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While the Library Is Closed…

DBRL Next - May 21, 2014

Photo of a sign reading open 24 hoursOn Friday, May 23 we’ll be closed for staff training, and on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 we’ll be closed in observance of Memorial Day. While our buildings are closed and the bookmobiles are parked in the garage, don’t forget that the digital branch is always open. Below are just a few of the ways you can use the library this holiday or any day.

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Updates to LearningExpress Practice Tests

DBRLTeen - May 20, 2014

LearningExpress LibraryRaise ACT/SAT test scores, prepare for the GED or improve math and writing skills, all with just the click of a mouse with LearningExpress Library, available through your library’s digital branch.

LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. On June 2, 2014, LearningExpress will be updated to LearningExpress Library 3.0. This new version has a cleaner, updated look and is much easier to navigate and use but houses the same quality content.

Free with your library card, use this resource to practice and prepare for:

  • The HiSET Exam, which has replaced the GED for Missouri High School equivalency testing.
  • College and graduate placement tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAD, LSAT).
  • Elementary and high school tests (Advanced Placement; high school, middle school, and elementary school skills).
  • Career preparation exams (EMS, Firefighter, PPST – Praxis, Civil Service, and reading, math and writing skills practice).
  • TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship Exams.

The update and the shift to a new platform requires existing users to re-register their accounts. Existing accounts will not be carried over to the new version. Work done on the old LearningExpress will be not be available after June 2, 2014. Users should finish their current tests and courses and register for a new account at their earliest convenience after June 2. To see the new look of this learning platform check out www.learningexpresslibrary3.com.

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2014 One READ Winner: About “The Boys in the Boat” and Daniel Brown

One Read - May 20, 2014
Boys in the Boat PB.coverAbout the Book

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is an uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story.

This nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming Second World War. Drawing on interviews, journals and period photographs, Brown tells the fascinating story of these unlikely American heroes.

The book’s publisher calls “The Boys in the Boat” an “irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.”

About the Author

Daniel James BrownDaniel Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now lives outside of Seattle, Washington and writes narrative nonfiction full time.

Brown’s book, “Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894” was named by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2006. He is also author of the 2009 work, “The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride.”

Biographical info from danieljamesbrown.com and the Books & Authors Database.

 

 

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2014 List of Suggested Titles

One Read - May 20, 2014

Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.

 

