June newsletter 2024 (1)

HOURS Library Pick-up Lockers and Book Drop are available 24/7 Monday through Thursday 9 am - 7 pm Friday 9 am - 5 pm Saturday 10 am - 2 pm New Recommended Releases: 6/4: The Comfort of Ghosts -J. Winspear: London, 1945: Four adolescent orphans with a dark wartime history are squatting in a vacant Belgravia mansion—the owners having fled London under heavy Luftwaffe bombing. Psychologist and Investigator Maisie Dobbs visits the mansion on behalf of the owners and discovers that a demobilized soldier, gravely ill and reeling from his experiences overseas, has taken shelter with the group. Maisie’s quest to bring comfort to the youngsters and the ailing soldier brings to light a decades-old mystery concerning Maisie’s first husband, James Compton, who was killed while piloting an experimental fighter aircraft. As Maisie unravels the threads of her dead husband’s life, she is forced to examine her own painful past and question beliefs she has always accepted as true. Farewell, Amethystine -W. Mosley: January 1970 finds Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, LA’s premier Black detective, at 50 years of age despite all expectations. He has a loving family, a beautiful home, and a thriving investigation agency. All is right with the world… and then Amethystine Stoller, his own personal Helen of Troy, arrives. Her ex-husband is missing. A simple enough case. But even as Easy takes his first step in the investigation he trips. He falls into the memory of things past. Little things, like loss, love, a world war, and a hunger that has eaten at him since he was a Black boy on his own on the streets of Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas. For the Love of Summer - S. Mallory: Erica would do anything for Summer, even take in the woman her daughter loves like a second mom. Allison feels intimidated by Erica—a woman who would never let herself become so dependent on a man. But the more time they spend together, the more Allison realizes what Erica truly needs is a friend. Can two women who married the

same man move beyond their complicated past and rethink what it means to be family? One Deadly Eye - R. White: A Russian diplomat disappears while Doc is tagging great white sharks in South Africa, and members of a criminal brotherhood, Bratva, don’t think it’s a coincidence. They track the biologist to Dinkin’s Bay Marina on the west coast of Florida, where Brotherhood mercenaries have already deployed, prepared to pillage and kill in the wake of an approaching hurricane. Shelterwood - L. Wingate: Oklahoma, 1990. Law enforcement ranger Valerie Boren-Odell arrives at newly minted Horsethief Trail National Park seeking a quiet place to balance a career and single parenthood. But no sooner has Valerie reported for duty than she’s faced with local controversy over the park’s opening, a teenage hiker gone missing from one of the trails, and the long-hidden burial site of three children unearthed in a cave. Val’s quest for the truth wins an ally among the neighboring Choctaw Tribal Police but soon collides with old secrets and the tragic and deadly history of the land itself. Stuart Woods' Smolder - B. Battles: Finally enjoying some downtime in Santa Fe, Stone Barrington agrees to attend an art exhibit with a dear friend. There, he encounters an intriguing woman who is on the trail of a ring of art thieves. Always one to please, Stone offers his help. From Santa Fe to Los Angeles, it quickly becomes clear that her investigation has links to Stone - particularly to rare Matilda Stone art, his mother’s paintings. And when old grudges come to light, Stone is forced to reckon with a familiar enemy. Stone must act fast before whoever is out to get him finally closes in on him for good. 6/11: Clete - J. Burke: Clete Purcel – private investigator, ex-member of the New Orleans Police Department, and war veteran with a hard shell and just a few soft spots – is Dave Robicheaux’s longtime friend and partner in detective work. But he has a troubled past. When Clete leaves his car at the local car wash, only to return to find it ransacked by a group of thugs tied to the drug trade from Mexican cartels to Louisiana, it feels personal – his grandniece died of a fentanyl overdose, and his fists curl when he thinks of the dealers who sold it. How to Age Disgracefully - C. Pooley: When Lydia takes a job running the Senior Citizens’ Social Club three afternoons a week, she assumes she’ll be spending her time drinking tea and playing gentle games of cards. The members of the Social Club, however, are not at all what Lydia was expecting. From Art, a failed actor turned kleptomaniac to Daphne, who has been hiding from her dark past for decades to Ruby, a Banksy-style knitter who gets revenge in yarn, these seniors look deceptively benign - but when age makes you invisible, secrets are so much easier to hide. Red Star Falling -S. Berry: Wrapping up his latest assignment for the Magellan Billet, Luke Daniels receives a

