We've been reading all things Alaska in honor of the upcoming Alaska Day, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Transfer of Alaska.
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Alone in the Wilderness
by Dick Proenneke & Bob Swerer

The account of the day-to-day explorations and activities of Dick Proenneke as he built a cabin in the remote wilderness of the Twin Lakes Region of Alaska.

"The quintessential DVD of Alaska adventure living." - Heidi


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And She Was
by Cindy Dyson

A tense interplay between past and present that explores Aleut history, taboos, mummies, conquest, survival, and the seamy side of the 1980s in a fishing boomtown at the edge of the world. It leaps across time and culture to a lost woman, who more than anything needs to understand the gray shades between heroism and evil, between freedom and bondage, between this place and the rest of her life.

"Takes place in two eras." - Crystal

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DANGER the Dog Yard Cat
by Libby Riddles with Shelley Gill

Libby Riddles was the first woman to win the 1049 mile Iditarod sled dog race. She introduces us to her cat, Danger, in this whimsical tale of the far north.

- Jessie

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The Smell of Other People's Houses
by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Growing up in Alaska in the 1970s isn't like growing up anywhere else. Four vivid voices tell intertwining stories of hardship, tragedy, wild luck, and salvation.

"Young adult book that beautifully illustrates the importance of perseverance---'sometimes you just have to hold onto whatever you can'." - Kate

 

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Into the Wild
by John Krakkauer

In April 1992 Christopher Johnson McCandless hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. How McCandless came to die is the unforgettable story of Into the Wild.

"Good, true story." - Katie

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Pipeline
by Ron Dalby

An overworked detective, a dedicated game warden, and a veteran bush pilot team up to save a kidnapped child and prevent a monumental environmental disaster in the heart of Alaska’s sweeping wilderness.

"All the elements of a good, fictional mystery."- Laura

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Honey Buckets on the Kuskokwim
by Helen Youngsman Teeter

"Hilarious and often poignant story of two Alaska missionaries."
- Kaitlin



~KT
 
 
This is just a little shameless promotion for one of our newer adult oriented library programs! The library's Open Room craft day on Sunday, 9/10 had a great turn out. There were quilting, sewing, model car building, scrapbooking, card making, and crafting projects all over the room. Anyone, ages 15 and up, is welcome to bring a project to work on, or just pop in with a cup of coffee to chat! We have all kinds of good clean...albeit messy...fun, conversation, and project progress. The library provides the tables, chairs, heat, lights, outlets, pleasant atmosphere, and free WiFi! You provide your own project materials, ideas, conversation, coffee, and body counts (for statistical purposes only, of course). There are three opportunities each month to get in on the excitement! One Sunday, and every other Wednesday. Check our calendar for dates. pplak.org/calendar
(Faces have been avoided to protect the crafty.)
~HD
 
 
Here are a few of our reading picks from August. As Fall approaches and we resume more regular school and work routines, we were thinking about growing up and some of life's greatest lessons, such as dealing with bullying, overcoming adversity, things we wish we knew then or that we  need to be reminded of now and of course life's greatest lesson of all -- handling the inevitable loss of someone we hold dear. Enjoy!
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Chrysanthemum
by Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.


"A perennial favorite in my house." - Heidi

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book
by Diane Muldrow

An adult refresher course from the more than 70-year-old line of children's books which covered real-life situations - from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things.

A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! - Crystal

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The Harry Potter Series
by J.K. Rowling

A series that captivated readers of all ages as they witnessed a most extraordinary young boy, and perhaps the greatest fictional wizard of all time, face the ordinary challenges of growing up.

"Navigating
the trials and triumphs of school, friends, evil wizards, love interests, you know, the norm." - Kaitlin

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50 Rules Kids Won't Learn in School : Real World Antidotes to Feel-Good Education
by Charles J. Sykes

Identifies fifty life lessons about surviving in the real world that parents can use for a range of constructive benefits, in a primer that features such tips as "Life is not fair. Get used to it" and "Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity."

"My personal favorite is Rule 48: Tell yourself the story of your life. Have a point." - Kate

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OPTION B
by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant

A powerful, inspiring, and practical book about finding resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.

"Optimistic and inspiring read on a tough subject - grieving the loss of a loved one - and how family and friends can really help." - Teri

~KT