The Goshen Branch is having a used book fair May 5-7, 10-4:00. A variety of items including books, CDs, and DVDs will be on hand. Call (513) 722-1221 for more info.
Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space on April 12, 1961.
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After graduating from technical and vocational schools, he enrolled at the Soviet air force cadet training center at Orenburg, graduating as a pilot in 1957. On April 12, 1961, Gagarin, then a major in the air force, became the first man to travel in space when he rode aboard the earth satellite Vostok (later referred to as Vostok 1) on a 27,400 km/hr (17,000 mph) single orbit of the earth. The flight lasted 1 hr 48 min, on an elliptical course having an apogee of 327 km (203 mi) and a perigee of 180 km (112 mi). He was killed in the crash of a test airplane.
Read more about the history of manned space flight.
One of literature’s most eminent sleuths, Sherlock Holmes, celebrates his 157th birthday this month.
A huge hit ever since his first appearance in A Study in Scarlet in 1887, Holmes and his loyal sidekick Watson have been thrilling mystery fans with their exploits for well over a century both in print and on film. Although Holmes’ creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, retired his great detective in 1903, many other authors have picked up the pen in order to continue his adventures.
The BBC has created an updated Sherlock based on three of the original stories but set in contemporary Great Britain. Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal captures Sherlock’s brilliant but quirky methods.
Want to dip your toe into the supernatural world but not sure where to start?
The new breed of supernatural creatures, known as “vamps”, “weres” and “shape shifters” are less like the stiff, scary characters of old black and white silent movies and more like your next door neighbor with an edge. In this world of urban fantasy, supernatural and paranormal literature, beings are out of the closet, drink synthetic blood, and hold regular jobs.
Leading author Charlaine Harris, made more famous by HBO’s True Blood series, serves up a blend of mystery, romance, fast-paced action and a bit of thrill and suspense in her Southern Vampire Mystery series. Follow Sookie Stackhouse, the smart, upbeat, main character and telepath, as she mixes with the supernatural folks in the ten book series.
No time to read? What better way to savor the southern humor and soak in the small town atmosphere and life of Sookie Stackhouse than to listen to the book on CD A Touch of Dead, a collection of short stories by Charlaine Harris, read by Johanna Parker.
Prefer movies or TV? Try:
More to Explore
Once bitten and smitten, find more to satisfy your blood lust @ your library:
- Vampire fiction
- Paranormal romance stories
- Werewolves fiction
- Supernatural fiction
- Psychic ability fiction
- Clairvoyance fiction
Still looking for more? Check out Read-A-Likes to find similar authors.
The next installment in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse, doesn’t hit theaters until June 30th. In the meantime, be sure to place your hold on The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, Stephenie Meyer’s new novella due out June 5th or check out the new documentary, Twilight in Forks, which takes a closer look at the quiet Northwestern town that has become a tourist hotspot for fans of the series.