Monday, December 31, 2012

Book-to-Film Adaptations: January 2013

Literature inspires film adaptations and each month we like to highlight those hitting theaters soon.  Check out this blog to see what they are, and be on the lookout for seeing them in the theaters, plus checking out the books they're based on at your Abilene Public Library.

Gangster Squad (Jan. 11)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & Josh Brolin
Based On: Tales from the Gangster Squad by: Paul Lieberman
Summary: This crime flick will give you a strong lineup of familiar actors tackling the roles of LAPD detectives attempting to keep LA free of gangsters during the 1940s and '50s.  Being put out by Warner Bros., and with a production budget of $75 million, the trailers are looking very good for this all-star film.  So try it out for yourselves if mobster crime films are your thing, and then look for the book we have on order at your Abilene Public Library.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (Jan. 25)
Starring: Jeremy Renner & Gemma Arterton
Based On: Grimm Fairy Tales
Summary: In what will certainly be a popular action/fantasy film, this story picks up 15 years after Hansel and Gretel escaped the clutches of their former witch captor.  Now, as adults, they have taken on the task of becoming bounty hunters dedicated to exterminating witches.  With their sights set on a new coven, led by actor Famke Janssen, they'll have to work as the ultimate team to come out on top.  With a $60 million production budget, and Jeremy Renner being a rising bankable actor, this just might be an updated fantasy flick you'll want to go out an enjoy.

Parker (Jan. 25)
Starring: Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez
Based On: Flashfire by: Donald E. Westlake (Writing as Richard Stark)
Summary: Parker is a professional thief who only has one rule: not to steal from the poor and to not hurt innocent people.  Everything changes when the people he thought he could trust leaves him for dead.  Now, Parker follows them to Florida fro some much needed revenge, having disguised himself as a wealthy Texan, while enlisting the help of Leslie to steal his former crew's planned heist.  Coming from a modest production budget of $30 million, we'll see if these actors can draw in a paying audience.  If you end up liking the plot behind the film, don't hesitate to checkout Westlake's novels at your library to keep the fun going through literature.

And there you have it, your look at January's Book-to-Film Adaptations to be on the lookout for.  Don't miss them, and if they sound of interest to you, also look out for the books they're based on at your Abilene Public Library  

Spotlight on E-Resources: Global Road Warrior

Your Abilene Public Library subscribes to a numbe rof online databases available to all library cardholders.  In this Spotlight on E-Resources entry, I'll introduce you to the Global Road Warrior, one of the latest additions allowing you to gain information on 175 countries for those wanting to know more about the areas we may plan on visiting i nthe future.

To access Global Road Warrior, go to the library's website and click on the E-Resources link.  Locate the database under the heading of Business, Homework Helper, or Travel.  You'll also need your 13-digit library card number to fully access the site.
This great database is put out by the World Trade Press, a publisher of products providing reliable, up-to-date digital media essential for researchers, educators, travelers, and logistics.  Having been founded in 1993, the company expanded to meet the needs of libraries and various other institutions.

What's great about this database is its simplicity in the user interface.  You'll be provided with four (4) search options including...
  • Option 1: Select a Country - use the pull-down menu to view a listing of the countries to make your selection.
  • Option 2: Search All Countries for - if you know the country, use this search option to enter the name of the country desired.
  • Option 3: Search a Single Country - this search method combines selecting a country using a pull-down menu and then entering search terms in the box provided below.
  • Option 4: Select a Region from the Dynamic World Map Directly Below - click on the part of the world of interest to you to gain more information.
As an example, I selected Italy.  Once the page loads, you'll be provided with a snapshot (overview) of the country.  This is a wonderful place to start getting information to see if you wish to go furhter.  Additionally, each screen will offer the option to acquire a printer-friendly version, as well as cite the viewable information in a paper.

If desiring to get more information about the country, look to the left hand side of the screen to use additional navigational tools.  From here, you can select a different country using the pull-down menu or make use of additional topics to gain more information.  Such major headings includes...
  • Overview
  • Business Culture
  • The Businesswoman
  • Climate
  • Country Facts
  • Food & Recipes
  • Language
  • Society & Culture
  • Travel Essentials, and so much more
The Global Road Warrior database is excellent for using to plan a trip to another country.  Although all locations of your Abilene Public Library carry travel guides for you to checkout, this database is avaiable 24/7 and can be accessed anywhere.  You'll also have access to additional content of interest including popular foreign phrases to know, photo galleries, learn where/how to convert your money, brush up on customs, and more.

