Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

It was a dark and spooky night....and the only sounds heard were eerie and distant......

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween Picks

Spooky Reads for Halloween Night
·        Demons and Ghouls” by Anita Ganeri (2011) – Demons in Judaism and Christianity, The Devil, Demons around the world

·        Witches and Warlocks” by David West (2011) – Study of Witch and Warlocks throughout different world cultures

·        “Vampires and the Undead” by David West (2011) – Becoming a Vampire, Vampire lifestyles, Count Dracula!, Vampires around the World

·        “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins (2010) - When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

·        “Death in Salem: The Private Lives Behind the 1692 Witch Hunt” by Diane Foulds (2010) -- This adult themed book probes into the private lives of Salem, Massachusetts’s most influential people and attempts to find what out what happened behind the scenes during the Salem Witch Hunt

·        “Frankenstein: Lost Souls” by Dean R. Koontz (2010)

·        “Night Wings” by Joseph Bruchac (2009) – After being taken captive by a band of treasure seekers, Paul and his Abenaki grandfather must face a legendary Native American monster at the top of Mount Washington.

All of these books are available at Little Dixie Regional Libraries.
Check out our website, come by to see us or call us!

Author Signing - Mary Ann Wilson

"Roots and Wings" by Mary Ann Wilson

Mary Ann Wilson will be doing a book signing introducing her delightful book Roots and Wings to our community. 

 She will be at the Moberly public library on Saturday the 30th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

If you choose to wear your Halloween costume to the book signing, Beverly might just have a little Halloween treat for you!  

Drop by to meet Mary Ann, to look at her book, which she will gladly personalize and sign for you, and to sit a spell to chat with this talented children's author!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: Computers

What can the computer do for you?

·        “Understanding the World of User-Generated Content” by Emily Popek (2011)-- What is Web 2.0? From Encyclopedia to Wikipedia, blogs and branching out on the web

·        “Designing, building, and maintaining web sites” by Jamie Poolos (2011)-- How a web site works, begin to plan a web site and continue by designing a web site and building your own. Concludes with publishing and maintaining your web site.
   “Netiquette : a student's guide to digital etiquette” by Kathy Furgang (2011)

·        “Databases: Organizing Information” by Greg Roza (2011)--What is a database? Learn tables, breaking down databases, and rational databases

·        “Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing” by Joan Oleck (2011)-- Design basics including fonts and typography, images, and layout

·        “Creating Electronic Graphic Organizers” by Philip Wolny (2011)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Visions of Halloween 2009

Since Halloween is so close, I thought I would share photos from our last Halloween party at the Moberly branch.

Costume winners from each age group - A little spooky but a lot of fun!

Scenes from the Children's room before stories were read

Rachael reading stories about Halloween to the early trick-or-treaters

Michelle - dressed as Marie from the Aristocats - greeted patrons at the front door

Rockband was in the programming room 

Very, VERY popular place to be

Parents and children played games, did crafts, and put together puzzles

Did someone say candy?

A GREAT time was had by all at our last Halloween day bash. 
Check out the library calendar for programs in the upcoming months.

Little Dixie Dispatch: New Biographies

New Biographies

·        “Sonia Sotomayor: The True American Dream” by Antonia Felix (2010)
·        “No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the last .400 Season” by Fred Bowen (2010)

·        Like Me : Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer” by Chely Wright (2010) Chely Wright, singer, songwriter, country music star, writes in this moving, telling memoir about her life and her career.

·        “Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” by James Hirsch (2010)

 ·        “Coming Home to Myself” by Wynonna Judd (2005)

·        “Michelle Obama: First Lady & Role Model” by Valerie Bodden (2010)

·        “The Britannica Guide to the World’s Most Influential Women” (2010) Through the ages, women have had to fight to be taken seriously, have their work accepted, and be considered the equal of men. This book tips its hat to women such as Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, Sojourner Truth, and Princess Diana.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: New Fiction

New Fiction

--"Plain Paradise" by Beth Wiseman (2010)    Josephine Dronberger was a scared teenager when she left her baby in the care of an Old Order Amish couple. But 17 years have passed and Josie longs to reconnect with her daughter.

