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Nancy's Notes - May 24, 2012

Summer reading program, “Mudwoman”, by Joyce Carol Oates, “Break Dawn” by Sara Paretsky,

The library is hopping this weekend with several graduation receptions being held in our community rooms. For a small rental fee we have a large room that seats around 100 or a smaller room that will seat a couple of dozen people.
    Our school year is about at its end. We will be having some fun activities for the kids this summer. On June 18 Dan Wardell, of IPTV’s Kids Clubhouse, will be entertaining children at 1:00 p.m. He will be bringing his 2012 Reading Roadtrip to the library. I noticed the local paper had a picture of Dan and several students that he met while visiting the school, if they enjoyed him make sure they stop by to meet him again. His presentation will be full of energy.
    On June 28 Creations with a Twist will be entertaining those in attendance at our summer reading program. His presentation is entitled, “Beyond our Wildest Dreams” and was selected to coincide with our theme, “Dream Big Read!”. Daniel Poe will be sculpting balloons and asking any readers in attendance to help present poems, stories and folk tales wearing their balloon headgear.
    Now that I have the promotions out of the way, you may want to hear about some new books. Our last shipment included, “Mudwoman”, by Joyce Carol Oates. Mudgirl is a child abandoned by her mother in the flats of the Black Snake River. She survives by an accident of fate. Rescued by a well-meaning couple who adopt her, she is quarantined from her bleak history and raised in a middle-class home. Meredith, “M.R.” Neukirchen is the first woman president of an Ivy League university. Her commitment to her career is all-consuming. A trip upstate thrusts M.R. Neukirchen into an unexpected psychic collision with Mudgirl and the life M.R. believes she has left behind.
    Private Investigator V.I. Warshawski returns in “Break Dawn” by Sara Paretsky. When tweens in Chicago’s Carmilla Club hold an initiation ritual in an abandoned cemetery, they stumble on an actual corpse, a man stabbed through the heart in a vampire-style slaying. The girls include daughters of some of Chicago’s most powerful families. For V.I. Warshawski, the questions multiply faster than the answers. Is the killing linked to a hostile media campaign? As Warshawski struggles to find the answers she finds herself fighting enemies who are no less terrifying for being all too human.
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