The Roses In Front Of the Library Are Still Beautiful
The roses in front of the Dearborn Branch have done just great this year. I am amazed, after the harsh weather this last year. Last winter, we would come to work in the morning and the plants would be drifted almost out of sight with snow. They also thrived with just occasional watering during the worst heat of the summer.
After months of waiting, intrepid fans finally welcome back the beginning of football season, starting September 9th. The sport has come a long way from its beginnings in the 1800's as a sort of hybrid between soccer and rugby. Football was originally a college sport. Yale coach, Walter Camp, is credited with many of the initial changes that distinguished football from soccer or rugby.
At the library, we have a calendar with pictures of cats. Usually when you think of cats, you picture them as cute and playful. For instance, a famous library cat you may know of is Dewey from Spencer, Iowa.
Temperatures have finally cooled down, fall is in the air. For me, that means time to separate my sheep into two groups, the boys and the girls. I am a shepherd. I have a small flock of Blue-faced Leicesters, a breed of sheep with a lovely soft fleece. Hand spinners very much enjoy working with this fleece. There are many breeds of sheep as well as many colors and qualities of fleece. This breed of sheep is also well known for a pleasant disposition--even the rams are easy to handle. Also, I have border collies to help me with the sheep.
Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried female body, eyes and mouth glued shut. Close behind the children is their teacher, Anne Navarre, shocked by this discovery and heartbroken as she witnesses the end of their innocence. What she doesn't yet realize is that this will mark the end of innocence for an entire community, as the ties that bind families and friends are tested by secrets uncovered in the wake of a serial killer's escalating activity.
Zow! The moon was struck by an asteroid! The oceans took out coastal cities, volcanoes left ash clouding the skies, and earthquakes shook the earth. Miranda, her two brothers, and mother struggle daily with the cold and the threat of starvation. Their father returns from a long journey with his wife, newborn child, and three more people. Life as We Knew Itby Susan Beth Pfeffer is a real page turner.
The two Swagger series by Stephen Hunter are fast paced, action packed, and my personal favorites. Earl Swagger was a Marine WWII Medal of Honor winner and an Arkansas State Police Sergeant. His Son, Bob Lee, is a Marine Vietnam veteran and famous Sniper. Hunter pays special attention in his novels to descriptions of firearms and their operation. He is also a Kansas City native.