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It’s the end of July, which means there are only 15 more days to log your summer reading!  While you’re doing that and picking your next selections, so you can win our great prizes and get entered in our Grand Prize drawings, here’s a fun interactive periodic table that goes with our summer reading theme!  Theme recommendations are available on our summer reading pages, and we have bookmark recommendations for adults as well.

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Do you like history? So do we.  We found this great free resource, Old Maps Online, and had to share!  “Here be monsters” and some pretty cool stories behind the maps.  If this is up your alley, also check out The Map Thief: the gripping story of an esteemed rare-map dealer who made millions stealing priceless maps by Michael Blanding (nonfiction) or The Island of Lost maps: a true story of cartographic crime by Miles Harvey (nonfiction).  We have several books about maps and cartography, and some great novels involving maps, treasure hunts, and so much more. Check out these two catalog searches to find more great titles!


The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

Michael Blanding

Published: Jun 03, 2014 by Gotham
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A History of the World in 12 Maps

Jerry Brotton

Published: Nov 19, 2013 by Viking Adult
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A History of the World in 12 Maps

Jerry Brotton

Published: Nov 19, 2013 by Viking Adult
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The Map Thief: A Novel

Heather Terrell

Published: Jul 29, 2008 by Ballantine Books
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This week’s staff pick of the week is Enigma by Robert Harris.  A code breaking mystery set in WWII, this book has it all and is a rivetingly good read.

A gripping World War II mystery novel with a cryptographic twist, Enigma‘s hero is Tom Jericho, a brilliant British mathematician working as a member of the team struggling to crack the Nazi Enigma code. Jericho’s own struggles include nerve-wracking mental labor, the mysterious disappearance of a former girlfriend, the suspicions of his co-workers within the paranoid high-security project, and the certainty that someone close to him, perhaps the missing girl, is a Nazi spy. The plot is pure fiction but the historical background, Alan Turing’s famous wartime computing project that cracked the German U-boat communications code, is real and accurately portrayed. Enigma is convincingly plotted, forcefully written, and filled with well drawn characters; in short, it’s everything a good technomystery should be”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Check it out today! We have it in regular and large print.

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The Young Adult August calendar is now available online! Check it out and sign up for some of our great events now, before they fill up.  We have tie die, book bingo, jewelry making and more!

Have you met your summer reading goals yet? If not, maybe you should check out some of these retellings of classic and/or fairy tales.  There are many more not on these lists, can you name any?

14 YA Retellings of Literary Classics

162 YA Retellings of Classic Literature and Fairy Tales

11 Adult Classic Retellings

Fairy Tale Retellings

 

 

test books

We have a wide variety of study materials for all kinds of exams: SAT, PSAT, ACT, MCAT, APs, GMAT, GRE, GED… we have the traditional study guides, tons of vocabulary builders, and free online resources when you use your library card. Check out the Careers and Education section of our online databases page, and try Learning Express Library to help build your skills in math, English, science, etc.  There are flyers in Reference and the YA room to help you out if you forget where to look, or you can view it by clicking: Test Prep Flyer.

For those of you starting to look at colleges, etc. you may want to look at Kaplan’s average SAT and ACT scores for 50 top colleges. Click on “Test Scores for Key Colleges”, and start exploring your test prep options today!