Friday, April 26, 2013

What's New in Mystery and Fiction for May?

Wondering what's coming out in Fiction and Mystery this May?  Here are a few titles:

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
How do we love and care for those around us?  A multi-generational saga from the author of The Kite Runner.

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud
A new work by the author of The Emperor's Children that explores life and art from the point of view of a forty-something teacher. 

A Delicate Truth by John LeCarre
Toby Bell is the foreign office minister's private secretary.  He's trying to determine whether a 2008 counterterrorist operation went awry.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced!

The 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners for Letters, Drama, and Music have been announced and we now
have more wonderful titles for our wish lists.  Be sure to place your requests today.

The 2013 winners are:

The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.
follows a young man's journey through the icy waters, dark tunnels, and eerie spy chambers of the world's most mysterious dictatorship, North Korea. 

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall
Tapping into newly accessible diplomatic archives in several nations, distinguished scholar Logevall traces the path that led two Western nations to lose their way in Vietnam. 

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in present-day Haiti, Alex Dumas (father of the writer Alexander Dumas) was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. 

General Nonfiction
Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys by Gilbert King
Shines new light on this remarkable civil rights crusader, setting his rich and driving narrative against the heroic backdrop of a case that U.S. Supreme Court justice Robert Jackson decried as “one of the best examples of one of the worst menaces to American justice.”

Stag's Leap by Sharon Olds.
Through verse, the author carries us through the seasons when her marriage was ending.  Sharon Olds opens her heart to the reader, sharing the feeling of invisibility that comes when we are no longer standing in love's sight; the surprising physical bond that still exists between a couple during parting


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day--April 22

Celebrate Earth Day 2013 (April 22) by stopping by the 2nd floor
display table and picking up a book, book on CD, or DVD.

The display is entitled Oh What a Beautiful World and features topics on geology, geography, gardening, early humans, animals, environment, energy, AND even some fiction focusing on these topics...or at least with related words in the title.

Some titles you might enjoy are:

Adventures in Tornado Alley:  The Storm Chasers
The Neandertal Enigma
K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain
Trilobite!: Eyewitness to Evolution
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
Global Climate Change: The Book of Essential Knowledge
Dust:  A History of the Small & the Invisible
The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon's Last Uncontacted Tribes

Book on CD
Silent Sea
World Without End
Global Warming:  Global Threat
Terminal Freeze
Journey to the Center of the Earth

HumanPlanet: The Complete Series
Ape to Man
Ascent of Man
The Jacques Cousteau Odyssey (6 vols)
Dirt: The Movie

Stop by the display and find what else is waiting for you....


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Featured Online Resource for April--Morningstar Investment Research Center

With the improving markets, take advantage of this well-respected resource provided for you at no cost to play the game of finance and make your investments grow!

Morningstar Investment Research Center provides fast and easy access to the latest mutual fund, stock, and ETF ratings and information.   

New to investing?  Try out the Help & Education feature.   

Take advantage of this trusted financial resource as you make knowledgeable decisions regarding your investments.  


The State of Libraries

If you're a fan of libraries and are interested in the survival of libraries, the changes going on in library-world and the likely future of libraries, you'll be interested in a new report from the American Library Association aptly titled "The State of America's Libraries 2013." In the report you'll find
*ebook trends
*top 10 banned books
*the sorry state of school libraries
*library use of social media
*changing roles of libraries
*how teens use libraries
It's a tumultuous time for libraries economically and technologically. Take a look at this report to get a better grasp of how libraries are coping.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Voice

If you’re like most audio-listening fans, the quality of the narrator’s voice is one of the most important features in the enjoyment of the audio experience. A “bad” voice will cause even the most enthusiastic listener to press “stop.” As a particularly demanding listener myself around voice quality, especially woman’s voices, here are two stellar selections I recommend:

 Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre. Books on CD 2002 Read by Josephine Bailey


 You’ve read the book, you’ve seen the movie(s) but have you had the book read to you? Most likely your answer is no. So, delay not and borrow this audio version read by Josephine Bailey. Ms. Bailey’s voice is an unusually pleasurable voice to listen to for all the characters encountered in this well-loved novel. In a light, mellow English accent Ms. Bailey makes the world of Thornfield Hall, Lowood School, and Gateshead Hall come to life as well as some of the most vivid characters in all of literature.

To see this audio book in our catalog click: here

Second recommendation: 

Cheryl Stayed: Tiny Beautiful Things. Books on CD 2012 Read by the author

 Cheryl Stayed, who wowed the publishing industry with her memoir Wild, also writes an advice column in The Rumpus called “Dear Sugar.” In this audio presentation Ms. Stayed reads the letters from her advice column and her answers. The questions and answers are so riveting that if you’re listening in your car you’ll drive around a few extra minutes just to hear her read the full reply. Ms. Stayed has an appealing voice and a deep, warm heart. Don’t miss this experience. 

To see this audio book in our catalog click:here


Saturday, April 6, 2013

What's New in Mystery and Fiction for April?

Wondering what's coming out in Fiction and Mystery for April?  Here are a few titles:

The Hit by David Baldacci
Government assassin Will Robie returns.

Daddy's Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
A dark secret from a family's past threatens the lives of two sisters.

Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve in Afghanistan, he must leave his wife and infant daughter at home.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Boston 1775

As Patriot’s Day nears try these fascinating history books on the battle at Lexington and Concord and Bunker Hill.

The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775
      by William H. Hallahan,

At four in the morning on April 19, 1975, a line of British soldiers stared across the village green of Lexington, Massachusetts, at a crowd of seventy-seven Amercican militiamen. A shot rang out, and the Redcoats replied with a devastating volley. Drawing on diaries, letters, official documents, and memoirs, William H. Hallahan vividly captures the drama of those tense twenty-four hours. 

Then one of the other mounted officers behind Pitcairn, brandished his sword and the regulars huzzaed in unison.  He then pointed his pistol toward the Minute Men and fired.  A detailed history of the battle first published in 1912 and updated in 1922.

Using eyewitness accounts extensively, Birnbaum brings to life events in and around the Boston of 1773-1776: the arrival of British reinforcements; the rising tensions among colonists; and the ensuing battles at Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill, all related in vivid details that allow us to see many different individuals and the issues at stake within the framework of that era.

One hot June afternoon in 1775, on the gentle slopes of a hill near Boston, Massachusetts, a small band of ordinary Americans--frightened but fiercely determined--dared to stand up to a superior British force. But Bunker Hill was not the battle that we have been taught to believe it was.

The battles of Lexington and Concord, deemed the shots heard around the world, are usually considered the opening conflicts of the Revolutionary War. Perhaps so, but as Nelson indicates in his detailed and stirring account, the subsequent battle at Bunker Hill had a much greater impact in both America and Britain.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

OverDrive - Downloading eBooks

OverDrive, the resource that allows you to check out library books to your phone, tablet, computer, and more has had a major update.

The Next Generation of Overdrive looks like:

The Red 1 is where you sign in. You should always sign in first to see the availability of library books.

The Blue 2  demonstrates when titles are available. The circle on the left shows a greyed out book, meaning it is not available. The circle on the right has a filled in black book, meaning the book is available for download.

The Green Arrow has your drop down so that you can look for items currently available for download.

When you click on an available title you will now see this screen:

Here you see the available formats as well as your one click option to borrow.

Give OverDrive a try today!
If you have any questions you can either comment below, stop by the Reference Desk, or drop into one of our Open Labs on Mondays from 1-4pm and Thursdays 2-4pm in Jackie's Room.