Archive for September, 2012

New Materials! Come check them out!


Juvenile Fiction

Daniel at the Siege of Boston 1776 by Laurie Calkhoven

Daisy Dawson at the Beach by Steve Voake

The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy


Young Adult Fiction

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Every Day by David Levithan

False Memory by Dan Krokos

The City’s Son by Tom Pollock

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock

Death in the Air by Shane Peacock

The Secret Fiend by Shane Peacock

The Dragon Turn by Shane Peacock

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield

Before You Go by James Preller

X-Force: Cable & the New Mutants

X-Force: A Force to be Reckoned With

Brightest Day


Adult Fiction

A Light in the Window by Jan Karon

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen

Shake Off by Mischa Hiller

Beneath the Glitter by Elle and Blair Fowler

Beautiful Lies by Clare Clark

The Red Chamber by Pauline A. Chen

Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

The Reunion by Dan Walsh

This is How It Ends by Kathleen Macmahon

The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis

Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Wizard and Glass by Stephen King


Adult Non-Fiction

The Fifth Decade: Is It Just My Life or Is It Menopause? By Deborah R. Wagner

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.

Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis edited by Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen

The Complete Guide to Selling a Business by Attorney Fred S. Steingold

What Color is Your Parachute?: For Retirement by John E. Nelson and Richard N. Bolles

What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles

The Best of Ghosts Caught on Film by Dr. Melvyn Willin

Hello Goodbye Hello by Craig Brown

Get Productive! By Magdalena Bak-Maier

Vintage Cakes by Julie Richardson

Fine Cooking Thanksgiving Cookbook

Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace

The Complete Root Cellar Book by Steve Maxwell and Jennifer MacKenzie

Gun Digest 2013: 67th Edition edited by Jerry Lee

Pruning Plant by Plant by Andrew Mikolajski

Listening In: The Secret White House Recordings of John F. Kennedy selected by Ted Widmer

Civil War Talks: Further Reminiscences of George S. Bernard and His Fellow Veterans edited by Hampton Newsome, John Horn, and John G. Selby

Simple Crocheting by Erika Knight



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New Library Hours

We at Smyth-Bland Regional Library are pleased to be able to increase our public service hours beginning October 1, 2012!  The Marion library will once again be open on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and on  Saturday hours from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Chilhowie and Saltville libraries will have  extended evening hours on Monday, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Instead of closing on 6:00 p.m., these branches will now stay open until  7:00 p.m. We feel these increased hours will greatly benefit the community.

At a recent meeting, the Smyth-Bland Regional Library Board of Trustees approved increasing library hours at the Marion, Chilhowie, and Saltville libraries effective October 1, 2012. Patton Graham, Library Board Chairman, stated that although the library has experienced budget cuts in recent years the library board remains committees to providing the very best library services possible to our community with the resource available. The increase in hours will continue as long as adequate funding is available.

Patricia Hatfield, Library Director, noted that the library is one of the most popular resources in the community, serving all ages and income levels and is a vital community partner in Smyth County. The library provides programming for children of all ages  –  infants to teenagers. We also serve adults, including senior citizens, many of whom find  the local library to be their only source of free up-to-date information. The public library is the only library open to children when schools are closed – after school, in the evening and on weekends and school breaks. Patrons and students are using the internet for job applications, homework, e-mail, and their personal needs. Additionally, the library is a major genealogical research facility as an affiliate FamilySearch library. All of these factors have resulted in high demand by the community for library services with an average of 500 patron visits per day.

Effective October 1, 2012, the Marion Library hours will be:

Monday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Effective October 1, 2012, the Chilhowie Library hours will be:

Monday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

Effective October 1, 2012, the Saltville Library hours will be:

Monday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11:00am – 7:00pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 11:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: Closed

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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer  Disney Hyperion Books 2001.

Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl tells the familiar story of an ambitious criminal’s effort to acquire stolen wealth in spite of opposition from the authorities; however, in this case the criminal is a twelve year old boy genius and he is opposed by a spunky fairy named Holly Short who is a top flight (pun intended) LEPrecon agent.  Colfer’s Artemis is a wealthy mastermind who uses a wide array of scientific gadgets and the help of a lethal butler …named Butler…. to kidnap a fairy and then extort a ton of gold from her colleagues.  This Young Adult book will appear to readers of all ages and the tone features a nice mixture of irony and straight adventure.  The book spawned several sequels and the Walt Disney Company has licensed them for possible adaptation as feature films.

