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July 2018   issueIssue 111

image Only three more weeks of Summer Reading!

But don't worry, there's still time to sign up and complete your reding logs! Summer reading is for all ages, and everyone is invited to participate. Kids birth through age 18 can earn a prize package that includes a new book, a pass to Rock River Rapids, and more, just by spending some time reading or being read to.

Adults who sign up and complete 4 books (minimum of 100 pages each) are entered into weekly drawings and eligible to win one of three grand prizes—a Kindle Fire and  $50 Amazon gift card!

All reading logs must be completed and turned in by 5 p.m.  on Sunday, July 22.



Looking for great books on the cheap?

It's time once again for the Friends of the Library annual book sale! Mark your calendar now so you don't miss the best book bargains around. Hardcover books are 50 cents each, paperback books are 25 cents each, music CDs are $1 each, and DVDs are $2 each.

The sale will be held in the Community Room July 21-22, with a special preview sale for Friends members only, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, July 20.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21
1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 22
In the library Community Room


Tweens and teens: Create a radio play!

Spaces are still left for this awesome program! Learn the classic art of storytelling through sound at this interactive event. Tweens and teens will learn foley, effects, and sound recording as they perform a story using only their ears and imaginations. The final play will be featured at the Red Carpet Premiere on Friday, July 27. Register online to reserve your spot in this fun one-day workshop.

  • Tween/Teen Radio Play (3rd – 12th grade), Friday, July 13, 4pm – 6pm

Teen art contest winners!

The library invited teen artists to submit works of art that were inspired by music, in honor of this year's summer reading theme, Libraries Rock. Photos below are those that took first, second and third place and honorable mention. The entries were judged by a local professional artist. Each winner received a gift card to Hobby Lobby.

Stop in to view the art in the High Wall Gallery and see notes about each artist's inspiration.
1st Symphony in Graphite
by Callie King
2nd Escape by Brittney Gillespie
3rd Love Song by
Carolynn Bradshaw
HM Dubstep Dragon by
Leo Atherton

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If you find that you aren't receiving email from the library like you think you should, check your spam or junk folder. Some email services aren't too fond of our email addresses and sort them out. Add any library email addresses to your addres book and you won't miss another one!



Love to talk books? Come to a library book club!

We have three active book groups here at the library that are open to everyone. If you love to read and talk about the books you read, pop in to one or more of the book groups! Bemused Bibliophiles meets during the day and reads popular books that have been on the bestseller list. Hauntingly Good Reads meets in the evening and explores all kinds of books that have a supernatural/magical/unexplainable kind of bent—we look far beyond the traditional vampires, ghosts and witches. Joyful Page Turners is the most enduring book club at the library—it's been meeting regularly for 18 years! Books selected for this book club include just about everything: classics, modern bestsellers, non-fiction, and more. Click on the book titles below to see them in the library catalog. Sign in to your library account on the catalog and you can place a title on hold.


Read and Watch:
The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

Join us this month for another title in our Read and Watch series. The Mountain Between Us tells the story of two stranded professionals, strangers, who decide to charter a plane, after getting stranded in Salt Lake City. When their plan crashes in the remote wilderness of Utah, Ben, a surgeon, and Ashley, a magazine writer, have to rely on each other to survive.

We will meet at noon and have a light lunch while watching the movie, then have a brief discussion about the book and movie afterward. Ask for a copy of the book at the front desk of the library. Registration is requested and opens at 9 a.m. July 1.

Read and Watch, noon-2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26
in the Community Room (age 18 and up)


Logo for Y THO Productions

Join us at our Red Carpet Premiere!

Filmmakers, friends, family, and the public are invited to view the original Moviecraft music video from Y THO Productions and hear our Tween/Teen Radio Play. Our production crews will be honored as we feature an original music video, a behind the scenes featurette, and a blooper reel. Meet the crews and get autographs from the performers!
Refreshments will be served.

Red Carpet Premiere
Friday, July 27, 6:30pm – 8pm
All ages welcome

There's still time to see Wichita Women Artists

Don't miss your opportunity to see these remarkable works by local female artists. Vibrant and varied, the 65 artworks on display in the Gathering Space Gallery are indicative of the artistic talent of the 40 artists who make up Wichita Women Artists. Art includes works in oils, watercolor, gouache, acid ink, pastels and mixed media. Subject matter is sure to appeal to almost everyone.


Prairie Storm by Pam Hayes (oil pastel)



Book review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

First line: My brother reaches home in the dark hours before dawn, when even ghosts take their rest.

Summary: In the brutal Martial Empire any opposition is met with death. When Laia's brother, Darin, is arrested, she seeks out the resistance for help in freeing him. Her request is granted with conditions: She must enter the service of the fearsome Commandant of Blackcliff Academy as a spy or leave her brother to die in prison. Elias Veturius, a student and soldier at Blackcliff, is trying to escape the life of a soldier who will spend his life killing. Laia and Elias learn that they may have the chance to change the empire.

Ashley's thoughts: I absolutely loved this book! I listened to the first half on a drive to Colorado, but I hated having to wait to finish it. I checked out the e-book and finished it the next day. The characters are amazing; the plot is fast and intense. This book feels fresh. Many young adult books follow a similar pattern, but I felt that Tahir did a great job of taking this book to another level. I immediately had to get book 2 (also great!) and now book 3!

Note:  This book is volume 1 in a series, and was released Feb. 9, 2016.

Check out our blog for more book reviews. 

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Book review: Radium Girls
by Kate Moore

First line: The scientist had forgotten all aobut the radium.

Summary: With the discovery of radium by the Curies, the world thought it had found a miracle element that could improve complexions and cure cancer. Radium had many uses, including glow-in-the-dark elements that were used to light the hands on watches. At factories, girls were earning high wages working with radium, but they did not know they were slowly poisoning themselves.

Ashley's thoughts: I am shocked and saddened by how these poor young women were treated. They worked hard, but when they started to experience pain throughout their bodies, companies denied them any sort of compensation. Women died from exposure to the radium, but their employers did not care. I had heard great things about this book and when it was chosen for the Goodreads book club Our Shared Shelf, I decided it was time to read it. This is definitely a sad time in history.

Ashley's rating:

New release book review:
Spinning Silver
by Naomi Novik

First line: The real story isn't half as pretty as the one you've heard.

Summary: When Miryem takes over her father's money-lending business, she excels at it. She has a talent for turning silver into gold. Slowly bringing her family out of poverty, she garners a reputation but it may not be as good as she thought it would be. She draws the attention of the Staryk king, a creature of ice and cold who preys on the people of Vysnia.

Ahsley's thoughts: This book is beautiful! It has classic fairy tale themes, Rumpelstiltskin, and the feeling of a Russian folktale. I wish I had read it in the dead of winter because it is very atmospheric. The story is rich and dark. So much detail and story is packed into it that it takes a while to digest. This is not a summery beach read, but one that needs to be savored while reading.

Release date: July 10, 2018

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