HCMPL Newsletter December 2017

December, 2017

 I'd like to share with you our Services, Programs and Special Events going on this month. Keep reading for more information on happenings this month at the Hopkins County-Madisonville Public Library.

Ashley Buchanan
Programming & Marketing Coordinator
Programs and Events

Christmas Open House
December 7, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Thursday, December 14th, 2017 
5:00 P.M.

Did you participate in the 2017 Book Challenge this year?
Are you interested in joining the 2018Book Challenge?
Come join us as we discussed the books you read this year and what you are looking forward to reading in the year to come!

Join us for a Book Signing with local Author LB Wyatt 
Thursday, December 28th @ 6 pm

Recruited at a very young age to help solve cold cases, Brooke Ellis is one of the most powerful psychics ever to be employed by Legacy. But even her valuable abilities at this supernatural bureau of investigation aren't enough to keep her from falling into the hands of a serial killer...
Logan didn't mean to break the rules, but when a routine interrogation goes wrong, his partner becomes the killer's next victim. With the unique ability to manipulate death, Logan finds himself using unorthodox methods to save her life. When the threat is over, and Brooke is rescued, she's the one relocated and punished for the mistakes Logan made, leaving their partnership in ruins. 
In the aftermath of Logan's betrayal, Brooke leaves investigating crimes for a much simpler life swearing to never see or speak to Logan again. But when he shows up on her doorstep years later claiming the serial killer they caught and killed is back, she's left with little choice but to try and figure out how he's suddenly returned from the grave. And the case seems much more complicated than ever before. Each victim bears a striking resemblance to Brooke, leading Logan to believe this killer isn't just killing for kicks-he's back to catch the only one who got away. 
As Brooke and Logan dig deeper into this mystery, they're discovering that the past is coming back to haunt them, and hunt them, in a way Brooke will never see coming...

Poetry Reading & Writing Groups

The Poetry Reading Group has resumed their original schedule of the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month at 10:30 A.M. at the Hopkins County - Madisonville Public Library.  As always, feel free to invite others who enjoy poetry. Hope to see you here! 

The Poetry Writing Group will now be meeting on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at 10:30 A.M. at the Hopkins County - Madisonville Public Library.
NEW in Children's and Juniors
Big Words for Little Geniuses by Susan and James Patterson

There's no "gobbledygook" in this clever picture book by James and Sue Patterson, with each letter of the alphabet providing a sophisticated word and definition for "Lilliputian" children to learn. Adults will appreciate the "juxtaposition" of young kids properly using impressive words that many grownups may not have heard of before! Includes a list of extra words in the back for further learning.
Delightfully whimsical artwork by artist Hsinping Pan brings these big words to life, making this early foray into learning fun for all.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"-people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood.

You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.
NEW in Young Adults
The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else. 

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people--including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians--is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch. 

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits...if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.

NEW in Non-Fiction & Fiction
The Book of Joy by the 14th Dalai Lama
The occasion was a big birthday. And it inspired two close friends to get together in Dharamsala for a talk about something very important to them. The friends were His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject was joy. Both winners of the Nobel Prize, both great spiritual masters and moral leaders of our time, they are also known for being among the most infectiously happy people on the planet.

From the beginning the book was envisioned as a three-layer birthday cake: their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.

Most of all, during that landmark week in Dharamsala, they demonstrated by their own exuberance, compassion, and humor how joy can be transformed from a fleeting emotion into an enduring way of life.
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

Navy men don't come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can't he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex's death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Pete can't relate to an angsty teen, but at least he can keep Maddie safe-until the day she disappears. Though he's lacking in fatherly intuition, Pete's instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie's in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.
Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller-or meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay's not as bold as her heroines, but she's a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor's usually fearless blue eyes -and knows there's no greater terror for a parent than a child at risk. It's an ordeal Shay won't let Pete face alone. She's no highly trained operative, but she's smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.
Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils-like the heat between them rising out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete's daughter may be gone for good.

NEW in Audiobooks
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back.  The island was about 200 miles northeast of Samoa.  It had a mountain, beaches, a rainforest, and a volcano.  And now it's gone.  Poof!  Vanished without a trace.
Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery.  And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household.  When clues start leading to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Parks department, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help.  Since a crack team isn't available, he enlists his cousin Vernon and Riley Moon.  Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can't figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson Knight's odd life.  Vernon has been Emerson's loyal and enthusiastic partner in crime since childhood.  He now lives in an RV behind Emerson's house.
Together, this ragtag, mismatched trio will embark on a world-wide investigation that will expose a conspiracy 100 years in the making.

