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What’s February without a little romance?

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And what is romance without Nicholas Sparks?  You loved him in The Notebook and you will also love him in one of his many other books.  Try At First Sight, Message in a Bottle, Safe Haven, and Dear John.

Or try some of these other popular authors:
Melissa Kantor in The Breakup Bible, which is a book about recovering from a romantic breakup.  Always good information to have!

Sarah Dessen in Along for the Ride or one of her other fun books.

Jerry Spinelli in Stargirl, a book about the joys and perils of first love.

Tucker Shaw in Flavor of the Week, which includes yummy recipes along with a mixed up love triangle.

Or read a real life love story with a real princess – William and Kate

Or try a classic like Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak, a love story set in the middle of the Russian Revolution.


How do YOU see it?

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How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon tells of the shooting of a young back teen by a white male.  But it is only told through the voices of those who witnessed the event or who knew the main characters and it is amazing how no 2 accounts are exactly the same.  So which one is the truth?  What really happened?



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The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin also involves a death – was it suicide or something else?  Addison Stone was a strongly gifted artist who didn’t live by the normal rules and all those whose lives she touched try to figure out her life after her death.  Again, there is more than one side to this remarkable life.



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Want to Go Private? by Sarah Littman is told in parts – first by the main character, Abby, who hooks up with an incredibly wonderful guy named Luke online. Then her voice disappears abruptly and we hear from surrounding voices: her younger sister, best friend, boyfriend, parents and more.  We see there is more to discover about Abby and this situation.



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And then, just for light-hearted entertainment, there is the book, A Little Something Different, by Sandy Hall.  This is a romance, but the two main characters never have a voice.  The whole story is told through other characters, including, but not limited to, a Chinese delivery guy, a professor, a park bench, and a bus driver.  It’s just lots of fun, especially the squirrel who is nuts over nuts and the park bench who rates butts – they’re not all created equal!



Be Thankful

Be thankful for …

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Your LIBRARY CARD – school or public.  It opens the doors to so many possibilities and it’s FREE!

It places thousands of books and eBooks, movies and TV shows, magazines, and more  at your fingertips.  It gives you resources and references for your own information or for papers and projects; provides admission to neat programs; gives you computer and internet access; and gives you 24/7 access to online, anytime help from a librarian.

Use it often – The more you use it the smarter you grow!


The month for mysteries

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October is a great time to catch up on your mystery reading and to meet some new mystery writers! You may already be familiar with Lois Duncan, but have you ever read some of the classic authors like Agatha Christie (British) and Mary Higgins Clark (American)?


Norah McClintock is a newer mystery writer whose main character, Robyn Hunter, is a teenaged girl who finds the answers that adults miss – you’ll love her!

Other mystery writers to try:

John Grisham, who writes legal thrillers and mysteries

James Patterson, author of the Maximum Ride series and more

Carol Plum-Ucci, Jean Lowery Nixon, Anthony Horowitz, Alane Ferguson and many more.


New October titles

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New from Joseph Delaney, the author of “The Last Apprentice” series – A New Darkness, which features Thomas Ward, spook.  Although he never finished his apprenticeship, he is now the Chipenden Spook.  Things become more difficult and complicated when he meets Jenny, who seems to know a lot about the new evil confronting Tom.  She is willing to share her knowledge if Tom will allow her to be his apprentice, the first girl ever in that capacity.  Will he?  Won’t he?

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Urban Outlaws by Peter Black – for fans of Alex Rider and other adventure lovers.  This is a book packed full of adventure and super-techie kids, amazing acts of daring and James Bond – like technology.  You will get caught up in the fantastic mission of these 5 extraordinary kids setting about to right the wrongs of society and you will be betting on this team the whole way.  You’ll also be looking for more books by this author!

Other new books you may like –

Blackbird by Anna Carey

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman

Series Updates

Welcome back to school and a great collection of library books available.  Just for you we have updated some popular series with the newest books and we have added a series!

