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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Men's Book Discussion Goodreads Group

We're trying something new this year for the Men's Book Discussion Group--an online Goodreads group to supplement our conversation.

Some positives about having such a group, include:

  • The ability to share information about our books that might be useful for discussion purposes
  • The ability to exchange ideas with other group members before the formal discussion takes place
  • The possibility of having some form of interaction with the group in the event you cannot attend a particular meeting

Of course, we'd encourage you to come to the meetings in the Library of the Men's Book Discussion group, which meets monthly, September through May (excluding December), from 7-8 p.m. But if you're too busy to attend, we'd more than welcome your participation online, if that's all you have time for.

Visit the Adult Men's Book Discussion Group on Goodreads

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Comics Corner: 'Tis the Season of Heroes

Guardians of the Galaxy

It was hard to miss the buzz this summer surrounding the latest theatrical film release from Marvel Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy, a sci-fi epic packed with equal parts action and humor.

And long-time readers of graphic novels and comics know that with the coming fall television season, there will soon be a bounty of comic book-inspired programs to choose from. Following upon the success of the CW’s Arrow, about to enter its third season, a spin-off program based on DC Comics’ scarlet speedster, The Flash, will make its debut on that same network on October 7th. The Fox network Batman sans Batman series, Gotham, will hit the airwaves September 22.

Green Arrow: Year One

ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have its second season premiere on September 23rd, and a related series from Marvel Studios, Agent Carter, is expected to debut in January 2015. The original comic books that the television series derives from date from the late 1960s era of classic Marvel Comics. Nick Fury, previously the star of the action-packed World War II comic Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, was reimagined as a James Bond-like hero of the Spy-fi genre. Writer Stan Lee came up with the name “S.H.I.E.L.D.” based on a hugely popular spy TV series of the time, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Artist Jim Steranko, now considered a legendary and vastly influential figure in the history of American comics, worked with Stan Lee to bring a distinctly ‘60s visual vibe to the book, informed by graphic design, surrealism, and pop art.

The Roselle Public Library has many of the books that inspired these films and television shows, if you’re curious to see where the ideas came from, or if you need a fix while eagerly awaiting the TV series to debut. We also have the new release on DVD and Blu-ray of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as the graphic novel that inspired the film.

Mentioned here are just a few of the titles we have to offer, so stop by graphic novel section the next time you're in the library.

Just click on the images to see the entry for each item in our catalog!

Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Captain America: Winter Soldier Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sitting on a Gold Mine of Free eBooks

If you’ve discovered the joy of reading ebooks and are a lover of classic literature, perhaps you’ve already noticed the wealth of material in the public domain that’s out there, ready to download to your ereader or tablet at little or no cost. Many public domain works are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble for free or for a nominal fee. But there are other sources for free ebooks that you may keep, including your very own Roselle Public Library.

If you’re not familiar with the library’s ebook lending services, stop reading this now, and go here to find out more about our offerings: Downloadable Music, eBooks and eAudiobooks.

But if you're a veteran library ebook user, go ahead and log in to the eMedia Library. Once you are logged in, scroll down until you see the graphic that says “Additional eBooks Always Available;” click on it and you will be redirected to a searchable and browsable collection of public domain ebooks, in a variety of genres, all in the Adobe EPUB format. These are all books that once downloaded, are yours "forever."

eMedia Library Public Domain Collection
You needn’t be logged in to eMedia to take advantage of this resource; just click on the following link and you will be directed to the same catalog of public domain ebooks: Additional eBooks Always Available.

If you’re interested in finding more titles, and in formats other than EPUB, there are a few websites you might want to try, Manybooks.net, Project Gutenberg, and the Internet Archive—none of which charge for their services or require you to create an account of any kind.

Manybooks.net
Manybooks.net offers more than 29,000 free eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iOS devices like iPad, and many other eReaders. Manybooks.net is searchable by author, title, genre, and spotlights new additions and recommendations from readers.

If you’re a fan of Mystery, Horror, or Science Fiction, there are many foundational texts of genre literature to be found here. For example, a search for Edgar Rice Burrough, yields a remarkable list of available titles, including his Princess of Mars series and many from Tarzan of the Apes. Edgar Rice Burroughs on Manybooks.net

Here are a couple of more examples:
Arthur Conan Doyle
Edgar Allan Poe

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is perhaps the motherlode of free public domain ebooks with over 45,000 titles to choose from, and is the source of many of the digital files that other websites rely on to fill their catalogs. Project Gutenberg is a global volunteer initiative to digitize and archive the classics of world literature and encourage the distribution of ebooks.

