Thursday, April 29, 2021

Here at the Library: The Ancient Ones

 Here at the Library
    It's no secret that Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre. I wrote a whole post on it which you can read here, if you're interested. This doesn't mean I'm unwilling to venture into other areas (Nora Roberts is probably my favorite author) especially if the genre is related to my comfort zone Urban Fantasy.
    I'm always on the look-out for something new to read. I belong to several online groups and follow numerous authors. One day while scrolling, I stumbled upon Quill and Crow Publishing. Upon visiting the website and reading the description:

    "Quill and Crow Publishing House is a quaint and curious press dedicated to promoting the integrity of independent literature. Specializing in all things Gothic and macabre, we strive to preserve the upmarket prose while lifting up voices often unheard. We bid you welcome."

    Hmm...just my cup of tea. The website leads to available publications, information on the authors, books that can be purchased, and access to the Quill and Crow Blogs. At the bottom of the page is a link to fill out a form to become an ARC reader. ARC is short for advanced reader copy -a copy of a book, given free to select readers, usually given before a book is released. The purpose of an ARC is to have readers read and review a novel and publish that review to give potential readers insight, and help decide if the book is worth a read. As I mentioned before, this is just my cup of I signed up. 

    It wasn't very long until I received an email asking if I was still interested. I was. I happened to mention in my reply that I was a librarian and part of my position is administrator of our blog. Cassandra Thompson -founder of Quill and Crow, replied to me. She had recently completed her Masters in Library Science and has a soft spot for all things library. More than anything, she wants to get her book, The Ancient Ones, into more libraries. She asked if she could send us a copy to add to our collection. The answer, of course, was a resounding yes. 
    In addition to the copy for the library she sent me an ARC copy to keep, not asking for anything other than for me to read the book -which, happily, I did. While it's usually Linda who does book reviews for our blog -and in an effort to not steal a post from her, I'll give you my review of The Ancient Ones here in hopes you'll give it a try yourself.

    The Ancient ones is filled with lore, myth, and legend. The story is an articulate and impassioned blend of history, horror, and romance that I would compare to authors such as Anne Rice, or Bram Stoker, with a dash of Edgar Allen Poe.
    David's journey is fascinating. You are with him through it all as he recounts his life story to a dying stranger. This book has everything you could ask for, action, adventure, suspense, and a dash of romance. The story is a page turner, well written with complex character development and emotion that you can feel as you get sucked in deeper with every page. 
    I would recommend that any history lover, mythology lover, romance lover, fantasy lover, horror lover, any reader really...give this story a try! 

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Critter Club: I spy

 Critter Club
Hello! I'm so glad you're here. I just wanted to let you know that we only have two Critter Clubs left for the year! Come Fall we are going to be trying a new program, one I don't have all the details for yet but rest assured it will be something fun!

These last two programs of Critter Club will be entirely virtual, so you don't have to worry about coming into the library to pick up materials. Use what you have on hand!

This week our book is I Spy by Caitlin Haynes. This book is a read-a-long game so be sure to pay attention!

This week, instead of a craft, I want you to play the I Spy game with your grown-ups, friends, or sibling (that means your brother or sister). Be sure to tell the truth when they guess correctly! If you or your grown-ups have never played I Spy here are the instructions:

‘I spy’: a turn-taking and talking game

‘I spy’ is a simple game that you and your child can play anywhere.

‘I spy’ is a turn-taking game, so it helps to develop your child’s social skills. When your child waits for their turn, they're learning how to play and cooperate with others.

‘I spy’ is also great for building your child’s vocabulary and understanding of language. That’s because your child has to think of the names of objects and the letters they begin with, if they can.

What you need for ‘I spy’

You can play this game anywhere. You just need to be able to look around and talk with your child. You don’t need any special equipment.

How to play ‘I spy’

Decide who starts. You could choose the youngest person, or the person whose name starts with the letter closest to the start of the alphabet.

The player who starts picks an object that everyone can see. The player gives the first letter of the object as a clue. For example, if the player chooses a fence, they say, ‘I spy with my little eye something beginning with F’.

