Saturday, June 29, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of July 1)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections 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 title, or get yourselves on the reserve lists.  Check out this blog to discover the latest to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: F GAIMAN
Summary: A middle-aged man recalls his lonely boyhood and his friendship with a remarkable girl. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#2: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD and Audiobook on OverDrive

#3: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: F HOSSEINI
Summary: A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan; from the author of "The Kite Runner." Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#4: Bad Monkey
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 3
Call Number: F HIAASEN
Summary: A defrocked Miami cop turned restaurant inspector investigates a grisly murder. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#5: The Heist
Author: Janet Evanovich
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: M EVANOVICH
Summary: In the first book of a new series, Kate O'Hare, an FBI special agent, teams up with Nicolas Fox, a handsome con man, to catch a corrupt investment banker in hiding. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Happy, Happy, Happy
Author: Phil Robertson
Weeks On List: 7
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: 92 ROBERTSON
Summary: The Duck Commander pays tribute to "faith, family and ducks." Available in Regular Print and Audiobook on CD

#2: Lean In
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 15
Position Last Week: 3
Call Number: 658.4 SAN
Summary: The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence. Available in Regular Print and Audiobook on OverDrive

#3: Dad is Fat
Author: Jim Gaffigan
Weeks On List: 7
Position Last Week: 4
Call Number: 814.6 GAF
Summary: Life with five kids in a two-bedroom New York City apartment. Available in Regular Print

#4: Eleven Rings
Author: Phil Jackson
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 6
Call Number: 92 JACKSON
Summary: An autobiography by the successful coach, who led his teams to 11 NBA championships. Available in Regular Print

#5: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 9
Position Last Week: 8
Call Number: 813.54 SED
Summary: Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook CD and eBook on OverDrive

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 in on the reserve lists and secure your spot in line for these popular titles.









Thursday, June 27, 2013

Re-Discovering Childhoold Favorites: "Save Queen of Sheba"

This summer, to reconnect with the inner child in all of us, I'll be highlighting some of the 20th Century's best juvenile fiction.  So grab a book, find a cozy corner and revisit these great classics along with us.

Save Queen of Sheba
Author: Louise Moeri
Book Info: The western landscape comes alive in the words of Louise Moeri.  As the story unfolds, 12-year-old King David and 6-year-old Queen of Sheba find themselves alone on the prairie after a devastating Indian raid.  Ambushed just as the wagon train halted for lunch, some wagons had been immediately surrounded while others were able to make a dash for safety.  Hours after the raid, King David wakes from a concussion amazed at the devastation around him and relieved to see his family's wagon has escaped.  In an effort to rejoin them King David begins to slowly circle the camp and gather supplies for the long journey ahead.  Then, underneath an over-turned mattress, he spots familiar shoes.  It's his sister Queen of Sheba hiding noiselessly, somehow unharmed after the deadly raid.  Saddled with his own wounds, a rifle, a small bag of cornmeal, a worn quilt and endless desperation, King David must beat the odds.  He must travel hundreds of miles across the prairie to rejoin the wagon train, bringing himself and his little sister to safety.

A compelling, suspenseful read this book does a wonderful job of transporting young readers back to the 1880s.  The detailed description of the prairie landscape and the nature that surrounds the children helps readers visualize the western frontier.  And Moeri's focus on both the practical challenges the two are faced with as well as the personal struggles King David endures sets the book apart.  Learning to trust your own efforts, learning to persevere in the face of challenges, learning to have hope during bad times is what this book is all about.

Post Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager

 

Weekly Events @ Your Library (July 1-6)

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, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Ages 8-15
July 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
202 Cedar St.
325-676-6067 for Info.
Kelsie Nygren will be on hand to show you how to create your own fashionable necklaces with the use of string, beads and a hot iron...don't worry, tweens will be supervised.  Come out and make your own wearable art at this fun workshop where we'll supply all the materials you'll need.

July 1 @ 6:30 p.m.
South Branch
1401 S. Danville Dr.
325-698-7565 for Info.
We all have to keep up with keys and if you want to give them some style, come out to this crafting workshop and learn how to make some fashionable keychains.  We’ll supply all the materials and you come with your creativity.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Staff Book Review: "Heart-Shaped Box" by Joe Hill

Heart-Shaped Box
Author: Joe Hill
Reviewed By: Tremain Jackson, South Branch Manager

Book Summary:  Aging death-metal rock legend Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre: a cookbook for cannibals...a used hangman's noose...a snuff film. But nothing he possesses is as unique or as dreadful as his latest purchase off the Internet: a one-of-a-kind curiosity that arrives at his door in a black heart-shaped box...a musty dead man's suit still inhabited by the spirit of its late owner. And now everywhere Judas Coyne goes, the old man is there—watching, waiting, dangling a razor blade on a chain from his bony hand.

