National Library Week - April 13 - 19

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Library Now Has Mango Online Language Learning Program

Mango LogoHave you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Refresh your knowledge before a trip abroad? Mango Language Learning Programs available through the library's online databases now provide the following 22 languages and 14 additional ESL programs:

Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portugese, Greek, Japanese, Russian, French, Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Turkish, Hebrew, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, Tagalog, Hindi, Irish, Dari

The Mango Language Learning Program is available 24/7 and can be accessed through this link: Try Mango Languages Today!

Vegetable Gardening Books

You'll have a growing interest in these vegetable and herb gardening booksorganic vegetables

All new square foot gardening : grow more in less space! / Mel Bartholomew.
CALL NUMBER: 635 BART                   

Crops in pots : how to plan, plant, and grow vegetables, fruits, and herbs in easy care containers / Bob Purnell   
CALL NUMBER: 635.986 PURN                             Read more

A Fatal Grace: A Three Pines Mystery by Louise Penny

Check our catalog for: A Fatal Grace

A Fatal Grace coverThis is the second book in the mystery series set in the small town of Three Pines, Quebec, and featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surete du Quebec. (Smart, experienced, and patient - he's just what you want in a chief inspector).  A woman nobody likes is electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake while watching a game of curling, and Gamache and his team have to figure out who the murderer is.  The characters of the townspeople are interesting and appealing and well developed - you really get to know them and their individual personalities.  Three Pines just seems so pleasant and cozy. The first book in the series is Still Life.  These are great books, especially if you like your cozy mysteries with a little French mixed in.

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Check our catalog for: The Glass Castle

 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls takes the reader on an incredible journey through the lives of the Walls family told by the middle child Jeanette who by her own strength of character and persistance leaves an abusive family environment to thrive in New York as a successful journalist. Wall's memoir exposes startling neglect within a context of humor and irony as the family consisting of four children and two clueless parents falls deeper and deeper into debt, neglect and abject poverty. You will find yourself rooting for Jeannette throughout this well told story. I loved this book.

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King

Check our catalog for: The Beekeeper's Apprentice

The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King is a well drawn historical novel that makes the assumption that Sherlock Holmes is real and that he takes on an apprentice by the name of Mary Russell. The relationship between Holmes and Russell developes slowly throughout the book and by the end, the characters, including Dr. Watson and Mrs. Hudson provide enthralling escape for the reader into the world at the turn of the century. King is up to her 10th installment in this well written series. Fans of Conan Doyle will be pleased.

New at the library: a Rental Collection

Our new Rental Collection provides library users with another option for obtaining popular fiction and non-fiction titles currently on national best-seller lists.  The rental collection consists of copies of best sellers.  Rental books are available on a walk-in basis only.  They are not holdable electronically nor will staff pull copies to hold for callers.  (Some libraries call it a "Lucky Day" Collection).  The collection is located in the Circulation lobby to the left of the entrance to the Periodicals Room.

 How do you check out a rental title? 
1.  Rental books check out with a non-refundable rental fee of $1 for the first 4 days collected at the time of checkout.
2.  Rental books out for more than 4 days will accrue an additional 25 cents/day beginning on day 5.
3.  Additional rental fees that accrue on copies out more than 4 days will be assessed to your library account.
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Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is an incredibly layered experience that includes art, architecture, madness, murder and remarkably detailed biographies of some of the most influential people of the 19th and 20th centures. Larson sets out to connect the history of the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 with that of a series of murders by a monster that went by the name of Henry H. Holmes. This a very intense and enjoyable book that broadens your understanding of modern American history while simultaneously entertaining you with a murder story that disturbs and fascinates with equal measure.

The New Yorkers: a novel

Polly has just broken up with Chris and moves out of his apartment into an apartment with a curious history. Jody falls in love with Everett but Everett falls for Polly. Simon loves Jody but seems to love his hobbies more. Dog love. People love. City love. It's all here and it's brilliant! The New Yorkers by Cathleen Schine is the new Jane Austen in my opinion. She writes about the relationships between people and their animals all the while commenting on society and manners with great subtlety and insight. Funny and touching!

 

Document scanner now available in the Adult Department

We now have a document scanner in the microforms room in the adult department. The scanner is connected to a computer in that room. The computer has internet access. The scanned image or document can be saved to a flash drive, and could be uploaded to a website. Printing is not available from that computer.  The scanner, an HP Scanjet 8300,  can take a legal size document (or smaller). To use the document scanner to scan documents, photographs, etc., please see a librarian at the adult reference desk.

Sherlock Holmes makes a comeback!

Is the character played by Robert Downey Jr. in the movie out this month anything like the “real” (fictitious person) Sherlock Holmes? Read or listen to some of the original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and find out.
We’ve got:detective

Books by Arthur Conan Doyle
The complete original illustrated Sherlock Holmes : 37 short stories plus a complete novel…
Eight great Sherlock Holmes stories [large print]
The new annotated Sherlock Holmes. The novels Read more