surprise visit from the head of a former-CIA operation named Sommerhaus - a failed attempt to assemble an espionage network within the Ukraine on the eve of the Russian invasion. Sommerhaus ranks high on Luke’s list of painful regrets for it was during this mission that his friend, CIA case officer John Vince, was captured by Russian operatives and supposedly executed. But Luke is provided some shocking news. Vince is alive, in failing health, locked behind the walls of Russia’s brutal Solovetsky Island prison, and has a critical message he’ll give to no one but Luke. Needing no further convincing Luke vows to bring Vince home. Swan Song - E. Hilderbrand: Chief of Police Ed Kapenash is about to retire. Blond Sharon is going through a divorce. But when a 22-million-dollar summer home is purchased by the mysterious Richardsons - how did they make their money, exactly? - Ed, Sharon, and everyone in the community are swept up in high drama. The Richardsons throw lavish parties, flirt with multiple locals, flaunt their wealth with not one but two yachts, and raise impossible hopes of everyone they meet. When their house burns to the ground and their most essential employee goes missing, the entire island is up in arms. A Talent for Murder - P. Swanson: Martha Ratliff conceded long ago that she’d likely spend her life alone. She was fine with it, happy with her solo existence, stimulated by her work as a librarian in Maine. But then she met Alan, a charming and sweet-natured salesman whose job took him on the road for half the year. When he asked her to marry him, she said yes, even though he still felt a little bit like a stranger. 6/18: The Glassmaker - T. Chevalier: It is 1486 and Venice is a wealthy, opulent center for trade. Orsola Rosso is the eldest daughter in a family of glassblowers on Murano, the island revered for the craft. As a woman, she is not meant to work with glass - but she has the hands for it, the heart, and a vision. When her father dies, she teaches herself to make glass beads in secret, and her work supports the Rosso family fortunes. Iron Star - L. Estleman: From his youth as a revolutionist to his time as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, aging lawman Iron St. John has become a larger-than-life figure, and in the process, the man has disappeared behind the myth. During his brief, unsuccessful political career, St. John published his memoirs - a sanitized version of his adventures to appeal to the masses. A generation later, the clouded truth of this giant of the Old West has been all but lost. The Midnight Feast - L. Foley: It’s the opening night of The Manor, and no expense, small or large, has been spared. The infinity pool sparkles; crystal pouches for guests’ healing have been placed in the Seaside Cottages and Woodland Hutches; the “Manor Mule” cocktail (grapefruit, ginger, vodka, and a dash of CBD oil) is being poured with a heavy hand. Everyone is wearing linen. But under the burning midsummer sun, darkness stirs. Old friends and enemies circulate among the guests. Just outside the Manor’s immaculately kept grounds, an ancient forest bristles with secrets. And the Sunday morning of opening weekend, the

local police are called. Something’s not right with the guests. There’s been a fire. A body’s been discovered. The Next Mrs. Parrish - L. Constantine: Amber Patterson Parrish has come a long way. Hard work and immaculate planning turned her from invisible wallflower to prominent socialite, though there have been bumps along the way. Less than a year after her husband Jackson’s tax-evasion scandal, Amber reigns supreme over the Bishops Harbor community. But with Jackson being released from prison, Amber’s free time - and money - is vanishing. 6/25: Don't Let the Devil Ride - A. Atkins: Addison McKellar isn’t clueless - she knows she and her husband Dean don’t have the perfect marriage - but she’s still shocked when he completely vanishes from her life. At first Addison is annoyed, but as days stretch into a week and she’s repeatedly stonewalled by Dean’s friends and associates, her frustration turns into genuine alarm. When even the police seem dismissive of her concerns, Addison turns to her father’s old friend, legendary Memphis PI Porter Hayes. Flashback - I. Johansen: Chloe and Sloane Morgan were only children when their mother was the second victim of the Bayside Strangler. Now, after spending fifteen years trying to discover his identity, the sisters have suddenly vanished. Were they getting too close to the truth? The police consider their interest in the crime to be just a coincidence and have little motivation to pursue the cold case. Armed with the box of photos, videos, police reports, and notes gathered by the sisters over the years - plus the extraordinary senses from being blind before recovering her sight via a revolutionary surgical procedure - Kendra follows the sisters’ trail of clues. Little does she realize that her search is about to unleash a long-dormant killer on San Diego. With help from government agent-for-hire Adam Lynch and private eye Jessie Mercado, Kendra must race to discover the identity of an infamous killer, not only to save the lives of the two sisters but also untold others. Husbands and Lovers - B. Williams: New England, 2022. Three years ago, single mother Mallory Dunne received the telephone call every parent dreads - her ten-year-old son, Sam, had been airlifted from summer camp with acute poisoning from a toxic death cap mushroom, leaving him fighting for his life. Now, searching for the donor kidney that will give her son a chance for a normal life, Mallory’s forced to confront two harrowing secrets from her past: her mother’s adoption from an infamous Irish orphanage in 1952, and her own allconsuming summer romance fourteen years earlier with her childhood best friend, Monk Adams - one of the world’s most beloved singer-songwriters - a fairy tale cut short by a devastating betrayal. Our Little Secret - L. Johnson: Brooke Harmon is ready to end her brief affair. Gideon Ross is charming and sexy, but he’s not worth throwing away everything she holds dear. So she breaks it off, hoping Gideon will understand. He doesn’t. Gideon insists that he and Brooke are meant to be

