbler”? Well, because by the time I’ve got a bowl full of cobbler, all I can say is “omnomnom”!
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- 32 oz canned peaches
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 cup cake flour
- 1 1/8 cup sugar (separate 1/8 cup from the rest)
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Melt butter, either in microwave or in oven, in 2-quart baking or casserole dish. It should cover the bottom evenly.
- Bring canned peaches, juice included, to a near boil.
- While waiting on the peaches, mix the sugar (excluding 1/8 cup of sugar), cake flour, milk, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, nutmeg & cinnamon (and any other spices you want to add) together in a large bowl.
- Whisk for about 3-5 minutes, or use an electric mixer on low, until relatively smooth.
- Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
- Spoon the peaches (leave most of the juice in the pot) into the casserole dish. The batter and butter will mix with the peaches. This is supposed to happen.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1/8 cup of sugar over the top of the buttery, battery, peachy mess.
- Cook in the oven for about 25 minutes, or until it tests done. Oven times may vary.
- Let cool for about 15 minutes, or for as long as you can stand it before you dig in.
- Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee and scoop of vanilla ice cream or a glass of milk.
Just signing up for Clermont County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program will earn the first 3,000 participants a coupon for a free coney from Gold Star Chili. It’s one of many exciting prizes offered for children and teenagers who take part in the program.
“We want children and teenagers to continue reading and learning even after they hear the final school bell of the summer,” said Adam Baker, Communications Manager for Clermont County Public Library. “Our program is a great way to keep those young minds sharp and let them have a lot of fun too.”
The library’s Summer Reading Program begins June 8 and ends July 20. During the six-week program period, participants are asked to track their reading and reading-related activities online. There are age-appropriate activities included in the program and library staff members are available for assistance. The online program also alerts readers when it’s time to visit the library and collect a prize.
This year’s Summer Reading Program includes “Grow a Little Reader” for ages 0-4, “Dig into Reading” for ages 5-8 and 9-11 and “Beneath the Surface” for ages 11-18.
Ages 0-11 earn a prize for every six activities they complete up to three prizes. After that, they’re eligible for a grand prize. Ages 11-18 earn a chance to win one of 10 iPod Touch prizes for every activity they complete. Special prizes are also being added this year, which include discounts to the State Fair, State Parks and more.
“We’ve offered Summer Reading for nearly 50 years and we work hard to make it bigger and better each year,” Baker said. “Whether you’re a new or returning participant, you’re in for a real treat this summer.”
Participants can sign up on the library’s website, www.clermontlibrary.org beginning Saturday, June 8. For more information, you may contact any of Clermont County Public Library’s 10 branch locations.