Personal Review: So I did something a reader shouldn’t do.  I picked up this novel solely because I learned that the author is actually the son of Stephen King, writing under a shortened version of his first and middle name (Joseph Hillstrom King) so as not to have success based on his father’s name.  Understandable yes, because as many times as I’ve seen the book come through the library, I’ve never bothered to read it, but when I learn that piece of information, I’m picking it up…hypocritical I know.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Long Live '"The White Queen" on Starz



Philippa Gregory is a bestselling author born in Nairobi, Kenya, who exploded into the world of literature with her historical fiction novels, best known for her novel titled The Other Boleyn Girl published in 2001.  Having been adapted into a feature film, which set the stage for her successful Tudor series ending with the 6th book released in 2008 titled The Other Queen.  This ending gave rise to a new series collectively titled The Cousins’ War series, which began with the 2009 release of The White Queen, and now Starz is ready to bring this to television premiering on August 10th.


What's New in DVDs & Books @ Your Library

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we’re highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.

Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can’t find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (View Trailer)
Starring: Steve Carell
Rated: PG-13
Run Time: 100 min.
Summary: When a street magician’s stunts begins to make their show look stale, superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton look to salvage on their act, and their friendship, by staging their own daring stunt.

The Call (View Trailer)
Starring: Halle Berry
Rated: R
Run Time: 94 min.
Summary: When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl’s life.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Summer Reads from Good Housekeeping


If you’re looking for a great summer read, Good Housekeeping’s 2013 Best Summer Beach Reads is a great place to start.  All titles listed are held at one or more of your Abilene Public Library’s three (3) branches.  To place a hold, click on the title of each book below, and select Place a Hold.  Or better yet, give us a call and we’ll be happy to place a hold for you over the phone.

Main Library: 325-677-2474
South Branch: 325-698-7565
Mockingbird Branch: 325-437-7323

Author: Jennifer Weiner
Call Number: F WEINER
Brief Summary: Ruth survived a car crash at the age of 3 that claimed the lives of her parents, and now she’s being raised by her eccentric grandmother.  With dreams of making it big in Hollywood, she heads west with her grandmother and eventually gets one of her shows green-lit…but will it lead to everything she hoped for.

Author: Laura Moriarty
Call Number: F MORIARTY
Brief Summary: This captivating novel is about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both as they begin to have their eyes opened to the world and to the promise of the 20th century, and all the possibilities that lie ahead.

Dive Into the Stacks: Training Fido @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library houses a great collection of resources across a myriad of topics.  We invite you to Dive Into the Stacks to discover some great areas you’re more than welcome to make use of.

Dogs remain as one of man’s favorite companions; however, getting them to behave is a task new owners must tackle at one point or another.  Although we may have our own ideas on how best to train a dog, sometimes we may need just a bit of assistance from the pros.  If that sounds like you, your Abilene Public Library certainly has a ton of resources you can make use of.

We house a wide range of resources on dogs from types of breeds, housetraining, dog names, personal stories, and more, and one of the popular areas is learning how to train your dog, without turning the situation into your dog training you…it happens.  Check out some of the following titles we offer…

Dog-Friendly Dog Training
Author: Andrea Arden
Summary: Written by a trainer and field host for the Emmy Award winning Pet Department show, this is an updated guide to provide dog owners with practically everything they need to now to develop a healthy relationship with their well-behaved dog.  The teaching methods are simple, with illustrations included, and cover the main areas of dog training we desperately want to know such as basic manners, house training, methods of positive reinforcement, socialization, and more.  Additionally, the author includes tips on how to discourage the behaviors you don’t want including incessant barking, jumping, chasing people, digging up your backyard and more.
 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 24)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections 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 to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 5
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD and Audiobook on OverDrive 

#2: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: F HOSSEINI
Summary: A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan from the author of "The Kite Runner." Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Staff Book Review: "The World Above" by Cameron Dokey


The World Above
By: Cameron Dokey
Reviewed By: Amber Shelfer, Library Assistant (Main Library)

Book Summary: Gen and her twin brother, Jack, were raised with their mother’s tales of life in the World Above.  Gen is skeptical, but adventurous Jack believes the stories – and trades the family cow for magical beans.  Their mother rejoices, knowing they can finally return to their royal home.

