‘Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk’

January 7, 2018 by

In the Shadow of the Sun

January 3, 2018 by

index (1)This teen novel by Anne Sibley O’Brien is set in North Korea in approximately 2011, in the early reign of the current supreme leader, Kim Jong-un. Mia and Simon Andrews accompany their father on one of his business trips, but become embroiled in the abuses suffered by those imprisoned in work camps. Mia finds a camera with several horrifying pictures of abused workers in a gift given to her by a local citizen. When her father is arrested, she and her brother flee the authorities and attempt to escape the country while carrying the camera. A very gripping story with facts about North Korea included, it is an eye- opener for many of us who are unfamiliar with the hardships endured by its people..

Sofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost in Mexico

January 1, 2018 by

 

index.jpgSofi Mendoza’s Guide to Getting Lost In Mexico by Malin Alegria is a story about Sofi, a first generation Mexican-American living with her strict but loving parents in California. When she and her friends cross the border to Tijuana for spring break, Sofi has no idea that she will have trouble crossing back over the border – until she is stopped at customs and told that she is not an actual citizen of the United States and must remain in Mexico. While waiting for news from the US, Sofi lives with her poor relatives and learns what real life in Mexico is like and what it really means to struggle to survive.

This story is cute, but the story never seriously delves into the seriousness of situations like Sofi’s. This book is great for the younger set, but even readers in High School might find Sofi’s plight pretty lame.

 

Murderous Mistral

December 30, 2017 by

index (1)Set in Provence, Cay Rademacher has penned a novel with Captaine Roger Blanc as the main protagonist. Working in Paris on an anti-corruption squad, after successfully solving a case the capitaine finds himself transferred to a small town in Provence. Blanc’s enthusiasm was not appreciated in the Parisian political arena, thus the need to bury him far away in the south of France. His marriage breaks up at the same time, so he moves into an old abandoned house that was left to him in his new location. Blanc and his partner Tonon,  a tired older lieutenant, are handed what appears to be a routine murder case. However, after another murder is committed, Blanc becomes suspicious and uses his investigative skills to delve further into solving the case. A primer into French procedural techniques for the interested.

Top 5 Library Trends

December 28, 2017 by

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According to a blog by Demco, the 5 top library trends that they have seen include the following:

  1. Light and airy open spaces. This is achieved by employing larger window spaces and lower shelving.
  2. Unfixed flexible spaces. Examples of this include mobile furniture, library shelving and service points.
  3. Power… everywhere. Due to emerging technologies, more outlets are now necessary, so having “powered ” tables and lounge furniture, and more charging stations would fulfill this need.
  4. Collaboration and study spaces. Libraries can use movable screens and partitions to help section rooms for more private spaces.
  5. Furniture trends. These include study carrels, high backed lounge seating and flip-top tables.

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