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Friday, September 7, 2018

Next week is our third, of four, meetings for this year’s Bradford Challenge. In 2018, we decided that our challenge would be to read all four of the Sherlock Holmes novels, or for even more of a challenge, some of us are reading all 56 of his short stories, as well. If you are a Sherlock fan and want to join us next Monday, Sep 10 to discuss The Hound of the Baskervilles with us, you are welcome to attend.

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

For those who love a good mystery, but are ready for something new instead, here are some of the new mysteries available to check out here at the library. Click on the link or cover art to reserve yourself a copy.

Mysteries are one of the most popular genres that we have available, and we are always trying to keep up with our most speedy readers.


Island of the Mad: A novel of suspense featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes by Laurie R King – If you haven’t discovered this series yet, this is #15, so if you would like to you can start with #1 – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice. (What beekeeping has to do with Sherlock is something that our Bradford Challenge group will be learning about in the next couple of months.)

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz – She planned her own funeral. But did she arrange her own murder? New York Times bestselling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty, Anthony Horowitz has yet again brilliantly reinvented the classic crime novel, this time writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes.

Next in a series:

Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery by Craig Johnson


The Knowledge: A Richard Jury Mystery by Martha Grimes



Cozier options:


Probable Claws: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown

Buried in Books (Bibliophile Mystery) by Kate Carlisle

Dyeing Up Loose Ends (A Knitting Mystery) by Maggie Sefton

The Quiet Side of Passion: An Isabel Dalhousie Novel by Alexander McCall-Smith


And if you prefer some true crime, we have a book about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself and a book about a serial killer mystery that was a Kansas Notable Book for 2018.

Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox


The Man From the Train: The Solving of a Century-old Serial Killer Mystery by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Back to School!

It’s that time of year again. Time to get back into the swing of things and get ourselves sorted out. For many parents, that means finding the time to figure out healthy meals for the family.

Here are a few of our newest cookbooks here at Bradford, but there are so many more. If you need to be freshly inspired, check out these books below. If you have a certain eating plan in mind, chances are you can find books about that topic at the library as well. Click here to search our catalog.

As always, click on the links or pictures to place your holds.


Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.: Quick-Fix Recipes for Hangry Athletes by Shalane Flanagan

If you have student athletes in your home, no one has to explain to you what “hangry” means, or why you might want a cookbook with “quick-fix” in the title. This book is full of pre-run snacks, post-run recovery breakfasts, on-the-go lunches, and 30-minutes-or-less dinner recipes. And the goal with each recipe was to be nourishing and indulgent.



Real Life Dinners: Fun, Fresh, Fast Dinners by Rachel Hollis

From the creator of The Chic Site, a lifestyle website, and the author of New York Times bestseller, Girl, Wash Your Face. Based on meals Hollis makes for her hungry husband, three sons, and baby daughter, Real Life Dinners bursts with over 80 photos and recipes.

How to Grill Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Flame-Cooked Food by Mark Bittman

Why not keep the grill out and use it to make dinner on school nights? It might not be as leisurely as summer grilling, but this book will give you plenty of ideas of what to make for dinner.

Cravings: Hungry for More by Chrissy Teigen & Adeena Sussman

Chrissy Teigen is back with her second cookbook. “After two years of parenthood, falling in love with different flavors, and relearning the healing power of comfort food, this book is like Chrissy’s new edible diary: recipes for quick-as-a-snap meals; recipes for lighter, brighter, healthier-ish living.”

And here are two bonus non-cookbooks for the start of school to inspire you:

Run For Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy by Mark Cucuzzella

Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam

Happy Reading and Happy Back-to-School!


Monday, July 30, 2018

This fall, PBS is trying to determine America’s favorite novel of all time. As a librarian, I might be tempted to say this is impossible, but it should be interesting to try! They have assembled a list of our 100 favorite books, and are encouraging people to vote for their favorite one by using a voting app or other social media outlet. For a list of the 100 books eligible for votes, click here. For details on how to vote, click here.

Clearly all of these books have many fans. In this post, I have picked just a few for which I would like to make a case – some titles that I have enjoyed and that we also have here at Bradford, so you could easily check them out. If you want to read one of the books on the Top 100 list that we don’t have we will, as always, be happy to borrow it for you from another library.

(Click on the titles below to place your holds.)

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – One of Christie’s most famous mysteries, this book is alternately titled, Ten Little Indians, if that gives you a clue as to what happens throughout the story. Just as soon you think you know who the murderer is, you can be sure that that person is the next one to go.

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry – What can I say about this beautiful book that hasn’t been said? It has to be one of my all-time favorites. Here is how the book is described on Amazon: A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove… is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America.

Just read it.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – Even though this was written by a man (from a young woman’s perspective), and I can’t vouch for its historical accuracy, it is an amazing novel. This is one that I would want my daughters to read, just so that they can get an idea about how the world has been for women, and how different it is for us here and now. I was obsessed with the fascinating world of the geisha for some time after reading this one.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This is another huge, sweeping epic, but it’s a time travel story with a lot of intense violence. This book would at least be rated R, so you should just know that going in. But it’s pretty romantic, so if you like steamy, this could be the book for you. This is the start to a long series as well, and there is now a TV show out based on these books.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This is not the book for everyone. I think you have to have a fondness for gaming, puzzles, nerdiness, or 80’s pop culture. I thought it was very fun and engaging. A dystopian with a much different storyline than the usual. Try it, nerds! (Also a recent movie.)

