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May 13

Waitlisted? Try These 10 Titles Now!

Posted on May 13, 2015 at 10:49 AM by Craig Jacobson

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Having a hard time getting your hands on the most recent hot titles? Back-up a few months and explore titles from last year that now have little or no waitlist. From book club selections to non-fiction and multiple award winners, there is a little something for everyone on this list. A brief summary introduces you to each title, or you can click on the link for more information and the check availability. 

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt – The award-winning tale of a young man who loses his family, and his connection to a captivating and mysterious piece of art. 
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes – Another favorite from the author of Me Before You, this title tells the story of a single mom, a chaotic family, and one quirky stranger. 
  • The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – This popular book club selection is the story of a secret revealed, and a family changed forever.
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – The story of a privileged family and the event that will leave a lasting effect on one grandchild’s legacy.
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger – A coming of age tale that explores family secrets in a small Minnesota town in the 1960’s.
  • Natchez Burning by Greg Isles – Set it early 1960’s Natchez, Mississippi, Isles tells the story of a young man and his father who is accused of murder. 
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs – The true story of a young man who left his hometown of Newark, New Jersey for the Ivy League, only to face the hard truths of returning back home after graduation.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – The young adult bestseller tells the story of Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters who meet in a cancer support group. 
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – A 2014 movie adaptation skyrocketed this thriller back into the spotlight.  The unsettling story of Nick and Amy is revealed.   
  • The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown – Tells the inspiring story of a University of Washington rowing team’s journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics from a variety of perspectives.  

Not sure which title sounds good to you? Feel free to ask a librarian for a suggestion anytime and happy reading!

Apr 27

150th Anniversary of Appomattox

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:39 AM by Craig Jacobson

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lee and grant.jpgThe war many thought would take a few months lasted four long years at a cost of 625,000 soldiers.  That’s more than the deaths of soldiers in World War l, World War ll, the Korean War and Vietnam combined.  After the surrender of Fort Sumter, the first major battle to be fought in the American Civil War was in Manassas, the first Battle of Bull Run.  This battle was fought on the farm that belonged to Wilmer McLean.  For business reasons, as well keeping his family away from the war, McLean decided to move his family to a community named Appomattox Court House.   Little did he know that in a few years, his residence would be used for the surrender of Lee’s 28,000 troops of the Army of Northern Virginia. He supposedly said later that, “The war began in my front yard and ended in my front parlor."

appomattox.jpgIn Pursuit to Appomattox: the last battles, we see how the last days of this war played itself out.  Photography was in its infancy and so the war is captured by words and pictures.   War takes on a whole new meaning when you get to know those who served during this time.  In, The Road to Appomattox and The Civil War: the final year told by those who lived it, the war gets more personal when it is told through the letters, diaries, and newspaper accounts of those who fought in the remaining battles.   Another book that uses letters, diaries, and memoirs is The Civil War Generals.  Over 400 generals are referred to by other generals, staff officers, and other war personnel.  It’s interesting to see what they thought of each other, and that not all their thoughts were flattering.

In the film, Civil War: the Untold Story, the audience comes to understand the importance of the western front.  Some of the bloodiest fighting happened in places like Shiloh, Vicksburg and Chickamauga under the direction of Grant, Sherman, Beauregard, and Forrest. What would happen on the western front would have a vital impact on the outcome of the war.  Near the end of the war, it was decided that Grant would split Lee’s forces in Virginia and Sherman would march southeast to take Atlanta, the heart of the south. These two blows would finally break the South.

shaara.jpgWhen you think of great officers, the names most thought of would be Grant and Lee.  It is perhaps fitting that the end of this conflict involved these two great officers.   We come to understand these two men in Crucible of Command: Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.  These two leaders met in person only four times.  They both came from very different backgrounds and yet their ways of commanding were almost identical.  This book not only defines these two men, but is also a narrative of the last year of war based on newly discovered information.  Jeff Shaara covers the last year of the American Civil War and brings a conclusion to his civil war series with the book The Fateful Lightning, which he describes as “the bloody last eight months of this long war.”

For a female perspective of the American Civil War, here are some additional titles to check out.
Notes from a Colored Girl: the civil war pocket diaries of Emilie Frances Davis (nonfiction)
Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: four women undercover in the Civil War (nonfiction)
Sisters of Shiloh (fiction)
Neverhome (fiction)
I Shall Be Near You (fiction)

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Apr 15

National Library Week

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 11:58 AM by Craig Jacobson

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First created in 1958, National Library Week is happening now!  From April 12-18th, libraries across the nation are celebrating libraries as creative and educational spaces.
At FLW, we’re excited to be hosting the Mequon-Thiensville Senior Art League’s spring gallery on our second floor.  You can even check out paintings to take home.
Younger creators are also invited to our new Lego Club, while artists (age 4-11) are invited to draw a picture of their favorite book as part of the Culver’s Drawing Contest.  Pictures submitted will be posted on the board in the children’s section.

Beyond our doors, a special afternoon storytime will be held at Barnes & Noble Bayshore on Friday, April 17th.  As the weather turns warmer, families can look forward to outdoor storytimes at the Thiensville Village Farmers’ Market.  Later this year, our Fine Arts Series will host Dave Ehlert’s tribute act and see the return of Yid Vicious.

National Library Week also celebrates libraries as places to learn new things and share ideas.  Monday evening, our quick and easy ‘Appy Hour can help you get the most out of reading apps for your tablet.  On Thursday, April 16, Dave Bartlett explores the basics of Windows 8.
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Want to get even more out of your devices? FLW offers special digital services including language-learning through Pronunciator, and vacation and travel information with AtoZ World Travel! Many other services are available – from online SAT practice tests to interactive magazines – so drop by our website or visit the Reference Desk to ask what’s available to you.

New programs and events are scheduled throughout the year, so check our calendar or just drop in to find out what’s new and exciting at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library!

–Written by Carol M.

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