If you'd like to browse their collection rather than search it, Project Gutenberg has created a simple "Bookshelf" system that allows the user to drill down into various categories and genres of book, sifting through the enormous amount of content in a simple, user-friendly way. Project Gutenberg Bookshelf

Curious about what other folks are downloading and reading? Check out the list of Project Gutenberg's "Top 100"

Internet Archive
Lastly, offering free ebooks and more, including streaming and downloadable audio and video, the Internet Archive, has over 6,000,000 public domain ebooks. More than just a browsable or searchable catalog, the Internet Archive is a portal to many sub-collections and partner websites brimming with free content, and is well-worth some time spent exploring its many corners.

One unusual example of downloadable content that the Internet Archive offers, is a collection of pulp fiction magazines published from 1896 through the 1950s. These magazines can be read online or downloaded and read on your computer, tablet, or ereader. The Pulp Magazine Archive

The Internet Archive is a treasure trove for fans of Old Time Radio (OTR). Here are just two examples of their massive OTR collection, available to stream or download:
The Shadow Radio Recordings
Jack Benny: The Jell-O Program

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Hunger

Hunger Book Title: Hunger

Author: Elise Blackwell

Review: Hunger is a short fiction book about Leningrad, Russia during World War II. It is the story of scientists who protected seeds that were from ancient plants. There is also a subplot about the narrator’s wife and mistresses. I liked that it discussed Ancient Babylon and its culture. The choices the narrator and his wife make are interesting. It makes you think about the daily decisions in a time of war.

Reviewed by: Lynn R.

Find Hunger in our catalog.

(Note: Adults who participated in Summer Reading and submitted an original review of one of the books they read were entered into a special prize drawing. The winner will be notified soon!)

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Shine, Shine, Shine

Shine, Shine, Shine Book Title: Shine, Shine, Shine

Author: Lydia Netzer

Review: This was a book I would have not chosen if it were not for the “science requirement” of the summer reading program, but it ended up being my favorite read of the summer. The novel tells the story of an unusual family: Sunny, born bald in Burma during a solar eclipse; her husband Maxon, an astronaut and Nobel prize-winning scientist with undiagnosed Asperger’s syndrome; and Bubber their Autistic son. Sunny strives to hide the oddities and quirks that set her family apart from what is “normal.” She wears a wig, medicates her son, and briefs her husband on what to say in normal social settings. Alternating chapters recall her childhood friendship with Maxon, her Mother’s history and current illness, and Maxon’s time in a rocket on a mission to colonize the moon. The novel’s themes--the need to belong, the definition of “normal,” the bonds between parents and children, and the grief of loss--are huge in scope, and the author wisely does not end the book with tidy conclusions, thus leaving open many of the questions that it introduces. This would be a great selection for any book club, as it allows for the discussion of contemporary ethical issues including treatment of Autism and end-of-life care.

Reviewed by: Paula P.

Find Shine, Shine, Shine in our catalog.

(Note: Adults who participated in Summer Reading and submitted an original review of one of the books they read were entered into a special prize drawing. The winner will be notified soon!)

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Local Girls

Local Girls Book Title: Local Girls

Author: Alice Hoffman

Review: This is the story of a young girl growing up in a small town. She has a best friend named Jill who she spends most of her young life with. They have exciting times and dreams of their adult life. Her Mom and Aunt also play important parts in her life. There is a lot of tragedy in her family but her Aunt always looks on the bright side of life and helps her cope with life. It’s interesting how all their lives turn out.

Reviewed by: Carol S.

Find Local Girls in our catalog.

(Note: Adults who participated in Summer Reading and submitted an original review of one of the books they read were entered into a special prize drawing. The winner will be notified soon!)

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Summer Reading Adult Book Review: Kale

Kale: The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood Book Title: Kale: The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood

Author: Stephanie Pedersen

Review: The Roselle Library is a great place to find specialty cookbooks. I highly recommend the book Kale: The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood, if you are interested in adding more healthy vegetables into your diet. It has some really good recipes for smoothies as well as other recipe types. Once you read about the amazing nutrients found in Kale, you will want to try some of the recipes. This book is also available online through eMedia Library.

Reviewed by: Lynn R.

Find Kale: The Complete Guide to the World's Most Powerful Superfood in our catalog.

(Note: Adults who participated in Summer Reading and submitted an original review of one of the books they read were entered into a special prize drawing. The winner will be notified soon!)

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