Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lots of New Books!

We had a very nice donation this week of Amish and prairie fiction by authors such as Kim Vogel Sawyer, Wanda Brunstetter, Beth Wiseman, Beverly Lewis and Cindy Woodsmall. Thank you to the patron who donated these to our collection!

We also just got in a shipment of Junior and Young Adult books that I hope will be of interest to more than just teens. Several deal with either specific periods in time or specific cultures and look to be both interesting and educational. Below are just a few of these 24 new award-winning books just added to our collection.

The Shepherd's Granddaughter - A coming of age story that is also a powerful reminder of the terrible tragedies confronting real people as a result of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children - The children of soldiers relate in their own words, how war has marked and shaped their lives. Even though they may be living safely in North America, children always suffer when nations go to war.

Beneath My Mother's Feet - The story of a dutiful daughter who has to grow up way too fast when her father is injured and can no longer work. Once her only worry was if she would be happy in her arranged marriage but now that she is forced to be a maid to help her family survive she learns that her lessons of hardship turn out to be a lot more liberating than she ever imagined.

The Rogues - A powerful and resounding high adventure that brings life to the Scottish Clearances, one of the stormiest chapters in Scottish history. A good introduction to an almost forgotten time and place and the conflict between England and Scotland.

Morning in a Different Place - A touching story about a child of Irish immigrants and her struggles living with an alcoholic father and her unaccepted friendship with a black girl.

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party - Drawing from her childhood experience, the author brings hope and humor to this powerful story of a girl who comes of age and fights to survive during the Cultural Revolution.

The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World - In a fresh and vivid account, Nathaniel Philbrick sheds new light on the settlement of Plymouth Colony. Here is the epic sago of how the Pilgrims and Native Americans forged an uneasy peace and how that peace disintegrated into King Philip's War, one of the deadliest conflicts ever fought on American soil.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Homer United Methodist Church Library

Did you know that the Methodist Church in Homer has a library and that you don't need to be a member of the congregation to access it?

I had a wonderful visit this week with Joan Lane who took me on a tour of the church library. They have many religious books, CDs and DVDs for all ages from children to adults. Their entire book collection can be viewed online at:

The collection is open to anyone in the community. If you would like more information, please contact the church:
*in person - 301 South Main in Homer, M-F 9am-noon
*by phone - 896-2038
*by email -

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Parades, Patriots and Fireworks at the Library!

Help us celebrate the 4th of July at the Library. Our special hours on the 4th are from 6:30 - 9:00 pm (after the parade and before the fireworks). Bring your valid Homer Library card and your name will be entered into a drawing!

Come see our patriotic/military themed 4th of July display. We would like to thank the generous patron who donated several very nice, recent military non-fiction books. Partly due to such generous donors, we have a quickly growing selection of books regarding WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and more recent military efforts. Some of these new additions are:

The Pacific - The Official Companion Book to the HBO Miniseries;

Horse Soldiers - The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan;

The One Percent Doctrine - Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11;

and Semper Fi Vietnam - Marine Corps Campaigns, 1965 - 1975.

These are just a few titles among many. Come on in and see what else we have to offer - you might be surprised!