Final 10 Selections

Other Suggested Titles
  • 1984
    George Orwell
  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
    Robert Reich
  • American Gods
    Gaiman, Neil
  • The Arabian Nights
  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
    Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Atlas Shrugged
    Ayn Rand
  • Behind the Scenes at the Museum
    Atkinson, Kate
  • Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland
    Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
  • Black and Blue
    Anna Quindlen
  • The Book Thief
    Markus Zusak
  • The Burgess Boys
    Elizabeth Strout
  • Carnivorous Carnival
    Lemony Snicket
  • A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
    Steve Pemberton
  • The Coldest Winter Ever
    Sister Souljah
  • Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
    Pete Earley
  • Day After Night
    Anita Diamant
  • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
    Jim DeFede
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
    Candice Millard
  • A Dog’s Purpose
    W. Bruce Cameron
  • Dominique Ick Lessont and the Dragon Knight
    Eric Tripp
  • The Dovekeepers
    Alice Hoffman
  • Each Little Bird That Sings
    Debbie Wiles
  • Easter Island
    Jennifer Vanderbes
  • Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World
    Matthew Goodman
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
    Phil Jackson
  • Enemy Women
    Paulette Jiles
  • Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
    Lynda Rutledge
  • Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing
    Daphne, Miller
  • The Fault in Our Stars
    John Green
  • Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown
    Eric Blehm
  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
    Loung Ung
  • Flight Behavior
    Barbara Kingsolver
  • A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
    Qais Akbar Omar
  • From Far Away
    Kyoko Hikawa
  • Girl Stolen
    April Henry
  • A Good American
    Alex George
  • The Good Lord Bird
    James McBride
  • The Green Trap
    Ben Bova
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • The Happiness Project
    Gretchen Rubin
  • Heart and the Fist: The Education of A Humanitarian, the Making of A Navy SEAL
    Eric Greitens
  • The Heart of a Soldier
    Kate Blaise
  • Coming Home
    Lauren Brooke
  • Here Comes Doctor Hippo: A Little Hippo Story
    Jonathan London
  • Hidden
    Helen Frost
  • Hide and Seek
    Katy Grant
  • Hobbledehoy Boy
    Richard Stickann
  • Home Front
    Kristin Hannah
  • The Horse Whisperer
    Nicholas Evans
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
    Malala Yousafzai
  • I Am Number Four – The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
    Pittacus Lore
  • I Am Troy Davis
    Jen Marlowe
  • Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
    David Eagleman
  • Joyland
    Stephen King
  • Junebug
    Cherie Doyen
  • Ladies of the Night : A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World
    Gene Simmons
  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
    Rod Dreher
  • The Maid’s Version
    Daniel Woodrell
  • Me Before You
    Jojo Moyes
  • Meant to Be
    Lauren Morill
  • Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
    Jennifer Fleischner
  • Nexus
    Naam Ramez
  • The Night Circus
    Erin Morgenstern
  • No, David!
    David Shannon
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    Neil Gaiman
  • Odd Duck
    Cecil Castellucci
  • Old Yeller
    Fred Gipson
  • The Orphan Master’s Son
    Adam Johnson
  • Pie
    Sarah Weeks
  • Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife
    Eben Alexander, M.D.
  • The Prophet
    Kahlil Gibran
  • The Red Garden
    Alice Hoffman
  • The Rent Collector
    Camron Wright
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
    Jonathan Haidt
  • The Round House
    Louise Erdrich
  • Rules of Civility
    Amor Towles
  • The Shoes of the Fisherman
    Morris West
  • Show Me the Murder
    Carolyn Mulford
  • Sisterland
    Curtis Sittenfeld
  • So Much Pretty
    Cara Hoffman
  • The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius
    Kristine Barnett
  • The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
    Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
    Rita Golden Gelman
  • Telegraph Avenue
    Michael Chabon
  • Telex From Cuba
    Rachel Kushner
  • Tenth of December
    George Saunders
  • Thank You for Your Service
    David Finkel
  • This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
    Ann Patchett
  • A Thousand Pardons
    Jonathan Dee
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Harper Lee
  • Together Tea
    Marjan Kamali
  • Tom T’s Hat Rack: A Story About Paying It Forward
    Michele Spry
  • Toxic Charity
    Robert Lupton
  • TransAtlantic
    Colum McCann
  • The Uglies Series
    Scott Westerfied
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
    Laura Hillenbrand
  • The Warmth of Other Suns
    Isabel Wilkerson
  • The Watchman’s Rattle
    Rebecca D. Costa
  • Wave
    Sonal Deraniyagala
  • When I Grow Up
    Juliana Hatfield
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette
    Maria Semple
  • Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
    Gary Taubes
  • Wild
    Cheryl Strayed
  • The Wilderness Series
    David Thompson
  • The Woman in White
    Wilkie Collins
  • Wonder
    R.J. Palacio
  • Year of Wonders
    Geraldine Brooks
  • Zeitoun
    Dave Eggers
  • Zorro
    Isabel Allende

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New DVD: “Winter Soldier”

Center Aisle Cinema - May 19, 2014

wintersoldier

We recently added “Winter Soldier” to the DBRL collection. The film was originally released in 1972 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into “gooks”–Non-human “targets” for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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The Gentleman Recommends: Bill Cotter

Next Book Buzz - May 19, 2014

Book cover for The Parallel Apartments by Bill CotterA modern gentleman buys his monocles fair-trade, extends his habits of refined discourse to the Internet and understands that literature sometimes pulls the curtain back on acts of marital intimacy that are often neither preceded nor followed by nuptials. Even so, I was unable to prevent the frequent dropping of my monocles during the course of reading Bill Cotter’s “The Parallel Apartments.” But not all droppings were related to the artfully depicted acts of often artless intimacy. Indeed, the monocle carnage extended past the reading of the novel and to the reading of reactions to it. I ruined one when I read a review focusing on the ribald aspects rather than the myriad less scandalous reasons to recommend the book. As Cotter alludes to in this charming interview, the Puritanism regarding a few scenes of bodily congress is surprising given erotica’s stranglehold on bestseller lists.

