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Pumpkin Time

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On my morning stroll around the block, I noticed several pumpkins decorating a neighbor's porch. It was a cool, grey morning and small, yellow leaves were already lining the road where I walked. It felt like Halloween was just around the corner. A few hours later the sun was up and the temperature was on it's way to the high 70s. But it's still October, so grab a pumpkin latte (or pumpkin beer) and learn how to cook, carve and cultivate your own perfect pumpkin.

Do not update the OverDrive iOS app

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OverDrive released an update for their iOS app on Monday and it is causing problems for many users. OverDrive is aware of this and is working on a patch to fix the issues. We recommend that patrons wait to install this update until OverDrive has fixed it.

If you have already updated the app and it doesn't seem to be working correctly, uninstalling the app and then reinstalling it may fix the problem for you. If it does not, you can checkout eBooks and read or listen to them using Safari. Click on Download e-Books from the digital media tab on our homepage, or click here to visit our collection. After you check out a title, click READ or LISTEN to open it in your web browser. Click the links for more information about READ or LISTEN.

If you have questions, please contact UAPL.

PB&J Again?!

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Packing school lunches can be challenging. Trying to balance what you kids will eat, with what you want them to eat can be a tight rope walk. It also wouldn't hurt if most of the meal was quick and easy to prepare.

Check out these eBooks for recipes and ideas for taking your school lunch game to the next level.

All the World's a Stage

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It's been 450 years since the birth of Shakespeare. And while his biography is rather short for such a famous figure, his impact on English literature and language are indisputable. He is credited with adding over 500 words to the language, and countless phrases, like: to thine own self be true and brevity is the soul of wit.

You can read all of “The Bard's” works in many places online, including the Folger Shakespeare Library, which has an excellent, searchable collection. If you are looking for a slightly different take on Shakespeare, try one of these eBooks.

  • Reintroduce yourself to Shakespeare's most famous characters with Y is for Yorick, a witty picture book for adults.
  • How Shakespeare Changed Everything examines his influence on language and culture (and the starlings in Central Park).
  • The Shakespeare guide to Italy uses the 10 plays set in Italy as an itinerary, tracking down the exact locations of Juliette's balcony and other famous scenes.

Happy Reading!

I Ain't Afraid of No Ghost

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It's been one year since we started recommending eBooks on the Media page. Thanks for checking back each week, we hope you've found some new books to enjoy. If you have a theme you'd like to see, please add it to the comments or share it via social media. We always enjoying hearing what you are interested in.

It's that time of year when the wind gives you chills and black cats seem to turn up right where you were trying to walk. To celebrate the spooky season, check out a book of spine-tingling ghost stories.

Halloween eBooks - Short Stories

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Now that the air is cold and the pumpkins are orange, it's a great time of year to read some spooky eBooks. During the next two weeks, we will be highlighting Halloween eBooks for adults, teens and children. Keep checking back to find books about vampires and zombies, and how to make your own costumes.

The first three are collections of short stories, for a quick fright. Mwah-ha-ha! So grab a bag of candy corn (and your tablet or eReader) and check out some scary reads.

Cooking at College

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One of the adventures (or challenges) of college is learning how to live away from home. For many students, this means learning how to chop, slice, boil and saute, so they can eat something more than ramen noodles.

Check out these three cookbooks aimed at college students, there are even cookbooks for vegan/vegetarian cooking. If you know a student who could use some cooking tips, they can check out an eBook from our collection, no matter where they are.

Happy Reading!

Memorial Day

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Back to work after the Memorial Day holiday, the unofficial start to summer, and a chance to unwind, meet with family and friends and remember those who have gone before us. Memorial Day began several years after the Civil War as Decoration Day, a holiday to decorate the graves of those who had died in wars. This week's eBooks feature stories of the men and women who have fought, and died, serving our country.

  • A Company of Heroes profiles 26 deceased members of the now-legendary Band of Brothers.
  • The Harlem Hellfighters recounts the heroics and challenges that African-American soldiers faced in fighting for their country, and their freedom.
  • The Last of the Doughboys features the stories of soldiers who fought in World War I, many conducted when the “doughboys” were over 100 years old.

Happy Reading!

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