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Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

Did you know that February is Library Lovers Month? Why not check out some great picture books that feature libraries to share with the grandkids or special children in your life? Here are some books to get you started!

Books for Me, Two Lions, 2015
By Sue Filess
Hippo visits the library and finds stories about knights, pirates, bears, superheroes, and everything she could imagine, but she does not know how she will only choose one book to take home with her.

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou, Sleeping Bear Press, 2015
By Rhonda Gowler Greene Big Pirate Pete’s treasure map has led him to Seabreezy Library, where Library Lou must convince him that the true treasure is the books.
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Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013
By Daniel Kirk
While the library that Sam and his adventurous friend Sarah live in is being renovated, the two mice try to make new homes for themselves in the attic, constructing everything from a yurt to a geodesic dome.

Return of the Library Dragon, Peachtree Publishers, 2012
By Carmen Agra Deedy
Miss Lotta Scales, a dragon also known as Miss Lotty the librarian, wants to retire from taking care of the school’s library but will not willingly stand by and see her beloved books replaced by computers.

The Library Gingerbread Man, UpStart Books, 2010
By Dotti Enderle
The Gingerbread Man, who lives at 398.2 on the library shelves, decides to escape and leads the librarian on a chase throughout the library. Construction, Candlewick Press, 2014 By Sally Sutton Big machines and their drivers work together to build a library

Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

Grab a cup of hot chocolate, a warm blanket, cozy up by the fire, and snuggle up with some great books to read during the holidays. Here are some suggestions from the Sylvania Branch Library to get you started!

The Martian, Crown Publishers, 2014
By Andy Weir
This is an edge-of-your seat debut thriller with laugh-out-loud dialogue mixed in. After a bad storm cuts his team’s Mars mission short, injured astronaut Mark Watley is stranded. Now he’s got to figure out how to survive without air, shelter, food, or water on the harsh Martian landscape until the next manned mission in four years.

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, William Morrow, 2015
By Neil Gaiman
This is the latest collection of short fiction by the #1 best-selling author. Included are previously published stories, verses and a 50th anniversary Doctor Who tale, as well as an original short story.
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Our Souls at Night, Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
By Keith Haruf
In this spare yet eloquent, bittersweet story, a man and a woman, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future.

Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Alfred A. Knopf, 2015
By David Lagecrantz
Series: Millennium novels (Stieg Larsson), 4 After receiving a call from a trusted source claiming to have vital information for the United States, journalist Mikael Blomkvist turns to hacker Lisbeth for help.

Disclaimer, Harper, 2015
By Renee Knight
Reading a mysterious novel that recounts in haunting detail the day she became the victim of a dark secret, documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft is forced to confront the past to prevent her world from falling apart.

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Are you in the mood for an exciting or juicy memoir or biography? Well search no further! We have plenty of suggestions for you. Here are a few titles to get you started.

The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew at His Side, Atria Books, 2014
By Damien Lewis
An instant hit in the UK, this is the true account of a German shepherd who was adopted by the Royal Air Force during World War II, joined in flight missions, and survived everything from crash-landings to parachute bailouts–ultimately saving the life of his owner and dearest friend.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, Simon & Schuster, 2015
By Rinker Buck
This true story weaves a tale somewhere between a travelogue and a history lesson. Buck traces the iconic path literally and figuratively as he re-creates the great migration with his brother and a Jack Russell terrier.

Girl in the Dark: A Memoir, Doubleday, 2015
By Anna Lyndsey
In this astonishing memoir Anna Lyndsey takes us into the world of a rare and shocking illness, and we emerge awed by a shining love story. Anna writes with such honesty and grace and mischief about how her condition forces her to retreat into blackness—yet we see
that this new space she so bravely creates for herself is suffused with light.

It’s a Long Story: My Life,
By Willie Nelson
The iconic Country Music Hall of Fame artist shares the story of his life and career, from his early ambitions and relationships through his bankruptcy and founding of Farm Aid.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: and Other Lessons from the Crematory, Norton & Co. h, 2014
By Caitlin Doughty
This book is part memoir, part exposé of the death industry, and part instruction manual for aspiring morticians. First-time author Doughty has written an attention-grabbing book that is sure to start some provocative discussions. Fans of Mary Roach’s Stiff and anyone who
enjoys an honest, well-written autobiography will appreciate this quirky story.

 

Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

Kids love spooky stories. Here are a few suggestions of slightly scary stories to share with the special children in your life!

