Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Adventure, Mystery, and the Unthinkable Await!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

In City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, 15-year-old Clary Fray was headed into the club in New York City. She hardly expects to run into a guy who murders people, especially since he looks to be her age. He’s covered in strange tattoos and has odd weapons with him. He’s walking alongside two other teenagers who also have these traits. She witnesses a boy being murdered, but how come she’s the only one to see it? Who are these people? Was that even a boy? Through this series you will see Clary grow, meet new people, and find out the unthinkable.

This six-book series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire) is great for anyone who loves an adventure, is into fiction or just likes a good story. The best part is this book is part of a series. There are six books total. Trust me, you will get hooked on book one and it only gets better from there. There’s something in this book for everyone. Romance, fighting, fictional characters, friendship. You won’t be disappointed, check it out!

The first book in the series has also been made into a movie! It was considered a box office flop, but not everyone agrees that it should have been. Check it out today and decide for your self.

The series was also turned into a TV show on Freeform called Shadowhunters. The pilot episode that aired in 2016 attracted the largest audience for Freeform in more than two years. The show itself also received numerous award nominations, winning one GLAAD Award, six Teen Choice Awards and five People's Choice Awards. Unfortunately, it was cancelled after three seasons, but is currently streaming for free on Freeform!


How would you feel going from normal to learning that there’s demons, vampires, and werewolves living amongst you? Or better yet that you should’ve been a part of this world all along?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Fictional (and real-life) Bookshops

The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs is sure to interest the avid book lover. This whimsical story begins with Natalie Harper, a tightly-wound, serious, career-driven woman receiving a promotion. This is a special day for her though it is dimmed by the absence of her mother and her boyfriend (and the fact the job doesn't bring Natalie any joy).   

While she isn't passionate about her career, it is a job that provides a paycheck, benefits and security, which were things that were missing from her Mom’s life as Natalie was growing up. Little does she know she is about to gain a understanding of her mother’s decisions that confused and frustrated her in the past when, after a terrible accident, she inherits her mother’s small, but charming bookshop in San Francisco.

The bookshop is in an old historical building that also houses the family apartment. The building has been her family for many years and so it possesses a lot of history and memories for Natalie. While the bookshop is a charming magical place that provides comfortable chairs, a quite place to read, hot tea, and dainty calico cat named Sylvia, it isn’t doing well and Natalie must either sell it or figure out a way to make it profitable. The shop contains memories and dreams of long ago and that brings Natalie peace as often as it brings anxiety. She gathers her courage and leaves her stable job with the hopes that she can turn the failing bookshop around.

To add to the complexity of Natalie's situation, she also inherits the role of caregiver for her elderly grandfather who is starting to suffer signs of Alzheimer’s. His memory of long ago is clearer than his memory of yesterday. Often Natalie doesn’t know what is real and what has been created in his mind.    

This book contains all the elements needed to entertain the reader: history, mystery, love and loss can all be found in the plot.

We have our own magical bookshop not far from us, with comfy chairs, and (several) bookshop cats! The Haunted Bookshop in Iowa City. Established in 1978, The Haunted Bookshop carries over 45,000 titles in more than 80 different sections ranging from Iowa interest to poetry, children's books to ecology, Classical Studies to science fiction and more. The shop itself is located in a beautiful 1847 home on North Gilbert Street.

If you enjoy books that take place in cozy bookshops, there are many titles to choose from. The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan is the second book in the Scottish Bookshop series and The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald takes place in Iowa! Both can be found on our library shelves or digitally through Bridges or Libby. 

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay and The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald are also great bookshop reads you can borrow digitally through through Bridges or Libby. The Bookshop was also recently made into a movie you can borrow from our shelves!

What's your favorite real-life bookshop?

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

National Library Week

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

“One thing any Librarian will tell you: the truth is much stranger than fiction…” 

Irene is a librarian for the secret organization, Library, which works to collect important books from all of the different worlds. Irene has recently been assigned an assistant, Kai, whom she is to train and guide in this mysterious career choice. Their mission sends them to an alternate London to collect a dangerous book. Once they arrive in London, the book's already been stolen! Irene and Kai encounter supernatural creatures, magic and secrets galore in this chaos-filled world.

The secrets, alternate worlds, supernatural creatures, and mysteries galore will keep you hooked from the very beginning of this tale. Keep reading the series to go on more adventures and uncover the mysteries with Irene and Kai. Who knew being a librarian was so full of adventure?!

(Books 1-3 available in print at the Library)

(Books 1-6 available as eBooks through Bridges or Libby app)

And if you enjoy fantasy-filled tales of librarians on adventures and saving the world, don't miss The Librarian: Quest for the Spear on Kanopy! You might know that you must know the Dewey Decimal System and be a master at research to be a librarian, but did you realize you must also save the world!? In The Librarian movies, new librarian Flynn Carsen begins his adventure at the Metropolitan Library and travels around the world to places like the Amazon jungle and the Himalayas. Flynn’s job as The Librarian means he’s a keeper of top-secret treasures like Excalibur and he must use his knowledge to save the world. The adventures continue with The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice and The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines.

For National Library Week, April 4-10, 2021, we’re celebrating the library, staff and all that libraries have to offer. This year’s theme “Welcome to Your Library” is highlighting that the library extends past the building, and that everyone is welcome! 

“During the pandemic libraries have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their users. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds and become their best selves through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.” 

We’re collecting patron’s favorite memories, why you love the library and displaying them on our bulletin board all month long. Write a message and take a look at what everyone has to say about our Library, during your next visit!


What’s your favorite library memory? How have you made use of libraries during your life?