<![CDATA[Palmer Public Library<br />       Palmer, AK - Blog]]>Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:25:31 -0900Weebly<![CDATA[JANUARY STAFF PICKS]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 20:27:11 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2018/01/january-staff-picks.htmlPicture
A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
Ove is a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. One morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox leading to a comical and heartwarming tale.

-Crystal

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I'd Tell You I love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
by Ally Carter
As a sophomore at a secret spy school and the daughter of a former CIA operative, Cammie is sheltered from "normal teenage life" until she meets a local boy while on a class surveillance mission.

"At the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, students receive extra credit for breaking CIA  codes. This is a wonderful coming of age James Bond style adventure!" - Heidi

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The Circle Trilogy Black Red White
by Ted Dekker
Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Enter an adrenaline-laced epic where dreams and reality collide.

"Beautiful looping trilogy full of surreal symbolism and powerful relationships." - Kaitlin

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Church of the Small Things: The Million Little Pieces That Make Up  a Life
by Melanie Shankle

The author celebrates, with her trademark stories and humor, the wonder of the many small moments in life that add up to make a big difference and ultimately shape the person we become.

"A celebration of life's little moments." - Kate

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River With No Bridge
by Karen Wills

When Nora Flanagan leaves Boston in 1882 to marry a miner in Butte, Montana, she anticipates achieving the respectability and security denied her as a tinker's daughter in Ireland. Instead, she experiences tragedy, disgrace, and redemption. In the course of her life, as Nora survives her daughter's death, relinquishes her son, homesteads in the wilderness, and raises a Blackfeet girl, she learns to cherish the beauty and healing power of nature surrounding the North Fork of the Flathead River.

"Immigrant story from Ireland. Very good historical fiction." - Linda

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<![CDATA[Santa's Reindeer visits the Library!]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 02:35:23 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2018/01/santas-reindeer-visits-the-library.htmlYou never know who will stop by the Palmer Public Library, especially during winter break. Thank you to the Reindeer Farm for bringing Prancer to the library on January 3, 2018!!  Also, special thanks to Friends of the Palmer Library for sponsoring this event. It was so cool!!
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<![CDATA[December Staff Picks]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 01:02:43 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/12/december-staff-picks.htmlPicture
A Paris Apartment
by Michelle Gable

Discovering a horde of treasure in a Paris apartment that had been shuttered for decades, Sotheby's furniture specialist April Vogt finds a cache of letters and journals by a renowned Belle Époque courtesan whose sophisticated life compels April to reevaluate her own.

"An auctioneer discovers old journals in an apartment that's been sealed for years." - Crystal

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The Demon-Haunted World
by Carl Sagan

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs.

"One of Sagan's last books; the message of healthy skepticism is as pertinent today as ever." - Evan

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I Will Find You:solving killer cases from my life of fighting crime
by Detective Lt. Joe Kenda

Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases. Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away.

"If you are a fan of The Homicide Hunter series on the Investigation Discovery channel, these are the cases too graphic for the television show. Warning: NOT for the faint of heart! - Jessie

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Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows
by Richard Cahan, Michael Williams

Photographs and interviews attempt to put Vivian Maier's work in context and create a portrait of her as an artist. She created more than 10,000 negatives during her lifetime, but only a few of them were ever seen by others. Shortly after her death in 2009, the first group of her unseen Chicago photographs were shown online. Word of her work spread quickly, catapulting Maier from previous obscurity to being labeled as one of the masters of street photography.

"Hauntingly beautiful collection of photographs, deserving of recognition Myer never sought."  - Kate

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Those Across the River
by Christopher Buehlman

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his "wife," Eudora, arrive in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate, the Savoyard Plantation, and the horrors that occurred there. In a letter delivered after her death, his aunt warns Frank not to live in the house—a warning Frank ignores. As tensions mount, readers will find themselves on the edge of their seats anticipating the spine-tingling conclusion to this stunning novel.

"Atmospheric horror story. Manages to use modern language while keeping classic themes." - Kaitlin

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The "Wish" Series
by Lori Evert

New York Times bestseller Lori Evert created the Wish books along with her family. The series includes The  The Christmas WishThe Tiny WishThe Reindeer Wish and The Brave Puppy.

