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Jul 18

Series Saturday - Andy Carpenter!

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 6:55 PM by Lindsey Schmidt

Andy Carpenter

This week's Series Saturday is a favorite among many of the staff - it's David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series! This series is already popular and the 16th book just came out this week.  As entertaining as these books are for Rosenfelt fans, some readers might take offense to the strong language used in conversations between characters. Strong language is present in these books, however, it is used much less than other popular authors (for example, no where near as often as Patterson books). 


Fiction, Mystery

Location in Howard Miller: 


Meet the Characters: 

Andy Carpenter is difficult to describe. He's a likable defense attorney (apparently it is possible), who is extremely self-confident (except when it comes to physical prowess). He is both the laziest person and the hardest working person. When not on a case he is incredibly lazy, but once he has a client he will stop at nothing to defend them. One of the reasons you will love this series is because Andy is delightfully hilarious and clever. When you aren't laughing at his commentary, you're caught up in his investigative strategies. His self-deprecating humor will get you every time! Andy has two special ladies in his life - Laurie Collins and Tara, World's Greatest Dog. Laurie is Andy's lead investigator and the love of his life. As a former police officer, she does not always see eye-to-eye with him at the beginning of cases. Laurie's big heart and strong instincts keep the team safe and connected. She brought both Kevin and Marcus to the team. Kevin is Andy's hypochondriacal co-counsel. Marcus is a shorter version of Terry Crews without any of the good-humor. He is smart, silent, scary, and a body guard when necessary. The last two regular team members are Sam and Willie. Willie is a former client of Andy's, who now runs their dog rescue - The Tara Foundation. Sam is Andy's accountant and computer guy. He could be called the team's computer hacker, but Andy is so inept with computers that Sam does a little of everything. There are many more wonderful characters in this series, but we've already gone on too long for this section!

Number in the Series: 

As stated before, this series is popular already. We rarely have half the books on the shelf. Click on this link to place any of the books on hold. Many are also available on OverDrive. 
  1. Open and Shut
  2. First Degree
  3. Bury the Lead
  4. Sudden Death
  5. Dead Center
  6. Play Dead
  7. New Tricks
  8. Dog Tags
  9. One Dog Night
  10. Leader of the Pack
  11. Unleashed
  12. Hounded
  13. Who Let the Dog Out
  14. Outfoxed
  15. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
  16. Collared
Final Word: 

This series is the perfect mix of humor, suspense, and mystery! As you probably noticed, many of the book covers have dogs on them. These books are enjoyable for anyone, not just dog lovers! (Cute dogs sell books - David Rosenfelt has caught onto this trend) One of the reasons you will love this series is because Andy is delightfully hilarious and clever. When you aren't laughing at his commentary, you're caught up in his investigations. As added bonus, audiobook listeners will love the narrator for the series! Grover Gardner captures Andy's personality perfectly. Lindsey compares his dry wit to Hawkeye from M.A.S.H. These books are excellent mysteries that you won't want to put down!
Jun 27

New Tech-Aide (Lindsey) Hours!

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 1:03 PM by Lindsey Schmidt

New Technology-Aide Hours

Starting in July 2017, Lindsey will have extended hours! This means that she will be able to assist you with your technology questions 3 days a week instead of 2. 

Lindsey's responsibilities include helping patrons with OverDrive, RBDigital, and hoopla; working with patrons and their devices; teaching computer and technology classes; purchasing ebooks and eAudiobooks; updating the library's Facebook, Instagram, and website; and taking pictures during library events. We cannot repair devices or computers at the library. By extending her hours, we hope to give our patrons more flexibility to meet with Lindsey! 

Here are her new hours: 

Tuesdays: 11:45 AM - 8 PM
Wednesdays: 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Fridays: 9:30 AM - 5 PM

We recommend that you email ( or call prior to visiting to be sure that Lindsey is available to meet with you. Sometimes there is another appointment or a class that prevents her from drop-in meetings. She is getting married this summer and will out of the country for part of August - so will be unable to meet with anyone during that time. Lindsey looks forward to meeting more of the Zeeland community during her new hours! 
Jun 23

Series Saturday - Author Spotlight

Posted on June 23, 2017 at 4:57 PM by Lindsey Schmidt

This week's Series Saturday is not about a series. It's about an author who doesn't write series but is an excellent summer read - Jane Green!

