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New Speculative Fiction for August 2012

New to our shelves:

Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong (13, Women of the Otherworld) H, R
Devil's Wake by Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due (1, Devil's Wake) H, SF, A, M (Horror Barnes)
Queen's Hunt by Beth Bernobich (2, River of Souls) F, M, R
Wake of the Bloody Angel by Alex Bledsoe (4, Eddie LaCrosse) F, M
The Wanderers by Paula Brandon (3, The Veiled Isles) F, R
Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (1, Ender: The First Formic War) SF (SF Card)
Destroyer of Worlds by Mark Chadbourn (3, Kingdom of the Serpent) F
Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey (2, Expanse) SF

Newspaper Index

In the local history collection, we have digitized the Rockland Messenger, a 19th century newspaper. This was done with a grant from the late Senator Morahan. Since that time, a more sophisiticated software has become available allowing for line segmentation and ease in searching. We are currently in the process of this upgrade through a company called Hudson Microimaging.

Newspapers are some of the last research tools that have been recognized for their valuable information and there has been a major effort o preserve the old editions. I came across an email from a librarian in Oshkosh WI and would like to condense her reporting. Apparently the Oshkosh Public Library began indexing newspapers through WPA in 1936-1938. The indexing was done by one person who covered a variety of information. Then in the nid-1950's, a researcher became so interested in family names that he indexed 1920-1948.

New DVD Releases for August 14th

We have two new titles for Tuesday, August 14th.  They are:

Dexter: Season Six

Raid: Redemption, The (Foreign Film - Indonesia)

August Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Adler
     A Place in the Country
by Elizabeth Adler.   Read by Charlotte Anne Dore.   8 discs.  8+ hours.

BCD  Amirrezvani
     Equal of the Sun
by Anita Amirrezvani.  Read by Simon Vance.  11 discs.  14 hours.

BCD Andrews
     Spring Fever
by Mary Kay Andrews.  Read by Kathleen McInerney.  12 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD Britton
    The Operative
by Andrew Britton.  Read by Christopher Lane.  10 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD Chen
     The Red Chamber
by Pauline  Chen.  Read by Grayce Wey.  14 discs.  16+ hours.

BCD Conway
     The Last Trade
by James Conway.  Read by Peter Berkrot.  9 discs.  10+ hours.

Scrambled States Of America

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Wednesday Aug. 22 at 10:00 AM.  Grades 2-4.  Registration required!

Inspired by Laurie Keller's funny book, we'll explore the states through songs, stories & games.

Registration begins WEDNESDAY AUGUST 8th


Website of the Month

August Website

The 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES are in full swing and the U.S. athletes are making us proud.  For up to the minute coverage of each event, go to www.teamusa.org.  But does all of the media coverage make you curious about the history of the Olympics? Learn about the ancient olympics at greece.mrdonn.org/olympics.html.  Details include the very first games, athletes, events, and how they compare to our modern Olympics.  In addition, discover mythology, daily life, customs, architecture, government, literature and much more about ancient greek civilization.  Then show off your new found knowledge to your friends during the commercial breaks.  Go USA!!!!! 

What's Cooking?: Rub-a-Dub-Dub Marinade in the Tub


One of the great things about the summer is grilling and barbecuing.  It is the only time I do less cooking.  Perhaps it’s because the man of the house suddenly takes an interest in preparing the meals.  The summer heat seems to beckon the call of the wild in him.  Even with the frequent rain we’ve been having, it doesn’t deter him from cooking outdoors.   Nothing comes between the man and the meat on his grill.  And to make the food on that grill receive the highest compliments, he makes use of rubs and marinades to spice things up.  This inspires the family to offer their “ooh and aahs” as Dad is saluted for his supreme grilling talents. 

New Music Releases, August 2012

Aiken, Clay.  Steadfast                                                        MA AIKE STE

Allen, Kris.  Thank You Camellia                                            MR ALLE TYC

Best Coast.  The Only Place                                                MA BEST OP

New DVD Titles, August 2012


After the Banquet (Foreign Film – Korea)                        

Amador (Foreign Film – Spain)

American Reunion (Jason Biggs)

Before Your Eyes (Foreign Film – Kurdish/Turkish)

Being Flynn (Robert De Niro)

Beyond the Steppes (Foreign Film – Polish)

Black Butterflies (Tribeca Film Festival, 2011)

Casa De Mi Padre (Will Ferrell)

Cirkus Columbia (Foreign Film – Bosnia)

Declaration of War (Foreign Film – France)

Dirty Picture, The (Foreign Film – India)

Double Hour, The (Foreign Film – Italy)

Drumline (2001 – Nick Cannon)

First Beautiful Thing, The (Foreign Film – Italy)

Footnote (Foreign Film – Israel)

Friends With Kids (Kristen Wiig)

Fullmetal Alchemist – The Sacred Star of Milo

Hatfields & McCoys: Bad Blood (Christian Slater)

Hedgehog, The (Foreign Film – France)

What was the title of that book I read?

Like many of us you might not recall the title of a book or movie you checked out.  Maybe you didn't get to read the book or view the movie, or you want to recommend it to a friend, but the title proves elusive.  Now a new service is available that will keep a list of everything you check out.  You'll need to access your online account to sign up for this service.  Log in to your account and under 'personal information' select 'preferences.'   Read the disclaimer then check the box next to 'keep my checkout history' and press update.  Lists are subject to subpeona should the government have reason to to review your borrowing history.  The list will start from the date you sign up.  To view your list go into checkouts and select 'my checkout history.'  Scroll down to find that title; the list is historical that means it goes by checkout date.  It is not searchable; it can't be sorted but it is easy to scroll through.  So give it a try if this seems enticing.

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