New Fiction and Non-Fiction

Learning From the Octopus by Rafe Sagarin. Sagarin analyses some of the big risks in our everyday world, such as terrorism and ecological disaster, and studies the adaptations of living organisms for answers to modern day threats.  “Fish don’t try to turn sharks into vegetarians. Living immersed in a world of constant risk forces the fish to develop multiple ways of living with risk, rather than try to eliminate it.” The author leaps a bit from example to example.  Barefoot running, water management in Los Angeles, the walls on our Mexican border. The reader will find it challenging to keep up with Sagarin, a marine biologist turned security expert.

Trail of the Spellman’s by Lisa Lutz (the fifth in the series).  From the cover: Lisa Lutz has delivered another knockout adventure in what Library Journal has deemed a “side-splitting series”. The quirky and hilarious family of sleuths provides entertainment for days, and Izzy’s uncommon, unforgettable, undeniably addictive voice leads the way.”  The library has the series so stop in for books one through five!


Large Print Titles Just In

If you enjoy reading books that have larger than normal print, check out our recent additions.  Included are such titles as Plain Perfect by Beth Wiseman, Brother Odd by Dean Koontz, The Planting Season by Dorothy Garlock, and The Hearse You Came In On by Tim Cockey.

A total of twenty-one titles are on our shelves thanks to a new program!

The books are part of a traveling collection in the Southwest Wisconsin Library System.  Participating libraries will enjoy new titles throughout the year.  It’s a win for readers, and it helps each library save money.

Fishy Titles for Kids

Titles in our curio this week are children’s books on fish and fishing.  If you have a young person that’s a little fishy, stop in to check out some of these featured titles: Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers by David McLimans counts 1 to 10, and then back again. Bold sea creatures in the shape of numbers educate young and old about imperiled marine life.  Fishing in a Brook by Lawson Drinkard offers fishing terminology and friendly graphics, so kids from 6 to 106 can learn something about the sport.  Great for someone fishing for the first time.  Freshwater Fish & Fishing by Jim Arnosky describes various species of common freshwater fish.  Realistic sketches illustrate how to make various artificial baits such as cork popping bugs and spoon lures.  For the older child.

Les Paul Title for 4th & 5th Grade

“Explore the stories of real Wisconsin people” through Badger Biographies Series published by the Wisconsin State Historical Society.  These books for 4th and 5th graders feature “famous and not-so-famous people that made a difference in our history”.  A 2012 addition to this series, Les Paul: Guitar Wizard, is now in our collection.  Born in Waukesha, WI Paul was a musician and inventor.  Paul learned at an early age how to take apart contraptions and put them back together, including a radio, a record player and a player piano!  Designed for teachers and students, the book includes a reading group guide with activities, Les’s Timeline, and a glossary of terms.  Great black and white photos accompany this enjoyable life’s story.