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What’s your New Years resolution? If it involves reading more or starting a new book club, we can help!

We have oodles of Book Club Kits available for check out.  These are available all year long and are constantly updated.  If you want to find out more, please visit the Book Club section of our website, where you’ll find a list of available titles and how you can request a kit.

As for reading more, we offer a variety of book 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

-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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As usual, a lot is happening here this month!  Our Winter Reading programs kick off on January 15 (keep an eye out for updates).  It’s a great way to kick off our 2015 Read Harder Challenge as well (flyers at Circulation and Reference).

Always check our Adult and Children’s calendars for our complete lineup of great events!

Crochet for Beginners is every Sunday at 1:30 PM, please come to all four sessions and you must provide your own materials.

Beginner Yoga and Adult Chess are Monday nights

Franklin Park has a Crafting Circle every Wednesday, but times vary so check ahead.

Open Mic is January 8 at 6:30

Jewelry: Old is New is being held January 12 and 26 at 6:45 pm.  You can only sign up for one class!

January 23 we will be showing Get On Upa film about James Brown.  Tate Taylor directs 42’s Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in Get on Up. Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.  138 minutes; Rated PG-13 (for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations)

There’s more of course, like computer classes and children’s programs, or leaning how to knock out clutter.   Check out our calendars for all our info! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all our updates and news.

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For the end of 2014/beginning of 2015 instead of a new Staff Pick of the Week, we’re going to list the books that you, our fantastic patrons, read the most this year.  We’re going to do the Top 10 in several categories.

We also have your most read titles of 2014 on Bookmarks at the Circulation desk!

Adult Fiction: 

1. Inferno – Dan Brown

2. Sycamore Row – John Grisham

3. The Storyteller – Jodi Picoult

4. The Hit – David Baldacci

5. Mistress – James Patterson

6. And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini

7. Cross My Heart – James Patterson

8. Daddy’s Gone A Hunting – Mary Higgins Clark

9. NYPD Red 2 – James Patterson

10. The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt

 

Young Adult Fiction:

1. Allegiant – Veronica Roth

2. Prodigy – Marie Lu

3. Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

4. The Elite – Kiera Cass

5. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

6. Ali’s Pretty Little Lies – Sara Shepard

7. The Kiss – James Patterson

8. The Fall of Five – Pittacus Lore

9. Perfect Scoundrels – Ally Carter

10. Oblivion – Anthony Horowitz
Biography:

1. My Beloved World – Sonia Sotomayor

2. Waiting to be Heard – Amanda Knox

3. The First Muslim: The story of Muhammad – Lesley Hazleton

4. A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout

5. The Reason I Jump – Naoki Higashida

6. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

7. Empty Mantions – Bill Dedman

8. Ava Gardner – Peter Evans

9. Anne Frank – Melissa Muller

10. The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks – Jeanne Theoharis

 

Nonfiction:

1. Lean in : women, work, and the will to lead – Sheryl Sandberg

2. David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants – Malcolm Gladwell

3. Killing Jesus : a history – Bill O’Reilly

4. Core strength training : the complete step-by-step guide to a stronger body and better posture for men and women

5. Dad is fat – Jim Gaffigan

6. The bully pulpit : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the golden age of journalism – Doris Kearns Goodwin

7. Culinaria Hungary – Aniko Gergely

8. Zealot : the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth – Reza Aslan

9. The adobo road cookbook : a Filipino food journey – Marvin Gabpultos

10. Past tense : 365 daily tools for putting stress behind you – for good! – Shawn Kilgarlin

 

J FIC:

1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Hard Luck – Jeff Kinney

2. The House of Hades – Rick Riordan

3. Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker – Rachel Renee Russell

4. Big Nate Flips Out – Lincoln Peirce

5. The First Samurai – Leonardo Favia

6. Stick Dog – Tom Watson

7. Day of Doom – David Baldacci

8. My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar – James Patterson

9. The Secret of the Fairies – Thea Stilton

10. Mystery of the Midnight Rider – Carolyn Keene

 

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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.

Explanatory handouts and memos are available at the Circulation Desk! Pleas 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.

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 (see phone number above).

 

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In honor of the holidays, we suggest the hilarious Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror.  Our staffer can’t recommend this enough, read it now.

‘Twas the night (okay, more like the week) before Christmas, and all through the tiny community of Pine Cove, California, people are busy buying, wrapping, packing, and generally getting into the holiday spirit.

But not everybody is feeling the joy. Little Joshua Barker is in desperate need of a holiday miracle. No, he’s not on his deathbed; no, his dog hasn’t run away from home. But Josh is sure that he saw Santa take a shovel to the head, and now the seven-year-old has only one prayer: Please, Santa, come back from the dead.

But hold on! There’s an angel waiting in the wings. (Wings, get it?) It’s none other than the Archangel Raziel come to Earth seeking a small child with a wish that needs granting. Unfortunately, our angel’s not sporting the brightest halo in the bunch, and before you can say “Kris Kringle,” he’s botched his sacred mission and sent the residents of Pine Cove headlong into Christmas chaos, culminating in the most hilarious and horrifying holiday party the town has ever seen.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

 


The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror

Christopher Moore

Published: Oct 20, 2005 by William Morrow
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