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Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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Book: The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm by Patricia MacLachlan

Recommended by: Karen, Assistant Director

Recently I was able to visit some old friends, the Boxcar children that were created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Patricia MacLachlan gave the children a new voice by giving them a beginning. She writes: "Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm. Although times are hard, the Aldens are happy - the best family of all, Mama likes to say." What a treat! Read it aloud with your children today.



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Posted By Logan Library at 9:03 AM
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Thursday, 19 June 2014
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Book: A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Recommended by: Joseph, Adult Nonfiction Librarian

In this first novel of Brother Cadfael, the medieval monk and amateur sleuth, Peters takes us along as the Benedictine brothers travel to a small Welsh village in order to claim the relics of a neglected saint as their own. But when the community's most outspoken opponent of the relocation is murdered, Cadfael sets out to discover the killer and ends up becoming involved in the miracles attendant upon the saint. A wonderful, short mystery that has become a classic in the genre.

The television adaptation starring Derek Jacobi is also highly recommended.


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Posted By Logan Library at 9:10 AM
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Thursday, 15 May 2014
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Book: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic by David Quammen

Recommended by: Kara, Library Page

When a virus that usually only sickens animals jumps species to infect humans its called a spillover, and some of them, such as Ebola, hantavirus, and HIV, have devastating effects on us.  In this fascinating book, author David Quammen explains how, when, and why such viruses spill over, and what can be done to prevent a spillover from causing a pandemic like the 1918 flu.  While Quammen sticks close to the latest science, explaining difficult concepts in an eloquent, conversational style, this is no dry science book!  Be prepared to go on an Indiana Jones-worthy adventure to all corners of the globe, from Gabon on the trail of the origins of AIDS, to southern China and Singapore to discover just how scary SARS really was (hint: really scary). 


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Posted By Logan Library at 8:37 AM
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