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There is  a brand new series by Cinda Chima: The Heir Chronicles.  We have 5 books in that series right now.   Come check it out today. You will recognize Cinda Chima as the author of the Seven Realms series.  On top of that  we  have added books 2, 3, and 4 from the Seven Realms series to our collection,  so lots to keep you reading if you are into fantasy fiction with wizards and magic!

Other series we have updated are:

The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney – books 9 through 12

Number Four by Pittacus Lore – The Revenge of Seven

Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz – Russian Roulette

The Missing by Margaret Peterson Haddix – Revealed

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan – The Blood of Olympus

Come check us out!

Summer Fun!

Summer vacation is almost here.  I hope you have a great time doing things you love: working, sleeping late, hanging out with friends and READING!  You can check out books from the public library, pick them up at yard sales, swap them with friends, or read eBooks – ours continue to be available for checkout any time. Stop in the LMC before June 5 for instructions on accessing our eBooks over summer vacation.

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For EXTRA fun:

Take selfies of you reading at the many places you enjoy reading over the summer, like the park, the beach, on a road trip, wherever. Be creative and email or text your pictures to me at  We’ll share them when school resumes in the Fall.

Summer’s coming!

School is almost over and all library books are due back by Friday, May 29.  Please be sure you have everything returned by that date, but don’t stop reading!  You can still access eBooks in the school catalog over the summer and you can visit any public library in the area.

If you are interested in taking advantage of our eBooks, stop in the LMC before June 5 to pick up directions on how to do this.  You will be using your school user name and password to access them and you will be reading them online.

The public library system is also a wealth of wonderful treasures.  In addition to books, they have DVDs and audiobooks to check out and computers to use on site.  And the very best thing is that you are able to order books from any one of the many libraries in Lancaster County and have it delivered to the library that is most convenient for  you.

To get a public library card, if you are 14 – 17 years old, you will need to have a parent accompany you with an ID (driver’s license or other ID that shows name and address.)  If you are 18 or over, you may use your school ID to get a library card.  You may also need to present a piece of mail addressed to you as that will show your address.

And it is all FREE as long as you remember to return your books on or before the due date.  They don’t have a super-extended grace period like we do, but it is still a great deal!

More next week…

Innovative Technologies

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The LMC has a new set of books called Innovative Technologies that you may find informative and intriguing.  The set includes titles on solar, wind, methane, and nuclear energies as well as a book on sustainable farming.  The books have lots of information on how these innovations are working, along with color pictures, text boxes, and bright diagrams.  On top of being full of helpful information, they’re also fun to read!

Stop in the LMC today to see these books and lots more on these or other topics. If you have trouble getting to the LMC or have any questions, you may contact me any time at

Fun Reading

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Spring is a great time to read something just for fun and the LMC has lots of great books for readers, no matter where your interests lie.Deb Caletti is always a great teen girl writer.  You may have loved her in The Six Rules of Maybe or Stay.   If so, you’ll want to read her latest book, The Last Forever, featuring Tessa, whose mother recently died and whose father thinks an impromptu road trip is the answer.  At first that doesn’t seem like a great idea, but then Henry enters the picture and things look different.  Are they better?

Also try Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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Science Fiction readers may want to check out Robin Wasserman’s book, The Waking Dark.  You may recognize her as the author of the books Skinned, Crashed, and Wired.  Something is waking in the quiet town of Oleander, Kansas and it is not good.  People are dead and there are only 5 people who have a chance of stopping the destruction before the whole town is gone.  They really have no other option but to stand and fight the darkness in their town and in themselves.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is another great read.


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Adventure addicts will like the newest Artemis Fowl book – The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer or any of the 12 books in the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flannigan.

The Living by Matt de la Pena is high adventure at every turn.  It begins on a cruise ship with a man overboard, and escalates with an interrogation and search, compounded by a tsunami and even when you survive all of that, you are still not safe.  The worst is yet to come.

Another great adventure book is Hostage Three by Nick Lake, which involves Somali pirates.


Stop in the LMC to check out any of these titles or choose from our great collection of lots more!

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