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The Greenville Area Public Library was established in 1921 in the former Penn High School with Katherine H. Rock serving as the first librarian and remaining as the Library Director for the next 46 years. In 1959, the library was moved next door to what is the current library site; the existing library building was completed in 1972.

Mission - The Mission of the Greenville Area Public Library is to make a positive contribution to the cultural and intellectual life of our Greenville area and the personal enrichment of its residents by providing quality materials, responsive service, and relevant technologies for all members of our community.

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7/16/2015
The Naked Eye
~Johansen, Iris
 Kendra Michaels is obsessed with trying to track down serial killer Eric Colby. Despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The trouble is, she can`t prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation, honed while blind during the first twenty years of her life, have gotten her nowhere. So no one believes her.
 Then out of the blue she gets a call from the Sheriff of Olancha, California, about a young woman being held on a drunk and disorderly charge who lists Kendra as her emergency contact. It`s Eve Duncan`s sister, Beth Avery, who after being wrongfully institutionalized for five years has been living on the road and trying to figure out her life. Kendra can identify, having gone through a similar period of self-discovery after gaining her sight, and she takes Beth home to San Diego with her.
 But the murder of a police detective who had once very openly crossed swords with Kendra is about to complicate her life even further. She visits the crime scene in search of anything that might provide a link to Colby and instead finds evidence that links the crime to her. Finally Colby`s master plan becomes clear- he is framing Kendra for a brutal cop-killing.
 Suspicions mount along with the body count, and Kendra is thrust into spine-tingling pursuit to clear her name and find the killer no one believes exists anymore. Beth joins her on her quest, and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch soon follows. And they get help from another friend anxious to repay her debt to Kendra… none other than Eve Duncan herself.
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7/16/2015
The Dead will Tell
~Castillo, Linda
 Everyone in Painters Mill knows the abandoned Hochstetler farm is haunted. But only a handful of the residents remember the terrible secrets lost in the muted/hushed whispers of time—and now death is stalking them, seemingly from the grave.
 On a late-night shift, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder is called to the scene of an apparent suicide—an old man found hanging from the rafters in his dilapidated barn. But evidence quickly points to murder and Kate finds herself chasing a singularly difficult and elusive trail of evidence that somehow points back to the tragedy of that long ago incident. Meanwhile, Kate has moved in with state agent John Tomasetti and for the first time in so long, they`re both happy- a bliss quickly shattered when one of the men responsible for the murders of Tomasetti`s family four years ago is found not guilty, and walks away a free man. Will Tomasetti be pulled back to his own haunted past?
 When a second man is found dead—also seemingly by his own hand—Kate discovers a link in the case that sends the investigation in a direction no one could imagine and revealing the horrifying truth of what really happened that terrible night thirty-five years ago, when an Amish father and his four children perished—and his young wife disappeared without a trace.

 
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7/16/2015
Nemesis
~Coulter, Catherine
 When Special Agent Lacey Sherlock foils a terrorist attack at JFK airport, she thinks her job is done and turns the reins over to the New York FBI. But stopping the grenade-carrying crazy was only the beginning. Another plot unfolds nearly simultaneously with a bomb at St. Patrick`s Cathedral. The terrorist at JFK refuses to speak to anyone but Sherlock. She heads back with counterterrorist Special Agent Cal McLain to try to get him to talk. 
 Meanwhile, Savich—with the help of Agent Griffin Hammersmith—has his hands full trying to track an elusive murderer who looks like a Hollywood Dracula. When Dracula`s attempts to kill Savich collide with Sherlock`s terrorist case, very strange things happen.
 Who is really behind the bombing attack at St. Patrick`s? How does Savich`s mysterious killer fit into Sherlock`s terrorism investigation? Savich and Sherlock race against the clock, as more lives are in danger with every passing minute.

 
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7/16/2015
Ready Player One
~Cline, Ernest
 In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he`s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade`s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world`s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator`s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade`s going to survive, he`ll have to win—and confront the real world he`s always been so desperate to escape.
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7/1/2015
Ever After
~Deveraux, Jude
 A love story set on Nantucket, featuring the Montgomerys and the Taggarts and filled with secrets and surprises. 
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7/1/2015
Truth or Die
~Patterson, James
 New York attorney Trevor Mann`s world shatters when he receives a phone call telling him his girlfriend has been shot dead in a mugging. But the circumstances point to something more calculated than a random attack.
 Claire was a New York Times journalist and Trevor is convinced she had unearthed a secret so shocking that she was murdered to keep it from coming to light. Chasing Claire`s leads, Trevor will risk everything to discover what exactly she was killed for.
 It`s time to find out the truth, or die.
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7/1/2015
It`s a Long Story
~Nelson, Willie
 What I say is that this is the story of my life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it.
 It`s a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold.
 It`s a story of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms, with a musical sound track ripping right through it.
 My life gets lived on the road, at home, and on the road again, tried and true, and I`ve written it all down from my heart to yours.


 
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7/1/2015
Country
~Steel, Danielle
 Life for Stephanie Adams is all about being a devoted mother. For years, she has kept her unhappy marriage a secret, intent on protecting her children from seeing their family break up. Then Stephanie`s husband dies suddenly, and she sees a chance for everything to be different.
 Stephanie strives to balance her children`s grief with her desire to move on from the past – but after years of giving up her life for everyone else, what should she do next? A spur-of-the-moment road trip leads her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting . . . and her whole life changes forever.
 When Stephanie meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, he opens up his exciting world to her. In Nashville, the music is bittersweet and the lyrics true. Now, Stephanie is no longer the same woman. By seizing the day, she has found a way to be free and happy.
 But can her family find it in their hearts to let her go?