But now I’m guilty of focusing on the tawdry when I should be trying to convince fans of tragicomedy and exquisite writing to check out this book. “The Parallel Apartments” aims most of its focus on three generations of mothers and most of the remaining on assorted inhabitants of the titular complex. One character has $400,000 of credit card debt, and when she inherits enough to pay it off, she instead decides to invest in a robot gigolo and start a brothel in her home, which is both a good business plan and an aid in avoiding her greatest fear: becoming pregnant. Another’s desire to become pregnant is intense enough to require the reader have several backup monocles at the ready. Another character yearns to be a serial killer but thwarts himself, among other ways, by tipping his darts with harmless frog juice rather than deadly frog poison. A retired prostitute hopes to defeat AIDS by having a guru and his unfortunate raccoon clean her blood. She’s accompanied back to Austin by a man that fled it for reasons, revealed brilliantly and late in the novel, that will again have your monocle in shocked descent. Eventually the characters converge to form an ending I’d love to prattle on endlessly about.

The author says his focus was on the sentence level, and the attention to pretty and amusing sentences shows. Cotter’s plot is also worthy of praise, though. The story’s timeline weaves back and forth through decades in a way orchestrated to maximize the impact of various alarming bits of back story and have your eyewear flying off your face. “The Parallel Apartments” is a unique novel, and it gave me a unique feeling (that has nothing to do with the aforementioned scenes of fleshy goings-on). I was heartbroken, delighted, awed and some other stuff there’s probably words for in German. This emotional cocktail caused both a special breed of the weird melancholic elation that often accompanies the finishing of great books and also the need to replace several shattered and/or irreparably moistened monocles.

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The Gentleman Recommends: Bill Cotter

DBRL Next - May 19, 2014

Book cover for The Parallel Apartments by Bill CotterA modern gentleman buys his monocles fair-trade, extends his habits of refined discourse to the Internet and understands that literature sometimes pulls the curtain back on acts of marital intimacy that are often neither preceded nor followed by nuptials. Even so, I was unable to prevent the frequent dropping of my monocles during the course of reading Bill Cotter’s “The Parallel Apartments.” But not all droppings were related to the artfully depicted acts of often artless intimacy. Indeed, the monocle carnage extended past the reading of the novel and to the reading of reactions to it. I ruined one when I read a review focusing on the ribald aspects rather than the myriad less scandalous reasons to recommend the book. As Cotter alludes to in this charming interview, the Puritanism regarding a few scenes of bodily congress is surprising given erotica’s stranglehold on bestseller lists.

But now I’m guilty of focusing on the tawdry when I should be trying to convince fans of tragicomedy and exquisite writing to check out this book. “The Parallel Apartments” aims most of its focus on three generations of mothers and most of the remaining on assorted inhabitants of the titular complex. One character has $400,000 of credit card debt, and when she inherits enough to pay it off, she instead decides to invest in a robot gigolo and start a brothel in her home, which is both a good business plan and an aid in avoiding her greatest fear: becoming pregnant. Another’s desire to become pregnant is intense enough to require the reader have several backup monocles at the ready. Another character yearns to be a serial killer but thwarts himself, among other ways, by tipping his darts with harmless frog juice rather than deadly frog poison. A retired prostitute hopes to defeat AIDS by having a guru and his unfortunate raccoon clean her blood. She’s accompanied back to Austin by a man that fled it for reasons, revealed brilliantly and late in the novel, that will again have your monocle in shocked descent. Eventually the characters converge to form an ending I’d love to prattle on endlessly about.

The author says his focus was on the sentence level, and the attention to pretty and amusing sentences shows. Cotter’s plot is also worthy of praise, though. The story’s timeline weaves back and forth through decades in a way orchestrated to maximize the impact of various alarming bits of back story and have your eyewear flying off your face. “The Parallel Apartments” is a unique novel, and it gave me a unique feeling (that has nothing to do with the aforementioned scenes of fleshy goings-on). I was heartbroken, delighted, awed and some other stuff there’s probably words for in German. This emotional cocktail caused both a special breed of the weird melancholic elation that often accompanies the finishing of great books and also the need to replace several shattered and/or irreparably moistened monocles.

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I (Finally) Have a Smartphone! Now What?