together. Finally, he backs off, but not before issuing a promise: he’ll never let her go. Sentinel - M. Greany: Josh Duffy and his wife Nikki are both working for the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service providing protection for diplomats in the field. They've been sent to Ghana with a team of US embassy personnel who are there to highlight American commitment to the construction of a new dam. Since Ghana is a stable democracy, the Duffy children have come along for a short vacation. But stability proves to be fleeting when a Chinese plan to embarrass the US means the destruction of the dam. Now Josh and his protectees are on the run caught between a Chinese hit squad and a rebel army. Some Murders in Berlin - K. Robards: September 1943: Berlin is the heart of darkness - and the last place Dr. Elin Lund wishes to be. An expert in psychological profiling, she’s been summoned from Copenhagen to investigate the gruesome murders of eight young women. Even in the midst of unspeakable evil, these killings stand apart. And with her homeland now under Nazi occupation and a young son to protect, Elin can’t refuse such a request. Our Readers Liked: Churchill's Grandmama - M. Forster Sir Winston Churchill's paternal grandmother and the mother of Randolph Churchill, the 7th Duchess of Marlborough, has been a slight figure in many other people's biographies yet her own story as a member of a remarkable family has never been fully told, until now. Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest-Stewart's family background, as well as her own life, is steeped in great historical names and occasions. Lessons in Chemistry - B. Garmus: Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with - of all things - her mind. True chemistry results. But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show, Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo. Winston & Jack : The Churchill Brothers - C. Lee: Drawing on the exclusive use of new family papers from the estate of the late Peregrine Churchill, son of Winston's brother, Jack, this new study of the remarkable Churchill family radically challenges many existing myths surrounding them. CHILDREN

Our Summer Reading Program :"Adventure Begins At Your Library"! Paws to Read is a chance for children grades 1st-5th to read to a non-judgmental listener. For many children, this allows them a chance to experience stress free reading; they’re able to relax and have fun while reading! Read with Roo, a 6-year-old retired Greyhound. He and his owner, Jan are certified for therapy through Pet Partners. We will have six 15-minute time slots available on Thursday, June 6 for children in grades 1st-5th from 4 -5:30 pm. Registration began Monday, May 20. One-time slot per child. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your time slot. Miss Kathleen will have books to choose from or you may bring a book from home. Pop In Play Wednesdays, May 29 -July 31 (no session on June 5 or July 3) from 10-10:30 am. Birth - 36 months with caregiver. You’ve Got a Friend in Me: Reading Buddies Each Tuesday in June from 11:30 am -12:00 pm for children entering 1st grade - entering 3rd grade. Children will practice reading aloud, sight word recognition, and comprehension skills with supportive and enthusiastic teen volunteers. Required registration began Monday, May 20. Please call the library or stop in to register. Sessions are on June 4, 11, 18 and 25. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Join us on Wednesday June 5 for preschoolers (1 yr. - 5 yrs.) and caregiver. Drop in between 11:00 am-12:30 pm or 4:30 - 6 pm. We will hunt for a bear in our children’s activity room! Children will go through a variety of obstacles to find a bear, based on a popular children’s story. Scout Skills Join us on Wednesday, June 5 from 11:00- 11:45 am to learn skills demonstrated by some of our local Boy and Girl Scouts. For ages entering K - entering 5th grade.

