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Plan Your Next Dream Getaway

It's always a good time to start thinking about your next vacation.  Start your planning now and be ready when vacation time rolls around again.  Don't know where you want to go?  Visit your local HCPL branch and head for the travel section.  Pick up a few books and dream yourself away to your next destination. 

 Start with these titles and see where they take you:

Movie Guides Based on Mood

I enjoy watching movies and my favorite way to find one is to pick a film based on how I feel at the moment.  A few months ago, when I felt like watching a movie, I would recall as many titles as possible and try to come up a few that fit my mood.  It wasn't exactly easy to find just the right movie, until I found three guides in the HCPL collection.  It's been a cinch to find one ever since. 

Try the guides for yourself and see what you think: 

From Blog to Book

The printed word can easily make the jump to digital these days, thanks to electronic reading devices and digital media catalogs.  Books go digital, but sometimes the opposite happens.  Sometimes writing begins online and finishes in printed form.
 
Each of these titles began as blogs and eventually made their way onto the bookshelf:
 

Sing In The Key Of Off

Singing For DummiesI've spent much of my life singing.  Not professionally, of course.  I'll sing along with the radio in my car, while watching a movie at home, and when any old 

Swedish Crime Wave

Swedish crime and mystery fiction books are now in high demand - thanks to the success of Steig Larsson's Millennium trilogy.

Pioneer Woman Cooking

The Pioneer Woman If you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman, you've been missing out.  Miss out no longer because here's the scoop: Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman, lives in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch and loves to cook.  Originally from Los Angeles, this city dweller ended up marrying a cowboy and settling down on a farm.  She has been blogging about her ranch experiences and cooking adventures on her website since 2005. 

Pac-Man vs. Productivity

If you've visited Google today, you've seen the new interactive logo celebrating the 30th anniversary of Pac-Man.  The logo is a fully functional game based on the original - complete with original sounds and a mind-numbing 255 levels.  Have you been pulled into it?  Is it keeping you from working?  No worries!  Take back some of your

Lost At Sea

When you think of stories involving people stranded out to sea or

What If...

Ever wondered what life would be like if a key point in history was missing or altered?

New Nonfiction Titles

If you're like me, you're always on the hunt for new books to enjoy.  Nonfiction books are my favorite, so I spend time each week searching for new and interesting books on the New York Times Nonfiction list and the Publisher's Weekly Nonfiction list.  I also ask around for some good tips from other readers.  And, of course, I always check the
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