DBRL Next - May 16, 2014

iPhone 4SI have a love-hate relationship with technology. I enjoy the ways technology has democratized access to information and transformed librarianship. Yes, we still have books printed on actual paper (my preferred way to read), but we also provide downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, as well as streaming music and movies. I love being able to have something to read or listen to, any time and anywhere.

However, I don’t want to always have my face in a screen, and I don’t want my young children to become device addicts either, always clamoring to play Minecraft or Angry Birds. So I’ve resisted smartphone ownership (being ridiculed for my old-school cell phone with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard) until this Mother’s Day when I received a shiny new Galaxy S 5. Now I have to figure out how to make this device work for me and not become a slave to its many tempting features and functions.

I could start with a class. Every month or so the library offers a training session called Maximizing your Android Device. (We also have similar classes for Apple device owners.) The next class will be at 2:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Columbia Public Library. (Call 573-443-3161 to register starting May 27.)

Of course, there are books I could consult as well. We have a slew of books about smartphones, from the Missing Manual series to the Teach Yourself Visually books.

Book cover for Hamlet's BlackBerry by William PowersIn order to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the number of apps available for download, I’m starting with my library favorites, including our mobile catalog app from BiblioCommons, the OverDrive app for my eBooks and Hoopla for music and video. (All of these apps are featured at DBRLTeen in a handy guide that includes links for downloading.)

Finally, to make sure I don’t let this very seductive device ruin my real-life relationships with friends and family, I’m going to check out William Powers’ book “Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age.” In hardback. :-)

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Docs Around Town: May 16 – May 22

Center Aisle Cinema - May 15, 2014

worldbeforeherMay 16: Finding Vivian Maier” starts at Ragtag. (via)
May 21: “The World Before Her” 6:30 p.m. at Columbia Public Library, free. (via)

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New DVD: “Disco & Atomic War”

Center Aisle Cinema - May 14, 2014

discoandatomicwar

We recently added “Disco & Atomic War” to the DBRL collection. The film currently has a rating of 90% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Hijacking broadcasts from Finland with makeshift yet powerful TV antennas, the people of Estonia, while still under the rule of the Soviet Union and its propaganda, found new heroes in JR Ewing and David Hasselhoff, and quickly became obsessed with the forbidden fruit that was western pop culture.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

DBRL Next - May 14, 2014

Book cover for Health With the ArtsWhen someone in the family suffers appendicitis, breaks an arm or develops an insufferable case of poison ivy, we usually know where we can look for help. For mental health needs, it’s not always obvious.  Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, this is a good time to highlight resources related to this topic.

On Tuesday, May 20, the Columbia Public Library will host a Mental Health Forum focusing on local resources for children and youth. Refreshments will be available at 6:30 p.m., and the panel presentation will take place from 7:00 to 8:30. No registration is required.

During the month of May, two of our branches will have displays focusing on the subject of mental health. The Callaway County Public Library exhibit can be found outside their Friends Room. It features winning artwork from the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s 2013 poster contest, with a theme of “Recovery, Hope and Stigma Reduction.”

Beginning Thursday, May 15, the Columbia Public Library will have a table display on the second floor. This will include books for checkout, along with brochures, flyers, bookmarks and stickers provided by the Missouri Mental Health Foundation and supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services in partnership with the Missouri Department of Health.

Pillow case artwork from The Pillows of Unrest & Hope ProjectThe Columbia Public Library will also provide space for the “Pillows of Unrest & Hope” display, beginning Saturday, May 17. This exhibit includes pillow cases used as artistic canvases by clients of the Fulton State Hospital. They were asked to depict their struggles with mental illness or developmental disability and what gives them hope.

Of course, the library has a plethora of helpful resources available year-round:

Our Mental Health To-Go Kits address a variety of specific issues – depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse and more. Each kit contains books and DVDs for checkout, plus pamphlets, magnets and other items you can keep.

Junebug” is an autobiographical novel with fantasy elements. Local author and Cherie Doyen penned this empowering story of a girl overcoming the trauma of sexual abuse in the hopes that others suffering similarly would not feel alone or powerless.

Healing With the Arts” speaks to integrating the arts into medical care, both physical and mental, as an essential part of the healing process. Literature, visual arts, dance and music are all part of the program.

