Lake Mills Library

L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills, WI 120 East Madison Street, Lake Mills, WI 53551 920.648.2166

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Location: Lake Mills, Wisconsin, United States

Email any questions, comments, concerns, complaints, etc. to Library Director Gerard Saylor.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

DVD and Music on CD


Across 110th St. starring Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Quinn. 1970's blaxploitation with NYC cops trying to stop a gang war between the mob and gangs in Harlem. Another result of my listening to too much of Little Steven's Underground Garage.

Music on Cd

Nothing Like This by Rascal Flatts. I have no knowledge of these guys aside from what I see from the cover photo. Judging by that photo they like necklaces and black clothes.

Write About Love by Belle and Sebastian. Get a modern haircut, put on a sweater, and sit in a coffee shop looking pensive as you listen. Don't let your irrational fear of the Scottish keep you away. I like them (older tune with video containing odd Teddy Boy references).

What? You don't have a fear of the Scottish? Then you better start reading Allan Guthrie novels.

Audiobook on CD

America by Heart by Sarah Palin. 6 CDs at 7.25 hours. Be nice.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Two Books, A Reminder, An Observation


Confession by John Grisham. Someone donated a copy to us. I'm adding the copy since there are currently 229 holds for the book.


Kellogg's Cookbook: 200 classic recipes for today's kitchen edited by Judith Choate. Recipes.


Len Price 3


Relative Populations of New Zealand and Wisconsin. Wisconsin has 5,600,00 people. NZ has 4,300,000. That's a lot of hobbits. Hopefully that second earthquake did not damage the shire too badly. I read that a brewery was damaged in the first one.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DVD and Snow


Make Believe Shooting

The Town starring Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Chris Cooper, Pete Postlethwait. Boston bank robbers are pursued by the FBI and Boston police with lots people shooting blanks at one another.

Real Shooting

Restrepo starring [Multiple infantrymen]. 15-man outpost in Afghanistan.

Make Believe Make Believe

Inception starring [a big cast]. Lots of CGI and a confusing plot. Or so I gather from commercials and comments.


Every time it snows I take a picture. Later this year I'll walk out on the lake and take some photos.

More snow

More snow

Monday, December 20, 2010

New Nook

New Nook

I purchased Barnes and Noble Nook for the library to try out. I'll get some titles on the Nook and let it circulate (check-out).

New Nook to try out at the library

New Nook to try out at the library

Star Wars Artwork


Star Wars Visions edited by J.W. Rinzler. Coffee table book with fan artwork.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Crocodiles Eating Vampires


Crocodile's Last Embrace by Suzanne Arruda. I'll bet Crider already ordered this one. Jade returns to Kenya. Jade's nemesis escapes prison and recent murders seem related to a gold mine. I think Arruda still lives in Kansas. If I am feeling ambitious during next summer's vacation maybe I'll try and interview her. Oops, no I will not, she lives in Pittsburgh and that is 180 miles away.

Speaking of Crider and Kansas, I am hoping to check-out his westerns from the Salina Public Library during vacation.


Eclipse starring [current heart throbs]. Teenage girl makes out with a vampire and a werewolf. I think. I have not read these novels and I have no idea what really happens outside of a bunch of angst and that one guy taking his shirt off.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fiction and Some YA Thrown In


Driven to Ink by Karen E. Olson. Mystery series set Las Vegas tattoo shop featuring tattooist Brett Kavanaugh. Brett loans her car to a couple friends and they return the car with a Dean martin impersonator in the trunk. The impersonator is dead of course.

This series has done well here. So well that someone STOLE the second book in the series.

Book on CD

Worth Dying For by Lee Child. 11 CDs at 14 hours. Jack Reacher gets into trouble. Again. Jack Reacher solves the trouble. Again.

Young Adult

Mindblind by Jennifer Roy. Novel about a teen with Asperbergers.

Wish by Joseph Monninger. Redheaded teen girl holding her nose underwater. Girl travels with her terminally ill brother on a Make-A-Wish foundation trip.

Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. Some sort of magicians or demons or vampires or something.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Comic book version of the novel.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Outdoor Ice Rink in Commons Park

Outdoor Ice Rink in Commons Park

The rink had it's first layer of water sprayed on this morning.

Commons Park, Outdoor Ice Rink, 15 Dec 2010

The ice surface is still bumpy and uneven. There is no zamboni machine.

Commons Park, Outdoor Ice Rink, 15 Dec 2010

Coffee and Cake Update


Carolyn made more cake.

Some sort of cake


No creamer in the coffee I made. I went to the bakery this morning and that coffee did have creamer.

