Happy Valentine's Day and happy February break!
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Valentine's Edition

Volume 3, Issue 4

It's Valentine's day, which means it's time to curl up with...a book, of course! You'll also want to stock up before February break. You can stop by the library to check out books, or you can visit our Overdrive site anytime and anywhere to check out ebooks. Just log in with your MCDS username and password. 

Quote Corner

Joke Corner

Q: What do squirrels give for Valentine's Day?
A: Forget-me-nuts.

Two antennae met on a roof, fell in love and got married. Their wedding ceremony wasn’t fancy. The reception, however, was excellent.

Q: What did one oar say to the other?
A: Can I interest you in a little row-mance?

Q:What did the guy with the broken leg say to his nurse?
A: I’ve got a crutch on you.

Librarian Picks

"To earn a secret so profound, I would need to tell momentous lies, and make as many people as possible believe them….” Seemingly a proper young British lady who knows her place is inferior to men, Faith is secretly the opposite. She loves mysteries and curiosities and has used her clergyman father’s library to educate herself in the natural sciences. When the family abruptly leaves Kent for a remote island to participate in an archaeological dig, she begins to uncover secrets including the disgrace that haunts her father. After her father's supposed suicide, Faith pursues revenge and justice. She discovers a strange tree that bears fruit only when lies are whispered to it, and then delivers a hidden truth.  Master storyteller Hardinge wraps adventure, science, murder, mystery, feminism, and danger in an intriguing package. One of my favorite books of the year!
"My first-grade year started with one wedding, and my sixth ended with another. Call my story ‘A Tale of Two Weddings.’ I was in both of them.”  In the first Archie meets bossy Lynette who saves his butt when he almost ruins the wedding and becomes an integral part of his life. Growing up he finds role models in his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great car remodeler; and his uncle Paul, who is just great. Sixth grade brings student teacher, Mr. McLeod, a handsome young man who is serving in the National Guard to earn money for his master's degree in teaching.  When gay bullying occurs at the school, popular Mr. McLeod outs himself to stunned silence.  Humor, wisdom and some tender moments move the characters to the happy and satisfying ending.
“Their deaths might leave a hole in our hearts as deep as the ocean, but it is only because we are as deep as the ocean, and our capacity to love is as high as the sky. The earthquake took much from us. But there is much we can take from it as well” This novel set in 1906 San Francisco follows the story of Mercy Wong, a girl living in Chinatown who is determined to get an education and improve her life. She plots, lies, and bribes her way into the prestigious St. Clare's school only to find that it's not what she expected. All their problems need to be put aside however when disaster strikes and the St. Clare's girls need to work together just to survive. 

Link Round-Up

Love, Illustrated

These children's books illustrations depicting all kinds of love are sure to brighten your day! Check them out at Chronicle Books.

Books as Constellations

The artist Nicholas Rougeux has used data about the first lines of chapters to transform novels into gorgeous constellations. Find out more at MentalFloss.

Secrets of the WWII Ship made of Ice

Did you know that the British prototyped an aircraft carrier made from an ice berg during World War II? This ice 'bergship' had an ingenious design, even if they eventually nixed the project. Find out more at 99% invisible

Ancient Pixel Art

These masterpieces made of brick were an early form of pixelated art. Translating Arabic script into more angular letters allowed prayers to be written with brick into the walls of mosques as well as beautiful geometric designs. Find out more at Make.

New Books

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