Monday, October 18, 2021

Linda's Book Reviews: The Ghosts We Keep

 Linda's Book Reviews


The Ghosts We Keep 
By 
Mason Deaver 


MY REVIEW
LINDA BOWSER 

    Liam's brother Ethan is killed and he has a hard time dealing with his grief. He feels as if nobody understands him. Not only is he facing the usual teen issues of life, but he also is dealing with his identity. His friends are treating him differently or is it him that is acting differently towards them? It is a bit of both. He wants to get closer to his brother's best friend Marcus because he feels that he is the one who could help him understand some of Ethan's life. He actually finds out a big secret. 
   This book deals with grief and how we have to move on even with life's obstacles. It also deals with the secrets, or ghosts that these teens keep. Overall I enjoyed the book. It was well written and seemed to flow. So it was an easy read for me. Be sure to read the Authors' Note at the end.


I GIVE THIS BOOK
3 AND 1/2 STARS


GOOD READS DESCRIPTION

Perfect for fans of Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, this book will rip your heart out before showing you how to heal from tragedy and celebrate life in the process.

When Liam Cooper's older brother Ethan is killed in a hit-and-run, Liam has to not only learn to face the world without one of the people he loved the most, but also face the fading relationship with his two best friends.

Feeling more alone and isolated than ever, Liam finds themself sharing time with Marcus, Ethan's best friend, and through Marcus, Liam finds the one person that seems to know exactly what they're going through, for the better and the worse.

This book is about grief. But it's also about why we live. Why we have to keep moving on, and why we should. 


Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Activity Tuesday (on a Wednesday)

 Comming Soon!!


It's a Pirate Party! Join us on September 18th for a day of Pirate Fun. See all the details on our Facebook Page:
Pre-register by September 10th to secure your spot!



September 25th 7:00-9:00 pm. Join us for a night of fun, games, and more! See all the details on our Facebook:


A Novel Idea book club
This Group - Ages 18+
When: Thursday, Oct. 28th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Community Room of Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library
What: House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas
Join us to discuss this 2020 Goodreads Choice Award winner for the Fantasy genre. Refreshments provided. 



Don't forget our Goodreads book club started last week. There is still time to join! Find the group here.


We are bringing back our Patron Picks. Stop into the library and fill out a form telling us about a book you read for a chance to win a prize! Ask for details at the library.





Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Linda's Book Reviews: House of Salt and Sorrows

 Linda's Book Reviews

House of Salt and Sorrows 

By
Erin A. Craig

MY REVIEW
LINDA J. BOWSER

   I absolutely LOVED this book! It is like a Gothic Fairy Tale. It is a re-telling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale The12 Dancing Princesses. I have never heard of this tale. But you don't have to know about it to read this book. Annaleigh has already lost 3 sisters. The story starts out after her 4th sister dies falling from a cliff. Annaleigh suspects that she was murdered. She starts to have ghostly visions and strange things start happening. Her youngest sister starts to draw strange pictures of her dead sisters. 
Their mother had died after giving birth to her last child. Their dad is remarried to a much younger woman, the girls don't really get along with her.
   Eight daughters are left and the oldest daughter will inherit her father's estate. 
    Annaleigh meets a man named Cassius and they have an instant attraction but he seems very mysterious.
    This story keeps you guessing till the end. It is so enchanting, mystical, thrilling, and hard to put down. Take my word for it this book is one of the best I have read. It can be a little terrifying in parts but that is part of why I thought it was a great read.


I GIVE THIS BOOK 5 STARS! 


Description Taken From Goodreads
In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.

Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.

Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?

When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next. 

Editor's Note: Linda's Book Reviews will now be a monthly installment rather than weekly. If you would like to submit a book review to be published on our blog please email it to eccleslesherprogramming@gmail.com Thank you

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Here at the Library: Back to School

 Here at the Library

    This week and last week marks the beginning of the school year for many in our area. We are fortunate to have a public school system that educates our children and prepares them for the next phase in their lives. This wasn't always the case. In today's Here at the Library, we're looking at the Public School System and how it came to be.

    Years ago, homeschooling wasn't a novelty, it was all there was. Parents taught their children, or if the family was wealthy enough, a private tutor was hired.


    The Puritans were the first in America to point out the need for education for the masses. They established schools to teach not just reading, writing, and mathematics but to further their own personal agenda and reinforce the core values of Puritanism.


Horace Mann



    In the 1840s a few public schools were found in various places around the country but communities that could afford these schools were few and far between. This wasn't good enough for Horace Mann and Henry Barnard. These two men began a crusade for free school for everyone in the United States.


    Massachusetts, Horace Mann's home state, passed the first compulsory school laws in 1852. New York did the same in 1853. By 1918 all American children were required to attend at least primary, what is now known as elementary, school. 





    Secondary, or high school, came later. American high schools were mainly considered to be prep school for students who were going to attend college. By 1910 high school has transformed into core elements of the common school system and had larger goals of preparing students for work after high school. This made the popularity of high schools grow exponentially. From 200,000 students in 1890 to nearly 1,000,000 in 1910 to almost 2,000,000 by 1920. Graduates found jobs, especially in the growing white-collar sector. Cities all across the country raced to build high schools.




    In the 1880s high schools started developing as centers of the community. Sports were added and by the 1920s the schools were building gymnasiums that attracted large local crowds to basketball and other games. This was especially true in small town schools where high school matches were often the only form of entertainment. 

