Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Have you read?

Ok, here it is! The totally subjective, "these are some great books I've read recently" list:

How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming by CalTech professor Mike Brown -- The story behind the 'death of pluto' as a planet, and a whole new appreciation for astronomy, written for those of us who are NOT CalTech professors!

Room by Emma Donoghue -- What happens when a little boy, raised in one room all his life, enters the wide world to help his mother escape their captor. A super well-written, on the edge of your seat read!

The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton, and The Distant Hours, all by Kate Morton -- I stop strangers, literally, to hand them these fabulous books. Luckily, I'm a librarian, so this isn't quite as wierd as it would be if I worked elsewhere!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer -- Other people have told you this is a great book, but you are understandably put off by the wierd title and cutesy cover. Ignore both of these, and start reading. It really is that good!

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua -- if you are a mother, had a mother, know a mother, or were in any way raised by a mother, you will find this fascinating. The story of a mother trying to raise her children in a traditional Chinese way amid American culture and expectations. Interesting, readable, and certain to make you re-examine your own childhood.

Now, comment back with your own recommendations! You know I'm always looking for a good book -- --mel

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

So cool -- "There's an app for that!"

Several of the databases available through Discus have moved into the mobile arena! Now you can access those great Discus databases on your smartphone!

Gale Cengage Learning:
The AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile app is now available for public, school and academic libraries.
For more information about each app -- the AML Public Edition, *AML School Edition and AML College Edition, just visit:

*For the AML School Edition, the DISCUS password will work as the initial student log-in.

Britannica Digital Learning:

Britannica has created Britannica MOBILE, a site specifically optimized for mobile phones. It currently only has the high school/college EB level, but Britannica will be adding the lower levels soon.

The link is:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thank you, Donalds Fire Department!

The Donalds Volunteer Fire Department recently surprised the Donalds Library with over $2000 worth of children's books! From picture books to non-fiction to chapter books, these will go a long way to update our children's collection. Come by to see these great new titles, and a big THANK YOU to our friends next door at the fire department! This is the just the kind of collaboration that makes being in a small town feel so good!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Money Smart Week @ your library

It's Money Smart Week @ your library! Come in for great, reliable information on budgeting, investing, and all things monetary!