Library staff picks

We’ve got work to do. But somehow, we still manage to find time to read a book. Or listen to an audiobook. Or watch a movie. Or binge-watch a TV show. Or flip through a magazine.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

  Complete Krav Maga: the ultimate guide to over 250 self-defense and combative techniques by Darren Levine & John Whitmas

The latest craze in self-defense. Who wouldn’t want to know how to knock down an attacker?

~Stephanie

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando.

It is a Junior Fiction book about bullying, not knowing where you stand with friends and foes and wanting to fit in. Once again I was attracted to it by the cover art and it turned out to be a good book. I would definitely recommend it to a young reader.

~Candace

  Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

It is about a young girl named Meena who is taken from her homeland in Africa by slave captors. She has to learn how to fend for/depend on herself. It is very hard to give a condensed summary of this book as it is long and steeped in history. It’s an amazing read that helps you imagine what slave life was like. This book was turned into a mini-series on the channel BET called “The Book of Negros” and that’s how I found out about the book. I recommend either one.

~Candace

Sanctuary: Season 1
Sanctuary (TV series)

It is about the extraordinary creatures that live on earth and the people who help them. Getting to join these people on their adventures to all four corners of the earth is thrilling. Are you ready for the adventure and to encounter creatures that you’ve only heard about in stories?

~Emma

  The 100 (TV series)

97 years after a nuclear war, a community of survivors lives on a space station. It is decided to send 100 teenagers to Earth’s surface to find out whether the planet is again habitable.

~a volunteer

  Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Set in California during the Dust Bowl era. Cat is the fastest runner in her school, at least until a destitute ‘Okie’ family comes to town.

I started reading this to keep myself entertained while hanging out at DuncanSwitch this past weekend.

Library staff reads

Product Details Rise by Mira Grant

A collection of short stories set in the “Newsflesh” universe. Basically, it’s about a zombie apocalypse with the twist that human civilization DIDN’T completely collapse.

~Stephanie

Product Details Grimm (TV series)

This takes a spin on the Grimm fairy tales. What if what they wrote was the real deal? You think you might know your fairy tales.

~Emma

 Product Details Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Laurel regrets accepting her friend Viv’s invitation to go on a luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu. She’s too seasick to even try the sweetener and she’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli–the hottest guy ever! Tom and Laurel notice the passengers acting really strange and the shocking side effects of Solu are exposed.

~Danene

Product Details
Collapse, by Jared Diamond, who also wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Diamond seeks to answer the question of why various civilizations of the past vanished into antiquity, and what lessons we can learn from them (as well as from those that still survive) in order to avoid a similar fate for ourselves. His survey sweeps the globe and the timeline, covering societies past and present from places such as Easter Island, the Yucatan peninsula, the American southwest, Greenland, Japan, Rwanda, and Australia.

~Dennis

The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ sweet & savory recipes reminding you to Always Eat Dessert First
Cookies & Cups cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

I’m always looking for a new nummy recipe. Regardless of the title, I’m probably going to try the “Essential Blueberry Streusel Muffins.” Nom, nom.

~Stephanie

PokémonGO

Some of the staff (and staff-in-laws) are playing this. We also are a PokeStop.

Library picks

Here’s what the library staff are reading this week… You may notice we’re a bit short on staff members this week. It seems some of them were too busy reading to actually tell me the titles. Silly bookworms!

Use the comments to tell us what you’re reading.

  Smallville (season 4)

It was the weekend of July 4th. What’s more American than Superman?

~Stephanie

When by Victoria Laurie. It’s about a teenage girl who can see death dates on people’s foreheads, but the question is, can she do anything to change them? It’s a good mystery with drama and suspense. I liked it a lot.

~Candace

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. A junior fiction book about 3 young sisters who live in Brooklyn, New York. They travel to Oakland, California to visit their mother who abandoned them and along the way meet a lot of different characters. It’s a coming of age trilogy; a fun book that definitely take you on a journey.

~Candace

  View from the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman. This is only the second book by Neil Gaiman I’ve read, but I love his writing and have become fond of his blog. So being able to read all of these “selected nonfiction” pieces is enjoyable. Recommended.

~Hannah

  The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

I love a fun teen summer romance novel that’s a quick read!

~Danene

  Creativity, Inc. : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration, by Edwin E Catmull. The book was  a recommendation from a tech podcast that I listen to. When reading this book you will get a glimpse of behind the scene at Pixar Animation. Also the creative process and the struggles that they went through to become what they are today. It was a wonderful read to get some new fresh ideas.

