Monday, November 23, 2015

Winners of the 2015 National Book Awards

(Click on the titles to learn more about these winners or to request a copy)

FICTION - Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

NONFICTION - Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

POETRY - Voyage of the Sable Venus by Robin Coste Lewis

YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE - Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Branch Manager-Collinsville

Saturday, November 21, 2015

2015 World Fantasy Award Winners

The 2015 World Fantasy Award winners were announced recently at the World Fantasy Convention.  The awards honor authors and artists in the field of Light and Dark Fantasy.  Learn more about this year's winners or request a copy by clicking on the titles.

For the full list of winners, check out the World Fantasy Convention's website.

Happy reading!

NOVEL - The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

NOVELLA - We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory

ANTHOLOGY - Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, eds.

Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Branch Manager-Collinsville

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Top Ten Reasons We'll Miss Wayne

Full time library technician Wayne Reinagel will say goodbye to the Mississippi Valley Library District on November 20th as he embarks on a new career. In honor of his departure we have compiled a list of the top ten reasons our library will miss Wayne.

10) Someone has to take down all those candles on our lawn.
09) His next makerspace project was going to be rubber band and paperclip tattooing.
08) Matt's Christmas will now be 10% less crunk.
07) Three words - Little Free Library!
06) He never finished his book 250 Funniest Library Jokes, Memos & Cartoon Pinups.
05) No one but no one knows more about collectible snow globes.
04) He would often claim that Joan Didion was a ghost writer for DC Comics in the 1980s.
03) Some people can really do the Dew.
02) No more pumpkin spiced books.
01) Obviously, the ladies.

Best of wishes, Wayne!

Posted by Grahm Underwood, library clerk

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nebula Award Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) ave announced the winners of the 2014 Nebula Awards (presented in 2015) as well as the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.  The awards are voted on and presented by active members of the SFWA.

Check out this year's winners below (click on the title to learn more or request a copy).

As always, happy reading!

Novel - Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Novella - Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress

Novelette - "A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai'i" by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Short Story - "Jackalope Wives" by Ursula Vernon (this link takes you to Apex Magazine for options to read or listen online)

Ray Bradbury Award - Guardians of the Galaxy written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman

Andre Norton Award - Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Branch Manager-Collinsville

Friday, November 13, 2015

Video Game Season

The holidays have always been the busiest time of the year for gamers. What May-July is for Hollywood, November and December are the equivalent of for the video game industry. For decades, every major system has released right around Thanksgiving and every year the end of the calendar is so crammed with blockbuster titles that gamers have no choice but to seal themselves off from the world just to keep up. (How do you choose between Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront? You don’t). It makes perfect sense because not only are there the big blowout sales, the Christmas wish lists and holiday shopping frenzy, it is also a time of year when people are beginning to spend more time indoors and children take extended breaks from school (good luck assigning over-break homework in a year with a Call of Duty and Halo).

Here is a brief overview of this year’s biggest titles. The library will soon have them in stock, so be sure to check in regularly!

Call of Duty Black Ops III (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360)

Call of Duty has become a bit like the Transformers film series. They aren’t the most critically lauded, and are often prone to accusations of having grown stale and repetitive, but nonetheless remain “box office” phenomenons, making a splash and raking in dough like very few other titles can. This year’s COD iteration, Black Ops III, takes place in a dystopian future and has players equipped with advanced and innovative gadgets and weaponry. The series signature multiplayer remains at the top of the class in online FPS (first-person shooters), the ever-popular “zombies” mode returns, and the campaign promises to be as much of a rollercoaster through a Michael Bay movie as ever.

Fallout 4 (PS4, Xbox One)

The Fallout series finally broke into mainstream gamer culture with 2008’s Fallout 3 and Fallout 4 promises to be everything its predecessor was and more. 2010’s Fallout New Vegas helped set the stage for the series advancement and now 4 has introduced the game’s post-apocalyptic world to the current generation of systems with rave reviews. The game takes place in a world destroyed by nuclear war and features role playing elements such as character building and equipment managing mixed with the high-octane action of first and third person shooters. Fallout 4 is said to be the kind of game worth owning an eighth-generation console for.

Star Wars Battlefront (PS4, Xbox One)

Even if you literally live under a rock, you have probably still been unable to escape from the Star Wars media blitz the last few months. If you didn’t know, there is a new Star Wars movie coming out and it’s going to be big. Really big. Star Wars Battlefront is a fast-paced, action-packed experience that is primarily a multiplayer vehicle both on and offline. The last “proper” Star Wars game (not Lego or pinball related) was 2009’s The Force Unleashed II, so Battlefront has ample room and opportunity to seize upon The Force Awakens hype.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate (PS4, Xbox One)

It wouldn’t be a year without an Assassin’s Creed game. Since the first game in 2007, there has been an Assassin’s Creed title every year (and sometimes there have even been more than one). Syndicate has performed remarkably well with critics and is sure to sell well enough to spawn another sequel next year. The series’ signature painstakingly replicated period-piece setting and even mix of combat, navigation, and platforming assures that the title will be a treat for newcomers and longtime fans alike. Assassin’s Creed  has nearly cornered the market on stealth-adventure games and shows no signs of letting up anytime soon.

Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)

Sometimes it is hard being a Wii U owner and feeling a little left out from all of the hype surrounding third-party mega blockbusters on the other systems. (I say this as a diehard Nintendo loyalist). This year however, Wii U gamers can celebrate their own highly-anticipated exclusive, Xenoblade Chronicles X. Xenoblade Chronicles was a sleeper-hit on the original Wii, earning sensational reviews and a dedicated cult-following near the end of that console’s life. Chronicles X has been billed as a “spiritual successor” to the first game, so it is not entirely clear if it is a sequel or more of a remake but, in any case, X promises to “wow” in HD and offer something different and a little more mature for Wii U owners.

Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash (Wii U)

Mario is good for business. Look no further than the avalanche of games starring the Nintendo mascot, doing everything from golf and soccer to racing and partying, as proof. Tennis is just one of Mario’s many athletic outings but it has also been among the most popular and well-received of the Mario sports games dating back to the Nintendo 64. Ultra Smash will be the seventh Mario Tennis title and the first new one on a home-system since 2004’s Mario Power Tennis on the Gamecube (which was remade for motion controls on the Wii). Coming hot on the heels of the wildly popular Super Mario Maker, Ultra Smash help assures that Nintendo fanatics will have all of the rosy plumber that they need this holiday season.

The library’s video game collection is always growing and we strive to stay up to date with the most in demand titles. Check in regularly to see what has been added to the collection and be sure to ask about our monthly video game tournaments.

Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk

Monday, November 09, 2015

2015 National Book Award Finalists

The National Book Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2015 National Book Awards in Fiction and Nonfiction. Check these out and let us know which one(s) you'd like to see win the prize!


Karen E. Bender, Refund: Stories (Counterpoint Press)

Angela Flournoy, The Turner House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (Doubleday/Penguin Random House)


Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau/Penguin Random House)

Sally Mann, Hold Still (Little, Brown/Hachette Book Group)

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus (Atria/Simon & Schuster)

Posted by Kyla Waltermire, Branch Manager--Collinsville

Thursday, October 29, 2015

2015 Nobel Prize for Literature

Belarusan journalist Svetlana Alexievich was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature for work that the Swedish Academy described as “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.”  It is uncommon for nonfiction writers to earn the Nobel Prize.  Alexievich's book Voices From Chernobyl, which is available for requests through our online catalog, follows survivors of the 1986 Ukrainian nuclear disaster.