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Since 1926, a version of Black History Month has existed in the United States.  It started as a week, and over time became a month dedicated to making sure that African American/Black history was not overlooked.   Canada and the U.K. also celebrate Black History Month, although the U.K.’s is in October.  It is important to learn and remember all parts of history, since by paying attention to history we can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes as our ancestors. In the spirit of Black History Month, here are some links to great resources on this branch of history.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’d like the history of the holiday, The History Channel always does a good job.  There are tons of love stories out there, but here’s a small list of non-traditional love stories.

If you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day, the Funny Valentines’ website is full of fun and funny stuff.  BookRiot also has some great recommendations for anti-love reading, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Our book recommendation for the day is The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan.  This is a fantastic and fast read.  If you’ve ever been in a relationship or want to be, you should read this.  It was our Staff Pick of the Week a couple month’s ago, and is one of our recommending staff member’s favorite books.

Whatever you’re doing today, we hope you have a wonderful day!

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This week’s staff pick is Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid – this updated take on Jane Austen’s classic is sure to please mystery/suspense lovers and Downton Abbey fans.  If you’d rather read the original, we have that too.  You can see what’s available in the catalog.

“Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.

Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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The Library’s contract with Overdrive (Digital Library NJ) ends on February 28, 2015.

You will still be able to borrow up to 2 available titles from them until February 28, 2015.

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.  We expect it to go live starting March 1, 2015.  As soon as we are able, we will schedule Open House sessions to tell you more about the new 3M Cloud Library.

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.

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

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