Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for June 25th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/06/24

    Ian Frisch describes the experience of joining an underground and secretive group of international magicians in his latest book ‘Magic is Dead.’   Ann Eriksson urges young readers to explore just why the ocean matters so much in her brightly illustrated book ‘Dive In.”   StoryTime and Baby LapTime are both on hiatus


At the Library for June 18th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/06/17

    Barry Strauss looks at the 4 centuries of the Roman Empire through ten of its leaders in his latest book ‘Ten Caesars.’   Hugo invites a tribe of sasquatches to take refuge in his cave in Ellen Potter’s ‘The Squatchicorns.’   StoryTime and Baby LapTime are both on hiatus until September.   The


At the Library for June 11th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/06/10

    Dennis Glover’s ‘The Last Man in Europe’ examines George Orwell’s race against time (he was dying of tuberculosis) to finish his last novel—‘1984.’   Seymour Simon’s ‘Elephants’ explains everything one would want to know about this magnificent animal in this brightly illustrated work for young readers.   StoryTime and Baby LapTime are both


At the Library for June 4th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/06/03

    Derek Hayes charts the development of the British Columbia via its railroads in his latest work ‘Iron Road West.’   Jack Challoner’s ‘Stem Lab’ presents kids with 25 different science experiments they can do at home.   StoryTime and Baby LapTime are both on hiatus until September.   The Summer Reading Club is


At the Library for May 28th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/05/27

    Historian Douglas Brinkley examines the humans and machines that made the first lunar landing possible in his exhaustive ‘American Moonshot.’   After befriending a dragon, a sick child learns that some dragons like humans, and some really despise them, in Angie Sage’s  new book ‘Rise of the Dragons.’   StoryTime and Baby LapTime


At the Library for May 21st, 2019.

Last Updated 2019/05/19

    In ‘The Pursuit of Endurance,’ Jennifer Pharr Davis describes how she broke the world record for hiking the Appalachian Trail, which she did in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes. Davis will also be visiting the Library on July 28th.   ‘Finding Dorothy’ is the fictionalized story of how L. Frank Baum’s


At the Library for may 14th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/05/19

    James Carl Nelson’s ‘The Polar Bear Expedition’ tells the little known story of how thousands of American soldiers battled in the Red Army in 1919, facing brutal winter conditions 600 miles north of Moscow.   Everything is going well for a homeschooled teen girl until her grandmother forces her to attend middle school


At the Library for May 7th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/05/06

    ‘Watch Your Tongue’ has author Mark Abley exploring everyday saying and idioms, and what their frequent use says about us.   With the help of her father, preteen Emma Biggs illustrates how young people can start and grow their very own garden in ‘Gardening with Emma.’   Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday


At the Library for April 16th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/04/15

    If Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ took place in South Africa, it would resemble Deon Meyer’s latest thriller, ‘Fever.’ Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11:00 am, 1:15 pm, & 6:30 pm, and Toddler Story Time is 10:00 and 11:00 am. Both will be all about Bunnies! Baby Laptime is every Thursday at


At the Library for April 9th, 2019

Last Updated 2019/04/08

    Katy Butler examines the final stage common to everyone in her latest book ‘The Art of Dying Well.’   Raj Haldar explains why the words like Knight, Gnat, and Aisle seemingly ignore the first letter when pronounced in his brightly illustrated picture book ‘P is for Pterodactyl.’ Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday