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Zinio Digital Newstand Platform offers you access to full digital copies of some of your favorite magazines. You can download and view these titles on your computer or mobile device. Learn more about using Zinio

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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

Let's Speak English

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

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When?
Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library
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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Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:00pm
Where?
Lane Road Branch Library

Check our lists of   ►​ New Books        ►​ New Audiobooks

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

Coming Clean: A Memoir by Kimberly Rae Miller

Ever wonder what it would be like to grow up with hoarders as parents? Kimberly Rae Miller dishes it all in this powerful coming-of-age tale about just that. We’ve all got that spot in our house that’s the place we put things that we’re saving for later because we know we’re actually going to use them. Right? Yes? Then months later we stumble across those same prized objects and pitch or donate them because, well, who has the time to do all the things?

Imagine, if you will, that messy place being your entire house and add in never throwing away anything on top of that and you’ll sort of get the idea what it’s like to walk a day in Kim’s shoes. She wasn’t able to ever have friends over and often had to conceal her parents messes and behaviors for fear of children’s services coming and separating her from them. Even worse, one house she and her parents occupied was so messy that it caught fire and they lost absolutely everything they owned. You’d think this would mean a fresh, clean start in a new, uncluttered home but that’s not case as things quickly start to pile up again.  But don’t just take my word for it, read this engrossing title for yourself to learn all about what it’s like to be the child of hoarders. For tackling such serious stuff, it’s quite an enjoyable read but be warned as there are a few graphic moments (think bugs, messes, and even a suicide attempt) that aren’t for the faint of heart.

If you like this title, you should also check out the nonfiction book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy Frost and the YA novel Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu.

Doctor Sleep : a novel by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep is not a re-telling of Jack Torrence and the creepy Overlook Motel.  The book works as a stand-alone novel, a bit of a sequel, but truly a new story with recurring characters from The Shining.

Starting with a summary of Danny and his mother's life over the past thirty five years, Doctor Sleep moves into the present where we find Danny coming to terms with his past; recovering from an abusive alcoholic father and fighting his own battle with sobriety.  Doctor Sleep is a humane story with a twist, characters can read minds, see the future, and communicate telepathically. However humane, King's ability to scare the heck out of you is still powerfully strong! 

The Knitted Slipper book: Slippers and House Shoes for the Entire Family by Katie Startzman

I am always looking for a last minute knitted project I can use as a gift.  The beauty of this book is half the patterns are felted making the knitting part fast and the felting part a cover up for any mistakes, perfect!

Fun, functional, and an offering of slipper & shoe options with patterns ranging from whimsical to practical.  Get out that leftover skein of wool, grab your needles, and whip up a quick gift.

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Adult Services: About Us

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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