Frankenstein Takes the Cake, Harcourt, 2008
By Adam Rex; Ages 9 – 12With his best man Dracula afraid of the garlic bread being served and Headless Horseman fearful that a guest will eat his pumpkin head for dessert, Frankenstein’s wedding to his undead bride is turning into a drama bigger than the main event.
Bats at the Library, Houghton-Mifflin Company, 2008
By Brian Lies; Ages 0 – 8
Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

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Creepy Carrots, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
By Aaron Reynolds; Ages 0 – 8
The carrots that grow in Crackenhopper Field are the fattest and crispiest around and Jasper Rabbit cannot resist pulling some to eat each time he passes by, until he begins hearing and seeing creepy carrots wherever he goes.
Doll Bones, McElderry Books, 2013
By Holly Black; Ages 9 -12
Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school, who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Sleepless Little Vampire, Arthur L. Levine Books, 2011
By Richard Egielski; Ages 0 – 8
A young vampire, unable to sleep, tries to figure out whether it is the howling of a werewolf, the clacking of skeletons or something else that is keeping him awake

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Autumn is the perfect opportunity to break open those books you neglected during the warm summer months. Curl up with a warm cup of cider or tea and try some of these cool books for Fall!
A Full Life: Reflections at 90, Simon & Schuster, 2015

By Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter, thirty-ninth President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, international humanitarian and fisherman, reflects on his full and happy life with pride, humor and a few second thoughts.

Sick in the Head: Conversations about Life and Comedy, Random House, 2015

By Judd Apatow

From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock and Lena Dunham.
Go Set a Watchman, Harper, 2015

By Harper Lee

Twenty years after the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout returns home to Maycomb to visit her father Atticus and struggles with his bigotry along with personal and political issues as her small Alabama town adjusts to the turbulent events beginning to transform the United States in the mid-1950s.
The Harder They Come, Ecco, 2015

By T. Coraghessan Boyle

Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people—an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son’s paranoid, much older lover—as they careen toward an explosive confrontation.
Nora Webster, Scribner, 2014

By Colm Toibin

Struggling with grief and financial hardships after the death of her beloved husband, widow Nora struggles to support her four children and clings to secrecy in the intrusive community of her childhood before finding her voice.

 

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Do you have all the time and money in the world to travel? Well, if not then armchair travel could be for you. You can visit places all over the world for free and at your own pace. Here are some suggestions to start you on your virtual journey!

Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride across America, Scribner, 2014
By Bruce Weber
“Based on his popular series in the New York Times chronicling his cross-country bicycle trip, bestselling author Bruce Weber shares his adventures from his solo ride across the USA.” (796.6097 Web)

Wide-Open World: How Volunteering around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever, Ballantine Books, 2015
By John Marshall
A writer, producer, and director shares his experiences volunteering around the world for six months with his family, during which they had many life-changing adventures that reconnected them in ways they never thought possible. (910.41 Mar)

Around the World in 50 Years: My Adventures to Every Country on Earth, Thomas Dunn Books, 2015
By Albert Podell
This is the inspiring story of an ordinary guy who achieved two great goals that others had told him were impossible. First, he set a record for the longest automobile journey ever made around the world. After that-although it took him forty-seven more years-he set another record by going to every country on Earth. (910.4092 Pod)

100 Places You Will Never Visit: the World’s Most Secret Locations, Quercus, 2015
By Daniel Smith
This fascinating guide book takes a look at 100 places around the world that are either so hard to reach, so closely guarded, or so secret that they are virtually impossible to visit any other way. (910 Smi)

At Home: a Short History of Private Life, Doubleday, 2010
By Bill Bryson
With his signature wit, charm, and seemingly limitless knowledge, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-by-room tour through his own house, using each room as a jumping off point into the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. (643.1 Bry)

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Whether you’re heading on vacation or relaxing by the pool or on the porch, take some time to enjoy some page-turning reads this summer! Here are some suggestions for your escape!

The Guest Cottage, Ballantine Books, 2015

By Nancy Thayer

New York Times best-selling author Nancy Thayer whisks readers back to the beloved island of Nantucket in this delightful novel about two single parents who accidentally rent the same summer house—and must soon decide where their hearts truly lie.

 

The Children’s Crusade, Scribner, 2015

By Ann Packer

When their younger sibling returns, the three oldest Blair children find their lives disrupted in ways they could have never imagined as they each tell their story that is interwoven with portraits of their family at crucial points in their history.

 

The Stranger, Dutton, 2015

By Harlan Coben

#1 New York Times best-selling master of suspense Harlan Coben delivers his most shocking thriller yet, proving that a well-placed lie can help build a wonderful life– and a secret has the same explosive power to destroy it.