Players take turns to call out guesses until someone gets the right answer. The first person to guess correctly gets the next turn to choose an object.

Adapting ‘I spy’ for children of different ages

You can easily adapt ‘I spy’ for older and younger children.

Your younger child can give their clue in a way that doesn’t involve letters. For example, your child could say, ‘I spy with my little eye something that I can eat’ or ‘I spy with my little eye something that’s red’.

Your older child could change the rules to make the game more interesting. For example, each player gets to ask three questions about the object with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer before they take one guess.

We have a few worksheets that you can do online! These worksheets are fun, and they will help you learn!

This is an I Spy and count worksheet:

This is another I Spy worksheet that will help you with counting things!

We only have one game link this week. There are a lot of different things you can try on this website!

Have fun and we will see you next week! 
Miss Kelly

Monday, April 26, 2021

Linda's Book Review: House of Hollow

 Linda's Book Review
House of Hollow
Krystal Sutherland

Here is a description from Amazon followed by my review! 

A dark, twisty modern fairytale where three sisters discover they are not exactly all that they seem, and evil things really do go bump in the night.

Iris Hollow and her two older sisters are unquestionably strange. Ever since they disappeared on a suburban street in Scotland as children only to return a month later with no memory of what happened to them, odd, eerie occurrences seem to follow in their wake. And they're changing. First, their dark hair turned white. Then, their blue eyes slowly turned black. They have insatiable appetites yet never gain weight. People find them disturbingly intoxicating, unbearably beautiful, and inexplicably dangerous.

But now, ten years later, seventeen-year-old Iris Hollow is doing all she can to fit in and graduate high school on time--something her two famously glamourous globe-trotting older sisters, Grey and Vivi, never managed to do. But when Grey goes missing without a trace, leaving behind bizarre clues as to what might have happened, Iris and Vivi are left to trace her last few days. They aren't the only ones looking for her, though. As they brush against the supernatural, they realize that the story they've been told about their past is unraveling, and the world that returned them seemingly unharmed ten years also might just be calling them home.


  This week's book Is House of Hollow. It is a dark gothic novel about 3 sisters taken from the street ten years ago, while their parents turned for just a second. They are found a month later on the exact street they disappeared from. Their black hair turns blonde, and their eyes turn black as coal. They seem to have some persuasive power. Their father thinks that they are not his children. The main character is Iris, who was 7years old when it happened and is now 17. The story is told from her view. The middle child is Vivi, who is now a musician in a band. Grey is the oldest, the leader, and a famous model and clothing designer. Iris and Vivi have no memory of what happened when they disappeared. They soon find out that Grey remembers everything but has never told her sisters. There is nothing these sisters won't do for each other, even kill if they have to.
  When Grey disappears, Vivi and Iris go looking for her and face a creature trying to kill them. The exciting twists and turns go from there. The ending will surprise you. If you are a fan of horror, suspense, paranormal, or thrillers, this book is for you! I really enjoyed this one!

I Give This Book
4 stars!

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Here at the Library: Earth Day

 Here at the Library

    Here at the Library, we have numerous volumes with information about taking care of our environment. From books on recycling, upcycling, and repurposing, to books on the damaging effects of pesticides and chemicals in the air and on our food. Today we are more aware than ever of our impact on the environment and the things that we can do to help keep our earth healthy. 

    Every year since 1970, today, April 22nd has been celebrated as Earth Day. Until that year, Americans were mostly oblivious to the damage being done to our planet and ourselves. How did we come to realize the important issues regarding pollution, and how did Earth Day come to be a worldwide celebration? 
Rachel Carson
    In 1962 Rachel Carson, a Pennsylvania native, wrote a book called Silent Spring. This book called attention to the detrimental effects of aerial pesticide spraying on the environment and the long term effects on animal and public health. The book spearheaded environmental activism and led to Carson being called "mother of environmental movements." She called for people to "act as stewards of the living earth."
    Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin was one of the many who believed in the cause that was put forth in Rachel Carson's book. He was determined to convince the federal government that our planet was at risk. Nelson announced the Earth Day concept at a conference in Seattle in the fall of 1969. He invited the entire nation to get involved. About the response of the American public he said:
    "The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes, and air- and they did so with spectacular exuberance."
Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day

