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It seems like spring and warm weather are slow to arrive this year and everyone is looking for something to do. While you wait, the Fiction Department has some new items to help pass the time. Newly added to our collection are the Sony Readers for e-books. Adults, 18 and over, may borrow a Reader for a period of two weeks. Fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, young adults, and children, can be downloaded to the Reader through the Overdrive website. Stop by the Fiction desk for more information.
We have recently added Xbox 360 video games to our young adult collection. Currently 40 games are available with more being added all the time. Anyone 12 and over can borrow one game at a time for four days.
This year, the theme for the young adult Summer Reading Club is “Spark a Reaction.” We will be exploring everything from science to science fiction with crafts and demonstrations using everyday household items. Some of our projects will end with a competition and prizes for everyone! This promises to be a busy and exciting summer, so please bring the kids and let them “Spark a Reaction” with us!
Dates to keep in mind for young adult summer fun:
June 2 – SRC Pre-registration
June 9 – SRC Begins
June 16 – Catapults/Make Your Own Slime-2 p.m.
June 18 – Book Review/Puzzle-Prize Drawing
June 23 – Stepping Stones-2 p.m.
June 30 – Star Wars Finger Puppets-2 p.m.
July 7 – Robots-2 p.m.
July 9 – Book Review/Puzzle-Prize Drawing
July 14 – Sun-Sensitive Paper Images-2 p.m.
July 21 – Hoop Gliders/Start Wookiee Bird
Feeder-2 p.m.
July 28 – Star Wars Wokiee Bird Feeder-2 p.m.
July 30 – Book review/Puzzle-Prize Drawing
August 1 – SRC Party-Games, Prizes, Food & Fun-2 p.m.

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With the weather finally turning nice, it’s hard to think about sitting down to read a good book, but as summer approaches, finding things to do to entertain the kids can be difficult. Consider coming to the library for a good book or bringing the kids to one of our young adult summer activities.

This year, the young adult theme is “Beneath the Surface” and we will be exploring land and water through various crafts. We will also have some great prizes to give away to everyone checking out fiction or young adult reading material. Entries can be made, at the Fiction Desk, from June 3rd through August 1st. We hope you can join us this summer as we discover things “Beneath the Surface”!

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With warm weather arriving early this year, many find they’re ahead of schedule on their spring clean-up chores, so why not take a break and read a good book!  James Patterson’s 11th Hour, the 11th novel in the Women’s Murder Club series is just out.  Look for Alexander McCall Smith’s new book, A Conspiracy of Friends, a continuation of his Corduroy series coming in June, along with Bad Faith by Robert Tanenbaum, Blood Line by James Rollins, and Never Tell by Alafair Burke.

June 4th starts our Summer Reading Program with many games and activities for young adults.  This year’s young adult theme “Own the Night” will have us solving mysteries, making ghost story journals, and creating art from fingerprints along with many other planned activities.  For more information, stop by the Fiction desk and pick up a bookmark listing all the summer activities.  We hope everyone will join us for another exciting summer as we “Own the Night” together


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Spring is finally here and with it many activities at the library. We started with a “Civil War Day” held in fulfillment of a grant we received last year from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Patrons who attended the program were treated to a visit with local re-enactors of the 150th PVI Bucktails group. The women of the group gave a Civil War era fashion show and played dulcimer music throughout the morning. A presentation by Dr. Barratt, an historian with the Crawford County Civil War Roundtable, and Civil War era games for kids in the Children’s room were also part of the festivities.

The grant given to the library includes 20 books and a set of DVDs on the Civil War. If you’d like to learn more about the Civil War, these items and many others can be found throughout the library.

May brought a book signing by the young author, Brenna Thummler. Her book entitled, From Alligators to Zippers, was written and illustrated as part of her Senior Project and uses each letter of the alphabet to give a brief history and tour of Meadville and the surrounding area. Her book is available for checkout and can be found in the Young Adult section of the library.

June 6th starts our Summer Reading Program with games and activities planned for young adults and prizes for all. This year’s young adult theme, “You Are Here,” will have us touring the world with weekly crafts and activities from many different countries. For more information stop by the Fiction desk and pick up a bookmark listing the summer activities. We hope everyone will join us for another exciting summer as we explore the world

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Spring is officially here and with it come thoughts of transformation and change as trees start to bud and flowers emerge from their long sleep. You may have noticed a few changes or transformations happening lately in the Fiction Department too.

