eBooks

Dec
27

Dystopian books for adults

Teen dystopian books and series such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner, with their attendant popularity and movie deals, have become all the rage among readers and viewers who favor tales that are “relating to or denoting an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian […]

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Jun
30

Bible Story Retellings on Audiobook

Familiar Bible stories explore themes and characters through talented narrators in audiobooks and digital downloads available at the library from Overdrive, Hoopla and RBdigital. The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg is a new rendition of the Christmas story in which a young couple, Mary and Joseph, who are planning to be married, only […]

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Dec
18

Unplugging in a Device-Free Zone

Unplug? Go without cell phone/computer/internet/movies/television/music/games? Why would I want to do that? It’s not like it’s addictive or harmful for me. Or is it? The ongoing unplugged movement, which celebrates face-to-face human interaction and communing with the physical world, or meatspace, as opposed to cyberspace or a virtual environment, suggests it is healthy to get […]

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Aug
19

Fun Books to Read in High School

I’ve never taught high school, so I can’t speak with expertise about fun books to read in high school.  However, that won’t stop me from offering my two cents. Check the Websites If you’d like to know what junior- and high-school English teachers have tended to assign, either currently or in the past, some answers […]

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Jun
15

8+ Unread (Must Read!) Classics

This blog is a librarian confessional; a shameful list of as-yet-undiscovered worlds. Perusing my Goodreads To-Read bookshelf, I see 50+ unread  books, consisting of both fiction and nonfiction. I have narrowed this imposing list down to 8-ish for this post based on the following criteria: the book must be more than ten years old, considered a […]

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Apr
09

Mindfulness

Shutterstock.com  has published an article about 2016 trends based on download data from their site (they sell photos), and one of those trends is Mindfulness. What is that? According to Psychology Today, “Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, […]

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Apr
01

Library eBooks

Let’s say I want to read Bieber Fever, by Katy Sprinkel.  I click on the book in the CCPL catalog, am directed to the Freading site, and in less than a minute, I’m savoring Bieber Fever with the appreciation it deserves.  Once you get the hang of it, downloading Library eBooks is quite easy.  In […]

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Feb
15

Jane Austen’s Novels–Super Romantic

What are the most romantic love stories ever written? Jane Austen’s novels, obviously, will take up the first six places on the Top Ten Most Romantic Books Ever list, so the question becomes, Which order do you put them in. Here are my criteria for choosing the most romantic of Austen’s books: Does the gentleman […]

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