    Nelson believed, like Rachel Carson, we only have one Earth. We need to take care of it. He persuaded Pete McCloskey, Californian member of the House of Representatives and Denis Hayes, student president and young activist at Stanford University, to organize a rally of sorts to be held April 22, 1970. In publications promoting the rally, they called it Earth Day -a name that immediately caught on and spread across the country. That first Earth Day inspired 10% of the American population. It may not sound like much, but to the founders, it was a very big number indeed.
    The first Earth Day saw something rare. Support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, blue collar and white collar. The awareness of the need to help our environment inspired everyone and by the end of 1970 the Environmental Protection Agency was created.    
    Since the first Earth Day in 1970 celebrations have grown. In 1990 Earth Day went global with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating.

Today, Earth Day's reach is even greater. The Earth Day Network collaborates with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in more than 174 countries. More than one billion people are involved in Earth Day activities making Earth Day "the largest secular civic event in the world."

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Critter Club: Earth Day

 Critter Club

Happy Earth Day!! Earth Day happens every year on April 22. We use this day to help remind us that we need to take care of where we live! We can do this in lots of ways. Picking up garbage when we go for a walk, turning off lights when we don't need them, running less water when we brush our teeth. Think of some things that YOU can do to help take care of our planet.

Today's book is The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle, a Story about Recycling by Alison Inches

Here are our worksheets.

These first two need to be colored! Then cut them out and make them into a book!

This turns into a crown. Color all the pieces and then glue the face onto the Earth. Look at the pictures on the second page and see if you can use less of that thing (reduce) use the thing again (reuse) or change the thing into something else (recycle). 

The Earth Crown is your craft from us for the week, but I want you to look in your trash can (ask your grown-up for help) and find something in there that you can make into something else. We call this recycling. Here is a project that my youngest son Ethan and I made from boxes and bottles.

Here are our online resources for the week:

On National Geographic Kids you can read all about Earth Day, play some games, and learn about how to help the Earth.

Learn how to sort trash and clean up with this game

Have fun! Send me pictures of what you make!
Miss Kelly

Monday, April 19, 2021

Linda's Book Review: The Other Emily

 Linda's Book Review
The Other Emily
Dean Koontz

This week's book review is a suspenseful mystery

A Description From Amazon

A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup’s victims whose remains were never found.

Writer David Thorne still hasn’t recovered from losing the love of his life, or from the guilt of not being there to save her. Since then, he’s sought closure any way he can. He even visits regularly with Jessup in prison, desperate for answers about Emily’s final hours so he may finally lay her body to rest. Then David meets Maddison Sutton, beguiling, playful, and keenly aware of all David has lost. But what really takes his breath away is that everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily. As the fantastic becomes credible, David’s obsession grows, Maddison’s mysterious past deepens―and terror escalates.

Is she Emily? Or an irresistible dead ringer? Either way, the ultimate question is the same: What game is she playing? Whatever the risk in finding out, David’s willing to take it for this precious second chance. It’s been ten years since he’s felt this inspired, this hopeful, this much in love…and he’s afraid. 

My Review 


Linda J Bowser

 Dean Koontz's books are appealing to me because he uses supernatural or Science Fiction to tell his stories. A lot of times he will include a Golden Retriever into the story because that is his favorite dog. He owns two now and has had others throughout his life. This also makes his books enjoyable for dog lovers like me! Although this story does not have a Golden Retriever it does have some crazy supernatural/Science Fiction.

 The main character is David Thorne, a popular author. Ten years ago he lost the love of his life to tragedy but without ever really knowing what happened. Her body is never been found, so he always wonders if she is still alive or has become a victim of a known serial killer.

