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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!

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!

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