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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.

Happy Reading!

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!

 

eBook and eReader Q & A

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Bring you eBook and eReader questions to the library this Sunday, October 20th. Staff from the Media Services department will help you get your tablets and eReaders set up to read eBooks and magazines.

Bring your device to Meeting Room B between 1:30 PM and 4 PM. You can sign up for a 15 minute, one-on-one session.

In order to make the most of your time, please bring the following items with you:

  • Portable device or laptop
  • Library card (or number)
  • Account information, including:
    • Amazon login
    • Adobe ID
    • Apple ID or Google Play login information
  • Laptop and USB cable if you have an eReader (Nook, Kindle)

See you there.

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)

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!

If You Enjoyed: The Fault in Our Stars

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Have you read The Fault in Our Stars? John Green's story of teenage love and terminal illness has been on the best sellers list for over a year, while the movie based on the book has done well at the box office. If you haven't read it, you can find The Fault in Our Stars in our eBook collection.

If you have read it, here are three more titles you might also like.

Happy Reading!

New Tablets for you to test drive

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Tablets on a tableThanks to the generous support of our Friends of the Library, we just added a new Nexus 7, Nook HD+ and Kindle Fire HD to our Gadget Table. If you are thinking about getting a new tablet, have a tablet that you've been meaning to start using more or just like shiny new tech, stop by the Media department and try them out. We also have an iPad and a Kindle eReader, so you can compare the functions and decide which device is best for you.

The tablets are set up to download eBooks and magazines using OverDrive and Zinio, and we are always happy to demonstrate these great services to you.

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.

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