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THE FLOWER OF CHIVALRY: MEDIEVAL ROMANCES

Codex Manesse, Bergner von HorheimIf a lover of romantic historical fiction were to search our catalog for "medieval romance," she might get a bit confused.  You see, she'd find medieval romance... but she'd also find medieval romance!  (See what I mean by "confused"?)  The same term-- "medieval romance"-- gets used to describe two very different bodies of literature.  

NEW SERVICES - SUCCESS!

We are amazed and gratified at the resounding acceptance of our new circulation desk and new hold system, the self- checkout machines and in-house book return.  Staff has been available to introduce the new features and will continue to work with you.  Now that you've gotten the hang of checking out there are other features on the self checkout, including renewing and the ability to review your account.  The next time you visit take note of the video display that was installed today. 

Library usage is increasing and staff members are busier than ever working to meet your needs.  Thanks for your patience and support.

Teens --- Come and Play Xbox360

In our Teen Room, we have an Xbox360 and two controls.  Just bring your library card with you and check out an Xbox360 game downstairs in our AV department.  Then take your card to the Adult Reference Desk and the librarian will unlock our game cabinet. You have an hour of play time. Since we have two controls, depending on the game, you can play with a friend.  When you are done, go to Adult Reference to pick up your library card and return the game to the AV department. The game console is limited to teens and one friend or family member.

 

New Romance Fiction for March 2010

In paperback:

Knock Me for a Loop by Heidi Betts (3, Chicks with Sticks) C
Triumph in Arms by Jennifer Blake (6, Masters at Arms) H
Her Sexy Valentine by Stephanie Bond (Harlequin Blaze) C, A
The Golden Season by Connie Brockway H
Perfect Partners? by C. J. Carmichael (1, Harlequin SuperRomance: The Fox & Fisher Detective Agency) C, M
P. I. Contest by C. J. Carmichael (2, Harlequin SuperRomance: The Fox & Fisher Detective Agency) C, M
Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr (9, Virgin River) C
Accidentally Demonic by Dakota Cassidy (4, Accidental Friends) C, S
A Midwife Crisis by Lisa Cooke (1, Home in the Heartland) H, W

New Speculative Fiction for March 2010

New to our shelves:

Ninth Circle by Alex Bell H
Able One by Ben Bova SF
Real Unreal by Kevin Brockmeier, ed. (3, Best American Fantasy) F
Geosynchron by David Louis Edelman (3, Jump 225 trilogy) SF
Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson (9, Malazan Book of the Fallen) F
The Light of Burning Shadows by Chris Evans (2, The Iron Elves) F
The Sorceress of Karres by Eric Flint and David Freer (3, Witches of Karres) SF, F
Space Captain Smith by Toby Frost (1, Chronicles of Isambard Smith) SF
Brooklyn Knight by C. J. Henderson (1, Prof. Piers Knight) F, H, M

New DVD Releases For March 17th

Astro Boy

Armored

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

The Fourth Kind

 

HAULING OUT THE BIG GUNS: HARD-HITTING SF

I received a request in last month's comments for some reading suggestions in military science fiction.  As I was putting a list together, I thought it likely that more than one person would be interested in this subgenre, and that it would be a shame to bury my answer in the depths of the archives.  So without further ado, here's the question and my response....

Coming in July

Burke, James Lee. The Glass Rainbow: A Dave Robicheaux Novel.

James Lee Burke's eagerly awaited new novel finds Detective Dave Robicheaux back in New Iberia, Louisiana, and embroiled in the most harrowing and dangerous case of his career. Seven young women in neighboring Jefferson Davis Parish have been brutally murdered.

Byers, Michael. Percival's Planet.

A novel of ambition and obsession centered on the race to discover Pluto in 1930, pitting an untrained Kansas farm boy against the greatest minds of Harvard at the run-down Lowell Observatory in Arizona. 

Carcaterra, Lorenzo. Midnight Angels.

In the secret passageways of one of the world's most majestic cities, an American woman must risk everything to keep the long-lost work of a Renaissance master from falling into the hands of thieves.

Cassella, Carol Wiley. Healer.

Mystery Monday

Who doesn't enjoy award shows?  Whether its the Oscars, the Grammys, or the Emmys, they all generate their own brand of excitement and glamour. While lacking in the celebrity quotient,the mystery writers have their own prestigious awards, too.  So all of you award junkies, don't despair, because there are plenty of award winners to celebrate.  Mysteries are so varied that they are categorized into their own sub-genres. For example, there are awards for most humorous mysteries, for best LA noir, best historical and any other kind of mysteries you can imagine.  I have listed below some of the latest award winners. See if some of your favorites have been nominated, or better yet, pick up a new favorite.

Left Coast Crime Awards presents the Lefty for most humorous mystery.
 The nominees are:
Swan for the Money by Donna Andrews
Living With Your Kids is Murder by Mike Befeler
Strangle a Loaf of Italian Bread by Denise Dietz
High Crimes on the Magical Plane by Kris Neri
And the winner is:
Getting Old is a Disaster by Rita Lakin

What's Up In AV?

Over the last few months, especially since Christmas, the AV Department has gotten numerous requests to start circulating Sony PSP Games (Playstation Portable).  We are always listening to what our customers want and so Arlene Sandner, one of our Children's Department librarians, is going to begin purchasing them shortly.  We hope to have them circulating no later than the first week in May.

I am now buying more copies of our most popular titles in response to ever-increasing numbers of holds on them. Do you know about our "no holds" DVD section?  We have put aside copies of each movie title and designated them as "no holds." This means that they cannot be reserved and so they never sit on our reserve shelf waiting to be picked up.  Always check this special display before you leave.  The movie you have been waiting to see just might be "waiting" for you to pick it up while you are here.

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