Because so many authors are writing in multiple genres these days, it is sometimes difficult to know exactly where to find his or her books: this may mean searching two or three different sections in order to get all the books written by a particular author. We have eliminated this confusion by going back to a more traditional method of shelving which combines all genres together in alphabetical order by author and title. For instance, if an author writes detective and mystery as well as westerns, his or her books will now be shelved together in alphabetical order. We will continue to use the distinctive labeling system for each genre: with an SF on the label for a science fiction or fantasy book, a D for detective and mystery and a W for westerns.

The Young Adult area has also undergone some changes. A recent donation has enabled us to expand this section and add a table, chairs and a computer station. This new space will provide a great setting for all of our summer activities and allow us to offer additional young adult programming throughout the rest of the year. It will also provide a safe haven for teens to enjoy a good book, work on school or club projects and do homework with minimal disruption to other patrons in the library.
Check out all of our changes, grab a new book and join us for this year’s Summer Reading Program as we “Make Waves at Your Library.”

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This is the time of year we start thinking about all the outdoor chores awaiting us and planning summer activities. While waiting for the weather to break and summer to arrive, here are few new books to peruse.

How about a debut fiction by the award-winning writer, Gerald Kolpan? His novel, about the infamous Etta Place (Etta: A Novel), is sure to spark your interest in this mysterious woman. Was Etta Place her real name and was she really the girlfriend of “Sundance Kid” as depicted in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? Kolpan writes this story as he imagines what her life was like during the early 20th century. He includes many real people in his novel and gives us a glimpse of life during this era.

Another new author, Philipp Meyer, writes about two naive high school friends who leave a small Pennsylvania steel town to embark on a cross country journey to California and the tragedy that follows. His book, American Rust, narrated by several of his characters, was even mentioned in, Scarpetta, Patricia Cornwell’s latest novel. A Reliable Wife, the debut historical novel by Robert Goolrick, takes place in the early 1900s in a small Wisconsin town. This fast-paced novel will keep you on your toes until the very end.

For mystery lovers, Cursed, the new Carol Higgins Clark novel will soon be arriving. This is her twelfth book in the Regan Reilly series. Mary Higgins Clark’s new book, Just Take My Heart, is also due out this month. We can look forward to book 10, Tea Time the Traditionally Built, in a newly released No. 1 Detective Agency mystery by Alexander McCall Smith.

Douglas Preston’s Cemetery Dance, the ninth book in the Pendergast series, Iris Johansen’s Deadlock, Look Again by Lisa Scottoline and Bill Pronzini’s Schemers: A Nameless Detective Novel are some of the other new arrivals to help pass the time until the outdoor chores and summer activities begin.

For young adults many new fiction books are arriving this month. F. Paul Wilson has a new YA novel, Jack: Secret Histories, the first in his new series. P.C. Cast’s Hunted is the fifth novel in her Night series. Francisco X. Stork’s new book, Marcelo in the Real World, is just arriving. Or, read about Max and her friends as they try to discover why millions of fish are dying and hundreds of ships are being destroyed off the coast of Hawaii. Will they be able to solve the mystery or will they be stopped by Mr. Chu and his gang? Find out in Max, the exciting new Maximum Ride adventure by James Patterson.

Young adults will also find lots of new non-fiction books on music, art, and writing to go along with this year’s Summer Reading Club theme. Our summer fun will start June 8th and continue through August 7th. For more information stop by the Fiction desk or pick up a bookmark listing the season’s activities. You and your friends are invited to join us for another exciting summer as we explore ways to “Express Yourself at Your Library”.

