Wednesday, February 15, 2023

Discontinuation of Blog

 Blog Discontinuation 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Collection Highlight: Marylandia Update

Collection Highlight: Marylandia Update

Contributed by Jordan Wohlfort, Collection Development Librarian

January 2023


DBC 12434  – I Love You, Beth Cooper, by Larry Doyle, narrated by Cary Black

Denis Cooverman wanted to say something really important in his high school graduation speech. So, in front of his 512 classmates and their 3,000 relatives, he announced: "I love you, Beth Cooper." It would have been such a sweet, romantic moment. Except that Beth, the head cheerleader, has only the vaguest idea who Denis is. And Denis, the captain of the debate team, is so far out of her league he is barely even the same species. And then there's Kevin, Beth's remarkably large boyfriend, who's in town on furlough from the United States Army. Complications ensue.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Collection Highlight: January 2023


Collection Highlight: January 2023

Contributed by Jordan Wohlfort, Collection Development Librarian

Collection Development Boiler plate. DTBM with headphones

January 2023

Whether or not there’s snow on the ground, these thrillers will bring a chill to the room. Check out some of the mysteries below, all featuring a snow-covered backdrop.

One by One, by Ruth Ware

DB 100607

A French Alps trip for the team of a trendy London-based tech company starts out as a typical corporate retreat. But as soon as one shareholder upends the agenda by pushing a buyout offer, tensions simmer. When an avalanche leaves them stranded, the group dwindles one by one.

The Hunting Party, by Lucy Foley

DB 94270

A group of thirtysomething Oxford friends gather for their annual New Year vacation. They arrive at this year's idyllic and isolated estate in the Scottish Highlands just before a historic blizzard seals them off from the outside world. Two days later, one of them is dead.

The Sanatorium, by Sarah Pearse

DB 102076

On leave from her job as a detective, Elin Warner has no reason to turn down the invitation from her estranged brother Isaac and his fiancée Laure to celebrate their engagement at a remote hotel. The hotel holds secrets and when Laure disappears, Elin must find her.

The Snowman, by Jo Nesbø

BR 20142 ; DB 73460

Oslo detective Harry Hole is tracking a serial killer who leaves snowmen at murder scenes. Hole's new young colleague believes there is a link between the crimes and a long-missing cop from her town.

Ice Cold, by Tess Gerritsen

DB 72482

At a Wyoming conference, Dr. Maura Isles uncharacteristically accepts a colleague's invitation to join an overnight ski trip. When their vehicle rolls off a remote road, the travelers find shelter in an eerily abandoned village. Meanwhile, Maura's Boston friends frantically try to locate her.

The Shining, by Stephen King

BR 13271 ; DB 51373

Jack and Wendy Torrance come face-to-face with terror when they become caretakers of a haunted old hotel in the snowy mountains of Colorado. Their five-year-old son Danny, who appears to have psychic powers, is the first to sense the evil in the building.

An Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapeña

DB 91937

Mitchell's Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing Catskills weekend. But when a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all outside contact, the guests must settle in for the long haul. Soon, though, one of them turns up dead. And then another one. 

1222, by Anne Holt

DB 100491

A train traveling to northern Norway derails during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers think they are safe after finding shelter from the storm at an old hotel--until one of them turns up dead. Now paralyzed, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate.

The Hunger, by Alma Katsu

DB 93829

Members of the Donner Party wagon train dream of new lives in the West, but the bad luck following them drives some nearly to madness. As members of the party begin to disappear, the survivors believe something hungry is stalking them through the mountains.

Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

DB 95719

A small Anishinaabe First Nation community loses contact with society at large. As they struggle to maintain order while supplies diminish, a refugee who's escaped from a crumbling society appears. When more people arrive, the community must turn to tradition in hopes of survival.