March 13, 2014 - Winter Reading & Big Jake

The Winter Reading Program ended about on March 1st with our End-of-Reading Program Party. The next day was another one of those below zero nights followed by a single-digit daytime high. But since then, maybe the weather got the hint that since the Winter Reading Program is over, perhaps winter itself should be wrapping things up and moving on. Our winter reading program is based on a theme suggested by an animal-based adage such as "DeForest Goes to the Dogs and Reads" or "DeForest Reads 'Til the Cows Come Home", or "DeForest Reads 'Til Pigs Fly". We have had cats, cows, dogs, ducks, and horses. If you have any suggestions for next year's theme and phrase, our Children's Librarian, Louise is doing a survey - so there's a form out there somewhere-or you can just let staff know. The big caveat is that there should be a variety of books (ideally both fiction and non-fiction) at a variety of reading levels available on the animal. While you're contemplating that, I have one more harbinger of spring to tell you about. Winners of the "Why I want to Visit Big Jake" essay contest went up to Smokey Hollow Farms in Poynette to visit Big Jake - the Guinness World Record holder as the tallest horse-this past Saturday. Big Jake (and all his stable mates) has started to shed - the proof was blowing around in the barn and was in your hands when you gave Jake's head a pat - and this is a sure sign of spring according to Big Jake's owner. I also saw a couple of robins flitting from tree to tree on South Street on Sunday. While spring keeps creeping closer and closer there are a lot of new books arriving some of which are listed below. Enjoy!

  • cover art Daughter of the king / by Sandra Lansky Lombardo. The daughter of one of the most powerful mobsters in America describes growing up amidst the glamour and tragedy of 1940s, 50s and 60s Las Vegas and recounts knowing Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Luciano and Frank Sinatra as a child.
  • cover art Devotion and defiance : my journey in love, faith and politics / by Humaira Shahid. A prominent Muslim woman activist describes how she took over the "women's section" of a Pakistani newspaper and exchanged light news to exposés on acid attacks, female slavery and other abuses of women and ultimately won a seat on the Provincial Assembly.
  • cover art Invent it, sell it, bank it! : make your million-dollar idea into a reality / by Lori Greiner. The prolific inventor and star of "Shark Tank "shares personal secrets and anecdotes while outlining a step-by-step process for rendering innovative ideas profitable.
  • cover art Money : the unauthorised biography / by Felix Martin. A historical epic by an Oxford-educated economist traces the development and evolution of money from its origins in the ancient world to the gold standard, challenging conventional understandings while exploring the world's complicated monetary systems.
  • cover art Beyond addiction : how science and kindness help people change / by Jeffrey Foote. Leading innovators in progressive addiction treatment outline a science-based program for helping loved ones overcome addiction-related problems, challenging common practices to demonstrate how to effectively use positive reinforcement and motivational and behavioral strategies.
  • cover art Death of a policeman / by M.C. Beaton. Detective Chief Inspector Blair has a new police officer, Cyril Sessions, follow Sergeant Hamish Macbeth through Lochdubh, but the rookie winds up dead in this new addition to the Scottish mystery series following "Death of Kingfisher".
  • cover art Murder in the afternoon / by Frances Brody. When two young boys report the death of their stonemason father and local authorities arrive at the scene to discover that the body has gone missing, Kate Shackleton investigates a growing suspicion that the victim's wife is harboring a dangerous secret.
  • cover art The innocent sleep : a novel / by Karen Perry. When the son they thought was lost in an earthquake in Tangiers five years earlier reappears on a crowded street in Dublin, Harry and Robin must find out if Dillon was actually alive the whole time.
  • cover art Killer : an Alex Delaware novel / by Jonathan Kellerman. Disregarding a death threat from an irate doctor who has been denied custody of a baby because of his court report, psychologist Alex Delaware is shocked to learn that a hit has been taken out on him, that the doctor has been found murdered and that the baby has been kidnapped. By the best-selling author of "Guilt".
  • cover art Moving target : a novel / by Judith A. Jance. B. Simpson teams up with Sister Anselm to investigate a suspicious accident that has left a teen prison inmate severely burned, while in England, Ali Reynolds investigates the decades-old murder of Leland's father. By the best-selling author of the J. P. Beaumont series.
  • cover art Private L.A. / by James Patterson. When Hollywood's biggest superstar couple disappears without a word from their ranch, private investigator Jack Morgan confronts dangerous secrets to expose an underworld of desperation and deception.
  • cover art Black moon : a novel / by Kenneth Calhoun. A tale set at the height of an insomnia epidemic finds Matt Biggs, one of the few remaining people capable of healthy sleep, desperately seeking the wife whose insomnia has driven her to madness; while a somnologist and a sleeping-pill dealer pursue a relationship and a young girl is forced to leave the comfort of her home.
  • cover art The walking dead : the fall of the governor : part two / by Robert Kirkman. A latest entry in the series based on the popular television show, co-written by its Eisner Award-winning executive producer, builds up to an ultimate confrontation between the Governor and Rick.