    There is a very basic overview of how our public school system came to be. We have tons of information on our local school districts here at the library if you're interested as well as other material about Pennsylvania's education policies. 

    To all the students out there, have a wonderful school year! Learn all you can!!



Thursday, August 26, 2021

Here at the Library: National Dog Day

 Here at the Library

Happy National Dog Day! National Dog Day was founded in 2004 by Animal Welfare Advocate and Colleen Paige. National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, mixed and pure. and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues, or pure breed rescues. National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day, protecting our families and homes, for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and helping to locate and rescue victims of accidents and tragedy. Did you know that 85 million Americans own at least one dog? Per nationaldogday.com.


Here are some fun dog facts:
    85 million Americans, per the National Pet Owners Survey, own at least one pooch.

    Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic.

    A Bloodhound's sense of smell can be used as evidence in court.

    A Greyhound could beat a Cheetah in a long distance race. 
      
    The most popular breed of dog in the United States is the Labrador Retriever.




There are many benefits to welcoming a dog into your family. Dogs make us feel less alone. There are health benefits to having a dog. Dogs are proven to be good for your heart, they can lessen anxiety, they can help you cope with difficulties. By needing to be walked they help you become more fit and perhaps even more social. Dogs are so adorable! You can't help but love them!!

If you are thinking about adopting a doggo (because all dogs are puppers and doggos) strongly consider going to a shelter. There are several in our area. 
This is Cinnamon. She is at Orphans of the Storm in Kittaning. Cinnamon is shy when she meets new people but has a lot of love to share. She is active, playful, and a strong walker. She has been around older kids. Cinnamon needs to be with an easy going family. She would not do well in a multi-dog household. You can learn more about her specifically and even watch a video here. Not into Cinnamon? Have a look at all the other pets up for adoption here.

This is Pooh Bear. He is an 8+ year old pug male Pug mix that is house trained and neutered. Pooh Bear is special needs as he is deaf. To learn more about Pooh Bear or see what other dogs are available check out Tri-County Animal Rescue located in Shippenville. 





This is Loki. He is one year old and has excellent leash manners. He is super loyal and has a protective nature. Loki has lots of good energy. He is good with other dogs after appropriate introductions. He has an adventurous spirit and is eager to learn. Loki is fully neutered and vetted. You can find Loki and learn more about him here. While you're checking out Loki, have a look at the other dogs at Jenny's Dream in Kennerdell. 

There are so many dogs in need of good homes and many more places to rescue animals than the places listed above. If you're in the market for a canine companion check one of them out. If you aren't looking for a full commitment, consider fostering. Many of these shelters are lacking the space to take more discarded or unwanted pets. Fostering can give you the companionship and friendship of a dog (or cat) without a full commitment of owning an animal. See what it takes to become an animal foster here.

If you already have a doggo as a family member then Happy National Dog Day! 


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Activity Tuesday: What's New?

 

Here is where you find out all of the things going on at the library!



Thursday was our in-person tutorial for our upcoming Goodreads book club which will start in September. If you missed it and aren't sure how to use Goodreads or Hoopla, stop in and pick up an instruction sheet or bring your device and we can help! The first book isGirl,Alone by Blake Pierce.   
If you are already a Goodreads member, you can find us here.


This week marks the beginning of the school year for many in our area. Make sure you are prepared! Reading is an essential part of our education and required reading is sometimes a struggle for students. Make things a little more fun by using OverDrive or on mobile devices Libby to read on a tablet or computer. Let's face it, kids spend most of their free time on their phones. Why not let them do their school work on them!


The Great Cash Raffle is going on now. Stop in to any Clarion County Library to purchase your ticket. Tickets are only $5.00.

-6 Cash Prizes from $100-$500
-Only 1,400 tickets sold
(need not be present to win)
-Visit your local Clarion County Library to
purchase your tickets!
CLARION COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
-Drawing on December 10th at 1:00 p.m.
at the Clarion Free Library
-Watch live on CCLS's Facebook page!



That's all for this week! Check back next Tuesday for all things new at the library!








Monday, August 23, 2021

Linda's Book Reviews: Guest Review

 Linda's Book Reviews
In Death Series by J.D. Robb
Review by Sandy Traister

Book Review of JD Robb’s In Death Series

This review is about the In Death series by JD Robb.  JD Robb is a pseudonym of Nora Roberts.  She began this series in 1995 and it continues currently with 50 plus books in the series.

The series is futuristic, taking place in the 2050’s and on into the 2060’s.  The heroine is Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYSSPD and her husband Roarke, a reformed criminal who is now a multi-billionaire.

This series is not typical of books I enjoy.  So I’ve given some thought as to why it appeals to me so much.  I think it’s the author’s ability to develop a character and from that different relationships.  And she does this many times in a humorous fashion.  The futuristic is really out of my comfort zone but once again is done in a way that is not too out there.  Cars that can go vertical, can run on auto pilot… we’re almost there, aren’t we?  My favorite is a shower where you control the water temperature by voice and a drying tube.  I’d love both of those things!

To summarize:  I really love this series and have read several of these books more than once.  They are a great escape from reality; they hold your interest, have just about the right combo of mystery and romance.  They are just good entertainment, in my opinion!
The series would not have to be read in order, but I think you would appreciate the development of characters and relationships much better if read in order.


Linda's Book Reviews: The Ghosts We Keep

 Linda's Book Reviews The Ghosts We Keep  By  Mason Deaver  MY REVIEW LINDA BOWSER      Liam's brother Ethan is killed and he has a ...