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


Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 One Book, One Kirkwood Selections

There’s fun for the whole family when you read one of the One Book, One Kirkwood picks!  Books at each level feature a magical or mysterious library or bookstore.  

Children: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Teen: The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
Adult: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein features Kyle Keeley, a class clown and a huge fan of games.  His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, the most notorious and creative gamemaker in the world, just so happens to be the genius behind the construction of the new town library. Lucky Kyle wins a coveted spot as one of twelve kids invited for an overnight sleepover in the library, hosted by Mr. Lemoncello and riddled with lots and lots of games. But when morning comes, the doors stay locked. Kyle and the other kids must solve every clue and figure out every secret puzzle to find the hidden escape route!

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library has been described as a "cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night At the Museum."  

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman follows New York high school student, Elizabeth.  After Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan introduces Clay Jennon.  After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.  Join Clay as he attempts to crack the code to eternal life.

Join us on Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 in the Kirkwood Public Library meeting room for a Skype conversation with Robin Sloan! 

Stop by the library, or online at Overdrive to check out your copies today!

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?