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Wednesday, November 13, 2013 • Posted November 13, 2013

Computers, smart phones, even smart wristwatches—they’re ubiquitous—but not everybody has or wants one of those gadgets. And, you don’t necessarily need one to access the internet—just come to the library. We have ten public access computers that you can use for free, and you can’t beat free for a deal! On the other hand, if you do have a tablet or laptop or other gadget, you can come in and use our Wi-Fi for free—anywhere in the building. You’re sure to find a comfortable spot, so come on in!

NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)


Trading Christmas

House of Cards

Lost in America

The Night Before the Night Before Christmas

Come Dance With Me

Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas Special

Hitched for the Holidays

Holiday Triple Feature: Moonlight & Mistletoe, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Christmas Choir

A Christmas Kiss

Holiday Engagement



Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson (CD F PAT)

The Cobra by Frederick Forsyth (CD F FOR)


David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (155.2 GLA)

Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel (362.8609 FIN)


Sycamore Row by John Grisham (F GRI)

“Often named an all-time favorite by John Grisham’s fans, the book that started it all gets a brand-new chapter. Grisham returns to Ford County, Mississippi, where defense attorney Jake Brigance will have to fight for justice in a trial that could tear the small town of Clanton apart.”

Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky (F PAR War.16)

“V.I. Warshawski’s closest friend in Chicago is Lotty Herschel, who lost most of her family in the Holocaust.  Lotty escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with Kitty Binder.  When Kitty’s daughter is in danger, she calls Lotty, who, in turn, summons V.I. The daughter’s troubles turn out to be just the tip of an iceberg of lies, secrets, and silence, whose origins go back to the mad competition among America, Germany, Japan and England to develop the first atomic bomb.”

Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass (F BAS Bod.8)

“In 1992, Dr. Bill Brockton, head of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Department, launches a research facility unlike any other in existence. He’s determined to revolutionize the study of forensics to help law enforcement solve homicides. But his plans are derailed by a series of murders that leaves him reeling from a sense of déjà vu—and the list of victims could include Brockton himself.”

An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling (F SNE Son.1) Chr.

“Eighteen-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She’s had several suitors but none she deemed worthy. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever.”

Return to Me by Lynn Austin (F AUS Res.1) Chr.

“After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo’s prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God’s chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain.”

Loss of Innocence by Richard North Patterson (F PAT Mar.1a)

“In 1968 America is engulfed in civil unrest and uncertainty. Yet for twenty-two-year-old Whitney Dane, spending the summer on Martha’s Vineyard, life could not be safer. But the Vineyard’s still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whitney nor her family could have prepared for.”

Winners by Danielle Steel (F STE)

“When a horrific chairlift accident leaves 17-year-old competitive skier Lily Thomas paralyzed, she must come to grips with the fact that she’ll not only be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life, but will never fulfill her lifelong dream of winning Olympic gold.”

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (F MES)

“Nora Eldridge, a thirty-seven-year-old elementary school teacher has become the “woman upstairs,” a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a Lebanese child. She finds herself falling in love with his family, separately and together. This story of obsession and artistic fulfillment explores the thrill—and the devastating cost—of giving in to one’s passions.”

The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice (F RIC Wol.2)

“For Reuben Golding, now infused with the wolf gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this Christmas promises to be like no other. Astonishing secrets are revealed, secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits - centuries old - who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and taunt with their dark, magical powers.”

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