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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.

Happy Reading!

Baseball Biography

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Spring is only a week away, but Spring Training has already started. With over 140 years of history, there are plenty of books about “America's Pastime.” Below are three great biographies of three great players, to help pass the time until Opening Day.

  • Pitching in a Pinch is Christy Mathewson's funny and fascinating memoir about baseball in the early twentieth century.
  • If you liked 42, learn more about Jackie Robinson from his autobiography, I Never Had it Made.
  • The Last Hero covers Hank Aaron's record breaking career on the field and his reemergence as a hero during baseball's Steroid Era.

Happy Reading!

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.

Just what your tablet asked for

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Did Santa leave you a new smartphone this year? Was there a gift wrapped tablet with your name on it. Did you finally receive the eReader you've been asking for? If the holidays brought you a new device, you can get free eBooks, magazines and more from your library.

Need help getting started? Schedule a one-on-one appointment, and we'll help you download your first eBook in no time. Prefer to do it yourself? Visit our website to find helpful guides that will point you in the right direction.

Not sure what you need? Give us a call, send us an email or just stop by. We can help you get the most out of your new device.

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.

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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