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Ice Cream eBooks

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Beside creating a punch line for one of my favorite The Far Side comics, this little jingle reminds us of the nearly universal appeal of ice cream, especially in summer time. Even if we haven't hit the hottest temperatures yet, its still a good time to enjoy your favorite flavor.

If you feel like giving local favorites like Graeter's or Jeni's a run for their money, check out these eBooks about making your own ice cream, and other cool treats.

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Free eBooks, magazines and music for your new Tablet

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Did you receive a new tablet this year? Be sure to check out our collection of free media. All you need is a library card.

You can find our help guides for your device on the Media Services webpage (Explore -> eBooks, Film & Music), and if you want help getting started, stop by one of our three eBook Q & A sessions:

  • Sunday, January 19th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 1st, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 16th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 

Biographies for African American History Month

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February is full of holidays, including Presidents Day and Valentines Day. It's also African-American History Month (which, I guess is a holi-month). This weeks eBooks feature biographies on this theme.

Since we are all a little short on time, I've picked three, concise ebooks, aimed at a younger audience, but with enough information to interest any age. Check one out, and learn more about a few of the African-Americans who have shaped our country.

 

Halloween eBooks - Scary Places

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Truth is stranger than fiction, so today, we are featuring non-fiction books about Scary Places. This series is aimed at middle school readers. Check one out for your budding Halloween historian.

  • Spooky Cemeteries - What could be creepier (and more haunted) than a cemetery?
  • Dark Mansions - Old houses are full of ghosts, and great woodwork.
  • Creepy Castles - Any place with a dungeon is fertile ground for hauntings.

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If you liked The Goldfinch

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When I finish reading a really enjoyable book, I want to flip back to page one and start reading again. Of course, its never the same as the first read, and if it isn’t a series, then I have to find a new title that’s just as good. This usually means bugging family, friends and other librarians for recommendations.

In case you haven’t found a good follow-up read for this year’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, here three titles with similar themes.

Happy Reading!

 

Kick-off Summer Reading with an eBook

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Celebrate the beginning of the summer reading season with a new eBook mystery, and don't worry, it won't be checked out. UAPL is participating (again) in the Big Library Read program, which makes one eBook title available to an unlimited number of patrons. The current title is A Pedigree to Die For by Laurien Berenson, a mystery that introduces amateur sleuth Melanie Travis and a passel of Poodles. You can start reading anytime between June 3rd and June 18th.

To add more incentive, reading this book is on the activity list for Adult Summer Reading Club. For each completed activity, you are entered in our weekly prize drawing. Make sure to sign up first at ualibrary.org or at your local branch, to be registered for the grand prize drawing, a Nexus 7. A perfect way to read more eBooks.

If you've checked out eBooks before, you can check out A Pedigree to Die For the same way. If you haven't tried eBooks yet and you want some help, contact our Media Services department and schedule a 1-on-1 training.

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Cuban History

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In the last month, the United States has taken steps to restart diplomatic relations with Cuba, including a face-to-face meeting between the two countries' presidents. These are the highest level meetings in more than 50 years.

If you're interested in learning more about Cuba, check out one of the books below and explore the colorful and controversial history of our southern neighbor.

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Halloween eBook - Local Noir

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Our last Halloween eBooks recommendations feature collections of “noir” stories from different cities. These aren't ghost stories per se, but they are dark and mysterious. The three featured titles all come from the same series, and feature stories set in a single city, written by authors who know those cities well. Call it “local crime fiction.”

  • Baltimore Noir - Dark stories from the home of Edgar Allen Poe. Authors include David Simon, best known for The Wire.
  • DC Noir - George Pellacanos leads this tour of the seedy side of the nation's capital.
  • Los Angeles Noir - From the city better know for “film noir.” Includes stories by Michael Connolly and Janet Fitch.

Happy Reading!

Green your Life for Earth Day

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Earth Day is this week (April 22nd) so it's a good time to look for new projects to make your corner a little greener. Are you ready to start a garden, or maybe even start composting your vegetable scraps to create rich soil for next year's seeds? Could you make some improvements to your home to save energy (and money)? The books below will give you plenty of ideas, and maybe even inspire you to turn over a new (green) leaf.

Happy Reading!

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