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    by Kay S | Aug 04, 2017
    Yes, it's once again time for a selected few upcoming release for the months of August 15 to September 14, 2017. I've been hearing some good things about these picks. As always, these dates are the publishing dates not the date they will be at a library near you. But they're coming!!!

    Historical Romance
    Rosanne Bittner Rosanne Bittner
    http://www.rosannebittner.com
    The Last Outlaw
    Outlaw Hearts series
    September 5
    Tessa Dare Tessa Dare
    http://tessadare.com
    The Duchess Deal
    Girl Meets Duke series
    August 22
    Anna Harrington Anna Harrington
    http://www.annaharringtonbooks.com/
    When the Scoundrel Sins
    Capturing the Carlisles series
    August 29
    Sarah Hegger Sarah Hegger
    http://sarahhegger.com
    Releasing Henry
    Sir Arthur’s Legacy series
    August 29
    Nicole Jordan Nicole Jordan
    http://www.nicolejordanauthor.com/
    My Fair Lover
    Legendary Lovers series
    August 26

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/Women's Fiction

    Tessa Bailey Tessa Bailey
    http://www.tessabailey.com
    Disorderly Conduct
    The Academy series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29
    Stacey Ballis Stacey Ballis
    http://www.staceyballis.com
    How to Change a Life
    Mainstream
    August 15
    Renee Carlino Renee Carlino
    http://www.reneecarlino.com/
    Wish You Were Here
    Contemporary Romance
    August 15
    Sarah Faber Sarah Faber
    https://twitter.com/sarahjadefaber?lang=en
    All Is Beauty Now
    Mainstream
    August 15
    Cody Gray Codi Gary
    http://codigarysbooks.com/
    Don’t Call Me Sweetheart
    Something Borrowed series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 15
    Melissa Hill Melissa Hill
    http://www.melissahill.ie
    Keep You Safe
    Mainstream Fiction
    August 22

    Julia Ann Long Julie Anne Long
    http://www.julieannelong.com/index.shtml
    Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap
    Hellcat Canyon series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29
    Susan Mallery Susan Mallery
    http://www.susanmallery.com/
    You Say It First
    Happily Inc
    Contemporary Romance
    August 22
    Kate Meader Kate Meader
    http://katemeader.com
    Irresistible You
    The Chicago Rebels Series
    September 14
    Brenda Novak Brenda Novak
    http://www.brendanovak.com
    Until You Loved Me
    Silver Springs series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29
    Meredith Wild Meredith Wild
    http://www.meredithwild.com/
    Chelle Bliss
    http://www.chellebliss.com
    Misadventures of a City Girl
    Misadventure’s series
    Contemporary Romance
    September 12
    Maisie Yates Maisey Yates
    http://www.maiseyyates.com
    Wild Ride Cowboy
    Copper Ridge series
    Contemporary Romance
    August 29

    Mystery/Thriller/Romantic Suspense/Suspense

    Allison Brennan Allison Brennan
    http://www.allisonbrennan.com/
    Shattered
    Max Revere series
    Suspense
    August 22
    May Bridges May Bridges
    https://maybbooks.com/
    Binding Hope
    Saved by Sin series
    Romantic Suspense
    September 5
    Christina Dodd Christina Dodd
    http://www.christinadodd.com
    The Woman Who Couldn’t Scream
    Virtue Falls series
    Romantic Suspense
    September 5
    Sue Grafton Sue Grafton
    http://www.suegrafton.com/
    Y is for Yesterday
    Kinsey Millhone series
    Mystery
    August 22
    Sadie Hartwell Sadie Hartwell
    https://sadiehartwell.com/
    A Knit before Dying
    A Tangled Web Mystery series
    Mystery
    August 29
    Rosalind Noonan Rosalind Noonan
    https://www.facebook.com/RosalindNoonanAuthor/
    Pretty, Nasty, Lovely
    Suspense
    August 29

