Bats, Cats and Crows Bring Spooky Reading!

We’re getting into that time of year when the days are shorter and cooler. The stores are stocking up on apple cider and pumpkins. Children are getting excited to go trick-or-treating. People are decorating for Halloween…and there’s a stray black cat hanging around the neighborhood. The only thing that’s missing is a spooky story! So I polled the CCPL staff and in this post we are sharing some of our favorite reads that are a bit mysterious, thrilling, chilling, scary or spooky.

Kate (PR) likes:
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
Flavia is up to her old tricks. This time her investigations take her inside a 500 year-old crypt.

The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
The Cask of Amontillado, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Black Cat…what more can I say?

Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook
Under pressure from his backers to complete research on an anti-depressant drug, Dr. Edward Armstrong experiments on himself with disastrous effects.

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Helga (Circulation) likes:
Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Jane Hudson went to school in the Adirondacks and left after a tragedy took place. She returns years later as a Latin teacher. The past comes back to haunt her as girls start dying again.

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What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? Having a Library Card!

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Have you ever wondered how much all of the FREE resources that you use at the library would cost you, were you to go out and purchase them yourself? This handy calculator from ilovelibraries.org really puts the awesome savings that using the library has on your life in clear view. http://www.ilovelibraries.org/what-libraries-do/calculator

I did a quick calculation on my own library use for one month and my total was a staggering $672.00!! YIKES!! And that’s probably not as high as it could go, depending on what’s in my “to read queue.” 🙂 Continue reading

Vous allez bien? Très bien, merci!

devices-landscape-ipad95+ Languages Are At Your Fingertips: Transparent Language Online Available for FREE at Clark County Public Library

Planning a trip to Italy to celebrate your anniversary? Collaborating with your Chinese counterparts in your company’s Beijing branch? Just want to brush up that language you studied for four years in school but somehow can’t seem to remember at all? We’ve got you covered.

The Clark County Public Library offers Transparent Language Online to all library patrons, free of charge. Whether you’re starting at the very beginning with a new alphabet or you’re an intermediate learner looking to enhance your vocabulary and grammar knowledge, Transparent Language Online can help. Available for learning 95+ languages, plus English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for native speakers of 26+ languages, the program has something for everyone: Continue reading

“Library” Books

LibraryMouseOnce I started working at the library, it didn’t take long for me to notice that many books feature librarians or are set in a library. So just for the fun of it, this is a short list of books the CCPL has on the topic.

The Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk

Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.

TheLibraryThe Library by Sarah Stewart

Elizabeth Brown loves to read more than anything else, but when her collection of books grows and grows, she must make a change in her life.

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

When her father is lost at sea shortly after meeting a very unusual visitor, Alice must leave her home to live with an “uncle” whose rural Pennsylvania estate includes a massive and mysterious library that holds much more than books. Continue reading

When Good Characters Die (spoiler alert)

MasterharperPernHave you ever been reading a series of books that were so good, you felt the characters were like old friends? You get to know them, you like their wit, you get invested in their fictional lives and then WHAM…the author kills them off! Most readers realize that in a long running series there can be some collateral damage, like the red shirt guys from the old Star Trek TV series. It’s just that you expect it to be a character you are acquainted with, not someone you have become emotionally invested in as the series progressed.

If you are anything like me when a favorite character dies, it hits you hard. I actually cried when Masterharper Robinton, from Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern series, died. He was so wise and kind.… And while my friend and I discussed this topic, she had a slight quaver to her voice as she talked about one of Agatha Christie’s characters, Detective Poirot, dying. Continue reading

What Kind of Reader are You?

cyoaA while ago I learned something about a friend that surprised me.  She always reads the end of the story first to see if she wants to read the book.  “If the ending is a letdown, then why waste my time?” Wow, I had never thought of it that way before.   I always assumed that everyone read books the way I do from front to back.  So I asked her why would you read it at all if you know how it ends?  She said it’s because she got to discover how the events unfolded to get to the story’s resolution. Continue reading

More Summer Reads for Summer (??) Days

So, I’m not really sure what is going on with temperatures and such here this summer – but between the rain and the general cold, it seems like summer is on a vacation!  Hopefully it will be short-lived.  One positive to the dreary days is that they are the perfect companion to a good book.  Rather than lounging by the pool or beach with a good read, why not curl up on the couch or in your favorite chair with a cuppa and try one of these works, recommended by Cathy R. from our Reference Department.

think of a numberThink of a Number, by John Verdon – cleverly plotted contemporary suspense

An extraordinary fiction debut, Think of a Number is an exquisitely plotted novel of suspense that grows relentlessly darker and more frightening as its pace accelerates, forcing its deeply troubled characters to moments of startling self-revelation.  A work that defies easy labels — at once a propulsive masterpiece of suspense and an absorbing immersion in the lives of characters so real we seem to hear their heartbeats – Think of a Number is a novel you’ll not soon forget.  (From www.goodreads.com)

Lottery, by Patricia Wood – feel-good fictionLottery

Perry’s IQ is only 76, but he’s not stupid.  His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: She taught him to write things down so he won’t forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week.  And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of thirty-one.  Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.  Peopled with characters both wicked and heroic who leap off the pages, Lottery is a deeply satisfying, gorgeously rendered novel about trust, loyalty, and what distinguishes us as capable.  (From www.goodreads.com) Continue reading