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Hoopla is a free audio and video streaming service available to all Upper Arlington Public Library cardholders. Through Hoopla, patrons now have access to thousands of titles in video, music, and audiobook formats for streaming or temporary download. Content can be enjoyed on smartphones, tablets or computers. Learn more about Hoopla, check our support page, or download a copy of our Hoopla Instructions sheet.

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Join our Adult Department's Goodreads Group: connect with your librarians and other Goodreads Group members to discuss and share book recommendations.

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LibraryReads is a monthly Top 10 list of books chosen by librarians all over the country. You can see the current and past lists at LibraryReads.org
In addition, our librarian Bonnie stocks a Goodreads shelf with those titles for your convenience.

Adult Guides

Our downloadable guides range from new release lists to “how to” instructions designed to help you with our collection.

Events for Adults

Pebble Mosaic Stepping Stone

Come create a pebble mosaic stepping stone for your garden. Julie Reeder will lead participants as they design pebble mosaics with... more

When?
Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:00pm
Where?
Miller Park Branch Library
Gardening Year Round - Preparing for Next Season

Joanne Dole from the Franklin County Master Gardener Volunteers returns to the Lane Road Library with tips to help you prepare for the... more

When?
Thu, 09/25/2014 - 7:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
Let's Speak English

Let’s Speak English is an opportunity to practice speaking with ESOL trained volunteers.

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When?
Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
The Reading Cafe at Whole Foods Market

Come discuss the best books you haven’t heard of yet! This quarter’s featured book is Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler... more

When?
Wed, 10/01/2014 - 6:30pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main Library

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The Adult Readers' Blog

Written by Bonnie on Thu, 09/18/2014 - 8:30am

Yo Ho Ho and a new book by Roz Chast!  

September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day.  The National Book Awards Longlists were just announced and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? is on the list. I just love Scrabble so I'm rolling three posts into one. 

Roz Chast is “the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories (three graphic novels have been Finalists in the Young People's Literature catergory).”   

101 Two-Letter Words by singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, with illustrations by Roz Chast, will be released at the end of September.  It's a book of poems about the two-letter words allowed in Scrabble.  Scrabble is a big deal at my house.  The news that four new two-letter words (DA, GIPO, TE) were added to the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary edition released in August was greeted with a hearty, ” AY, AYNOAR, AR!”

Related:

  • Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis is the classic book on the crazy world of competetive Scrabble playing.  It inspired the documentary Word Wars.
  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay contains her essay “To Scratch, Claw or Grope Clumsily or Frantically” about her foray into the world of word freaks.
  • As You Wish by Cary Elwes is the story of making the film The Princess Bride.  The Dread Pirate Roberts is guy pretending to be a pirate for a while.  

The Reading Roosevelt

Written by Bonnie on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:29am

Books are almost as individual as friends. There is no earthly use in laying down general laws about them. Some meet the

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Flyover State: Ohio and The Passenger Pigeon

Written by Bonnie on Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00am

Ohio is inexhorably tied to the fate of the passenger pigeon.  Huge flocks once darkened the skies over Columbus for...Read more

Adult Recommendations

50 High-Impact, Low-Care Garden Plants

Snow is still on the ground but gardening is blooming in my heart.   The month of March finds seed catalogs, gardening books, and over wintered herbs strewn all over my kitchen and dining room.  The need is for spring!

My favorite gardening books for Ohio are authored by Tracy Disabato-Aust. Every spring I start a plant list for my garden from Tracy’s book, 50 High-Impact Low Care Garden Plants.  The book has a little bit of everything from grasses to shrubs, but all are Ohio hardy and easy care.  My favorite stand out plants are Bear’s Breeches, Variegated Aralia, Blue False Indigo, Bleeding Heart, and Hellebore.  The Dragon's Eye Pine made the list this year but where to plant, the garden is getting full!

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathon Tropper

No one is more surprised than Judd Foxman when his father passes away.  Not so much by the death, but by the nonreligious patriarch’s last wish to have the family sit Shiva, a Jewish tradition that requires his mother and siblings to spend an entire week together under one roof.  This wouldn’t be so bad if Judd’s family wasn’t so dysfunctional.  As this group of unique characters are forced to spend time together old wounds are brought to surface and they are made to deal with issues they would have rather continued to ignore.  The only family member not present is Judd’s wife who has been openly having an affair.  As Judd unwillingly reconnects with his family and struggles to deal with the reality of his deteriorating marriage what results is a novel full of biting, albeit slightly dark humor with realizations about family life and love.  

The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles

If you're looking for something to brighten your dreary winter day, pick up Pancol's first English-translated novel. The plot revolves around two sisters - Iris, a glamorous, rich attorney's wife and her plain Jane, bookish sister Jo. The story begins when Jo's husband empties their joint savings account and leaves her for his manicurist, who he runs off to farm crocodiles with in Kenya. Jo is left to pick up the pieces of her life and raise her two daughters, Zoe and Hortense, on the meager salary she makes as a 12th century scholar. Iris and Jo hatch the perfect scheme - Jo will write a medieval historical novel that Iris will take the credit for, thus giving Jo the money she needs and Iris the fame she craves. As in life, things don't go quite as planned and hilarity ensues. It's chick lit done up en Francais; humorous, quite charming and perfect to curl up on the couch with and escape to bright, sunny Paris, if only for a few hundred pages.  

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Adult Services: (614) 486-9621
Manager: Vita Marinello


The Adult Services Department provides a broad collection of circulating materials in order to meet the needs and interests of adult library users. Browse the latest mystery, fiction, and non-fiction titles in print or audio book format.
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