Come in and check out one of our great programs like Topics in Microsoft Word 2007 or Job Search: Returning to work. There’s also our upcoming Jewelry: Knotwork classes (Autust 18 and 25) or Adult Chess Club. We always have a lot going on, so check out the calendar and sign up for one of our great events today!
This week’s staff pick is Lexicon by Max Barry. And it’s a doozy. Our staff member read this a year ago and still can’t’ stop talking about it.
“At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics–at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as “poets”, adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.
Whip-smart orphan Emily Ruff is making a living running a three-card Monte game on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. She is flown across the country for the school’s strange and rigorous entrance exams, where, once admitted, she will be taught the fundamentals of persuasion by Bronte, Eliot, and Lowell–who have adopted the names of famous poets to conceal their true identities. For in the organization, nothing is more dangerous than revealing who you are: Poets must never expose their feelings lest they be manipulated. Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love.
Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Jamieson is brutally ambushed by two strange men in an airport bathroom. Although he has no recollection of anything they claim he’s done, it turns out Wil is the key to a secret war between rival factions of poets and is quickly caught in their increasingly deadly crossfire. Pursued relentlessly by people with powers he can barely comprehend and protected by the very man who first attacked him, Wil discovers that everything he thought he knew about his past was fiction. In order to survive, must journey to the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, to discover who he is and why an entire town was blown off the map.
As the two narratives converge, the shocking work of the poets is fully revealed, the body count rises, and the world crashes toward a Tower of Babel event which would leave all language meaningless. Lexicon is a brilliant thriller that explores language, power, identity, and our capacity to love–whatever the cost.”–Goodreads.com
If you have a phone or tablet that runs on Android, and iPhone, iPod, iPad, or anything else that lets you download apps, download Bookmyne today! Bookmyne is a mobile app that allows catalog searching, placing holds, barcode scanning and more! You can learn more about it here. We like it because the new version is easy to use and simple.
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Below are the QR codes that you can scan and download with a QR scanner. Or you can click on “Android” or “Apple” and it will take you to the respective app store, where you can also download it.
All too soon the summer is drawing to a close. Sadly, that means the FTPL Summer Concert series is coming to an end, but there are still two great bands you can come see!
This week’s staff pick is “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo. Our staffer loved this book so much she told us all about it for days. Written by the author of “The Tale of Despereaux” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” this book has the same kind of characters who leap off the page and into your heart and never leave.
“Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.
And then, one day, he was lost.
Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobos’ camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.”–Taken from Goodreads.com
Look for it in the catalog here.