Jane Green has written over two dozen books in the last 20 years! She was born in London and was a journalist for much of her career before turning to novels. Some consider her the queen of women's fiction - Jessica is among them! Don't let "women's fiction" turn you off from her books - Green has an incredible talent for creating realistic characters with shameful flaws that only makes you love them more! All of her novels are either set in England or have an English protagonist. We hope you enjoy these excellent and intriguing summer reads! Here's the list of books we carry and a brief Goodreads summary of each:

The Sunshine Sisters
The Sunshine Sisters
The New York Times bestselling author of Falling presents a warm, wise, and wonderfully vivid novel about a mother who asks her three estranged daughters to come home to help her end her life.

To Have and To Hold
To Have and To Hold
What happens when your Prince Charming turns out not to be so charming after all? In To Have and To Hold, bestselling author Jane Green offers a sizzling, highly entertaining look at romantic relationships after we say “I do.” 

Tempting Fate
Tempting Fate
From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima JThe Beach HouseAnother Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships….

Swapping Lives
Swapping Lives
A must-read for every modern woman who's ever considered the road not taken, Swapping Lives is a warm and realistic chronicle of two women who do more than wonder if the grass is greener on the other side of the Atlantic.

Summer Secrets
Summer Secrets
Jane Green delivers her second blockbuster novel of 2015, a story of one woman struggling to right the wrongs of her past, with even more complications in the present.

Second Chance
Second Chance
Jane Green has become a nationally bestselling author with legions of fans through her novels about the true-life dilemmas of real women—their relationships, their careers, their loves, their triumphs and disappointments. In her latest book, Green tells the story of a group of people who haven’t seen each other since they were best friends at school. When one of them dies in a terrible tragedy, the reunited friends work through their grief together and find that each of their lives is impacted in ways they could have never foreseen. Warm, witty, and as wise as ever, this is a story of friendship, of family, and of life coming full circle.

Saving Grace
Saving Grace
Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.

Promises to Keep
Promises to Keep
Callie Perry lights up every room she enters, and adores her settled family life in tony Bedford, New York. Steffi is Callie's younger sister. At thirty, she's still a free spirit bouncing between jobs and boyfriends in Manhattan. Their long-divorced parents, Walter and Honor, share little besides their grown daughters. But when Callie receives a difficult diagnosis, the family will come together for one unforgettable and ultimately life-changing year.

Family Pictures
Family Pictures
From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?

The New York Times bestselling author of The Beach HouseJemima J, and Summer Secrets presents a novel about the pleasure and meaning of finding a home—and family—where you least expect them. In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…

Dune Road
Dune Road
Her latest gem, Dune Road, is set in tony Highfield, Connecticut, where recent divorcee Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a Wall Street Widow for a clapboard Cape with sea-green shutters and sprawling impatiens. Her kids are content, her ex cooperative, and each morning she wakes up to her dream job: assisting the blockbuster novelist Robert McClore. Then an unexpected series of events forces Kit to realize that her blissfully constructed idyll and blossoming new romance aren't as perfect as she thought. 

Beach House
Beach House
Nan Powell is a free-spirited, sixty-five-year-old widow who's not above skinny-dipping in her neighbors' pools when they're away and who dearly loves her Nantucket home. But when she discovers that the money she thought would last forever is dwindling, she realizes she must make drastic changes to save her beloved house. So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.
Slowly people start moving in to the house, filling it with noise, laughter, and with tears. As the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family and friends expanding. Her son comes home for the summer, and then an unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down. 

Meet Julia, a wildly successful television producer who appears to have the picture-perfect life. But beneath the surface, things are not as perfect as they seem. Stuck in a loveless relationship with her boyfriend, Mark, Julia thinks a baby is the answer . . . but she may want a baby more than she wants her boyfriend. Will a trip to New York City with a jet-setting friend—and all the glittering energy and eligible men the city brings—help her discover what she really needs? 
Maeve, on the other hand, is allergic to commitment. A feisty, red-haired, high-power career girl, she cherishes her ability to do just as she pleases and breaks out in a rash every time she passes a stroller. But when her no-strings-attached nightlife leads to an unexpected pregnancy, her reaction may be just as unexpected.And then there’s Samantha—happily married and eager to be the perfect June Cleaveresque mother. But baby George brings only exhaustion, extra pounds, and marital strife to her once tidy life. Is having an affair with a friend’s incredibly sexy husband the answer?

Another Piece of my Heart
Another Piece of My Heart
From The New York Times bestselling author of Jemima J and The Beach House comes Jane Green’s most emotional and powerful novel yet:  a story that explores the complications of a woman marrying into a ready-made family.

?We hope you found something to enjoy this summer!