~ Emma

Weekly Book Spotlight

This week, I read a series of books titled “Black Tide Rising” by John Ringo. There are 4 books in the series and I’ll list them in order at the end of this post.

This series is about the Smith family, whose dad is a ‘prepper,’ plus he used to be Australian military. It starts out with news slowly beginning to spread of a weird plague that seems to make people incredibly violent and aggressive. If you’re thinking zombies, well, you’re almost right. In this story, people don’t become zombies after they die. Instead, they turn zombie before they die.

The main point of the story is Search and Rescue on the Atlantic Ocean. The Smith family gets the movement going and the rescue effort keeps getting bigger as they find more survivors to join their mission.

My two favorite parts: the character of Faith, who is all kinds of awesome, and a description of a tank trying to do a U-turn.

  1. Under a Graveyard Sky
  2. To Sail a Darkling Sea
  3. Islands of Rage and Hope
  4. Strands of Sorrow

 

Duncanville Welcomes Sister City from Italy

Duncanville Welcomes Sister City from Italy

The Duncanville City Council, Staff, and community leaders held a welcome reception at City Hall today for Mayor Marco Cavaglià of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy reaffirming the long-term partnership and friendship between the two communities.

The City of Duncanville flag, Key to the City, a personalized street sign, and a book on the history of Duncanville was presented to Mayor Cavaglià in a ceremony following a tour of City facilities. A Proclamation was also signed on this day proclaiming Monday, March 21, 2016 as Sister City Day in Duncanville.

“It was a pleasure to host Mayor Cavaglià today and showcase the great assets the City of Duncanville offers,” said Mayor David Green. “Having a Sister City abroad provides our community, as well as communities from different parts of the world, an opportunity to learn about each other’s cultures and best practices. We are looking forward to a strong continued relationship with the city of Monasterolo di Savigliano.”

The relationship had its earliest beginnings in 1994 and 1995 through the friendship between Drs. Nancy and Cecil Wood (Dentists in Duncanville at the time) and Mr. Dario Crosetto (a Physicist formerly with the “super collider” and a native of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy).

The friendship blossomed into a semi-formal visit to Duncanville in 1997 by a delegation of Italians, including Monasterolo di Savigliano Mayor Antonio Prochietto. Under the leadership of then Mayor Ed Purcell, the City of Duncanville sponsored a reception at City Hall in recognition of the Italian guests.

In 1998, the Duncanville City Council passed a resolution supporting the “twin-city” (Gemelaggio, in Italian) relationship. In July, a delegation of 13 Texans, including State Senator Jane Nelson, were led by Mayor Glenn Repp to Monasterolo di Savigliano to participate in a formal ceremony instituting the arrangement. Italian dignitaries attended the celebration.

In September 1999, a delegation of 39 Italians from all walks of life visited the City of Duncanville to formalize the Sister City program. During their stay, they were hosted by local citizens. A formal ratification ceremony was held at City Hall on September 28th with an exchange of documentation and gifts. Local dignitaries, including City Council Members, Staff, Duncanville Independent School Administration Officials, and the Honorary Vice Council of Italy participated. The visitors were treated to tours of local businesses, as well as a visit to the State Capitol, San Antonio, Galveston, and the Houston Space Center. They witnessed the Duncanville ISD homecoming parade as well as a football game.

Since these initial visits, there have been numerous personal exchanges between citizens of both cities while friendly communication continues to this day between families and young people in both communities.

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Everything Teen Expo 2016

2016 Everything Teen Expo

Where will the Everything Teen Expo be held?

DeSoto Town Center
211 E. Pleasant Run Road Suite C.
DeSoto, Texas 75115

When will it be held?

Saturday, April 02, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

How much does it cost to attend?

There is no charge to attend the event. There is a charge for vendors.

What is the vision of ETE?

To enrich the lives of teens by connecting them with community, resources, services, and support.

What is the overall goal of ETE?

Our goal is for teenagers to build and sustain meaningful and positive relationships with their community by connecting them with businesses, non-profits, colleges, government institutions, and other organizations both local and nationwide through fun and engaging interactions. This Expo will allow teens to connect with professionals while learning about valuable resources and services that can help them pursue their passion, find their purpose, succeed and overcome obstacles in their lives.

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