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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 • Posted May 22, 2014

Good News! Reading is not dead. Indeed, in many children’s lives, reading is an important element. “According to survey research from a variety of sources, young children read or are read to for an average of somewhere between a half-hour to an hour a day (Common Sense Media, 2011, 2013; Wartella, Rideout, Lauricella, & Connell, 2013; Rideout, 2014), and older children (tweens and teens) read for pleasure for a similar amount of time (an average of 38 minutes a day among 8- to 18-year-olds) (Rideout, 2010). Half of parents with children under 12 read with their children every day (Zickuhr, 2013); 60% of children 8 and under read every day (Common Sense Media, 2013); and, among 6- to17-year-olds, the proportion of daily readers is estimated at 34% (Scholastic, 2013). So keep up the good work, and when you need books—downloadable or otherwise—remember we have them (or we’ll try to get them if we don’t)!

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

DVDs:

The Legend of Hercules

Game of Thrones Season 3

Mr. Selfridge Season 1

Mr. Selfridge Season 2

The Bletchley Circle Season 2

Labor Day

Swiss Family Robinson

Still Mine

The Vampire Diaries Season 2

Nashville Season 1

Amores Verdaderos

Amor Bravio

Corazon Indomable

Audiobooks:

Killer Heat by Brenda Novak (CD F NOV Hir.3)

The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais (CD F MOR)

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (CD F KOO)

Non-Fiction:

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals (636 BAR)

Sunk in John J. Domagalski (940.54 DOM)

“Pidge, Texas Ranger” by Chuck Parsons (921 ROB)

Large Print:

Past Perfect by Susan Isaacs (LTE F ISA)

Without a Trace by Lynn Erickson (LTE F ERI)

Fiction:

Snapshot by Lis Wiehl (F WIE)

“Federal prosecutor Lisa Waldren’s estranged father wants her to investigate a cold case from his FBI days. Her father reveals a photograph: a little white girl and a little black girl at a civil rights rally in 1965 where the shooting of a civil rights leader took place. She recognizes herself in the photo. What she discovers are layers of deception possibly reaching as high as the president.”

Seduction by M. J. Rose (F ROS Rei.5)

“In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later Hugo initiated hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her. Recovering from a great loss, mythologist Jac L’Etoile thinks that throwing herself into work will distract her from her grief. In the hopes of uncovering a secret about the island’s mysterious Celtic roots, she arrives on Jersey, but Theo Gaspard who has invited her there hopes she’ll help him discover transcripts of Hugo’s lost conversations with the Shadow of the Sepulcher. Neither Jac nor Theo anticipate that the mystery surrounding Victor Hugo will threaten their sanity and put their very lives at stake.”

The Bees by Laline Paull (F PAU)

“Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. She is prepared to sacrifice everything for the Queen. Yet Flora has talents that are not typical of her kin. And while mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is reassigned. Enemies roam everywhere, but Flora cannot help but break the most sacred law of all, meaning her instinct to serve is overshadowed by a desire, as overwhelming as it is forbidden...”

Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver (F DEA)

“A cunning collection of short stories from the master of misdirection, including original tales featuring the hugely popular series characters Lincoln Rhyme and Kathryn Dance.”

Unlucky 13 by James Patterson (F PAT Wom.13)

“When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people.”

Love Comes Along by Nora Roberts (F ROB)

“Ex-model Zoe Fleming is now a hardworking single mom - and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She would like a tenant to share household expenses. What she gets is confirmed bachelor J. Cooper McKinnon. Coop quickly befriends her son, but she has zero room in her life for a man!”

A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable (F GAB)

“When April Vogt’s boss tells her about the discoveries in a cramped, decrepit ninth arrondissement apartment in Paris, the Sotheby’s continental furniture specialist hears the word ‘escape.’ April quickly learns the apartment is a goldmine. First, there’s a portrait by one of the masters of the Belle Epoque. And then there are letters and journals written by the woman in the painting, documents showing she was more than a renowned courtesan. April tries to uncover the secrets buried in the apartment.”

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