Friday Book Review

“Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy” By: Tui T. Sutherland

(Image from Amazon, Clay the Mudwing soaring over a lake)

Director’s Note:

It is most likely no surprise to anyone who has talked with me for more than five seconds that I am obsessed with dragons. Sutherland’s book series is an entire world of dragons! I have read the series many times over and many times again, getting caught up in the thrilling world of Pyrrhia, home of the dragons. There are over 15 books in this series, all of them from an individual dragon’s perspective as the story progresses in their world.

The Review:

The first book follows the character of Clay, as strong and loyal friend, as he and the four other dragonets of destiny try and figure out how to save the world from the terrible war that has raged for twenty years. But saving the world is not as easy as it seems, especially when the five dragonets leave their hidden cave and enter the terrifying world of dragons at war. Once you start this book, you will be turning pages faster than a soaring Skywing! May these story fill you with the power of wings of fire. Happy reading young dragonets.

(Image from the wings of fire fandom/wiki, image of the Dragonet Prophecy)
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Hollow Knight

Video Game Review

Hollow Knight on Steam
(Image from Steam)

Hollow Knight is a story of few words and large settings. You enter as an unnamed character, a small knight, to the town of Dirtmouth. From there, you go down the well and start to uncover the mysteries of the lost kingdom of Hollownest, where life is stirring in the ancient ruins. What truth will you uncover as you delve deeper and deeper into this strange world?

The game of Hollow Knight is a world of anthropomorphized insects, each with their unique abilities, personalities, and design based on real life insects. Stunning backgrounds combined with beautiful ambient music makes for an enchanting experience. Game rated E10+ for everyone ten and up. You can find the game online on STEAM for $14.99 (a downloadable platform that allows you access to thousands of games.).

Library Director’s Note:

Video games can have stories that are just as in depth and meaningful as books and movies do. Hollow Knight is one that I found to be very moving and inspiring. The story is told, not in direct words or a complex script with actors, but through discovery and exploration. Small details in the background structures, character design, weapons/artifacts, and the musical score itself, all hold clues as to what the story is. I hope this is of interest to you. Stories can be everywhere.

Curtis Decker, Director of the Belmont Library

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Friday Book Review

Greetings fellow readers,

I’m Curtis Decker, the Belmont Library Directory, and I had and idea for how to use the website. I have read many books over my years and I thought it would be fun to offer suggestions and book reviews. Without further ado, here is the first.

(Image from Amazon)

“The Monsters of Morley Manor” By: Bruce Coville

Readers of Coville will undoubtable note his unique style of language and story telling. He creates an atmosphere of fantasy while maintaining a level of reality within his characters.

This story follows the journey of two siblings, Sarah and Anthony, as they find a secret in their sleepy little Nebraska town. Monsters! Hidden away in the Morley Manor, the two stumble upon the monsters in a house sale. From there, the monsters lead them on an adventure across time, alien worlds, the land of the dead, and more.

This story blends science and magic in fantastical ways and follows a tale of what family is all about. It is also a fitting read for this spooky season. Enjoy!

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Songs in Fall

It is a time of songs around campfires and eerie fall weather. The darkness of winter is on its way, summer has passed, but in these few in between moments we see the landscape set ablaze with leaves and life. I find fall a time for reflection and contemplation and strange music. This song is by a Norwegian folk singer named Aurora Aksnes. She has a stunning style of music that reminds me of the atmosphere of fall. Here is one of her songs. Enjoy.

(AURORA – When I’m Gone (Getting Colder) | Lyrics, from YouTube, all rights reserved)
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Need Help Understanding Literary Tropes?

Have you ever been curious as to why a group of three man band is such a reoccurring theme in stories? Or maybe Arthurian Legends have you stumped with their archaic language. Ever wonder what a “Lancer” character is? Or have you found ancient mythologies impossible to untangle?

Then go check out “Overly Sarcastic Productions” on YouTube. Whether its tackling Dante’s “Inferno,” or understanding how the Aztec creation myth came to be, you can probably find the answers here. These are creative and fun videos that help explain what makes a good story, ancient myths, and more with lots of modern comparisons and easy to understand language. I would rate them at PG-13 just to be safe, but they make an excellent teaching tool.

Hope these are helpful to you.

Curtis Decker, Director of the Belmont Library

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Greetings Belmont

From Director Curtis Decker

Hello Library Patrons. Things are changing up at the Historic Belmont Library. New hours will be in effect as of today, September 20th, 2022. This in hopes to better extend the services of the library to the public in a productive manner.

As the new director, I have some ideas of how to change things, but my main concern is what the patrons want. If you have suggestions to improve our library, come in and let me know. We have a suggestion basket for you to leave a note in. All ideas are welcome.

Image from Wikipedia
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*We would love to have more volunteers who are interested in learning how to run the online circulation desk. Send us a message, email, call us or stop by for more information.

  • Do you have cans/bottles to return? You can donate your returnable bottles and cans at the Wellsville Redemption Center on Hanover Street (next to Island Park entrance) and designate the Belmont Free Library for the donation! It is simple and you don’t have to wait. Just drop them off and let the worker behind the counter know you want to donate them to us.
  • The Belmont Free Library is proud to serve as a drop off location for receipts from Giant Food Mart for Allegany County Trap, Neuter, Return. Giant will donate a portion of the receipt totals. Drop off receipts of any amount from Giant Food Mart in Wellsville and Cuba at the circulation desk during open hours or put them in the book drop when the library is closed. 
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