Spring is in the air and, thankfully, so are our friends, the birds! Early in the morning the robins have been chattering in my neighborhood, patiently awaiting the trees to sprout some leaves. If you have a bird feeder or a bird bath nearby, attendance has most certainly skyrocketed. Their return inspires me to refresh my bird song recognition. The Library has some clever books to help with this process:
Bird Songs: 250 North American Birds in Song 598.1594 BEL
Fun and interactive book that allows the reader to select songs by number and listen along.
Birdsong by the Seasons: A Year of Listening to Birds 598.1594 KRO
Includes 2 CDs of birdsongs
. . . or if you’re just in the mood for a good read featuring birds:
Bright Wings: The Illustrated Anthology of Poems
About Birds 808.819362 BRI
Includes a brief detail of each featured breed.
Sparrow: Poems by Carol Muske-Dukes
National Book Award Finalist
The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession 598.07234 OBM
Humorous account of birdwatching to the extreme.
Robin illustration from The Graphics Fairy
Did you know that Cracker Barrel offers a “Books on Audio” rental collection? Here’s how it works: You purchase a copy of one of their many popular CD audiobooks, listen, then return it to another one of their many restaurant locations for a refund minus a $3.49 fee for each week you’ve had it. Readers then select another title and the process starts over again. How convenient–dinner and a good book!
A patron recently shared this tidbit with me while at our library stocking up on CD audiobooks for an extended trip. How savvy: By meeting a basic travel need (entertainment), Cracker Barrel is also encouraging return patronage and hopefully some brand loyalty in the process.
If you prefer print, there are certain hotel chains that provide a similar service. Very recently I stayed overnight at the lovely Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria, Illinois. Not only were customers able to borrow books from their impressive library at no cost, but there’s also a DVD collection available from the front desk. My family was delighted to be able to watch the new Avengers movie on a Blu-Ray player already provided in the room.
Where else can readers/listeners take advantage of these alternative little libraries? Let us know and we will try to pass along the goodwill.
As you’re filling in your shiny new calendar for 2013, please be sure to include the dates for the Second Tuesday Book Discussion Groups. All adults are invited! Led by a member of the Library’s Readers Services staff, these groups meet monthly in the Bisbee Conference Room off the main lobby from either 10:00 to 11:15 a.m. or 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Bookmarks are available at the Readers Services Desk listing the selected titles for the year, or online from our “Books” tab. Click here for more information.
Our first discussion will be held on January 8. The titles for the morning group include: In the Sea There are Crocodiles: Based on the True Story of Enaiatollah Akbari by Fabio Geda . . .
and for the evening group, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Come share in a lively discussion!
Happy New Year and Happy Reading!
If you haven’t already read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy), there’s still time before the U.S. movie premiere on December 14. Along with the novel itself, the Library has a terrific collection of companion guides that will satisfy your Middle-Earth Mania:
The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
A Hobbit Journey: Discovering the Enchantment of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Visual Companion
The Hobbit and Philosophy: For When You’ve Lost Your Dwarves, Your Wizard, and Your Way
Gregory Bassham and Eric Bronson, Editors
This list is just a sampling of the works inspired by Tolkien. For more suggestions or if you’d like to reserve one of the Lord of the Rings epic films on DVD, please search the Library’s online catalog or contact the Readers Services or Reference Desks.
From The Lord of the Rings, here is Bilbo’s verse warning of winter, found in the chapter called ‘The Ring Goes South.’
When winter first begins to bite
and stones crack in the frosty night,
when pools are black and trees are bare,
’tis evil in the Wild to fare.
But that I am afraid will be just your luck.
Find more “Hobbit” quotes at AllGreatQuotes.com.
Have you ever appreciated someone’s creative idea and then thought “Why didn’t I think of that?” That’s how I felt when I saw this unique headboard:
A library patron recently shared the website www.recyclart.org with me–who knew that so much beauty could come from such everyday items? Enter “books” in the search box located at the upper right-hand corner of the screen, then follow the links. You’ll find designs for structures such as walls, houses (including an igloo), a Christmas tree, planters, coat hooks, and even a purse. Amazing! Now if I could just learn to quilt in order to finish off the look…
Autumn is on the horizon, the perfect time to indulge in a good read with a touch of the supernatural. Ghost stories help celebrate the season, but those with an element of mystery and/or romance are especially seductive. Similar to a paranormal romance (think vampires and werewolves) these titles are wrapped up with an “otherworldly” undercurrent.
Because they don’t fall as a whole into one distinct category (there’s an overlapping of genres going on here) they appeal to lots of different readers. Why do people love them? They’re passionate, arcane, and just plain fun!
A few titles from our collection to get you started:
The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
The Famous Flower of Serving Men by Deborah Grabien
Shadow Theatre by Fiona Cheong
After Glow by Jayne Castle
In the Country of the Young by Lisa Carey
Along with prize drawing slips and numbers of books read, this summer the Readers Services Librarians also collected reading suggestions from the many “Reading is So Delicious” participants. The result is a list of “Tasty Titles”, copies of which are currently available at the Readers Services Desk.
An eclectic grouping of recommended reads, this list of both fiction and nonfiction as well as some audio titles includes:
Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Black Hills by Dan Simmons
Dream New Dreams: Reimagining My Life After Loss
by Jai Pausch
The Last Plea Bargain by Randy Singer
View a full list of this community-inspired collaboration – Best of Book Bistro From Patrons!
CC Image: Bayasaa via Flickr
Once July 4th is celebrated the rest of the summer shoots forward like a firework. Our Summer Reading Program — “Reading is So Delicious!” will be wrapping up on Wednesday, August 8th. That means there are still almost four more weeks of weekly drawings, trivia contests, logging in book titles, and of course, earning rewards!
If you haven’t signed in with us yet, there’s plenty of time to do so. If you’ve already completed all prize levels, your reads will earn you additional chances in the drawings, including those for our three Grand Prizes.
Please stop by the Readers Services Desk “Book Bistro” for the latest “dish” on this “tasty” program.
If you’re waiting for the latest book by a favorite author or a copy of the hottest new read that everyone’s talking about, consider browsing the library’s If You Like… book lists.
Do you like romantic suspense novels? There’s a list for that!
Love Lee Child’s novels? There’s even a list for that!
Here are 3 easy steps to find a variety of “readalikes,” categorized by author, book title or even genre.
- Go to our website and scroll to Books in the main navigation.
- Select What to Read from the drop-down menu.
- Once on the What to Read page, scroll down until you find If You Like… towards the bottom of the page.
Or you can just click here and be sure to bookmark the If You Like… page in your browser. It’s that easy!
Don’t see a reading list that’s right for you? Contact the Readers Services Desk for a personalized reading list.
One of my favorite parts of the day is checking the Holds Area at the library. Unless I’ve looked at my notifications, I have no idea what I’ll find available for me to take home! It feels like Christmas. Since I’m always adding titles to my reserve list, the anticipation is delightful.
What’s waiting on this particular librarian’s hold list, you’re wondering? Here’s a small sampling…
Quiet: Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking 155.232 CAI
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Where We Belong by Emily Giffin (July 2012)
The Thing About Jane Spring (CD audio) by Sharon Krum
Ashfall by Mike Mullin (YA)
You too can reserve any of these titles. Click on the “Place Hold” option located to the right of the item record in the Aquabrowser catalog, or feel free to contact us directly to request books.