Friday, July 25, 2014

Christian Fiction - First in a Series


Did you know we've pulled all of the adult Christian Fiction titles and shelved them together so it's easier for those of you who love Christian Fiction to find the authors you already love as well as new ones who may become favorites in the Christian Fiction genre. Here's a list of some first in a series titles from that section. 

Need help finding our Christian Fiction section? Just ask at the front desk and they'll be able to point you in the right direction!


Priced to Move
Priced to Move
By Aiken, Ginny
2007-10 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800732271 CHECK CATALOG She Thought She Was Leaving the Rat Race Behind??? Gemologist Andie Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout in her stress-filled job in New York. So she jumps at the chance to ditch her wormy corner of the Big Apple for a home in Kentucky with her lovable but off-the-wall Aunt Weeby. After all, things should be slower paced in Kentucky???right? Wrong. Andie reluctantly joins the Shop-Til-U-Drop …More


A Lasting Impression
A Lasting Impression
By Alexander, Tamera
2011-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764206221 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christy Awards (2012)

After an unwanted past, Claire strives to create something that will last as an artist among Nashville's elite society in the 1860s.
…More


Welcome to Last Chance
Welcome to Last Chance
By Armstrong, Cathleen
2013-08 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722463 CHECK CATALOG The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie's comfort--especially since she's on the run and …More


Candle in the Darkness
Candle in the Darkness
By Austin, Lynn N.
2002-11 - Bethany House Publishers
9781556614361 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christy Awards (2003)

The daughter of a wealthy slave-holding family, Caroline Fletcher is raised in a culture that believes slavery is God-ordained. But awakening to the cruelty it encompasses, Caroline's eyes are opened to the men and women who have cared tirelessly for her. Her journey of maturity and faith will draw her into the abolitionist movement, where she is confronted with the risks and sacrifices her
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Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
Dearest Dorothy, Are We There Yet?
By Baumbich, Charlene Ann
2004-01 - Penguin Books
9780142003794 CHECK CATALOG Introducing the irrepressible Dearest Dorothy and the cozy country town of Partonville. For the legions of readers who enjoy books that celebrate life's simple pleasures, 87-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra and her beloved farming town of Partonville, Illinois, will become instant favorites. …More


Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp
By Behunin, Ben
2009-02 - Abendmahl Press
9780615276069 CHECK CATALOG Jake Kimball is afraid he agreed too hastily to spend the summer working his way through the mess Isaac Bingham, the old potter-God rest his soul-left behing. As Jake begins his work in the old studio, he becomes aware of a unique collection of mugs hanging from an overhead beam. When friends of the old potter stop by to sip peppermint tea from these mugs and tell their stories, Jake begins to …More


Truth Stained Lies
Truth Stained Lies
By Blackstock, Terri
2013-03 - Zondervan
9780310283133 CHECK CATALOG Can three sisters--a blogger, a cab driver, and a stay-at-home mom--with only a little courage and no experience, moonlight as private investigators to save their brother from a murder rap? The first book in "New York Times"-bestselling author Blackstock's new Moonlighter Series. …More


The Widow of Larkspur Inn
The Widow of Larkspur Inn
By Blackwell, Lawana
2007-06 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764202674 CHECK CATALOG Book one of "The Gresham Chronicles" takes readers to an 1860s English village, where recently bereaved Julia Hollis, determined to provide for her children, decides to renovate an old inn. With the help of the town's new vicar, it just might happen. But will a behind-the-scenes scheme jeopardize everything? …More


No Place for a Lady
No Place for a Lady
By Brendan, Maggie
2009-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733353 CHECK CATALOG Can a Southern belle tame the heart of a rugged cowboy? Readers will fall in love with "No Place for a Lady"'s Colorado setting and the spunky heroine who wants to claim it as her own. …More


Treason
Treason
By Brown, Don
2005-04 - Zondervan
9780310259336 CHECK CATALOG The stakes are high . . . and the entire world is waiting for the verdict.The Navy has uncovered a group of radical Islamic clerics who have infiltrated the Navy Chaplain Corps, inciting sailors and marines to acts of terrorism. And Lieutenant Zack Brewer has been chosen to prosecute them for treason and murder.Only three years out of law school, Zack has already made a name for himself, winning …More


The Centurion's Wife
The Centurion's Wife
By Bunn, Davis
Author Oke, Janette
2009-01 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764205149 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christian Book Award (2010)

A sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity-- and the very personal story of Leah, compelled into a betrothal she never wanted, drawn by a faith she never expected... When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and position,
…More


Fire in the Night
Fire in the Night
By Byler, Linda
2013-05 - Good Books
9781561487950 CHECK CATALOG The Amish community of Lancaster is being terrorized by barn fires. David and Malinda Beiler's barn was the first to go. The clues are sparse, but Levi, the Beilers' oldest son, happened to be awake in the middle of the night and spotted a white vehicle driving past. …More


Accused
Accused
By Cantore, Janice
2012-01 - Tyndale House Publishers
9781414358475 CHECK CATALOG Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain of whom she can trust. …More