Another area of itnerest, especially for foodies, are the Food and Recipes section to learn about the national cuisines of the country, or to get your hands on some great recipes from different part of the world.

There's such a wealth of information in this database that it's sure to become the perfect travel companion.  Regardless if you're planning a future trip abroad, need to be international for your business, or you just have an interest in learning about different cultures, this e-resource certainly has something for everyone.

So take this database out for a test drive and make use of the 70+ databases your Abilene Public Library has to offer.  Remember, as long as you have a valid library card, you have all you need to access these sites (and on your own schedule).  Library cards are free for all Taylor Country residents.  Simply bring a Photo ID and verification of your address to any of our three (3) branch locations to get your library card today.

Be on the lookout for even more great coverage of your Abilene Public Library's reference resources and databases.  If you have any questions, feel free to Contact Me and I'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discover the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those items is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular book, or to get yourself on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest titles to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Racketeer
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List:9
Position Last Week: 1
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange information about a murdered federal judge for his freedom. 

#2: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Weeks On List: 29
Position Last Week: 2
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; e-Book
Call Number: M FLYNN
Summary: A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer? 

#3: Threat Vector
Authors: Tom Clancy & Mark Greaney
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 3
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 audiobooks, large-type on order
Call Number: F CLANCY
Summary: As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father's administration - but his agency is no longer secret. 

#4: Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 6
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook
Summary: Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas. 

#5: The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K. Rowling
Weeks On List: 13
Position Last Week: 7
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook
Summary: The sudden death of a parish councilman reveals bitter social divisions in an idyllic English town. 


Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Killing Kennedy
Authors: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Weeks On List: 12
Position Last Week: 1
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

#2: Thomas Jefferson
Author: Jon Meacham
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 2
Copies Owned: 2 regular print
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist celebrates Jefferson's skills as a practical politician. 

#3: Killing Lincoln
Authors: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Weeks On List: 65
Position Last Week: 3
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 2 large-type; 1 audiobook; digital audibook
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. 

#4: No Easy Day
Authors: Mark Owen & Kevin Maurer
Weeks On List: 16
Position Last Week: 5
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 large-type; 2 audiobook
Summary: An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs, written pseudonymously, of the mission that killed bin Laden.
 
#5: America Again
Author: Stephen Colbert, et al.
Weeks On List: 12
Position Last Week: 5
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 3 audiobook
Summary: The mock pundit of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" tells how to bring America back from the brink.

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and discover for yourselves why they've become such hits in mainstream literature.  If they're not available, don't hesitate to get on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line for these  popular titles.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Library Buzzing with Workshops in January

Your Abilene Public Library offers programming for all ages in the community to take advantage of.  Hosted on a regular basis, these programs offer training, information, and help on a number of topics, and in January, there will be a wide variety of programming offered.  Allow us to highlight the workshops we've got planned in January, and take advantage of attending those of interest to you.  Remember, all programming is FREE, and if you have any questions, Contact Me and I'll be more than happy to tell you more.

Guest Speakers: Craig Shaw & Brendan Messenger, CBS Insurance
Jan. 8 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
With the changing state of Medicare, understanding the ins and outs of this program can get confusing.  Get the facts on making the right choices when it comes to your coverage by attending this free workshop where Shaw & Messenger will be on hand to discuss Medicare and answer any questions you might have.

Jan. 12 @ 2:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Librarian Ann Mount will provide a workshop on learning to use your Kindles to checkout e-Book through the library's OverDrive service.  We'll walk you through the steps and be on hand to answer any questions you might have.  For assistance in using other e-Reader devices, or you can't make this workshop, try making use of our Book-A-Librarian program to signup for 1-on-1 assistance with a librarian and get the help you need that fits your schedule. 

Guest Speaker: Bruce Kreitler, Broken Willow Tree Service
Jan. 15 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Come out to receive some expert advice and information from the master arborist himself as he returns to the library to provide another informative workshop when it comes to tree care.  The topic of discussion will be pruning, which is essential for healthy trees.  Learn the basics at this workshop, and get the answer to the questions you might have. 

