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These books have been specially recommended by members of Hayner’s staff.

The Quiche of Death

Posted January 11th, 2012

Agatha Raisin has decided to leave the daily grind of London life for the simple (so she thinks) life of the English countryside. She sells her very successful public relations agency and purchases a cottage in the quiet village of Carsley in the Costwolds. But life in the village is very different than Agatha had envisioned. The villagers aren’t very welcoming to newcomers and the pushy and grumpy Agatha doesn’t do herself any favors by becoming a suspect in a murder investigation! This is a fun book for lovers of “cozy” mysteries. If you like this book, be sure to check out the entire series!

The Witness

Posted January 11th, 2012

The daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally lets loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that follow change her life forever. This is the best stand-alone novel Roberts has written in some time. Well worth the honor of her 200th publication!

A Graveyard Preservation Primer

Posted June 15th, 2011

Genealogy is not just about gathering family photos and vital records and making scrapbooks. Genealogy is also about visiting old cemeteries to locate the final resting places of our ancestors.

But sometimes we find that those final resting places are sadly overgrown, unattended, and neglected cemeteries. Over the years the tombstones have become hard to read since no one has taken preventive measures to help preserve the history of those buried within the gates. And that is what this book is all about!  A Graveyard Preservation Primer explains the how-to Continue Reading

Life Along the Illinois River

Posted March 29th, 2011

People and scenery of the river are frozen in time in dramatic photographs. Travel down the river with fishermen, tugboat captains, animals, and birds.

See a bald eagle in midair holding the fish he just snatched from the icy waters. Feel the rhythm of river life as you view the tugboat captains and fishermen at work. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of a majestic oak tree silhouetted against the sunset.

Enjoy this book in the Hayner Public Library District Genealogy & Local History Library.

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Hobo Quilts

Posted March 2nd, 2011

“Traveling free” is one of the kinder ways that “hobos” were described. During the Depression in the United States, most of these people were men who had lost their jobs. They were looking for work—any work they could find—anywhere. Occasionally whole families traveled together. With no transportation, the fastest way to get to the next town was by rail.  And so they “rode the rails”—grabbing hold and climbing on board as the train was starting, sneaking into empty train cars, riding on top of the cars, or even holding on between cars. Transients Continue Reading

Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism

Posted December 28th, 2010

Controversial, disturbing, and sad are the words that come to mind to describe the history documented within the pages of this book. Author James Loewen has done a remarkable job of recording one of America’s best-kept secrets, the truth about Sundown Towns in America. By using firsthand accounts backed up with historical facts, the author weaves a powerful and compelling story documenting how racism and segregation have affected hundreds of towns and their inhabitants across the Continue Reading

World War II Order of Battle

Posted November 3rd, 2010

World War II Order of Battle describes every Army Ground Combat Unit, Battalion to Division, from 1939–1946. Army unit organization in World War II is thoroughly explained. The author lists the title and type of each unit. He lists the weapons used by each unit and includes images of unit insignia. He traces the movement of each unit in its overseas campaigns and gives each unit’s August 1945 location at the end of the war, if applicable.

Citizen soldiers in World War II served either in the Regular Army, the National Guard, or the Reserves. Continue Reading

Tracing Your Baltic, Scandinavian, Eastern European & Middle Eastern Ancestry Online

Posted August 12th, 2010

This book will be of most use to family researchers who are comfortable using a computer to search the Internet for connections to their family tree. Each chapter is specific to a geographical location and is packed full of website addresses, as well as written instructions on successful searching in a specific area. Author Anne Hart has done a fantastic job of putting so much information into one book and making it all come together so well. A valuable tool for anyone with Continue Reading

Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records

Posted July 20th, 2010

This is a small book packed full of genealogical nuggets that have been compiled from reliable Kentucky records with various sources. The information listed in the Kentucky Pioneer and Court Records was collected from sources such as courthouse and church registers, cemeteries, and old family Bibles. Many of the entries date back to the early 1800s. Marriages, births, deaths, and wills are among the many diverse records listed in this collection of data about old Kentucky families.  A large Continue Reading

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Posted July 14th, 2010

sweetnessMeet eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, sleuth extraordinaire, who has a penchant for chemistry; especially the concocting of poisons, which she doesn’t mind using on her sisters. She lives on an old English country estate with her widowed father and two older sisters, a cook, and a gardener; her mother died in a mountain-climbing accident in Tibet when Flavia was very young. The family is lost in their own endeavors, which leaves time for brilliant Flavia to create her world of chemistry experiments and Continue Reading