By now you’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has caused an uproar over the last few days.  Apparently over the last two years, this bug has affected an unknown number of websites.  The good news is that many major websites like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Tumblr are patched at this point.   But the professionals recommended you change your passwords for banking, finance, email and social media sites.

Avoid using the same password for multiple sites; that is the main way to limit the damage these kinds of hacks will cause.

To test a website to see if it has been patched, please go here.

Information on the bug itself can be found in several places, but these are some useful sites:  BBC, TechCrunch,  Heartbleed.

Some articles with advice on what to do can be found here and here.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media, and change your passwords.

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It’s safe to say that many poets are creative. In honor of National Poetry Month, here’s a look at some of some characteristics that creative people possess according to Huffington Post.  Taking the time for “solitude” and “getting out of their own heads” translates well to reading something new, trying something different, maybe watching a movie by yourself to fully absorb it and get inspired.  Are you creative? Tell us what you do!

If you want to be creative in a structured setting you could always sign up for one of our classes like jewelry making, yarn club, bookclub, bobbin lacemaking… or one of the other great programs we offer.

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Join us on Saturday, May 10th at 1:30 pm in the Community Room for a discussion of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce.  New members welcome!

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Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts.  (Publisher’s Description)

Limited copies available at the reference desk.  For more information about bookclubs at FTPL please visit: bookclubs

 

J.K. Rowling has announced she is writing 2 new Harry Potter books.  In honor of that, the Harry Potter series is our staff pick of the week.   Equally magical on the first, second, third… however many re-reads, Harry and his gang are some of our favorite characters, and there’s something in these stories for everyone.

A new trilogy about 70 years before Harry’s era is also in the works.

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Look for the books in our catalog here.

 

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It’s National Poetry Month!  It’s time to enjoy your favorite poets or find some new ones like Jalal al-Din Rumi, Billy Collins, e.e. cummings, an anthology of poets, or one of the many other famous and not-so-famous poets we have in the collection.  Don’t like poetry?  Not a problem.  Try a novel in verse, you might be surprised at how much you like it.  Some of the novels in verse in our collection are:

-The Marlowe Papers by Ros Barber (secret identities, faked murder, and enough drama for at least three Shakespeare plays)

-Lies, Knives and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge (modern true stories behind fairy tales)

-Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewski (a topsy-turvy modern Romeo and Juliet tale)

-After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy (two high school seniors getting through their last semester)

-The Hunchback of Neiman Marcus by Sonya Sones (a novel of middle age, motherhood, marriage and mayhem)

… the list goes on.  Try something new this month and tell us if you like it.

 

Find Novels in Verse and Poetry books in the Catalog.