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Life After Life is this week’s staff pick. By Kate Atkinson, this book follows the unusual life of Ursula Todd who continuously reincarnates, and whose life plays out a bit differently each time.  Our staffer loved this book and thinks it deserves all those awards it won.  While initially confusing it’s worth the effort, and soon the life on loop becomes quite normal and you can’t wait to see where Ursula goes next. Highly recommended for anyone who likes the unusual.  A companion novel about her brother Teddy will be released in May, making now a great time to read all about Ursula.

“On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born, the third child of a wealthy English banker and his wife. Sadly, she dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in any number of ways. Clearly history (and Kate Atkinson) have plans for her: In Ursula rests nothing less than the fate of civilization.

Wildly inventive, darkly comic, startlingly poignant — this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best, playing with time and history, telling a story that is breathtaking for both its audacity and its endless satisfactions.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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Our Winter Reading programs kick off today! Sign up for our Children’s and Adult programs through our homepage

The theme is books that have been/are being made into movies, but we always think you should read whatever you want!

Adults: Never Judge a Book By Its Movie.  Ages 12 and up! Get some great suggestions at these websites.

Children’s: Night at the Movies.  You can get more information and reading suggestions of books made into movies on the Kids Blog!

It’s a great way to start our 2015 Read Harder Challenge as well (flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015)

– We’re encouraging everyone (staff included) to participate in a reading challenge.  This year, we picked Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge.  We made flyers for it that you can find at Circulation and Reference.  This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

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Have you ever wanted to check out a Reference book and not been able to? Good news! Now you may be able to.  We’ve implemented a new initiative, and now some of the items in our Reference collection CAN be checked out!

If you’ve noticed the pink labels on some of the Reference books, this means they can be checked out.  You can see in the photo that the items on the right can be checked out because they have pink call numbers.

Here are the rules:

  • You can only have ONE circulating Reference item checked out at a time
  • You may only check out a circulating Reference item for 3 days
  • Overdue fines are $2.00 a day, up to $100.
  • You take the item you would like to check out to Circulation, as normal
  • When you search the catalog, you can also see if something is Circulating Reference under “Materials” – below, the red box.

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Please be aware that our hold policies have changed.  There is now 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.

Explanatory handouts and memos are available at the Circulation Desk! Please ask a staff member for one when you visit.

You can call to cancel your 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.

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.”

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

Please contact Circulation with any questions (see phone number above).

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Her by Harriet Lane is this week’s staff pick.  Our staffer called it an ‘engrossing psychological suspense novel’ about two women and their apparent friendship.  You can find this one in New Fiction.

You don’t remember her–but she remembers you.

On the face of it, Emma and Nina have very little in common. Isolated and exhausted by early motherhood, Emma finds her confidence is fading fast. Nina–sophisticated, generous, effortlessly in control–seems to have all the answers.

It’s easy to see why Emma is drawn to Nina. But what does Nina see in her?

A seemingly innocent friendship slowly develops into a dangerous game of cat and mouse as Nina eases her way into Emma’s life. Soon, it becomes clear that Nina wants something from the unwitting Emma–something that might just destroy her.”–Taken from Goodreads.com