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Wrapping up National Library Week with next month’s LibraryReads

April 16, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Here are ten books due to be released in May. LibraryReads really is a national library feature–reviews from librarians all over–but Indiana is back on the map this month. Kelly Currie of the Delphi Public Library contributes her fifth LibraryReads review.

May your May-time be rich with tulip-sightings, and I hope you enjoy at least one new book.

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Britt-Marie Was Here


Britt-Marie is a woman who is used to her life being organized. But when she leaves her cheating spouse and takes a temporary job as caretaker of the recreation center in the tiny town of Borg, her life changes in unpredictable ways. With its wonderful cast of oddball characters and sly sense of humor, this novel is sure to capture readers’ hearts. Highly recommended. — Vicki Nesting, St. Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA





The Fireman by Joe Hill

The Fireman

The Fireman is a novel that will keep you up reading all night. No one really knows where the deadly Dragonscale spore originated but many theories abound. The most likely is that as the planet heats up, the spore is released into the atmosphere. Harper Willowes is a young, pregnant nurse who risks her own health to tend to others.This is her story and I loved it! This is one of the most creative takes on apocalyptic literature that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended for all Hill and King fans. — Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX



Everyone Brave Is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Everyone Brave Is Forgiven

Set during World War II and loosely based on the author’s own grandparents, this was a strikingly honest look at the changes that war creates on a country’s landscape and its people. These changes were so strongly shown by the progressive style of this novel. Bit by bit, we are privy to each character’s transformation. What a great tribute to what they endured. War gives birth to many endings, also to many beginnings. Bittersweet. — Lori Elliott, Kershaw County Library, SC




Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler


At her new job at one of NYC’s posh restaurants, Tess falls for a mysterious bartender and negotiates the politics of the service industry while building a social life. Danler drew from her own experience and the writing is vivid and stimulating.I’m always interested in a story about a girl trying to find her place in the world and her adventures, but anyone who appreciates writing that pulses with life will drink this down. — Sonia Reppe, Stickney-Forest View Public Library, Stickney, IL



I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh

I Let You Go

Five-year-old Jacob is killed in a hit and run, an event that sends the police in search of the driver. Jenna Gray flees to Wales to mourn the loss of her son and recover from her past. As the anniversary of Jacob’s still unsolved death approaches, a tip to police results in an arrest and a very different picture emerges. This self-assured debut combines jaw-dropping moments with complex, believable characters and an ending that is hard to see coming. — Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ



Smoke by Dan Vyleta


In an alternate historical London, people who lie reveal themselves by giving off smoke but the rules of how this works are complicated.There are some people who can lie and not trigger any smoke and this lends an interesting element to the story. The rules we are given are changeable. The setting lends itself well to the story.The writing is descriptive, and the tone is atmospheric. Similar authors that come to my mind were Neil Gaiman and China Mieville. This is a dark, delicious tale. — Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO



Redemption Road by John Hart

Redemption Road

In Hart’s new suspense novel, we meet veteran detective Elizabeth Black, who is facing possible suspension for a suspicious shooting. At the same time, former police officer Adrian Wall is released from prison after serving time for the murder of Julia Stange. Stange’s son wants Adrian dead. Adrian has always claimed his innocence, but after his release, a couple of new bodies turn up at the church. This is a thrilling page-turner that starts at a rapid-fire pace and doesn’t let up. Great book for literary and thriller lovers alike. — Kelly Currie, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN


City of the Lost: A Thriller by Kelley Armstrong

City of the Lost: A Thriller

When Casey Duncan and her friend are invited to Rockton, a town for people who need to disappear, she’s skeptical. Could it really be the haven it promises? She soon finds that Rockton has its own particular set of problems, including a designer drug and a murderer. As the town’s new detective, Casey is soon plunged into the hunting of a killer in a town built on secrets. Armstrong introduces a fascinating setting and an intriguing cast of characters. Readers will find themselves hooked. — Elena Gleason, Coos Bay Public Library, Coos Bay, OR



Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Wilde Lake

As Lu, the newly elected state’s attorney in Howard County, prepares for a trial of a woman found murdered in her apartment, she begins to uncover secrets from her past. Bringing her back to the night her brother saved a life at the cost of another, Lu begins to question everything she’s known about the events and her childhood. Lippman’s newest standalone is sure to be another hit, perfect for mystery fans. — Annice Sevett, New Hanover County Library, Wilmington, NC




Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet

Sweet Lamb of Heaven

An arresting story about a wife manipulated and what she goes through to escape her husband’s desperate means to keep her. When her daughter is born, Anna starts hearing a voice in her head that may suggest the supernatural or the divine. She and her daughter hole up in a motel where all the guests seem to hear a similar voice in their heads. The author jolts the reader into reading something unexpected and the effect is eerie and memorable. Highly recommended for book discussions. — Andrienne Cruz, Azusa City Library, Azusa, CA



The picture of tulips on Park Avenue in NYC was posted on Wikimedia Commons by JNN13


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People telling their library stories on YouTube

April 14, 2016 by Reader's Connection

It’s always fun to visit the library’s YouTube page, but new videos have been bursting out all this week, in celebration of National Library Week.