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We had a wonderful summer full of many games, activities and prize give-a-ways. This year, a record number of patrons entered the summer drawing and more young adults participated in the Summer Reading Club than ever before. Our activities for young adults included a Tai Chi demonstration given by Cootie Harris. He shared some history of the art and had each of us trying basic moves for a very fun and interesting afternoon. Lynette Olson, RD, LDN, a dietician from Meadville Medical Center, shared tips on healthy eating and good nutrition. Our end-of-summer party followed the theme Metamorphosis @ Your Library and found young adults enjoying an afternoon of snacks, Dining Etiquette Jeopardy, assembling collages and many other fun activities. We would like to thank those who participated and invite everyone to join us again next summer as we explore Express Yourself @ Your Library.

As we head into cooler weather, it’s time to start thinking about all the new books to enjoy throughout the winter. The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, a debut novel based on the author’s own family history, provides a fresh viewpoint on the Salem witch trials in this highly recommended novel. Elizabeth Peters ends her Vicky Bliss mystery series with Laughter of Dead Kings. Walter Mosley brings back Socrates Fortlow in The Right Mistake, his third novel in this suspenseful series. Look for David Baldacci’s new book, Divine Justice, a continuation of his Camel Club series, coming in November, along with Cross Country by James Patterson, Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler and Just After Sunset: Stories by Stephen King.

Start getting into the holiday spirit with a few of these Christmas books soon to arrive: A Christmas Grace by Anne Perry; A Cedar Cove Christmas by Debbie Macomber; The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck; A Christmas Star, another Cape Light novel by Thomas Kinkade; and An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor.

We now have books on CD and cassette for young adults. Some just added to the collection are Flight by Sherman Alexie, The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter and The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer. Recorded books are a great way to enjoy a good book when busy schedules don’t allow time to sit and read. We also offer a Teen Writers’ Workshop every Wednesday afternoon, 4 to 5 p.m. Teens can join Jeanne, the Reference Librarian, to find out what other teen authors are doing and get feedback on their own writing. Stop by the Fiction desk for more information on this fun and informative workshop.

New books just arriving for young adults to enjoy are Brisingr by Christopher Paolini, the long awaited third book in the Inheritance series; Oracle of the Morrigan by Tiffany Trent, the sixth novel in her Hallowmere series; The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong; The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie; Santa Claus in Baghdad and Other Stories About Teens in the Arab World by Elsa Marston; All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall; Digital Art: Painting with Pixels by Ron Miller; and The Career Chronicles: An Insider’s Guide to What Jobs Are Really Like: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly From Over 750 Professionals by Michael Gregory.

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Summer will be here before you know it and the Fiction Department is gearing up for another great season full of prizes, games and activities. The Summer Reading Club will run from June 2nd through August 8th with a drawing on the last day for many great prizes. Patrons may submit up to one entry per day when checking out fiction books. There will also be weekly activities for young adults and additional prize give-a-ways they can enter, plus an end-of-summer party with fun, food and games. While waiting for the activities to start, here are some new arrivals to try.

For the more literary minded, we have Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut. This posthumous book contains twelve short stories collected and introduced by Vonnegut’s son. The Last Chicken in America by Ellen Litman is a book of twelve interconnected stories about the struggle of Russian-Jewish immigrants living in a Pittsburgh neighborhood trying to adapt to an American way of life. Unaccustomed Earth, by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, is a series of stories continuing the theme of Indians in America that she explored in previous novels. River of Heaven, by Lee Martin, spins a story of complex relationships between friends, family and 50 years of secrets.

Mystery lovers will want to try A Carrion Death, a new mystery set in Botswana, by writing duo Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip collectively known as Michael Stanley. Mma Ramotswe is back in The Miracle at Speedy Motors, the ninth installment of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith. For history buffs, The Disagreement by Nick Taylor, set during the Civil War, takes us through the life of one young man as he makes his way during this difficult time.

Don’t forget to sign up for prizes whenever you check out a book – the more you enter the better your chances of winning!

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This summer was busier than ever with many games, activities and prize giveaways. We had a total of 48 book reviews written by young adults as part of the Summer Reading Program. Thanks to everyone for making our Summer Reading Program a great success, and congratulations to all the winners!