 
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7/1/2015
The Melody Lingers On
~Clark, Mary Higgins
 As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. A born optimist, Lane finds the glimpse into these gilded worlds fascinating, and loves the reward of exceeding the expectations of their often-demanding owners. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett.
 Parker Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. Bennett had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean. Was it suicide or had he staged his disappearance? The scandal around his name has not died down. His clients and the federal government all want to trace the money and find Bennett if he is still alive.
 Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett`s calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husband`s innocence. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Mark, the Bennetts` son, who is similarly determined to prove that his father is not guilty. Lane doesn`t know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life―and her daughter`s life―in jeopardy.
 
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7/1/2015
The President`s Shadow
~Meltzer, Brad
 

There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I find those stories for a living.

 To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he`s responsible for safekeeping the government`s most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.

 But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency. Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring`s help. The alarming discovery of a buried arm has the President`s team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important- What`s the message hidden in the arm`s closed fist?Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn`t the President. It`s Beecher, himself.

 Beecher`s investigation will take him back to one of our country`s greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all- family history.

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7/1/2015
American Wife
~Kyle, Taya
 In early 2013, Taya Kyle and her husband, Chris, were the happiest they ever had been. Their decade-long marriage had survived years of war that took Chris, a U.S. Navy SEAL, away from Taya and their two children for agonizingly long stretches while he put his life on the line in many major battles of the Iraq War. After struggling to readjust to life out of the military, Chris had found new purpose in redirecting his lifelong dedication to service toward supporting veterans and their families. Their love had deepened, and their family was whole, finally.
 Then, the unthinkable. On February 2, 2013, Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield were killed while attempting to help a troubled vet. The life Chris and Taya fought so hard to build was shattered. In an instant, Taya became a single parent of two. A widow. A young woman facing the rest of her life without the man she loved.

 
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7/1/2015
Trauma
~Palmer, Michael
 Dr. Carrie Bryant`s four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity.

 What should have been a routine, hours long operation, turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient`s life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives.

 When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation.

Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employees the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.

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7/1/2015
Being Mortal
~Gawande, Atul
 Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.
 Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession`s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person`s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.

 
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7/1/2015
Long, Tall Christmas
~Dailey, Janet
 Facing foreclosure on her California home, widowed Kylie Wayne is grateful to accept her aging aunt Muriel`s offer to come back to small-town Branding Iron, Texas, and help out on the ranch. But when an early storm rolls in, Kylie`s dream of a perfect Christmas for her kids is blown away with the unexpected snow. Comfort and joy seem unlikely, unless a certain long, tall Texan with a bad boy`s charm can rope some holiday cheer…
  No one imagined restless, independent Shane Taggart would work his parents` ranch all these years. But with his father gone, Shane is ready to sell his land and see the world—until sweet, sexy Kylie shows up. The dutiful good girl he remembers has turned into a spirited woman, and Shane wants to give her the warm family future she longs for, puppy and all. One kiss under the mistletoe may not convince her, but Shane knows that love is a gift that will last forever… 
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7/1/2015
On the Burning Edge
~Dickman, Kyle
 On June 28, 2013, a single bolt of lightning sparked an inferno that devoured more than eight thousand acres in northern Arizona. Twenty elite firefighters—the Granite Mountain Hotshots—walked together into the blaze, tools in their hands and emergency fire shelters on their hips. Only one of them walked out.
 Dickman brings to the story a professional firefighter`s understanding of how wildfires ignite, how they spread, and how they are fought. He understands hotshots and their culture- the pain and glory of a rough and vital job, the brotherly bonds born of dangerous work. Drawing on dozens of interviews with officials, families of the fallen, and the lone survivor, he describes in vivid detail what it`s like to stand inside a raging fire—and shows how the increased population and decreased water supply of the American West guarantee that many more young men will step into harm`s way in the coming years.

 
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7/1/2015
The Wright Brothers
~McCullough, David
 On a winter day in 1903, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, two unknown brothers from Ohio changed history. But it would take the world some time to believe what had happened- the age of flight had begun, with the first heavier-than-air, powered machine carrying a pilot.
 Who were these men and how was it that they achieved what they did?
 David McCullough, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, tells the surprising, profoundly American story of Wilbur and Orville Wright.

 
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7/1/2015
The Residence
~Brower, Kate Andersen
 America`s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.
 These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion`s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d`oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level`s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

 
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7/1/2015
A Lucky Life Interrupted
~Brokaw, Tom
 Tom Brokaw has led a fortunate life, with a strong marriage and family, many friends, and a brilliant journalism career culminating in his twenty-two years as anchor of the NBC Nightly News and as bestselling author. But in the summer of 2013, when back pain led him to the doctors at the Mayo Clinic, his run of good luck was interrupted. He received shocking news- He had multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer. Friends had always referred to Brokaw`s `lucky star,` but as he writes in this inspiring memoir, `Turns out that star has a dimmer switch.`
 Brokaw takes us through all the seasons and stages of this surprising year, the emotions, discoveries, setbacks, and struggles—times of denial, acceptance, turning points, and courage. After his diagnosis, Brokaw began to keep a journal, approaching this new stage of his life in a familiar role- as a journalist, determined to learn as much as he could about his condition, to report the story, and help others facing similar battles. That journal became the basis of this wonderfully written memoir, the story of a man coming to terms with his own mortality, contemplating what means the most to him now, and reflecting on what has meant the most to him throughout his life.

 
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