Here are a few of the books Palmer Library staff members are enjoying as our all too short of a summer continues in Alaska!
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
The Foss children's lives are changed forever when their parents leave them alone on a stormy night in Memphis, TN in 1936 when twelve-year old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings are wrenched from their home and thrown into the care of the Tennessee Children's Home Society. Many years later they search for and rediscover each other.
" A great read if you like historical fiction!" - Teresa
Wolf Rampant Trilogy
by Aimee Easterling
Easterling's Wolf Rampant series takes readers to a unique werewolf world that has been described as a "good choice for Patricia Briggs fans."
The trilogy begins with Shiftless, continues the journey with Pack Princess, and concludes with Alpha Ascendant.
" A different take on werewolves and a great read!" - Beth
By the Light of the Moon
by Dean Koontz
A novel of heart-stopping suspense that eerily and beautifully illustrates how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us.
"Really interesting fantasy science-fiction story." - Kaitlin
by Marla Cilley
With her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home—and your life—in order.
"The Fly Lady's method for a clean and tidy home." - Heidi
A Thousand Mornings
by Mary Oliver
Oliver's observations offer valuable lessons found in the smallest moments of daily life.
"The poem For I Will Consider My Dog Percy is a must read for anyone who has ever loved and lost their faithful four-legged companion." - Kate
HOLD THAT BOOK! (OR DVD, OR BOOK ON CD)
Oh the beauty of placing a hold on an item you can’t wait to read, watch, or listen to! You may have placed the hold at home, or called and asked one of our fine staff, or maybe even come in and placed it in person.
Now the wait begins. Where is my item coming from? Do you know how long it will take to get here? Or ‘IT’S BEEN 3 WEEKS! WHERE IS IT?!?!"
Take a deep breath…ahh! Perhaps the item is checked out to somebody else, or maybe there are 35 people ahead of you! (After all, if you can’t wait to read it maybe there are others that can’t wait either)
Sometimes, if the item is only available at say, Haines Public Library, and it’s checked out to another person, it can take time! Sometimes, as you know, shipping even in-state can take a precious amount of time.
So that being said, please bear with us. We'll let you know AS SOON AS YOUR ITEM IS AVAILABLE!
If we have your email address you'll be notified instantly when your coveted item arrives!!
**You can talk to any of our amazing staff members to add email to your account.
Submitted by Jessie
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It's summer in Alaska and many of us are out planting and weeding our gardens. Just as those of us who garden, staff at the Palmer Public Library have been "weeding" the nonfiction collection making room for new books.
Each book is looked at, examined, and researched before removing it from the collection. Is the book old? Does it have yellowed pages, stains, a broken binding and is falling apart? Has it not been checked out in five or more years? Certainly those are big factors to look at but not the only reason to consider removing a book from the collection.
Medical books, law books, and technology books, for example, become dated very quickly. Replacing those with newer, up-to-date volumes that contain valid and helpful information seems a good solution rather than keeping those books on the shelves for 30 years. Our hope is that you will be able to browse these collections more easily without having to sift through old/outdated materials to find what you want.
What happens to a book that is not repairable and is in really poor condition, but gets checked out frequently many times a year and is relevant to the needs and interests of our community? Replacement becomes a priority at that time. For example, a small section on gold panning/mining had several books in extremely poor condition and many were checked out and never returned. High interest dictates that we try and replace those discarded and lost volumes.
Most of the books removed from the collection were given to The Friends for the annual book sale. Proceeds from that sale are turned right back to the Palmer Public Library - a "win-win" for those that frequent the library!
During this process (as we do at any time) we welcome book suggestions. If you have any questions, or would like to make a book suggestion please speak to any one of us at the desk, or use our online Suggest A Purchase form HERE.
Submitted by Teri