As the weather grows cooler, it’s time to start thinking about more indoor activities, such as reading a good book! Here are some new
titles to try: Playing for Pizza by John Grisham; The Bishop at the Lake: A Blackie Ryan Story by Andrew M. Greeley; Pontoon by Garrison Keillor; The Girl with Braided Hair by Margaret Coel; Kennedy’s Brain by Henning Mankell; Karen Kingsbury’s Just Beyond the Clouds; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz; The Used World by Haven Kimmel; Rita Mae Brown’s book, The Tell-Tale Horse; Dark of the Moon by John Sandford and Shoot Him if He Runs: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods.

For young adults, we have many new fiction and non-fiction titles to choose from. Starting with non-fiction we have: Dragonart: Fantasy Characters – learn how to draw your own fantasy world with this “how to” drawing book. For those who want to try their hand at writing, we have three new books: Write Your Own Fantasy Story; Write your Own Mystery Story; and Write Your Own Science Fiction Story. Learn more about genetically engineered food with Superfood or Superthreat: The Issue of Genetically Engineered Food. New biographies to choose from include: Michelle Kwan and Roberto Clemente, Baseball Hall of Famer.

New young adult fiction to try: The Riddle: The Second Book of Pellinor by Alison Croggon; The Black Sheep by Yvonne Collins; The Land of the Silver Apples by Nancy Farmer, sequel to Sea of Trolls; Megan McCafferty’s Fourth Coming, the latest book in her series, and A Field Guide to High School by Marissa Walsh.

For a more complete listing of all the new material ordered, check out the Fiction and Young Adult pages on MPL’s website.

As always, we welcome any suggestions or ideas you might have regarding our programming, or the acquisition of new materials.

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Our summer was busier than ever with almost 1,200 more entries in this year’s Summer Reading Club than last year’s. There were games and activities to occupy both young adults and adults. Thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to the winners!

With fall now upon us, we’re facing cooler temperatures, beautiful foliage and of course, that means it’s time to stock up on more good books to read. Just a few new titles we’ve added in Adult Books: Stork Naked: A Xanth Novel by Piers Anthony; The Collectors by David Baldacci; Farewell Summer by Ray Bradbury; The Hounds and the Fury by Rita Mae Brown; Motor Mouth-An Alexandra Barnaby Novel by Janet Evanovich; Finding Noel by Richard Paul Evans; The Mitford Bedside Companion by Jan Karon; Lisey’s Story by Stephen King; The Red Gloves Collection by Karen Kingsbury; The Adventure Stories, Vol.4 by Louis L’Amour; The Brethren by Beverly Lewis; The Bancroft Strategy by Robert Ludlum; Fool Me Once by Fern Michaels; Black Girl/White Girl by Joyce Carol Oates; Hundred Dollar Baby by Robert B. Parker; Road of the Patriarch, Book III by R.A. Salvatore; Dear John by Nicholas Sparks; H.R.H. by Danielle Steel, and Murder at the Opera by Margaret Truman.

The results of the Teen Survey have been compiled with the most frequent answers appearing below: How often do you visit the library? (Every two weeks) What time is best for you? (Weekday afternoons) What new material would you like to see added? (Top 5 – fantasy, music CD’s, mysteries, thrillers. science fiction) Would you be interested in any of the following activities? (Top 5 – craft projects, Summer Reading Club, Teen Advisory Board, guest speakers and tied for fifth –book discussion group or trivia contest) What are your hobbies? (sports, drama, art, crafts, camping)
Which of the magazines in our collection do you read? (Seventeen, Teen People, Teen Vogue, Transworld Skateboarding and tied for 5th – Mad and Teen Ink) Which magazines would you like to see removed? (Top 5 – none, American Cheerleader, Teen Vogue, Mad, PC Gamer) Any magazines you would like to see added? (CosmoGirl, none, and cartoon magazines – each received more than one vote) In the next couple months we plan to add the following magazines to our young adult section: Current Science, Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat. CosmoGirl will replace ElleGirl, which ceased publication. Thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey. We hope to implement more of your suggestions soon.

Did you know that both Fiction and Young Adult departments have an “Ask a Librarian” site? Just like the reference service offered by the Main Desk, we offer an “Ask a Librarian” link on our fiction and young adult blogs. Any question relating to fiction or young adults may be sent to us through these links. You may access them by going to the Fiction or Young Adult page and clicking on “Ask a Librarian.” We will happily answer your questions as soon as we can.

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