05/14/2015

Teen finals study sessions, adult spa workshop and CPR class

Teens in the seventh-12th grades are invited to study for finals at the library on Monday, May 18 and Thursday, May 21 from 4-5 pm.  We’ll provide you with a good space to study, plus resources and snacks at your fingertips, as you prepare for your final exams. 

Adults are invited to a free Do It Yourself spa workshop tomorrow (Friday, May 15) at 2 p.m. You will learn how to make a fizzy bath, a special hair rinse and a clay mask – and you’ll leave with the makings for your own Spa Night. No registration is required.

CPR certification for bystanders or healthcare providers takes place on Monday, May 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. After completion of this class, you will be CPR certified for two years through the American Heart Association. Registration is required and the cost is $50.

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 14) marks the fifth 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. Dennis Aronson will provide reasons for the development of radical Islam – the failure of efforts to reform governments and modernize Islam in the 20th century, Western powers’ involvement and influence in the region, and the rise of fundamental and extremist Islamic movements during the last several decades. The talk will also discuss the Islamic Reformation that is now occurring. 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 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 event 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.

Library closures

Your library will be closed during the morning on Wednesday, May 20 for an in-service staff and board meeting, opening at 1 p.m. We also will be closed on Sunday, May 24 and MondayMemorial Day.

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 titles

We have added two more current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books to our 3M Cloud Library: “Garden of Lies, an historical novel by Amanda Quick; and “The Bone Tree” by Gregg Illes, book two of the Unwritten Laws mystery trilogy.

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.

Nonfiction

“The Perfection of the Paper Clip” by James Ward contains stories of accidental genius, bitter rivalries and perfect utilitarian design. “Endless Summer Cookbook” by Katie Lee has 100 recipes and stories from the Hamptons in New York. “The Allergy Book” by pediatricians Robert W. and William Sears provides a guide to preventing nasal allergies, asthma, food allergies and more. “Year of the Cow” by Jared Stone follows the trials and tribulations of a home cook as he explores what he really is eating.

Mysteries and thrillers

“14th Deadly Sin” by James Patterson is the latest in the Women’s Murder Club series. “Rock with Wings” by Anne Hillerman is a mystery featuring Tony Hillerman’s characters Joe Leaphorn, Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito.

Other novels

“A God in Ruins” by Kate Atkinson, the companion to “Life after Life,” follows life in the 20th century. “At the Water’s Edge” by Sara Gruen, author of “Water for Elephants,” is set in the Scottish Highlands. “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” by Rachel Joyce is a parallel story of a young walker and an aging woman. “Early Warning” by Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley takes a family from post World War 11 through the early 1980s.

Collections

“Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances” is a collection of 25 short stories and poems by New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. “Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life,” edited by Zachary Kluckman is a collection of poetic voices. “Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers & Swells,” edited by Graydon Carter, is an anthology of pieces from the early golden age of Vanity Fair magazine in honor of its 100th anniversary. “Family Furnishings” is a collection of short stories written from 1995-2014 by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Munro.

DVDs

“Midsomer Murders: Set Nine” contains four mysteries from the British TV series. “Wolf Hall” is the six-part PBS series based on the books by Hilary Mantel. “Boardwalk Empire” is the complete fourth season of this HBO gangster series. “Martin” is the complete first season of this HBO series. “Last Days in Vietnam” was a 2015 Academy Award nominee. “Big Eyes” is based on the true story of artists Walter and Amy Keane. “The Water Horse” is a family feature set in Loch Ness. “The Fifth Element” is a sci-fi film starring Bruce Willis.

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 Elizabeth Coleman, April Holthaus, and Ernest and Aideen Karger.

Quotable Quote

“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.” – Neil Gaiman, contemporary English author, quoted in The Guardian (U.K.)

 

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