--"The First Rule" by Robert Crais (2010)
     Frank Meyer had the American dream--until the day a professional crew invaded his home and murdered everyone inside. The police think Meyer was hiding something very bad, and what follows is an investigation that quickly creates a web of ancient grudges, blood ties, blackmail, vengeance, double crosses, and cutthroat criminals.

--"One Good Dog" by Susan Wilson (2010)
     Adam March is a self-made Master of the Universe. He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends...until the day his assistant gives him a message: your sister called. No one knows that his sister has been missing for decades. Adam loses it, and he is escorted from the building. He loses his job and his family.At his lowest, Adam is assigned to community service in a soup kitchen. And this is where he crosses paths with Chance.

-- "To Try Men's Souls: a novel of George Washington and the fight for American freedom" by Newt Gingerich (2010)
     Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen have turned their sharp eye for detail to the birth of the United States of America. Their story follows three men with three very different roles to play in history: General George Washington, Thomas Paine, and Jonathan Van Dorn, a private in Washington's army.

--"The Secret of Everything" by Barbara O'Neal (2010)
     In this spectacular new novel, O'Neal tells the story of a woman's search for the one thing worth more than anything to her--falling in love and having a family.

Check out our library website to reserve these books today!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: New Romance

New Romance

--“The Devil Wears Plaid” by Teresa Medeiros (2010) About to speak wedding vows that will bind her to the elderly Earl of Hepburn and save her family from poverty, Emmaline Marlowe finds herself abducted by Hepburn's sworn enemy, Jamie Sinclair.

--“Savor the Moment” by Nora Roberts (2010) Wedding cake baker Laurel McBane appreciates a strong, intelligent man--a man just like Delaney. But Del is out of her reach and too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her, or so she thinks. After a mind-blowing kiss, Laurel will have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever.

 --“McKettricks of Texas: Tate” by Linda Lael Miller (2010) There are barely enough hours for divorced dad Tate McKettrick to run the Silver Spur ranch, do the suit-and-tie thing for his business and run herd on his beloved six-year-old twin daughters. But time stands still at the sight of Libby Remington. Libby has her hands full taking care of her mother--and running the coffee shop. Caffeine, she needs. Tate McKettrick, with his blazing blue eyes and black hair? Oh, heck--yes.

--“Days of Gold” by Jude Deveraux (2010) A dazzling story that spans two continents and unites two people who are separated by class, wealth, and education.

--“Orchard Valley Grooms” by Debbie Macomber (2010) Valerie rushes home to Orchard Valley, Oregon, when her father, suffers a heart attack. She prays he’ll live but fears he’ll die. At a time like this, falling in love with her father's heart surgeon is the last thing on Valerie's mind. 

These new romance titles and so much more are available at your local library. Come by, call us, or check out our website for these titles!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Did You Know?

Did you know we have machines to search our catalog located on every floor and at every branch? 

These computers are touch screen, so they are easy to use for every person who comes into our library

Friday, October 22, 2010

Books with a Beat - Teen Read Week


 Friday, October 22nd
Music Hunt- Do you have the Beat?! Bop down the aisles and locate Books (and tapes, and movies, and games) with a Beat. Get a cool cup when you return your completed hunt.

See you at the Moberly Library @ 4pm

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: Animals in Fiction

Animals in Fiction
--"Hannah's dream : a novel" by Diane C. Hammond (2008)
     For 41 years, Samson Brown has been caring for Hannah, the lone elephant at the down-at-the-heels Max L. Biedelman Zoo. Sam rejoices when smart, compassionate Neva Wilson is hired as the new elephant keeper. Sam and Neva know that Hannah needs to be moved to an animal sanctuary but the director has other ideas.

--"Those Darn Squirrels" by Adam Rubin (2008)
     When grumpy Old Man Fookwire builds feeders to try to keep birds--the only creatures he likes--from leaving for the winter, he finds himself in a battle with clever, crafty squirrels who want a share of the abundant food.

