Story Time is still going on every Wednesday at 10 am here at the Library. The kiddos enjoy songs with Doris Pyburn, stories with Miss Linda and craft time with Miss Linda and then a tasty snack. All of this takes about 45 minutes and we ask that an adult stay with your child. Doris comes up with some kiddy songs that I have never, ever heard of! Gather your children, grandchildren or nieces or nephews and come on down to enjoy some fun with books. You could even check out a book for yourself.

How many of you remember Bobbie Wygant of Channel 5 fame? She has written Talking to the Stars: Bobbie Wygant’s Seventy Years in Television, (T 070.92) recalling her trailblazing career as an arts and entertainment reporter for Dallas-Fort Worth’s Channel 5. Started in 1948 by Amon G. Carter, WBAP (now KXAS) was the first television station west of the Mississippi, and Wygant was there from the beginning. Like everyone on that early Channel 5 staff, Wygant pitched in to do a little of everything, she wrote copy, performed live on-air skits, presented commercials. However, she soon became known for the way she connected with celebrities. In a career spanning seventy years, Wygant has interviewed literally thousands of the most notable entertainers and celebrities since the 1950s: from Bob Hope, Jane Fonda, and Denzel Washington to Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Matt Damon. She has a very cute, amusing anecdote of her interview with Bruce Willis. Wygant was live on the air with her popular midday program Dateline on November 22, 1963, when news broke of JFK’s assassination. A few months later, during their debut tour of the US, she interviewed the Beatles. This is a great book, retelling her life and adventures in the early days of television.

Marie Kondo has been back in the TV world again with her de-cluttering techniques. Her catch-phrase is “spark joy”? Does the item “spark joy” when you look at it? I pulled from the shelves our copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (648 K82l) which explains Kondo’s tidying techniques. It takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home.

A Spark of Light (F PIC) is Jodie Picoult’s latest novel, a story of a warm, fall day at the Center, a woman’s reproductive services clinic where its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. The routine is shattered when a distraught gunman crashes in, shooting indiscriminately and taking everyone hostage. After rushing to the scene, Hugh McElroy, a police hostage negotiator, sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. As his phone vibrates with incoming text messages he glances at it and, to his horror, finds out that his fifteen-year-old daughter, Wren, is inside the clinic. But Wren is not alone. She will share the next and tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters: A nurse who calms her own panic in order to save the life of a wounded woman. A doctor who does his work not in spite of his faith but because of it, and who will find that faith tested as never before. A pro-life protester, disguised as a patient, who now stands in the cross-hairs of the same rage she herself has felt. A young woman who has come to terminate her pregnancy. And the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard. Picoult will tell each one’s story as only as she can.

Lisa Scottoline’s Feared (F SCO) can be found on our ‘New Books’ shelf (as can the two books above). Scottoline is a prolific writer and this is one of her Rosato & DiNunzio law novels. The news is full of women filing hiring discrimination cases against various firms; indeed in the news a couple of days ago, the NFL teams fired five black coaches and those who replaced them were all Anglo. In Feared, three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination, claiming that they were not hired because they were men. Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, it is one of their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to this case. The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance. He is determined not to not only win, but destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end, even when a murder occurs. Now Mary and her associates have to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm they love or they could lose everything they’ve worked for. It gets pretty intense, especially right at the end.

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