 One night he meets a girl who called herself Madison in a restaurant. She looks and acts exactly like Emily only she hasn't aged in the last 10 years. Could this be Emily? David goes on a hunt through the past to try and find out what happened to Emily that night when her car broke down on a lonesome highway.

  The story keeps you guessing till the end. 
I Give This Book 3 Stars

Friday, April 16, 2021

Staff Picks: April

 Staff Picks

The library has many different types of entertainment to choose from. Of course books, newspapers, and magazines are always available. We also have a wide selection of movies and television shows on DVD. If you prefer the internet for entertainment, check out our computer lab! Following that theme our staff is sharing some of our favorite things in addition to books. Enjoy!

Linda's Pick

    My pick this month is a TV show on NBC called Good Girls. The first season started in 2018. Here is some information on the First Season:
    When sisters Beth and Annie and their best friend Ruby become fed up with playing by the rules and not getting the respect they deserve, they band together to take control of their lives -- by holding up a local grocery store. Beth's the perfect wife and mother, but her used-car-dealing, cheating husband has sent her family into financial ruin; Ruby is happily married to a policeman but can't afford the medical bills and experimental drugs to help her daughter; and Annie, a single mom, is caught in a nasty custody battle with her ex. In desperate need of money, the women plan the heist expecting to ease their financial burdens. But new to the game of crime, they get pulled in deeper than they ever imagined -- and the only way out of this will be together. 

    We are now into Season 4 and every time you think these girls couldn't possibly get into any more trouble...... they do!
    They find out that a gang wanted to rob the store also. And that leads to a whole lot of trouble for the girls.
    Good girls is just a really awesome show. So much drama and suspense mixed with some humor. The first, second, and third seasons are now on Netflix. I suggest watching this show from episode one because you do not want to miss a thing! Check it out!

Sherri's Pick
    Chicago Fire is a drama television series. The show explores the lives of firefighters both professional and personal. They are rescue personnel and paramedics stationed at a fictional firehouse with the Chicago Fire Department. 
    I really enjoy this show. The acting is very good and the fires and accidents look so real. There have been some very intense episodes. 

Rachel's Pick

Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller

We are reading this book for our New Adult book club this month and so I thought I would use my review for our Staff Picks, too.  I actually read this book for the first time in 2019 but it was so fantastic that it deserved a revisit.  I highly recommend it to anyone age 13+.

Handed over the majority of this day to this book and was amply rewarded for it. What a fantastic read. Part of a quote from the back of the dust jacket reads, "...The world-building! The voice! This book kicks so much ass." I have to agree wholeheartedly. Rasmira, our protagonist, is pitch-perfect as she leads us on this wild adventure through some of the most hostile-sounding wilderness I've ever had the pleasure to read about, truly, lol. I would not want to fight for survival against half the plants mentioned, let alone the creatures.

This book drops you right into it, and I'll be honest, I never saw the betrayal coming (from multiple angles), and it STUNG. Beautifully and realistically it haunts Rasmira throughout the novel and clouds her thoughts and judgment, keeps her guard up and closes her off. It's believable. As is her slow process of working through it and overcoming it, allowing it to strengthen her as a person rather than make her bitter. It helps when you have two awesome friends to help you along the way. ;)

And awesome they were. Serious friendship goals. UwU I would read ALL THE SEQUELS just to read more about these fantastic characters. (hint, hint, lovely author, lol)

I truly loved every aspect of this book. The characters were fun and their dialogue well written/easily flowed, the plot was extremely interesting to me and kept me fully engaged throughout with no lag, and nothing ever felt forced. The sweet, sweet justice was sublime. Ass was indeed kicked and it was glorious.

I appreciated how throughout it all, just like that dust jacket quote points out, the voice of the story, is so great - Raz is never turned into a whiner or a soggy wimp about her circumstances. She sees the merit in everything that's befallen her and turns it into something good, something to use to strengthen her, and I can get behind that. She has a strong voice, a capable voice, and it is refreshing as hell.

