Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Author Event: John V Konior, author of "How's It By You?" and "The Secret of Big PIne Key" visits the library

The Blanche K Werner Public Library is proud to announce that we will be hosting John V. Konior, author of "How's It By You?" and "The Secret of Big Pine Key" for a book signing on Saturday, November 5th, from 10:30a to 12:00p.

Copies of his books will be available for purchase.


It's a human interest story about two mismatched fishing buddies that lasted a lifetime, and then some. Although there are elements of fiction, the story is based on actual experiences, a dedication to the author's very best friend who sadly passed away. It's about a true and lasting friendship of the men and their families, who despite their differences and the periods where they lived far apart from each other, managed to remain very close friends. The story chronicles the escapades of the two men during their often very, very funny, and at times scary fishing adventures. If you like to fish, then you will really enjoy the tales. Be prepared to laugh until you hurt, sigh from time to time, and maybe cry a little bit.


The world's a very dangerous place. A new Iraqi conflict has now deteriorated into a civil war that has spilled over into most countries in the Middle East. Gasoline is in short supply and prices have escalated causing many country's economics to collapse. Adding to the turmoil are sinister forces plotting to take advantage of the situation. Their collective goal is to overthrow the U.S. Government and then carve up and rule the world. The suspense builds as opposing factions seek to discover the location of a sunken World War II ship that hides incredible secrets along with a vast treasure. Vic Jeski, the unwilling hero, acts daringly, but foolishly at times, to uncover the "secret" and thwart the plans of those who are planning to use the treasure and the "secret" to dominate the world. He risks his life and is very lucky to survive. But can his luck hold out until the true nature of sinister plots are revealed, and before the horrific plans are implemented?

We hope that you will join us for this special event.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Author Event: Georgia Flanagan, author of "Voices Within" visits Trinity

The Blanche K Werner Public Library is proud to announce that we will be hosting Georgia Flanagan, author of "Voices Within," for a book signing on Saturday, November 5th, from 10:30a to 12:00p.

If you would like a signed copy of Voices Within copies will be available for purchase.

Flanagan is published with Tate Publishing. You can read an excerpt from "Voices Within" here


It is about the journey of a woman, Gemma, trying to find her spiritual purpose in life which leads her back to God. She has been reincarnated and returns to the earthly plane with life guides who communicate with her telepathically to guide her to achieving her goal and in order to do this, she must become a colleague with her former mother, Louise. She has returned many times as Louise's daughter in an attempt to change this woman's attitude which is bitter, resentful, angry, rude and condescending, but to no avail, this is her last return and she has chosen to try one final time by becoming her assistant at her place of employment.

Will this final battle with Gemma's former mother be won and will she now be able to move on and receive her life's reward?

We hope that you will join us for this special event.

Get Kids and Teens to Read and Enjoy It!!

What can you do to motivate your children to read more regularly?

We all know that reading is important, and I'm sure that you feel frustrated if your child doesn't like to read. Children are easily pulled away from reading by so many things in their everyday lives — television, video games, and after-school activities — it's important to find ways to make reading and writing a part of your child's daily routine, and it may not be as difficult as you may think.

Here are a few tips that may help:

Find out what your child's interests are and suggest books, magazines, and articles that relate to those topics.
Let them choose. A study by Scholastic found that 89% of kids say their favorite books are the ones they pick. Kids also say a big reason they don’t read is that they don’t like what we selected for them. So get your child involved in the selection.

Kids love to watch movies, so this is a great way to introduce kids to reading. Read a book, and then watch the movie together. (Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Twilight, How to Train Your Dragon etc). Become movie critics. Discuss which was better, book or movie/

Are you going on a vacation? Finding books that relate to a place you plan to visit on a family vacation can get a child hooked.

Read books with your children! Children of any age can appreciate being read to.

Make reading material available. Stash books in backpacks, bathrooms, and cars.

Having books in your home will greatly increase the chance your kid will become a reader. So grab your library card and head to library sales, stop at those garage sales, subscribe your kid to a magazine.

Friday, October 14, 2011

New books for the Reading Corner

The more children read, the better readers and writers they will become. Here are a few of the books we have added to our growing youth section. The Magic Tree House adventures are a great place to start for the young readers.

