Grown-up Time for Moms!

Libraries love moms. They bring their little ones to our programs, encourage their big ones to come in and ask us for help with their homework, check out our books and support us in general. Then there’s the fact that we love our actual moms as well. Really, they aren’t all that hard to love.

With that in mind, we now have a daytime book group just for moms* with small children!

Novel Naptime

Happy Mother’s Day!

*Technically it’s for Dads too, but it’s Mother’s Day so…

Have some extra vacation days lying around?

CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAVEL AND TOURISM WEEK, MAY 5-11!

National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time to recognize and celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. Maybe it’s a bit short notice to actually go on a little trip this week, but you could at least start planning one.

Where would you go and what would you do once you’re there? Good questions. Here is where we would recommend going to look.

Travel Destinations: Dewey Decimal Call Numbers by Location

Globe USA-states

Dewey Travel

It’s STAR WARS Day!

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CC Image: “Yoda” by Steve on Flickr

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU.

In recognition of the day here are two lists of the best Star Wars novels ever. Yes, two lists, one canon and one that used to be.

MODERN CANON FOR ME, PLEASE!

10. QUEEN’S SHADOW by E. K. Johnston

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When Padmé Naberrie, “Queen Amidala” of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo’s representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen’s shadow.

 

9. STAR WARS: AFTERMATH by Chuck Wendig

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As the Empire reels from its critical defeats at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance—now a fledgling New Republic—presses its advantage by hunting down the enemy’s scattered forces before they can regroup and retaliate. But above the remote planet Akiva, an ominous show of the enemy’s strength is unfolding.

 

8. THRAWN by Timothy Zahn

31140332One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, but Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, author Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

 

7. LAST SHOT by Daniel Jose Older

38602136It’s been ten years since the rebel hero Han Solo last encountered Fyzen Gor. After mounting a successful rebellion against the Empire and starting a family with an Alderaanian princess, Han hasn’t given much thought to the mad inventor. But when Lando turns up at Han’s doorstep in the middle of the night, it’s Fyzen’s assassins that he’s running from. And without Han’s help, Lando — and all life on Cloud City — will be annihilated.

 

6. BLOODLINE by Claudia Gray

27209239Now a respected senator of the New Republic, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy. As the daughter of Darth Vader, Leia faces with distrust the prospect of any one person holding such a powerful position—even when supporters suggest Leia herself for the job. But a new enemy may make this path Leia’s only option.

 

5. THRAWN: ALLIANCES by Timothy Zahn

36385830On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root—its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn.

 

4. TARKIN by James Luceno

22012250Grand Moff Tarkin, the face of the Empire (at least in 1977 before we met the Emperor), has never had his story told. Until now as author James Luceno brings the legendary character to full, fascinating life.

 

 

3. A NEW DAWN by John Jackson Miller

20262705Ever since the Jedi were marked for death and forced to flee Coruscant, Kanan Jarrus has devoted himself to staying alive rather than serving the Force. Wandering the galaxy alone, from one anonymous job to another, he avoids trouble–especially with the Empire–at all costs. So when he discovers a deadly conflict brewing between ruthless Imperial forces and desperate revolutionaries, he’s not about to get caught in the crossfire. Then the brutal death of a friend at the Empire’s hands forces the ex-Jedi to make a choice: bow down to fear, or stand up and fight.

 

2. AHSOKA by E. K. Johnston

29749107Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance….

 

1. LORDS OF THE SITH by Paul S. Kemp

22012290“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.” Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.

 

I DON’T CARE WHAT DISNEY SAYS, GIVE ME OLD SCHOOL!

10. FATE OF THE JEDI series by Aaron Allston, Christie Golden, and Troy Denning

4161697After a violent civil war, and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis — and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

 

9. THE COURTSHIP OF PRINCESS LEIA by Dave Wolverton

161540Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of 63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back.

 

8.  SPLINTER OF THE MIND’S EYE by Alan Dean Foster

35204Luke Skywalker expected trouble when he volunteered to follow Princess Leia on her mission to the planet Circarpous. But he discovered that hidden on the planet was the Kaiburr crystal, a mysterious gem that would give the one who possessed it such powers over the Force that he would be all but invincible. In the wrong hands, the crystal could be deadly. So Luke had to find this treasure and find it fast….

 

7. LEGACY OF THE FORCE series by Troy Denning, Karen Traviss, and Aaron Allston

267426This is the era of Luke Skywalker’s legacy: the Jedi Master has unified the order into a cohesive group of powerful Jedi Knights. However, as this era begins, planetary interests threaten to disrupt this time of relative peace and Luke is plagued by visions of an approaching darkness.

 

 

6. DARK LORD: THE RISE OF DARTH VADER by James Luceno

359848Throughout the galaxy, it was believed that Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker the Chosen One had died on Coruscant during the siege of the Jedi Temple. And, to some extent, that was true. Anakin was dead. Seduced, deranged, and destroyed by the machinations of the Dark Lord Sidious, Anakin Skywalker is dead . . . and Darth Vader lives.

 

5. THE OLD REPUBLIC: DECEIVED by Paul S. Kemp

8015504Darth Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching.

 

4. DARTH PLAGUEIS by James Luceno

11099729“Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”
—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, 
Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

 

3. DARTH BANE trilogy: PATH OF DESTRUCTION, RULE OF TWO, and DYNASTY OF EVIL by Drew Karpyshyn

Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one Dark Lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy—and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

 

2. THE NEW JEDI ORDER series by multiple authors

192214Twenty-one years have passed since the heroes of the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, breaking the power of the Emperor. Since then, the New Republic and the New Jedi Order have valiantly struggled to maintain peace and prosperity among the peoples of the galaxy. But unrest has begun to spread and threatens to destroy the Republic’s tenuous reign.

 

1. THE THRAWN trilogy: HEIR TO THE EMPIRE, DARK FORCE RISING, and THE LAST COMMAND by Timothy Zahn

It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire. But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning. Beware the dark side….

 

Get Caught Reading Month!

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Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to promote the fun of reading books for all ages. Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader with support from the Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Get Caught Reading promotes the fun of reading and provides teachers and librarians with small posters of TV and sports stars, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book. Find out more at getcaughtreading.org.

If you’re a book lover now is the time to post those pics of you curled up with your favorite book. Want to add an element of fun? Take the picture someplace you wouldn’t normally read; in a tree, a pool, hanging upside down from the monkey bars, get creative!

HAPPY EARTH DAY EVERYONE!

Mother, space ship, cradle or where you keep all your stuff, however you view the Earth it is something worth celebrating and protecting.

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Here are 10 literary quotes about the Earth to contemplate today:

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” ― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

“The planet was being destroyed by manufacturing processes, and what was being manufactured was lousy, by and large.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

“We called her Mother Earth. Because she gave birth to us, and then we sucked her dry.” ― Jon Stewart, Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race

“What you take from the earth, you must give back. That’s nature’s way.” ― Chris d’Lacey, The Fire Within

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.” ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” ― Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

“What makes earth feel like hell is our expectation that it should feel like heaven.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Damned

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” ― Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair” ― Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” ― Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone

 

IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKERS DAY!

To recognize the diligence, dedication, and skill of library staff and librarians, the Tuesday of National Library Week has been designated National Library Workers Day!

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Don’t worry, he actually enjoys his work and loves books. He just always looks like that.

So, if you are a library patron, consider giving your favorite library staff members a, “Good job,” or a, “Thank you for all your help,” today. Maybe even consider nominating them as a Star Library Worker.

If you are not a library patron, consider becoming a library patron and then doing that. 😉