Staff's Picks

Getting Started Knitting Socks

Ann Budd

Recommended by: Sheila U

A few weeks ago, the Library started offering a weekly Knitting Circle, led by Svenja Chesna on Wednesday afternoons from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.  The first time I went, I took a project I had already started; but while we were talking, Svenja said she would be happy to help people with new techniques or with problems they had been having with their knitting.  She's also helping those of us who are new to knitting.  

I've always wanted to learn how to knit socks, so I asked Svenja if she would show me and she said she would be happy to.  So the next day, I spent time in our Knitting area (Non-Fiction call number 746), looking for a book of patterns for socks.  I found this book, which shows step by step how to knit socks, using almost any kind of yarn.  The next week, I brought my book, my needles and my yarn - and Svenja got me started.  I'm almost done with the first sock!  This book has great illustrations, easy-to-follow instructions, and lots of simple patterns to choose from.  My only criticism is that the patterns call for using double-pointed needles, which are really difficult for me (probably need to practice more).  Svenja showed me a different technique, using two circular needles and that is working much better for me.  If you want to learn how to make socks, this book is the perfect start; and join us Wednesday nights for extra help.

Farmer Boy Goes West

Heather Williams

Recommended by: Ellen P

This story picks up where Farmer Boy left off.  If you liked Little House you should read this book.

The Dog Who Bit A Policeman

Stuart Kaminsky

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                         THE DOG WHO BIT A POLICEMAN by Stuart Kaminsky

  This is an Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov novel. This is one of my favorite series. It takes place in Moscow Russia. The author gives a glimpse of the new Russia and how the everyday citizen is coping with the government. Rostnikov finds himself trying to prevent an all out gang war from happening. Also, two of his police officers are undercover trying to bust a dog fighting ring. On a personal note, Rostnikov's wife is facing a health crisis.

  The series has colorful characters and the reader gets to know a little about the lives of the policemen and their families.

Force Of Nature

Box, C.J.

Recommended by: Nancy B

This is another C.J. Box mystery with Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden.  Joe's friend, Nate Romanowski  was in a special forces unit in Central Asia when a  colleague did something terrible. This is coming back to haunt Nate as the colleague is killing everyone who may have known what he did. Nate knows what he must do to save his life and the lives of Joe's family. 

Lady of the rivers

Phillipa Gregory

Recommended by: Ellen P

Gregory pens wonderful historical fiction.  If you like Medival England you will live this book.

Why Not Me?: The inside story of the making and unmaking of the Franken presidency

Al Franken

Recommended by: Sheila U

Presidential politics getting you down?  Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at a fake presidential run, by politician and comedian Al Franken.

Misery Bay

Steve Hamilton

Recommended by: Earnestine B

     Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton

  Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit Police Officer. Injured in the line of duty, he retired to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. In this the eighth installment, he is asked by his enemy, the Sault Ste Maria Chief of Police to look into an apparent suicide of a college student. The young apparently hung himself in a lonely called Misery Bay.

  When Alex starts questioning the young man's friends, it quickly turns into a nightmare of murder and revenge. McKnight must move fast to find this ruthless killer before someone else dies.

  If you are familiar with Upper Peninsula in Michigan, you might want to check out this series.

Sacre Bleu

Christopher Moore

Recommended by: Sheila U

Like all Christopher Moore's works, Sacre Bleu is absurd, witty, raunchy, weird, and fun.  It's difficult to summarize the plotline; but it basically follows young painter Lucien Lessard through 1890's Paris, as he falls in love with a mysterious Muse and tries to thwart the evil Colorman.  If you've never read a Christopher Moore novel, this might not be the best one to start with. But if you have ventured into one of his strange worlds, and enjoyed the ride, you will probably enjoy this one as well.

The Witness

Roberts, Nora

Recommended by: Nancy B

Abigail Lowery lives in seclusion on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks, where she writes sophisticated security systems. In addition to her own high end security systems she protects herself with, Abigail also has a well  trained, large, ferocious dog. She protects herself from the Russian Mafia, who are looking for Elizabeth Fitch, who as a seventeen year old, witnessed the murder of one of their own and her friend. They must eliminate her as the  FB who are also looking for her hope to put a big dent in the Russian Mafia's operations, with her testimony. Add to the mix the good looking sheriff who is very curious about the reclusive resident and you have quite a story. 

Dead Level

Sarah Graves

Recommended by: Ellen P

Another winner in this excellent series.