Library Column for May 2, 2018

@ Your Library

May! A great month to discover new books. The library owns copies of all eight of the top fiction hardcover and digital book titles. They are, in alphabetical order by author, The Fallen by David Baldacci, I’ve Got My Eyes on You by Mary Higgins Clark, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Camino Island by John Grisham, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Noir by Christopher Moore, After Anna by Lisa Scottoline and The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer. We have six of the top seven non-fiction hardcover and digital book titles. They are, in alphabetical order by title, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Educated by Tara Westover, Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Korbel Albright, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey Jr. and Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann.

You can request these (and every other title we own) to be saved for you if the material is currently being used by another community member. While waiting for the latest or hottest item swing by the library and borrow something else to keep you in awesome reading material. Twilight of Empire: The Tragedy at Mayerling and the End of the Habsburgs by Greg King and Penny Wilson is the amazing story of what happened behind a locked door in 1889 that changed Europe and the world.

I never had an interest in being a doctor nor working in a hospital but love stories set there. Kimmery Martin’s debut novel The Queen of Hearts allows us into the hearts and lives of Zadie and Emma, a pediatric cardiologist and a trauma surgeon. Best friends, but how well do they really know one another?

If you are the parent or caregiver of a child not yet of kindergarten age and didn’t make it to our Reading Ready party on Monday then be sure and visit our website and sign up to track the days you read aloud to them. Every time you read aloud for 100 days you can come in and select a free book. If you read daily to them between birth and entering Kindergarten they could have earned about twenty free books and heard over 6 million words read to them. Some studies have shown that children should hear between 20-30,000 words a day. Books can help you provide variety and sometimes mays just give you words to say.

Do you wonder how many words your young child is hearing every day? Borrow our new Starling kits. These devices with an app you download to your phone will track the number of words young children hear. The brain of young children is focused on language development the first several years of life and providing each of those young brains with lots of words is one of the absolute best ways to set them up to learn throughout life. We have five Starling kits that can each be checked out for two weeks.