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    GA Aiken G.A. Aiken
    http://www.gaaiken.com/
    Bring the Heat
    Dragon Kin series
    Paranormal Romance
    August 29
    C. Robert Cargill C. Robert Cargill
    http://www.crobertcargill.com/blog/
    Sea of Rust
    Science Fiction
    Sept 5
    Christina Feehan Christine Feehan
    http://www.christinefeehan.com
    Dark Legacy
    A Carpathian Novel series
    Paranormal Romance
    September 5
    Jeffrey Ford Jeffrey Ford
    http://www.well-builtcity.com
    The Twilight Pariah
    Fantasy
    September 12
    NK Jemisin N.K. Jemisin
    http://nkjemisin.com
    The Stone Sky
    The Broken Earth series
    Fantasy
    August 15
    Seanan McGuire Seanan McGuire
    http://www.seananmcguire.com
    The Brightest Fell
    October Daye series
    Urban Fantasy
    September 5
    Diana Rowland Diana Rowland
    http://www.dianarowland.com
    White Trash Zombie Unchained
    White Trash Zombie series
    Urban Fantasy
    September 5

    Young Adults/Teens

    McCall Hoyle McCall Hoyle
    http://mccallhoyle.com
    The Thing with Feathers
    September 5
    Jessica kapp Jessica Kapp
    http://www.jessicakapp.com
    Body Parts
    August 15
    Maggie Martin Maggie Ann Martin, debut
    http://maggieannmartin.com
    The Big F
    August 29
    Katharine McGee Katharine McGee
    http://katharinemcgee.com/
    The Dazzling Heights
    The Thousandth Floor series
    August 29
    Oakes Stephanie Oakes
    http://www.stephanieoakesbooks.com
    The Arsonist
    August 22
    Daniel Older Daniel Jose Older
    http://www.danieljoseolder.net
    Shadowhouse Fall
    Shadowshaper Cypers series
    September 12

    Erotica

    Calista Fox Calista Fox
    http://www.calistafox.com
    The Billionaires: The Bosses
    Lovers Triangle series
    September 5

    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream

    Kathleen Fuller Kathleen Fuller
    http://www.kathleenfuller.com
    The Promise of a Letter
    Birch Creek series
    August 15
    Kendig
    Ronie Kendig
    http://www.roniekendig.com
    Crown of Souls
    The Tox Files series
    September 5
    Jane Kirkpatrick
    Jane Kirkpatrick
    http://www.jkbooks.com
    All She Left Behind
    September 5
    Michelle Phoenix Michele Phoenix
    http://michelephoenix.com/
    The Space Between Words
    September 5
    Cindy Woodsmall Cindy Woodsmall
    http://www.cindywoodsmall.com
    Gathering the Threads
    The Amish of Summer Grove series
    August 1



    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Ask a Librarian | Aug 02, 2017
    Wow!  We've received a lot of feedback regarding the post, Why I Love Flipster, and we're thrilled.  Whether you commented, emailed, or called -- thank you!!! It's good to know that we've alerted you to a resource you were previously unaware of.  And it's good for us to be alerted to questions that crop up as you access that resource.

    While we've added some updates to the original post (check the comments too), here's a screenshot guide to questions asked so far -- sometimes it's easier to actually see what we're trying to describe.

    It's asking for my Username and Password???
    When you set up the Flipster app, you may be asked for Username and Password.  Click on Login Options to choose the Patron ID Login option (under Login button) and then enter your 14-digit library card number, beginning with 21833, as your Patron ID.  ***Licensing agreements allow us to provide Online Resources privileges to Allen County, Indiana residents only.***   

     

    flipster login

    How do I access older issues?
    Clicking on cover of magazine, for most of our subscriptions, should present you with a screen like this, allowing you to see previous issues that are also available for checkout via Flipster.

    Flipster covers

    Why is my page yellow??
    When a page first loads, you may notice a lot of yellow.  This indicates hyperlinks to pages within the magazine and/or to websites mentioned.  Give it a minute and the yellow goes away, though the hyperlinks are still there.

    Flipster yellow screen

    How do I access the Table of Contents?
    Clicking on the menu icon (upper right) when in the reading view will allow you to access the table of contents for that magazine and jump ahead to a particular article.

    Flipster Table of Contents

    How do I know how much time I have left?
    Click on My Shelf to see downloaded magazines and time left.  Click on the cover to open and read a downloaded issue, whether connected to the internet or not.  Downloads should just take a few minutes to complete.

    You can also remove/trash unwanted issues using the trash can symbol.  If you have read some of the magazine, the percentage will show.  The magazine will open to where you left off reading.  Click on Explore to head back to the main menu for Flipster to select more magazines to download. 

