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Published on Monday, August 13, 2012

The Cardturner by Louis SacharBad news: The summer is just about over.  Good news:  There are still plenty of great books to read and there’s still time to complete the Own the Night Summer Reading program.  And if you’re looking for a book with a lot of humor and just a little heart, The Cardturner by award-winning author is a sure bet.

Published on Monday, August 6, 2012

Other countries observe a special banking holiday on the first Monday in August so that their residents get a three-day weekend.  While we do not have a special bank holiday in the United States, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate during the month of August.  Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below.

August 1 – Rounds Resounding Day
August 5 – National Underwear Day
August 7 – Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day

The Early Word Catches the Book

Published on Monday, August 6, 2012

Have you ever wondered how librarians keep track of news, trends and changes in the book world?

How we recommend books and other materials to a diverse community day after day?

Well, the truth is that we have a few secret weapons to help us in our mission.  Some of these are professional resources that are difficult to access without a subscription, but most are publicly available resources that are just waiting for you to discover them. 

In this series, I'll introduce you to some of the resources that help us make your day. 

'The Sense of an Ending' by Julian Barnes

Published on Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Sense of an EndingTony Webster, a middle-aged man, thought an amicable divorce and retirement would give him peace until he is confronted with a past he thought he had left behind.

Life becomes complicated when Tony receives a mysterious legacy which forces him to re-examine his entire life.  Did he create a past which allowed him to live with himself?  Tony says that the difference between youth and age is "that when we are young we invent different futures for ourselves; when we are old, we invent different pasts for others."

Published on Monday, July 16, 2012

Cinder by Marissa MeyerSummer is always a time of massive heat waves and power outages.  Most of us felt that forcefully with storm damage we experienced at the beginning of July.

But the difficulties we had are nothing compared to how bad a power outage would be for Cinder, the heroine of the book with the same name by Marissa Meyer. We have to deal with spoiled food, but she has to worry about not being able to move because her robotic parts might not work. 


Read on below.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Whatever the case may be, people are cycling more than ever.  It may be a while, if ever, before people totally replace their four-wheel monsters for two wheels (especially in a city like ours), but biking is spreading like wildfire.  Many non-biking commuters rush home to go for a quick run or to the gym.  While those who bike can rest comforted knowing that their commute is doubling to help meet daily fitness requirements.  In addition to the health benefits, biking seems to be the progressive, environmentally friendly mode of transportation for many.  In other words…it’s cool.

Published on Tuesday, July 10, 2012

FireworksFireworks make us loud and proud, but Independence Day is just one of the many holidays we can celebrate in July. Learn about some of the weird holidays that happen this month by clicking on the links below See if they make as a big a BOOM in your life as the fireworks on the Fourth.

July 1-31 – Cell Phone Courtesy Month
July 1-31 – International Zine Month
July 3 – Stay Out of the Sun Day

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book CoverHave you ever seen the picture book Owl Babies by Martin Waddell? 

Have you ever wondered why Sarah, Percy and Bill are all different sizes in the same nest with the mother owl?  There is a wonderful explanation for this in Farley Mowat's book Owls in the Family.  Horned owls lay eggs several days apart and the eggs are hatched several days apart.

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer of Star Wars Logo

Where:  Northeast Branch Library Children's Room
When:  Saturday, June 30, starting at 2:30 p.m.
What:  Take the Star Wars Challenge quiz and win a prize (while supplies last).  The challenge will be available until 5 p.m.

Published on Monday, June 18, 2012

Summertime is, among other things, a time to catch up with friends and family.  Love them or hate them, your relatives are one part of your life that you can’t escape.  A book that I’ve read recently, The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel, captures the wackiness of these celebrations to a T.  Read on to find out how our narrator deals with her aunts, uncles, cousins and other assorted relations.


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