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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa

The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaHaruhi forms a club dedicated to all things paranormal and learns that the new club members are aliens, time travelers, and psychics.

5 out of 5 stars. The infamous character, Haruhi Suzumiya is a girl who LOVES esper rangers, time travelers, and aliens, and her sole goal is to find them. She's weird, bossy, and a freak. And she loves to drag others into the drama! If you love a random book, this is what you should read! It's an amazing series! :)

Submitted by: Mariel L.

Cool Off @ Your Library

polar bear underwaterNeed a break from the heat? Although your library doesn't have a pool to submerge in like this smart polar bear, we do have air conditioning, water fountains, and seating so you can cool off a bit. We are open until 9 PM Thursday, 9AM-5PM Friday & Saturday, and 1PM-5PM Sunday. With temperatures approaching 100 degrees, we are another place in Franklin Park for you to chill out with a book or a computer and hope for cooler days to come!

  • Visit the Village of Franklin Park's website for other cooling places.
  • Here are some tips on taking it easy during extreme heat.
  • Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi

    Ranma 1/2 Volume 1Ranma is cursed after falling into a magical hot spring. Every time this martial arts student is splashed with cold water, he turns into a girl.

    5 out of 5 stars. The plot and story line were rather odd, but it was super funny!

    Submitted by: Jennifer F.

    Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

    Cirque Du Freak by Darren ShanAfter visiting an illegal freak show, Darren becomes entangled in the dark and gory world of vampires.

    4 out of 5 stars. This is what you expect - circus freaks - but it has sudden plot twists where you least expect it. It's a definite good read. :)

    Submitted by: Mariel L.

    Hourglass by Myra McEntire

    Hourglass by Myra McEntireEmerson has the ability to see things that others cannot. She thinks this is a curse, but Michael, a mysterious consultant from a secret organization, thinks her ability is a gift.

    4 out of 5 stars. It was really good! The plot was so good, I could barely put the book down.

    Submitted by: Millie H.

    Time Stranger Kyoko by Arina Tanemura

    Time Stranger Kyoko volume 1Kyoko embarks on a quest to find the 12 stones that will help save her twin sister's life.

    5 out of 5 stars. This story is a great idea. The characters interact well as the story unfolds. It is adorable. I loved the bonus story!

    Submitted by: Jennifer F.

    Black Hills by Nora Roberts

    Another winner by Nora Roberts. I enjoy her romance novels, especially when there is suspense, murder, and intrigue. She weaves her story around the wildlife refuge that is owned and operated by Lil. As a young girl, she built a relationship with the grandson of the neighbors. Coop was sent to spend the summer with his grandparents while his parents attempt to rekindle their marriage. By the time Lil was leaving for college, she and Coop fell in love; but because she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Coop did not want to follow his father in studying the law. He left college, joined the NY police force. Lil tried to forget her love for Coop, after all, he broke her heart.

    Or did he? There is a former volunteer who worked at the refuge Lil operated, who believed he was a descendant of Crazy Horse. He believed Lil was dishonoring the Sioux by keeping tigers, cougars, and other such animals locked up. If you enjoy a book which begins with a tentative friendship that turns into love, and then intertwine it with murder and intrigue this is a must read.

    Submitted by: Karen Weichbrodt

    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

    This tale of evil and mystery involves a governess and two orphaned young children, Miles and Flora. The narrator's voice keeps your interest. She builds the suspense that ends in a horrifying finale. It leaves you having thoughts of evil, horror, imagination, reality, and human relationship. This is not a bedtime tale.

    Submitted by: Mary Ann O'Donnell

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsSet in a future North America, Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the annual televised competition in which young people from across the nation are forced to fight each other until only one survives.

    5 out of 5 stars. I loved the book. It was a thousand times better than the movie!

    Submitted by: Malari R.

    K-On! by Kakifly

    K-On by KakiflyYui has never played a musical instrument in her life, yet she decides to become the lead guitarist of her school's pop music club.

    K-On is a very carefree graphic novel for people who would like a good laugh. It's about 5 girls: Ritsu, the club president and drummer; Mio, the bassist; Yui, the lead guitarist; Tsumugi, the pianist; and Azuza,the rhythm guitarist going though high school life. As normal teens, they have antics here and there, and they face problems some teens today may go through (like studying!) It's an amazing book and if you like to laugh, this is the book to read. I'm in love with this series :)

    Submitted by: Mariel L.

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