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Ripley’s does it again


“Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities”

c.2015, Ripley Publishing $28.95 265 pages

‘Fast Girl’ is the true story of the Olympic athlete who ended up an escort in Vegas


“Fast Girl” by Suzy Favor Hamilton (with Sarah Tomlinson)

c.2015, Dey St. $26.99 295 pages

Mighty moose is on the loose in these books for kids


The moose in these books are determined to do whatever it takes to achieve their dreams.

— “Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit” by Catherine Rayner — Ernest is such a large moose, he can’t even fit inside his own book. He shimmies his front end in, he squeezes his back end in, he even finds a way to get his middle in, but he just can’t seem to get his whole self to fit. Luckily, he has a friendly chipmunk by his side that is just as determined to fit Ernest into the book as he is and she has a big idea. With a little masking tape, some paper, and a lot of ingenuity, the two friends finally figure out how to fit Ernest inside the book. A delightful tale of working together to bring about a happy ending for one moose who just didn’t give up.

Expand a child’s imagination with these books about books


A plethora of new children’s picture books about books have been added to our collection recently. Now, one might think stories about books wouldn’t be very exciting, or appealing, but I can assure you these books are sure to inspire, and a few may even make you laugh.

“How to Bake a Book” by Ella Burfoot uses the concept of baking to explain the ingredients necessary in writing a good story. With fun illustrations, and rhyming text Burfoot begins with a girl who starts by adding some ideas, a few characters and then throws in a little action. She shakes in some letters out of shakers, mixes in some punctuation for spice and thickens the plot by adding “a spoonful of good and pinch of bad.” Before you know it, this little baker has baked up one delicious story. With amazing imagery, this book introduces the art of creating a story in a very clever way.

Explore nature: Books for curious kids


A snowy owl swoops down from a tree and glides over the frozen white landscape of Canada.

On a hot day in a mountain forest of Asia, a red panda rests in a tree, dangling its legs to keep cool. As darkness falls on the warm shallow sea water, the Caribbean reef sharks cruise the coral reef looking for fish.

Off the Shelves: Cruisin’ for a bruisin’


Thinking of taking a relaxing cruise to top off a pleasant summer? You might think again after reading these murder mysteries set aboard luxury liners.

Actually, these cozy reads are perfect summer entertainment aboard ship or on your own home deck, combining leisure and lies, death and fine dining.

Book tells a different Katrina tale


“Shots on the Bridge” by Ronnie Greene

c.2015, Beacon Press, $24.95, 256 pages

Become a smarter consumer with this library database


Now, more than ever, it’s important to save money and time and to find merchandise that performs well and lasts. Product testing, trustworthy recommendations and guidance evaluating services are necessary in a marketplace where offerings continually change and individuals are bombarded by information, advertising, and claims.

The library system has free educational resources to help people become more discerning shoppers. Consumer Reports magazine, published by Consumers Union, and ConsumerReports.org (the online version) are widely respected for reliable data and unbiased advice about products and safety. To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising or samples, and employs hundreds of mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy, test items, and evaluate services.

Leave reality behind with these roller coasters for your mind


Having your mind blown by a book is, I think, a generally positive experience. That book has just rerouted a bunch of your neural pathways and set off detonation charges under a few more. It’s a bit like the mental equivalent of riding a roller coaster blindfolded. Here are a few books to blow your mind this summer.

— “Annihilation” by Jeff VanderMeer nails the reader with a one-two punch of unreliable narrator plus vaguely post-apocalyptic future setting. This account of the 12th expedition into the profoundly mysterious Area X, as narrated by the Biologist, will make you question everything. “Annihilation” recently won the 2015 Nebula Award for Fiction.

Help for a hoarder

“Mess: One Man’s Struggle to Clean Up His House and His Act” by Barry Yourgrau

c.2015, W.W. Norton, $25.95, 276 pages

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    The search continued Saturday for a man wanted in connection with the death of Tywon Anderson of Kenosha.

    History comes alive during cemetery walk


    A blustery afternoon didn’t deter local history lovers from the 12th annual History Walk at Green Ridge Cemetery.

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    The Kenosha History Center’s Artifact of the Month for October is an abacus.

    Walk raises awareness of domestic abuse


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    Cyclists brave blustery conditions for annual ride


    Hardy cyclists braved chilly and blustery conditions to take part in the sixth annual Fall Wheel Ride Saturday.

    Event briefs: Forum on prophecy slated at Parkside

    SOMERS — A forum on “What Happens When Prophecy Fails”? Exploring ‘End of World’ Cults” begins at noon Monday in Room D-139 of Molinaro Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road.

    Fire damages Kenosha home


    Twelve people were temporarily displaced after fire broke out in their multi-family home Saturday morning.

    Authorities hunt ‘dangerous’ suspect


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    ‘There is power in hopefulness’


    Author and public-interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson wanted to make one thing clear during his Big Read keynote speech Friday evening: the battle for truth and justice is not always easy, but it must be fought.

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    New store will add to grocery options downtown


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    Experiencing floral artistry


    The Pike Creek Horticulture Center at Gateway Technical College hosted a hands-on workshop with floral artist Mike Hollenbeck on Wednesday.

    Event briefs: Paul Ryan to host listening sessions Monday

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