All Things Steampunk

September 27, 2013 by  

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by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist I’ve been focused on all things “steampunk” lately, so I thought I’d review some of the books I’ve found in the steampunk genre. What is steampunk?  That’s a great question, but hard to answer. The best description I’ve found was by Mr. Thomas Willeford in his book, “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos.” He explains that “Steampunk has graduated from a simple science fiction genre into a growing subculture. Its style is based on the clash of … Continue reading

Olympus Has Fallen

September 20, 2013 by  

Every citizen of the United States should watch this movie.  I watched it because Morgan Freeman is in it.  Everyone knows if he’s in the movie it will be great.  It also stars Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) and Gerard Butler (Law Abiding Citizen), two other great reasons to watch.  This is about the extremely dramatic capture of the White House by terrorists.  If you are as patriotic as I am you will yelling at the TV screen, cheering for … Continue reading

The One I Left Behind

September 13, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor Jennifer McMahon’s books have always scared me. Typically, the cover art is a beautiful little girl with eyes that draw me to pick up the book. Even the titles are compelling. “Don’t Breathe a Word” and “Promise Not to Tell” leave me asking, “Why?” “What?” I’m intrigued. So I read the jacket, only to find out it is a story about a child disappearing, being murdered, or some other tragedy. I never … Continue reading

The Giver

August 27, 2013 by  


The Giver by Lois Lowry is a book I read and loved many times when I was a kid. I recently discovered that this was just the first book in a quartet, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to re-read one of my all-time favorites. (The other books are Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son). The Giver is written for kids, but with adults in mind, there’s something there for everyone. The book tells the story of Jonas, a twelve year … Continue reading

Between the Lines

August 26, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL Information Services Specialist Have you ever thought about what happens to the characters of the story that you are reading when you close the book? I hadn’t until now. Do the characters just sit there waiting for you to return? Or do they have lives of their own when the book closes? Interesting thought, don’t you think? This book, Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer,  is about Delilah – a bit of … Continue reading

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

August 12, 2013 by  

Being the mother of a rambunctious toddler, I don’t get to the movie theater much.  In fact, I think I’ve seen one other movie the entire time the booger has been alive.   However! I could NOT wait to see Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – so when I had a half-day at work, I went that afternoon to the theater (bonus! it’s much cheaper in the daytime). I am a HUGE fan of Rick Riordan’s books, and … Continue reading

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