DELPHOS — Summer vacation? Staycation? Inflation? Can the library help you with this? The answer is YES! How, you ask? The library has many resources to help. Borrow materials to research your destination, find local attractions and opportunities. Borrow instead of buy. We have many items that can be borrowed books, CDs, DVDs as well as Hotspots, streaming service, Boredom Buster Kits, cake pans, video games, bike locks, Memory Care Kits and much more! All FREE with your library card.
The library is your destination for “Oceans of Possibilities.” Register for summer reading by visiting the library to sign up. Programs begin on June 6. More information available by visiting the library.
DVD’s added to the collection for the month:
Death on the Nile
Highlights: Let’s Learn
Tale of Two Guns
Wiggles Super Wiggles
Video Games added to the collection for the month:
Grand Theft Auto: the trilogy (M)
Kitaria fables (A)
Nintendo Switch Sports (E)
Atelier Lydie & Suelle-the Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings (T)
Kitaria fables (E)
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga (E)
Books on CD
Brighter By the Day by Robin Roberts
Summer Love by Nancy Thayer
The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner
22 Seconds by James Patterson
The View from Coral Cove by Amy Clipston
Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris
Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask—or not—was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. As Happy-Go-Lucky opens, he is learning to shoot guns with his sister, visiting muddy flea markets in Serbia, buying gummy worms to feed to ants, and telling his nonagenarian father wheelchair jokes. But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he’s stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. To cope, he walks for miles through a nearly deserted city, smelling only his own breath. He vacuums his apartment twice a day, fails to hoard anything, and contemplates how sex workers and acupuncturists might be getting by during quarantine. As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds itself changed. His offer to fix a stranger’s teeth rebuffed, he straightens his own, and ventures into the world with new confidence. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone’s son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America: people weary, storefronts empty or festooned with Help Wanted signs, walls painted with graffiti reflecting the contradictory messages of our time: Eat the Rich. Trump 2024. Black Lives Matter.
Bomb Shelter: Love, Time and Other Explosives by Mary Laura Philpott
A lifelong worrier, Philpott always kept an eye out for danger, a habit that only intensified when she became a parent. But she looked on the bright side, too, believing that as long as she cared enough, she could keep her loved ones safe. Then, in the dark of one quiet, pre-dawn morning, she woke abruptly to a terrible sound—and found her teenage son unconscious on the floor. In the aftermath of a crisis that darkened her signature sunny spirit, she wondered: If this happened, what else could happen? And how do any of us keep going when we can’t know for sure what’s coming next? Leave it to the writer whose critically acclaimed debut had us “laughing and crying on the same page” (NPR) to illuminate what it means to move through life with a soul made of equal parts anxiety and optimism (and while she’s at it, to ponder the mysteries of backyard turtles and the challenges of spatchcocking a turkey). Hailed by The Washington Post as “Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin all rolled into one,” Philpott returns in her distinctive voice to explore our protective instincts, the ways we continue to grow up long after we’re grown , and the limits—both tragic and hilarious—of the human body and mind.
Lily’s Promise: Holding On to Hope Through Auschwitz and Beyond?A Story for All Generations by Lily Ebert
On Yom Kippur, 1944, fighting to stay alive as a prisoner in Auschwitz, Lily Ebert made a promise to herself. She would survive the hell she was in and tell the world her story, for everyone who couldn’t. Now, at ninety-eight, this remarkable woman—and TikTok sensation, thanks to the help of her eighteen-year-old great-grandson—fulfills that vow, relaying the details of her harrowing experiences with candor, charm, and an overflowing heart .
In these pages, she writes movingly about her happy childhood in Hungary, the death of her mother and two youngest siblings on their arrival at Auschwitz, and her determination to keep her two other sisters safe. She describes the inhumanity of the camp and the small acts of defiance that gave her strength. Lily lost so much, but she built a new life for herself and her family, first in Israel and then in London.
Dov knows that he is up to younger people like him to keep Lily’s promise. He and Lily bridge the generation gap to share her experience, reminding us of the joy that accompanies the solemn responsibility of keeping the past—and our stories—alive.
Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.
Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.
Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late.
Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.
The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michelle Richardson
Bestselling historical fiction author Kim Michele Richardson is back with the perfect book club read following Honey Lovett, the daughter of the beloved Troublesome book woman, who must fight for her own independence with the help of the women who guide her and the books that set her free.
