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Mystery Monday

 

Mystery Monday is making a comeback after a very long absence.  The big news is the announcement of the 2016 Edgar awards.  Here is a list of the winners, followed by the nominees for each catagory.

Best Novel
Let Me Die in His Footsteps by Lori Roy
The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter
The Lady From Zagreb by Phillip Kerr
Life or Death by Michael Robotham  

Best First Novel
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Past Crimes by Glen Erik Hamilton
Where All Light Tends To Go by David Joy
Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm

Best Paperback Original
The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney
The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter
What She Knew by Gilly Macmillan
Woman With a Blue Pencil by Gordon McAlpine
Gun Street Girl by Adrian McKinty
The Daughter by Jane Shemilt

Grand Master
Walter Mosley

"I was born in a small town..."

house porch
With the publication earlier this week of Best of My Love, number 20 in her Fool's Gold series, author Susan Mallery has brought the most extensive and popular small-town romance series since Robyn Carr's Virgin River to a close.  With 22 novels (two Christmas titles were considered "in-betweeners"), 6 e-only novellas, and a storified cookbook, Mallery has given us plenty of opportunities to get to know the residents of Fool's Gold, California, that small (fictional) town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada that couldn't seem to hold on to its men... until they started falling in love with them.  To my surprise, I discovered that Fool's Gold hasn't actually been around that long-- Mallery only started the series in 2010, but made up for lost time by publishing an impressive 4 to 5 titles per year. 

Star Wars & Karaoke?

Well, I don't think these guys have lyrics on youtube, but we have another Family Fun Night planned for Friday April 29 ---Karaoke!!! Just sign up on the children's events page, give us a call, or pick up a ticket at the children's desk. We're looking for songlist suggestions as well. But why the Cantina band? Well - on Monday April 25, we're showing Star Wars: A New Hope, on April 26, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and on April 27, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi -- all at 2:00pm each day. Kids can sign up for Star Wars Day crafts offered on May 4th, and all month long we'll be having a Star Wars character hunt in the children's room - with prizes!! Come on in and join the fun! May the Fourth be with you!

What's Cooking?: Bittersweet

Do opposites attract?  It certainly does in the culinary world.  It is the pairing of opposite ingredients such as sugar and vinegar as in strawberries and balsamic vinegar, salt and sugar as in chocolate covered pretzels, or spicy white pepper and vinegar in hot and sour soup.  Exploring combinations of the six basic tastes of sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent, and umami  opens a palate of sensations.  The cooking trend is combining these contrasting flavors resulting in a complex layering that bursts and surprises the taste buds.  The outcome is never subdued or tepid.  There is a welcomed nontraditional bite that makes you wonder how and why these pairings come to work together so well.

Welcoming Our Robot Overlords

Cthulhu 2016 - When you're tired of choosing the lesser of two evilsAre you trepidatious about Trump? Not happy with Hillary? Over your crush on Cruz? Are you just not "feeling the Bern"?  You may not be alone.  A lot of people have been expressing their disenchantment with the American political process of late.  Happily, Speculative Fiction is here to remind you... things could always be worse.

Better Than Google

If you come into the library anytime after school, or on week-ends, you will see tables crowded with tutors and their tutees.  Good money is spent on hiring tutors who help students with their academic subjects, SAT preparation and improving writing and reading skills. I feel this is a needless expense when there is a great database like Learning Express Library waiting for you.

Kiss me, I'm Irish!

Emerald HeartDo you secretly long for a rogue with a brogue?  Do gingers spark your interest?  If you're looking to put a little Irish in your life in honor of St. Patrick's Day this March, give the green beer a miss (yuck!) and check out one of these romances instead! 

Better Than Google

While perusing our list of databases,trying to get an idea for my blog, I came across one I was unfamiliar with, called EBSCO Explora.  This database is sponsored jointly by both RCLS and New York State.  In a word, it is amazing.  I tried a variety of different search terms, and the results were so google-like, that I had to remind myself I was not using Google.

Winners of the First Annual Valentine's Bake Off

Tonight, the library hosted our first ever bake off!  We had seven fantastic patron bakers with a variety of cakes, cookies and truffles. We are proud to announce the winners:

In first place, Jackie Kindestin with her Almond Cheesecake! Jackie had a great cheer team including her grandson:

Winner: Jackie Kindestin

Our first runner up with her incredible Pomegranate Truffle was  Michelle Petrazuollo:

First Runner Up: Michelle Petrazuollo

Our third place winner was the awesome Greta Karavatski, whose brownies scored big!

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