    Flipster My Shelf

    From the Desk of Ask a Librarian (ask@acpl.info)
    by Evan | Jul 31, 2017
    Public domain image by Eric Adamshick via flickr

    Some people, including the author's wife, buy wooden animals, crops and people to enhance verisimilitude in their Agricola board game experience
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    When you were a kid playing Candyland, you salivated over the illustrations of candies and pastries and imagined you could eat them all forever. You didn't, however, actually do much of anything in the game. You drew a card and moved your pawn to the next space of the right color. Then your sister did then same thing. No choices. No decisions. 

    It kind of reflected your life. Go where your parents said to go. Do what the teacher said to do. You might get to watch TV, which meant you weren't really doing anything except salivating over advertised toys your parents wouldn't let you have.

    Now you are an adult, an independent agent, making life decisions by the hour. You are competing for money and esteem. Maybe you're even one of those uber adults who tell other people what to do. Or you wish you were. Either way, you are ready for real board games.

    One of the most popular ideas in the 21st century board game hobby has been "worker placement" games. "Workers" can be imagined as stand ins for employees, resources or time -- all those things we have only so much of in real life and have to decide how best to use.

    Variations abound, but the basic idea is that you have a few "meeples" you can place on the board and a lot of places where you might place them. Some games let you make most decisions on your own board without bumping elbows with the other players too much, but other games force you do decide which action you really need right now because you know your opponents will choose the other ones before you get another chance. 

    A good early example -- with a literary heritage -- is The Pillars of the Earth, designed by Michael Rienick and Stefan Stadler and based on the hit novel by Ken Follett. We play to build a cathedral, and if you use one of your workers to take the stone this turn, then I'll take the wood -- or maybe I'll take the card that will reward me for my wood more than you will get for your stone. 

    I said in a recent post that sexual activity doesn't show up much in these modern "adult" games, but there's a bit of an exception in a popular one called Stone Age by Bernd Brunhoffer. If you put two of your workers in the hut together, by the end of that turn -- voila! -- you have a new worker. If you have rabbit ancestry, by the end of the game you can have twice as many workers as you had when you started.  

    Those two games are relatively simple, but in some games the worker placement decisions are agonizing. The toughest one I know is Uwe Rosenberg's true classic, Agricola. You have to think long and hard about which cards to use and which placements to make, or else your little pre-industrial German farm will fail while your opponents are flourishing. And if your family members can't eat, well, that pretty much defines losing the real game of life, doesn't it?

    My favorite worker games include Le Havre, where players race to evolve from simple French fishing folk to industrial ship builders; Dominant Species, where my arachnids compete for survival with your amphibians before the glaciers overwhelm us all, and; Tzolk'in, where you must plan many turns in advance where to place your Aztec workers on the ever-revolving wheels of time. 

    Decisions, decisions. I'm actually a mediocre-to-bad player at all these games, but I always have fun. 

    Did I leave any of your favorites off the list?


    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Becky C | Jul 24, 2017
    The Uncommon Appeal of CloudsIn August, the Chapter Two Book Club will discuss the The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith.

    "Edinburgh philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie finds herself tested as a parent, philosopher, sleuth, and friend in the ninth book of her mystery series. When a wealthy art collector seeks her help when a valuable painting is stolen from him, she discovers that the thieves are closer to the owner than he would have expected. At the same time, Isabel must decide what to do with her son when she discovers he's a budding mathematical genius."  Publisher Summary.


    *Chapter Two Book Club:  The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *August 17, 2017
    *10:00 am
    *No registration
    *Free


    Mark your calendars for October 12, 2017!!!  Philip Gulley will visit the Main Library on Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm to present the topic Storytelling, followed by a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author.

    Hope to see you at both events!


    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Craig B | Jul 22, 2017

    cover for Michael Shaara's novel, The Killer AngelsBook Review: Michael Shaara's winner of the 1975 Pulitzer Prize, The Killer Angels

    Imagine my delight … at opening The Killer Angels, and finding a fast-paced narrative full of concrete, measurable historic events and famous military decisions that lives at about half the page count of its 15-Minute Pulitzer Predecessor, Gravity’s Rainbow.

    Imagine my delight at realizing that Michael Shaara, who’s book I quite enjoyed, taught for a while at Florida State University, my alma mater.

    Imagine my delight at realizing that I might actually be connected to some sort of artistic spirit when I realized that Michael Shaara’s son is the writer of Gods and Generals, a book I had begun, as I worked my way through The Killer Angels, feeling inspired to read (or at least watch on the big screen).

