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May Book Clubs

Have you been thinking about joining a book club but not sure where to start? Test drive one of our book clubs in April! We've got some great reads for you that are sure to drum up lots of great discussion!

Evening Book Club:

Evening Book Club usually  meets on the 2nd Tuesday every month. This month's meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9th @ 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Women's Council of Realtors Conference Room on the 2nd floor. This month's book selection is: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

 

 

 

Afternoon Book Club:

2.2 Million Items at Your Fingertips!

Did you know...

Stratford Library in Highlands has access to over 2.2 million books, CDs, and DVDs?

Make a request on your phone, computer, or stop in to our library.

Your items will be waiting for you in as little as 3 business days! (depending on availability)

Also check out our eBranch for access to even more titles to stream or download.

Teen Tuesday – Summer of Fandom Jeopardy August 2nd @ 3:00 PM [11+]

     As a finale to the Summer of Fandom, we are going to be hosting a team based Jeopardy style showdown to showcase all of the facts and fun tidbits about the different Fandoms we have experienced over the summer.

     Join us on August 2nd for the final event in the Library Community Room at 3 PM at the Parker Williams Branch. 

 

For more of your Favorite Fandoms (Click Here):

Teen Tuesday – Anime Explosion! July 26th @ 3:00 PM [11+]

     

 

     Get ready to learn about the origins and history of anime, about popular anime and manga, and where to find even more anime and manga to your little heart’s content.

     Join us on July 26th in the Library Community Room to find out the scoop at the Parker Williams Branch.

 

 

For more about Anime (Click Here):

Catalog Not Showing Checkouts

AlertUpdate: May 18: Thank you for your patience.  The issue with the catalog is resolved and customers should now be able to see their checked out items.

The Catalog is having problem showing checkouts in my account after the recent upgrade on web services. Customers should call one of our branches for assistance with renewals. Our vendor is working on resolving this now. We apologize for this inconvenience and we hope to have this resolved soon.

Try Out the New Library Catalog

Don't panic!  We've got the new library catalog ready for you to test, but the same familiar search is still the one you'll be using from the library website.  We think you're going to like the new features that make it easier than ever to access all of the resources in our collection, no matter the format.  Look for:

  • Smarter search technology that makes it easier to find exactly what you're looking for
  • Featured NYT Bestseller Lists and New Items Lists
  • New texting and social media features
  • Spell Check
  • Individual "My List" creation
  • Ability to place multiple holds at once

Take a test run of our new catalog: hcpl.ent.sirsi.net/client/webcat.  We want to hear what you think, so please share your discoveries in the comments.

Music Catalog

Do you listen to music?  Did you happen to know that the HCPL audio catalog is quite expansive?  We have everything from classical composers including Beethoven, Handel, and Mozart to much more contemporary artists.  Not sure where to start looking?  Through our new titles page, you can find out what are the most recent, most requested, or most circulated music titles we have to offer.

January is National Soup Month!

 

Did you know that January is National Soup Month?  Makes sense, right?  January is the first full month of Winter, and aside from cold soups like gazpacho, soups are traditionally craved, crafted, and consumed during the colder months of the year.

If you want to celebrate National Soup Month by trying your hand at making soup, HCPL has got you covered!  You may know that the Dewey Decimal number for general cookbooks is 641.5, but did you know that soup cookbooks have their very own Dewey number?  It's 641.813.  Of course, many general cookbooks have soup recipes in them, but if you're looking exclusively for soup recipes, you should start at 641.813.  Here are a few of the titles you'll find there:

Northwest Library's Most Popular Reads of 2012

You've seen my list, now let's take a look at yours.  What were the most popular titles at the Northwest Library in 2012?  What follows are your ten most-circulated Adult Fiction titles and five most circulated Adult Non-Fiction titles for the year.  Take a look:

Northwest Library's 10 Most-Circulated Adult Fiction Titles for 2012:

(1)

The Drop by Michael Connelly

(2)

Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson

(3)

'V' is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

(4)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

(5)

The Litigators by John Grisham

20 Books for 2012

I'm a big fan of lists, and particularly year-end lists.  A simple Google search will probably direct you to several different personal blogs on which I have published my end-of-year favorite music lists over the past eight years or so.  For me, lists are intended both as a form of self-analysis and as recommendations for my (modest, random) readership. 

I am also a bit unconventional with these lists.  I care less about the year that something was made than the year that I first experienced it.  So, on the following list, you will find my 20 favorite books that I read (for the first time) in 2012.  Some of the titles were published this year, others were written over a half-century ago.  But they are all great books that you should read, and they are all, incidentally, in HCPL's catalog.  So without further ado,

20 Books for 2012:

(1)

White Teeth by Zadie Smith (a gateway book if there ever was one, see below)

(2)

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

(3)

Cathedral by Raymond Carver

(4)

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

(5)

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

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