10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in October 2015

The days grow shorter, the nights grow longer... time for something terrific to read! Here are 10 great October releases.

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The Supermoon and other Astronomical Phenomena

Learn more about Sunday's supermoon.lunar eclipse.

If you're under 33 years-old, you've never seen a supermoon lunar eclipse. And if you're older than 33, it's been a while. Now's your chance to view this phenomenon!  This Sunday night a blood-red moon will appear in the sky, announcing the lunar eclipse. While the earth is lined up between the full moon and the sun during the eclipse a bit of sunlight still reaches the moon, bathing it in a reddish color. 

Sunday's lunar eclipse is unique because the moon will be closer to the earth than usual, making it appear bigger -- a supermoon. This is the first supermoon lunar eclipse since 1982 and will be the last until 2033.   

The NASA website has in-depth information about Sunday's supermoon eclipse. If you're intersted in learning more about viewing eclipses or other astronomical phenomena, take a look at the following titles from OPL's collection. Happy

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Hey, That Harry Potter Lady Can Write

Career of evil, the third in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, comes out in October. How does Robert Galbraith's new adult mystery series compare to J.K. Rowling's world of Harry Potter, you ask?


I imagine that JK Rowling began her new Cormoran Strike mystery series under the pen name of Robert Galbraith so that readers wouldn’t make assumptions or judge it alongside her ubiquitous children’s fantasy series. I can only speculate that her publisher then leaked the author’s true identity to boost the modest initial sales of the first title in the series, The cuckoo’s calling, which begins with an investigation into the suspicious

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in September 2015

Here are ten of the most exciting novels arriving in September. Hope you have room on your hold list...

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Cuba in the News

Curious about Cuba? Check out one of these titles to learn more about the country's history.

Cuba has frequently been in the news this year. Earlier this month the U.S. Embassy reopened after 54 years. Although it may still be a while before you can travel to Cuba, you can journey with a book and learn about the country's history from various perspectives through the titles listed below.

Cuban History

    Listen Yankee!       

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10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2015

Here are 10 fascinating works of fiction arriving in August. Place your holds now!

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Watchman, Related Reading

Interested in Harper Lee? Read Paul Theroux's Smithsonian article about the bittersweet past and present of Monroeville, Alabama; the real-life setting for Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Unless you've been trying real hard to ignore the literary world these past few weeks, you'll know that Harper Lee has released Go Set a Watchman. Watchman, which The London Evening Standard calls "a very late sequel to  To Kill a Mockingbird," published in 1960, is also described as "a nasty surprise" both for writing and plot (but you can be be judge of that). Pulitzer prize-winning, Mockingbird, if you haven't read it, is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, and is

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Travel with a Book

Even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.

Last month I highlighted travel memoirs. This month I've gathered together fiction titles in which the protagonists embark on journeys and quests. So even if you aren't planning a vacation this summer, you can still travel with a book.

The Country of Ice Cream Star     The Green Road    

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Musician Biographies for Every Taste

Featuring ten of our most highly recommended Musician Biographies and Music Memoirs in celebration of the Adult Summer Reading Program's "Read to the Rhythm" theme.

Have you signed up for the OPL “Read to the Rhythm” Adult Summer Reading Program, yet? All you have to do is:

  1. Pick up a raffle card from any library location.
  2. Either read a book and write a short description/review OR complete three different activities listed on the card.
  3. Turn in your completed card at the library.
  4. Do it again!

Sure, reading is its own reward, but our Summer Reading prizes this year include a variety of gift cards and a Kindle Fire HD, so get those raffle cards in by the program end date of August 8th!

Among the listed activities, in keeping with the musical theme, is to read a book about a musician. To further that goal, here is an annotated list of 10 of the best musician biographies and Music Memoirs we have on our shelves:

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Hidden Histories of the United States

The little known histories of the United States

July 4th is over and we have celebrated the independence of the United States from Britain once again. There are many stories, legends, and myths surrounding the birth and past of our country.They generally tell the story of those in power. The days leading up to Independence Day got me thinking about the stories of those who weren't in power or the stories of the regular folks. Here are a few.

book cover of Strange Fruitbook cover of Lies My Teacher Told Me

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