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Nancy's Notes - June 24, 2010

"9th Judgement" by James Patterson, "The Pallbearers" by Stephen Cannell, "Why Boys Fail" by Richard Whitmore.

The Women's Murder Club is back in James Patterson's "9th Judgement". It begins when a young mother and her infant child are gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses just a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in lipstick. That same night, the wife of famous actor Marcus Dowling is awakened by a burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of jewels. In seconds the safe is empty and a lifeless body is found. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line.

Stephen Cannell brings mystery readers, "The Pallbearers". It centers around Shane Scully who was abandoned by his parents as an infant. Shuttled between foster homes he is ultimately raised in an orphanage by Director "Pop" Dixon. He was the father none of the residents ever had. That was thirty years ago. Now Shane is forced to revisit childhood memories when he learns that Pop has been found dead.

Education reporter, Richard Whitmore, has written "Why Boys Fail" which discusses the why male students are typically performing lower than female students. He picks apart theories on boys’ academic failure which range from feminized classrooms to too many video games. Whitmire offers suggestions for what works to raise male literacy skills and provides case studies of successful programs.

Remember to mark our summer reading program on your calendar. It will be held the first four Thursdays in July at 10:15 a.m. Our kick-off will be July 1 when Wonderweavers, storytellers from Minneapolis, will present; July 8 will be an art and activity day; July 15 Blank Park Zoo will be here with three or four critters; and our wrap-up will be on July 22 when C-G teacher Stephanie Schimdt will bring some water tricks and experiments.

Stop in and see us: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.