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Michael Chabon

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May 24th is the birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon. His most famous books include Wonderboys, which was made into a movie staring Michael Douglas, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, for which he won the aforementioned Pulitzer. He also appeared in an episode of The Simpsons, a sign of his cultural relevance.

You can learn more about Mr. Chabon at The Writer's Alamanac and check out a few of his books below.

Happy Reading!

eBooks for Managing Stress

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We had so much fun with our Halloween eBook recommendations, that we've decided to make it a weekly event. Check the Media Services page (ualibrary.org -> Explore ->eBooks, Films & Music) each week for a new set of recommendations.

The holidays are undoubtedly a fun time of year. But there is certainly stress that goes along with the shopping and family gatherings and hearing the same songs over and over again. Yes, the holidays can make you feel like a Christmas tree decorated with 700 ornaments shaped like Edvard Munch's “The Scream” painting. Or at least cranky.

Here are three books to help you manage the holiday stress and enjoy the end of 2013.

Bestselling non-fiction

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Happy Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer has arrived, and its time to trade fluffy beach reads for some some serious fall books…or some bestselling non-fiction. Here are three titles that combine the interesting characters and strong story of a novel with real-life events. As they say, “truth is stranger than fiction,” and just as interesting.

Happy Reading!

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

 

Mysteries Under the Hot Sun

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Wow, it's cold! So cold, you don't even want to leave the house. It's time to hibernate, and read some exciting mysteries set in warmer climates. This week we are featuring three that will help you forget about the cold, rain and snow.

  • A Carribbean Mystery features Agatha Christie's sleuth Miss Marple, on vacation and on the case.
  • In American Tropic, a murderer dressed as a skeleton terrorizes a town in Key West.
  • Elmore Leonard's Cuba Libre is set in hot, and historic Havana during the Spanish - American war.

Grab an extra blanket, throw another log on the fire and enjoy an exciting literary vacation.

Happy Reading!

Discover a debut novel

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Debut novels can be especially exciting. Reading an author for the first time, who is just publishing their first book, give you a chance to discover their work, with out the expectations of established writers. If you're lucky, you'll find a new author to enjoy for years to come.

If you haven't already discovered them, check out one of these debut novels, recommended by Booklist.

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!

Check Out a Pre-Loaded Nook Simple Touch

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B&N Nook LogoUpper Arlington Public Library is pleased to announce that we now offer the Nook Simple Touch e-Reader for circulation.

Each Nook e-Reader will come pre-loaded with titles in different genres. The goal of offering this service is to give our patrons an opportunity to experience using an e-reader first hand and to be able to decide whether this format suits their needs and preference in reading.

Who can borrow a Nook?

Upper Arlington Public Library card holders who are 18 years and older and have a library card in good standing may borrow a Nook.

Do I have to download books myself?

Each Nook is pre-loaded with a selection of classic and current books in a different genre for your enjoyment. 

Where do I pick up a Nook?

The Nooks are kept at the Circulation Desk at Tremont.  We ask that the Nooks get returned to any one of our three locations in person and not in the book drops to prevent damage.

Can I reserve a Nook?

Yes, you may reserve a Nook and you can choose any of our three locations for pickup.  Please note that there are a limited number of e-Readers circulating so you might have to be added to a waiting list depending upon demand.

How long can I keep the Nook?

The Nook e-Readers circulate for 28 days and may not be renewed.

Will I be charged to borrow a Nook or if I return it late or damaged?

Like other circulating library items, there is no charge for borrowing a Nook.  However, there is a charge of $1.00 per day if the item is returned late

Replacement costs for a lost, stolen, or damaged Nook or any of its components are listed as follows:

  • Nook Simple Touch e-Reader & contents: $200.00
  • Protective Cover: $20.00
  • Charger & cord: $35.00
  • Carrying Case: $45.00

Where can I get help using the Nook?

We are happy to assist you at Media Services or you may use the following link:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook-simple-touch-videos/379003526 (short URL: http://bit.ly/VBvolR)

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