When Jack plants the beans and climbs the enchanted stalk, he is captured by the tyrant who now rules the land.  Gen sets off to rescue her brother, but danger awaits her in the World Above.  For finding Jack may mean losing her heart…

Personal Review: This is the last book in the Once Upon a Time series, a series of fairytale retellings written by several different authors.  Every book in the series, including this one, is a quick read that stands on its own.  While not the most original novel or even my favorite in the series, those are reserved for Snow by Tracy Lynn and Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie, The World Above is an enjoyable read with a few unique twists of its own.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Re-Discovering Childhood Favorites: Charlotte's Web

This summer, to reconnect with the inner child in all of us, I’ll be highlighting some of the 20th Century’s best juvenile fiction.  So grab a book, find a cozy corner and revisit these great classics along with us.
Contributed by Anne Ellis, Mockingbird Branch Manager
Charlotte’s Web
Author: E.B. White
Illustrated by: Garth Williams
Book Info: Published in 1952 this book has been a classic for many generations of American readers.  It tells the story of Wilbur the pig, the little girl who loves him (Fern), and Charlotte, the selfless friend we’d all like to know and cherish.

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 24-29)

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, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.
Kids to Grade 5
June 3 – July 27
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Stop by and pick up a kids reading club bag complete with a certificate for participation, reading log, bookmark, and more information.  Plus, each week you visit the library to attend a program or checkout books, receive a free prize through the end of the club.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's New in Books & DVD's @ Your Library?

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we’re highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.
Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can’t find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line.
Side Effects (View Trailer)
Starring: Rooney Mara
Rated: R
Run Time: 106 min.
Summary: A young woman’s world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

Staff Book Review: "Reached" by Ally Condie

Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Reviewed By: Marianne Vadney, Library Assistant (South Branch)
Book Summary: Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect fa├žade of the Society.  After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most – family, love, choice.  Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

@ the Library Article: "Take an Interest in the Arts @ Your Library"

Whether you are interested in learning how to draw as a hobby or want to start your own comic or manga, Abilene Public Library can help.  We offer a variety of books and videos for all ages and skill levels that focus on many important art principles like technique, style, composition, and color.

Ever thought about learning to draw but decided that you were too analytical and didn't have an artist's eye?  Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Dr. Betty Edwards offers drawing instructions that will increase your confidence as an artist.  There is also a DVD version available if you prefer to see Dr. Edwards' principles in action.  The Wrinklies' Guide to Drawing by Richard Pomfret shows that you are never too old to learn a new skill.  Pomfret explains the basic theories of drawing, composition, and perspective in an easy-to-understand format.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Doors Close on an Amazing Sale!!!

Children's Area
Just as quickly as it came, what has been the BIGGEST Book Sale yet from the Friends of the Abilene Public Library has now come to a close.  Always looked upon with anticipation by the community, the Civic Center became one of THE places to be this past weekend as bibliophiles descended in search of great reads, at even better deals, to build their own personal libraries without breaking the bank.

This annual book sale was made possible everyone who donated to the Abilene Public Library throughout the year.  That’s right.  You all helped to make this sale a huge success as the majority of all materials at the sale come from materials you donate to us.  Also a major part of the success of this sale, not to go without mention, is the amazing volunteers and members of the Friends of the Library who worked tirelessly to put everything together.

Dive Into the Stacks: Learning to Eat for the College Student @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library houses a great collection of resources across a myriad of topics.  We invite you to Dive Into the Stacks to discover some great areas you’re more than welcome to make use of.

The fall semester will be starting for many college students, and for most, that means leaving your parent’s home (maybe for the first time) and living on your own whether in a dorm or an apartment.  Although this idea seems totally cool when you first think about it, students quickly begin missing some of the comforts of home.  From having someone to do your laundry, not having to pay household bills, and more, another big area that kids miss are the home-cooked meals.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

So Long CALF...We Had a Time!!!

The 2nd Annual Children’s Art & Literacy Festival (CALF) is now over, and what an explosive weekend of activities it was hosted across Downtown Abilene that so many participated in.  Created by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council, organizations, businesses, and community leaders all joined forces to stress the importance of families, art, and literacy in the community.  Tons of planning and preparations went into this year’s event, which ran June 13-16, and it’s always amazing to see the number of people actively involved in all things related to literature.

