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What I Lick Before Your Face and Other Haikus by Dogs by Jamie Coleman

I’ve been on a bit of a grim run with my book postings lately – global climate change, the Me Too movement, etc. So it was perfect timing when I saw this book. If you love dogs (and I do!) then check out this book. You won’t be sorry! I’ve included one of the cute haikus above. These tend to elicit the “awwww” reaction. There are also quite a few laugh out loud haikus regarding the, how shall I put this. earthier aspects of owning a dog… Highly recommended!
Picture of book cover for What I Lick Before Your Face

 

 

New at the library!


Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Red Wing Public Library, beginning on Monday, December 2 you will be able to check out from us, for free, a mobile hotspot. So what is a mobile hotspot? It’s the little (and I do mean little – about the size of a deck of cards) thing pictured to the left. It’s a device that connects to a cellular network (Sprint, in this case) and using that connection, creates a Wifi network for up to 10 devices. The download speed will vary depending on signal strength and network load but even when it’s at the slower end will allow users to do pretty much anything except really bandwidth intensive activities, like online gaming or Ultra HD video. Furthermore, there is no data cap, no automatic throttling and no charge to users! You can use them anywhere in the US that the Sprint 4G LTE network can provide signal.

Anybody who lives in Goodhue County and has a library card from us or someone who has purchased a library card from us can check one out.

Access to the Internet is so so important for simply getting by in today’s society. There are many of our fellow Goodhue County residents who don’t have that access. One public library is not going to be able to fix the problem of the digital divide between the haves and have nots. We already make a difference by providing free wired access but that is limited to a specific place (the library) and specific time (when we are open). With mobile hotspots we will be able to help people in places and ways we could not before. The library has always been a place where people could find information and entertainment through checking out the books and movies and stuff we have there. Now we are very excited about the prospect of being able to check out the Internet to our patrons!

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

Spoiler alerts for the Raven Boys series!  Call Down the Hawk is the first in The Dreamer trilogy, a spin-off of the Raven Boys quartet.  If you haven’t read those, and you want to, well, what are you waiting for?  Stop reading this review (because, spoilers) and head to the library, stat!

There are three Lynch brothers, but only two of them are real.  Ronan is a dreamer.  Declan is a liar.  And Matthew is a dream.  Three brothers.  Three Lynches.  Three different dreams.  Ronan wants to live in the real world – but he’s too much for the real world.  Declan pretends he wants to live in the real world – but lying to himself may be where his true talents lie.  And Matthew lives in the real world – except he isn’t real.  When Declan makes the call to go after a painting at the definitely not legal Fairy Market that belonged to their murdered father of their dead mother, all three Lynch brothers know it might be the key to their dreams.  But dreams are never what they seem.

Jordan Hennessy is a forger and a thief.  She lives and breathes art, and can create a perfect copy of almost anything.  Not just a copy, a forgery – an original, a new piece, magic  made up of oil and canvas.  But she hides a darker secret than her art – a secret that is slowly killing her.  When a new piece comes up for sale at the Fairy Market, a piece rumored to influence dreams, Jordan knows it might be the only thing that could save her life.

Carmen Farooq-Lane is an assassin, and the sister of a dreamer.  She knows what dreamers can do, and what they will do – end the world.  And she’ll do anything she has to to save the world, even if she has to end every dreamer in it.

Dreamers.  Liars.  Thieves.  Assassins.  Will they end the world, or save it?

Okay, so if you’ve ever asked me for a book recommendation, you know I am a huge fan of all things Maggie.   The Scorpio Races?  Perfection in a standalone, you had me at killer sea horse racing and November cakes.  The Shiver trilogy?  Werewolves and romance and cold, cold Minnesota and a little bit of LA and the most perfect aspen glen in fall ever.  The Raven Boys?  Mysterious ley lines and boarding school boys and magic forests and quests for ancient sleeping kings, YES PLEASE.  Call Down the Hawk?  Dreams and thieves and car chases and art, so much art, and all the magic things, and, just like a dream, it somehow manages to be all the books that I ever wanted all at once even when I didn’t even know what those were, and that’s the Maggie magic.  That, and really fast cars.  It’s super tricky to sum up the special sheen of a Maggie book without taking away from the experience of completely sinking into one of her stories, so I’m going to stop trying and just tell you to swan dive right in for yourself.  Absolutely stunning!