NEW in DVD & Blu-Ray
Kong Skull Island

Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival , they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.
Everything, Everything

What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face...or kiss the boy next door? "Everything, Everything" tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won't let that stop them. Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together...even if it means losing everything.

We now have a large selection of Big Biting Pig Productions DVDs in circulation - Come check one out today!

                      Kentucky Libraries Unbound

E-books, audio books, and more are available for download using your HCMPL card. Be sure to check out these popular titles and many more. Call and ask any HCMPL Staff member how to check this free service out!
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Recipe Corner
Banana Bourbon Ball Bread 
Submitted by: Maureen Berry

If you're on a super specific diet, have a nut allergy, don't like bourbon, or you don't want to splurge a little in the carb and chocolate department, then this recipe is not for you. For everyone else, you're gonna love my Banana Bourbon Ball Bread recipe.
Appetite required. Love necessary.
Banana Bourbon Ball Bread
Baker's note: To save time, toast the pecans and bake the bread one day ahead.
For the bread:
1 ¼ cups bread flour (if you use all-purpose or an unbleached cake flour, the texture of the bread will be airy, but I think the bourbon complements/needs the dense bread flour)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 medium overripe bananas
3 teaspoons Larceny bourbon (or some other bourbon with caramel and honey flavors)
2 ounces semi-sweet baker's chocolate, (about ½ cup total)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped pecans
For the icing:
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder (use Dutch cocoa for best results)
2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/8 cup milk
For the bread:
  1.   Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  Line a bread loaf pan with parchment paper. Cut to fit, leaving flaps on the sides for easy removal. Spray the pan and parchment lightly with baking spray.
  3.  Combine the flour, salt, soda, and powder in a medium bowl. Whisk.
  4. Add the vanilla to the eggs in a pourable spout container. Stir to break up the yolks.
  5. Mash the bananas with a fork in a small bowl. Add the bourbon. Stir.
  6. Chop two thirds of the chocolate roughly. Shred the other third. The larger chunks will remain firm and the smaller pieces will melt.
  7. Whip the butter and cream in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed for about three minutes. Scrap down the sides a few times.
  8. Add the eggs to the butter a little at a time until the mixture is creamy on medium speed. Scrap down the sides a few times.
  9. Reduce the speed to low and add the bananas to the butter and eggs. The mix will look curdled. Good. Turn off the hand mixer.
  10. Add the flour mix to the banana mix a little at time with a spatula. Careful not to over mix.
  11. Add the chocolate. Stir.
  12. Pour the banana bread mix into the parchment lined bread loaf pan. Shake the pan a little to even out the top of the batter.
  13. Bake the bread in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes depending on your oven. Check at 50 minutes by sliding a toothpick in the center. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove the bread from the oven and cool on a rack in the pan for ten minutes.
  14. While the bread cools, line a baking sheet with parchment paper spread the pecans on the sheet and bake five to six minutes if using pre-chopped pecans or seven to eight minutes if using pecan halves, or until you smell the nuts. Remove the nuts from the oven and cool. If using halves, chop into small pieces.
  15. Once the bread has cooled for ten minutes out of the oven, remove the bread from the pan using the side flaps of the parchment paper to lift the bread from the pan. Let the bread cool completely before icing.
For the icing:
  1. Whisk the sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl.
  2. Melt the milk and butter in a small saucepan on medium heat. When the butter melts, whisk the powdered cocoa sugar mix with the melted butter and warm milk a little a time until the icing is smooth and shiny.
  3. Pour the icing over the bread immediately. Sprinkle the pecans over the top. Let the icing set completely, about thirty minutes before slicing and serving.


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On The Road...Again

The bookmobile is a mobile branch library with the mission of bringing library services to our customers. The bookmobile operates on a a monthly schedule making public stops, visiting nursing homes, senior centers, preschools, daycare facilities, shut-ins, and private schools.

Outreach Schedule

2nd Friday of the Month: Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities
3rd Friday of the Month: Daycares & Headstarts

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