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!

Self-publish your eBook at UAPL

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Paper folded to look like a penWe are happy to unveil a new service for writers and readers. SELF-e is a self-publishing platform for independent authors that connects you to libraries and library patrons. Many writers are choosing to self-publish there eBooks and SELF-e makes this easy to do.


  • The easiest way to get your ebook into a library collection and find new readers.
  • Potential for national exposure in the SELF-e Selects collection.
  • Measure your success with a built-in analytics tool.


  • Discover new authors in your neighborhood, state and beyond.
  • Read as much as you want; no limits or due dates.
  • Easy-to-use platform with apps for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire HD/HDX.

You can find more information, including how to get started, on our SELF-e webpage.

Please contact us if you have questions about using SELF-e, or bring your questions to our program SELF-e: Chapter 1 on March 16th.

Summer Fun

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Summer break is a great time to catch up on your reading. In between trips to the pool and the library, check out these great middle grade reads about summer break adventures.

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!

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)

We loan eBooks

The Upper Arlington Public Library offers electronic content available for download by using a valid library card.  
There are thousands of book titles available in audio, EPUB and Kindle formats on our Digital Download site.  In addition a limited number of music and movie titles are also available through this site.  

UAPL also offers free music for download through Freegal. Freegal provides access to the complete catalog of Sony music and our patrons can download two songs per week with their library card.

Learn more or Download an eBook

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.

Improve your Financial Literacy

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With both National Financial Literacy month and Tax Day falling in April, it's a good time to have your mind on your money. No matter what topic you're interested in – retirement, budgeting, investing – we have an eBook that covers it.

You should also read this post from Megan about the great databases and other resources you can use to track investments and manage your personal finances.

The Index CardSlaying the Debt DragonHow to Retire with Enough Money

A Little More Fun

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August continues the “Dog Days of Summer” and means that school is just around the corner. Before getting back into academics, why not check out a few interesting and entertaining graphic novels? Our eBook collection has a bunch, especially for middle grade readers. Peruse the examples below, or do and Advanced Search and select All Subject -> Comics and Graphic Books to see everything. You can also change the Interest Level to fit the age of your child (or yourself).

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!


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