The Reading Room
Books You Just Can’t Turn Off
Hello all, hope you are all doing well! It’s Maureen your librarian, wishing you a happy and healthy 2019.
Here are some awesome, suspenseful, psychological fiction titles I came across lately, all available on BARD:
- Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Parks. DB85265
- Say Nothing by Brad Parks DB91047
- Lies by T.M. Logan DB92455
I listened to Behind Closed Doors while walking and running, and I have to say I was so absolutely mesmerized by the plot and development of this story, I ended up going much farther than I expected each time I went out! Say Nothing we listened to in the car on a trip to Michigan, and I did not drop off sleeping as I usually do on car trips. Ever get so wrapped up and invested in the story, you start yelling at the main characters? That is what happened to my husband on the same trip with Lies.
NLS Operations Alert: Play Multiple Books Easily
NLS has updated the firmware for the Digital Talking-Book Machine (DTBM). This update (version 2.1.16) allows users to sequentially play multiple talking-book titles on a single cartridge without the need to enter Bookshelf mode—a capability that has long been requested by NLS patrons and network libraries.
For cartridges containing more than one book or magazine, the new Sequential Play feature enables users to press the play/stop button to go to the next title when the player announces “End of book.” Standard Bookshelf mode will still work as before, allowing users to play multiple books or magazines in any order they wish. But for those who want a simpler method, the new functionality makes it possible to move from one title to the next without having to use the bookshelf.
Get the Update
You may request an upgrade cartridge by asking your reader advisor for it. It is available on the WebOPAC to request as book number FDB03944, DTBM Software Upgrade. The updated firmware is available for download on the NLS public website and the BARD main page. NLS has also added the firmware to the Magazines on Cartridge system for multiple-magazine subscribers. The firmware update will not be added to mass-duplicated, single title cartridges.
Using the Cartridge
Insert the cartridge or USB drive containing the software. The player will announce “Upgrading your player’s software.” Wait until the upgrade is complete and the player restarts (about 10 seconds), then remove the cartridge.
Summer Reading Program Wrap Up
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Summer 2018 Reading Program! We had some great prizes this year, keychains, water bottles, bags... I hope you had a lot of fun reading some great books and that you'll do it again next summer! I enjoyed working with all of you and I hope next summer we'll have even more readers. So, spread the word. Remember, the library is here for you all year long -- and so am I.
Here's a wonderful book review by Emily, one of our summer readers. Be sure and check out the new Emily's Book Reviews page:
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
This was an amazing book. The author's writing made it so hard to stop reading. The story takes place in the United States after a group of people has taken over, and has limited the freedom of women all over the country. Offered, narrator and protagonist of the story, is one of the many Handmaids in her society. All handmaids are women used because they are fertile to have children. The author describes the society, Offred's narration and storyline hooks readers to the book. The ending of the book is so good and annoying. The author's ability to leave readers at such a cliffhanger makes the book so good to read. The book is definitely one I would recommend, it has many plot twists and many characters to dig into. I hated the ending but it was a great ending, but it will leave you mad and hooked for more.
Back to School Booklist
Hello again! This is Maureen your librarian. I hope you all had a great summer! Here are a few books if you need something to start the new school year off right, something for the first timers, the elementary grades, and the older set who are heading off to college and could use some sharpening of their study skills!
Feel free to email me with questions, comments, or suggestions, or call your reader advisor at 1-800-226-6075.
Just starting school
Llama Llama misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Elementary school Classics
Ramona the brave by Beverly Cleary
Tales of a fourth grade nothing by Judy Blume
Study skills -- Juvenile literature
How to sharpen your study skills by Sigmund Kalina.
DB 10773 (BARD only)
High school / college
Dean's list: ten strategies for college success by John Bader.