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  • Posted on 01/21/2012 - 10:25am

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    Jacob's grandfather told wild stories about the orphanage he'd been in as a child, a home where the children were invisible, or could conjure fire, or fly. In his dying breath, he urges Jacob to "find the bird. In the loop. Tell them what happened, Yakob." Jacob travels to Wales to find the orphanage that was bombed in 1940 and yet somehow still exists, and bring a message to the headmistress who died in the bombing but is very much alive.

  • Posted on 01/20/2012 - 12:17pm

    Wilmington cardholders now have access to Cypress Resume, a online resume builder. Click here to get started. Resumes can be saved as PDFs.

  • Posted on 01/18/2012 - 5:04pm

    December was a fun month in the Children’s Room.  We had lots of great activities. 

    The Magic of Science came to the library.  The kids loved participating in the amazing demonstrations.

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    The smell of sugar filled the second floor while the kids built gingerbread house with graham crackers, frosting and LOTS of candy.

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    Food smells also filled the air during “New Year’s Snackin Eve”.  Kids made fruit kebabs, roll-ups, “hamburger cookies”, and snack mix, followed by a countdown and a toast with a glass of sparkling apple juice.


    Here’s to a great 2012  in the Children’s Room!

  • Posted on 01/18/2012 - 2:39pm

    Great books can get hidden by terrible covers. Now’s your chance to fix that. We’ll be putting the best covers on teen zone books, so check out the guidelines for entry at and submit your entry (or entries) by April 30.

  • Posted on 01/11/2012 - 10:20am

    The Wilmington Town Crier microfilm (1955-2010) will not be available in February, March, or April 2012. The microfilm is being scanned as part of our newspaper digitization project. Online access to past issues, including full-text keyword searching, will be available this summer.

  • Posted on 01/09/2012 - 12:10pm

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    Those who loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel, should be prepared for a different type of story. Rather than two central characters, there are several: twin sisters Edie and Elspeth Noblin; Edie’s husband Jack and their twin daughters, Julia and Valentina Poole; and the other tenants in Elspeth’s apartment building in London – Martin, who suffers from OCD, and Robert, Elspeth’s bereaved lover (the book begins with Elspeth’s death). Under the terms of Elspeth’s will, Julia and Valentina move from Chicago to Elspeth’s flat in London, bordering Highgate Cemetery. Elspeth, now a ghost, learns to communicate with them and with Robert. But Elspeth and Edie have been keeping a secret from everyone for over twenty years, and only a terribly tragic event can bring it to light. Her Fearful Symmetry is, essentially, a ghost story, where neither the living nor the dead can let the other rest.

  • Posted on 01/05/2012 - 3:00pm

    TitleArtistRelease Date
    Elvis CountryPresley, Elvis1/3/2012
    Fallen EmpiresSnow Patrol1/10/2012
    Bangarang EPSkrillex1/17/2012
    100 ProofPickler, Kellie1/24/2012
    Human AgainMichaelson, Ingrid1/24/2012
    Born To DieRey, Lana Del1/31/2012

  • Posted on 01/05/2012 - 10:22am

    At the end of each year, newspapers and children’s review journals publish lists of the best children’s books of the year.  With thousands of children’s books published each year, it’s no surprise that there is not a consensus between the lists as to which the best books of the year are. 

     Here are three nonfiction books that appear on multiple lists.

    Amelia Lost:  The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    by Candace Fleming

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    This engaging biography contains photos, maps, and handwritten notes that make the story of Amelia Earhart come alive. (Grades 4-7)

    Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans
    by Kadir Nelson

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    Narrated by a fictional woman who recounts the history of African Americans from colonial times through the last presidential election by telling personal stories, this beautiful book is illustrated with portraits of famous and forgotten people. (Grades 4 and up).

    Can We Save the Tiger?
    by Martin Jenkins

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    Geared toward younger children, this description of endangered species and the impact that humans have on animals features illustrations of tigers and 27 other species. (Preschool-Grade 2)

  • Posted on 01/04/2012 - 4:00pm

    TitleRelease Date
    Boardwalk Empire: Complete First Season1/10/2012
    Higher Ground (Combo)1/10/2012
    Killer Elite1/10/2012
    The Hellstrom Chronicle1/10/2012
    Bombay Beach1/17/2012
    Ides of March1/17/2012
    Mysteries of Lisbon1/17/2012
    Happy Happy1/24/2012
    Hell and Back Again1/24/2012
    Real Steel1/24/2012
    Dream House1/31/2012
    The Thing1/31/2012

  • Posted on 01/04/2012 - 10:34am

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    If you’re looking for a light, quick, and laugh-out-loud funny read, one of these (or both!) is up your alley – especially for fans of Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and The Office. Fey and Kaling both write about growing up, how they got into comedy and show business, and their experiences working in the business. Both books are full of funny stories from childhood and the teen years, the authors’ struggles to break into comedy, and stories about their professional and personal lives. Both books are organized more or less chronologically as a series of brief essays; the chapters are short and sometimes unrelated to the chapters before or after. Fey and Kaling write with voices that are personal, witty, conversational, and down-to-earth – Bossypants and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? are hard not to like.