If You Want Something Done…

The subtitle of this is “Leadership Lessons from Bold Women”, and the title comes directly from a quote by Margaret Thatcher: If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman. Nikki Haley profiles ten women who have inspired her during her life and the lessons learned from each of them. Each of the ten chapters focuses on a woman that she admires, and why. Many of the women were the first to break a barrier, including herself, and the book is indeed a fitting tribute to Haley’s role models; some famous (Margaret Thatcher, Jeane Kirkpatrick, and Golda Meir) and some unknown to many people (Cindy Warmbier, whose son was imprisoned in a North Korean jail, and Nadia Murad, who was sold by ISIS as a sex slave.) Some of the stories related are difficult to read, but the strength and determination shown by these women is remarkable, and their stories need to be heard. This book demands to be read.

Daisy Darker

Alice Feeney’s new murder mystery is set on an island in England that is only accessible at low tide. Like the Christie plot of ‘And Then There Were None,’ Daisy Darker’s victims are isolated and begin getting killed one by one. The family reunites at the grandmother’s house on the island where she decides to read her will early so there will be no surprises after her death. Her son and grand daughters aren’t happy with their inheritance. We learn about the 3 grand daughters who never amounted to much as well as the self-absorbed son who abandoned the family to pursue his own self-interests. A surprise twist at the end is hard to believe, but may keep you entertained enough to read to discover who-done-it.

Mock Printz books

RCLS is hosting a Mock Printz Book Award program in January of 2023. This award is given in honor of Michael L. Printz, a school librarian from Topeka, Kansas, who had a passion for literature, and was a member of YALSA, or the Young Adult Library Services Association. Our former children’s consultant, Randy Enos, was fortunate enough to have known Mr. Printz. The award is given for literary merit in young adult literature, and the committee has chosen seven titles for discussion.
They are as follows:

1. Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

2. The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti

3. An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan

4. Ain’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds & Jason Griffin

5. Victory, Stand! by Tommie Smith

6. All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

7. Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk

There are copies of all the titles except one on our shelves. Happy Reading!

Good Vibrations

According to an article in the September-October issue of American Libraries, some libraries are adding sensory spaces to their buildings. These are designed for users with autism, sensory processing disorders and other disabilities, giving them an area in which they can feel more comfortable. Louisville Public Library has added an Experia USA interactive game floor, which projects images that respond to play and movement. Other items added by additional libraries: an Alpha Egg chair, which muffles sound, and a Vibro-Acoustic Platform, which is a bench where listeners can feel the pulse of music. So much for libraries becoming “obsolete”, that nasty word. Take that, all you naysayers!