Coffee, no creamer

Music on CD

Essential Simon and Garfunkel by Simon and Garfunkel. Two CDs of singers singing songs of silence.

Large Print

Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell. Murder mystery.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mysteries With New and Old Authors

New Authors (to Lake Mills)

The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson. Lily comes home to deal with her sister's suicide. The dead girl is not her sister but a identity thief and Lily's sister is missing. This novel has gotten a fair amount of online attention by various authors.

Double Exposure by Michael Lister. Lister was at Murder and Mayhem in Muskego and spoke earnestly about his love of Florida. His speaking convinced me to try one out. This one has Remington James returning home to North Florida and taking over the family business. Rem also returns to photography and discovers a crime through his time lapse photography from the local woods.

Body and the Blood by Michael Lister. Prison chaplain John Jordan witnesses a bizarre murder at work. He investigates.

The Insane Train by Sheldon Russell. "A Hook Runyon Mystery". Oh yeah, this sounded like a real good one. Hook Runyon, a railroad company "yard dog", is assigned to escort a train full of mental patients cross country in the late 1940's. A murder on the train has the aggressive Hook on the search for the killer.

Old Authors

Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman. Another Moe Prager mystery.

On The Line by S.J. Rozan.

Labrynth by Kat Richardson. This had a great review in either Library Journal or Booklist.

Stack of Fiction


Collusion by Stuart Neville. With a name like that this guy has to be English. Let me check...Nope, I was wrong. He is Irish. But, he is Northern Irish and I'll judge by the name he is orange.
Neville wrote Ghosts of Belfast which proved popular here in Lake Mills. I have yet to read Ghosts but want to.

The Network by Jason Elliot. British spy assigned to destroy Stinger missiles in Afghanistan in pre-9/11.

Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander. Alexander is a nice lady. Her other novels have been doing well here since I started buying them. Lady Emily continues her mid-1800s adventures with a murder mystery in London that may be linked to Jack the Ripper.

Ape House by Sara Gruen. Gruen is popular with the book club crowd.

Fatal Error by F. Paul Wilson. I sat next to Wilson during lunch at Murder and Mayhem in Muskego this fall. He is a good dude. Fatal is part of his Repairman Jack series. Wilson mentioned that a couple of his books have never gone out of print. One of those is The Keep (at least that is what I remember.). Wilson was of the correct opinion that the movie version of The Keep stunk.

The Skin Map by Stephen Lawhead. "A Bright Empires" novel. The plot description on the flyleaf is way too confusing to summarize here.

Power Down by Ben Coes. Former commando is out to get the terrorists who bombed the oil platform he managed and killed part of his crew.

Dead Or Alive by Tom Clancy. Latest Jack Ryan and Jack Ryan, Jr. novel.

Demon's Parchment by Jeri Westerson. "A Medieval Noir". I bought the last book in this series because of the Medieval Noir tagline. That book circ'ed well so I bought this one.

Snow Day by Billy Coffey. Literary type novel.

Dang it. Too Much Creamer in my Coffee


Too Much Creamer


How to Read a Person Like a Book: observing body language to know what people are thinking by Gerard I. Nierenberg, et al. We have some other body language books that have checked out real well. So, I bought this.

200 Tips for De-Cluttering: room by room, including outdoor spaces, and eco tips by Daniela Santos Quartino. Popular topic. Maybe the author addresses excessive book hoarding of old paperbacks.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Stack of Donated CDs and A Complaint About the Weather Forecast

Complaint About the Weather Forecast

-40° With Wind says The Weather Reports. Baloney. I bundled up expecting a wicked cold morning walk to work. Nope. It's only about -2° with the wind.

Stack of Donated CDs

As Time Goes by by Rod Stewart. Rock singer gets old and sings old songs.

Live 1964 by Bob Dylan. Two disc set of Dyland singing songs in concert before he went electric.

Best of James Taylor by James Taylor. Singer sings songs before he goes bald.

Greatest Hits, Volume 2 by James Taylor. Bald singer sings songs.

Surprise by Paul Simon. Short guy sings songs.

You're the One by Paul Simon. Princess Leia's ex-husband sings songs.

Paul Simon's Concert in the Park by Paul Simon. 1991 concert by song singer.

Celtic Woman by [Irish chicks]. Irish gals sing songs. Our previous copy was STOLEN!

Monty Python's Spamalot by Broadway Cast. Funny Songs sung by mildly funny actors.

Time Out by Dave Brubeck. No singing.

A Windham Hill Christmas II by [various]. Songs by herald angels.