This year’s CALF featured illustrator Walter Wick, a man who has sold more than 38 million copies of his works worldwide, and of whom has been popular at your Abilene Public Library with children of all ages.  His popular series includes I Spy and Can You See What I See? as an incredible search-and-find series which have been delighting children for years. 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 17)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections 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 to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

New York Times Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks on List: 4
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type, Audiobook on CD and Audiobook on OverDrive

#2: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Weeks on List: 3
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: F HOSSEINI
Summary:  A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan; from the author of "The Kite Runner." Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

Friday, June 14, 2013

Annual Book Sale Going Strong this Year!!!

Entering the Sale!
The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale kicked off Thursday, June 13 with a preview sale, before now being opened to the general public at the Abilene Civic Center in downtown Abilene.
 
Starting this morning, the doors to the exhibit hall opened at 10:00 a.m. with a line snaking outside of the building with eager people waiting to come in and see what this year's sale had to offer.  Once the doors were opened, everyone flooded in to be welcomed by members of the Friends of the Library, picking up bags, and even getting a map of where materials were located.
 
The hours for the remainder of the sale are as follows...
  • Friday, June 14 from 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday, June 15 from 10am to 6pm
  • Sunday, June 16 from 1pm to 4pm
Amazing Finds
All times are open to the general public at no charge.  Hardback and trade paperback items sale for around $1.75 each, mass market paperbacks for $0.75, children's books sold by the inch, and the final day of the sale is the Bag-O-Books Sale.  On this day, $6.00 gets you a furnished bag and you can take with you whatever you can fit into it.
 
After the sale ends, anything left over is donated to Goodwill, and the Friends of the Library will start the process over again with collecting materials for next year's sale.
 
Huge Selection!!!
There's so much this book sale has to offer, and you'll find the best deals around in a sale that only comes once a year.  Don't miss out on your chance to participate by coming out and seeing what the sale has to offer.  You will certainly find something you couldn't possibly live without.
 
So be sure to head out to the Civic Center this weekend and stock up on some great materials for your personal libraries.  You'll be glad you did.  If you have any questions, feel more than free to give us a call at the library at 325-676-6025 and we'll provide you with the information you need.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Weekly Events @ Your Library (June 17-22)

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, visit our main website to take a look at our interactive calendar, and remember, all programming is offered free of charge.

Kids to Grade 5
June 3 – July 27
All Branch Locations
325-677-2474 for Info.
Stop by and pick up a kids reading club bag complete with a certificate for participation, reading log, bookmark, and more information.  Plus, each week you visit the library to attend a program or checkout books, receive a free prize through the end of the club.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Staff Book Review: "You Know What You Have to Do" by Bonnie Shimko

You Know What You Have to Do
Click to Place Hold
Author: Bonnie Shimko
 
Reviewed By: Amanda Sasser, Library Assistant (Main Library)

Book Summary: This quirky novel turns formulaic teen fiction on its head as funny, feisty 15-year-old Mary Magdeline (otherwise known as Maggie) suddenly faces more than the usual typical YA concerns: a voice in her head that is telling her to kill people.  Not just kill anyone – each time it’s someone Maggie knows.  She tries to resist the voice, yet in each case her action rights a wrong, saving the life of the person who has been mistreated, or making that person’s life better.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What's New in Books & DVDs @ Your Library

Tuesdays are the big release days for books and DVDs for those bestselling authors you want to read, and those great movies you want to see.  Your Abilene Public Library carries all the latest for library cardholders to take advantage of, at no charge, and we’re highlighting the popular titles hitting the shelves.

Look for them at your Abilene Public Library, and if you can’t find them, see about getting yourselves on the reserve lists to secure your spot in line.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (View Trailer)
Starring: Jeremy Renner
Rated: R
Run Time: 87 min.
Summary: This twisted take on the classic tale of Hansel & Gretel show the two youngsters as adults whom have turned pro, coping with their childhood trauma by slaying witches for hire.  But when the seemingly unstoppable bounty hunters meet their match in an enemy so evil, it’ll take all their training, weapons and courage to survive.  Revenge is sweeter than candy.

Monday, June 10, 2013

@ Your Library Article: "Crafts" by A. Marie Skufca

Summertime is a good time to learn something new.  Rather than get cranky when those triple digit temperature days keep you inside, get crafty to keep busy and maybe to get an early start on providing presents for the holidays.  Your Abilene Public Library has a wealth of craft books of all kinds, for all skill levels, and for all ages.  Here are some crafts you may not have head of before.

The Complete Guide to Felting by Ruth Lane provides the crafter with a brief history of the art, which is basically making felt from wool and then creating items.  The title details information on various wools, dyeing techniques, tools, and methods of felting.  Lane's book uses a number of projects to illustrate specific techniques.  Illustrations and photos help make clear what is being done and show what the completed project should look like.  Felting can be used for everything from clothing to toys and other useful items.  It can also just be Art.  An appendix of resources for felting supplies is included.

