On the shelves — Jan. 12

These publications are available at:

 Clovis-Carver Public Library

In conjunction with the city of Clovis floodplain management program, the Library maintains a collection of materials on National Flood Insurance programs, local floodplain maps, design manuals for retrofitting structures, residential repair handbooks, erosion control guidelines, and similar topics. Librarians will be happy to assist users in locating these materials.

You Are Why You Eat: Change Your Food Attitude, Change Your Life by Ramani Durvasula teaches how to understand why you eat and how that insight can lead to real and lasting change – both in weight loss and all other areas of life.

King’s Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb is a novel about the frontier Appalachian families who were forced to contend with the Indians, the Tories, and the neighbors sympathetic to the British, as they formed a volunteer militia whose victory at King’s Mountain marked the turning point of the Revolutionary War.

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children by Torkel Klingberg draws on the insights of neuroscience to explain why some ten-year-olds perform at the level of a fourteen-year-old while others at that of a six-year-old, and provides a variety of techniques that can improve our children’s working memory.

Storm Front: A Virgil Flowers Novel by John Sanford begins as Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Investigation agent Virgil Flowers receives a visit from an Israeli investigator who needs his help to find a man who smuggled out an extraordinary relic: an ancient inscribed stone revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon.

The 3 Secrets to Effective Time Investment: How to Achieve More Success with Less Stress by Elizabeth Saunders takes you beyond simple time management to provide you with three powerful principles to overcome the most common obstacles to a life well-managed and help you to accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible.

Doing Hard Time: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods takes the New York City attorney to Los Angeles where he becomes teamed with the least likely ally: a gentleman of unique abilities who can fly below the radar and above the law in order to intercept a pair of Russian assassins who are gunning for Stone’s son, Peter.


Portales Public Library

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that looks like any other: his school uniform draped over his desk chair, the sound of clicking heels as his mother, Diana, crosses the kitchen, his sister arguing over the breakfast cereal. When the three of them leave home driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn and in one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. Eleven-year-old Byron understands that from now on nothing can ever be the same while his mother seems not to have noticed. Over the days and weeks that follow, Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Who is to blame and what happened? Unable to trust his parents, Byron confides in his best friend, James, and the two concoct a plan. Rachel Joyce has imagined bewitching characters who find their ordinary lives turned upside down unexpectedly, who learn that there are times when children must become parents to their parents, and who discover that in confronting the hard truths about their pasts, they will forge unexpected relationships that have profound and surprising impacts.

River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz: The last time Lucy Sheridan was in Summer River was thirteen years ago. She was visiting her aunt Sara there and as a teenager, she was dragged out of a wild party-by the older guy she had a crush on, just to make it more embarrassing. Mason Fletcher was the overprotective type who thought he had to come to her rescue. Returning now after her aunt’s fatal car accident, Lucy is learning there was more to the story than she realized at the time. Mason saved her from a very nasty crime that night-and soon afterward, the cold-blooded rich kid who’d targeted her, disappeared mysteriously, his body never found. Since that long-ago summer a lot has changed. Lucy works as a forensic genealogist for a private investigation company while Mason has quit the police force to run a successful security firm with his brother. Summer River has even changed from a sleepy farm town to a trendy upscale spot in California’s wine country. Mason is still a protector at heart and when he and Lucy make a shocking discovery inside Sara’s house, Mason’s quietly fierce instincts kick into gear. Mason saved Lucy once, and he’ll save her again, but this time she insists on playing a role in her own rescue.

The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD with Teresa H. Barker

As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen-parents working online around the clock, children constantly texting their friends-everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to social media and the Internet has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. Children are feeling lonely and alienated and parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Not only do chronic tech distractions have lasting and deep effects, but children desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Drawing on real-life stories from parents and children, and her consulting work with experts and educators across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, confidence, and authority as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. It’s never too late to put down that phone or iPad and come to the dinner table.

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