Kelly's Pick

    As evidenced before in our Staff Picks, I enjoy many things true pick for this month is "Cold Case Files." 
"Cold Case Files," one of A&E Network's most popular and successful series of all time, chronicles the re-examination of long-unsolved crimes and the journeys of law enforcement personnel who reopened them. With the use of forensic advances and new evidence, police and detectives attempt to crack the cases and clarify unanswered questions. Each story is brought to life through cinematic dramatizations and first-person storytelling from the detectives and loved ones who lived through the harrowing experiences. Original episodes, which date back to 1999 and span nearly 10 years, are hosted by Bill Kurtis.
    The show is no longer in production but can be found on numerous streaming platforms including Netflix and Hulu. I have currently watched all available episodes on the streaming services I subscribe to, sad, however it will allow me to move on and pick something else for next month!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Here at the Library: Lost Children of the Alleghenies

 Here at the Library

    Here at the Library we have numerous books about the history of Pennsylvania. In doing research for an upcoming requested post, I came across the story of the Lost Children of the Alleghenies, and I was intrigued. I had never heard this story. After asking friends, family, and co-workers, I realized that they had never heard of it either. 
    The Lost Children of the Alleghenies. A tragic tale that's mysterious and perplexing -yet perhaps there is a simpler explanation. Instead of an account of prophetic dreams -maybe it's origins are more sinister. Could this be murder? 

    The story of the Cox children is tragic, creepy and suspicious all at the same time. 

    Near the town of Imler, PA, a town about 15 minutes north of Bedford on April 24, 1856 George and Joseph Cox went missing. George was seven and Joseph five. They were the children of Samuel and Susannah Cox. The boys apparently got lost when they followed their father into the woods. 
    The family lived in a cabin built by Samuel for his wife and children. At this time, old growth logging had not yet begun in this area of Pennsylvania and the land was still heavily forested.
    On the morning of April 24th Samuel heard his dog barking. Thinking the dog had treed a squirrel he grabbed his rifle and hurried into the woods. He didn't realize the boys had followed. Only when Samuel returned home without the boys did the Cox's realize their children were missing.

By nightfall, over a hundred men began scouring the woods. By the time the search was over, more than 2,000 (some sources say 4,000) residents of Bedford, Cambria, Somerset, and Blair counties had taken part. 
    Despite the efforts of searchers, the boys were not found. The community began to speculate. Perhaps the children were kidnapped or sold into slavery. Others blamed the Cox family -saying they had murdered their own children. The prevailing theory however, was that the children had been eaten by wild animals. 
**at this time in Pennsylvania, mountain lions, black bear, and wolves were relatively common

    Nearly a week had passed with no sight of George or Joseph. Samuel and Susannah wouldn't give up. They went as far as hiring a diviner and when that didn't work, they brought in a known witch from Somerset.

Jacob Dilbert

    Ten days after the children's disappearance a young man, who lived fifteen miles away, had a dream. Jacob Dilbert dreamed that the boys were lying under a birch tree next to a mountain stream. It's important to note that Dilbert had not helped in the search for the boys and was not familiar with the land. He ignored the dream until he had the dream again the next night, and the night after that.
    As Jacob was walking in the dream, he passed the carcass of a dead deer, a child's shoe, a large stream with a log across it, a ravine and a birch tree -under the birch is where he would find the boys.
    Jacob told his brother-in-law, Harrison Whysong, about the dream. Because he lived quite a distance from where the Cox children went missing, Jacob didn't recognize the land in the dream, by Harrison did.
    Fifteen days after the boys went missing, Jacob and Harrison headed into the woods. Whysong thought the stream in Jacob's dream was about seven miles from the Cox home. Along the trail, the men came across the carcass of a deer, a child's shoe, a log crossing a creek, and near the bottom of a ravine, under the branches of a birch, lay the bodies of George and Joseph Cox. 
Tombstone of George and Joseph Cox

    Upon finding the children, church bells rung in all the small towns across the Allegheny Mountains to let everyone know that the boys had been found. The two were buried together in Mt. Union Cemetery on May 8th, 1856. 
    In 1906, fifty years after the tragedy, the community collected donations for a Lost Children of the Alleghenies monument. In 1910 the monument was placed in the spot where the children were found and is still there today in what is now known as Blue Knob State Park. 

