Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Halloween Picture Books in the Children's Department

Halloween is just around the corner!!! Have you gotten your Halloween books yet? Don’t fear! We are still getting new spooky, frightful, and absolutely delightful books in the Children’s department everyday! Check out these two new ones that just arrived today! You can place a hold on these new additions by simply clicking on the title!

Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi

Boris and Bella are absolutely, completely opposite of each other! Boris is the tidiest monster in Booville! He even vacuums his vampire bats and dusts his cobwebs! Bella Legrossi, on the other hand, is just too messy! You can barely get in her house from the pile of lizards blocking her door! So what is the town of Booville to do when these two opposites each throw a Halloween party? Did I mention that Boris and Bella are sworn enemies and neighbors?

Vampire Boy's Good Night by Lisa Brown

Bela, the vampire boy is determined to find children, even though his witch friend Morgan says they simply do not exist. Together they set out, on October 31st, to find these mysterious creatures called children! Unfortunately they cannot seem to find any children! Before they head home, they decide to join a Halloween party, maybe they will find what they are looking for there! Lisa Brown, the author and illustrator, created a book trailer to go along with the story!

Both these stories have amazing illustrations that will sure to entertain you and your children as you unwind from a long night of trick-or-treating. Don’t forget that if you come to the Children’s Department in your Halloween costume, we will give you a yummy treat!
Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Jamie Lee Curtis' New Children's Book

The #1 New York Times bestselling duo of Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell have recently released their ninth collaboration together! My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story celebrates the unconditional love between a mother and child. But who better to explain this dazzling new picture book, than the author herself?

If you would like to check out My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story, click here!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket

The Composer is Dead and the very handsome and intelligent inspector is interrogating each sessions of the orchestra, even the Conductor, looking for the guilty party. Author Lemony Snicket uses literary devices to make his case that each instrument in an orchestra brings a unique quality to the performance of a Composer's work. The inspector comes to the conclusion the Conductor 'killed' the Composer only to have the orchestra declare "The Conductor didn't work alone!" The reader discovers every conductor and orchestra has butchered a composer at one time, but they also are responsible for keeping composers alive! Except for nonorchestra music, but that would be another book. The use of personification and puns makes this book witty, but best suited for a more mature elementary reader.

If you would like to check out The Composer is Dead, you can place a hold on the book through JCLC, by
clicking here.

Check out this video of author Lemony Snicket and composer Nathaniel Stookey discussing their collaboration on The Composer is Dead.

~Miss Dona~

Saturday, October 16, 2010

New Series!! Conspiracy 365: January

You have 365 days!” Fifteen year old Cal Ormond has been warned and the clock is ticking! He has just one year to solve a family mystery, but he does not understand why everyone is after him! Cal is determined to solve the mystery that his father discovered in Ireland, which ultimately led to his death! January is the first month of Cal’s race! He has a series of mysterious clues left by his father and a band of goons chasing him down. Worst of all, his family believes he has committed horrible crimes. His only option to survive is go on the run. This first installment sets up the series and it is sure to be jammed pack with adventure, action, and plenty of twists and turns! Will Cal be able to out run the thugs chasing him? What kind of ulterior motive is his father’s identical twin brother hiding? Will he be able to decipher the drawings left by his father? Who would want to hurt his family? Will he survive all the plots to kill him? Will he ever be able to find out who killed his father? If you want to know the answers to these questions, and you know you do after reading January, then prepare yourself for a series that is going to have you on the edge of you seat! January is the first of the Conspiracy 365 series, written by Australian author Gabrielle Lord, which will release a new book every month. 12 Months, 12 Books. Each month a new book will tell of Cal’s struggle to find the truth surrounding the mysterious death of his father and his fight for survival. This series will have you hooked! It was recommended to me by a patron, who was in search of the next installment. According to her and her son, every boy in the 5th grade was trying to get their hands on this series and I can see why! As soon as I finished January, I couldn’t find February quick enough! Check out this trailer for the series!
Also, you can visit the Conspiracy 365 Website to find out more information on the series and author! To place a hold on January, click here!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oxmoor Page Turners (OPT) Book Group is reading...

Join our new book group as we engage in lively discussion and enjoy light refreshments!

We meet:

Second Tuesday of the month
6:30 - 8 pm
Lucretia M. Somers Boardroom

We are reading:

November 9: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
(available formats: book, large print, book-on-CD, Playaway)

December 14: My Last Days as Roy Rogers by Pat Cunningham Devoto
(available in book format)

January 11, 2011: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortensen
(available formats: book, large print, book-on-CD, eBook, downloadable audiobook, Playaway)

Come and share our love of books!

For more information, phone 205.332.6624 or email Dennis Nichols.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Children's Halloween Books!

Halloween is right around the corner and in the Children’s Department the Halloween books are going fast! You can put a hold on some of our favorite spooky and scary stories by clicking on the title!

Where is My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Tailypo: A Ghost Story by Joanna Galdone

Thirteen Days of Halloween by Carol Greene

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz

Scaredy-Cat, Splat by Rob Scotton

Pumpkin Hill by Elizabeth Spurr

The Haunted Ghoul Bus by Lisa Trumbauer

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams

13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey by Kathryn Tucker Windham

Don’t forget to join us on Monday, October 25th, for our Monthly Monday Movie at 3:30 PM

Also, the 2nd Annual Family Pumpkin Carving Contest is just around the corner on Thursday, October 28th at 6:00 PM. You can call 205-332-6619 to register and more information. Registration opens on October 18th!

Monday, October 4, 2010


Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians
(And Then There Were None)


Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 

Dinner at 6:30 pm 

Performance at 7:30 pm 

Admission $25.00 

Tickets go on sale Monday, September 27
in the library’s Adult Services Department 

Cash….. Check…..MC/VISA 

For further information and/or tickets
call 205-332-6625

Editorial Reviews

The third of many film and TV adaptations of the popular Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None (Ten Little Indians is the title of the American edition, the hit play, and most of the movies), this 1965 version moves the action from a remote island to an isolated ski resort and otherwise rearranges the plot. The basic premise, however, remains the same. Ten strangers, eight of them guests and two of them servants, are lured to a dinner party and then trapped there to be killed one at a time by an unseen host who wishes to punish them for their disparate perceived crimes. The old nursery rhyme provides both the framing device, and, in the source material, the method of execution for each victim. In this version, however, the revised murder scenes include a hapless servant (Marianne Hoppe) falling to her death from a booby-trapped ski lift. Ten Little Indians features a varied cast that ranges from future Bond girls Shirley Eaton and Daliah Lavi to former teen idol Fabian and former Wyatt Earp TV star Hugh O'Brian. It also reunites My Fair Lady co-stars Stanley Holloway and Wilfrid Hyde-White. The film was the final directorial effort of George Pollock, who had previously helmed several adaptations of Christie's popular Miss Marple mysteries, starting with 1962's Murder, She Said. Christopher Lee makes an uncredited appearance as the recorded voice of absentee host/villain Mr. Owen. Despite its mountain setting, the picture was filmed in Ireland. Brian J. Dillard, All Movie Guide ~Barnes & Noble website

Get the Ten Little Indians book in our catalog.