 

The Painter, Alfred A Knopf, 2014

By Peter Heller

This is an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.

 

Descent, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015

By Tim Johnston

When their daughter disappears while out for a morning run during a late-summer vacation in the Rocky Mountains, her parents embark on a harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths where they must answer some difficult questions to find the truth.

Books for Boomers

Books for Boomers

You may have seen the movie, but have you read the book? Here is a list of some interesting books that have been made into movies.

The Longest Ride, Grand Central Publishing, 2013

By Nicholas Sparks

After being trapped in an isolated car crash, the life of an elderly widower becomes entwined with that of a young college student and the cowboy she loves.

 

A Long Way Down, Riverhead Books, 2005

By Nick Hornby

Meeting on New Year’s Eve on the roof of Topper’s House, a London destination infamous as a last stop for suicidal people, a talk show host, a musician, a teenage girl, and a mother share stories about their circumstances and decisions.

 

Hundred Foot Journey, Scribner, 2010

By Richard C. Morais

This is the story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai, who ends up opening a restaurant in a quiet French village thus triggering a culinary war with the fancy haute cuisine place opposite.

 

This is Where I Leave You, Dutton, 2009

By Jonathan Tropper

Judd Foxman is thrown together with his dysfunctional family when his father dies, while at the same time coping with his wife’s infidelity and the end of his marriage.

 

American Sniper: the Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, William Morrow, 2013

By Chris Kyle

A member of Navy SEAL Team 3 describes his life as a father and husband, and as the serviceman with the most confirmed sniper kills in the history of the United States military while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Dig it! Page-turning options to get you blooming. Now that spring is here it is time to think about gardening! Whether you are a master gardener or a beginner, the library has the book for you. Here are a few titles to help you get started:

Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet, DK Publishing, 2015

Want to grow your own vegetables and food, but don’t have enough space for a garden?

Whether you want to grow a full garden, grow tomatoes, grow an herb garden, or just pick up great tips for small gardens, this is the book for you. (635.967 Gro)

 

Midwest Gardener’s Handbook: Your Complete Guide: Select, Plan, Plant, Maintain,

Problem-Solve, Cool Springs Press, 2013

By Melinda Myers

This is an all-inclusive resource guide featuring hundreds of proven plants—including winter-hardy choices—that are optimal for Midwestern gardeners. (634/0977 Mye)

 

Beginner’s Illustrated Guide to Gardening: Techniques to Help You Get Started,

Cool Springs Press, 2012

By Katie Elzer-Peters

This is a one-stop, easy to understand, beautifully designed book with step-by-step instructions and photographs for every important gardening and landscaping technique. (635 Elz)

 

Essential Perennials: the Complete Reference to 2700 Perennials for the Home Garden,

Timber Press, 2014

By Ruth Rogers Clausen

Essential Perennials helps you decide exactly which plants will bring you the beauty you want and will thrive in the conditions you can provide. (635.932 Cla)

 

Jamie Durie’s Edible Garden Design, Harper Design, 2014

By Jamie Durie

America’s favorite design expert, Jamie Durie, shares his ideas for sustainable, healthy living, showing how to create a beautifully designed, completely edible garden, whether you live in an apartment or a house. (712.6 Dur)

 

For additional information, please visit the Sylvania Branch Library at 6749 Monroe St., Sylvania OH 43560, or call the branch at 419/882-2089. Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m. September through May.

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Inspiration for your 2015 Resolutions!

With 2015 under way, you may need some extra inspiration for your New Year’s resolutions!

Here are some titles to help you set and accomplish your goals for the New Year.

The Big Picture:  11 Laws that will Change Your Life, by Tony Horton

One of America’s best-known and most-loved fitness gurus, “master of motivation” Tony Horton shares his philosophy that will help you live your best life. In his first non-workout book, he offers 11 Rules that provide a clear path and purpose for achieving life goals and obtaining optimal health.

World’s Best Travel Experiences: 400 Extraordinary Places

Do you want to travel more but can’t think of where to go?  Popular actor and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy writes the foreword to this lavish book, offering 400 awe-inspiring destinations.

A Short Guide to a Long Life, by David B. Agus, M.D.

One of the world’s leading doctors and bestselling author presents the simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy, and productive life.

Wise Mind Living, by Erin Olivo

Esteemed psychotherapist and Columbia University professor Dr. Erin Olivo presents an in-depth resource that empowers readers to stop struggling with emotions like fear, anger, shame, and sadness-and discover the doorway to better health and increased fulfillment in every area of our lives.

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