"Beautiful, creative and charming children's series." - Katie

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<![CDATA[Mat-Su Orchestra]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:29:21 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/12/mat-su-orchestra.htmlSundays at 2 is a winter program sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Palmer Public Library to connect with the community and spread awareness of library services provided by the Palmer Library.

December was a rip roaring month of outstanding performances supporting the library!

December 17 brought the Mat-Su Orchestra to the Palmer Depot for a lovely family friendly performance. The Mat-Su Orchestra also donates their many wonderful talents to support the library each year. The hour and a half performance was enjoyed by all!  Many thanks to our local Starbucks for donating the coffee for this event. Find out more about the Mat-Su Orchestra at matsuorchestra.org/
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<![CDATA[Santa Visits the Palmer Library!]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:37:13 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/12/santa-visits-the-palmer-library.htmlSanta Claus stopped by to visit during our 0-5 year old Storytime programs on December 12 & 14. Parents were thoroughly excited to snap photos with the jolly old elf. The kids were, well, both thrilled and terrified...depending on the kid. Everyone enjoyed holiday snacks, stories, and crafts along with our special guest.
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<![CDATA[Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:24:49 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/12/alaska-celtic-pipes-drums.htmlSundays at 2 is a winter program sponsored and organized by the Friends of the Palmer Public Library to connect with the community and spread awareness of library services provided by the Palmer Library.

December was a rip roaring month of outstanding performances supporting the library!

December 10 featured Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums = Gettin' Loud at the Library! This phenomenal group generously donates their amazing talents to enrich the community and support the library each year. Be sure to catch them next time they're here! Find out more about Alaska Celtic Pipes and Drums at alaskacelticpipesdrums.org/

Photos courtesy of Richard Christiensen
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<![CDATA[Colony Christmas 2017]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 19:59:39 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/12/colony-christmas-2017.html

Palmer's sister city liaison group, Saroma Kai, hosted an origami crane folding open house at the Palmer Library as part of Colony Christmas celebrations. 303 enthusiastic participants came through our doors to warm up, get crafty, and take home an international symbol of peace to hang on their Christmas tree. Find out more about Saroma Kai here.
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<![CDATA[November Staff Picks]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 01:20:48 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/11/november-staff-picks.htmlPicture
Less
by Andrew Sean Greer
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself, and making connections with the past.

"Beautifully written, lovely story." - Crystal

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Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad
by Christie Golden
After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. But not for long. In retaliation, the elite Imperial soldiers of Inferno Squad have been called in for the crucial mission of infiltrating and eliminating the Partisans?the rebel faction once led by notorious Republic freedom fighter Saw Gerrera. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire?no matter the cost. Now Inferno Squad must prove its status as the best of the best and take down the Partisans from within. But the growing threat of being discovered in their enemy?s midst turns an already dangerous operation into a do-or-die acid test they dare not fail. To protect and preserve the Empire, to what lengths will Inferno Squad go . . . and how far beyond them?

"A continuation of Rogue One, which also introduces the characters featured in the Battlefront II video game." - Evan

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The Vanishing Sculptor
by Donita K. Paul
Tipper, a young emerlindian who's responsible for the upkeep of her family's estate during her sculptor father's absence, discovers that her actions have unbalanced the whole foundation of her world, and she must act quickly to undo the calamitous threat. With the help of some unlikely companions -- including the nearly five-foot tall parrot, Beccaroon, and the miraculous Wulder -- she sets out to save her father and her world.

