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  • You Gotta Do When the Spirit Says Do

    Whether you need to make a gift for someone, or just keep your hands busy so you don't eat all the Christmas cookies at one time, the library has plenty of books and videos that tell you how to stay busy making things. My particular fascination at the moment is knitting, so here is a smattering of the kinds of things the library has about knitting
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 12-15-2012
  • Curiosity's big day: the Mars landing

    There's always been something special about Mars, and the way it has captured our imagination. This weekend marks the opportunity to learn more about the planet that we have so long imagined. Last November the new Mars rover, Curiosity, was encased in a space capsule launched toward Mars via Atlas rocket. I've been vaguely following it in the
    Posted to Research Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 08-03-2012
  • If you could live your life over again

    Ever wanted a second chance? Ken Grimwood's novel "Replay" is story of the ultimate second chance. Jeff Winston, the main character, leads a "successful" but not very happy life, until at age 43, he has a heart attack and dies at his desk. The next thing he knows, he's waking up in his college dorm room, at the age of 18
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 04-24-2012
  • April showers bring.. ...rain delays - this season's baseball books

    Baseball season is here, and with it, a whole new lineup of baseball books. I just finished reading Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift by Harvey Araton, and it is a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Yankees' spring training. For years, former pitching ace Ron Guidry has been the designated chauffeur and companion
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 04-12-2012
  • He Says, She Says -- Getting Both Sides of the Story

    It's intriguing to hear both sides of a story - especially if you aren't personally involved, or stuck in the middle. I like books which cover the same events from two or more perspectives. There are a lot of books coming out now which show multiple viewpoints, and the ones I've found have been enjoyable: Notes from the blender / Trish Cook
    Posted to Teens Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 03-31-2012
  • Finding a Good Book

    How do you hear about new books to read? Friends' suggestions? YouTube book trailers ? Recommendations from Amazon? Best seller lists? Just browsing at the bookstore? Authors' blogs? [Here's a link to one of my favorite author blogs.] Asking your librarian? NoveList Plus from the EVPL databases and catalog? I found a new place the other
    Posted to Teens Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 03-11-2012
  • What Stories are For

    "Forty-three years old, and the war occurred half a lifetime ago, and yet the remembering makes it now. And sometimes remembering will lead to a story, which makes it forever. That's what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can't remember how you got from
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 03-06-2012
  • Are you App Happy?

    EVPL is presenting two programs on Apps for your Apple and Android products. Apps Galore! is this coming Monday, March 5 th , at North Park Branch, 6:30 pm. Amazing Apps will be Thursday, April 19 th , 6:30 pm at Red Bank Branch. Come join us to learn more about cool stuff for your smartphone or tablet! Share your favorite app! In the meantime, take
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 03-02-2012
  • College Admissions, round 2

    My second child is now a high school junior, and we are once again getting overwhelmed by mail from colleges, the alphabet soup of tests - PSAT/ACT/ SAT/CLEP, and sometimes even the kindly questions about where she will go to school from every adult she meets. If you, too, need help finding your way through this process, I highly recommend the College
    Posted to Research Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 10-11-2011
  • Visiting Another World - Welcome to Westeros

    Lately, my reading time has been spent in Westeros , a world created by George R. R. Martin for his series, A Song of Ice and Fire . My son is a longtime Martin fan, and many library customers are as well: all are anxiously awaiting Book 5 in the set. Meanwhile, HBO is producing a TV series based on Martin's works. Called A Game of Thrones (also
    Posted to Books Blog (Weblog) by kiya@evpl on 02-21-2011
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