the life-changing magic of tidying up

Saturday, June 6, 2015
marie kondo
the life-changing magic of tidying up

“This international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear you clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home – and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”  With a claim like that, I had to give the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese are of decluttering and organizing a try.  I’m a saver, a have piles of stuff, and boxes of stuff.  I become emotionally attached to objects.  I hate to throw away stuff that is still in usable condition.  But clutter is stressful and it needs to go!  Kondo’s approach definitely has an eastern feel, but ultimately it makes sense to me.  First answer the question of why you want to tidy up? Then approach your belongings in a certain order and for each item ask “does this bring me joy?”  Realize that objects serve a purpose and once they have fulfilled that purpose, it’s time for things to go.  The book is easy to read, written in small sections allowing you to read a little at a time if you choose.  Good Luck if you take on this decluttering approach.  Check the catalog for the hard cover.  Check the catalog for the audio CD.

Holly, Youth Services

Silent Murders

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Mary Miley
Silent Murders

Vaudeville performer, Leah Randal, moves to Hollywood and reinvents herself as Jessi Carr, script girl and temporary assistant to Douglas Fairbanks.  Jessi is thrilled to be invited to director Bruno Heilmann’s party where she meets a friend of her deceased  mother.  The next day Heilmann and her mother’s friend are dead.  Asked to retrieve things from one crime scene by Douglas Fairbanks, Jessi  uses her acting skills and Fairbanks’ resources to uncover the killer - or is it killers?  This audiobook was a hoot!  I loved the description of Hollywood during the silent picture era.  Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, a young Myrna Loy and other stars populate the story.  Everyone is film crazy and you will be too!

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Jerilee C., Reference



The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

Friday, January 2, 2015
Denise Kiernan
Girls of Atomic City

      Oak Ridge Tennessee was a city built in a remote rural area of the south in only 6 months during World War II to accommodate a secret

      mission to help win the war.   At one point over 75,000 people lived and worked there and it used more electricity than New York  City. 

      However, the world outside did not even know the city existed until after two atomic bombs were dropped on Japan.  This account weaves

       stories based on the voices of some of the women who worked there who were interviewed when in their 80s and 90s.  The book tells the

       human side and captures the spirit of the people who did not know the real purpose of their work. They only wanted to help end the war.   

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Kathleen Zaenger, Administration

Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (book with CD)

Friday, October 10, 2014
Jane O'Connor
Fancy Nancy Sees Stars (book with CD)

We have been enjoying listening to audiobooks while following along to picture books and beginning reader books for a while.  This book with CD was also excellent.  If you have a child that enjoys Fancy Nancy, they're bound to enjoy listening along as well. Check our Catalog

Janice H., Youth Services

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Friday, June 20, 2014
Peggy Rathmann
Officer Buckle and Gloria


My 4 year old has been enjoying the library’s collection of books with accompanying CDs so she can listen to stories in the car.  One of our favorites is easily “Office Buckle & Gloria”.  Narrated by John Lithgow, he brings the words to life and makes the story that much more entertaining.  We highly recommend for preschool and early elementary children.  You’re sure to enjoy it!  Check our Catalog


Janice H., Youth Services


A Curious Man, the Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert BELIEVE IT OR NOT! Ripley

Friday, November 8, 2013
Neal Thompson
A Curious Man, the Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert Believe It Or Not! Riple

This long audio book kept me entertained all the way to Tennessee and back. Ripley was a fascinating person. He knew Hollywood stars, politicians and everyday folks.  He traveled around the world seeking oddities for his writings.  The travel parts of the story were really fun to listen to.  He was a shy child with buck teeth and didn't fit in at school.  But he began drawing at an early age and sold his first cartoon at age 28.  His career in the media went up and down and he eventually amassed a huge fortune.  Included in the book is the information about his many love affairs, his drinking, and his love of finding exotic things in the world.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and recommend it. Check the catalog.

Sue N. Youth Services

This just In: What I couldn't Tell You on TV

Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Bob Schieffer
This Just In: What I Couldn't Tell You On TV

As a news junkie I love stories about the news and the news shows that I love to watch. Among my favorites are Meet the Press and Face the Nation. Bob Schieffer has been on the list of my favorite broadcasters so I really enjoyed his own story of his career in journalism and his coverage of some of the most important events in history from 1960 to the present. I was reminded of many events over the last 40 years and I heard some "insider" information that was new to me. I listened to this book on audio on a long car trip and it was read by the author so a very good voice to listen to! Check the catalog for the book Check the catalog for audio book

Jan K. Youth Services

Liesl and Po

Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Lauren Oliver
Liesl and Po

This fun and timeless story has great characters, some who are likeable and some who are not.  Liesl is locked in an attic by her stepmother after her

father has died.   Po comes from the Other Side quite unexpectedly to befriend her.  Will, an alchemist’s apprentice, comes into the story and the

three are brought together after Will accidently delivers a box with the most powerful magic in the world to the wrong place.   The adventure they

experience is full of magic, fantasy and human emotion.   This is written for children ages 8-12, but adults will enjoy this.  Check our catalog.

Kathleen Z., Administration


Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater

I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater on audio. It’s a teen fiction book in the paranormal  genre about werewolves. The author tells the story from alternating points of view.  Sam is the male werewolf who lives in the woods behind Grace’s home. Grace has been fascinated with Sam as a wolf ever since she was attacked by the wolf pack when she was younger and saved by Sam in his wolf form. When Grace finds Sam as a human on her back porch after he was shot, she realized that he is “her” wolf.  It is a paranormal teen romance that sets the story up for the sequel. As a parent myself, I found the role that the parents were relegated to in the book irritating…either completely absent and uninvolved or abusive. I didn’t like it as well as others that I have read but it was enjoyable.

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Laura G., Youth Services 

Remarkable Creatures

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tracy Chevalier
Remarkable Creatures

This well-written piece of fiction is based on actual history and written by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring,     The setting is early 19th century (1800s) in Lyme England.  The main characters, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, were some of the many who were based on real people.  In an era when women were not allowed to be full participants in their culture especially in academic circles, Mary and Elizabeth become kindred spirits discovering fossils and identifying them at a time before Darwin took his voyage when people were just beginning to question the age of the world.   Despite the struggles and setbacks due to the sexism and class division at the time, Mary’s fossil finds were crucial to the advancement of early paleontology.  Check our catalog

Kathleen Zaenger, Director