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2014 Olympics

posted Feb 7, 2014, 9:05 AM by Marsha Shilling


So you want to watch the Olympics, but not on your TV?  
Good news for cord cutters and sports fans alike



If you have cable, or know someone that has cable, you can plug a username and password into the NBC website and watch all the streaming events. For those that don’t have any friends or family who love them enough to share their cable account information, the site is offering four free hours of viewing, but there is a catch. The hours must be consecutive, so it would be wise to wait until there is a block of events you really want to see on a given day. Otherwise you could be stuck with three hours of curling. Maybe save that pass for a time when there is something you really want to see.


http://www.nbcolympics.com/video




NBC-Sports-LiveExtra-2NBC Sports LiveExtra

If you have access to NBC, you also have access to their second site, LiveExtra. This page offers a constant stream of the games, so you can turn it on and watch a stream of continuous greatness. It’s what it would be like to be there, but warmer and less Russian. You can also get this as an app for iOS or Android on a tablet or phone, so you can have the American spirit wherever you go.


http://stream.nbcolympics.com/live-extra/

February is American Heart Month

posted Jan 30, 2014, 10:02 AM by Marsha Shilling



Heart disease is a major problem. Every year, about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. About 600,000 people die from heart disease in the United States each year—that’s 1 out of every 4 deaths. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

You can obtain information about American Heart Month at the Center for Disease Control at: 

http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

And the American Heart Association at:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/

And a Million Hearts Campaign at:

http://millionhearts.hhs.gov/index.html

Did you know that the American Heart Association has a heart and stroke encyclopedia?

Check it out at:

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/The-Heart-and-Stroke-Encyclopedia_UCM_445688_SubHomePage.jsp

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

posted Jan 4, 2014, 8:26 AM by Marsha Shilling   [ updated Jan 4, 2014, 8:54 AM ]

Hi everyone! I would just like to say I think all teens should read the book called Allegiant, by Veronica Roth. The theme of the book is about making choices and how choices can define you, and how you live your life. You will fall in love with the main characters Tris and Tobias, who are in a relationship themselves. You will be able to connect with them both. You will see the progression of their relationship and their life through hard times, battle, and war. Finally, they all make choices that will make you cry and sigh to define them in their life.

~Emily LeFevre
Junior Volunteer
Lewistown

Infinity Ring Series by James Dashner

posted Dec 18, 2013, 11:14 AM by Marsha Shilling

Kids, if you crave adventure, if you love travel, if you've always wanted to witness great moments in history, then the Infinity Ring series is for you! Come along with Dak, Riq & Sera as they travel back in time to fix "breaks" in history. These books will keep you on the edge of your seat--and keep you laughing--while wondering what will happen next!

Miss Sandy- Rothrock Branch Library

Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers

posted Dec 17, 2013, 12:00 PM by Marsha Shilling

Autostraddle.com

A book-free gift guide for book lovers
Something for every reader on your list


Cafepress.com

Unique!


Bookloversgifts.net

Choose a gift that celebrates their love of books!


Gonereading.com

Finding the right gifts for book lovers can be freakishly difficult. Avid readers tend to be smarter than your average cookie; they know what they like and what they do not. To find the right gifts for book lovers in your life, Check out this site!

Billionaire Blend by Cleo Coyle

posted Dec 17, 2013, 11:56 AM by Marsha Shilling

"Billionaire Blend" by Cleo Coyle is the 13th Coffeehouse Mystery. Claire Cosi, the manager of the esteemed Village Blend, a century-old coffeehouse in New York's Greenwich Village, solves mysteries with the help of her baristas, her ex-husband and his mother, and occasionally her boyfriend, NYPD cop turned federal agent.

You know, thirteen books is a lot of books in one series about the same group of people but each book is different and unique; the characters are unique and interact so great together; and the author really captures the feel of the city, making NYC another character.

Cleo Coyle is a husband-wife team who also write another series plus books separately. Included are always fabulous recipes for food, desserts and coffee.

