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New Mysteries March 2013

Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride
Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow
A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody
In the Darkness by Karin Fossum
Scent to Kill by Chrystie Fiedler
The Woman Who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterill
The Golden Calf by Helene Tursten
Shatter the Bones by Stuart MacBride
Out of Circulation by Miranda James
To Brie or Not to Brie by Avery Aames
Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly
Disciple of Las Vegas by Ian Hamilton
Stakeout by Parnell Hall
Brooklyn Bones by Triss Stein
Domestic Malice Mystery by Donald Bain
Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier
Holy Smoke by Frederick Ramsay

Beyond Books - The Oscars Redux

The Oscars have come and gone and, has been the case in the past, there have been mixed reviews on the telecast.  Some thought it was cutting edge humor.  Still others saw it as tasteless.  The producers, in my opinion, were trying to entice a younger audience to start watching this program, which, typically, tends to skew older demographically.  Whatever your opinion is on the telecast we can all agree that, as usual, it was way too long.

As to our own "can you guess the winner's contest".....we had one patron (out of 66 entries) who guessed all five winners correctly.  Kudos to our patron Joyce Loew.  Joyce won first prize of a new DVD of her own choosing.  We had seven patrons who guessed four categories correctly.  These patrons will have the opportunity to pick a new CD from a group of titles I have selected. 

Here are the DVD release dates of the other best picture nominees:

New Music Program

                       

Join Mrs. B with your walker up to age 2 for a fun musical laptime program.  Each session will include songs, rhymes and dancing! These registered programs are offered at 1:30pm on Tuesdays two times a month in March, April and May in the Storytime Room.  Sign-up for the March 5 & 19 sessions begins tomorrow, February 26.  April's sessions will be on the 2nd and 16th with registration on March 26.  Sign-up for our May 7th & 21st sessions starts April 30.  Hope to see you soon!

A Rose in Winter

Pink Rugosa roseO dreary February!  Much as I love winter, this is my least favorite month.  Winter is a ragged ruin of its old self.  Once-pristine snows are sooty piles of unmelting slush, paired with icy fogs, freezing temperatures, and the occasional "wintry mix."  At times it feels like spring-- so close!-- will never arrive to make the cold, wet dirt bloom.  But then I notice the rugosa rose by my back door.  It's flowered faithfully since the first year I planted it.  Every day I see its tiny, hopeful buds, and I can hope for spring because my rose does.  Today, I have another hopeful rose in mind.  It's in one of my favorite fairy tales, about a cursed prince, a brave girl, and a magical rose that blooms in bleakest winter. Can you guess which tale I mean?

Getting Library E-Books Just Got Easier!

If you have an ereader that has a web browser (any tablet such as Kindle Fire or the Nook tablet), getting library e-books just got easier! 

It takes only a few seconds to find a title and start reading. Accessing any borrowed title from your Bookshelf only requires a few clicks or taps.

eBooks: Click Borrow then Go to Bookshelf (you may be prompted to sign in) to read the title in your browser or download. If you want additional borrowing options, select a different format from the Bookshelf on your Account page.

Additional formats (your library may offer audiobooks, video, or music): Select the title you want, click (or tap) Borrow, then download it from your Bookshelf.

New DVD Releases for February 19th

We have four new titles for Tuesday, February 19th.  They are:

Argo

End of Watch (Jake Gyllenhaal)

Fun Size (Chelsea Handler)

Sinister (Ethan Hawke)

Better Than Google--I Still Believe

I recently had a conversation with one of our database representatives.  We were discussing the disappointing usage of his product.  Why was it not getting more use?  The rep offered to send me posters and bookmarks, offered to come in and do a demonstration for the staff, and even for the public.  I declined all these kind enticements because, frankly, it would be a waste of time.  Much as I hate to admit it, our databases are mostly under utilized.  This has nothing to do with the quality of the databases, their ease of use, or the spectacular information they contain.  The sad and unsurprising fact is that people eschew the databases to simply "google it".  People google everything and who can blame them?  As a librarian, I find this frustrating and understandable.  A google search is the fastest and easiest way to find information, no question.  But does fast and easy necessarily translate to accurate and reliable?  Heck, no!

New Romance Fiction for February 2013

In paperback:

The Importance of Being Wicked by Victoria Alexander (2, Millworth Manor) H
The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley (5, Highland Pleasures) H
Shades of Gray by Maya Banks (6, KGI) C, M
    (contains Shades of Gray and Softly at Sunrise)
When She Was Wicked by Anne Barton (1, Honeycote) H
When She Said I Do by Celeste Bradley (1, Marriage) H, M
True Love at Silver Creek Ranch by Emma Cane (2, Valentine Valley) C, W
How To Entice an Earl by Manda Collins (3, Ugly Ducklings) H, M
Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper (2, Dark Mission) C, A, S, M

New Speculative Fiction for February 2013

New to our shelves:

The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard (50th Anniversary Ed.) SF, A
The Six-Gun Tarot by R. S. Belcher H, F
The Aylesford Skull by James P. Blaylock (Langdon St. Ives) SF, M
The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston (2, Witch) F, H, R
The Red Knight by Miles Cameron (1, The Traitor Son cycle) F
Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh (1-4, Alliance-Union: Cyteen) SF
Little, Big by John Crowley F, R
Seven Kings by John R. Fultz (2, Books of the Shaper) F
Impulse by Steven Gould (3, Jumper) SF
Ever After by Kim Harrison (11, Rachel Morgan/The Hollows) H, F, R

Website of the Month

FEBRUARY'S WEBSITE

Wonderopolis

Wonderopolis is a website sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy that encourages families to learn together.  Check out the "Wonder of the Day" or search through a list of topics to find fun facts (art, nature, sports,..).  Each curiosity is presented using a question, such as:

What is a butte?   

Can you count with letters?       

Why are they called Daddy longlegs?   

What is a masa?

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