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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is this week’s staff pick of the week.   Below is the synopsis for the first book, and the series just gets better with every installment.   Our staffer says that the first book is pretty decent, the second is very good, and the third is great. Celaena is a strong, complicated heroine who develops a lot over the course of the series.  The secondary characters are also well done, and our staffer highly recommends the series for all lovers of fantasy/adventure/epic fiction.  Strongly recommended for fans of Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley…

The series in order so far:  Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire.  We also have the set of prequel stories, The Assassin’s Blade.

 

“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.” –Taken from Goodreads.com


Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Jul 31, 2012 by Bloomsbury Press
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Crown of Midnight

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Aug 27, 2013 by Bloomsbury Press
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Heir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Sep 02, 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne Of Glass Novellas

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Mar 04, 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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For the second year in a row, our Children’s Department has won the Best Practices in Early Literacy Award!   Last year our Scribble Time program won the prize, this year our Reading Connection program won!

We are extremely proud of our Children’s Department, and receiving this award two years in a row shows that we are justified in that.  Congratulations to our staff!

Franklin Township Public Library is dedicated to providing great content for all ages, and we’re extraordinarily pleased that some of our programs are getting such wonderful attention.  We are here for you, our community, and hope you’ll come in soon to take advantage of some of the great services and programs that we offer.  Take a peek at our Children‘s and Adult Calendars to find what interests you.

Reading Connection is a program seeking to develop phonemic awareness and language arts skills through hands on activities that include math, science, writing, crafts and movement.  A letter of the alphabet is chosen for each program and all activities feature that letter.  We begin with a story like Caps for Sale for the letter C, followed by songs and book discussion.  We then have activity stations, where there are vocabulary words and directions to acquaint children with following printed directions, and making the connection between the printed word and subsequent actions.

 

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BIRDMAN

Birdman or ‘The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance’ is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence; 1 hour 59 minutes.

Registration is requested; sign up today!

March 6, 2-4 pm.

 

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This is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of—time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed. The film is based on the memoir Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking.

Rated PG-13 (for some thematic elements and suggestive material); 2 hours, 3 minutes.

Registration is requested.

March 20, 2-4 pm.

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DigitalLibraryNJ now uses the 3M Cloud Library to make eBooks and eAudiobooks available to Franklin Township Library patrons. Visit our eBooks page for details on how to get the app for your device. Set up is easy: just select the library, then enter your barcode and PIN. Start browsing our collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks today! Click on Categories, or search by title etc. to view our complete collection.

Please note that our collection may seem limited right now, but we are waiting for the publisher rights from our previous ebook provider to be transferred to 3M.

We will be holding Open House sessions this Wednesday, March 4 and Monday, March 23.  They will both be 7-8:30 PM in the Community Room and registration is advised. These sessions will inform you about the Library’s new eBook lending platform, give you tips for streamlined downloading, and help you troubleshoot your own eReader device.  Please bring your eReader with you to the meeting.

We will still have OneClickDigital audiobooks and ebooks available, and you can continue to use this service as normal.  OneClickDigital recently updated their website, and now the content is very easy to use.  OneClickDigital’s new platform is very similar to 3M Cloud Library, which will be our new ebook service.

3M Cloud Library is a new ebook platform that the Library will be using.  The 3M Cloud Library offers:

  • Streamlined checkout and holds processes
  • Faster download times
  • A user-friendly interface
  • Ability to sync to multiple devices
  • Compatibility with any app-friendly device:
    • iOS App:  iPad, iPhone, iPod touch
    • Android App:  Android phones and devices
    • PC/MAC App:  Windows/MAC OS X, Nook ereader, Kobo ereader
    • Kindle Fire App:  Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX
    • Nook App:  Nook tablets
    • Transfer from PC to:  Sony ereader, Kobo ereader, Nook 3G & Nook Wifi, Nook Simple Touch, Nook Simple Touch Glowlight
  • The 3M Cloud Library is NOT compatible with Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Voyager. If you go to their webpage and scroll to the bottom, they explain that Amazon does not currently support 3M Cloud Library, and provide you an email address to contact.  We encourage you to email Amazon at kindle-feedback@amazon.com to encourage them to make all their Kindles work with additional library ebook platforms.
  • The 3M Cloud Library apps work with other devices like PCs, tablets or phones

You can see our ebook services anytime on our ebook webpage.

P.S. – Don’t forget we have 4 kindles with pre-loaded titles available for checkout.  These have great titles like The Girl on the Train, The Boston Girl, Leaving Time, Gray Mountain and more!  Please note that if it says it is “being repaired” it is probably available for checkout.  We evaluate their condition every time they are returned.

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This week’s staff pick is A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian.  This is a charged novel about arranged marriage and Indian culture in the 1980s, in India and America.

Handsome anesthesiologist Neel prides himself on his decisiveness, both in and out of the operating room. So when he agrees to return to India to visit his ailing grandfather, he is sure he’ll be able to resist his family’s pleas that he marry a “good” Indian girl. With a girlfriend and a promising career back in San Francisco, the last thing Neel needs is an arranged marriage.

Leila is a thirty-year-old teacher in Neel’s family’s village who has watched too many prospective husbands come and go to think her newest suitor will be any different. She is well past prime marrying age; her family has no money for a dowry; and then there’s the matter of an old friendship with a Muslim boy named Janni.

Neel and Leila struggle to reconcile their own desires with the expectations of others in this riveting story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life that may be more compatible than they seem.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Good Indian Wife: A Novel

Anne Cherian

Published: Apr 29, 2008 by WW Norton
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