What We are Reading, July 19, 2017

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich; Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back. The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa. It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano. And now it’s gone. Poof! Vanished without a trace. Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. Together with Riley Moon and his cousin, Vernon, the mismatched trio embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making”– Adapted from dust jacket.

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman:  Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected– and first female– state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn’t see many homicides. As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small, but tight-knit, family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?

The Book of Aron by Jim Shepherd;  “Aron, [a child living in World War II Poland], is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution … When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of childrens’ rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape–as his mentor suspected he could–to spread word about the atrocities?”–Amazon.com.

Rat Queens v. 2. The far reaching tentacles of N’rygoth;  Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they’re in the business of killing all god’s creatures for profit. It’s also a darkly comedic sass-and-sorcery series starring Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Smidgen Thief. This modern spin on an old school genre is a violent monster-killing epic that is like Buffy meets Tank Girl in a Lord of the Rings world on crack!– Publisher.

The Black Count by Tom Reiss; Explores the life and career of Thomas Alexandre Dumas, a man almost unknown today, but whose swashbuckling exploits appear in The three musketeers and whose trials and triumphs inspired The count of Monte Cristo.

 

July 19 '17

Mini Review: Twitter Power 3.0 by Joel Comm & Dave Taylor

I have been on Twitter since 2008, but I still read to keep up on Twitter as well as social media. 

When i came to this book, I was in a position that I was wanting to back away from Twitter.  I didn’t think that I was being effective so I was ready to back away, but this book breathed new life into my enjoyment of Twitter in my personal level and in my library account.

The book starts with a brief inspirational introduction from Guy Kawasaki.  The bulk of the book deals with the basic mechanics of creating an account, creating a brand, crafting tweets, building a following and driving traffic to your brand, and even making money on Twitter.  The finish with a discussion of third party apps that will help you to manage your Twitter account followed by a list of thought leaders to follow.

You can read this book page one to the end, or dip in and out where you need more direction.  If you haven’t started Twitter, but have thought about it, get started .  If you are like I was when you pick up this book use it to pick up one new idea and move forward.

This book is recommended for anyone who is interested in social media, or anyone who is working in social media marketing.

Mini Review: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

Gilead is a wonderful rambling letter, of a father, John Ames  to his child.  Ames is a pastor who is near his death and would like to tell his child of his life and his fore-bearers.  John Ames is in a long line of preachers, his father is a minister in Iowa, his grandfather was a preacher in Maine who receives a vision of Christ chained in Kansas, so he heeds the call and goes to fight on the side of the Abolitionists to keep Kansas a free state.  He talks about his friendship with John Ames Boughton and John’s wayward son.  The book is as fresh as the morning .  It is highly recommended for all readers.

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What We Are Reading 07/13/2017

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Kindred by Octavia E, Butler; Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.

A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin; New threats emerge to endanger the future of the Seven Kingdoms, as Daenerys Targaryen, ruling in the East, fights off a multitude of enemies, while Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, faces his foes both in the Watch and beyond the great Wallof ice and stone.

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst “When she was a teenger, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him–Diana Pierce–and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind. Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future… Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts”– Provided by publisher.

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson; “In 1956, toward the end of Reverend John Ames’s life, he begins a letter to his young son, an account of himself and his forebears. Ames is the son of an Iowa preacher and the grandson of a minister who, as a young man in Maine, saw a vision of Christ bound in chains and came west to Kansas to fight for abolition: He “preached men into the Civil War,” then, at age fifty, became a chaplain in the Union Army, losing his right eye in battle. Reverend Ames writes to his son about the tension between his father – an ardent pacifist – and his grandfather, whose pistol and bloody shirts, concealed in an army blanket, may be relics from the fight between the abolitionists and those settlers who wanted to vote Kansas into the union as a slave state. And he tells a story of the sacred bonds between fathers and sons, which are tested in his tender and strained relationship with his namesake, John Ames Boughton, his best friend’s wayward son.” “This is also the tale of another remarkable vision – not a corporeal vision of God but the vision of life as a wondrously strange creation. It tells how wisdom was forged in Ames’s soul during his solitary life, and how history lives through generations, pervasively present even when betrayed and forgotten.”–BOOK JACKET.