Dive Into the Stacks: Get Advice on Preventing Teen Drinking @ Your Library

Your Abilene Public Library houses a great collection of resources across a myriad of topics.  We invite you to Dive Into the Stacks to discover some great areas you’re more than welcome to make use of.

It’s summer, your teens are out of school, many now have their driver’s licenses, and that means it’s time to hit the road with friends, engage in more social activities, attend parties, etc.  If you’re looking at having that discussion with your teens on the dangers of underage drinking, or wish to provide them with some reading materials, your Abilene Public Library is a great place to start.

We house quite a few titles that address the topic of teen drinking at your library, to provide information, help, advice, as well as stories by teens whom have had to learn from their mistakes the hard way.  Empower your teens with knowledge while providing yourselves (as parents, guardians, or concerned adults) with some valuable information such as in the following titles…

Safe Road Home: Stop Your Teen from Drinking & Driving
Author: Karen Goodman
Call Number: 363.125 GOO
Summary: Also coming with a companion DVD of the award-winning HBO documentary Smashed: Toxic Tales of Teens and Alcohol, this book could certainly save a teen’s life by providing a quick reference for answering the top questions.  Along with that, you’ll learn some pretty eye-opening statistics including how on a typical weekend in America, one teenager dies in a car crash every hour and almost half of those crashes involve alcohol.  Another staggering statistic is that nearly a third of the kids in a national survey reported getting into a car with a driver under the influence during a month, many of them not knowing how a driver may be impaired if drinking and driving.  This resource is all about opening up a dialogue with your teen and to provide advice, research, statistics, and practical safe driving tips when it comes to alcohol.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New York Times Bestsellers Top 5 (Week of June 10)

Many patrons browse the new materials sections 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 to lead the pack on the Hardcover Fiction & Non-Fiction lists for the upcoming week.

Hardcover Fiction Top 5

#1: Inferno
Author: Dan Brown
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: F BROWN
Summary: The symbologist Robert Langdon, on the run in Florence, must decipher a series of codes created by a Dante-loving scientist. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#2: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: F HOSSEINI
Summary: A multigenerational family saga centers on a brother and sister born in Afghanistan; from the author of "The Kite Runner." Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#3: Deeply Odd
Author: Dean Koontz
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week: n/a
Call Number: F KOONTZ
Summary: Odd Thomas, who can communicate with the dead, must forestall a crime by discovering the three innocent people who have been targeted by an evil killer. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#4: Zero Hour
Author: Clive Cussler
Weeks On List: 1
Position Last Week:n/a
Call Number: F CUSSLER
Summary: Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala and the rest of the Numa team search for a physicist's machine, buried in an ocean trench, that can cause deadly earthquakes in the 11th Numa Files novel. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#5: The Hit
Author: David Baldacci
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 5
Call Number: F BALDACCI
Summary: The government hitman Will Robie uncovers a serious threat as he attempts to take out a fellow assassin who has gone rogue. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

Hardcover Non-Fiction Top 5

#1: Lean In
Author: Sheryl Sandberg
Weeks On List: 12
Position Last Week: 3
Call Number: 658.4 SAN
Summary: The chief operating officer of Facebook urges women to pursue their careers without ambivalence. Available in Regular Print and eBook on OverDrive

#2: Happy, Happy, Happy
Author: Phil Robertson
Weeks On List: 4
Position Last Week: 2
Call Number: 92 ROBERTSON
Summary: The Duck Commander pays tribute to "faith, family and ducks." Available in Regular Print and Audiobook on CD

#3: Eleven Rings
Author: Phil Jackson
Weeks On List: 2
Position Last Week: 1
Call Number: 92 JACKSON
Summary: An autobiography by the successful coach, who led his teams to 11 NBA championships. Available in Regular Print

#4: Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Author: David Sedaris
Weeks On List: 6
Position Last Week: 4
Call Number: 813.54 SED
Summary: Essays from the humorist on subjects like French dentistry and a North Carolina Costco. Available in Regular Print, Large-Type and Audiobook on CD

#5: The Guns at Last Light
Author: Rick Atkinson
Weeks On List: 3
Position Last Week: 5
Call Number: 940.5421 ATK
Summary: The final volume of the Liberation Trilogy describes the Allied victory in Europe, from D-Day to the German surrender. Available in Regular Print

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