Move Over Hannibal Lecter

Monster, Vol. 1: The Perfect Edition is a re-release of a manga by Naoki Urasawa. The story revolves around Kenzo Tenma, a brilliant young Japanese neurosurgeon living in West Germany. Tenma’s talents gain him high esteem and the respect of his colleagues. As the head of the neurosurgery department, he has a promising career. Tenma learns his skills alone won’t keep him in his current position and he regrets some of the choices he has had to make along the way. The price for moving up the ladder so fast is to blindly follow the director’s politically biased guidelines. However, on one occasion Tenma, dissatisfied with the hospital administration, chooses to defy the director’s order to operate on a state official rather than a young boy who was there first; because of this "irresponsible" act, Tenma is demoted. Depressed, he resorts to continue working day to day, wishing the hospital director were dead.

What happens next? The hospital director and two other doctors mysteriously die. The boy whose life Tenma saves and jeopardizes his future for, disappears during the chaotic confusion of the sudden deaths and investigation. Tenma, of course, had a motive to kill the director, but no evidence is found so the case grows cold. Fast-forward to nine years later, Tenma is now chief of surgery. A hit and run patient, wanted by the police for questioning for his involvement in recent burglaries and brutal killings, is brought to the hospital. The man is terrified out of his wits because the "monster" is after him. The patient flees the hospital, with Tenma in hot pursuit. Once again, Tenma is forced to confront choices he made in the past.

Monster will appeal to avid manga readers and novices alike. The story and art are intriguing and intricate. The plot of is absorbing and full of twists. The character development is remarkable; even the minor characters have depth and are multidimensional. This volume reveals the identity of the monster and his connection to Tenma, but readers will have to wait to find out what made him the monster. Fans of suspense thrillers will be hooked! This fan can’t wait for the release of this edition’s next volume!


Read for the Record 2014

Who hasn't secretly wanted to set a world record? Surely you could come up with something offbeat like the world's biggest rubber band ball or longest yo-yo session. Sounds difficult though, doesn't it?

It might not be as hard as you think: just participate in Read for the Record®.  On October 21, 2014, readers across the country will unite to read the children's book Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells. They will celebrate literacy by taking part in the world's largest shared reading experience.

We're talking millions of adults and children, all reading the same book on the same day. The current world record was set just last year: 2,462,860 readers!

Record-breaking is just a small part of what Read for the Record is about. Jump Start, the sponsoring organization, uses the publicity from this event to draw attention to its goal of celebrating early literacy and making sure that every child is ready for kindergarten.

At the OC Public Libraries, our Read for the Record (RFTR) activities are coordinated through our Literacy office, READ/OC.  Every branch library that has signed up to sponsor a reading of Bunny Cakes in the week leading up to October 21 will receive a supply of paperback copies of the book that will be distributed, one per family, while supplies last. Libraries planning programs include: Cypress, La Habra, Costa Mesa, Rancho Santa Margarita, Irvine Heritage Park, Stanton, Fountain Valley,  Villa Park, Irvine University Park,  La Palma, Ladera Ranch, Tustin, El Toro, Garden Grove Regional, Aliso Viejo, Seal Beach, Brea, Mesa Verde, Westminster, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor and Laguna Niguel.  Contact your local library for details.


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

It’s September! Join us in celebrating library card sign-up month. If you don’t already have a library card, visit your local OC Public Libraries branch and fill out an application. It is free to get a card; all you need is a photo ID and proof of your current California address.

Great books aren’t hard to find, but getting them at the library is the most economical method. While libraries are the best place to get books, libraries are for way more than just books. An OC Public Libraries' card gives you access to DVDs , music CDs, musical scores, foreign language collections, current magazines, language learning resources and much more!

Once you have a library card you don’t even need to visit a physical branch, you can access books and materials from the comfort of your home, while on a vacation, or at work! Your library card allows you to check out eBooks and eAudiobooks. It allows you to check out digital copies of magazines through Zinio. It allows you to access our free library research databases and resources. You can place holds on books, renew your materials, or review your account all online.

The library is a place for children, teens, and adults. Your public library is here to grow with you and support you no matter how old you are or what stage of life you are in. Whether you are a young child visiting us for storytime, a teen checking out books for school or an adult interested in our free WiFi and programs, we are here for you! Bookstores and online sources are great, but libraries are unique because we don’t just have the most current books and the most popular titles. We have a great mix of classic literature, current titles, local history, and special collections. We also have staff members who are eager to help you find your next favorite book. Our libraries have flexible hours, many of our branches hours include evenings and weekends. Our
eLibrary is open 24/7.

A library card the best bargain in town! Visit your local
OC Public Libraries branch and get a card today!


Margaret Coel - Author Visit

Join us this Saturday, September 6th at 11 AM at the Brea Branch Library and meet mystery author Margaret Coel. 

Margaret Coel is the award winning, New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series. She will discuss writing, Night of the White Buffalo, her latest mystery novel in her long-running and successful series, as well as discuss her journey with the Arapahos through history and mystery. Margaret Coel sets her novels among the Arapahos on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation. Fans of the late Tony Hillerman will appreciate this author's work.

This event is totally free and no advanced registration is required.  Copies of Margaret Coel's books will be available for purchase from Mystery Ink Bookstore and the author will be available after the event for book signing. Contact the Brea Library at 714-671-1722 for more details.