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Thu, 12/22/2011 - 3:30am

The library loves to connect readers with their favorite writers. In the past year, CRRL has hosted or co-hosted the following notable author visits:

Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series (co-hosted with Jabberwocky)

Robin Donovan, author of A Christmas Rescue

Steve Watkins, author of What Comes After

Look for more awesome author visits in 2012!

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 1:04pm
Picture of eReader

If you plan on relaxing with a good (e)Book over the holidays, you'll want to take a look at the library's eBook collection.  Our "virtual branch" is open around the clock, so even if the library is closed you can browse, check out and download free eBooks from OverDrive and EBSCOhost anytime, from anywhere.

You can access our eBooks through the library catalog or through the OverDrive and EBSCOhost web sites. You will need your library barcode (and pin number for OverDrive). If you have any questions, just contact us.

OverDrive eBooks:

Our OverDrive collection contains over 1,000 popular fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, teens and kids, as well as Project Gutenberg classic titles. OverDrive's Quick Start Guide will help you get started.

If you want to know whether your eReader or tablet is compatible with OverDrive eBooks see their eBook Devices Cheat Sheet.

EBSCOhost eBooks:

Our EBSCOhost collection includes hundreds of current fiction titles, and thousands of nonfiction titles in topics such as Business & Economics, Education, History, Social Sciences, and Science & Technology. 

You can read the full text from your computer, or opt to download titles to many popular portable devices. Visit our EBSCOhost eBooks page for detailed downloading instructions.

Features of this collection include: note taking capabilities, copy & paste functionality, printing, emailing, citation exports, bookmarking, and an embedded dictionary (Oxford American College Dictionary).

Wed, 12/21/2011 - 3:30am
Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch

Hannah Legare is a thirty-five year old business woman who lives in San Francisco with her husband and business partner, Jon. Hannah is about to lose it all, husband and business. After another one of her drunken nights, she finds herself climbing up the exterior of her and Jon's apartment in the middle of the night. Her plan is to break in and attempt to convince Jon they should try to make their marriage work. Before she can do that, she slips and falls backwards onto the ground underneath their apartment and lands herself a trip to the hospital. In Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch, Hannah is forced to move back to Charleston, South Carolina, her hometown, to live with her mother and step-father for a month of exile until she can straighten out her life.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:03pm
Mock Sibert Award Meeting

You are invited to join members of the library's Youth Services Team as they choose the title they think will win this year's Sibert Award.  The youth services staff  will hold a mock awards ceremony prior to the actual announcement.  Please join us at 4 p.m on Thursday, January 19, in the Headquarters Library Theater. 

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author and illustrator of a children's informational book published in the United States in the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books of Jacksonville, Illinois. The actual award winner for 2011 will be announced  at 7:45 a.m. CT on January 23, 2012.

On January 9th, team members will present and discuss the following titles which they have chosen as finalists:

 

View full imageCan We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins and illustrated by Vicky White

The tiger is just one of thousands of animals -- including the ground iguana, the white-rumped vulture, and the partula snail -- currently in danger of becoming extinct, joining the dodo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk, and countless others we will never see again.

 

 

View full imageFlesh and Blood so Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy by Albert Marrin

Provides a detailed account of the disastrous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which claimed the lives of 146 garment workers in 1911, and examines the impact of this event on the nation's working conditions and labor laws.

 

 

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 3:30am
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

In writing, and in life, it is incredibly difficult to deviate from the paths of least resistance. The established patterns seem so easy and inviting, and it takes amazing willpower and courage to do things a different way. As a writer, Jeffrey Eugenides gracefully avoids clichés and predictability. Both of his previous books, The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, are memorable and unnerving. In his latest novel, The Marriage Plot, Eugenides is not alone in his avoidance of formulaic archetypes. The characters themselves are engaged in a meta-struggle to reject obvious and seemingly inexorable fates.

The Marriage Plot follows the intertwined lives of three central characters: Madeleine Hanna, Mitchell Grammaticus, and Leonard Bankhead. The novel opens in 1982, on the chaotic day that is supposed to send the three of them, and the rest of the graduating class, careening into adulthood. The collective mood is characterized by anticipation: professors have pulled out their dusty robes; parents have loaded new film into their cameras. But things are not as simple or inspiring for the young people who are supposed to leave the university’s protective cloister and fend for themselves in an uncertain world. 

