Sparks fly when Beatrix Adams, seventeen, who strives to be a medical illustrator, meets Jack, one of San Francisco's most notorious graffiti artists, but even as Beatrix begins to uncover the secrets that have left Jack so wounded, her own family secrets threaten to tear them apart.

And we're off by Dana Schwartz

Offered a summer trip to Europe to study history's most famous artists, seventeen-year-old Nora is required to create a unique painting at each stop, but clashes with her mom who fears her daughter's optimism may prompt an insecure future.

Draw the line by Laurent Linn

"A teen boy survives a hate crime against another gay student through his art"--.

Aiko Cassidy, a fifteen-year-old with cerebral palsy, tired of posing for the sculptures that have made her mother famous, dreams of going to Japan to meet her father and become a great manga artist, but takes a life-changing trip to Paris, instead.

Late last month, both the Malice Domestic, Ltd. convention and the Edgars Symposium were held, the events where the Agatha Awards and the Edgars Awards are announced. The Edgars Awards are a general mystery fiction award nominated by THE MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA while the Malice Dometic's Agatha Awards are given to “traditional mystery” works in the vein of Agatha Christie. 

Best Contemporary Novel: Agatha Award

A great reckoning by Louise Penny

When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must. And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map. Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor....

Best Historical Novel: Agatha Award

"Sir Roger Moore, who has died aged 89, brought a lighter touch to the role of James Bond, the role for which he was most famous. Out went the harder, crueler edge of Sean Connery's 007 to be succeeded by sardonic humour and the inevitable raised eyebrow. He eventually became the longest-serving actor in the role, his seven Bond films becoming the most commercially successful of the franchise." (BBC Obituary

Take a look at our collection of DVDs and books featuring the talents of Moore.

Before he had a license to kill, Roger Moore honed his secret agent skills as the debonair adventurer Simon Templar, also known as The Saint..

  • The Chairperson, Michelle Farell, called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM.
  • Present:           Nancy Eggenberger, Michelle Farell, Jasmine Lee, Jane Pandit, Don Turner, Amy Watts
  • Absent:            None
  • Also Present:  E. Davis, K. Gladden
  • CALL TO AUDIENCE (L. Golden, R. Havenstein-Coughlin, D. McHugh, M. Nicholson, R. Noble, D. Sands, N. Szczepanski)   — None
     
  • APPROVAL OF AGENDA

The agenda was approved as amended by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • APPROVAL OF CLOSED SESSION MINUTES

The minutes were approved by unanimous consent.

  • COMMUNICATIONS — E. Davis shared a “thank you” note from Board Chair M. Farell, in acknowledgement of the flower arrangement and keepsake angel sent by the board upon the passing of her mother.
     
  • DIRECTORS REPORT — Davis informed the board that the Headlee amendment has triggered a Millage Reduction Fraction (MRF) and the new maximum millage rate that can be levied as of 2018 will be 1.5139 mills.  That number will be used in the 2018 draft budget proposal.

The MERS actuarial evaluation was received and will play into the larger conversation about closing out the employee pension; a special actuarial evaluation will need to be commissioned down the line to analyze the closure of the pension, but this report serves as a snapshot for beginning the discussion.

Davis reviewed the financial reports, pointing out that the library is one-third of the way through the year. While fringe benefits; professional & contractual; insurance; and capital outlay are trending high, they will all fall in line as the year progresses.

Business Services Department Head Marian Nicholson is investigating pollution and cyber liability insurance policies, with the assistance of our insurance broker, Carrico Maldegen.

  • TRUSTEE COMMENTS — Chair Michelle Farell and Trustee Amy Watts will not be at the June 22, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.
  • COMMITTEE REPORTS — None
  • OLD BUSINESS
  • 2018 Budget Assumptions — Trustees Jane Pandit, Amy Watts and Secretary/Treasurer Jasmine Lee had been forwarded historical data for consideration in the budget discussion. All three found the information to be helpful. None of the trustees had further questions regarding the budget issues that had been covered at the April 20 meeting.
  • NEW BUSINESS

Connect Your Summer 2017 Presentation — Community Relations Department Head Laurie Golden reviewed the changes to the summer reading program. The revamped program was designed to reflect both the new Strategic Plan and survey responses from 2016 program participants.

The trustees expressed enthusiasm for the new Story Boxes that will be a major component of the 2017 Connect Your Summer program.

  • CALL TO AUDIENCE – Friends of the Library Board member Diane Sands was introduced.
  • ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.  

 

Memorial Day is a federal holiday that celebrates the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Learn more about this important holiday and some of our brave heroes in the following books:

 

Memorial Day by Trudi Strain Trueit
Memorial Day by Lynn Hamilton

Discusses the history of Memorial Day, describes how it is celebrated, and includes a related song, activity, and recipe.

"For over thirty years, the author has written novels in which the natural world is as much a living presence as any character. In this beautiful, evocative, and sometimes provocative memoir, he explores Australia's unique landscape, and how that singular place has shaped him and his writing"--.

American author James Fenimore Cooper has been credited with inventing and popularizing a wide variety of genre fiction, including the Western, the spy novel, the high seas adventure tale, and the Revolutionary War romance. In this second volume of his definitive biography, Wayne Franklin concentrates on the latter half of Cooper's life, detailing a period of personal and political controversy, far-ranging international travel, and prolific literary creation. 

Norman Bel Geddes designed everything from Broadway sets to Chrysler cars; from the first all-weather stadium to Futurama, the prescient 1939 World's Fair exhibit that would go down as the most popular of all time. In The Man Who Designed the Future, B. Alexandra Szerlip tells the astonishing story of a 9th grade dropout with a Midwestern twang who presided over a seismic shift in American culture--a moment in which entertainment became immersive, people became consumers, and the country came to look the way it does today.

The story of how a team of librarians and archivists joined forces to spirit tens of thousands of ancient manuscripts into hiding when al-Qaeda-linked jihadists surged across Mali in 2012, threatening the existence of these precious documents. 

Are you obsessed with Sarah J. Maas and the worlds of Prythian and Erilea? Wondering what to do after you've finished reading A Court of Wings and Ruin? Don't despair, check out some of these adventure fantasy novels that contain just the right amount of romance, intrigue, action and strong female heroines.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Seventeen-year-old Ismae avoids an arranged marriage by making a place for herself at the convent of St. Martin, where she learns of her unique gifts and must determine whether she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death.

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Betrothed to the demon who rules her country, Nyx must now fulfill her destiny and move to the castle to be his wife. She hopes to use her skills to thwart Ingnifex's power and save her homeland from his control. Yet when the time comes, she cannot shake the desire she develops for him.

A recent PEW study indicates older Americans (65+) are embracing technology; approximately two-thirds of them go online regularly and many now own smartphones. Not surprising that usage is greater among adults with higher income ($75,000) and are college educated.  Interestingly though, is some 34% of older internet users say they have little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks, while 48% of seniors say that this statement describes them very well: “When I get a new electronic device, I usually need someone else to set it up or show me how to use it.” 

Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of The Cambridge Spies--Maclean, Philby, Blunt--brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

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