Jan. 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
If you're in search of a book club, don't pass up on joining ours.  Designed for the general audience, this group meets on the 3rd Thursdays of each month and reads everything from bestsellers to fiction to classics to biographies and everything else in-between.  Plus, those who attend determine what the group reads each month. 

Guest Speaker: Cynthia Jones
Jan. 22 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Cynthia Jones will be on hand to provide another wonderful workshop on preserving your family's history.  This won't be a program to get you started on researching your family's history (although we do house excellent genealogy resources at your library), this program will show you how to display, preserve, and show off your family's history in scrapbooks.  She'll come with great tips, advice, and even examples of her own works. 

Guest Speaker: Gayla Fullerton, CPA
Jan. 29 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
Join Gayla Fullerton as she provides you with a 90-minute introduction to the accounting software that's perfect to learn for businesses and the tax season.  Serving as a Sr. Business Consultant with the Texas Tech University Small Business Development Center, Fullerton will share her expertise with those who attend in a workshop of firsts at your library. 

Jan. 30 & 31; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6025 for Info.
The Free Tax Assistance program is coming back to your library for another year where you can come out and e-File your taxes for free with the help of IRS-trained volunteers with the AARP.  Hosted every Wednesday and Thursday through April 13, come with your tax materials and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sessions will also be held at your Mockingbird Branch on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to offer you sessions to meet everyone's schedules so be sure to make use of this free assistance program.

As you can see, the library will be buzzing with great programming for the adult and general audience and all of these great events are offered to the community at no charge.  Covering a wide variety of topics, there's truly something at your library for everyone.  Don't hesitate to come out to the programs of interest to you and never hesitate to contact us to get more information.

With so much happening in January, I can't wait to see what's in store for February.  What a great way to kick off 2013 @ your Library!!!

Author Read-Alikes with Robert Heinlein

Robert Heinlein was a noted name in science fiction, having had his first short story published in 1939, and then providing us with tons of additional sci-fi entries to enjoy.  Considered to be one of the most important sci-fi authors ever, he had won four Hugo Awards and was given the first ever Grand Master Award by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1975.  Having crafted a slew of hits that have engaged readers in the juvenile demographic through to adults, he's certainly an author who knew his craft.

Allow your Abilene Public Library to introduce you a little more to this author, and the style of writing he's most known for, so we may then highlight additional authors who write in similar styles.  We do this in hopes to show you even more great reads to look out for at your library.

Heinlein was known for helping to re-invent the sci-fi genre with the help of his background in science and the military, as well as his interests in politics and philosophy.  Instead of creating campy reads, he created worlds with realistic details and consisting of concepts that could happen in science.  Such settings and plots truly engaged readers in thinking heavily on "what would happen if this came to be?"  Although his works were obviously imaginary, they were not cliche.

Filled with engaging dialogue, addressing numerous themes of both science, religious, political, and social issues, his works have always been popular with readers of all ages.  Some of his most well-known titles includes Stranger in a Strange Land, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, or even titles such as Starship Troopers, all have an elegance to them that has engaged readers for years.

So if you're a fan of his and you're looking for more suggestions on authors who write similar to him, check for some of these author read-alike suggestions.

Read-Alike Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Bujold is known for authoring some great fantasy novels, and like Heinlein, she developed a strong skill in developing her characters, pacing her novels to keep readers engaged, as well as including strong dialogue.  She also happens to be one of the few authors who has matched Heinlein's record of winning the Hugo Award four times, as well as two Nebula Awards.  Great titles to look for by this author includes Paladin of Souls, The Curse of the Chalion, and more. 

Read-Alike Author: Marge Piercy
Piercy is another great author to suggest as she focused on creating worlds, set in the near future, where families had to struggle against an opposing force.  These themes have been covered greatly in Heinlein's works and she is able to easily craft stories that pose moral questions that engage readers in philosophical topics.  Always wanting to make you think about alternate realities, which could possibly be a reality, great books to look out for includes He, She and It, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, and more.  Plus, there's even a biography on her titled Sleeping with Cats that might be of interest to learn more about the author herself. 