I hope you enjoyed this story. Perhaps you have reached your own conclusions as to what may have happened to the boys? Let me know what you think! If nothing else, it's an interesting tale and perhaps a fun road trip.

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link to the book published about the story in 1888 with interviews of Samuel and Susannah Cox

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Critter Club: Duck on a Bike

 Critter Club

Hi Everyone! Today's story is 'Duck on a Bike' by David Shannon

Here are our worksheets 

In the book, Duck passes a lot of animals on his bike ride. The animals make their sounds at Duck. The Cow says "moo", the Cat says "meow." Try this interactive game and see if you can guess what animals are making the sounds.

Our craft for the week is peddling feet!
You need: a roll of packing tape or duct tape, two bamboo (or other) skewers, two straws, and two pieces of sturdy paper. Ask your grown ups to help!!
Somehow I missed the straws in the picture, but you need them!

First thing is to trace your feet. 

Next step is to cut your paper feet out and tape the skewers to them like I did.

Then take the straws and put them over the ends of the wood skewers.

After you've got the straws on the wood skewers, you're going to tape them onto the inside of the roll of tape. One on the top, one on the bottom. This can be tricky!! Make sure you allow your grown-ups to help you!

Trim off the pieces of the straw that are sticking out

Take your feet to the floor and roll away!

Online Games:
This game wants to know how well you remember the book

See how far you can get duck though the maze...Don't get burned!!

Have fun! See you next week!!
Miss Kelly

Monday, April 12, 2021

Linda's Book Review: A Trial of Sorcerers

 Linda's Book Review
A Trial of Sorcerers
Elise Kova

Description from Amazon:  
Ice is in her blood.

Eighteen-year-old Waterrunner, Eira Landan lives her life in the shadows — the shadow of her older brother, of her magic’s whispers, and of the person she accidentally killed. She’s the most unwanted apprentice in the Tower of Sorcerers until the day she decides to step out and compete for a spot in the Tournament of Five Kingdoms.

Pitted against the best sorcerers in the Empire, Eira fights to be one of four champions. Excelling in the trials has its rewards. She’s invited to the royal court with the “Prince of the Tower,” discovers her rare talent for forbidden magic, and at midnight, Eira secretly meets with a handsome elfin ambassador.

But, Eira soon learns, no reward is without risk. As she comes into the spotlight, so too do the skeletons of a past she hadn’t even realized was haunting her.

Eira went into the trials, ready for a fight. Ready to win. She wasn’t ready for what it would cost her. No one expected the candidates might not make it out with their lives.

A Trial of Sorcerers is the first book in a brand new, young adult, epic fantasy series intended for readers who love stories involving: sorcerer competitions, slow-burn romance, adventures to distant lands, and elemental magic.

My Review 


Linda J Bowser

  I enjoyed the Trial of Sorcerers. If you like magic and adventures in fantasy, and a slow-burn romance then you will enjoy this book too.

   It starts out slow and at first I wasn't sure about it, but if you hang in there it takes off and gets much better. 

  18-year-old Eria has always been the underdog. Hiding behind her brother's success and the watchfulness of her family. She has always known she was different from the other sorcerers. Her magic is powerful but untamed. She always felt her magic calling her to another land called Meru.

  Eria stumbles across a hidden room with many passages. Inside the room are journals from a past sorcerer who was using dark magic. Who was this sorcerer? What does she have to do with Eira's past?

 She finds out some of her past when her parents finally reveal their secrets hidden from her when she enters the Tournament of Five Kingdoms. Her family is against her entering because they want her brother to win. They also are afraid of Eira's magic and the truth it might bring to the surface. Eira wants to win because winning means a trip to Meru where she can search for answers to who she is and why her magic is special. 

 I can't wait until book 2!


3 AND 1/2 STARS!

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