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June LibraryReads List

China Dolls by Lisa SeeLibrarians have voted and the results are in for the top ten books that will be published in June.  Included on the list:

"China Dolls" by Lisa Sees, "Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII."

"I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You" by Courtney Maum, "Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage."

"Hurricane Sisters" by Dorothea Benton Frank, "Having just completed my annual trek to the Carolina Lowcountry, compliments of Dorothea Benton Frank, I'm happy to report that a good time was had by all."  (Just read this book and agree)

"The Matchmaker" by Elin Hilderbrand, "Set in romantic Nantucket, Hilderbrand's newest novel is a heartwarming and moving story about the power of love."

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Edgar Winners

Ordinary Grace by William Kent KruegerRed Sparrow by Jason MatthewsKetchup Clouds by Annabel PitcherOne Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Each Spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar® Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre.  This year's winner for Best Novel is "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger.  Told from Frank's perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.  (author's website)

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Spotlight - The Lone Ranger

Lone Star Justice by Robert Utley
April's movie matinee will be The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp.  The movie will be shown in our lower level meeting room with comfy chairs and snacks.  Here's some suggestions to read, watch or listen to about the Lone Ranger, Texas Rangers, Native Americans and other Johnny Depp movies. 

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DIY

Make: technology on your time3D Printing with Autodesk by John BiehlerRaspberry Pi for Dummies by Sean McManusHow to build a hovercraft by Stephen Voltz

DIY, STEM, STEAM, it's the latest acronyms that you see in the news, blogs, and even at your child's school.  Want to get on the bandwagon?  I recommend taking a look at some of these books and magazine.

How to Build a Hovercraft: air cannons, magnet motors, and 25 other amazing DIY science projects by Stephen Voltz & Fritz Grobe.  These guys are famous for creating fountains of foam using Diet Coke and Mentos.  They've now written a book chock full of fun projects to do with the kids.  You can learn how to build a hovercraft out of materials found in your garage.  Other projects include the self-crushing can, a bar of soap that becomes a mound of foam in seconds and the multiple paper plane launcher.

Make : technology on your time is published by Maker Media.  The website MAKE covers electronics, crafts, science, art & design and workshop.   In the magazine, you'll learn about Raspberry Pi, Arduino, 3D printing, drones, photography and much more.  The back issues of the magazine, which can be checked out, are located on the first floor of the library.

3D Printing with Autodesk by John Biehler will show you how to use this computer software to design your own stuff to print on a 3D printer.  3D printers are becoming cheaper for individuals to purchase for their homes.  If you stop at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, you'll see the word READ that was made with a 3D printer.  It's the new wave of manufacturing.

Would like a computer, but can't afford one?  Try a Raspberry Pi.  It's a very small computer that's cost around $40.  The library has a few books about this computer and how to program it.

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Animal Adoption

One Big Happy Family by LIsa Rogak
"One Big Happy Family"
by Lisa Rogak tells about animal adoption with a twist - the animals themselves are doing the adopting.  Some of the stories that will pull at your heartstrings are a boxer and a kid goat, a great dane and his fawn and the unbelievable combination of a lioness and antelope calf.  Each story is accompanied by a picture of the unusual partnership.  According to John C. Wright, "It's not unusual for animals to be nurturing towards any species.  The instinct to care for another animal can be hormonal, or simply related to age."   For all animal lovers.

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