In the ruggedness of the beautiful Kentucky mountains, Honey Lovett has always known that the old ways can make a hard life harder. As the daughter of the famous blue-skinned, Troublesome Creek packhorse librarian, Honey and her family have been hiding from the law all her life. But when her mother and father are imprisoned, Honey realizes she must fight to stay free, or risk being sent away for good.
Picking up her mother’s old packhorse library route, Honey begins to deliver books to the remote hollers of Appalachia. Honey is looking to prove that she doesn’t need anyone telling her how to survive. But the route can be treacherous, and some folks aren’t as keen to let a woman pave her own way.
If Honey wants to bring the freedom books provide to the families who need it most, she’s going to have to fight for her place, and along the way, learn that the extraordinary women who run the hills and hollers can make all the difference in the world.
The Honeymoon Cottage by Lori Foster
When it comes to creating the perfect happily-ever-after, Yardley Belanger is a bona fide miracle worker. From bridal bouquets to matching cowboy boots, the quirky wedding planner’s country-chic affairs have caused quite a stir in the small town of Cemetery. But when it comes to her own love life? She’s clueless. Completely clueless. Perhaps it’s for the best. The thirty-one-year-old has poured her heart and soul into her business and doesn’t have time for anything—or anyone—else. And that’s something not even the gorgeous older brother of her newest client can change…right? All Travis Long wanted was to give his little sister, Sheena, the wedding of her dreams. Ever since the tragic death of their parents, he’s done everything he can to make her feel loved and give her everything she needs. Still…a country wedding? In a place called Cemetery? But Yardley seems to know exactly what to do and how to do it—and Travis finds himself falling for her a little more each day. Soon Yardley and Travis find themselves being nudged together by well-meaning locals who want to see the town’s favorite wedding planner get their own happy ending.
From the Children’s Corner
How to Hug a Pufferfish by Ellie Petersen (Picture Books)
So you want to hug a pufferfish? Who could blame you? Their gap-tooth grin is hard to resist! The only problem is that hugging a pufferfish unexpectedly can get spiky! It isn’t that pufferfish doesn’t want a hug, they just want a say in when and how they are hugged. Luckily, they have great friends who are willing to learn to ask for hugs first so pufferfish can be show love while having their personal space respected. This brightly illustrated title is the perfect way to teach children about personal space!
Anglerfish: The Sea Devil of the Deep by Elaine M. Alexander (Picture Books)
If you were to dive thirteen thousand feet below the ocean’s surface where no ray of light reaches and resources are scarce…you’d be in the midnight zone. This is where our title creature lives. While the anglerfish is still largely a mystery to scientists, what is known is highlighted beautifully in the text of this book. The stunning artwork and STEM, Science, and History facts combined make this a great teaching tool for teachers and parents alike. Pick up this book before it’s gone!
Cat + Gamer Volume 1 by Wataru Nadatani (Young Adult Manga)
Riko is an office worker with a love for video games. Her coworkers can’t figure her out—she never talks about her personal life, she never works overtime, and she never joins them after work for dinner. One day, a stray cat is found in the office parking lot, and before Riko knows it, the cat has moved in with her! Having no experience with pets, Riko uses lessons drawn from video games to guide her in cat care, while her cute companion tries to understand her behavior through a cat’s worldview. Pick up this heart-warming story about a gamer learning to live with a cat today!
Animals at Risk: Sea Turtles by Rachel Grack (Level Books)
Some sea turtles swim thousands of miles every year. These creatures are resilient, but their survival is at risk. In this low-level title, leveled text and crisp photos help young readers learn about the threats that sea turtles face, and the ways humans are working to protect the turtles. Special features map where the turtles live, introduce cause and effect, and explore how sea turtles are important to the ocean ecosystem.
Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? By Leslie Connor (Juvenile Fiction)
Eleven-year-old Aurora Petrequin’s best friend has never spoken a word to her. In fact, Frenchie Livernois doesn’t talk. Aurora is bouncy, loud and impulsive—“a big old blurter.” Making friends has never come easily. When Frenchie, who is autistic, silently chose Aurora as his person back in third grade, she chose him back. They make a good team, sharing their love of the natural world in coastal Maine. At school, Aurora looks out for Frenchie, who has been her classmate until this year. One morning, Frenchie doesn’t make it to his classroom. Aurora feels she’s to blame. The entire town begins to search, and everyone wonders: how is it possible that nobody has seen Frenchie?