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Nancy's Notes - June 25, 2009

Summer reading programs, "Corsair" by Clive Cussler, "Promise in Death" by J.D Robb, "Dream House" by Valerie Laken.

We had our first of two summer reading programs on Monday. There were 46 children and ten adults in attendance. I was pleased since we do not have a place in our facility for programing this year. We met at the Methodist Church where participants enjoyed "Be Creative with the Library".  They enjoyed a story, burned off steam by dancing, made two art projects, ate a snack, and headed for home.  Our next program will be held on June 29 at noon in the Methodist Church basement. We will have various musical opportunities.  Middle School band instructor, Mr. L, will be on hand to play stump the band with the children.  They will get a chance to hear and examine different instruments.  City Administrator Boyington will bring her accordian.  Library staffers Nancy and Becky also have a couple of tricks up their sleeve.

Clive Cussler is back with his fifth novel involving the dilapidated ship, the Oregon.  The ship is packed with sophisticated equipment and captained by the one-legged Juan Cabrillo.  The book is entitled "Corsair", which is another name for pirates.  There are pirates who fought in the sea off the Barbary Coast in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the contemporary pirates who infest the waters off Africa and Asia, and the pirates who look like something else.  When the U.S. secretary of state's plane crashes while bringing her to a summit meeting in Libya, the CIA hire Cabrillo to search for her.  The crew locates the plane, but the secretary of state has vanished.  A terrorist mastermnd has other plans for the conference, plans that Cabrillo cannot let happen.

Number twenty-nine in J.D. Robb's Eve Dallas series has now arrived. "Promise in Death" centers around the murder of Amaryllis Coltraine.  Coltraine recently tranferred to the New York City police force from Atlanta.  She's been a cop long enough to know how to defend herself against an assailant.  When she's taken down just steps away from her apartment and killed with her own weapon, for Eve Dallas the victim isn't just "one of us".  Dallas's friend Chief Medical examiner Morris had started a serious relationship with Coltraine.  But someone has put an end to that.  After breaking the news to Morris, Eve starts questioning everyone while Eve's husband Roarke, digs into computer data on the dead woman's life back in Atlanta.  To their shock, they discover a connection between this case and their own shadowy pasts.

Valerie Laken has written,"Dream House" the story of a drama that will forever change two families. When Kate and Stuart Kinzler buy a run-down, historic house in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they're looking for a decent remodeling investment and some space to rekindle their troubled marriage. Instead they discover that their home was the scene of a terrible crime many years ago. When a mysterious man begins lurking around her yard, Kate is forced to confront her home's dangerous past.  Hers is not the only life that has crumbled under this roof.  But the stranger who has returned to this house, once his own childhood home, is in search of something Kate may never fully understand.

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