The Book Thief is an incredible read

December 27, 2013 by  

the book thief

Reviewed by Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager I think sometimes people throw words around carelessly. The pop star of the moment is an “icon” or some person “hates” this or that silly television show or brand of clothing. The book that I am going tell you about is about the power of words; how words can incite and how words can also save.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s. … Continue reading

Al Capone Does My Homework: A Tale From Alcatraz

December 27, 2013 by  

al capone does my homework

Reviewed by Denise Dillow, BCPL youth services supervisor This book, the third and final one in the series, immediately grabs your attention! Who could imagine an infamous mobster, like Al Capone, doing someone’s homework for them? Not me. I was intrigued, and had to read. This story takes place in 1936 on Alcatraz Island. If the island sounds familiar, it is because Alcatraz Prison was once there. Many dangerous criminals were imprisoned there because it had the reputation that no prisoners could escape … Continue reading

Obituary Index updated

December 15, 2013 by  

The index for the Ashland Daily Independent obituaries has been updated. It has been updated with the 2011, Jan-Jun 1975, Apr-June 1946, a few missing months from the 1920s and 30s as well as misc. corrections. The database now contains over 194,000 entries.  The next update will bring the total over 200,000. Take a minute and check the updated index out.  

Thankless in Death falls flat

December 2, 2013 by  

thankless in death

By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services supervisor I can honestly say I have never read a Nora Roberts’ romance novel before, or anything written by J.D. Robb, the name she pens under for her “In Death” series of books.  But in preparing for this column I was looking for something fresh and Thanksgivingesque. By venturing into new territory, I am pleased to say that I have found an interesting, new-to-me author! Thankless in Death transports us to New York, New … Continue reading

Meg series

November 19, 2013 by  


Prehistoric shark, blood, death … yay!                                      By Renee Schmutz-Sowards, Boyd County Public Library circulation specialist I love ocean life. The fantastic creatures that inhabit the world’s vast oceans, particularly the obscure and weird ones, have fascinated me since I was very young. Just as much as the stunning real life sea creatures I found in the pages of National Geographic, I equally relished learning everything I could about sea monsters – mythical creatures from legends and the massive prehistoric beasts … Continue reading

The Silent Wife

November 5, 2013 by  

the silent wife

by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor I was a huge fan of Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl”, so when A.S.A. Harrison’s debut novel, “The Silent Wife” was touted as this year’s “Gone Girl”, I knew I had to read it.  There are many similarities in the two novels.  Both are psychological thrillers about relationships that are doomed, told in alternating viewpoints. The main difference between the two is that in “Gone Girl”, I spent most of the novel trying to … Continue reading

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