Read-Alike Author: Ayn Rand
Although not the easiest of authors to read, Rand would have to be the most comparable of authors from this list, as her two most well known titles (Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead) have provided strong and opinionated characters rich in philosophical context.  Her characters/heroes were known for being strong, smart, and sure of themselves; however, where Heinlein was able to take these themes and write in a way that made them more accessible to readers, Rand's novels appeared to distance themselves from readers just a bit.  If you're looking for some strong titles that will compare to Heinlein, you might want to give her a shot.

So take a chance on these authors if you're a fan of Robert Heinlein and give them a shot.  You just might find another great series, or collection of books, to dive into at your Abilene Public Library.  With so many great titles housed at all three locations, you should never be without something to read.

Don't miss out on taking advantage of our services, and our resources, and if you ever need assistance, be sure to Contact Us and staff will be more than happy to help you.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Post-Holiday Tech Aid @ Your Library

After the holidays, many of us receive gifts of technology to help make our lives a little easier.  From tablets to e-Readers to smartphones and more, as exciting as these new "toys" can be, getting acclimated towards using them may be a bit taxing.  If that sounds like you, your Abilene Public Library just might be able to help.

Many of your friendly library staff currently use a variety of technological treasures including Nooks, Kindles, iPads, iPhones, laptops, and more.  We can offer you some assistance in learning how to use them at your library, to help take the pressure off of having to learn on your own.  Plus, there are some great library services you'd be able to use on-the-0go, perfect for going hand in hand with your new devices.

All locations of your Abilene Public Library offer a great Book-A-Librarian service where you can register for some 1-on-1 time with a librarian to receive the help you need.  By calling ahead, we'll ask you what you need help in so we may then match you with a librarian best equipped at helping you.  Best yet, this service is completely FREE!

Book-A-Librarian sessions are scheduled Monday through Thursday at your Main Library (202 Cedar St., 325-676-6025), Tuesday through Friday at your South Branch (1401 S. Danville Dr., 325-698-7565), and Wednesdays at your Mockingbird Branch (1214 N. Mockingbird Ln., 325-437-7323).  Sessions generally last about 30 minutes to an hour and you can feel free to sign up for a session, or multiple ones if needed.

This program has been amazingly successful as we're able to help you by tailoring these instructional sessions to meet your individual needs.  Talk about brilliant!!!  Plus, they don't just need to be about receiving help with technology.  This program can cover any topic such as learning how to use Microsoft Word, receiving help using our databases, getting started with genealogy research, and anything else you can think of.

So don't let the gift of new technology leave you stuck in the dark ages.  Break out the device from its box, give us a call, and allow staff at your Abilene Public Library to offer you some assistance.  You'll be happy you did.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (Dec. 31 - Jan. 5)

Keep up with the great programs and events your Abilene Public Library has to offer by catching this weekly blog each Thursday.  For a complete listing of events, be sure to visit our main website to view our interactive events calendar, and remember, all programming is offered to you FREE of charge.

Jan. 1; All Day
All Library Branches
325-677-2474 for Info.
All locations of the Abilene Public Library will close on Monday, Dec. 31st at 5:00 p.m., all day Tuesday, Jan. 1st, and we'll resume our normal hours of operation on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9:00 a.m.  This will be in observance of New Year's Day and for your convenience, outside materials returns are available at all locations.  We hope you have a safe and wonderful start of the new year. 

Kids of All Ages
Jan. 2 @ 4:00 p.m.
Mockingbird Branch
1214 N. Mockingbird Ln.
325-437-7323 for Info.
Visit the activity room to join in on a fun kids activity where we'll be taking the popular children's book character of Pete the Cat, and showing you how to make some Door Hangers that will be cute, quick, and fun.  We'll supply all the materials needed for this activity. 

Kids of All Ages
Jan. 3 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
Join us for the first Family Fun event of the month where the theme will be pockets.  I don't know what we'd do without them, and this program will celebrate different kinds of pockets with fun stories, songs, dances, crafts, and more.  Perfect for kids of all ages and great for the entire family.

Don't miss out on these fun activities, and don't forget to take advantage of our weekly storytime programs and Book-A-Librarian sessions.  Contact Me for information about any of these programs and be sure to come out and attend the ones of interest to you.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

@ the Library Article: "Library Great Source of Books on Organization"

For many folks, resolutions to improve oneself are a staple of the arrival of the new year.  Lose weight, stop smoking, exercise...all of these are standards for many people who make resolutions.