Use of Force by Brad Thor; When the body of a high-value terrorist washes ashore after a severe storm across the Mediterranean Sea, Scot Harvath is tapped by the CIA to determine if the suspect was connected to months of rumors about a major attack.

 

 

 

Summer Reading Program is in its Second Month at the South Sioux City Public Library

The staff members of the South Sioux City Public Library are busy making this year’s Summer Reading Program the best ever.

Youth Activities:  This week we play with Snap Circuits on Monday, June 26th at 3:00 p.m.  Our family movie is shown on Monday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m. and is repeated on Saturday, July 1st at 1:00 p.m.  Night of Fun is held on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m.  Build with Keva & Staxis on Wednesday, June 28th at 1:00 p.m.  Build a Reading Fort is held on Wednesday the 28th at 6:00 p.m.  Pat-a-Cake Pals will be held on Thursday the 29th at 10:00 a.m.  Build a Toothpick Bridge on Friday, at 3:00 p.m.

Technology Classes:  Tech Monday is held on Monday, June 26th at 6:00 p.m.  Tech Tuesday is held on June 27th at 10:00 a.m.  “What’s inside a computer?” will take place on June 27th at 1:00 p.m.  E-book Reader class is held on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m.  Tech Wednesday is held on Tuesday the 28th at 3:00 p.m.  Microsoft Word class is held on the 29th at 10:00 a.m.  Come and Code is held on Thursday, June, 29th at 1:00 p.m.  E-Book Reader class is held on Thursday, June, 29th at 2:00 p.m.  Microsoft Word class is held on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Cover to Cover book club will discuss the first half of the novel The Girl in the Spider Web on Monday, June, 26th at 3:00 p.m.

Tangled Yarns sewing group meets on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 p.m.  Join us to find out what is “sew” fun on Tuesday night.

Build a Better World Reading List:  We are nearly half way through the 2017 Summer Reading Program.  These books are some of the best books on building a better world.  By the way, building a better world begins at home and spreads outward.

Disrupt Aging: a bold new path to living your best life at every age by Mary Jo Jenkins; People 50-plus today face distinct challenges and have different goals than people in their 30s and 40s. They’re at a different place in their lives and are motivated by different things. They see the world through a lens that is shaped by the ups and downs of life, by the wisdom gained from those experiences, and by the comfort that comes from having a better understanding of who they are as individuals and what they want from life. We are living decades longer than our grandparents-how will we spend those years? Disrupt Aging sets out to change the current conversation about what it means to get older. In it, Jenkins chronicles her own journey, as well as those of others who are making their mark as disrupters, to show readers how we can all be active, financially unburdened, and happy as we get older opportunities to live the best life. Our ability to live longer, healthier lives is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. It’s time we treat it as such, and this book will show readers how. “– Provided by publisher.

Better than before: mastering the habits of our everyday lives by Gretchen Craft Rubin; “Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives. Rubin provides an analytical and scientific framework from which to understand these habits–as well as change them for good. Infused with her compelling voice and funny stories, she illustrates the core principles of habit formation with dozens of strategies that she uses herself and tests out on others. Rubin provides tools to help readers better understand themselves, and presents a clear, practical menu of strategies so readers can take an individualized approach. She tackles each strategy herself and in doing so shows us the importance of knowing ourselves and our own habit tendencies. Armed with self-knowledge, we can pursue habits in ways that will truly work for us, not against us. Going to the gym can be as easy, effortless, and automatic as putting on a seatbelt. We can file expense reports, take time for fun, or pass up that piece of carrot cake without having to decide.”– Provided by publisher.

