October 16, 2014 - 50th

Sunday, October 12th (the day on which I am writing this) was (is) fifty days from December 1st, 2014. “And what’s so important about December 1st?” you well may ask. Well, December 1st is the fiftieth (that’s 50th) anniversary of the day the DeForest Area Public Library first opened its doors. 1964 was an interesting year which some of us remember as if it were yesterday. The first Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War was awarded in December, 1964 and police arrested 800 sit-in students at U of Cal, Berkeley. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” premiered on TV. Shooting started for the pilot of “Star Trek”. Comedian Lenny Bruce was convicted of obscenity. That year’s big movies included: “Zorba the Greek”, “The Pink Panther, “Doctor Strangelove”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Mary Poppins”, “My fair Lady” and “Goldfinger” to name just a few. The books the topped the NY Times bestseller list included these in no particular order : “Herzog” by Saul Bellow, “This Rough Magic” by Mary Stewart “ The Man” by Irving Wallace, “You Only Live Twice” by Ian Fleming, “Julian” by Gore Vidal, “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” by John le Carre, and “Armageddon” by Leon Uris. You will discover many more interesting facts about the year 1964 as we get closer to the anniversary date. We also have a number (perhaps 50) programs planned throughout our upcoming 50th year. Watch this page, our web page, our Facebook page, and anywhere we put up flyers for more details. In the meantime, there are a number of new books for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

  • cover art Wicked ways / by Lisa Jackson & Nancy Bush. A pair of best-selling authors presents a new romantic suspense novel, in a special library-only hardcover edition.
  • cover art Raging Heat / by Richard Castle. When her Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist boyfriend decides that her latest case is his next big story, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat, investigating the death of an illegal immigrant who fell from the sky, clashes with the man she loves when he writes that she arrested the wrong man for the murder.
  • cover art Robert B. Parker's Blind spot : a Jesse Stone novel / by Reed Coleman. Struggling with regrets while attending a reunion of his former Triple-A team, Jesse Stone is embroiled in a murder-kidnapping case that is linked to the reunion and one of Jesse's former teammates.
  • cover art The assassination of Margaret Thatcher : stories / by Hilary Mantel. A collection of contemporary short stories about modern England includes monster tales, near-memoir pieces and mini-sagas of family and social fracture as triggered by sex, marriage and class. By the award-winning author of “Wolf Hall”.
  • cover art Lovely, dark, deep : stories / by Joyce Carol Oates. The National Book Award winner and “New York Times” best-selling author of “The Accursed” presents a searing collection of stories that lay bare the terror, hurt and uncertainty that lurks at the edges of ordinary lives.
  • cover art Bones never lie : a novel / by Kathy Reichs. A latest entry in the best-selling series finds the forensic investigator employing her classic style while embarking on new territory that leads her to reunite with her mother and track down an elusive adversary.
  • cover art The drop / by Dennis Lehane. While rescuing an abused puppy from a trash can on the streets of Mystic River, a lonely bartender meets a damaged woman, who is looking for something to believe in, and as their relationship grows, they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists, a relentless cop and the original owner of the puppy who now wants it back. Inspired the forthcoming film.
  • cover art The eye of heaven / by Clive Cussler & Russell Blake. Discovering an artifact-filled, perfectly preserved Viking ship in the ice during an Arctic expedition, Sami and Remi Fargo investigate a legend about a fabled Toltec object, only to be targeted by treasure hunters and crime cartels.
  • cover art The Lewis man / by Peter May. A follow-up to the award-winning “The Blackhouse” follows Fin Macleod's return to the outer Hebridean island of his youth to make amends and restore his parents' cottage before investigating a death involving family secrets and a sinister adversary.
  • cover art Personal : a Jack Reacher novel / by Lee Child. A follow-up to the best-selling “Never Go Back” traces the fallout of game-changing events, placing Jack Reacher in a unique environment while pitting him against adversaries whose fates transform in unexpected ways.