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Let’s just say that Rebecca is the name of the narrator’s husband’s first wife. If only this husband could be a more open communicator. This is a classic, gothic tale that is worth the read!

As well as voting as many times as you would like, you can follow the progress of PBS by watching their scheduled programming of The Great American Read. These episodes will air in September and October on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm CST.

Happy Reading and Voting!



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

New books for the Fourth of July – some of these might give you that patriotic American feeling, some might creep you out a little, others go a little deeper into what it means to be an American. Click on the title or the cover to place holds.

First, for the non-fiction:

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels

I am looking forward to this one by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham –  The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels, which the library has in print and in audiobook form. Meacham brings to life turning points in American history and how they have led the country to look forward rather than back.

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"

Barraccoon: The Story of the Last Black Cargo is the newest by Zora Neale Hurston. This book tells the true story of one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last “Black Cargo” ship to arrive in the United States.

Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire

Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire by Bret Baier, documents President Reagan’s dramatic battle to win the Cold War. “Highly readable, perceptive and deeply researched.” (Washington Times)

On the thrilling side, we have some fiction inspired by our government and military:

The President Is Missing: A Novel

The President is Missing, written by former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the Cabinet. Even the President himself becomes a suspect, and then he disappears from public view . . .

The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer – “…this page-turner not only entertains but also provides a fascinating glimpse into American history.”―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Different ways of thinking about being American:

There There: A novel

What does it really mean to be an Indian/Native American/American Indian/Native? There There by Tommy Orange allows a unique cast—ranging from teenagers to elders—to pull this question apart.

A Place for Us: A Novel

A Place for Us by Fatima Mirza. All the joy and struggle of family life is here, from Rafiq and Layla’s own arrival in America from India, to the years in which their children—each in their own way—tread between two cultures, seeking to find their place in the world.

And I can’t resist sharing a graphic novel and a few children’s picture books that are perfect for the season.

Captain America by Waid & Samnee: Home of the Brave (Captain America by Mark Waid (2017))

Captain America: Home of the Brave – Mark Waid & Chris Samnee

Pie Is for Sharing

Pie is for Sharing – Stephanie Parsley Ledyard

Bowwow Powwow

Bowwow Powwow – Brenda J Child and Jonathan Thunder

The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin

The Funniest Man in Baseball: The True Story of Max Patkin – Audrey Vernick & Jennifer Bower

Have a happy Fourth!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….

Well, maybe that isn’t quite true for many of us. But we do get that urge to read during the summer. You may have to pretend that you are in a hammock, but hopefully you can sneak in a few minutes of reading here and there.

Here at the library, we have two ways that adults can participate in Summer Reading. First, you are entered to win every time you check out reading material. Second, we have a Reading Challenge Bingo for you if you would like to play. People who complete the bingo, will be entered to win the grand prize for the summer.

Need some inspiration on what hot new titles will help you escape this summer? Here are a few we have that might do the trick. (Click on the title to read more about it and/or place a hold):

Tangerine: A Novel

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Surprise Me: A Novel

Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

The Wedding Date

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today

This Is Me by Chrissy Metz

Sunburn: A Novel

Sunburn by Laura Lippman

The Death of Mrs. Westaway

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Mars Room: A Novel

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club Summer 2018 Selection)

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton

Warlight: A novel

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Happy Reading and have a lovely summer!




Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Happy Library Week, everyone!

This week, April 8-14, marks National Library Week in this country. First observed in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.

In honor of Library Week, we looked back to last year, when we invited our patrons to share with us what brings them in to the library. The answers ranged from the personal to the professional, and included the following comments:

“Have to get my mystery story fix!!”

“To study for nursing.”

“To Read My Book!”

“House M.D.!!!”

“Wife told me to get lost so I came here?”

There is a lot of talk about libraries and the roles they play today in education and in giving information access to people with lower incomes. These are all valid needs and interesting ideas in today’s digital world. We have noticed, however, that lots of people still come to the library for entertainment purposes. So today, I want to highlight some of the most common reasons that bring people in to Bradford Memorial Library.

  • To check out books –

Yep, this is still a popular thing to do at the library. We have a pretty nice selection of books of many genres and formats. Newest bestsellers, the next book in the series, and hopefully something that pertains to your field of study. If we don’t have it, we try to get it for you, in the form of an Inter-Library Loan request. This service has a very high success rate in tracking down the items that you want. There is also the option, if you still don’t want to come visit us for whatever reason, of using your digital reading device or phone to borrow digital copies of library books. Call us to hear more about it! (316-321-3363)

  • To check out DVDs-

Some people just borrow movies every week instead of paying for cable. While our selection may not be vast enough to satisfy everyone in this way, we do have a nice selection of movies that we have no trouble getting to circulate. So, really, don’t worry about helping us out in this department, it’s pretty well covered. Forget that I said we have DVDs.

  • To use the computers-

The computers are also well-used. Not only can you check your email and Facebook on our public computers, but some people also do their taxes, apply for jobs, and other types of work.

  • A place to be-

Sometimes you just need a safe, peaceful place to go. We certainly have some community members that use the building for comfort and shelter. And while they are here, they can read a book or use the computer. Thankfully, we have air conditioning and heating, and we can be a spot to temporarily land.

For more about local libraries, read these thoughtful articles recently published in the Butler County Times-Gazette, written by Belinda Larsen. And if you want to support us during Library Week, come in, make sure you have a library card, and check something out!

See you soon!