At your Abilene Public Library, we propose that you make a new and different resolution for 2013 - organize!  Whether it's your garage, your closets or just your spice rack, everyone's life can be improved with some organization, and your library can help.

Garages can end up being a catchall in the household, and many people never even think about it as long as there's still room for the car.  However, being able to find tools and sort out the useful items from the rest is a great way to begin an organizational resolution.

Popular Mechanics Garage Makeovers: Adding Space Without Adding On, by Rick Peters, has a wealth of practical tips.  Whether the goal is simply to maximize storage or create an entirely new living area, this volume is a tremendous help for the do-it-yourselfer.

If you're not sure just how gung-ho you will be on this resolution, take a look at 101 Saturday Morning Projects: Organize, Decorate, Rejuvenate from Reader's Digest, this one is straightforward and easy to use; it bills its content as "130 practical solutions for maintaining your home or apartment.  These sensible projects are the easy-to-follow answers to keeping your home and yard in tiptop shape - and all can be done in less than four hours."

Professional organizer and life coach Andrew Mellen has practical solutions to getting organized in his book Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for GoodMellen centers on the idea that people are not their stuff, and that, with a little determination and a practical action plan, anyone can de-clutter their home or apartment.

Perhaps 2013 would be a good time to organize your important papers.  Family records, deeds, insurance policies, financial papers, tax information, wills, etc.  Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won't Have To by Melanie Cullen, will help you gather and keep track of your documents.

Planning ahead is not just for the elderly or infirm.  Making sure essential information is readily available benefits both individuals and couples - and their survivors.  Cullen's step-by-step process is easy to follow and this is one organization project that will truly bring peace of mind in the new year.

These are only a few of the titles the Abilene Public Library has on organization in many areas of life, from closets to time management.

If you resolve to get organized in 2013, we'll be glad to help.  Drop by any of our locations and we'll find a book to get you started.  Happy New Year!

Post Contributed by Janis C. Test, Information Services Manager at the Main Branch of the Abilene Public Library.

Staff Book Review: "The Casual Vacancy" by: J.K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy
Author: J.K. Rowling
Reviewed By: Alyssa Crow, Children's Librarian (South Branch)

Book Summary: A big novel about a small town...

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40's, the town of Pagford is left in shock.  Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.  Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

Personal Review: I have to admit that when I heard that Rowling was writing a book for adults, I secretly hoped it was 'Harry Potter: the Later Years."  Alas, this book is in no way related to Harry Potter.  SIGH.  No magic, no fantasy, no anything like I like to read.  So, if that is what you're expecting, then this book isn't for you.  Now, if you were expecting a murder mystery, you are also doomed to disappointment.  Yes, there is a death and subsequent investigation, but a murder mystery, this isn't.

All that aside, did I like it?  Mostly.  I would not have picked it up without Rowling's name on it though, as it is nothing like I usually read and enjoy.  However, it did prove to me that Rowling can actually write, unlike some other popular authors (namely Stephenie Meyer).

I found this book to be more of a character study which was interesting in and of itself.  We enter the supposedly simple world of Pagford after Barry Fairbrother's death and discover a town where no one and nothing is what it claims to be.  Also, he was really the only character I like.  The subtle intricacies of the town's various relationships and how each character is affected by Barry's death were quite interesting.  The first fifty pages were a struggle to get through as Rowling introduces a lot of character, but it is a necessary evil so you can get to know all the players.  Her writing style is involved and well-developed and all-in-all the book was good for what it was.

Would I read it again?  No.  Should you read it?  Yes, if character studies are your cup of tea and you have the time to invest.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Reference Books of Interest: Chase's Calendar of Events

Your Abilene Public Library houses a great collection of printed reference materials to make use of in the library.  As part of the Monday series of blog entries, we're going to feature even more great research materials you can make use of through your library.  Covering all formats (i.e. print, online, databases, etc.), each week we'll introduce you to some popular materials that may be of interest to you.

The Chase's Calendar of Events is one of my favorite quirky reference guides to look through, as it serves as the ultimate guide for learning about the nationally observed days, weeks, holidays, notable birthdays, and more that happen not only in the United States, but across the world.  For instance, did you know there were designated times of the year for National Nurses Week (May 6-12), that Japan has an Origami Day (Nov. 11), that there is a day designated for people to be sweet to each other called the Sweetest Day (Oct. 20)?  Well there are, and this book will tell you that and more.

