Monday, June 12, 2006

Preview Shelf -- Summer Reading @ CDPL

Yes, children and students to 18 years, get ready for the exciting summer reading programs which will begin next Monday at the Crawfordsville District Public Library and which will include reading (of course), prizes, crafts, movies, and much more! Sign up at the Youth Services desk.

Here's a special local book. Inaugural Addresses, W. H. Taft to G. W. Bush is the 2005 Lakeside Classic issued by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, and edited by Henry Graff. Another new book is The President's House, 1800 to the Present, Margaret Truman's trip behind the scenes to the deep recesses and airiest balconies, revealing what it feels like to live in The White House. Stories of rambunctious children, tragedies, and rescues of icons, make the reader feel at home there too. The Little Book of Celtic Myths & Legends is a stroll among the heroes and heroines, wizards, witches, fairy folk, and enchantment of Ireland, Wales, and Scotland by Ken and Joules Taylor, each speech accompanied by an action photo. A Concise History of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes tells of the violent and disruptive acts that created the first modern totalitarian regime. The Dolls' Dressmaker is a complete pattern book by Venus Dodge showing the intricacies of the historically-correct finished products. In Memory Quilts in the Making Rhonda Richards includes classic patterns and some new ideas, enhanced by poems, quotes, and passages. Quick & Easy Scrap Quilting in Mix and Match Sets includes wearables and other non-coverlet projects. From National Geographic come up-to-date learning books. On Assignment USA by Priit Vesilind holds up a mirror to America, reprinting pictures from the magazine's most popular stories about our land, people, journeys, cities, heroes, and disasters. From the same source, Photographs Then and Now is the mirror of our world from its archives past and present showing people and places as they were once, and as they are today. The third, by Sylvia Earle and Wolcott Henry, is Wild Ocean about America's parks under the sea, marine sanctuaries of the ocean's bounty in the North Atlantic, South Pacific, the Florida Keys, Monterey Bay and fossil beds of the Gulf of the Farallones. An Illustrated History of the First World War by John Keegan is almost like watching a movie of that period with some photos new to books. Katharine Graham's Washington tells about her personal collection of 100 essays, articles, and book excerpts covering her life period, 1917 to 2001. Some writers are Henry Kissinger, David Brinkley, Rosalynn Carter, Art Buchwald, and Nancy Reagan, a real potpourri. Another gem is The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin containing the words of more than 1,200 songs (400 of which have never before appeared in print) along with commentary and dozens of photos. Arrogance is Bernard Goldberg's treatise about rescuing America from the media elite, the culture of denial as he calls it, where contrary views are not welcome. Joy Fielding's novel Mad River Road is the place where a former prisoner seeks vengeance from his ex-wife, as other family members plan a road trip there for other reasons. Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn finds the fearless counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp directly in the line of fire when the father of a dead terrorist demands eye-for-an-eye vengeance. Stephen King's Cell (cell rhymes with hell) deals with crime involving all cell phones. Danielle Steel's The House is her 66th story, this time about a young woman's answer to an inheritance challenge - to use it for something wonderful and daring.

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