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Out with the Old? – An Essay

Out with the Old?

By Amber Combs

Glossy covers, unbent pages, that wonderful fresh smell: who doesn’t love new books? They are placed at the fronts of book stores and libraries for all to see, each brand spanking new piece of literature displayed lovingly, whether it be a genius masterpiece or a guilty pleasure. With all these shiny new novels to revel in, it’s easy to walk right past the used book stores and the older fiction section in the library. But should you really ignore the tattered, battered, and generally banged up books in favor of the polished and pretty ones? Let’s take a look at what you’re missing when you bypass these works.

First off, there are the literary classics you never thought you wanted to read. Sure, you can buy these brand new at any good book store, but why not check for an older edition? Imagine picking up a worn copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses to find that it’s a first edition! (One such copy, by the way, sold for about $432,000 in 2009.) But don’t buy the older books just for that reason. Buy it to see if you enjoy it! Though the classics are often chalked up as being just for “literary snobs,” that’s usually the exact opposite of who they were originally supposed to appeal to. For example, William Shakespeare’s plays were written for everyone, but the “common” men and women were the ones who flocked to the performances in droves. Although you might have hated being forced to read Shakespeare in school, try one of his plays now. You might like it so much that you’ll want an anthology of his works, which you should be able to find (used) for a low price.

Secondly, look at the old books because they are different! They have different writing styles, different ideas, different points of view. It’s good to try something new, like reading a book that isn’t a memoir from the Jersey Shore or a romantic vampire novel. Ignore mainstream fiction for the moment and go for the books that look might look boring, like biographies! I assure you that Alice Echol’s Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin is far from boring. It’s just as groovy as its subject. If you’re looking for something a little less psychedelic, try The Kennedy Women: the Saga of an American Family by Laurence Leamer, which is wonderfully written and meticulously researched. Both of these books were published in the mid-90s, so although they’re not exactly ancient, neither will be on the New Non-Fiction shelves!

The third reason might be the best reason of all: old favorites! Think back to your childhood. Surely there was a book that made such an impression on you that you still remember its title. Finding fuddy-duddies like Norton Juster’s The Phantom Tollbooth or Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time might just tickle your nostalgia bone, or maybe you’ll discover books from even earlier in life; Possum Come A-Knockin’ by Nancy Van Laan definitely makes me sentimental, and I don’t know anyone from my elementary school who doesn’t remember how insanely popular Jon Scieszka’s fantastically illustrated The Frog Prince, Continued was for years.

The best part of old books, though, is that most of these books can be located at your local library. So whether you’re searching for biographies and classics (turn right at the front entrance) or childhood memories (turn left at the front entrance; the children’s section is hard to miss), come on down to the library and let us help you find what you need!

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 Your Most Important School Supply!

By Tod Owens

If you’re a mother of a school aged child you’ve probably already started the annual chore of shopping for school supplies. You’ve checked out the usual places for the customary items and depending upon the age of your child, you’ve either prepared him for carrying a lunchbox or buying meals at school or you’ve tried to find the best prices for various electronic items like computers and printers for older pupils. Before you wearily park the minivan or desperate seek one of those “Calgon-take-me away” moments, I’d like to suggest that there’s one more very useful item every child should have before returning to school. The good news is that it’s free of charge and one size fits all! I’m referring to a library card. It may not sound like something most of us associate with going to school because in many minds, your public school and the public library are two very separate places. Of course it is true that we seldom if ever grade our patrons or make them stay over after the library closes nor do we have pep rallies or cheerleading practice at the library; however, a library card may be more valuable to a student than anyone suspects!