After the Crisis: Using Storybooks to Help Children Cope” provides a list of 50 book recommendations with related activities to help kids recover from traumatic life events such as natural disasters, homelessness and loss of a loved one. The book is geared toward teachers, but other adults will find it useful, too.

For more items, see our catalog list. And remember, these resources wouldn’t exist if there were no demand for them. That means you’re not alone.

 

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New DVD: “A Brief History of Time”

Center Aisle Cinema - May 12, 2014

abriefhistoryoftime

We recently added “A Brief History of Time” to the DBRL collection. This film by Errol Morris was originally released in 1991, but has been re-released by the Criterion Collection with new material. The film currently has a rating of 93% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

Errol Morris (The Fog of War) turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris’s documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking’s body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination.

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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Classics For Everyone, and a Book Giveaway: Wilkie Collins

Next Book Buzz - May 12, 2014

Book Cover for The Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsI hate to tell Charles Dickens, but one of his contemporaries is a rival for my literary heart. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins has been collecting dust on my “to read” list for years. When I discovered the book is one of J.K. Rowling’s favorites, it moved up the list, but didn’t make it to the top until a few weeks ago. Then, wowza! I stayed up late several nights in a row, reading “just a few more pages.”

“The Woman in White” is a story of mysterious characters and devious plots, assumed identities and international intrigue, family scandals and thwarted love. We see the full range of human character – greed, devotion, manipulation, love, hate, duty, evasion of duty, cheating, honesty – as different parts of the story are related by various characters involved.

Walter Hartright has no idea the turns his life will take after he accepts a position as drawing teacher for the Fairlie family. He has two pupils, Marian and Laura, who are half-sisters. The head of the estate is Laura’s uncle, who provides much of the humor in the book. He suffers from nerves, poor thing, and can’t tolerate sunlight, conversation, decision-making or servants who fail to mind-read. Before Hartright reaches the Fairlie home, he encounters and assists a strange young woman in white during a late-night walk. As it turns out, she has some connection to the family who has employed him. And some mysterious, less-than-desirable connection to Laura’s fiancé, Sir Percival Glyde. (Even his name sounds oily and corrupt.) Assisted by his friend Count Fosco, who is Laura’s uncle by marriage, it’s obvious early on that Glyde is up to something nefarious. But what could it be?

I feel it is my duty, dear reader, to warn you that there is a fainting couch and it is swooned upon. You will also encounter some gender stereotyping typical of the mid-19th century. However, the plot and strong characterizations (Marian, in particular, is an intelligent and active female character) make these deficiencies forgivable. A bonus for me, as a Harry Potter fan, was discovering where J.K. Rowling found inspiration for a certain trademark of a cohort of villains.

Are you intrigued enough to want your very own copy of “The Woman in White?” Fill out the following form, including the answer to this trivia question for a chance to win:

Wilkie Collins’ book “The Moonstone” involves the theft of a jewel. What type of jewel is it?

One winner will be selected at random from among correct entries.

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Classics For Everyone, and a Book Giveaway: Wilkie Collins

DBRL Next - May 12, 2014

Book Cover for The Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsI hate to tell Charles Dickens, but one of his contemporaries is a rival for my literary heart. “The Woman in White” by Wilkie Collins has been collecting dust on my “to read” list for years. When I discovered the book is one of J.K. Rowling’s favorites, it moved up the list, but didn’t make it to the top until a few weeks ago. Then, wowza! I stayed up late several nights in a row, reading “just a few more pages.”

“The Woman in White” is a story of mysterious characters and devious plots, assumed identities and international intrigue, family scandals and thwarted love. We see the full range of human character – greed, devotion, manipulation, love, hate, duty, evasion of duty, cheating, honesty – as different parts of the story are related by various characters involved.

Walter Hartright has no idea the turns his life will take after he accepts a position as drawing teacher for the Fairlie family. He has two pupils, Marian and Laura, who are half-sisters. The head of the estate is Laura’s uncle, who provides much of the humor in the book. He suffers from nerves, poor thing, and can’t tolerate sunlight, conversation, decision-making or servants who fail to mind-read. Before Hartright reaches the Fairlie home, he encounters and assists a strange young woman in white during a late-night walk. As it turns out, she has some connection to the family who has employed him. And some mysterious, less-than-desirable connection to Laura’s fiancé, Sir Percival Glyde. (Even his name sounds oily and corrupt.) Assisted by his friend Count Fosco, who is Laura’s uncle by marriage, it’s obvious early on that Glyde is up to something nefarious. But what could it be?

