Nonfiction

Silent Chase: Submarines of the U.S. Navy

Friday, June 10, 2016
Steve Kaufman
Silent Chase

I found this book interesting and was written well. It gave enough information about the subs but not an overload of technical jargon. There were a lot of pictures to see different parts of the submarine. If you are interested in submarines or military this is a good book.

Check our catalog for this book.

Jeremy E., Administration

National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics

Friday, May 13, 2016
Jennifer Swanson
National Geographic Kids: Everything Robotics

All the Robotic Photos, Facts, and Fun!

 

Who doesn't love robots?! Take a tech trip with this highly engaging and interactive book. Readers of all ages will get excited about the fascinating science behind these bots and let their imagination soar!

Check our catalog for this book.

 

Kate D., Youth Services

Dad is Fat

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Jim Gaffigan
Dad is Fat

Apparently Jim Gaffigan is a comedian. I’ve never seen him but this is a laugh-out-loud book. Jim has five children and a “very fertile” wife, and they all live in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Everything is funny--from car trips to toddlerhood, eating in restaurants with 5 kids, and a first ski and airplane trip with all of them. I recommend this book to anyone who is a parent.

Check our catalog for this book.

 

Sue N., Youth Services (and mother of two!)

 

 

Lost in My Own Backyard

Monday, April 25, 2016
Tim Cahill
Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park

I would love to live in the vicinity of a national park. Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside magazine, writes about his experiences in his book, Lost in My Own Backyard: A Walk in Yellowstone National Park. No wonder he might get lost, considering the Yellowstone National Park covers almost 3,500 square miles. He touches on the popular landmarks in the park, but also writes about hiking the backcountry. He stresses paying attention to the fact that wildlife is allowed to run free. You need to know safety tactics when confronting large animals like bison, moose, and especially bear. Bears can smell who may be in their environs from 18 miles away. He also warned about horseflies in July, stating that their bites actually tear bits of flesh off the body. Cahill reminisces about finding out-of-the-way geysers, rainbows shown in waterfalls, and even seeing moonbows in the waterfalls at night. Besides gathering information from Cahill’s encounters, he lists other books to get a better understanding of Yellowstone National Park.

Check our catalog for this book.

 

Geralyn B., Technical Services

 

Alone In the Wilderness (DVD)

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Alone In the Wilderness (DVD)

My family (husband and 3 kids ages 5, 10, and 12) watched this together on the recommendation of my co-worker, Marilyn S.. We ALL were fascinated by this documentary of a man who moved to the Alaskan wilderness at age 50, built a log home with hand tools, and lived there until he was in his eighties.

It was amazing to watch him craft things like door hinges and a bowl, seeing the cabin in the dead of winter covered in snow. The scenery is beautiful and the narration of life in the wilderness is interesting. Hope you like it as much as we did.

Check our catalog for this DVD.

 

Peggy G., Circulation

Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Peter Guttmacher
Crazy Horse: Sioux War Chief

Since I am going to South Dakota next August, I wanted to study some history of the region. This is a youth book but certainly not a little kids' book. I learned so much about the issues between the Indian tribes and the soldiers who were there to protect the settlers. The life of Crazy Horse is fascinating as is the description of the tribes' way of life. I plan to see the giant sculpture of Crazy Horse in South Dakota which was begun years ago and is still being worked on. This book is something we should all read since we missed this information in our high school history classes.

Check our catalog for this book.

 

Sue N., Youth Services

Miracle in the Andes

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Nando Parrado
Miracle in the Andes

Nando and his rugby team from Uruguay were on a charter flight heading to a competition when the plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. Nando describes the 72 days on the mountain and the long trek home. His mother, sister, and many of the team members perished in the crash and in the 12 days of bitter cold waiting for help. Finally Nando and another man hiked 12 days in terrible conditions across the mountains until they got to Chile and help from the peasants there. The book is gripping and almost impossible to believe with all they went through and still survived. I read it on my Nook and was glad to get the book at the library so I could see the photgraphs more clearly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and would recommend it to readers who like true survival stories.

Check our catalog for this book.

Sue N., Youth Services

Truck Tunes (DVD)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Twenty Trucks
Truck Tunes (DVD)

If you know a child that loves trucks, he/she will love this DVD! The DVD features ten different trucks (bulldozer, grader, impact hammer, front-end loader, forklift, etc.); each truck has its own song that includes facts about that truck and shows corresponding video of that truck doing its job and working on a job site. Each song sounds different so you don't feel like you're listening to the same tune throughout the DVD. While you can find individual Twenty Trucks videos on YouTube, I appreciate the DVD for car trips and for the longer duration.

 

Check our catalog for this DVD.

 

Janice H., Youth Services

The Road to Little Dribbling

Monday, March 21, 2016
Bill Bryson
The Road to Little Dribbling

Adventures of an American Living in Britain

 

The author is funny, dry, and very informative about the places he writes about. I am from Jolly Old England so I really get what he says and describes!!

Check our catalog for this book.

 

Marilyn S., Circulation

The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness

Monday, March 7, 2016
Frank Lipman, M.D. & Danielle Claro
The New Health Rules

I am impressed with the simplicity and (what I consider) truth in this book. It is divided into five major sections including Eating, Moving, Boosting, Healing, and Living, which are then subdivided into one page recommendations such as “Eat the Colors of the Rainbow,” “Don’t Eat Over The Kitchen Sink,” “Caffeine Can Have A Half Life Of Seven Hours,” “Move Five Minutes Out Of Every Hour,” “Cultivate Kindness,” “Do Something You Love For At Least 10 Minutes A Day,” “Music Can Work Like Meditation,” and “Just Say No (Thanks)”.

This book is easy to pick up and flip through the pages. You can start anywhere and read as much or as little as you have time for. Most of these ideas are things we already know but don’t always do. I find it good to review these simple, no-nonsense recommendations for everyday life so that just maybe I will try to do a few more healthy things.

Check our catalog for this book.

Betsy H., Reference

LIBRARY TWEETS

Follow Us on Twitter