During the school year, pupils are given various assignments. Some of these projects are unique in that they are created and assigned only by a specific teacher; however, there are other annual assignments ranging from science fair projects to the D.A.R. Essay Contest which are more commonly given to most pupils regardless of their teacher or their school. Forensics contests and various Olympics of the Mind challenges are often part of a typical school year as well. The common thread that links all of these assignments is that acquiring research materials is needed to successfully complete any of them. You’ll find such materials at your public library and it will save you and your child a great deal of time, if you’ve already visited your library before the beginning of the school year in order to get a library card for your son or daughter. If a student has already become familiar with the library and has learned how to use the catalog to search for books, he or she will find it that much easier when a school assignment makes a visit to the library necessary. All parents should bring their children to the library in order to get a library card and to help them to become comfortable with using library resources. If the pupils learn where to find various books or even became acquainted with library staff members prior to actually starting school, it will make the research process easier for the time when materials are needed for that last minute assignment. Remember, even if you’ve been bringing your child to the library for years, it may still be necessary for you to have her card updated or cleared of any outstanding fees that might prevent her from using it when needed for school. On the other hand, many parents have always checked out materials for their kids with their own individual adult card. A child may not use a parent’s card nor may she check out materials or use any of the computers unless she has brought her own valid library card with her to the library. Minors may not use any of the computers unless their library cards already have parental internet consent on file. Even a valid library card is of no use to a minor as far as computer use is concerned unless a parent has already signed their approval for the child to use computers.

Finally, a library card is a gateway to countless online research sources because a valid library card barcode will allow users of our library website (www.sbrl.org) to access the Find It Virginia database which is an electronic periodical database that may be searched by subject or author. The magazines found may be limited by various categories as well if a student may only use articles taken from scholarly or academic journals. It is a helpful research tool that may be used from the comfort of your home if you have internet access and that ever useful school supply known as a library card!

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An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos

An Echo Through the Snow attempts to weave past and present into a single tapestry utilizing the lives of two women trapped by fate and circumstances, one determined to set herself free and the other literally dragged into pursuing a better life. Told in alternating chapters, we are presented with the lives of Jeaantaa and Rosalie, two women living more than half a century apart whose lives are mystically connected via the Siberian Huskies (Guardians) they both love. This is a must read book even if you do not like dogs. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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New Materials in Marion  – September 12, 2012

Come check them out!


The Cowboy’s Family Plan by Judy Duarte

Love Inspired: Carbon Copy Cowboy by Arlene James

Love Inspired Second Chance in Dry Creek by Janet Tronstad

Love Inspired Look-Alike Lawman by  Glynna Kaye

Love Inspired Fresh-Start Ranch by Leann Harris

Indigo as an Iris by Fran Stewart

How the Playboy Got Serious by Shirley Jump

Nanny for the Millionaire’s Twins

Sow Dance with the Sheriff by Nikki Logan

The Rebel Rancher by Donna Alward

The Tycoon’s Secret Daughter by Susan Meier

The Prodigal Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle

The Doctor’s Do-Over by Karen Templeton

Texas Wedding by Nancy Thompson

The Sheriff’s Doorstep Baby by Teresa Carpenter


New Adult Fiction

Robert Parker’s Fool Me Twice by Michael Brandman

A Wanted Man by Lee Child

Heart of ice by Lis Wiehl

Thy Neighbor by Norah Vincent

The Dark Monk by Oliver Potzsch

The Islanders by Chris Priest

A Plain Death by Amanda Flower

Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon

The Janus Reprisal by Jamie Freveletti

The Malice of Fortune by Michael Ennis

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

The Bungalow by Sarah Jio

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie

Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James

Line of Fire by Stephen White

Monster by Dave Zeltserman

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers


New Adult Nonfiction

I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza

Confronting Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer  by Sue Friedman

Appetite for Life by Stacey Antine

You’re So Invited by Cheryl Najafi


New DVDs

The Kent Chronicles

Sherlock Holmes

Grey’s Anatomy Season Eight

The Hunger Games


The Closer Season 7

Criminal Minds Season 7

Haven Season 1

Boardwalk Empire Season 2

The Forsyte Saga

Amazing Underground Secrets

The Good Wife Season 3

Manor House


The Five-Year Engagement





The Five-Year Engagement


Juvenile DVDS

The Lorax

Sponge Bob Squarepants:  Ghouls Fools

The Pirates!

Shrek’s Thrilling Tales



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