Wednesday, September 15, 2021

What's New On Overdrive in September 2021?

Here are some of our favorite new items that have just been added to Overdrive for digital checkout:

Ace of Spades
by Faridah Abike-Iyimide: Devon and Chiamaka have everything anyone could ever ask for. They're the ultra-smart students at an elite private school where they are have just been made Prefects and are each top contenders for valedictorian. But just as they start to think their Senior year couldn't be more perfect, a mysterious person using the name "Aces" starts sending out mass texts, revealing Devon and Chiamaka's darkest secrets, and threatening to completely destroy everything they've worked for. 

Small Favors by Erin A. Craig: Ellerie lives in a small town, tucked in between several mountains where nothing much ever happens... or at least, nothing happens since the time long ago when her ancestors fought off the demons that used to live in the woods surrounding the village. But one harsh winter, strange things begin to happen. Alone, lacking supplies, and desperate, Ellerie and her village might have to face the possibility that the demons might be back... with a vengeance.

Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet by Laekan Zea Kemp: Despite the objections of her strict, traditional Mexican-American parents, Penelope has dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and someday opening up her own bakery near her dad's restaurant. Xander is the cute new boy who works at said restaurant, who is trying to build a relationship with his grandfather while searching for his long-lost father. Both Penelope and Zander have secrets, though, and when those start to get out, their futures and the future of their budding romance might be in serious trouble. 

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

3D Modeling For Teens Is Back!

 You asked for it, so we delivered. One of our most requested programs, 3D Modeling for teens will be back next Wednesday, September 15th at Main Library.

In this program, Elia will be teaching a limited number of teens how to create the types of files needed to run code on the library's 3D printers. Participants will get to take home a 3D print of their creations (just remember that 3D printing takes time, so you'll have to collect your print a few days after the program). The program is completely free, but only open to teens ages 13-18, and in order to participate, you do need an email address. See you there!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

It's Library Card Sign-Up Month

 Did you know that every September, libraries around the country celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month? This year's theme is #100blackgirlbooks featuring special program chair Marley Dias. 

To celebrate the month, we recommend you sign up for a library card if you don't already have one, and if you have one, use it to try and hit bingo on this special Bingo Challenge from the American Library Association!

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

What is Comics Plus?

 Did you know we offer a new service where you can access hundreds of comics, graphic novels and manga that you can read on your computer or web-enabled device? It's called Comics Plus and all you need to access it is a valid library card number. 

To access Comics Plus all you have to do is go to our website, and click on the link for "ebooks and media" and scroll down to "Comics Plus." Then, select the link, enter your library card and PIN numbers and start exploring all the available titles! You can add as many titles as you want to your shelves and read all day long! So what are you waiting for? Go read! NOW!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

What's New on Overdirve for August 2021

 Here are some of our favorite titles that have just been added to Overdive for you to check out and read on your favorite device:

Blackout by Various Authors: If you don't have the time to commit to an entire book or series may we suggest this? Six amazing authors present a series of short stories that are all connected by a single unifying thread: they all take place during a blackout in New York City in the middle of a heat wave. The stories tell the tales of a pair of angry exes, long-time besties, perfect strangers and more, told by authors like Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles) and Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give).

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalo: A new series from the author of Stalking Jack the Ripper promises a whole new kind of chills. Emilia and Vittoria are twins and secret witches, living in secret in Sicilian society and working normal jobs at their family's restaurant... that is until the night Emila finds Vittoria brutally murdered and mutilated. Her grief leads her on a quest for vengeance at any cost, even if it means using the darkest of magic. Magic that is completely forbidden, and threatens to unleash hell itself upon the earth. 

Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura: Nozomi was sure this was going to be the summer she would get a girlfriend. She was NOT expecting this would be the summer she would be suckered into a fake relationship to make her actual crush's ex jealous. But that's ok, because Nozomi has a plan! She is going to turn her fake romance into a real thing by making Willow see she really is the perfect girl for her and turn fauxmance into romance or else!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

What's New on Hoopla for August 2021

We have some great new titles for you to enjoy on Hoopla Digital this month! Here are some of our favorites:

by Alexandra Lapointe: Crystia is a Cloaker: an elite member of a secret society of shape shifters tasked with maintaining order in society. The problem is, Crystia never wanted the job. She was one of dozens  kids stolen from her family at a young age by the Black Coats, and genetically modified into becoming what she now is. Now she wants out, and she and the other Cloakers will do anything it takes to make it to freedom and reunite with their families.

How to Break an Evil Curse
by Laura Morrison: The first book in the new Chronicles of Fritillary series shows us why it's a really bad idea to fight with your BFF... especially if your BFF happens to be an evil wizard. The king of Fritillary learns this the hard way when his former bestie curses his firstborn daughter to die if she is ever touched by the sunlight. Of course the king decides the only way to keep Princess Juliana safe is to lock her in a dungeon... but never count a girl with a serving spoon down because after 8 years of digging a VERY big hole the princess is FINALLY free and she is off to see the world... and free herself from her curse!

Like Other Girls
by Britta Lundin: Mara did not mean to start a revolution when she tried out for the boys football team. She just wanted to get back on a team after getting kicked out of girl's basketball for fighting. It's not her fault she's really good at it, and it's not her fault four other girls joined the team, and it's DEFINITELY not her fault those four actually DO suck, but now the team, including her own brother blame her for "ruining" the team. If Mara has any hope of impressing the coach, and her crush Valentina (who just happens to be one of the 4 other girls on the team) it's up to her to whip these girls into shape and turn this team around!

by L.M. Elliot: 1960 is was not an easy year for the city of Berlin. It was politically divided, and in about a year it would be literally divided by a huge wall that would separate the city into Democracy and Communism. This division is already becoming apparent in Drew's own family, since he lives in West Berlin in an Army family, while his cousin Matthias is in East Berlin, dodging the secret police and smuggling outlawed rock music, which if he is caught with, could get him sent to a work-camp for hard labor and "re-education."

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Yes, the Teen Room IS Open!

 In case you had not heard, we are letting people hang out in the teen rooms at all our libraries again, but the rules remain basically the same as they were before the pandemic: in order to hang out in the teen room, you have to be at least 13 years old, and no older than 18 (if you have turned 18 we might let you hang out for one more semester of school or the summer after high school, as long as you don't break the rules, but that's up to the teen staff). 

Also, you should know, a few things have changed from before the pandemic so here is what you need to know:

We are not showing movies at all right now at any of the teen rooms. This has to do with licenses and how we are doing programming, and a bunch of technical stuff... but the main point is, no movies. 

There is currently no video gaming on our systems though video game programs might resume at some branches in the future, so check your branch for their individual calendars. 

The libraries will no longer allow teens to bring in their own video games from home to play on library TVs, but you can bring hand-helds like a Switch to play on your own. 

Also, we do not issue guest passes for computers to anyone under age 18, and we will not make exceptions for anyone under 18 who does not have a library card, so if you do not have a library card, you will not be able to get on a computer, even "just for 5 minutes" even if you beg a ton. Sorry, this is the law and we have to comply. 

Other than this, we do want to see you back in the teen rooms soon so stop in and say hi to the staff! There are a lot of new faces at all the libraries and they're all looking forward to meting all of you!