May 15, 2014 - The 135th Day

Today is May 15th. This is the 135th day of the year (since it isn't leap year). Some interesting things happened on this day in history. Read on to be astounded, amazed, or just informed. On May 15th in 1918 the first U.S. Airmail Service started between Philadelphia and New York. In 1954, Marilyn Monroe was back rehearsing for her new film "There's No Business Like Show Business". In 1981 the 20 millionth Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line. In 1928 Mickey Mouse made his first appearance in a cartoon called "Plane Crazy". Pierre Curie - husband of Marie-was born in 1859. Today in 1941 was the day that Joe DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak started. This is also National Hug Your Cat Day. Good luck on that! It is also Nylon Stockings Day. On May 15th , 1940 nylon stockings came on the market. I'm not sure if this has anything with hugging your cat day, but I do know that nylon stockings and cats are not a good combination. It is also National Chocolate Chip-a day to celebrate all the delicious wonders of that chocolate-y morsel and all the mouth-watering bake goods that can be made with it. (Subliminal or blatant product placement for bringing your local librarians something made with chocolate chips). While you're fighting the urge to bake, cast your eyes further down the page where you will find some new book titles. Enjoy!


  • cover art Games creatures play / by Charlaine Harris & Toni Kelner. This collection of 14 short stories chosen by the editors of "An Apple for the Creature "features paranormal creatures enjoying their favorite hobbies, pastimes and contact sports and includes a brand-new tale featuring Sookie Stackhouse and Manfred Bernando.
  • cover art Northanger Abbey / by Val McDermid. Issued as part of a series designed to introduce Austen's classics to a new generation of readers, a modern retelling finds bookish minister's daughter Cat Morland joining her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falling for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets. By the award-winning author of the Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan mysteries.
  • cover art The sentinel / by Troy Denning. A penultimate entry in the series that includes "The Reaver" finds embittered paladin Kleef Kenric swept up by a motley group of allies to stop the rise of the goddess of Death only to discover that his new companions harbor dangerous secrets.
  • cover art The word exchange : a novel / by Alena Graedon. In a world where the "death of print" has become a near reality, Anana Johnson, an employee at the North American Dictionary of the English Language (NADEL), searches for her missing father and stumbles upon the spiritual home of the written world and a pandemic "word flu."
  • cover art All fall down / by Jennifer Weiner. Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter and Alzheimer's patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where amid fellow inpatients she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors and her own denial. By the best-selling author of "In Her Shoes".
  • cover art In paradise : a novel / by Peter Matthiessen. Joining a diverse group of visitors at the site of a former concentration camp, Polish-American academic Clements Olin performs research while witnessing personal and political tensions erupting among his fellow participants. By the National Book Award-winning author of "Shadow Country".
  • cover art The last bride / by Beverly Lewis. Eloping with the man she loves in spite of her father's disapproval, Amish woman Tessie Miller poses as a single woman and keeps her marriage a secret until an unexpected challenge threatens the couple with censure. By the Christy Award-winning author of "The Brethren".
  • cover art All the birds, singing / by Evie Wyld. Living in voluntary isolation with only a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep for companions, a woman on a storm-battered British island struggles with memories about her haunted past and endures fear of an unknown assailant that has been targeting her sheep.
  • cover art The other story / by Tatiana de Rosnay. Hoping to put a generations-old secret behind him, Nicholas Duhamel becomes a successful writer and pens a novel that makes him famous before he is forced to reexamine his family's disturbing past. By the best-selling author of "Sarah's Key".
  • cover art Love and treasure : a novel / by Ayelet Waldman. A tale inspired by the World War II Hungarian Gold Train follows the 1945 American capture of a locomotive filled with riches and the efforts of a Jewish-American lieutenant's granddaughter to track down a mysterious woman 70 years later.