    Imagine my despair at the unfolding of this battle of Gettysburg as that battlefield was brought to life on the page and I realized in a whole new way the tragedy of the American Civil War.  Brother against brother, old friend against old friend, but perhaps most disturbing, men who are on the same side hating each other more than more obvious enemies.  The posturing and maneuvering against one another becomes so astounding the reader may find themselves shouting at the characters, “You know the men across the Emmitsburg Road want to see you dead, right?!” 

    And this despair can’t be completely attributed to Gettysburg.  It also comes from the fact that I see similar forces at work in my own life.  Have I grown so frustrated with my neighbor that I secretly hope for the compromising of all his plans, even the best ones?  Why are not all of us more united by a common enemy and why does there have to be a common enemy for us to be united?  We’re all in this together, right?  We’re all people with “inalienable rights,” correct?  Even adversaries can respect the spark of life within the other’s breast, yes?  Not always, I guess.  It’s just easier to hate than it is to empathize. 

    But perhaps we can take hope.  As Shakespeare says (the Bard who indirectly gave Shaara’s book its name), What’s past is Prologue,” and maybe, just maybe, we can learn something from the past.  Maybe the past can really be the antecedent to something better, something informed by the facts of history and enlivened by powerful narratives like The Killer Angels and yes, even Gravity’s Rainbow.  (I mean, my reading and quite potential re-reading of Pynchon’s novel has to count for something, right?)  At the very least we’ve got to dream.

    by Kay S | Jul 21, 2017
    Yes, as Groucho Marx may or may not have said, time is flying by. Half the year is gone and soon we will be dragging out our shovels - maybe. But before that cold front moves down from Canada, here are some releases which will be coming out between July 15 and August 14, 2017. And, remember these are the publishing dates not the dates they will be on library shelves.

    Historical Romance
    h_broday Linda Broday
    https://lindabroday.com/
    Knight on the Texas Plains
    Texas Heroes series
    August 1
    grace Burrowes Grace Burrowes
    http://www.graceburrowes.com/
    Too Scot to Handle
    Windham Brides series
    July 25

    Historical Fiction

    dUKES Kristopher Dukes
    http://www.kristopherdukes.com/
    The Sworn Virgin
    August 8
    Rose M.J. Rose
    https://www.mjrose.com/content/
    The Library of Light and Shadow
    Daughters of La Lune series
    July 18

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream/Women's Fiction

    hEACOCK Summer Heacock
    http://www.fizzygrrl.com/
    The Awkward Path to Getting Lucky
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25
    Lorelei James Lorelei James
    http://www.loreleijames.com/
    When I Need You
    Need You series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25

    Julie London Julia London
    http://www.julialondon.com/
    Suddenly Engaged
    Lake Haven series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 25
    Sarah Skilton Sarah Skilton
    http://www.sarahskilton.com
    Club Deception
    Mainstream Fiction
    July 25

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    Liliana Hart Liliana Hart
    http://www.lilianahart.com
    Say No More
    Gravediggers series
    Romantic Suspense
    July 25
    Iris Johansen Iris Johansen
    http://www.irisjohansen.com/
    Roy Johansen
    http://www.royjohansen.com/
    Look Behind You
    Kendra Michaels series
    Mystery
    July 18
    Ronald Malfi Ronald Malfi
    http://www.ronmalfi.com/
    Bone White
    Thriller
    July 25
    Susan MacNeal Susan Elia MacNeal
    http://www.susaneliamacneal.com
    The Paris Spy
    Maggie Hope series
    Mystery
    August 5
    Margaret Mitzushima Margaret Mitzushima
    http://www.margaretmizushima.com
    Hunting Hour
    Mattie Cobb/Timber Creek series
    Mystery
    August 8
    Michael OBrien Kevin O’Brien
    http://kevinobrienbooks.com
    Hide Your Fear
    Suspense
    July 25
    Elizabeth Peters Elizabeth Peters
    http://www.ameliapeabody.com/elizabethpeters.htm
    Joan Hess
    http://www.maggody.com
    The Painted Queen
    Amelia Peabody series
    Mystery
    July 25
    Layla Reyne Layla Reyne
    http://www.laylareyne.com
    Barrel Proof
    Agents Irish and Whiskey series
    Romantic Suspense
    August 7
    Marcus Sakey Marcus Sakey
    http://www.marcussakey.com/
    Afterlife
    Brilliance series
    Mystery
    July 18
    pf tracy PJ. Tracy
    http://pjtracy.com/
    Nothing Stays Buried
    Monkeewrench series
    Mystery
    August 1