The Trouble with Tulip
The Trouble with Tulip
By Clark, Mindy Starns
2005-07 - Harvest House Publishers
9780736914857 CHECK CATALOG From the author of "The Million Dollar Mysteries" comes a brand new series ofadventure, sleuthing, and romance with a "chick lit" feel. …More


Blue Moon Promise
Blue Moon Promise
By Coble, Colleen
2012-02 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595549150 CHECK CATALOG Lucy Marsh has lost everything but her determination to provide for her brother and sister. When she realizes her father's death was no accident, she decides to accept a proxy marriage in order to get her siblings out of harm's way. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, and nothing there is as she expected. …More


Brink of Death
Brink of Death
By Collins, Brandilyn
2004-04 - Zondervan Publishing Company
9780310251033 CHECK CATALOG Terror rocks Grove Landing when a woman is murdered in her home. The victim's young daughter, Erin, witnessed the crime but is too traumatized to give a description. Desperate detectives ask neighbor Annie Kingston, with a background in art, to interview Erin for a composite. But what if Annie's lack of experience in forensic art leads Erin astray? The detectives could end up searching for a face …More


Out of Control
Out of Control
By Connealy, Mary
2011-08 - Bethany House Publishers
9780764209116 CHECK CATALOG In this humorous historical romance, a cowboy must choose between family bonds that could restore his trust or a love that could heal his heart. …More


A Case of Bad Taste
A Case of Bad Taste
By Copeland, Lori
2003-06 - Tyndale House Publishers
9780842371155 CHECK CATALOG Copeland introduces readers to the little town of Morning Shade with a lighthearted take on life. Frustrated author M.K. Diamond has a bad case of writer's block until she sees the perfect plot unfold in real life: a burglar who breaks into homes and "redecorates"--of all things. …More


Black: The Birth of Evil
Black: The Birth of Evil
By Dekker, Ted
2009-07 - Thomas Nelson Publishers
9781595547309 CHECK CATALOG A silent bullet from the night clips Thomas Hunter, and his world goes black. From the blackness comes an amazing reality of another world--a world where evil is contained. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he awakes in the other--both facing catastrophic disaster. …More


No One to Trust
No One to Trust
By Eason, Lynette
2014-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800722081 CHECK CATALOG Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?
The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of
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The Choice
The Choice
By Fisher, Suzanne Woods
2010-01 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800733858 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Carol Award (2011)

Lancaster County has always been her home--but where does her heart belong? Debut contemporary fiction from the author of "Amish Peace."
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Love's Reckoning
Love's Reckoning
By Frantz, Laura
2012-09 - Fleming H. Revell Company
9780800720414 CHECK CATALOG
Awards:
Christy Awards (2013) INSPYs the Bloggers Awards for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature (2013)

On a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in York. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's
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Day of War
Day of War
By Graham, Cliff
2011-06 - Zondervan
9780310331834 CHECK CATALOG Day of War is a gritty, intense, stylistic portrait of the Mighty Men of Israel---a rag-tag band of disgruntled warriors on the run with David, the soon-to-be King, whose legendary deeds are recorded in 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11. …More


Daybreak: Days of Redemption
Daybreak: Days of Redemption
By Gray, Shelley Shepard
2013-02 - Avon Inspire
9780062204400 CHECK CATALOG In the first book in the new Days of Redemption series, readers meet three generations of the Keims, a close-knit Amish family whose many dark secrets are about to be exposed and nothing is as perfect as it seems. …More

Monday, July 21, 2014

"THE NEW COLORED PENCIL"

"The New Colored Pencil" is a new publication by Watson Guptill authored by Kristy Ann Kutch. You can expect wonderful art books from Watson Guptill and this is not an exception. This beautiful book is for beginners and experts in this field of art. The beautiful art captured in this step by step primer is exceptional. The new Colored Pencil is an incredibly thorough resource for artists using this artistic medium whose popularity is growing. From tips, techniques, tools, to the latest in pencil technoogy and attributes, this is a one-stop book for both budding and established artists.

The book is broken down by type of pencil: Wax based (traditional) colored pencils, water-soluble colored pencils, and wax pastels (the new crayon-type of pencil). Each chapter describes the various tools and accessories, brands and their prices/advantages, mediums, and of course different techniques. As well, drawings, in various stages, are presented for learning to create different types of works and very inspirational images are interspersed throughout.

The book is cleanly laid out and easy to read/follow. The sections are broken down in a way to make referencing the various techniques, tips, or tool info making it easy and efficient.

Friday, June 6, 2014

No More People Magazine Book Reviews

I was sorry to read in the latest edition of Early Word that People Magazine will no longer have their Book Review section. I have always enjoyed reading their reviews and thought they had a pretty good handle on what people like to read and were reading. I chose many of the books I purchase for the library from their top picks.
Susan



Read the article below:

The last issue with a Book section
When opening the new issue of People magazine, you may wonder where the Books section is. Unfortunately, along with the other reviews sections, it is gone. Books, movies, TV and music will now be combined in an upfront section, “People Picks,” where they will also have new competition from apps, games, viral video and other entertainment.



