With the holidays fast approaching you may be looking for creative gift ideas. Why not make something? We have many new books in our collection to help you with canning, sewing, crocheting, candlemaking, baking, candy making and even creating your own wrapping paper. Take a look and happy crafting!
Kiyoko Shiosaki shares the joyous experience of discovering a blazing new talent: Chinelo Okparanta, Author of Under the Udala Trees.
By Kiyoko Shiosaki, OPL Collection Development Intern
As NoViolet Bulawayo says in her interview with Chinelo Okparanta, “When you encounter a good storyteller you want to find all of [their] work and inhale it.”
We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
This fall brings us a new biography of Joan Didion and an occasion to sing a love song to her. One of my own favorite writers, Joan Didion has published extensively since the early 1960s. She is perhaps best known today for The Year of Magical Thinking, a memoir of grief that she wrote after her husband’s sudden death in 2003 and for which she won the National Book Award in 2005. Didion’s elegant and precise writing spans many genres: fiction, essays, memoirs, and screenwriting.
Some of her most intriguing work, for this Californian, are the ones whose subject is California itself. From
Our holiday advice? Give a book!
What would a librarian recommend as a great holiday gift? A book of course! And we're proud to help with our first ever Holiday Gift Guide, featuring some of our favorite books this season. And as if that weren't great enough, we're capping it off with a list of local indie bookstores where you can buy these gems. (Call ahead to confirm availability!)
Books For Adults
All the good ones are dead. Some amazing writers have left us this year. Who will you miss most?
My plan was to tell you all about this great book: How to be a Friend to a Friend who's Sick, but then my sick friend died so I never finished the book. Instead, for these Days of the Dead, our days to remember and honor our beloved deceased; I thought I'd remind you of all the awesome authors who've passed away this year. Biographies, written while the authors were still alive, provided by the publishers.
Check out a ghost story for Halloween.
Have you read a good ghost story lately? With Halloween just a few days away, why not check out one of these new titles featuring ghosts both figurative and literal. Whether you like spooky stories or something more amusing, if you're looking for a good ghost story, read on.
Get started on Overdrive for eBooks and eAudio Librarian recommendations, and more.
Hiya eBook Readers! Here's a tip: You can find titles featured in this blog on Overdrive. We are maintaining a featured collection list entitled, Advice for Readers Blog Picks. Go directly there anytime to scroll through eBook and eAudio librarian recommendations, dating back to our first post in July 2012. Get started with this video. Additional E-Book Help is available on an appointment basis.
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