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By Robin Helenthal
Under Currents by Nora Roberts is about Zane Bigelow and his sister Britt who grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in a beautiful and perfectly kept house . To the town they were the perfect family but behind closed doors, they were not. Their father was an abuser who beat his wife and also Zane, his son, as he got older. After one particularly violent night, the truth comes out and the parents end up in jail. Twenty years later, Zane moves back home and trades in the big city to become a small town lawyer. Here he meets Darcy McCray, a landscaper, who has recently relocated and is starting over after leaving an abusive husband in Baltimore. Zane and Darcy have begun a new life, but their abusers have not and come back looking for revenge. As their relationship grows stronger, the two will face their pasts and stand up for the ones they love.
The Second-Worst Restaurant in France: A Paul Stuart Novel by Alexander McCall Smith is the sequel to his earlier novel, My Italian Bulldozer. Scottish cookbook writer Paul Stuart is working on his latest book, The Philosophy of Food, but is having a difficult time getting it done. His cousin Chloe has rented a house in the French countryside and has invited him to stay there. As they make friends with the locals, including their twin-sister landladies, they find that these ladies also own the local restaurant which is known as “the second worst eatery in France.” With McCall Smith’s usual comedic style, Stuart becomes involved in the assorted escapades happening in the local restaurant. There is the owner who has no cooking skills, the only waitress is hiding from her boyfriend and gives birth during mid-dinner service, and Paul is drafted into trying to improve the fare offered in the restaurant. With all this drama, Paul is still having a hard time focusing on his writing but as he faces the challenges with the food and the people of the town, he learns something about himself and what family means along the way.
Bark of Night by David Rosenfelt features lawyer Andy Carpenter and his golden retriever, Tara. When Andy takes Tara in for her yearly checkup, his veterinarian asks to speak to him privately. A tiny, healthy French bulldog named Buster was dropped at the vet’s office with instructions to be euthanized by a man who they thought was the owner. Andy offers to take the dog to the Tara Foundation, the dog-rescue organization that he founded to find him a home. When the vet checks the dog’s chip, it is discovered his name is Truman and the man who dropped him off was not his owner and that his true owner had recently been murdered. In total there were 26 oddly similar deaths across the country which leads to a widespread criminal conspiracy. Andy and his investigative team find answers that solve the murder and a home for Truman.
By Teri Miller
Beach Reads for July 2019
Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these Beach Read titles appearing soon on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews: Out of a job and down on her luck, things aren’t getting any better for Drue Campbell when her estranged father shows up at her mother’s funeral after a twenty-year absence. Worse, he’s remarried – to Drue’s eighth grade frenemy, now his office manager. And they’re offering her a job. (Lakeview and North)
The Summer of Sunshine and Margo by Susan Mallery: The Baxter Sisters come from a long line of women with disastrous luck in love. But this summer, Sunshine and Margot will turn disasters into destiny. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln and North)
The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe: Monroe’s heartwarming and evocative new novel is about the bonds and beginnings born from natural disasters, and how in the worst of circumstances we discover what is important in life. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln and North)
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing: We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with. We all have our secrets to keeping a marriage alive. Ours just happens to be getting away with murder. (Main, Lakeview, Lincoln and North)
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams: Bridget Jones' Diary meets Americana in a disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has looked for love and found something very different in its place. Remarkably relatable, Queenie explores what it means to be a woman searching for meaning in today’s world. (Main and Lincoln)
The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth: In a twisty, captivating new novel about one woman’s complicated relationship with her mother-in-law – that ends in a suspicious death – fractured relationships and deep family secrets grow more compelling with every page. (Main)
The Friends We Keep by Jane Green: Evvie, Maggie, and Topher have known one another since college. They swore their friendship would last forever. By their thirtieth reunion, they’ve lost touch with each other and with the people they dreamed of becoming. The Friends We Keep is about how, despite everything, it’s never too late to find a place to call home. (Main, Lakeview and North)
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions — like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better — that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. (Lakeview and North)
It’s Showtime at Your Library Summer Reading is for all ages and everyone can sign up at their favorite branch right now! Promise to read just three hours per week for seven weeks to win prizes and keep your reading skills sharp.
The first day to report reading is June 2 and the last day to report is July 20. Those who read at least six weeks will earn a pass to the Summer Reading Party at Peoria Riverfront Museum, to be held July 23 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Sign up and report to your favorite branch each week. All ages can sign up anytime all summer starting now, but to achieve six weeks of reading, sign up by June 15. Groups can also participate in Summer Reading by calling (309) 497-2143. Participate and keep reading skills sharp and brains active this summer!