--"Together" by Tom Sullivan (2008)
     Brenden McCarthy feels like he's lost everything. All due to one tragic misstep while mountain climbing that cost him his sight. But he's about to gain the last thing he ever expected. A big-hearted black Labrador named Nelson who's given one last shot at being a Seeing Eye dog. Both are about to experience a bond of friendship that develops when they least expect it. 

--"A Dog Named Christmas" by Greg Kincaid (2008)
     In this heartwarming novel, author Greg Kincaid tells the tender story of how one very special dog changed the lives of his adoptive family—and an entire town—forever.

These animal fiction stories are available at your local library! Stop by, call us, or check out our website to reserve these books today!

Books with a Beat - Teen Read Week


 Thursday, October 21st
Poetic Beat – Use song lyrics to write a poem. Poems submitted will be subject to display! Enjoy some light snacks and refreshments.

See you at the Moberly Library at 4pm!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Books with a Beat - Teen Read Week


Wednesday, October 20th
Walk the Beat – Learn more about the great literary detectives that walk the beat of our imagination 

Stop by the Moberly Library at 4pm!

Little Dixie Dispatch: New Mysteries

New Mysteries

-- “Indulgence in Death” by J.D. Robb (2010) 
The "New York Times" #1 bestselling police thriller series featuring futuristic cop Eve Dallas continues in this brand-new, first-time-in-print novel--the 17th title in the In Death series.

-- “Worst Case” by James Patterson (2010) 
Detective Michael Bennett and FBI Abduction Specialist Emily Parker reluctantly team up to stop a killer targeting not only the children of New York's wealthiest families--but the entire city of New York.

-- “Relentless: A Novel” by Dean R. Koontz (2009) Facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life, successful family man and bestselling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich finds himself in a desperate struggle with relentless sociopath and reclusive critic Shearman Waxx

-- “Deeper than the Dead” by Tami Hoag (2010) 
California, 1984. Three children, running in the woods behind their school, stumble upon a partially buried body--and that's just the start of this heart-pounding ride.

-- “Mean Streets” by Jim Butcher, Simon R. Green, Kat Richardson & Thomas E. Sniegoski (2010) The best paranormal private investigators have been brought together in a single volume. Harry Dresden's latest case may be his last. Nightside dweller John Taylor is hired by a woman to find something she lost--her memory--in a thrilling noir tale 

All of these books can be found at your local Little Dixie Regional Library
Come in or call us for more information.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Books with a Beat - Teen Read Week


 Tuesday, October 19th
Books with a Beat – Check out a Playaway Audio Book.  Write a recommendation for the book and get a cool cup when you return it.

Come by the Moberly Library Programming Room at 4pm! 

Monday, October 18, 2010

Books with a Beat - Teen Read Week


Beat a path to change – To kick off the week, swing by the programming room to learn how you can make a difference at your library. Participants between the ages of 12 and 18, will get a cool cup for helping to compose the Little Dixie Library RAP!

Stop by the Moberly Library at 4! It's gonna be awesome! 

Little Dixie Dispatch: 2010-2011 Mark Twain Award Nominees

While dealing with her parents' separation and her best friend's distance, Amanda is able to work out some of her anxiety through her fifth-grade project--writing a diary from the point of view of a ten-year-old girl whose brothers fight on opposite sides in the Civil War.

"The Seer of Shadows" by Avi (2008) 
In New York City in 1872, fourteen-year-old Horace, a photographer's apprentice, becomes entangled in a plot to create fraudulent spirit photographs, but when Horace accidentally frees the real ghost of a dead girl bent on revenge, his life takes a frightening turn.

“School Spirit” by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel (2008) 
Like her mother, a professional medium, Kat has been able to see dead people since turning thirteen, and although they would prefer to be normal, Kat and her best friend come to terms with their own talents while helping free the spirit of a girl trapped at their middle school.

“Go Big or Go Home” by Will Hobbs (2008) 
Fourteen-year-old Brady and his cousin Quinn love extreme sports, but nothing could prepare them for the aftermath of Brady's close encounter with a meteorite after it crashes into his South Dakota bedroom.

