So what is it that makes a song a love song?  Is it the words?  Is it the melody?   Maybe it’s a combination of words that talk about love combined with a tune that we can’t get out of our head.

But maybe it’s the memory that we attach to it.

If you look for “Love Songs” in the library’s catalog as a subject, you get CDs like “Seduction: Sinatra Sings of Love” by Frank Sinatra, and “The Love Songs of Motown” by various artists.    But are these what all of us think of love songs?  Maybe.  Maybe more like classic love songs.  For a lot of listeners, they would agree that Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye have a way with romantic songs.     Some people might think of artists before they think of individual love songs.   For example, maybe I say “love songs” and you think of someone like Justin Timberlake,  Taylor Swift, or Bruno Mars.

But when I think about songs that I think are my own personal love songs, they range all over the place.  I think about songs that were popular when I had my first crush in high school, and the albums I associate with ex-boyfriends.  I think about the song that my husband and I call “our song,” which is personal just to us.   And when I think about some of those songs, they aren’t about love at all; but when I listen to them, I think about a person that I was with, or a moment in time.

So here’s my sample of songs and artists for today:  “Lovesong” sung either by The Cure, or covered by Adele; “Brokenhearted Savior” by Big Head Todd & The Monsters; “I’ll Fall with Your Knife” by Peter Murphy; “I Feel You” by Depeche Mode; “These Days” by Foo Fighters
and just about anything by Howie Day, Adele and Annie Lennox

I’m hoping for some comments on this post — what are some of your favorite love songs??

And I should mention, speaking of music, that we have a great CD collection, both in Adult Services and in Youth Services.   So, if you’re looking for some music, or some suggestions for something to listen to, come see us!


Passion for Pokemon

I recently got the Pokemon X game for the Nintendo 3DS, and my LOVE for Pokemon has not burned this bright since I first received the Pokemon Red game many years ago. I found a book on our new non-fiction shelves called Pokemon X & Pokemon Y: the official Kalos Region guidebook (794.8 POKEMON). Even though I beat the game, I love Pokemon so much that I can’t stop playing it. This book is a good guide to help with some of the elements you might be having trouble with:

-maps to show you the locations and rarity levels of every wild Pokemon; this is helpful if you’re trying to complete your Pokedexpokebook

-maps to show you the locations of all items

-information on the new features of Pokemon X and Y, such as Pokemon-Amie and the Super Training
-good walk-throughs and maps to help you not get lost or stuck on a task

-a chart of type match-ups, including the new Fairy type

Unfortunately, this book does not have a full Pokedex or provide all the answers on breeding, creating different berries, suggestions for the best way to win in the Battle Maison, or help for every single mystery. But it is helpful if you want a lot of information collected together into one book; maybe you could pick up a few tidbits of information you weren’t expecting! (And if you have a 3DS and you want to try Pokemon X or Y out, you can find them upstairs at Lisle, along with many other Pokemon guides and books! Or come downstairs and find many other video game guides!)

You may have noticed our beautiful purple cart on the lower level, near the Circulation Desk (and if you haven’t, come on down and take a look!!).   This month, we’re offering readers to try their luck with a “Blind Date with a Book.”   All of our books have brown paper wrappers and a little description — no cover art, no authors, no title.

So, take a chance and try something new!  Who knows? You just might fall in love.   And, if your date isn’t so great, bring it back and try another one …..  honestly, we won’t take it personally.

Love stories with a twist

Looking for a different kind of love story in a book?   We have plenty to offer here at the library!    If you’re tired of the usual boy meets girl/girl meets boy kind of story, maybe try one of these:

Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker (TN WAL) — “If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.”  

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Jh BLA) — “One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.”

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion (F MAR) — “R is a young man with an existential crisis–he is a zombie…After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend.    And we also have the movie that was based on this book — you can find it in our DVD collection under DVD WAR.

Books with a TN may be found on the library’s lower level, against the back wall in the Teen Books. Books with a Jh may be found on the library’s 2nd level, in Youth Services.   Books with a F may be found on the lower level, in Fiction.

(all book summaries courtesy of Goodreads)

Coming up: Starting on Monday, February 10th and running all week, Youth Services is hosting “Book, Be My Valentine?”     Come in to Youth Services (second floor of the library) and write a valentine to a book you love!

Window 1This February, the theme of our display window (lower level, in the study room right next to the graphic novels and near the Teen novels) is LOVE.   And not just the kind that we’re all supposed to think about on Valentine’s Day, where it’s all pink and red hearts and chocolate.   All month long, I’ll be posting about different kinds of love — like the love you have for a friend, or a pet.  Or the passion you have for something, like art, or music, or anything else.   And, yes, romantic love — because I couldn’t not post about that, right?

We have all sorts of things in the library that focus on love, so stay tuned all month on the blog to learn about all the books, movies, and music that we have to offer!


Just in is When I Was the Greatest, by Jason Reynolds. It’s about three teens in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bed-Stuy– one who enjoys boxing, one who enjoys comic books, and one whose therapeutic knitting is for his Tourette’s syndrome–who must face the consequences of attending a dangerous party. Here’s the description, courtesy of Goodreads:

Author Jason Reynolds

Author Jason Reynolds

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on yourhead—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen. A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing. Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up thepieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt. And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it. Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should’ve been—where the people aren’t so friendly, and even less forgiving.
Find it in the YS New Book shelf upstairs with the call number of Jh REY. You can always ask a librarian for help finding items.
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