I feel it is my duty, dear reader, to warn you that there is a fainting couch and it is swooned upon. You will also encounter some gender stereotyping typical of the mid-19th century. However, the plot and strong characterizations (Marian, in particular, is an intelligent and active female character) make these deficiencies forgivable. A bonus for me, as a Harry Potter fan, was discovering where J.K. Rowling found inspiration for a certain trademark of a cohort of villains.

Are you intrigued enough to want your very own copy of “The Woman in White?” Fill out the following form, including the answer to this trivia question for a chance to win:

Wilkie Collins’ book “The Moonstone” involves the theft of a jewel. What type of jewel is it?

One winner will be selected at random from among correct entries.

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Free Audiobook Downloads from SYNC

Teen Book Buzz - May 12, 2014

SYNC Free Audiobook DownloadsSYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free young adult and classic audiobook downloads during the summer months. Through this program, you can download two free audiobook titles each week from May 15 through August 20.

This summer’s lineup includes “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “Warp: The Reluctant Assassin” by Eoin Colfer and “I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You” by Ally Carter. The classics available for download include works by H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

These audiobooks download directly to your computer through Overdrive Media Console. After you’ve downloaded the audiobook to your computer, you can then transfer it to your MP3 player, iPod or other Apple device.

If you download free audiobooks through the library, then you may already be familiar with Overdrive Media Console. If not, you can review these instructions to help you get started. The best part is that all audiobooks downloaded through SYNC are yours to keep forever and ever.

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Free Audiobook Downloads from SYNC

DBRLTeen - May 12, 2014

SYNC Free Audiobook DownloadsSYNC, a service of AudioFile Magazine, offers free young adult and classic audiobook downloads during the summer months. Through this program, you can download two free audiobook titles each week from May 15 through August 20.

This summer’s lineup includes “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “Warp: The Reluctant Assassin” by Eoin Colfer and “I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You” by Ally Carter. The classics available for download include works by H.G. Wells, Agatha Christie, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

These audiobooks download directly to your computer through Overdrive Media Console. After you’ve downloaded the audiobook to your computer, you can then transfer it to your MP3 player, iPod or other Apple device.

If you download free audiobooks through the library, then you may already be familiar with Overdrive Media Console. If not, you can review these instructions to help you get started. The best part is that all audiobooks downloaded through SYNC are yours to keep forever and ever.

Originally published at Free Audiobook Downloads from SYNC.

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Stream Free Movies, Music and Audiobooks From Your Library

DBRL Next - May 9, 2014

Hoopla- Stream free movies, music and audiobooksWith our new digital service, Hoopla, you can watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks with your computer or mobile device for free. Hoopla allows us to add music, movies and TV to our digital offerings for the first time. Plus, you’ll never have to wait on any item through Hoopla because more than one person can access the same movie, album or audiobook at the same time.

Download the free Hoopla mobile app on your Android or iOS device to begin enjoying thousands of titles from major film studios, recording companies and publishers. Hoopla items can also stream to your computer through your Web browser.

  • You will be allowed to borrow 10 titles each month.
  • Movies & TV shows check out for 72 hours.
  • Music checks out for 7 days.
  • Audiobooks check out for 21 days.
  • Content begins streaming immediately. You can also download most titles to devices for offline viewing or listening.
  • Once you borrow a title on one device it is automatically available via all devices with the Hoopla app or, on your computer, through your browser (Internet Explorer 8+, Firefox 12+, Safari 5+, Chrome 19+).
  • View or listen to the borrowed content as often as you want during the check-out period.

To use this free service, you need to have a current Daniel Boone Regional Library card. Don’t have one? Learn more at www.dbrl.org/librarycard.

 

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Docs Around Town: May 9 – May 15

Center Aisle Cinema - May 8, 2014

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May 9: Particle Fever” starts at Ragtag. (via)

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New DVD: “These Birds Walk”

Center Aisle Cinema - May 7, 2014

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We recently added “These Birds Walk” to the DBRL collection. This film played at the True/False Film Festival in 2013, and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:

In Karachi, Pakistan, a runaway boy’s life hangs on one critical question: where is home? The streets, an orphanage, or with the family he fled in the first place? Simultaneously heart-wrenching and life-affirming, the film documents the struggles of these wayward street children and the Samaritans looking out for them in this ethereal and inspirational story of resilience. 