By Randall Yelverton
Slide Into Summer Reading for ages birth through third grade will kickoff at Lakeview Branch on Saturday, June 1 (rain or shine) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a party hosted by Align Peoria and multiple community partners. Meet Daniel Tiger, enjoy live music, free hot dogs, inflatable slides, prize bags for all the kids and free ice skating at the Owens Center!
The Peoria Public Library is excited to be partnering with Align Peoria for the Slide into Summer Reading program. Slide into Summer Reading encourages children to read or be read to at least twenty minutes a day over the Summer to retain and strengthen the reading skills they gained during the school year. Children who participate will be able to chart their progress and earn prizes at the Peoria Public Library as part of the 2019 Summer Reading Program. Most importantly, students will keep their reading skills sharp and be ready to head into the new school year.
Everyone is invited to the StoryWalk® Ribbon Cutting on Wednesday, June 5 at 11:00 a.m. at McClure Branch in Columbia Park. Sponsored by Peoria Public Library and Peoria Park District and paid for by our generous donors, Storywalk® lets families read an entire picture book as they stroll through the park. Pages are mounted on posts in weatherproof stands and will be changed periodically.
After the ribbon cutting, stay and enjoy the first of a summer of Strolling Storytime and Picnic programs from 11:30 to 12:30. The library staff will take you through the Storywalk® and provide drinks for you to enjoy with your lunch. Strolling Storytimes will be held on the first and third Wednesdays in June and July. All ages are welcome.
StoryWalk® began in 2007 and was begun in order to promote early literacy, physical activity and family time by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont. She had noted that parents would stand still and chat while children engaged in an activity and wanted to create something that would have the entire family be active together.
Find more about this project at www.peoriapubliclibrary.org
By Roberta Koscielski
The Peoria Public Library discussion program, Peoria Speaks, focuses on topics of interest to Peorians and provides an opportunity for civilized discussion. Each month a community “expert” provides an overview of the featured topic and then the floor is open for questions and discussion.
The program is funded by Illinois Humanities, a group that works to build dialogue across all sectors of society. Their goal is allow people to examine issues important to democracy in the focus areas of public policy, media and journalism, economy, and art. Using the humanities as a tool to stimulate discussion, they create experiences across Illinois through programming, events, and grant making to engage a diverse public on ideas and issues that matter. The humanities are the examination of what it means to be human through the interpretation and discussion of all forms of thought, interest, and expression.
For many years, Peoria Public Library has been fortunate to receive funding through grant programs offered by Illinois Humanities. Current funding being received by Peoria Public Library from Illinois Humanities is through their Illinois Speaks initiative which helps individuals, groups, and organizations create gatherings for public dialogues about issues that matter in their communities throughout the state. Funding provides compensation for discussion leaders and to cover refreshments and outreach.
Upcoming featured discussion leaders and topics:
Thursday, June 13 at 6:00 p.m. at North Branch
Tahari Allen, Outreach Coordinator, OSF Strive, will introduce OSF Strive, which provides counseling and support for people who survive or witness violence.
Tuesday, July 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Lakeview Branch
Kathryn Endress, Director of Epidemiology and Clinical Services, Peoria City/County Health Department, will introduce the importance of immunizations.
By Jamie Jones
Have you ever said “I wish someone had taught me that in school?” Or perhaps you’ve spent hours browsing YouTube “How To” videos desperately trying to self-teach some small but crucial task? If these frustrating experiences sound familiar, then the Adulting 101 program series is for you! Starting in June 2019, you can join Peoria Public Library staff at McClure Branch in covering those countless little skills that adults often need but simply aren’t taught in any formal sense. Of course, that’s not to say that these programs will be formal! Indeed, we aim to provide a fun, casual, and judgment-free environment for exploration and learning about a variety of topics, ranging from practical skills like financial literacy or home and/or vehicle maintenance to more intangible skills like active listening or self-care.
So far, the topics scheduled are Calm Your Clutter (Thursday, June 20 at 5:00 pm), Grilling 101 (Thursday, July 11 at 5:00 pm), and Budgeting Basics (with a special guest speaker from Navicore – Thursday, July 18 at 5:00 pm). If you would like to suggest a topic that you’re interested in learning more about or have any questions about the program, please contact McClure Branch staff at 309-497-2701. Stay tuned to the library newsletter or online calendar for additional dates and topics!