A Love Supreme by John Coltrane. Siren song of heroin.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Shiftless Loser by Gischler and Wisconsin Infantry

Book on CD

Earthbound by Richard Matheson. 6 CDs at 6.5 hours. Horror novel set during a couple's second honeymoon. Read by Bronson Pinchot who co-starred in that awful, awful buddy sitcom.


The Deputy by Victor Gischler. Shiftless loser gets job as part time cop in small town Oklahoma. Trouble happens. More trouble happens. Extra trouble happens. This is a Gischler novel so you know it is a good novel with plenty of humor, action scenes, and neat (and neatly drawn) characters.
I liked the female deputy character in this. She does not appear often but is just as much a fish out of water as Shiftless Loser. Shiftless Loser is out of his depth as a mostly inept buffoon. Girl Deputy is too competent and skilled to fit into the backwater police department.

The Deputy by Victor Gischler. Because I screwed up and ordered both a hardcover and paperback. Gischler was very nice and tolerated me quite well during the Murder and Mayhem in Muskego thing.


Red Arrow in the Sand: a pictorial history of the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Iraq 2009-2010 by [no author/editor listed]. Kind of like a yearbook, but with guns and armored trucks.

Large Print

Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord.

Soloman's Oak by Jo-Ann Mapson.

Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler. Same cover as the regular print.

Templar Salvation by Raymong Khoury. I thought templar novels were played out. I suppose this series is still alive.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Musical Interlude

Musical Interlude

I heard this song by Phosphorescent on 6 Music earlier this morning. For some reason it reminds me of Gordon Lightfoot.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Coffee and Snow


...with cake

Coffee and cake

Library Building

Snow expected this afternoon and most of the evening.

Snow on 9 Dec 2010

Ice Rink in Commons Park

The rink is not ready yet. The grass was cleared off and the wooden frame installed.

Outdoor ice rink in Commons Park is not yet ready

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Local Interest, Popular Fiction, "What's Up Down There?"


Beyond the Prairie starring Richard Thomas, Meredith Monroe. Two movies on one DVD portraying Wilder as a teenaged girl on the prairie.


Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell. Does she write her own books any more? Or, does she hire ghost writers? I wonder this about many writers.

Rescue by Anita Shreve. Love affair and marriage between paramedic and young lady.

Of Love and Eden by Alice Rice. "Haunting new novel, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past."


What's Up Down There by Lissa Rankin, M.D. "Questions you'd only ask your gynecologist if she was your best friend." Straightforward information for private questions. Recommended by Christa Faust.

Legendary Ghost Stories of Lake Mills by Jill Nadeu et al, (bunch of local residents). Ghost stories and accompanying photos.

Large Print

Infamous by Suzanne Brockmann.

Distant Hours by Kate Morton.

Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith. Picture of puppy on the cover.

Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas. Recreational sailboats decorated with their masts decorated with lights.

American Assassin by Vince Flynn. Patriotic themed shootin' and killin'.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Winter is Near

Rock Lake

Rock Lake is starting to ice over. Taken at Bartles Beach Park. Overhead view.

Rock Lake is starting to ice over

Library Building

The Library is decorated.

Dec 3, 2010

History of the AK and the NBA


Basketball's Greatest Stars by Michael Grange. Profiles of 50 stars basketball including pre-NBA. Many color photos.

The Gun by C.J. Chivers. "In a searing examination of modern conflict and official folly...mixes meticulous historical research, investigative reporting, and battlefield reportage to illuminate the origins of the world's most abundant firearm and the consequences of its spread."

The photo section has a picture with a rifle stock decorated with a photo of two women. The caption reads: Among those who use them, assault rifles can be intensely personal objects or symbols with many meanings. In 2009, an Afghan National Army soldier ... decorated his Kalashnikov with unveiled images of women - a seeming rebuke to the Taliban.

I was in a gun store in Scottsdale, Bear Arms, a few years ago and looking through the used and army surplus rifles they had. They was an old SKS there with a photo lacquered onto the stock of one of the actresses from the 90210 television series.

Plastic Discs With A Reflective Surface That When Used in the Proper Machinery Will Provide Data That is Digitally Translated Into Sounds and Images


Eat, Pray, Love starring [famous woman] and [Spaniard]. Sit, Drift, Sleep.

Flipped starring Aidan Quinn, Bald Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney. Coming of age romance following boy and girl from second grade through middle school.

Grown Ups starring Adam Sandler. Childhood buddies get together for a weekend as adults. According to the back cover: someone gets shot with an arrow, a chubby guy swings on a rope, they wear matching shirts, they go on a water slide, their wives and girlfriends are too attractive to be attached to them.

The Expendables starring [many people]. Shooting. Explosions. Fighting. Fire balls. Airplanes. Sleeveless shirts.