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Jul 12

Review: Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 12, 2017 at 4:08 PM by Elizabeth Land

ShineShineShine by Lydia NetzerThe most difficult books to review are those that don't fit into an easily-defineable category. But very often, these stories are the ones that turn out to be the most worthwhile to read. Part love story, part science fiction epic, part domestic drama, Shine, Shine, Shine by Lydia Netzer is one of those novels.

Sunny and Maxon, two outcasts looking for connection, meet as children and fall in love. Twenty years later, after marrying and having an autistic son, Sunny fights for the normalcy she believes her son needs by building a picture-perfect life in Norfolk, VA. Sunny has made herself into the perfect mother and housewife, but Maxon, despite being a genius, still struggles to interact with other people. But now Maxon has agreed to go to space to help program the robots who will build man's first colony on the moon. Feeling abandoned by Maxon, Sunny struggles to successfully deal with a second pregnancy, her son's autism and her mother's worsening health.

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Jul 12

True crime author Ann Rule dies at 83

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 12, 2017 at 2:26 PM by Elizabeth Land

The Stranger Beside Me

True crime is a popular genre that gives readers a chance to trace the developments of crimes that actually occurred. Recent news for fans of the genre, however, reveals that Ann Rule, the most famous author of her genre, has died at age 83. She is the author of many books, including the book that launched her career in the 1970s: "The Stranger Beside Me," which chronicled the Ted Bundy case. If you wish to discover Ann Rule for the first time, or revisit some your favorite books by her, we've got plenty to choose from.

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Jul 12

Get your student's summer reading books at the library

Posted to Off the Beaten Shelf on July 12, 2017 at 12:02 PM by Elizabeth Land

It seems like summer just began, but with the July Fourth holiday already behind us the summer is moving fast. If your child attends school in York County — or in one of the surrounding cities — chances are that he or she has some assignments to complete before school returns.

York County School Division LogoFor many middle- and high-schoolers in York County, this means they have to read at least one book from the York County Schools Summer Reading list.

York County Public Library has these students covered. We've got copies in different formats — from print to audio to downloadable eBooks — for every book on the list. 

If you don't see your book available in the online catalog, check out our honor shelves, which house books not listed in the catalog. The Tabb Branch has a Summer Reading shelf, with extra copies of the York County Schools Required Summer Reading 2015 list and a selection of honor books found on that list. Need motivation to get reading? How about using your book to fulfill the requirements for the Summer Reading Program? You get a chance to win a prize and get your homework out of the way before it's too late! Call 757-890-5100 or visit the online catalog to reserve your books today. Or stop by to browse the honor shelves.