Mon, 12/19/2011 - 3:30am
The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss

The Girls by Amy Goldman Koss takes a look into the lives of middle-school girls and the cliques that can rule their relationships. This novel uncovers the world of bullying by presenting a first-person view from each of the five girls involved in the lost friendship. Throughout the text Koss digs deep into the workings of bullying and also gives hope to those that might experience bullying themselves.

Maya, Rene, Breanna, Darcy, and Candace have promised to be friends forever. But this all changes one day when Candace decides that Maya is no longer welcome to hang out with the girls. Maya is unaware of the girls’ change of heart. She calls to invite her friends to go to an amusement park with her, but for some reason none of the girls wants to go. She soon finds out that the others are having a party, and no one even thought to invite her. This wouldn't be such a big problem except for the fact that the five of them usually do everything together.

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 8:24am
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

This readalike is in response to a patron's book-match request. If you would like personalized reading recommendations, fill out the book-match form and a librarian will email suggested titles to you. Available for adults, teens, and kids.  You can browse the book matches here.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami: "Japan's most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife's missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists: a psychic prostitute; a malevolent yet mediagenic politician; a cheerfully morbid sixteen-year-old-girl; and an aging war veteran who has been permanently changed by the hideous things he witnessed during Japan's forgotten campaign in Manchuria." (Book Summary)

If you like The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, then you may like these selections:

Bharati Mukherjee's entire collection:
Wife, Desirable Daughters, Leave It to Me, and The Holder of the World.
All are excellent reads, dealing with Indian immigrants to the US, what they must go through to assimilate, or not, as the case may be, cultural differences and mysteries. Desirable Daughters is her best as far as place, character development and narrative.

 


The Tales of the Otori trilogy:
The first is Across the Nightingale Floor, then Grass for His Pillow and the final is Brilliance of the Moon. They are set in feudal Japan (or possibly a similar, fictitious country) during the time of the Samurai, when warlords ruled the countryside and battles for territory and women raged. The library owns the first two on audio as well as in print and they were fascinating to listen to, partly because the right reader was chosen.

 

Fri, 12/16/2011 - 3:31am

It's never too early to start raising a reader, and the library has a number of early-literacy programs to help. We offer...

Storytimes (see our program page for exact time and branch information):

  • Mother Goose for babies
  • Toddler Time for 2 and 3 year olds
  • Alphabet Soup for all ages
  • Books Before Bedtime in the evenings
  • Saturday Tales on the weekend for working families.

Early Literacy Activity Centers @ England Run, Headquarters, Porter and Salem Church. Kids learn when they're having fun! Children and their caregivers are invited to explore the toys, blocks and letters that enhance the library experience and teach early reading skills through play and self-discovery.

The LEEP librarian visits daycares providing preschool storytimes and delivering books

Our Kids Jr. page has a number of booklists to help you find the right book for your child's age/stage and interests.

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 3:12pm
Best Books of 2011

Library staff members read and discuss books all year long. See what they consider the "Best Books of 2011" for adults, teens, and children.

Some of the "starred picks" (chosen by more than one staff member) include:

Bossypants by Tina Fey, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and The Paris Wife by Paula McLain for adults;

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, and Divergent by Veronica Roth for teens;

and Press Here by Herve Tullet and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean.

Check out the lists linked above to browse all the selections.

Thu, 12/15/2011 - 10:29am
The Muppet Christmas Carol

What a wonderful introduction to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol for the young (or a reminder of the message for the young at heart) to receive by watching A Muppet Christmas Carol with friends and family this holiday season.  Muppet Gonzo the Great, as author Charles Dickens, and his friend Rizzo the Rat, as himself, narrate and add some Muppet mayhem to this classic tale.  With music by Paul Williams and Michael Caine as a bemused Scrooge, this movie is sweet, funny, and heartwarming. I am a lifelong Muppet fan, and, like Jason Segal in his new Muppet Movie this year, want to save the Muppets from being forgotten. So suspend your disbelief and enjoy Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy as the Cratchits!

Jacob and Robert Marley (Muppets Statler and Waldorf) are the ghosts who haunt and heckle Scrooge in song about his avarice and greed. The chains Marley & Marley show Scrooge, which he has forged in his life, rattle his black soul and he starts his journey of self-discovery.  Scrooge, of course, is haunted by Muppet ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Gonzo and Rizzo go along for the ride and add a little slapstick humor. Mixing the classic Muppet repertoire with Charles Dickens’ story is done seamlessly, such as the party at Fozziwig’s (played by Fozzie Bear) Rubber Chicken Factory with Animal jamming on the drums--a delight.

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