February Staff Recommendations

Looking for something new to read this February?  Check out these new staff picks!

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado

Even if You Don’t: A Love Story by Bryan C. Taylor with Kailen Combs Taylor

Racial Profiling: Everyday Inquality by Alison Marie Behnke

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien



January Staff Recommendations

Looking for something to read this winter?  Try these new staff favorites!

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Children's War by Monique Charlesworth

The Children’s War by Monique Charlesworth

Balance Broken (Starbright Book 2)

Balance Broken by Hilary Thompson

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Mayberry

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley



The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen: A Member Recommendation

Both the book and the movie. 


There is one quote. “Do you mean to say, that if I believe in your story as you have told it, then it is as good as if it were true.”


Jane Austen must have published under her own name. How else would we know that hey were her books?


There is a mystery series featuring Jane Austen. 


Last is Kentucky Unbound. This is for e-readers. It allows you to check out books for free. The librarians will help you get it set up.

Sharon S.

Member Recommendation

This book recommendation is basically a list of books to read. I enjoyed reading them so hopefully you will too.


  1. The Christmas Joy Ride–Melody Carlson
  2. Miss Julia’s School of Beauty–Ann B. Ross
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire–J. K. Rowling
  4. Death of a Valentine–M. C. Beaton
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban–J. K. Rowling
  6. Death of a Nurse–M. C. Beaton
  7. The Maltese Falcon–Dashiell Hammet

Sharon S.

New Arrivals

Looking for something new to read?  Check out these books that have recently arrived at the library.

Year One by Nora Roberts

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander

                            DEAD OF WINTER by Wendy Corsi Staub

Dead of Winter by Wendy Corsi Staub

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The Dry by Jane Harper

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

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The Extraditionist by Todd Merer

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Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life by Robert Dallek

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The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley

Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone by Richard Lloyd Parry

The Radium Girls: A Member Review

Shortly after World War 1 and right before the Great Depression, hundreds of very young girls and women were employed in a dangerous occupation. They used tiny paint brushes to apply radium, what became known early in the 20th century as a radioactive substance, to the hands and numerals on clocks so that the time could be read in total darkness. These girls also applied radium to the dials on weapons used by the military.
Kate Moore, the author of The Radium Girls, first came into awareness of the plight of hundreds of women when she directed a play, These Shining Lives. She was so intrigued by the girls’ tragic stories, that she researched in depth to such a degree that there are 70 pages of footnotes at the end of the book.
Moore’s detailed description of the suffering, the pain, the loss, the disrespect of hundreds of women is outstanding writing. In her research, she visited survivors of the girls who died; she interviewed those who suffered radiation poisoning but who lived to tell about their experience; she visited the cities and factories where this horrible wrong took place. Her research found deep, embedded corruption because, (“follow the money” is an expression we hear often today), it was jobs, jobs, jobs, good paying jobs and nobody wanted to derail that train. Physicians were intimidated, politicians would not stand up to the wicked companies that so endangered their employees. Corporate officers, supervisors, a few of them who were female, all denied, lied, and deceived as the injured and dying girls fought through the courts for justice.
None of the wronged ever received compensation adequate for their costs and losses, but what they achieved for all of us today is what is now the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA. We owe a great debt to these courageous girls and women who stood-up to the corporate giants even from their death beds, even from their graves as disinterment and autopsies proved what they were denied during their lives.
One of the reasons I am so glad that I found and read this book is that there are people today who wish to do away with the EPA and workplace regulations. There are people who wish for us to go back to the days when workers were expendable, when they had no voice, and when there were no protections for them in our government. How scary and sad is that?
What I read in this book will stay in my heart for the rest of my days. Brenda Little