Mike’s Booknotes


At the Library for August 25th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/24

In ‘The Intimate Bond’ Brian Fagan charts our historic relationship with animals, from the first wolf that walked into a caveman’s camp and found companionship to our modern day pets. Marliee Peters explains to young readers how scientists solve the mysteries of deadly epidemics throughout history in ‘Patient Zero.’ Our new website is up and


At the Library for August 18th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/17

Orianna Fielding’s ‘Unplugged’ is a guide to rebooting one’s self the same way we do our computers or phones—by unplugging them. Michelle Mulder’s ‘Trash Talk’ highlights the innovative ideas young people have come up with to deal with the planet’s garbage. One is example is Boyan Slat, a Dutch teenager who invented a system for


At the Library for August 11, 2015

Last Updated 2015/08/10

Robert Kurson’s ‘Pirate Hunters’ recounts the recent discovery of pirate ship Golden Fleece, which was gunned down by the British 350 years ago. Roy Henry Vickers’ ‘Orca Chief’ is the brightly illustrated retelling of an ancient Tsimshian legend about four hunters who damage the ocean due to their carelessness. Where did the summer go? Closing


At the Library for July 28th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/07/27

Lester Brown explains how individuals and the planet can benefit from switching from fossil fuels to cleaner and renewable energies in ‘The Great Transition.’ Everyone’s favorite dork returns in her latest adventure in Rachel Renee Russell’s ‘Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Dorky Drama Queen.’ Ready to join the Summer Reading Club and have an awesome


At the Library for July 21

Last Updated 2015/07/20

Michael Finkel’s ‘True Story’ is indeed the true story of an escaped murderer who was able to evade authorities by posing as Finkel himself, causing a deadly game of cat and mouse. Brett Wright re-imagines Romeo & Juliet as a pair of modern teens communicating solely by text messages in ‘YOLO Juliet.’ Ready to join


At the Library for July 7th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/07/06

Summer reading begins at the Cranbrook Public Library! New arrivals perfect for summer reading includes titles by Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, Judy Blume, Clive Cussler, Terry Brooks, and Nelson DeMile. Younger children looking for indoor activities can find all types of projects to make and do in ‘Craft Camp for Kids.’ Ready to join the


At the Library for June 30, 2015

Last Updated 2015/06/29

Amanda Bath charts the tragic loss of life of the Johnson Landing landslides at Kootenay Lake, and how the community struggled to rebuild itself in ‘Disaster in Paradise.’ George Harrison presents a wide range of entertaining and fun activities to help kids interact and understand our feathered friends better in ‘Bird Watching for Kids.’ Ready


At the Library for June 23, 2015

Last Updated 2015/06/22

Barry S. Strauss looks at the most famous assassination of all time in his newest book ‘The Death of Caesar.’ Celeste Shally’s ‘Since We’re Friends’ is an fun picture book about a young boy with Autism, and how his friends are always there to help him out. Ready to join the Summer Reading Club and


At the Library for June 16, 2015

Last Updated 2015/06/15

Norman Leach’s ‘Sam Steele: An Office & a Gentleman’ is a brand new biography of the legendary mustached-mountie just in time for our yearly celebration of him. Megan Cuthbert explains for younger readers the folklore and legends of the Salish and Blackfoot Nations. Ready to join the Summer Reading Club and have an awesome summer filled with tons


At the Library for June 9th, 2015

Last Updated 2015/07/09

Jon Krakauer charts a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana, hoping to illuminate the human toll this crime takes across all American campuses in ‘Missoula: Rape & Justice’. ‘Barney’s Let’s Go to the Farm’ and ‘Barney Just Imagine’ are two new shows featuring every youngster’s favorite purple dinosaur. Preschool Story Time &