Want to find out more about one of the titles listed below? Click on the title to read a full summary of the book, and find out more interesting details about the author too.

The Boxcar Children: a Blue Bay Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner 

The Aldens find a castaway on a South Sea island. How did he get there and who is he?

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family .

Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Everyone has been trying to keep Gregor from seeing the final prophecy, The Prophecy of Time. It says something awful: It calls for the warrior’s death. The warrior being Gregor, of course. Now, an army of rats is quickly approaching and Gregor’s mom and little sister, Boots, are still in Regalia. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor’s hands and time is running out. There is a code that must be cracked, a new princess to contend with Gregor’s burgeoning dark side, and a war designed to end all wars.

Hour of the Olympics by Mary Pope Osborne 

No girls allowed at the Olympic Games!

That's the rule when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to ancient Greece. But when Annie tells jack to go to the games without her, he knows she's up to something. Will Annie find a way to see the games? Or will she get herself—and Jack—into Olympic-size trouble?
Sabotaged by Margaret Peterson Haddix

To repair the damage of time kidnapping, Jonah and Katherine are helping Virginia Dare return to her 17th century birthplace in the American colonies. Unfortunately, Roanoke has been abandoned and, without communication devices, our young time-travelers don't quite know what to do!
Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix

There is good news and bad news: The good news is that time orphans Chip and Alex finally learn their true identities. The bad news is that they are the famous imprisoned "Princes in the Tower"!

Tigers at Twilight by Mary Pope Osborne

Tigers in trouble?

That's what Jack and Annie find when the Magic Tree House whisks them and Teddy, the enchanted dog, to a forest in India. The rare tigers are being trapped by greedy poachers! Can Jack and Annie find a way to help? Or will a fierce tiger eat them instead?

Tonight on the Titanic by Mary Pope Osborne

The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie to the decks of the ill-fated "Titanic", where they find themselves in danger of becoming two more victims of the tragic event.

Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Still reeling from their experiences in Roanoke in 1600, Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 only moments before a mutiny on Henry Hudson’s ship in the icy waters of James Bay. But things are messed up: they’ve lost the real John Hudson, and they find what seems to be the fabled Northwest Passage—even though they are pretty sure that that route doesn’t actually exist. 

Will this new version of history replace the real past? Is this the end of time as we know it? With more at stake than ever before, Jonah and Katherine struggle to unravel the mysteries of 1611 and the Hudson Passage...before everything they know is lost.

Viking Ships at Sunrise by Mary Pope Osborne 

In search of another story in jeopardy, Jack and Annie go to ancient Ireland where they visit a monastery. When the Vikings land, Jack and Annie have to escape!

Did you find something on the list you have to read? If you did, stop by the library or give us a call and we will hold the book for you!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Young Adult books for the Teen Scene

Whether you're a hardcore reader or a reluctant reader, we have a book just for you. Our young adult collection is growing like crazy with best selling authors telling unbelievably fantastic stories. We have a little bit of everything, including titles you didn't even know you wanted to read. Stop by and take a look; you may be missing something amazing.

This week we have added the following titles:

One woman's story as she blogs - and fights back - the zombie apocalypse
Allison Hewitt and her five colleagues at the Brooks and Peabody Bookstore are trapped together when the zombie outbreak hits. Allison reaches out for help through her blog, writing on her laptop and utilizing the military's emergency wireless network (SNET).

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. 

Meet Francesca. She’s in Europe, working in a traveling faire along with psychics, magicians, and other really bizarre people. Her life? Not-so-normal. Her boyfriend, Ben? Not-so-alive.

Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

Ariadne is destined to become a goddess of the moon. She leads a lonely life, filled with hours of rigorous training by stern priestesses. Her former friends no longer dare to look at her, much less speak to her. All that she has left are her mother and her beloved, misshapen brother Asterion, who must be held captive below the palace for his own safety. So when a ship arrives one spring day, bearing a tribute of slaves from Athens, Ariadne sneaks out to meet it. 

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Times are hard in the mountain city of Fellsmarch. Reformed thief Han Alister will do almost anything to eke out a living for himself, his mother, and his sister Mari. Ironically, the only thing of value he has is something he can’t sell. For as long as Han can remember, he’s worn thick silver cuffs engraved with runes. They’re clearly magicked—as he grows, they grow, and he’s never been able to get them off. 

Han’s life gets even harder after he takes a powerful amulet from the son of the High Wizard. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, the wizard who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, the Bayars will stop at nothing to reclaim it from Han.

Ghostgirl: Homecoming by Tonya Hurley

Heaven couldn't be a phone bank, could it?
Charlotte Usher discovers that the afterlife isn't quite what she pictured when she's forced to intern at a hotline for troubled teens. Before she can officially cross over, she'll have to be a source of guidance for one such teen. The problem is she doesn't have much advice to offer since dying hasn't exactly boosted her confidence level.

But when Hawthorne High's leading, love-to-hate cheerleader Petula and her gothic little sis' Scarlet find themselves suddenly resting-in-peace in comas, Charlotte's opportunity to save them will prove to be the risk of a lifetime-for all of them.

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

What if you were bound for a new world, about to pledge your life to someone you'd been promised to since birth, and one unexpected violent attack made survival—not love—the issue?

Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.  

And he’s not the only one who needs her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young. Most of the chosen do.

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto

Heaven Help Her.

Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier’s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.

Identical by Ellen Hopkins

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are 16-year-old identical twins, the daughters of a district court judge father and politician mother running for Congress. Everything on the surface of their lives seems Norman Rockwell perfect, but underneath run deep and damaging secrets. 

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs

Grace just moved to San Francisco and is excited to start over at a new school. The change is full of fresh possibilities, but it’s also a tiny bit scary. It gets scarier when a minotaur walks in the door. And even more shocking when a girl who looks just like her shows up to fight the monster.  

Gretchen is tired of monsters pulling her out into the wee hours, especially on a school night, but what can she do? Sending the minotaur back to his bleak home is just another notch on her combat belt. She never expected to run into this girl who could be her double, though.

Greer has her life pretty well put together, thank you very much. But that all tilts sideways when two girls who look eerily like her appear on her doorstep and claim they're triplets, supernatural descendants of some hideous creature from Greek myth, destined to spend their lives hunting monsters.

These three teenage descendants of Medusa, the once-beautiful gorgon maligned by myth, must reunite and embrace their fates in this unique paranormal world where monsters lurk in plain sight.

Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbott

From her birth, Abisina has been outcast--for the color of her eyes and skin, and for her lack of a father. Only her mother's status as the village healer has kept her safe. But when a mythic leader arrives, Abisina's life is ripped apart. She escapes alone to try to find the father and the home she has never known.

In a world of extremes, from the deepest prejudice to the greatest bonds of duty and loyalty, Abisina must find her own way and decide where her true hope lies.

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.

Witch Song by Amber Argyle 

The world is changing. Once, Witch Song controlled everything from the winds to the shifting of the seasons--but not anymore. All the Witches are gone, taken captive by a traitor. All but Brusenna. As the echo of their songs fade, the traitor grows stronger. Now she is coming for Brusenna. Her guardian has sworn to protect her, but even he can't stop the Dark Witch. Somehow, Brusenna has to succeed where every other Witch has failed. Find the traitor. Fight her. Defeat her. Because if Brusenna doesn't, there won't be anything left to save.

Did you find something on the list you have to read? If you did, stop by the library or give us a call and we will hold the book for you! 

Hot Buttered Popcorn and a Movie

Friday is almost here and it's time to relax with a good movie. Grab a yummy bag of buttered popcorn and one of our great movies. This week we have a few new titles and they're waiting for you to check them out.


Centers on two brothers fighting to keep their start-up company afloat on Wall Street during August 2001, a month before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Best Laid Plans

A seemingly simple plan to steal money goes increasingly awry.


Video store clerk Ed agrees to have his life filmed by a camera crew for a tv network.

Fly Away Home
A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 
Famed archaeologist/adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Lady in the Water
Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.

Lakeview Terrace
An LAPD officer will stop at nothing to force out the interracial couple who just moved in next door.

Madea Goes To Jail 
Mischievous grandma Madea lands in jail, where she meets a variety of mixed-up characters.

My Cousin Vinny
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.

The Nanny Diaries

A college graduate goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.

the Pursuit of Happyness
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.

Tropic Thunder
Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.

War, Inc.
A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter in check.