The best part about this resource is that it's so easy to use.  Each day of the year is listed, encompassing 700+ pages, and under each day, you'll be presented with notable days, festivals, events, observances, and more that have been established during that time.  You'll also get a short blurb about how that day became to be and more...if anything, it certainly will fill you with a ton of great trivia to share with your family and friends.

Along with these listings, you'll also be provided with the birthdays of notable figures including actors, musicians, artists, athletes, political figures, and more.  There's just a ton of interesting information within the pages of this book, with some entries that will have you laughing and scratching your head as to how that came to be.  For instance, take these observed events covered in the book...
  • Feb. 1st is Hula in the Coola Day marked as a day for those longing to escape the winter doldrums to laugh at the cold with a luau party that was started in Dedham, MA.
  • May 3rd is Lumpy Rug Day designed to encourage the custom of teasing bigots and trigots for shoving unwelcome facts under the rug...interesting.
  • July 26th is National Chili Dog Day to celebrate this food as being one of the summertime's most favorites in America.
  • Sept. 18th is Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day which is certainly an interesting one to consider.
  • The entire month of October is known as Go Hog Wild - Eat Country Ham Month to discover the difference between city ham and country ham and then appreciate how Americans have been curing and eating this meat since the mid-1700's.
Discover these and more interesting dates while perusing this resource.  Trust me, it can keep you busy for a while.  Plan a party around a particular day, prepare yourself for some awareness months of interest, or all sorts of things by viewing this book.

Look for the Chase's Calendar of Events at your library and see if it grabs your interest as much as it did mine.  Remember, this is a reference book so you're more than welcome to use it in-house, but it's not available for checkout.  And if you need any reference help at all, remember you can Contact Us and staff will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5

Many patrons browse the new materials section of the library to discovery the latest popular reads.  Part of finding those reads is browsing the New York Times Bestsellers lists we make available to locate that popular book, or to get yourself on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest titles to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Racketeer
Author: John Grisham
Weeks On List: 8
Position Last Week: 3
Copies Owned: 6 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobook
Call Number: F GRISHAM
Summary: An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange information about a murdered federal judge for his freedom. 

#2: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Weeks On List: 28
Position Last Week: 2
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; digital e-Book
Call Number: M FLYNN
Summary: A woman disappears on her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer? 

#3: Threat Vector
Author: Tom Clancy & Mark Greaney
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 1
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; audiobooks and large-type prints on order
Call Number: F CLANCY
Summary: As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father's administration - but his agency is no longer secret. 

#4: Notorious Nineteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 4
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobooks
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum tracks down a con man who disappeared from a hospital.


#5: The Forgotten
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 5
Copies Owned: 4 regular print; 3 large-type; 3 audiobooks
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: The military investigator John Puller, the protagonist of "Zero Day," probes his aunt's mysterious death in Florida. 

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Killing Kennedy
Author: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Weeks On List: 11
Position Last Week: 1
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 3 large-type; 1 audiobook
Call Number: 973.922 ORE
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. 

#2: Thomas Jefferson
Author: Jon Meacham
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 3
Copies Owned: 2 regular print
Call Number: 92 JEFFERSON
Summary: The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist celebrates Jefferson's skills as a practical politician. 

#3: Killing Lincoln
Author: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
Weeks On List: 64
Position Last Week: 2
Copies Owned: 5 regular print; 2 large-type; 1 audiobook; WMA audiobook
Call Number: 973.7092 ORE
Summary: The host of "The O'Reilly Factor" recounts the events surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. 

#4: America Again
Author: Stephen Colbert, et al
Weeks On List: 11
Position Last Week: 5
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 3 audiobook
Call Number: 81.6 COL
Summary: The mock pundit of Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" tells how to bring America back from the brink. 

#5: No Easy Day
Author: Mark Owen & Kevin Maurer
Weeks On List: 15
Position Last Week: 4
Copies Owned: 3 regular print; 2 large-type; 2 audiobook
Call Number: 958.104 OWE
Summary: An account by a former member of the Navy SEALs, written pesudonymously, of the mission that killed bin Laden.

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