In this story, a young billionaire, Eric, is almost murdered at the Village Blend but Claire saves the day. Unfortunately, his chauffeur is killed. Claire and her crew set off to solve the crime with Eric's help. He hires Claire to create a new coffee called Billionaire Blend, that will be expensive and exclusive. But bombs go off, literally. Eric's former girlfriend's accidental death comes into play. Several people are falsely accused. And Claire ends up drugged and abducted.

This is an exciting cozy mystery. You don't really need to have read all of the books in order to figure out what is going with the characters. The author gives enough back ground information to keep things moving. A great read for a cold wintry evening!!

--Miss Susan- Children's Library

Websites we are thankful for:

posted Nov 22, 2013, 12:47 PM by Marsha Shilling   [ updated Nov 25, 2013, 11:04 AM ]

Library Spot

http://libraryspot.com/

Find the best library and reference resources at LibrarySpot.com, including top dictionaries,
encyclopedias, newspapers, maps, quotations and much more.

Pinterest

https://www.pinterest.com/

If you haven't checked Pinterest yet, you should !
Now there's a simple way to compile all of the great things you find online
Pinterest is a virtual inspiration bulletin board and people who are already "pinning" know that it's far more than that.

Fantastic fiction

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

Free Ebooks and over 25000 bestselling author bibliographies with all the latest books, covers
and descriptions.


App Store

http://www.apple.com/

The App Store has the best selection of mobile apps for all your devices

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

posted Oct 23, 2013, 11:53 AM by Marsha Shilling   [ updated Nov 9, 2013, 12:24 PM ]

Do you like the TV show Castle? It is a crime drama that takes place in New York City, staring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Tough NYC cop, Kate Beckett meets witty writer Richard Castle.

The  books are "written" by the character Richard Castle. The Nikki Heat series starts with Heat Wave. A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.

Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them. 


Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini

posted Oct 22, 2013, 6:22 AM by Marsha Shilling   [ updated Oct 22, 2013, 6:22 AM ]

How does a former slave become friends with a First Lady? By being a very good modiste (dressmaker) Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini is based on factual information about the close relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley. This is such an interesting read that you may want to also check out Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley by Jennifer Fleischner in our non-fiction collection and Ann Rinaldi's Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: the unlikely friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln in our Juvenile Fiction collection. Don't wait until President's Day to read these great titles!

--Molly Kinney, Executive Director

Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

posted Oct 21, 2013, 10:12 AM by Marsha Shilling   [ updated Oct 21, 2013, 10:17 AM ]

If you like stories with character development and plot twists that keep you fascinated, you would like "Rot and Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry. But don't let the title give you pause. Yes, it is a zombie apocalypse book and that made me hesitate about reading it. But I am a big fan of Jonathan Maberry and so read this first book.

I was hooked!! The zombie apocalypse happens fourteen years earlier and this is the story of how people (less than 30,000 that they know of) have survived. Civilization only exists if we agree as a community to be civilized. Benny Imura, now age 15, needs to find a job and after failing at several, he joins his older brother in the family business of zombie hunting. But quiet, reserved Tom doesn't seem like the kind of guy to hunt "zoms." He's not tough and mean like Charlie Pink-eye, whom Benny admires. Soon Benny, who sort hates Tom for taking Benny as a baby, abandoning their parents and running away from the violence of First Night, realizes that the zombies are less of the monsters than some of the living people.

The action moves quickly when Benny, an avid bubble gum card collector, gets a card of the Lost Girl, a mythic feral child of 16 who may live out in the Rot and Ruin, the "no-man's land" outside of town. Charlie is very interested in the card, too interested, and suddenly, Benny is helping Tom try to find her and save her-- if she exists at all.

The story is very interesting in that Benny and his friends, especially Nix, can't understand why the adults, who grew up with our world's changing technologies and who survived the initial violence of First Night, now will not change or adapt. The town fences do not expand. Outlaws rule the Rot and Ruin but no thoughts are given to the fact that they could "invade" the town. The adults want things to stay as they are.

If you read this, come find me so we can talk about it. I just loved this and cannot wait to read the second book "Dust and Decay."
 
-- Susan Miriello- Children's Library

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