People Tools: 54 strategies for building relationships, creating joy, and embracing prosperity by Alan C. Fox; Getting along well with others is the real secret to success and happiness. In tens of thousands of classrooms we teach reading, writing, and arithmetic and yet we leave solutions to the universal problems of human relationships to be discovered, if at all, by trial and error. The trial is painful and the error is costly.  People Tools: 54 Strategies for Building Relationships, Creating Joy, and Embracing Prosperity, provides time-proven techniques that you can use to build a better, happier, more successful life.

Have a great week and read good books.

Kindred Spirits in Reading

June 28 '17Our library staff is wonderfully diverse in age, gender and in our literary pursuits.  This week we have staff members reading everything from science fiction to westerns and nonfiction from the worlds of the Lakota people to videogame culture.

Kindred by Octavia Butler (FIC BUT); Dana, a black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.

This is how you lose her by Junot Diaz (FIC DIA); on a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lovers washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness-and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

End of Watch by Stephen King (FIC KIN); In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something evil has awakened. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, has been in the clinic for five years in a vegetative state. Behind the drool and stare Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Retired police detective Bill Hodges now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney. When they are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find their lives at risk– and an entire city in danger.

Console wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the battle that defined a generation by Blake J. Harris (338.7 HAR); “In the tradition of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball, a behind-the-scenes business thriller about how the small, scrappy Sega, led by one unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and changed the face of entertainment”– Provided by publisher.

Black Elk speaks: being the life story of a holy man of the Oglala Sioux by Nicholas Black Elk with John G. Neihardt (970.2 NEI); the 2017 One Book, One Nebraska selection

A Stranger in Town by William W. Johnstone (PBK J); The train grinds to a halt somewhere in the Indian Nations, and the bandits get onboard. They take everything on the train worth stealing and gun down a guard to make their escape–just another notch on the belt for Ben Trout and Zack Larsen, two of the most savage killers in the west. U.S. Deputy Marshal Ed Pine follows them to Muskogee. There the trail runs cold, and Ed Pine disappears. To save his friend, Deputy Will Tanner rides for Muskogee, where justice extends only as far as the range of a Colt .45. Tanner earned his badge in a blistering gunfight, when he got the drop on a trio of killers and saved the life of another fellow marshal. Now, he have to be just as quick–and just as deadly. To bring in Trout and Larsen, Tanner must set his badge aside, and resort to the law of the gun.

Perfect for You by Candis Terry (PBK T); Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy-but what happens when love gets in the way? Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately, though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be …What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect-and perfectly unexpected-love…

No confíes en Peter Pan by John Verdon (FIC VER) “El asesinato de un rico empresario ocurrido tiempo atras es el punto de partida de una compleja red de mentiras que David Gurney debera desentrañar. Y la identidad del asesino resulta ser la más grande de todas las sorpresas.”– from Amazon.com.

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt (YAFIC BRU); “In the tradition of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball, a behind-the-scenes business thriller about how the small, scrappy Sega, led by one unlikely visionary, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and changed the face of entertainment”– Provided by publisher.

Google Drive and Chrome Web Store Apps Coming in Late June

This comes from the EBSCO newsletter.  Many of the Nebraska Access databases are EBSCO products.  This is something to make things easier for those patrons using our databases.

 

EBSCO is committed to providing you with innovative resources to engage your students in learning, both inside and outside the classroom. Last year, we introduced Google Classroom to help educators easily share EBSCO content with students. With the number of G Suite Apps for Education users now at 70 million worldwide, we are pleased to be taking the next steps toward achieving Google for Education Partnership status with the late-June release of Google Drive integration and Chrome Web Apps.

 

  • A Google Drive icon will appear at the top of the Tools menu on Detailed Record and Full Text screens in EBSCOhost®, EBSCO Discovery Service™ and Explora™ by June 30. This functionality will allow users to save EBSCO content, such as PDFs and images, directly to their personal Google Drive cloud storage.
  • Chrome-optimized apps for EBSCOhost, EBSCO Discovery Service and Explora will be available for download via the Chrome Web Store by June 30. Because they’re hosted on the web, these apps are easy to install, always up-to-date, and can be synched across multiple devices.