More than 30 databases available free for library patrons
We want to remind you there are more than 30 databases on myriad subjects available free for your entertainment, research and learning pleasure.  Your library invests more than $9,000 each year to bring these valuable information sources to you:
·    E-books to download to your PC or portable e-reader are available from the 3M Cloud Library and audio books are available from OneClick Digital.
·    Educational and academic resources include Academic Search Premier, Britannica for Kids, Encyclopedia Britannica, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, History Reference Center, Learning Express Library for practice tests and tutorials, MAS Ultra School Edition for high school students, Middle School Search Plus, Points of View, Primary Search, Science Reference Center, Universal Class for lifelong learning, and Transparent Language Online to help you learn nearly 100 languages.
·    Reference databases include Auto Repair Reference Center, Ancestry Library Edition (in-library use only), Business Source Premier, Consumer Health Complete, GreenFile for environmental issues, Psychology & Behavorial Sciences, Legal Information Reference Center, Library Information Science and Technology Abstracts, Science Reference Center, Small Engine Repair, and TOPICsearch for current events.
·    Periodicals and other media from three sources – Flipster for consumer magazines, Newspaper Source for newspapers plus TV and radio transcripts, and MasterFILE  Premier for periodicals, reference books and biographies.
·    NoveList, a fiction database for readers that provides information on more than 135,000 fiction titles and special resources for media specialists and teachers. To access any of these databases, click on the Online Databases icon at the top of your library’s website home page.

Activities calendars available
To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids (includes tweens), teens and adults.

Lifelong Learning lecture tonight
Tonight (Thursday, May 7) marks the fourth of the library’s free six-week spring Lifelong Leaning Lecture series, with a wide variety of interesting topics to enrich your life and keep your mind agile.  Jean Strahlendorf, PhD will speak on “Psychosomatic Illness: Mind Body Connection.”  The presentation will address some of the concepts expounded by John E. Sarno, M.D., professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine.  All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m. (note new time) and last about an hour, followed by time for questions.  Pick up a brochure at the library for the full schedule, and watch for information on future talks in this column.

Free book club for adults
Our adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles.  On May 12 we will discuss “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West” by Dorothy Wickenden.  If you need a copy, please contact Meg Wempe.  No registration required.

Free tweens book club
If you’re in the fourth-sixth grades, like to read and share what you read with friends, this is the club for you.  On Wednesday, May 13 from 4-5 p.m. we’ll be discussing “The Golden Compass” by Philip Pullman and pick up our next book to read.

Free Otaku Club
Otaku Club for teens in the fifth-12th grades who are anime and manga fans meets tomorrow (Friday, May 8) from 4 – 5:15 p.m.  Enjoy a variety of Japanese culture (crafts, anime, snacks, etc.).  Characters welcomed.  Help us pick our list of anime to watch.

Free LEGO club
Kids aged 6 – 13 are welcome to join us for fun with LEGOs this Saturday, May 9 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.

Free teen gaming
Join us every Tuesday from 4 – 5:30 p.m. for fun for teen gaming fans.  Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games

Free baby/toddler time
This time is a half hour of stories, songs and fingerplays for you and your little one on Saturdays from 9:30 – 10 a.m.  Learn easy tips on how to include literacy skills in everyday family life.  Recommended for children from six months to three years of age.

Free technology classes
Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. Thursdays.  Drop in with your technology questions.  A more formal session requiring advance registration focuses on Facebook for Business from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11 – note new day.  You will learn how to create a page, access settings, explore helpful marketing insights and more.

Free programmed Nooks
Reminder:  We have nine Nooks and three tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

New downloadable 3M titles
We have added four more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library:  “Emma: A Modern Retelling” by Alexander McCall Smith, “Every Fifteen Minutes,” a medical mystery by Lisa Scottoline; “Hot Pursuit,” a Stone Barrington mystery by Stuart Woods and “The Dream Lover,” an historical biography by Elizabeth Berg.  Access these e-books at our website by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in myriad genres.

“Isis: The State of Terror” by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger explains today’s most barbaric terrorist group and how we can fight it.  “H is for Hawk” by Helen Macdonald is a memoir of a falconer overcoming grief by training a goshawk.  “How to Raise a Wild Child” by Scott D. Sampson shows parents and caregivers how to engage children in a meaningful connection with the natural world.  “The One-Page Financial Plan” by financial advisor Carl Richards offers a simple way to be smart about your money.  “Spring Chicken” by Bill Gifford explores anti-aging research to show you how to live longer and better.  “One More Step” by Bonner Paddock is the memoir of a man with cerebral palsy who climbed Kilimanjaro.  “Riding Home” by Tim Hayes explores the power of horses to heal those suffering from deep psychological wounds.
“Our Kids” by Robert D. Putnam examines the growing gap between the lives of rich and poor children in America.  “Rescue at Los Banos” by Bruce Henderson tells of more than 2,000 POWs held in the Philippines by the Japanese during World War II.  “Homemade for Sale” by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko shows you how to set up and market a food business from your home kitchen.  “You Can, You Will” by Joel Osteen shares eight qualities of winners to help you reach your potential.  “First Ladies” by Susan Swain features interviews with more than 50 historians and biographers.  “Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours” is a biography of this rock ‘n’ roll star.

Mysteries and thrillers
“The Dead Lands” by Benjamin Percy is a post-apocalyptic thriller.  “Where They Found Her” by Kimberly McCreight begins with the discovery of a dead baby in an idyllic college town in New Jersey.  “The Bone Tree” by Greg Iles is the second volume in the epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice.  “Memory Man” by David Baldacci tells of a man with a perfect memory whose family is murdered.  “Pleasantville” by Attica Locke is about a toxic case involving politics, corruption and murder.  “The Invention of Fire” by Bruce Holsinger is a medieval mystery set in 14th century London.  “Grave Consequences” by David and Aimee Thurlo is a Charlie Henry mystery.

Other novels
“The Dream Lover” by Elizabeth Berg is the story of writer George Sand and her unconventional life in Paris.  “God Help the Child” by Toni Morrison shows how the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult.  “Positive” by David Wellington is a zombie epic.  “Madame President” by former White House communications director Nicolle Wallace is a portrait of three powerful women.  “Hold Me” by Susan Mallery is a romance.

Story CDs
“The Skull Throne” by Peter V. Brett is book four of The Demon Cycle” fantasy series.  “Garden of Lies” by Amanda Quick is a murder mystery set in Victorian London.  “Falling in Love” by Donna Leon is a Guido Brunetti mystery.

Music CDs
Come in and take a look at the wide variety of music CDs we have available to borrow, thanks to donations from patrons like you.  You’ll find blue grass, classical, jazz, rock and more for your enjoyment.

 Thanks to our donors
For books and materials this week, we thank Heidi Moller and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the wood and give orders.  Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), French aristocrat, award-winning writer and poet, pioneering aviator, author of “The Little Prince” and winner of the U.S. National Book Award.

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