“Margaret and Flynn: 1875” By: Kathleen Duey (2008) 
The year is 1875, and twelve-year-old orphan Margret and her sister, Libby, are living with the kind Mrs. Fredriksen in her sod house in rural Littleton, Colorado. A tornado sweeps through, bringing with it an injured horse. Immediately Margret lays claim to the horse, naming him Flynn, nursing him back to health, and teaching herself to ride. Now more than ever, Margret yearns for some stability in her life. 

All of these books can be found at your local Little Dixie Regional Library
Come in or call us for more information.

Little Dixie Reading Group - "The Poisonwood Bible"

"The Poisonwood Bible" by Barbara Kingsolver

The thrilling story told by the wife and four daughters of an evangelical Baptist missionary to the Belgium Congo in 1959. Set during the Congo's fight for independence and unraveling of the family. Nathan Price and his family to go Africa to "civilize" the Africans without a thought to traditions or beliefs.

Everyone is welcome to join in a lively literary discussion of books from today and yesterday. Library book discussions will be in the Moberly Library Board Room.

Check out our website ( to reserve this book today!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: Genealogy


--“Family tree problem solver : proven methods for scaling the inevitable brick wall” by Marsha Hoffman Rising (2005)

-- “The everything family tree book: research and preserve your family history.” by Kimberly Powell (2006)

--“How to do everything: Genealogy” by George Morgan (2009)

-- “Who do you think you are?: the essential guide to tracing your family history” by Megan Smolenyak (2009)  There is no such thing as an ordinary family. Each one has its own stories: the black sheep, the Civil War hero, the ancestors who fled to the United States, or the lost family fortune. The ground-breaking NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” takes seven of America's best-loved celebrities-from Lisa Kudrow to Susan Sarandon-on an emotional journey to trace their family history and discover who they really are. No matter how plain you think your background is, chances are there is a saga just waiting to be discovered.

-- “The family tree guide to finding your Ellis Island ancestors” by Sharon Carmack (2005)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: Crafting Ideas

Crafting Ideas 

-- “Martha Stewart's encyclopedia of crafts : an A-to-Z guide with detailed instructions and endless inspiration” by Martha Stewart (2009) Join us as we use Martha’s brilliant crafting abilities to create everything from a scrapbook to soap to a flattering home wreath.

-- “Crafting Cross Stitch Cards” by Sue Cook (2007)

-- “Crafty Superstar: make crafts on the side, earn extra cash and basically have it all” by Grace Dobush (2009) Your go-to resource for selling your craft goods part-time, full of ideas for setting up and selling out. 

-- “P.Allen Smith’s living in the Garden Home: Connecting the Seasons with Containers, Crafts, and Celebrations” by P.Allen Smith (2007) For P. Allen Smith, gardening is all about the anticipation of a new season, the wonderful satisfaction that comes with digging and planting, building supports and structures, selecting plants and deciding how to arrange them.

-- “American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do!” by Carol Gnojewski (2006)

-- “Relax to the Max: 60 candles, scents, soaps & potpourri crafts to create your own bliss” by Marie Browning (2005)

Come on by the library to reserve and check out these great crafting titles! 

Friday, October 15, 2010

Little Dixie Dispatch: Mythology


¨ “The Last Olympian” by Rick Riordan (2009)
     While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded. Now it's up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.

¨ “Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman (2009)
      An unlucky twelve-year-old Norwegian boy named Odd leads the Norse gods Loki, Thor, and Odin in an attempt to outwit evil Frost Giants who have taken over Asgard.

· “Egyptian Myths” by Kathy Elgin (2009)
     This book provides a brief introduction to early Egyptian civilization, a retelling of eighteen Egyptian myths, and a who's who of characters.

· “The McElderry Book of Greek Myths” by Eric Kimmel (2008)
     A collection of twelve Greek myths from Pandora to Icarus to King Midas. A collection of twelve Greek myths from Pandora to Icarus to King Midas.

· Key of Valor” by Nora Roberts (2004)
     The gods have assigned a quest to each of three mortal women. The keys to light and knowledge have been found. Now Zoe, a struggling single mom, must past the final test and find the key of valor. 

All of these books can be found at your local Little Dixie Regional Library
Come in or call us for more information.