Christie Hoerneman

11/01/2016 - 12:51am
NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month at the Library

National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual Internet-based creative writing project that takes place during the month of November, challenging participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel. If you're thinking of participating, you’ll find plenty of helpful writing tips at the library and on nanowrimo.org.

12/08/2016 - 3:36pm
Euro Board Games

Euro board games, also called Eurogames and German-style board games, have become increasingly popular over the past 20 years with the introduction of Settlers of Catan in the 1990s. They are tabletop games that involve simple rules, indirect player competition (or cooperation between all players), are strategy-based, and involve minimal to no random luck. Euro board games are referred to as such due to the design and development of the games being centered in Europe, particularly Germany.

The Headquarters, England Run, Porter, and the Salem Church branches will each host a Euro Board Game Night one evening a month on the following rotation:

-1st Mondays at 7:00: Headquarters
-2nd Mondays at 7:00: England Run
-3rd Mondays at 7:00: Porter
-4th Mondays at 7:00: Salem Church

For grades 10 through adult. This series begins on September 12 at the England Run Branch and will continue through fall and winter of 2016/17.

08/25/2016 - 5:37pm
Book covers for Full Dark, No Stars and Mattaponi Queen

Do you enjoy lively discussions?
Do you enjoy a good pint while having said lively discussions?

Then join us for a special Books and Beer Club Pub Crawl on Saturday, September 10, 2:00-5:00!

You'll have your choice of discussing two short story collections, either Mattaponi Queen, by Belle Boggs, or Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King, while enjoying wonderful food and drink. 

We'll start at 2:00 at Castiglia's Italian Restaurant, 324 William Street, move to Brock's Riverside Grill, 503 Sophia Street, at 3:00, and finish up at Spencer Devon Brewing, 106 George Street, from 4:00-5:00.

Space is limited, so reserve your seat and a copy of your preferred book by calling the England Run adult research desk at 540-899-1703. There is no charge to register for the event, but beverages and food will be available for purchase at each venue. You must be 21 or over to attend the pub crawl.

09/29/2015 - 2:40pm

With thousands of educational apps, it’s hard to know where to start.  Many of the apps are great ways to learn about specific subjects, but start with these free general education apps:

Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com

Search for and view definitions and synonyms for over two million words.  The app also allows you to save your favorite word and will provide a word of the day.  Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

06/30/2015 - 3:40pm

Each month we'll be bringing you apps that library staff know and use.  Here's a list of free apps for exploring the universe from the comfort of your couch:

Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map

Google Sky Map lets you explore the universe through images from NASA satellites, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the Hubble Telescope.  Available only for Android products.

 

NASA app

NASA

The NASA App contains all things NASA related.  It includes the latest NASA content including over 14,000 images, videos on-demand, NASA Television, mission information, news, tweets, satellite tracking, and more.   Available for Android and Apple products and Kindle Fire.

01/16/2013 - 3:33am
In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

Australia—a land of kangaroos, koala bears, 12-foot earthworms, killer seashells, and Prime Ministers who disappear in the surf—provides a rich adventure for those who are not afraid to possibly encounter some of the world’s deadliest creatures and forbidding terrain.  Bill Bryson, author of the bestseller A Walk in the Woods, invites us on his treks throughout the Land Down Under from the comfort of our own homes (away from the deadly box jellyfish and toxic caterpillars) in his book, In a Sunburned Country.

12/12/2012 - 3:32am
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

The entire town knew that the Vicario twins were planning on murdering Santiago Nasar, and nobody stopped the brutal murder.  Determined to understand how a man liked by the town and his murderers could be killed without anyone stopping it, the narrator sets out 27 years after the event to talk to the townspeople and reconstruct what happened that fateful day in Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold

11/27/2012 - 9:23am
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson

Part fantasy, part romance, Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson is a time travel novel featuring Richard Collier, who falls in love with a turn of the century actress and travels back in time to meet her.

In 1971, Richard, on finding out that he is suffering from terminal cancer, embarks on a road trip from Los Angeles to Denver.  On the way, he stops at a historic hotel on the coast in San Diego where he sees a play program from the late 1800s and falls in love with the woman pictured on the front.  Captivated by her beauty, Collier researches the actress, Elise McKenna and finds out that she never married, had an overbearing manager named W.F. Robinson, and that she had a brief encounter in 1896 with a mysterious man at the hotel he is currently staying at.  Throughout his research, he realizes that he has fallen deeply in love with the woman, and convinces himself that he is the mysterious man with whom Elise had an affair.

11/13/2012 - 3:31am
The Uncommon Reader: A Novella by Alan Bennett

What if you had never noticed the small things in life?  Having lived a privileged life defined by ceremonies and duties, would you have had the time to notice the subtle changes in behavior of the people around you when upset, worried, or flustered?  And what would make you start noticing?  This is the premise for the brilliantly witty audiobook The Uncommon Reader, by Alan Bennett.

In this audiobook, richly-narrated by the author, the Queen, having never read for pleasure, stumbles upon a bookmobile outside the gates of Buckingham Palace and feels duty bound to check out a book.  While she dutifully finishes the first book she checks out, she feels duty bound once again to check out a second book, which is the one that captures her attention and leads to her rabid consumption of books.  Helping the Queen on this journey is Norman, a kitchen boy in the palace, who is promoted to page after his encounter with the Queen in the bookmobile.  With Norman as her accomplice, the Queen is introduced to an array of authors and begins to see the world through other people’s eyes. 

10/16/2012 - 3:32am
Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason

Arnaldur Indridason's Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller, the first of a series starring Inspector Erlendur, is a gripping crime novel set in the insular world of Reykjavik, Iceland, where the climate is unforgiving and murder is a relatively rare phenomenon. 

An elderly man, Holberg, is found murdered in his city flat, and, unlike most murders in Iceland that are crimes of passion, Erlendur and his colleagues Sigrinudur Oli and Elinborg quickly realize that this is not going to be a typical murder investigation, especially since the only clues are a cryptic note stating, “I am HIM” and the photograph of a young girl’s grave.

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