Studio Father's Day Mugs Let us introduce you to the studio! On Saturday, June 8 come in to make a Father's Day-themed mug using one of our pre-designed prints. Call the library at 513-897-4826 or stop by the front desk to register for this program. Patrons may register in groups of two for a 20-minute appointment from 10 am - 1:30 pm. This program is for ages 10 and up. Registration started Wednesday, May 29. Father's Day Card Making Drop in Saturday, June 8 from 10 am - 1:30 pm to make a card for dear old Dad! Use our supplies and your own sentiment to make Dad feel special. Dino Dig The Cincinnati Museum Center is bringing their Dino Dig to the library! Join us on Wednesday, June 12 for some hands on fun as we dig for dino bones! The Dino Dig for ages Pre-K through K is from 11:00-11:45 am. The Dino Dig for ages entering 1st grade - entering 5th grade is from 12:00-1:00 pm. Outdoor Family Storytime Bring a blanket or a chair and join us for a fun outdoor storytime on Friday, June 14 from 4 - 4:30 pm (weather permitting). All ages welcome. We'll read books, have music and movement, and maybe even a parachute and bubbles! Cool Critters Outreach Join us on Wednesday, June 19 from 12 pm -1 pm and meet some cool critters! For ages entering K - entering 8th grade. Pre - K children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Caesar Creek State Park Join us on Wednesday, June 26 from 11 - 11:45 am to learn about fossils, furs, and more from a naturalist from Caesar Creek State Park. For ages entering K - entering 5th grade. Pre-K children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Downtown Scavenger Hunt All ages. Pick up your scavenger hunt sheet at the library beginning Friday, June 28. Return it by Saturday, July 6. Prize winner will be drawn on Monday, July 8. Waynesville Food Pantry Help support our local food pantry. Gather your donations and drop them off at MLC. Items needed: peanut butter, canned soup, individual fruit cups, tuna, canned

chicken, granola bars. Read 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! Parents: Stop at the front desk to request your 1000 books log sheet. For every 100 books your child reads they earn a free book and a sticker! When your child reaches 1000 books they will receive a free book and a certificate of achievement. Imagination Library Help us give every child in Warren County the gift of a free book every month! Talk to your friends & family and share our posts far and wide. Register at ohioimaginationlibrary.org. If you need assistance in registering your child, please contact us and we will help. The goal of the Warren County Imagination Library is "Every Child Reads Every Day", and to help achieve that goal, the five Warren County libraries are funding a three-year pilot program to provide a free book each month to Warren County children from birth to age five. The Warren County Imagination Library is a community effort of founding partners: Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mary L. Cook Public Library, Mason Public Library, Salem Township Public Library, United Way of Warren County, and Warren County Foundation, with support from The Ohio Governor's Imagination Library and Dolly Parton Imagination Library. ADULT Adult Summer Reading Program Every time you check out five items, get a chance to win one of our "adventurous" baskets on view in our entryway. The drawing will be held Friday, August 2. Limit one chance per day. The Mind-Life Project will be held Saturday, June 1 at 10 am with Dr. Brian Beckett, DMIN, MTS, and Director of Counseling, Cobblestone Church. The topic for the June session is "The 16 Signs of Good Mental Health ". Puzzle Swap/Puzzle Table We have a puzzle swap area near the Large Print book section. We have

several puzzles available for you to look through to borrow. If you want to rotate your puzzle collection, bring one in and take one out. No checking out! We also have a puzzle currently available for you to sit down and work on while visiting here at the library. TEENS Summer Reading Program now through July 31. Sign up today! Programs for 6th - 12th grade: Snacks Around The World Tuesday, June 4: 12:15 - 1:15 pm. Registration required. Taste test and rank snack foods from different countries. Escape Room: The Lost Mummy Tuesday, June 11: 12:15 - 1:15 pm. Registration required. Work on a team with others to solve puzzles and discover the secrets of Egypt. Nintendo Switch and Games Tuesday, June 18: Drop - In from 12 - 2 pm. Play Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and a variety of board and card games. Art Camp Monday, June 24 - Thursday, June 27 from 12:15 - 1:15 pm. Teens will work on different art and craft projects each day and have them displayed in an art show. Registration required beginning Monday, June 10. Art Show Friday, June 28: Drop in from 12-2 pm. For all ages; stop by to view the projects the teens created during art camp.