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Among Others by Jo Walton is this week’s staff pick, and is just fantastic. Read the summary, try the book – we think you’ll agree.

“Startling, unusual, and yet irresistibly readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled–and her twin sister dead.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Among Others

Jo Walton

Published: Jan 18, 2011 by Tor Books
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Please donate to the Books to Keep program.  Franklin Township Public Library supports the Books to Keep initiative run by the Libraries of Middlesex County.  We have a book donation bin and addressed envelopes you can take home and mail a donation.  These items are located at the Circulation Desk, next to the Staff Pick bookmarks.  If you wish to donate a book, please donate only new children’s books.

Since 1990, Books to Keep has been connecting children with books in a unique way. As an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex, Books to Keep raises funds to purchase thousands of new books to distribute to children throughout the county at holiday time. Working in partnership with day care centers, shelters, Head Start, soup kitchens, and over 40 other social programs and service clubs, over 10,000 books were distributed this past year alone.

Books to Keep is preparing for another successful year. The joy of having books of our own is so much a part of our lives and the lives of our children. We all have our favorite titles which may have become dog-eared and practically memorized. Not having any books in the home at all is the reality of many children in Middlesex County. Books to Keep is committed to changing that reality.

Our participating Middlesex County librarians personally encourage reading and library use with story programs in English and Spanish at over 25 county wide distribution locations. After the story program the children receive a new book to begin their home libraries and encourage their love of reading.

Program ends December 15, so hurry in!

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A new policy is being initiated for January 2015.   Please be advised that beginning January 2, 2015, there will be a $1.00 fee for each expired available hold request.   Patrons wishing to avoid being charged this fee will need to cancel their hold request(s) before the pickup date.

What this means is that if you do not pick up your hold within 3 days of being notified of your hold (4 days in total) you will be charged $1.00 per expired hold. So if you are notified you have a hold on Monday, you have until the end of day Thursday to pick up you hold.  Friday, you would be fined if you did not pick up the hold, cancel the hold, or ask for extended time Monday – Thursday during regular business hours.

We will be providing further explanatory handouts and memos as the month progresses.

You can call to cancel their holds or do so online using the MY ACCOUNT feature available on our website.  Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you need instructions on how to access your account online.

You may call to request additional time to pick up your holds if you cannot make it to the library in time.

Somerset location — 732-873-8700, option 2

Franklin Park location — 732-873-8700, option 5

From our website, it is easy to cancel a hold.  Here are the steps:

1. Visit franklintwp.org, and select the “My Account” feature – in the Blue header box next to our logo.

2. This brings you to the catalog screen.

3.  Next, select “Review My Account” to view account summary.

4.  Login using your User ID number and PIN. (Your User ID is 14-digit barcode found on the back of your library card.  Enter without spaces.  If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset it or call the Circulation Desk for assistance.)

5. Under “Holds” select the hold requests that you wish to cancel then click on “Cancel selected holds.”

 

This does NOT take effect until January 2, 2015.  Please contact Circulation with any questions.

 

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Tucker Tale’s Presents Punch & Judy Puppet Show on Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 7- 7:30 PM in the Community Room.  The best known heroes of the puppet stage are coming! Suitable for ages 5 years to adult.  Please register!

Gordon James is coming to do a seasonal Jazz concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 7-8:15 PM in the Community Room. Enjoy an evening of seasonal music to wake up your holiday spirit and welcome the winter season. Trumpeter, flugelhornist, vocalist, band leader, composer, arranger and recording artist Gordon James leads a group of veteran musicians during this upbeat jazz concert for adults and older children. (You can also check out Gordon’s webpage.)

Take a peek at our Calendar and the Children’s Calendar to see all our fantastic events! Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars.  Also check the calendars for event locations.

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In honor of National Cookie Day this week (Dec. 4), this week’s Staff Pick of the Week is Martha Stewart’s Cookies.  The timing is also perfect for the many upcoming holiday parties and gatherings.

Great pictures, easy to follow delicious recipes, and excellent results and consistently yielded from this chock-ful cookbook.  Nancy Baggett’s Simply Sensational Cookies is another can’t fail cookie cookbook that you should definitely check out.  You can also try one of our many other cookie and dessert cookbooks.  Check out 641.8654 in the stacks.


Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Published: Mar 11, 2008 by Clarkson Potter
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Simply Sensational Cookies

Nancy Baggett

Published: Sep 26, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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