    Paranormal Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy

    Rachel Aaron Rachel Aaron
    http://www.rachelaaron.net/
    A Dragon of a Different Color
    Science Fiction
    July 28
    Ilona Andrews Ilona Andrews
    http://ilona-andrews.com/
    Wildfired
    Hidden Legacy series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 25
    Molly Harper Molly Harper
    http://www.mollyharper.com/
    Accidental Sire
    Half-Moon Hollow series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 24
    Thea Harrison Thea Harrison
    http://www.theaharrison.com/
    Spellbender
    Moonshadow series
    Paranormal Romance
    July 18
    David Levine David D. Levine
    http://www.daviddlevine.com/
    Arabella and the Battle of Venus
    Adventures of Arabella Ashby series
    Science Fiction
    July 18
    Leena Likitalo Leena Likitalo
    http://leenalikitalo.tumblr.com/
    The Five Daughters of the Moon
    Waning Moon series
    Fantasy
    July 25
    marina Lostetter Marina J. Lostetter
    http://www.lostetter.net
    Noumenon, debut
    Science Fiction
    August 1

    Young Adult/Teen

    Colleen Houck Colleen Houck
    http://colleenhouck.com
    Reunited
    Reawakenned series
    August 8
    Emily Jones Emily Lloyd-Jones
    http://www.emilylloydjones.com/
    The Hearts We Sold
    August 8
    Sirowy Alexandra Sirowy
    http://www.alexandrasirowy.com
    First We Were IV
    July 25
    Mary Taranta Mary Taranta
    http://marytaranta.com
    Shimmer and Burn
    August 8
    Kara Thomas Kara Thomas
    https://karathomasbooks.wordpress.com/
    Little Monsters
    July 25
    Martin Wilson Martin Wilson
    http://martinwilsonwrites.com/
    We Now Return to Regular Live
    August 1

    Erotica

    Sierra Cartwright Sierra Cartwright
    http://www.sierracartwright.com/
    Boss
    The Donovan Dynasty
    August 1
    Jodi Malpas Jodi Ellen Malpas
    http://www.jodiellenmalpas.co.uk/
    The Forbidden
    August 8
    Inspirational Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    Brittain D.A. Brittain
    https://www.dabrittain.com/
    Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone, debut
    July 30
    Heidi Chiavaroli Heidi Chiavaroli
    http://www.heidichiavaroli.com/
    Freedom’s Ring
    August 8
    Pam Hillman Pam Hillman
    http://www.pamhillman.com
    The Promise of Breeze Hill
    August 3
    Thomas Locke Thomas Locke
    http://tlocke.com/
    Fault Lines
    Fault Lines series
    August 1
    Carrie Parks Carrie Stuart Parks
    http://www.carriestuartparks.com/index.html
    Portrait of Vengeance
    August 8



    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Ask a Librarian | Jul 19, 2017

    I’m convinced that a lot of our iPad, Android tablet, and Kindle Fire library users have no idea that the library has popular magazines that you can download for free.  You can also view these 57 magazines on any computer too!  Just go to Explore on the ACPL homepage and scroll down to click on Flipster.  If you're not on a library computer, you'll be prompted to enter your 14-digit ACPL card number for access.

    Click on a magazine cover to begin reading.  Within that issue, you can then click on All Issues to view any available back issues for that magazine.  A few magazines have limits on how many people can access a title at once, but most of the time titles are immediately available.

    I can’t tell you how much I love this service!  I almost bought an iPad just to use Flipster, but then they finally offered an app for the Kindle Fire, which I already own.  Flipster also offers the app for Android devices and iPhones, though I would think an iPhone screen would be too small, at least for the types of magazines I read.  The iPad is the sleekest -- lucky you, if you own one! 

    For most devices (except for the Kindle Fire), you can find the Flipster app in the App Store/Play Store.  Install and Open.  Find Allen County Public Library, select Patron ID login, and enter your library card number.  You're in!

