Column for September 19-23

For those who prefer their news online, I will be publishing my weekly column here after the local newspapers have printed.  This is my first column and I’m excited to share what we have at our library.  Please drop in to say “Hello!”

The library has had several new additions of late, including a new director. My name is Holly Gillum and I am the new Director of the Ashley County Library. I’ve spent the past 16 years in public education, starting my career as a teacher in the Hamburg schools and the past 14 years as a library media specialist in the Crossett schools. I am honored to have been selected to carry on the traditions of this wonderful “Reader’s Library” as it’s been named by our patrons. You can now keep up with us on social media. The library is on facebook, twitter and instagram. Look for “ashcolib” and follow us for the latest books, news, and more!

For the young adults, we’ve recently added the Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer. This is an exciting series featuring a mixture of genres and a retelling of some of our favorite fairy tales. The series begins with Cinder, a cyborg mechanic whose talents draws the attention of the Prince. Add in a plague, a bit of political intrigue, an unconventional romance and the adventure begins. We have all four books in the series, with Fairest, the prequel on order. Also added is Rick Yancy’s 5th Wave Trilogy, and Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle Series.

We have many new mystery titles from some of your favorite authors starting with The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke. Burke takes us back to 1950’s Houston and features the poignancy of first love and violence of a class war involving the Mob and one of the richest families in Texas. Sheriff Joanna Brady is at it again in J.A. Jance’s newest novel, Downfall. Family drama, an election year, and a puzzling case of is it an accident or murder/suicide or double homicide, add pressure to Joanna as she tries to solve what seems to be a case with seemingly no connections. Anne Perry keeps the tension high with Revenge in a Cold River. When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate a drowning, he encounters customs officer McNab who clearly bears a grudge against him. Is McNab part of his forgotten past? His memory loss has made him vulnerable and at risk as not only his career hangs in balance, but also his life. Moving forward in time we catch up with Lieutenant Eve Dallas in J.D. Robb’s latest, Apprentice in Death. Eve and husband, Roarke, are searching for a sniper who picked off three victims in Central Park and has hidden himself well. The discovery of his location reveals there were two snipers, a younger one in training. It’s up to Eve to stop them before another attack takes place.

On a somewhat lighter note, we head West with Linda Lael Miller as we catch up with the Carson Brothers in Always a Cowboy. Drake Carson is tasked with managing the family ranch and is well aware of the harsh realities of life. Enter Luce Hale, a researcher invited to stay as she works on the interaction of wild horses and ranch animals. The two are at odds from the beginning, but as danger approaches Luce, it changes everything for both of them. We stay out west with Janet Dailey’s Texas Tall, part of the Tylers of Texas series. Tori Tyler can’t let ex-husband Will, go to prison for a crime that was simply an accident. Her feelings for him run deeper than loyalty and he can’t accept they may not have a second chance to make things right. The ranch is in trouble, his freedom is on the line and together they learn to fight for what really matters.

We are receiving new titles each week and will always order to meet the needs and interests of our readers. Our patrons are generous and we are thankful to Carolyn McGilton for her donation. Each week I will share a new title or two I am reading. This week is Arianna Huffington’s book The Sleep Revolution. The science, history and research she shares is fascinating. I’m also listening to The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. It is part of our extensive audiobook collection. Join me in reading something every day!

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