Monday, December 11, 2017

Birthday Week Trivia Answers

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to help us celebrate 110 years of the West Allis Public Library! Here are the answers to the daily trivia questions:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Birthday Week Celebration Begins!

This week the West Allis Public Library is celebrating our 110th Birthday! In celebration of this BIG birthday, we are having a week's worth of celebrating!

Stop in everyday to answer a trivia question to be entered into a daily and weekly drawing! We have prizes for all ages of readers, and you don't need to know the answer to win.

So come to the library to wish us a Happy Birthday!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Library Closed! Happy Thanksgiving!

The library will be closed Thursday November 23 and Friday November 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday this year. We will be open on Saturday November 25th at 9 AM!

We are going to take a break from reviewing books this week, and we'll see you in December with some more great reads!

Friday, November 17, 2017

We're Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union

Sit down, grab a glass of wine, and get ready to dish with Gabrielle Union, best known for rolls in movies like Bring it On or TVs Being Mary Jane (or if you are a parent of young kids, the voice of Nala on the Disney Junior series The Lion Guard, but I digress).

We're Going to Need More Wine is part memoir, as Gabrielle tells the story of growing up in a very white neighborhood, with summers spent with her Grandmother in a very black neighborhood, and how she found her way into Hollywood, almost by surprise. Her book is part essays, as she reflects on growing up black, her passion for things like reproductive rights, social justice, cancer research, and being black and famous. Like conversation over wine with a good friend, she never gets preachy, just tells it like it is, and give you facts.

We're Going to Need More Wine is for anyone looking for a book that fills the heart and soul..

Check out We're Going to Need More Wine @ the library.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine for Gail Honeyman

This book could be about Eleanor Oliphant, a socially awkward creature of habit. She has a set schedule and very rarely deviates from it until one day she meets Raymond, the slovenly IT worker at her office. When they happen upon an elderly man in medical distress, they are thrown together as they get him to the hospital, see to the groceries that he dropped at the scene, and check in on his progress.  Raymond, in his patient and mellow way, eventually breaks down some of Eleanor’s ruts and helps her become a more socially confident person.

Or, this book could be about Eleanor Oliphant who has a survived a tragic past and is suppressing painful memories.  She calls her toxic monster mother weekly - taking her verbal vitriol and always coming back for more.

Or, this book could be about a one-sided crush, the adoration of a celebrity and the eternal internal hope that of course [insert famous person here] would love me if only he knew me. A little stalkering never hurt anyone, right?

Or the book could have all this and more. You’ll have to read it to see. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a great song? What does it take to write, record and produce a song that defines a year or genera of music? Then check out Marc Myers Anatomy of A Song, where he has collected 45 songs and interviewed the writers, performers and producers responsible for them. From 1952's Lawdy Miss Clawdy to 1991's Losing My Religion, Anatomy of a Song is not so much a direct pop music history, but a back track to how a song gets made, the people who could have made the music, and the songs that are surprise successes.

Personal drama, musicians trying new things, and surprising facts about musician's will keep you reading. Skip a head to your favorite songs, or read straight through to follow a line of music history. These essays first appeared in the Wall Street Journal, but make a great collection for fans of popular music and how it gets made.

Check out Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers @ the library!

Friday, October 27, 2017

New Halloween Reads!

With Halloween falling on a Tuesday this year, this weekend is sure to be filled with pre-Halloween fun. Whether you are heading out to a fall-fest, getting ready for the trick-or-treaters, or just planning on staying at home with the porch lights out, here are some new Halloween books:

From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty:  Author and mortician Caitlin Doughty travels around the world to research different culture's death customs. For the reader wondering what happens after death, here on Earth.

All I Want for Halloween by Marie Hart: Here's a romance novel about a spin the bottle game at a masquerade ball, and the hunt for the man she kissed. For the reader who likes holiday driven romance.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King: In a world where women are encased as they sleep, and become violent if the casing is disturbed, one woman is immune to this. Fans of Stephen King, and horror area probably already of the wait list, so why not join them!

The Apparitionists by Peter Manseau: I think the sub-title tells you what you need to know about this book, "a tale of phantoms, fraud, photography, and the man who captured Lincoln's ghost". For the historian or paranormal fan.

Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena: Looking for a self-empowering read, that might make mention of magic and spells? More of a self help book than actual witchcraft, this is for the reader looking to be a better more confident person.

If there isn't something on this list for you, check out this list of New Creepy Books for Halloween from the Book Bub blog!