     ​flipsterlogin


    Flipster

    It is a little clunkier to get the Flipster app installed on a Kindle Fire.  Here's how: 

    1. From the home screen of your Kindle Fire, go to Settings.
    2. Select Applications > Apps from Unknown Sources (allow installation of applications that are not from Appstore) and select ON. Or find this under Security options.
    3. From your Kindle Fire, download the APK (app installer) by tapping this link (i.e. open up the Silk Browser and head to this blog post and then tap this link; or, email this to yourself and then check your email on your Kindle Fire to click on the link.) You can also find this information under Help on our Flipster website:
    4. Once the download is complete, tap on the file and select Install.

    I subscribe to several print magazines, but Flipster lets me look at ones that I don’t love enough to spend money on (or that are not available in the US – hello Woman & Home).  It also lets me browse magazines that only interest me now and again (Money, People, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, Conde Nast Traveler).  I never seem to have enough time or hold spots to get physical magazines from the library, though we offer a ton more titles in print than via Flipster. Each year, we add and drop some titles as publishers change their Flipster offerings. 

    It’s nice to preload some magazines to read before a vacation, a long weekend, or a trip to the doctor’s office.  (I always feel a little queasy flipping through waiting room magazines at the doctor’s.)  I hope you will make time for a little light reading with Flipster and see if you love it as much as I do!

    From the Desk of Ask a Librarian (ask@acpl.info)
    by Sara Gabbard, Executive Director of the Friends of the Lincoln Collection | Jul 14, 2017

    Ian RollandIan Rolland, the long-time local business leader who died July 1, had a long-standing respect for Abraham Lincoln.  He spent a lifetime preserving the legacy of our 16th President.

    As Lincoln National's CEO, Ian was responsible for moving the world-famous Lincoln Financial Collection out of the "basement" of the corporate headquarters, to a new location in what is now Citizens' Square in Fort Wayne.  The new Lincoln Museum opened to the public in 1995.  When that location was closed in 2008, a nationwide search was conducted to find a location for the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection of historical documents. 

    Under Ian's leadership, the State of Indiana submitted the winning proposal (competing against such national sites as the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, Gettysburg, and Springfield, Illinois), and the $20 million collection was donated to the State of Indiana. The three-dimensional artifacts were to be preserved at the Indiana State Museum and the two-dimensional items (newspapers, documents, 18,000 books, etc.) at the Allen County Public Library.  A significant factor in the selection of the State of Indiana was the promise to digitize the Collection at ACPL, an undertaking which is still in progress.

    The initial success having been achieved, Ian then chaired a statewide capital campaign which raised $9.5 million to provide immediate "moving expenses," capital for the first four years of operation, and then an endowment which would provide long-term financial stability for the preservation of this significant collection.

    Ian then served as vice president of Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana, the collection's support group, until his death on July 1, 2017.

    Abraham Lincoln's words in his Message to Congress on December 1, 1862, clearly apply to Ian MacKenzie Rolland: "Honorable alike in what we give and in what we preserve."



    by Kay S | Jul 12, 2017
    Spoilers ahead.

     The Most Dangerous Duke in London begins Madeline Madeline HunterHunter's Decadent Dukes Society series. Don't let the title fool you into believing this is a light and fluffy story, because it's not. This is a story about revenge, not my favorite plotline. The character bent on revenge in this book is our hero Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton. By the way, he has two duke friends - Gabriel St. James, Duke of Langford; and Eric Marshall, Duke of Brentworth. They are in this book because we need to have a few buddy talks scattered throughout. Anyway, Adam is bent on revenge against someone in the Cheswick family. He hasn't quite put all the pieces together, but he believes one of the Cheswicks is responsible for his father's death. When the story begins he is on the way to the Cheswick's home. Much to his surprise he has been summoned by the Dowager Countess of Morwood. The dowager is a Cheswick; and let me tell you I had some problem keeping all the titles and surnames straight. Oh, for the days of just plain Smith.

    The dowager wants to put aside the ol' family feud between Adam's family and the Cheswick family. It could be that Adam's reputation as a duelist has preceded him and she wants to protect her grandson Theo. Or it could be something else.  When Adam arrives, he finds that she is going to settle the feud by offering up her youngest granddaughter as the sacrifice. She figures he wouldn't shoot his brother-in-law.