"If you love The Chronicles of Prydain, The Chronicles of Narnia or The Ranger's Apprentice, you'll enjoy this first novel in Paul's new series." - Heidi


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Other Wordly
by Yee-Lum Malik

Discover words to surprise, delight, and enamor. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first. Other-Wordly is an irresistible ebook for lovers of words and those lost for words alike.
"A feast for word lovers!" - Kate

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Gwendy's Button Box
by Stephen King & Richard Chizmur
There are three ways up to Castle View from the town of Castle Rock: Route 117, Pleasant Road, and the Suicide Stairs. Every day in the summer of 1974, twelve-year-old Gwendy Peterson has taken the stairs, which are held by strong, if time-rusted, iron bolts and zig-zag up the cliffside. Then one day when Gwendy gets to the top of Castle View, after catching her breath and hearing the shouts of kids on the playground below, a stranger calls to her. There on a bench in the shade sits a man in black jeans, a black coat, and a white shirt unbuttoned at the top. On his head is a small, neat black hat. The time will come when Gwendy has nightmares about that hat.

"A parable about the effects of too much power." - Kaitlin

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<![CDATA[DROP THOSE BOOKS!]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 21:29:25 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/11/drop-those-books.html
You screech into the library parking lot, race up to the doors and … they’re locked! Nooooo! Your books are due today­ – what are you going to do? Never fear, book drop is here!

To the right of the main library entrance is a small silver door. If your library checkouts are all books, open the door, slide a book in, and shut the door. You’ll hear a blissful thud as it drops gently into our special spring-loaded, carpet-lined bin. Another silver, “books only”, bin sits at curbside in case you’re in a hurry.

“But I have movies and audiobooks! I’m not supposed to put them in the book drop … right?  The sticker on the box says not to put it in the book return.”
That sticker is quite literal! It really means no items with discs or cassettes in the return box for books. But we wouldn’t leave you out in the cold with nary a place for audiovisual goodies. The solution is our blue audiovisual drop at the curb! “But what about a book with a disc inside? What then?” If a book has a cd inside the cover please return it in the silver book returns. A word to the wise: Always return books to their designated silver drops and CDs/movies to the blue audiovisual drop. This prevents damage to disks and a $1.00 fine (per item in the wrong drop box) on your library account!

“My items are due today – if I return them in the book drop after closing won’t they be late?”
We empty the drops once in the morning and once in the afternoon, Monday through Saturday. If you return your item after the library closes, we’ll check it in the next morning using the previous day’s date. For example, if you return a book to the drop after closing on Tuesday, we’ll check it in Wednesday morning using Tuesday’s date. Since the Palmer Library is closed on Sunday, all items in the drops are checked in Monday morning as though they were returned the previous Saturday. If the library is closed for a holiday, items are checked in using the last date we were open. "Is there a charge for this amazing time traveling service?", you ask? Why, no! It’s all part of our outstanding, free customer service.

“Can I return books from other libraries to the Palmer return boxes?”
Yes, IF they’re from libraries within our network. Those include, but aren’t limited to: Anchorage, UAA/MatSu, MatSu Borough, and Wasilla libraries. You’ll find a complete list of network libraries here.  Not included in this super-duper list of returnable awesomeness: school, church, and bible college library materials, Redbox or Netflix movies, or Aunt Gertrude’s odd collection of savory gelatin recipes.

“The library is open, but I’ll put these books in the curb drop on my way in to check out some more.”  
Please bring returns inside during library business hours, if possible, especially if you plan to check out more items. If all 20 items, of the 20-item limit, are sitting in the outside book drop you won’t be able to check out any more! The inside book return is located under the front counter on your left as you enter the main library room. We check it constantly throughout the day. You’re welcome to return both books and audiovisual materials there. Returning your items inside allows us to get them checked in immediately, keeping your account clear and ready for another round of rip roaring reading, listening, and watching adventures. It'll also give you the added satisfaction of saving a librarian’s back!
~KR
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<![CDATA[Happy Halloween, 2017!]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:28:06 GMThttp://pplak.org/3/post/2017/10/happy-halloween-2017.htmlHalloween transformed some of our staff into....

Disney's Haunted Mansion, where 999 happy haunts reside! From her eerie portraits to the signs welcoming "Foolish Mortals", and warning of "Hitchhiking Ghosts, to the flickering floating candles and cracking plaster, this was one fun ensemble. "There's always room for 1 more ghost at the Haunted Mansion". Any...volunteers?"

We were also visited by a pair of wise and cunning gypsy ladies...ready to recommend dangerously fortuitous adventures for your reading pleasure.
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