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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.

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

Events for Adults

Amazing Library Resources: the Learning Express Library database

LearningExpress Library - Come learn how to use a resource that truly does have something for everyone. Whether you’re a high school... more

When?
Sat, 09/20/2014 - 1:00pm
Where?
Tremont Road - Main 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, 09/22/2014 - 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

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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

Holiday Food

I don’t know if it was Thanksgiving or the swiftly approaching holiday season, but I can’t stop thinking about (and reading about!) food. Whether I’m eating it, talking about it, reading about it, or making it, food is awesome! If you’re anything like me, be sure to pick up one of the following titles to satisfy your appetite for a delicious read:

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

Part memoir, part graphic novel, this book will suck you in with its awesome illustrations, delicious recipes and musings on the author’s life, favorite foods, and family. I dare you to read it and not go eat all the things!

Born Round: The Secret History of a Full Time Eater by Frank Bruni

This witty, well written memoir traces the author’s complicated relationship with food from early adolescence to his present gig as a NY Times food critic. It’s refreshing to know that even well revered critics have their limits and weaknesses.

Tender at the Bone: Growing up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

Reichl was the editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, and this, her first memoir, tells the story of her coming-of-age through recipes. Beautifully written and well worth a read for her excellent food descriptions and recipes.

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A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg

Best known for her food blog, Orangette, this is Wizenberg’s recollection of the food and people that influenced her life. Each chapter includes a recipe, and her writing is so fantastic that you’ll be torn whether to keep reading or stop just long enough to cook something before diving back in.

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks by Kathleen Flinn

Put down that box of Hamburger Helper and pick up this highly entertaining book about how Flinn, a culinary school graduate, taught 9 women from all walks of life to prepare basic meals for themselves and their families using fresh, simple ingredients.

I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Giulia Melucci

Relationships are like recipes – some are worth the work and some totally fail.  Melucci does a great job of navigating the sometimes rocky terrain of her romantic life by relating the men she dates to the things she loves to cook. Oh, and there’s lots of pasta!

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The Raven's Eye: A Brock and Kolla Mystery by Barry Maitland

For DCI David Brock and DI Kathy Kolla, of Scotland Yard, a tragic accidental death becomes a possible murderous death among the houseboats that line the canals around greater London.  Maitland’s interwoven themes and well constructed plot subtly pull one into the story.  Good read.

The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood

If Tara French and Gillian Flynn went on vacation in England together to an amusement park (think English Jersey Shore) this would surely be the outcome. Two women who haven't seen each other since they committed a heinous crime together as children cross paths as adults when one, now a reporter, visits the other, an amusement park employee, to investigate the brutal murders that take place in the vacation town. If you're anything like me, you'll most likely peg the killer within the first third of the book, but be warned that things are definitely not what they seem.  A perfect beach read for those in denial about the recent wintry weather or an equally creepy Halloween appropriate thriller. 

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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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