At the Library with Nancy Middaugh

Staff Writer
Nebraska City News-Press

When the snow is blowing and you have no desire venturing out, it would be the perfect time to enjoy a book from the Hamburg Public Library.  You have three weeks to enjoy the book and besides there is no money spent for the entertainment.
Several new selections have been added to the choices available to young adult readers.  
“The Cruel Prince” is the first book in The Folk of the Air series.    In the fantasy by Holly Black, two mortal twins and their half-faerie older sister come to live as daughters of the most powerful and feared general of the High Court of Faerie.  
The Ravenspire series by C. J. Redwine begins with “The Shadow Queen.”  The book is a retelling of Snow White with poisoned apples, an evil queen, and a huntsman, but there is more to this fantasy.  The tale continues in Books 2 “The Wish Granter.”
Also YA selections are “Red Queen” and “Glass Sword,” books 1 and 2 in the Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard.  
In her first novel and first series, the author has created a fantasy world divided by blood—red or silver.  
The Reds are commoners ruled by the Silver elite who possess superpowers.  
Nothing seems to change until Mare Barrow, despite her red blood, discovers she possesses her own deadly power.
On the young adults’ shelves, patrons will find Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments fantasy romance series.   In the conclusion, “City of Heavenly Fire,” Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced:  her own brother.  
Seven Realms is a four novel series written by Cinda Williams Chima.  
The library now has the complete series of this high fantasy which is set in the Queendom of Fell.  Look for “The Demon King,” “The Exiled Queen,” “The Gray Wolf Throne,” and “The Crimson Crown.”
To go with “Splintered” by A. G. Howard, the library now has “Unhinged” and “Ensnared.”  The books are a refashioning of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”  
If those books leave you wanting more, check out “Untamed.”  
In this collection of three novellas, Alyssa and her family reminisce about Wonderland.
This is a sampling of some of the most recent acquisitions, but there are more reading options on the shelves.  
For instance, patrons can find books by Baldacci to Collins, Dashner to Will Hill, Meyer to Noël, Paolini to Roth and Rowling to Tolkien.
Just for the fun of it, check out the “Guiness World Records, 2019”  and “Guiness World Records, 2020.”  Make your way through ten photo- and fact-packed chapters ranging from the universe to sports to fantastic feats.
The Library Board has voted to change the library hours slightly in 2020.  The library will no longer be open on Monday night from 7 to 8:30.  
Instead Monday hours will be 1:00 to 6:00.   
Otherwise the hours will continue to be Tuesday-Thursday noon to 5, Friday 11 to 5, and Saturday 9 to noon.