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Library News for May 26, 2015

Here are some great gift ideas to help you honor dad on June 21st. They can be purchased at book stores and online, especially at

“A Dog’s Gift: the Inspirational Story of Veterans and Children Healed By Man’s Best Friend” by Bob Drury - Rodale Books - released May 19, 2015
A decade ago, former military counterintelligence officer Terry Henry joined his precocious young daughter, Kyria, on a trip to a nursing home in order to allow its residents to play with their family dog, a golden retriever named Riley. Terry was astounded by the transformations that unfolded before his eyes. Soon after, Terry and Kyria started their service dog organization, paws4people, with the goal of pairing dogs with human beings in need of healing, including traumatized and wounded war veterans and children living with physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities. In “A Dog's Gift”, award-winning journalist and author Bob Drury movingly captures the story of a year in the life of paws4people and the broken bodies and souls the organization mends.

“Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War That Won It” by John Ferling – Bloomsbury Press – released May 5, 2015
Amid a great collection of scholarship and narrative history on the Revolutionary War and the American struggle for independence, there is a gaping hole; one that John Ferling's latest book, “Whirlwind”, will fill. Written in Ferling's engaging and narrative-driven style, this book is a fast-paced and scrupulously told one-volume history of this significant period in time. He has crafted the ideal book for armchair military history buffs, a book about the causes of the American Revolution, the war that won it, and the meaning of the Revolution overall.

“Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love” by Jonathan V. Last – Templeton Press – released on May 18, 2015
What author Jonathan Last has assembled here is a distillation of what it means to be a father, told through the stories of fathers who happen to be gifted writers, as well as being absolutely hilarious. Each chapter has its share of funny war stories, but each also has some deep insights into the ups and downs of raising kids. There is timeless wisdom in these comical stories. Plus, this book has an essay by Matt Labash who many claim is the funniest writer in America these days. But don’t be surprised if your eyes get misty at the closing chapter on becoming a good grandfather.

New York Times Fiction Best Selling Books for May 25, 2015
#1. “14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
#2. “The Girl On the Train” by Paula Hawkins
#3. “Memory Man” by David Baldacci
#4. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
#5. “Gathering Prey” by John Sandford

Information Tip of the Week
Remember when cleaning your room meant shoving everything under the bed? It’s still a good idea—just refine it to suit your grownup status. Sturdy rectangular baskets are an obvious choice: They hold a ton and look attractive too. There’s also a variety of wheeled options on the market, but if you are a fan of DIY, you ought to be able to fashion your own roll-a-way using casters and reclaimed wood.

Quackers Joke of the Week
Q. What is the sleepiest mountain in the world?
A. Mount Everest!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015