By Amber Lowery
Sometimes when doing genealogical research, you will find patterns of things (for lack of a better term) in your family history. These “things” that run in your family can be a number of wide and varied matters. It could be a defining physical feature that seems to show up in your family. Or perhaps it is a health issue that crops up repeatedly among your family members. In some cases, it may be just a quirk or an interest that many in your family share.
When I started researching, I noticed a number of health concerns that popped up repeatedly in my family. Kidney and heart issues, as well as strong indicators of Alzheimer’s gave me anxiety for weeks over every twinge and every forgetful moment. I decided instead to focus on what good things run in my family.
Then I realized what feature does run quite extensively in my family. My family has the gift of storytelling and writing. My mom, Linda Lowery, is a retired professional storyteller who now writes cozy mysteries and has published a few books. One of my uncles, D.L. Rutherford, has just released his own work about raising his five boys and surviving the chaos. I’ve written and published a family history book for my family as well. I have other family members who write stories, blogs, themes, music, and code. I’ve also learned that my grandmother was a writer, but no known works of hers survive. This particular attribute of my family is especially great for me as a genealogist because I can collect the stories they tell and make sure they get passed on to future generations.
So how can the Peoria Public Library help you find what runs in your family? Come visit us at Main Library and get started on your research with our databases. Delve into your family’s history at the library and find the patterns that show up in your family tree. We hope to see you soon!
By Teri Miller
Large print books are for anyone who enjoys the ease and convenience of reading larger type. Enjoy these non-fiction and biography titles appearing soon on a Large Print Shelf at your favorite branch!
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon by Charles Fishman: When President Kennedy announced on May 25, 1961 that the U.S. would land a man on the Moon by 1970; no one was more surprised than the men and women of NASA. On that day, no one knew how to build a rocket big enough or a computer small enough, let alone how to navigate to the Moon. No one knew how to provide food or toilets in space. To fulfill JFK’s mandate, NASA engineers had to invent space travel in nine years. And they did! (Main, Lakeview, North)
The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcee Who Became the Duchess of Windsor by Anna Pasternak: Wallis Simpson is known as the woman at the center of the most scandalous love affair of the 20th century. But this surprising new biography redeems a woman wronged by history – presenting Wallis not as a sinister schemer, but as a scapegoat used to rid England of a king deemed unworthy to rule. (Main, Lakeview, North)
The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West by David McCullough: David McCullough rediscovers an important and dramatic chapter in the American story – the settling of the Northwest Territory by dauntless pioneers who overcame incredible hardships to build a community based on ideals that would come to define our country. (Lakeview, North)
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native American from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer: The received idea of Native American history has been that it essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. David Treuer melds history with reportage and memoir to offer a sweeping history – and counter-narrative – of Native American life as one of unprecedented resourcefulness and reinvention. (Main, Lakeview, North)
Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life by Marianne Power: Setting out to see if her elusive “perfect existence” could be found in the pages of self-help books, journalist Marianne Power tested a book a month for one year, following its advice to the letter. Filled with humor, candor and unassuming wisdom, Help Me! takes on the question of what it really means to be our very best selves. (Lakeview, North)
Southern Lady Code: Essays by Helen Ellis: The bestselling author of American Housewife is back with a fiercely funny collection of essays on marriage and manners, thank-you notes and three-ways, ghosts, gunshots, gynecology and the Calgon-scented, onion-dipped, monogrammed art of living as a Southern Lady. (Main, Lakeview, North)
Making summer plans? First stop, sign up for Summer Reading at your favorite Peoria Public Library branch. It’s the summer fun that goes with you everywhere, takes place rain or shine and grows brain power for every age. Plus everyone can relax and enjoy themselves while they participate!
“It’s Showtime at the Library” is the Summer Reading theme this year and the team at Peoria Public Library has devised activities and rewards to fill the seven week program with entertainment and learning opportunities for the entire family. To participate, simply visit your favorite branch in May or early June to sign up. You are agreeing to read just three hours a week and all reading counts, including reading to others. Each week when you sign in you receive a reward. If you read six of the seven weeks of the program, you earn a party pass for the Summer Reading Party at Peoria Riverfront Museum. It includes all the delights the museum offers plus additional entertainment and prizes.
Summer Reading runs from June 2 to July 20, with the party taking place on July 23 from 6-8 p.m. Sign up starting in May or anytime all summer, but to be a summer reader for six weeks and get to the party, you must sign up by June 15.
Groups may register and read together as well. To get more information about how schools, day cares, senior centers or other groups can participate, please call (309) 497-2141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All ages from newborns to seniors are encouraged to participate. Reading provides vital skill growth and maintenance for young students and keeps older brains active and growing, providing an enriched life at any age.
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