June 27, 2007

The Library and the Elf

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:30 pm by librarygirl

Do you want a better way to keep up with your library books? Well, LibraryElf.com may be just the answer. According to their website they can help you keep track of all the materials you check out from the library. I have personally used the site and I really liked it. All you have to do is sign up (it’s free) and LibraryElf will send you email reminders when your books are due or when an item you have on hold is available (my favorite feature). It’s a pretty cool site so be sure to check it out.

June 20, 2007

The book that defines the 20th century –revealed

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:28 pm by librarygirl

As posted previously, Guardian Unlimited, of the UK, ran a public survey to discover the definitive book of the 20th century. And the winner by 22% (drum roll please) was… 1984 by George Orwell, beating out 50 other hopefulls that included The Great Gatsby, Cather in the Rye, and The Diary of a Young Girl.

Here is a list of the top 10 books, as voted on by the public (according to the article by Guardian Unlimited they are listed in order of publication date):

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Does anyone else think that it’s even slightly humorous that Bridget Jones’s Diary made it to the top ten list? It’s just a little funny to think that the humorous misery of single life was a definitive topic of the 20th century.

New Audiobooks

Posted in New Books at 10:08 pm by librarygirl

CD Books:

Curiousity Killed the Cat Sitter

By Blaize Clement

The Dying Crapshooter’s Blues

By David Fulmer

Magic Time

By Doug Marlette

New Books

Posted in New Books at 10:06 pm by librarygirl

Adult Fiction:

Elementary My Dear Watkins

By Mindy Starns Clark

Lean Mean Thirteen

By Janet Evanovich

Bittersweet

By Cathy Marie Hake

Fever Moon

By Carolyn Haines

The Various Haunts of Men

By Susan Hill

The Girls

By Lori Lansen

Innocent as Sin

By Elizabeth Lowell

The Grave Tattoo

By Val McDermid

In the Company of Secrets

By Judith Miller

The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets

By Eva Rice

Love and Lies

By Kimberla Lawson Rody

The Margarets

By Sheri Tepper

Sacrifice

By Karen Traviss

The First Lady

By Carl Weber

Adult Large Print:

On Chesil Beach

By Ian McEwan

Adult Non-Fiction:

Plato and Platypus walk into a bar — understanding philosophy through jokes

By Thomas Cathcart

God is Not Great

By Christopher Hitchens

The Dangerous Book for Boys

By Conn Iggulden

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

By Barbara Kingsolver

June 16, 2007

The Library Meets Half.com

Posted in Half.com at 12:31 am by librarygirl

Today officially beings our foray into internet sales. As of right now you can buy books from the library through www.half.com. Our store is named BooksinBama. To find us simply go to the above website, click “save on shipping” and type in our name. A list of items we have for sale will appear. Now you can get books from our library in the comfort of your own home. We will even ship them right to your door. Plus you can feel good about your purchase because all proceeds go to help improve your local library.

Make sure to browse our selection often because we will be adding many more titles in the future.

Do you have an opinion on our new venture? We would love to hear your feedback.

June 15, 2007

New Books

Posted in New Books at 2:35 am by librarygirl

Adult Fiction:

Lying with Strangers

By James Grippando

Up in Honey’s Room

By Elmore Leonard

A Dangerous Love

By Bertrice Small

Adult Non-Fiction:

Paula Deen: It aint’ all about the cookin’

By Paula Deen

The weight loss cure “they” don’t want you to know about

By Kevin Trudeau

June 14, 2007

DVD’s @ the library

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:49 am by librarygirl

Today we have officially begun offering DVDs at our library. The collection includes everything from documentaries to blockbusters. We have worked hard to create a wide selection, so hopefully we have something for everyone. I am sure they will go fast so come by soon and check one out.

June 12, 2007

New Books

Posted in New Books at 8:30 pm by librarygirl

Adult Fiction:

Double Take

By Catherine Coulter

The Navigator

By Clive Cussler

The Sleeping Doll

By Jeffery Deaver

Falling Man

By Don Delillo

Pearl Harbor: a novel of December 8th

By Newt Gingrich

Robert Ludlum’s the Bourne Betrayal

By Eric Lustbader

Lawman

By Diana Palmer

Spare Change

By Robert B. Parker

The Quest

By Wilbur Smith

Adult Non-Fiction:

Reposition Yourself

By T. D. Jakes

Fifteen stars: McArthur, Marshall, Eisenhower

By Stanley Weintraub

June 8, 2007

To the Parents

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:51 am by librarygirl

Okay all you parents out there, if you’re struggling to find ways to entertain your children how about picking up a few books for them at the library. PBS has created a site with helpful tips for encouraging your kids to read. They even have a section that outlines how to work through the dreaded “required reading list”.

Update: Reading is Fundamental (RIF) also has a helpful website with summer reading tips. Their site also includes a great list of popular books this summer as well as a list of great vacation reads.

Check it out and let me know if you think either of these site are helpful.

found via LII

June 6, 2007

Oprah does it again

Posted in Oprah's Book Club at 9:14 pm by librarygirl

Well, just one day after announcing that Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides was joining the distinguished ranks of Oprah’s Book Club, the book’s sells have already begun to soar. According to Amazon.com, Middlesex had jumped to #4 on their bestseller list; out ranked only by The Road by Corman Cormac McCarthy (Oprah’s previous selection), A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and of course the indominatable Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. In my opinion that’s quite a feat for a book published in 2002.

To hear what the USA Today has to say about Oprah’s selection click here. Or you can read a review of the book from About.com here.

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