Check out the film trailer or the official film site for more info.

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A Son’s Tribute to His Mom’s Story (and History)

DBRL Next - May 7, 2014

We all could say something nice or special about our moms, and I’m no exception. What makes my mom amazing and notable is the way she lives her life. But before I tell you about her life today, you need to know where she has been.

Photo of Dorothy Isgrig circa 1932Dorothy Elizabeth Isgrig was born in 1926 in Montgomery City, Missouri, the first of three children born to her parents Frederick William Isgrig and his third wife Stella Moore Yates Nalley. She also had 12 older half brothers and sisters, as her parents already had several children between the two. The Great Depression was in full swing when my mom was little, and she can remember getting her Christmas toys from the Salvation Army. From the ages of 2 to 9 she lived in Kansas, and then she returned to Missouri in a Ford Model T or Model A, driven by her brother-in-law. In 1936, her first year back in Missouri, my mom and her immediate family lived in a shack that had previously been occupied by hired hands of a local farmer. My mom went on to get her eighth-grade diploma at Jesse School house two miles west of Mexico. She walked over five blocks every day to be picked up by her teacher to be taken to school.

Photo of one-room school houseOn Easter Sunday this year, my mom and other family members went to see the one-room Beagles schoolhouse in Audrain County, now a community center, that mom attended. On that same trip we drove by where my mom’s other school, Erisman, once stood. She attended there four years. We then went on to the Presbyterian Church where she was “sprinkled” as a teenager. While on the road, my mom began to tell me even more details about her childhood – teachers’ names, schoolmates and stories from her younger days. I said, “Mom, I can’t write this stuff down while I’m driving!” Soon after our excursion, we sat on the couch, and I wrote down everything I could remember her telling me. She had never spoken about these details before. There is something about “going home” that jogs the memory.

Photo of Dorothy Isgrig age 16We didn’t have much growing up, and my mom didn’t either. She grew up during the Great Depression when there was no work to be had. When she was a young teenager she peeled apples for ladies who made pies. At 16 she got a job at the Crown Laundry and continued that until she had her first child. Women could get work then because so many men were in the service.

Dorothy married my father, Raymond Lee Dollens, in April of 1947, just less than four months shy of her twenty-first birthday. Two days shy of their first wedding anniversary they became the parents of their first child, Ruth Ann. A baby would follow almost every year after that until they had their fourteenth child (me) in December of 1964. So all of us kids are baby boomers. We could be a sociological project! My Mom now has 35 grandchildren and 35 great grandchildren, with two more great grandchildren on the way.

Raising a large family is much like army life. Order, discipline and pecking order are all in play. If I told you I didn’t have an opinion until I was an adult on my own, you might not believe me, but it is TRUE. I had more peer pressure from my siblings than I ever had from kids I knew from church or school. My mom pretty much followed the same routine every day to keep the household running. She still washes the dishes with my older sister every day.

Photo of Dorothy Isgrig Dollens todayWhat makes my mom amazing is that things she does today should inspire anyone of the baby boom generation or older. First, she keeps a regular schedule. She walks up to two miles a day, five to six days a week like clockwork. She goes to her doctor regularly and actually follows through with her diet plan. Oh, she will tell you that she gained 30 pounds with her first baby and has never been able to lose them, but that doesn’t keep her from maintaining her diabetes. She became a diabetic at the age of 79, and up until the age of 87 she maintained it with diet and exercise alone. Talk about discipline. She now has to take a pill to help regulate her diabetes. How many octogenarians can say that? Her lifestyle is what makes her the strong person she is.

Most of my mom’s contemporaries are deceased, including all of her siblings and most of her in-laws. Her friends now are her children and their families. She does enjoy the babies. She loves to hold the babies and talk to the toddlers. I am so very thankful that at the age of 87 my mom is as alert, mobile, social and healthy as a person of her age can be.

So now you know why my mom is special. Why is your mom special? Whatever the reason, make sure you let her know this Mother’s Day!

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