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May 11

Read Ahead for May’s Author Visit

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 1:53 PM by Craig Jacobson

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promo board image.jpgOn May 18th, the Frank L. Weyenberg Library will host Milwaukee author Liza Wiemer (Hello?) and New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout (Obsidian, The Problem with Forever) for an author talk. Get a sneak preview and suggestions on what to read while you wait below.

hello.jpgFive Wisconsin teens’ lives are intertwined through their connections to each other and a single phone call. Each teen’s story is told from their own viewpoint and in their own style, -- and those styles range from prose to screenplay. This intensely emotional debut novel is full of friendship, heartbreak, loss, and resilience.

Find out more here: Hello by Liza Wiemer

The Problem with Forever.jpgJennifer Armentrout writes paranormal romance, suspense, and more. In The Problem with Forever, Mallory “Mouse” Dodge has finally found caring adoptive parents after years in an abusive foster home – but has been separated from her one-time protector, Rider. When their paths cross again, Mouse finds that she remains mired in the past while Rider has grown. How has their relationship changed – and is it for the better? The Problem with Forever will be released on May 17 – click here to request it early.

While You Wait
Of course, sometimes there’s a waitlist for new titles. If you’re wondering what to fill the gap with, here are some suggestions.

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
Two girls disappear – only one returns. Samantha – or Sam – remembers little of her former life and nothing of what happened to her friend. As Sam tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that she didn’t much care for who she used to be. But as she tries to piece back together what happened to her, she puts her life at risk because someone does remember what happened the night her friend disappeared and they don’t want Sam to remember – ever.

Walk the Edge - McGarry.jpgWalk the Edge by Katie McGarry
Breanna is the responsible girl, the weird one, the quiet one. She doesn’t fit in at home or at school – she just wants to leave her small town. When a kindness from local bad boy Razor turns against the two of them, warping into blackmail and cyberbullying, the two push back … and the more time they spend together, the more they care for one another.

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
For fans of Armentrout’s Covenant series (Half-Blood, Apollyon), Embrace follows Violet, 17 and torn between two identities. Angels live among humans – and sometimes, humanity needs protection from angels. It’s not a fight Violet wanted and if chooses wrong it’s not just her life that’s at stake – it’s her soul.

Infinite MOment of Us.jpgThe Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
Wren and Charlie are about to graduate when chance brings them together. Wren is trying to find her own identity after years of living with loving but overbearing parents. Charlie, a former foster child, loves his family – he’s trying to regain his sense of identity after a toxic relationship. Myracle captures the intensity of first love in this summer romance.

Banner from flwlib.org. All other images courtesy of Easicat.

Apr 25

Spring, Spring, Spring!

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 2:21 PM by Craig Jacobson

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spring-640958_960_720.jpgSpring is here and with it comes warm weather…. and rain!  But let’s not focus on the rain.  Let us instead celebrate the warm weather, children playing outside, the return of baseball, planting your garden and basking in the sun. 

If you are looking to celebrate spring or to talk to your little ones about the seasons, here are some great picture books to read aloud.
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes
Olaf Welcomes Spring by Disney
Time for Spring by Crockett Johnson
The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk
And then it’s spring by Julie Fogliano
In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dane Bauer
Spring is Here! by Will Hillenbrand

If you are looking for some activities to keep the children entertained outside, check out some of these books!
ZoomFun Outside (J 796 Z76o)
Get Outside Guide ( J 796.083 H758g)
Kids Camp! (J 796.54 C197k)
Sidewalk Chalk (J 796.083 M175s)

Baseball season has started up again, which means there will be many t-ball games, little league games, high school games, as well as the Milwaukee Brewers games being played over the course of the spring and summer.  If you like reading about the Brewers just as much as watching them, here are some titles you can find at the library!
If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers: Stories from the Milwaukee Brewers dugout, locker room, and press box by Bill Schroeder
The Story of the Milwaukee Brewers by Sara Gilbert
100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die by Tom Haudricout
Milwaukee Brewers Facts & Trivia by Jeff Everson

Now is the perfect time to start planning your garden, with the weather warming up and the mosquitos not too bad yet!  If you are looking for any gardening ideas or want to get your children involved, here are some titles to help!
Container Theme Gardens by Nancy Ondra
Cultivating Chaos by Jonas Reif
Straw Bale Gardens Complete by Joel Karsten
The Nitty-Gritty Gardening Book by Kari Cornell
How to Create a New Vegetable Garden by Charles Douding
Growing the Midwest Garden by Ed Lyon
Gardening Lab for Kids by Renata Brown

Apr 14

Celebrating the Bard

Posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:43 PM by Craig Jacobson

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This April 23rd marks the 400th anniversary of the playwright William Shakespeare’s death. Though he lived be only fifty-two years old, the legacy Shakespeare left behind continues to endure. The work of Shakespeare serves as the inspiration for countless reinterpretations in the form of plays, film, television, novels, and more. From the 16th century to the present, a defining characteristic of Shakespeare’s work is that it can be enjoyed by all, no matter your level of education or wealth. Even though the lower and upper classes were severely divided, Shakespeare plays were performed for all; from serfs and beggars to the Queen of England herself. This fact remains true today, but the antiquated language continues to be a barrier to many. However, going beyond Shakespeare’s original work, people with an interest in Shakespeare can find something to enjoy that has been inspired by the playwright. From literary collections to non-fiction to modern-day retellings, there is an abundance of work; the suggestions below only scratch the surface! 

Non-fiction:

  • Shakespeare Basic for Grown-Ups by F. Foley & B. Coates – If you are looking to get a quick introduction to Shakespeare’s life, use of language, and overview of each play and the sonnets, this guide is an excellent place to start.
  • Shakespeare’s Insults: Educating Your Wit by Wayne F. Hill – Already a bit familiar with the work of Shakespeare? The book is made up entirely of insults from each play. Broken up into individual lines, this allows the casual reader and scholar alike to see the unique ways that Shakespeare used and manipulated the English language.    
  • ludwig.jpgHow to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig – This book is an excellent introduction to both teaching and appreciating the work of Shakespeare and a perfect example of how his works can be made accessible to all. 
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt – Will in the World is a thorough biography of Shakespeare that is accessible to the casual reader by examining the life of Shakespeare in the greater context of the historical period and culture which nurtured his success.

Fiction:

  • lockhart.jpgBoth A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart were inspired by the tragedy of King Lear which focuses on the family dynamics of an aging patriarch and the difficult task of divvying up the inheritance between his three daughters.
  • Street Love by Walter Dean Myers and Juliet by Anne Fortier both reimagine the family rivalry and tragedy of Romeo and Juliet set in the modern day.
  • Hamlet is told anew in The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski, which is set in rural Wisconsin, and Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein, telling the story of Hamlet from a new perspective.