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Shorelines June 2015

Upcoming Programs

Circle Time : Mondays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Infants and toddlers and their parents/caregivers will have fun rhyming and moving with Miss Char. With a focus on repetition, children build their repertoire each week of rhymes, both old and new.

Story Time : Thursdays, June 25th through August 6th) at 10 a.m.
Encourage early literacy, foster a lifelong love of reading, and have fun. Children of all ages are welcome at Story Time with Miss Charlotte. This year's theme is Every Hero Has a Story.

Tech Tuesdays : Tuesdays from 10:00 to 12:00
A library staff member will be available to help you with your library related technology issues. Learn how to download ebooks, and audiobooks to your personal device. Learn how to search the library's digitzed newspaper collection. Non-library related tech issues will be addressed as time allows.

Book Share by the Bay : Monday, June 22nd from 7 to 8 p.m.
Readers come together to share their newest readings or old favorites. Book Share is a great way to meet other book lovers and learn about books you may otherwise miss. This program meets outside on the library's patio, so food and drink are allowed.

Spanish Conversation Group : Tuesday, June 30th at 7 p.m.
Join us for an evening of conversation in Spanish. Practice your language skills and meet other Spanish speakers.

Breakfast Book Share : Wednesday, July 15th from 9 to 10 a.m.
Bring your own coffee or tea and talk about books. Share what you have read recently and find out what fellow community members have been reading. This is a great way to discover new books!

Joel Tacey's Super Caper Comedy Show : Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m.
FLY, POW, and LEAP into reading with Sidekick Joel! Help unlock the secrets of 2 mysterious crystals which give and takeaway incredible super-powers, as Sidekick Joel brings several super-duper books to life. Comedy, magic, music, and lots of audience participation highlight this exciting, wholesome youth program that will have kids and grown-ups laughing out loud and crazy about reading!
     Registration began on June 5th for our annual Summer Reading Program. Our theme this year is "Every Hero Has a Story" and we have many heroes to celebrate. Story Time with Miss Charlotte begins next Thursday, June 25th at 10:00 a.m. Keep an eye out at the Frankfort July 4th parade- a few of your favorite librarians may be showing their "superhero" side. 
Annual Book Sale! The Annual library book sale is Saturday, August 15th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book donations will be accepted until Saturday, August 1st at 3 p.m. Click here for a list of what type of donations we accept.

Books! Books! Books!

Suggestions from Cathy

     Okay! Hooray! It's summer!  What are you going to read? It's a great time to discover new authors, reread favorites, delve into something profound or just escape with a beach read!!!  Mysteries are a popular genre for escapist reading.  I was thinking about detectives who solve crimes under adverse regimes. Conflicts that arise because of a difficult relationship with authority create an interesting premise for a mystery plot. (Really, I don’t sit around thinking about different genres all the time, but one of my daughters is traveling the Trans-Siberian Railroad for the summer. This led me to think about books set in Russia, which led me to remember GORKY PARK.) The main characters in these mysteries solve crimes in places where nothing works, the government is trying to prevent the crime from being solved, or both.  One of the characteristics the detectives share is a moral compass that they follow no matter what the powers-that-be demand or threaten.  Also, they are good at their jobs, never give up, have their own standards of honesty, are very intelligent and sensitive in their own way. An interesting aspect of these mysteries is the glimpse into what it is like to live and work where your beliefs do not coincide with the government and society in which you live.
     Martin Cruz Smith: Arkady Renko Series (Soviet Union).  Renko solves crimes that the KGB does not want solved leading to extreme danger and personal sacrifice.  The first book in the series is GORKY PARK, in which Renko goes against the wishes of the FBI as well as the KGB.  One of my favorite books in the series is POLAR STAR.  It is a totally unique mystery set on a factory fishing ship. 
     Colin Cotterill:  Dr. Siri Paiboun Series (Laos). The main character in this series is, by default, the only coroner in Laos in the 1970s where absolutely nothing functions and where there are shortages of everything.  Dr. Siri Paiboun has to solve crimes, with the help of friends and spirits, by thinking his way through them.  He has an unfailing curiosity about everyone he meets and a deep interest in ideas.
     James Church:  Inspector O Series (North Korea). It was difficult for Arkady and Paiboun to solve crimes in the two previous series, but imagine trying to solve crimes in North Korea.  This is really unfamiliar territory for most of us…and completely chilling.  What I find so captivating in the Inspector O mysteries is that despite the fact that the regime rules without a trace of humanity, Inspector O loves his country. He loves it because he loves its people.  By solving crimes, he faces a dire future, but is always committed to finding the truth.
     Philip Kerr: Berlin Noir Series (Nazi Germany). Bernie Gunther, the detective in the Berlin Noir series, is trying to solve murders in the face of the absolute evil of Nazi rule. Gunther is a hard-boiled, philosophical detective who remains principled in the face of Nazi control.
     Adrian McKinty: Detective Sean Duffy Series (Northern Ireland). There are possibly worse jobs than being a Catholic police officer in the Protestant police force in Belfast in the 1980s, but it would be hard to imagine what that job would be. Sean Duffy bends the rules, breaks laws and and is trusted by no one. He is one of the most messed up but compelling detectives in a mystery series.
     The library has several international crime mystery series you can read this summer!  Of course, if you prefer classics, best sellers, romance…we have it all…or can get it through MeLCat.

Happy Reading!
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