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Nancy's Notes - February 19, 2009

Childrens Programing, "Sizzle and Burn" by Jayne Ann Krentz, "Protect and Defend" by Vince Flynn, "Nice Girl Syndrome" by Beverly Engle.

We do not have a room for children's programming in our temporary building so an outreach program is important to us. Nola and Becky read stories and had snow activities for children at Winter Fest. They had around 60 children stop. I spent the last week visiting the after school proram at the elementary where I entertained around 50 children. We read stories, solved riddles, played Valentine bingo, and and had a contest with jello. I read for Kids Korner each Tuesday and always enjoy hugs from around two dozen children. Each month I also try to read to all the preschool sections. This involves approximately 60-70 children. These are all great ways to leave a positive impression about the library and show how reading can be fun.

Jayne Ann Krentz throws a little romance in with suspense in "Sizzle and Burn". Ex-cop Luther Malone is a member of the secretive paranormal organization known as the Arcane Soiety. He's waiting to meet Grace Renquist, who has been hired as an aura-reading consultant to help him in the quest for a murder suspect. However she has no field experience and is a Librarian! Grace isn't expecting much from Malone either as he walks with a cane and isn't so good with a gun. Before they reach their hotel, where they'll be posing as honeymooners, Grace and Luther feel the electric charge between them.

Vince Flynn is popular with those who enjoy action and suspense. His newest, "Protect and Defend", begins in the heart of Iran where billions of dollars are being spent on the development of a nuclear program. Not waiting for the international community to stop their Iranian enemy, Israel launches an espionage operation. The attack leaves a radioactive tomb and environmental disaster in the middle of Iran's second largest city. An outraged Iranian government publicly blames Israel and the United States for the attack and demands retribution.

I don't know if you should encourage your daughters to be nasty people, but Beverly Engel author of ,"Nice Girl Syndrome" believes you cannot afford to be a "nice girl". She explains that nice girls are more likely to be victimized emotionally, physically, and sexually than those who are not so nice. Engel explains to readers how women can put their own needs ahead of those of others, how to stand up for themselves, and how to express their anger and learn to handle conflict effectively.

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