Click on the pictures to hear these people tell their stories.

Attorney Lacy Johnson talks about how much the library (especially the Rauh Branch, which used to be at 30th & Meridian) has meant to him.



Book sale volunteer Charles Callery talks about how much he has enjoyed volunteering at the sale.


Seema Shah and her son Desmond love going to story hours at College Avenue Library.

Shanika Heyward, Manager of the East 38th Street Branch and winner of a Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award, talks about serving the neighborhood.



Art Ugalde of Art’s Skillet (8255 Pendleton Pike ) talks about how the library has helped him to start and operate his restaurant.



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What does a library branch look like without any books or people in it?

April 12, 2016 by Reader's Connection



If you haven’t noticed elsewhere on our website, this is National Library Week. We’re all celebrating in different ways, and the gargoyle at the East Washington Branch–who also lives at the top of this blog page–is going fishing.


No, wait, that’s not true.



The branch really is closed, though. It is being renovated, and will remain closed for the month of April. At some point (we’ll keep you posted) a temporary location will open, and the renovated East Washington will open later in 2016.




After the branch had closed, Manager Doriene Smither took some pictures, and if you’ve ever wondered what a library looks like without the people and books in it, have a look at these pictures. There are more of them on East Washington’s Facebook page.



While the branch is closed, please visit nearby branches like Spades Park or Irvington, or any other branch in the system.



An artist’s rendering of the renovated East Washington Branch

When East Washington re-opens,  7,800 square feet will have been added. Additional seating, ADA access (with a new accessible entrance and an elevator) will be provided, and there will be two private study rooms, a children’s program meeting room, and a new computer lab with 20 computers.

Happy National Library Week! (Share your library story with us.)


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Love Beneath the Covers – a film followed by a discussion among romance authors

April 11, 2016 by Reader's Connection

Convicted“Love Between the Covers” is a documentary that follows five published romance authors as they navigate the ever-changing world of romance publishing. The film will be shown in Central Library‘s Clowes Auditorium on Saturday, April 23 at 2:00 pm.


RebelFollowing the film, a panel of local romance authors will share their stories and give advice to prospective authors. The discussion will be moderated by Ava Cuvay, and the featured authors will be Gina Dryer, Donya Lynne, Cheryl Brooks, Aleatha Romig and A.D. Ellis.


For Nicky
This program is presented in partnership with the Indiana Romance Writers of America.




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The Heart

April 7, 2016 by Reader's Connection

The Heart

Maylis de Kerangal’s new novel is about a heart transplant, and it was originally written in French, but don’t yawn. The Heart is thrilling. How often do I use that word?

We meet Simon Limbres, a devoted surfer who is injured, and we meet the doctor who understands that Simon’s injury is so severe as to make him a potential donor. We meet the nurse who awaits a phone call in connection with a passionate love affair, while she cares (very conscientiously) for the boy in his coma; and we meet the male nurse who sings as a form of therapy and who owns an expensive goldfinch (who also sings). This is the fellow who organizes transplants.

And we meet Simon’s parents. There’s a scene I can’t describe, for fear of giving too much away; but it takes place by a river, with a barge passing in front of Simon’s parents, and it moved me to tears. (How often do I admit that?)

The narrator is a jazz artist, sometimes knowing what’s going on in her character’s minds and sometimes not. Here, sitting in his office at the hospital, is Pierre Révol–the doctor who has realized the depths of Simon’s coma.




Huh? In all likelihood? What kind of story-teller is this?

The mention of the peyote-memory turns out to make sense–it fits with the medical situation at hand–but I love the way de Kerangal weaves around (sometimes inside, sometimes not) the minds of her heroic characters.

And in this reader’s eyes they are heroic, not because they always behave well, or are brave at all moments, but because they are so alive as humans that they give me a charge. They remind me that I’m human, and I’m grateful.

If you think I’m gushing, most of the reviews that you can reach from our catalog are in agreement with me. The exception would be the review in Kirkus, but that critic needs to have some organs inspected.

The Heart is also available as a downloadable e-book.


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