Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Traveling the Globe Starts at Your Library

Posted on behalf of KPL staff member, Gayle.

My mission in the last couple of months has been to update our travel section. I am working to make sure we have the most up to date travel guides in paper and electronic form. But, if you are looking for a completely different and awesome vacation......

Budget Globetrotting says “Beautiful, easy to read, informative and hip. This is a terrific guide for those interested in traveling, but not really sure where to start. Highly recommended to any 18-23 year old interested in a vagabonding, backpacking trip overseas, but unsure where to start.”

The best places to go and things to do all around the world in 2015! Drawing on the knowledge, passion and miles traveled by Lonely Planet’s staff, we present a year’s worth of travel inspiration to take you out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences.

Find the best thing to do every day of the year, events like India’s Holi festival or the cheese-rolling race at Cooper’s Hill in England, to seasonal events like Alaska’s caribou migration and weather-dependent adventures like completing the Touir de Mont Blanc. 

This illustrated and updated edition of Lonely Planet’s pocket –sized bestseller contains tips, tricks and trade secrets for stress-free travelling. Find out where the best seats are on a plane, how to avoid bug bites and which essential gadgets you should never leave home without.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Celebrating Mothers!!

"I realized when you look at your mother you are looking at the purest love you will ever know."
                                                                                     -Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Here are some books that look at the relationships between mother and child...













And to share with your kids...



Saturday, April 25, 2015

Favorite Literary Heroes From Your Library Staff

In anticipation of the 2015 Summer Reading Program: Every Hero Has a Story, KPL staff members have shared their favorite literary heroes: fictional characters, authors and historical figures!

Angela, Teen & IT:
Sailor Moon, from the manga series by Naoko Takeuchi.  Usagi, a middle school student is given a magical brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon.  Together with her team of Sailor Soldiers, Sailor Moon battles to save the Earth from evil forces.

Bonnie, Technical Services:
Travis McGee, self-proclaimed "Salvage Consultant."  Travis first appears in Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald.

Chelsea, Youth Services:
Scarlett O'Hara, the defiant Southern belle from Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone With the Wind.

Clarice, Youth Services:
Alex Cross, the former FBI agent first appears in Along Came A Spider by James Patterson.  
Clarice also recommends books about Rosa Parks.  Try The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis.   

Ellen, Customer Service & Information Services: 
Alanna from Tamora Pierce's Song of the Lioness Quartet. Start with Alanna: The First Adventure.

Emma, Information Services:
Flavia DeLuce, the precocious 11-year-old scientist/sleuth created by Alan Bradley.  Read about Flavia's adventures starting with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

Heather, Customer Service:
Elizabeth Bennet, the witty heroine of Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen.

Joan, Information Services:
Liane Moriarty, contemporary author of books including What Alice Forgot, The Husband's Secret, and Big Little Lies. 

Julie, Youth Services:
Gail Carson Levine received a Newberry Honor for her first book, Ella Enchanted.  Now the author of 16 books, Levine's writing features many reimagined fairy tales.

Katie, Customer Service & Information Services:
Amelia Peabody is the protaganist of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody mysteries.  Uncover the mysteries of Egypt in this 19 book series.  Start with Crocodile on the Sandbank.

Lisa, Operations:
Holden Caulfield is the angsty protagonist in J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye. Catcher in the Rye has been a frequently challenged book since it's publication in 1951 and subsequent rise in use for high school English classes.  Although Holden is a teenage narrator, the book was originally intended for adults.

Marge B, Customer Service:
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is the creation of author Louise Penny.  Still Life is the first in the 10 book series following the inspector through a series of mysteries in Three Pines, an idyllic village in Quebec.

Marge Z, Customer Service:
Marcus Didius Falco is a delator (private informer) in the Roman Empire under the reign of Vespasian.  Start sleuthing with Marcus Didius Falco in Silver Pigs by Lindsey Davis.

Melinda, Customer Service, Technical Services:
Severus Snape, the tragic hero from the Harry Potter Series.  Start with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and continue through book 7 to see how Snape's story unfolds.

Nick C, Customer Service:
Jeeves makes his first appearance (in a full-length novel) in Thank You, Jeeves! by P.G. Wodehouse.  Jeeves serves as the valet to a scattered and foolish young Londoner, Bertie Wooster.

Nick O, IT:
Juan Cabrillo is the captain of The Oregon, a state-of-the-art ship disguised a rusted out vessel.  The Oregon Files Series by Clive Cussler starts with Golden Buddha.  Start reading to begin your journey with Juan!

Sandy, Youth Services: 
Boo Radley, the mysterious recluse in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Sarah, Director: Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has been described as a "spunky combination of Nancy Drew and Dirty Harry.  Start with One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Yoon, Customer Service: 
Khaled Hosseini is the contemporary author of The Kite Runner, And the Mountains Echoed, and A Thousand Splendid Suns.  Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Hosseini's family moved to France before applying for asylum in the United States.  Each of his novels take place in Afghanistan.

Who is your favorite literary hero?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Celebrate National Train & Rail Safety Day!

In celebration of National Train and Rail Safety Day on May 9th, be sure to stop by the Kirkwood Train Station at 110 E. Argonne from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m for festivities. 

And here's a list of titles for train enthusiasts of all ages! Enjoy! 

Stories for Adults:
Trains & Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith 
Murder on the Orient Espresso by Sandra Balzo
Strangers on a Train by  Patricia Highsmith
Dead Man's Tunnel by Sheldon Russell

Stories for Kids:
Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker
How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton
I'm Fast! by Kate & Jim McMullan 
Railroad Hank by by Lisa Moser

Nonfiction for Adults:
Europe by Eurail by LaVerne Ferguson-Kosinski
Lincoln's Greatest Case: the River, the Bridge, and the Making of America by Brian McGinty
All Aboard: the Complete North American Train Travel Guide by Jim Loomis
Midnight in Siberia by David Greene
Railroads and the American People by H. Roger Grant