The last issue with
a Book section



In the inaugural “Picks” section, books appear towards the end (ahead of the DVD of the HBO series, True Detective and the streaming musical, side effects, with just three new hardcovers, all of them by well-known authors – Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My On Heart’s Blood, and Lisa See’s China Dolls – as well as three paperback reprints, also from big names.
This is the first major change to the magazine under the new Editorial Director, Jess Cagle who took over in January. It seems his predecessor, Larry Hackett, had considered making changes to the sections, but kept them to support partial advertising pages.


The book business has had to suffer the diminishing, or closing, of many book review sections. Given People magazine’s extensive reach, this may be the worst blow of them all.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Story Time Review

Flutter and fly into Story Time

This final week of our Story Time session we focused on bugs. We read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, I Love Bugs by Emma Dodd, The Apple and the Butterfly by Mari Lela, Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian by Margarita Engle, Lady Bug on the Move by Richard Fowler, and Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter. Surprisingly, the favorite book of the week was the wordless book The Apple and the Butterfly. It describes how a worm gets into an apple, how it gets out and the general life cycle of a moth. This deceptive book looks so simple but is fascinating it show the changing seasons and lots of other details one might miss if not studying the pictures closely.

We Used the CD Tiny Tunes by Carole Peterson to play the song Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar and I am a Butterfly. I pre-cut some fabric to have the children hold in each hand to make "butterfly wings" as we danced around the room. If you had scarves you could use them for this simple activity. Continuing our butterfly theme, we water color painted some die-cut parts for a butterfly and glued them to a mask for our craft.

Our take home page also featured butterflies to trace, to practice our pre-writing skills.

Next session registration is June 3rd at 10:30 a.m.

See you then!
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Story Time Review

Story Time is Egg-citing!

This week we talked about eggs. It was a fun topic to bring in a little Easter without actually doing an Easter theme. We read Oliver by Christopher Franceschelli, Egg Drop by Mini Grey, Ten Eggs in a Nest by Marilyn Sadler, Roly-Poly Egg by Kali Stileman, Egg in the Hole by Richard Scarry, and The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown.

We played with our shaker eggs and we had a game of follow the leader with eggs. I filled plastic Easter eggs with small notes and had each child draw an egg one at a time. I would read the note and then we would do whatever activity it listed. Hopping like a bunny, singing like a frog and spin around 5 times fast were some that we did that were fun.

For our craft I just gave each child a paper with a white oval printed on it. Then I set out sequins, stickers paper shapes and other items that the children could decorate their egg with.

Our take home page was a dice rolling game. It had two rows of eggs each with numbers from one to six. To play the players get six markers like beans or buttons or pennies. They roll the dice and then place a marker over the number they roll. The first one to cover all the eggs wins.

Next week: Bugs
Michele Schumann
Children's Librarians

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wow! I didn't know that!

The Value of my Library
I just was reading about the value of libraries and thought our readers might be interested.
According to a report from the Utah State Library Division, the economic return to taxpayers’ investment in public libraries is $7.35 per public tax dollar (or $1.00) expended. The ROI (Return on Investment) was calculated by dividing the total economic value of public libraries minus the total direct benefit ($706,854,261 - $84,617,790 = $622,236,471) by the public tax support ($84,617,790) for all public libraries in Utah. This return per dollar of taxpayer funds comes back to taxpayers in the form of the value of public library services and the economic contribution of public libraries to the economy.

Wow talk about value for your money! Libraries rock. Join us for our National Library week celebrations this week. Check out our webpage,  www.bcpl.lib.ut.us for a full list of activities.

Michele Schumann
Children's Librarian

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Hippity Hop to Story Time!

This week we read about rabbits at Story Time. Our books were Big Bunny by Betsy Gail Rand, The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers, Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Rosenthal, Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes, The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky, and Oh So, Tiny Bunny by David Kirk. I used the song  Here is a Bunny by Carole Peterson from her CD Season Sings and Hop like a Bunny from the CD Toddlers on Parade

We did a fun activity with the flannel board. I drew some unusual carrots on 2x2 cards. Carrots that were squares or ovals or hexagons. Some that were green and yellow and purple too! Then I taped the carrots to the flannel board and taped some brown construction paper strips over the top to make dirt. Just the tops were sticking out. I had each child come up one at a time and pick a carrot, they showed what kind of carrot they got and then fed the carrot to a hungry bunny. The bunny I made with an empty #10 can. I taped a photo copy on the top of a rabbit face, with a whole cut out for the mouth. The children just slid the carrots through the hole into the can. They loved this activity. It was fun to tell them about real purple carrots, one mom said that they had even grown purple carrots in their garden last summer. 


For our craft we took a plain white paper plate and glued on some white rabbit ears. We used a pink pom pom for his nose and some cotton balls for his puffy cheeks. We glued on some googly eyes and drew a mouth and little tongue. Some children drew on whiskers as well. We could have also used pipe cleaners for whiskers but our Walmart was out of them the day I went shopping for supplies and I didn't have time to drive anywhere else to get them. 

Our take home pages included some bunny finger puppets to color and cut out and the finger rhyme 5 Little Bunnies.

Next week: Eggs, both the regular kind and the Easter kind
Michele Schumann, Children's Librarian