    Well, Adam's no dummy, he holds his cards close to his vest/chest; he's on to her game. And, he's not all that excited about it, but remember he's looking to exact some kind of revenge and this young girl might be the answer. But wait! Who is that magnificent creature on that horse? He can tell from a distance that she's got spirit! He must have her! What! She's the old lady's other granddaughter! Revenge! Revenge! You know I never quite understand how marrying someone is revenge, especially if there is some kind of attraction. Now, he could throw her in a dungeon, but that would only hurt her, not the rest of the family. But hey, this is Romanceland and I don't have to understand revenge plots.

    Anyway, up on the hill in the distance is the exciting Lady Clara Cheswick. And, she can see the handsome man staring at her. Being a strong woman who takes no guff from anyone, she sticks her nose in the air and rides off. This only makes Adam more intrigued and he gives chase. And, the story begins.

    This story was hard for me to review. I like Madeline Hunter. I like her writing. I can depend on her stories to be filled with characters who have more of a mature voice. There are some interesting back stories which weave their way slowly throughout the entire tale. And, there is just a little bit of a twist to the end of the tale.

    Ms. Hunter ties up all the loose ends and it was enjoyable traveling down the path to get there. The interesting thing for me about the book was that in the beginning I didn't really care about the mystery of Adam's father's death, but the closer to the end of the book I read, the more engrossed I became with the secret. On the other hand, the romance between Adam and Clara had the opposite effect on me. I started out enjoying their romance, but the closer I got to the ending, the less I cared. The reason I found the romance less than thrilling was mainly due to Adam.

    I liked Clara a lot. She was a strong, independent woman. Yes, yes - I know there are a lot of "independent" women in romance books, but often those women are portrayed as being so strong-willed they become a caricature of what strong women really are. Yes, Clara is a secret publisher, and she supports other women in their efforts - but at no time in the book did I feel as if I was being hammered over the head by her strong convictions. Everything about Clara - her stubbornness, her strength, her intelligence - was mature. There was a completeness about her. She could see through almost everything that Adam was up to and she would confront him. He changed in the book because she asked him to, not because she forced him. That part of the romance was lovely.

    The problem with Adam. I could not connect to Adam, and not because of the revenge thingy. He was like a pod-person. There was just nothing there. All I saw was a handsome facade which was supposed to be sexy, similar to a cologne advertisement - looks good, but there is nothing behind the eyes. I was never able to see any vitality. There just wasn't any charisma. He was boring, and he shouldn't have been. For me, Adam was just too cold. I couldn't work up any sympathy for him when it came to his father. While there was tons of hippedy-hopping-bedroom-floor-chair-wall sexcapades, they were all rather tedious. And there was even a pool table scene! Nothing better than a hot pool-table. Could have been a spark - but nooooooo, he had to run upstairs with her - ruined the mood. On top of that I had an ewwwwww moment.

    My ewwwwww moment. Why did you include this in your book, Ms. Hunter?  Let's just say that there's too much description of the evidence of a particular night's activities -- with commentary from Clara's grandmother AND brother.  EWWWWWW!!!

    Overall there was much to like about this book, Clara for one, the mystery for another. But I found the hero to be cold and problematic and the ewwww moment jerked me out of the story. It was an okay book, but not one of Ms. Hunter's best.

    Time/Place: 1822 England
    Sensuality level: Warm/Hot (depending on your definition of sensuality)



    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Evan | Jul 10, 2017
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    The only way in which I've ever been anything like a trend-setter is in playing board games for grown-ups before they started to catch on. It's still a niche hobby, but news reports have been coming out for a few years now with themes along the lines of, "Wow, there are a bunch of modern board games you can play that are a lot better than Monopoly!"

    Here's a recent article from Detroit about people who teach people to play them at bars. Here's one about a game store in North Carolina where people gather to play. (There are at least two such stores in Fort Wayne.) 

    And the library has a new book -- It's All a Game by Tristan Donovan -- that tells the story of board games from the time before written records to their 21st century renaissance. 

    Part of the story today is that board games are thriving even though electronic games are a much bigger market. Another part is that there are crossovers, with good board games turned into good apps (Carcassone) and good computer games turned into good board games (Sid Meier's Civilization). 

    I'm using the term "grown-ups" because the phrase "adult games" implies risque themes. Those show up a little bit in new games, but mostly in party games such as Cards Against Humanity, or in some of the artwork tied to role playing games.

    By contrast, the modern board game hobby owes its momentum to European game designers who want to make challenging games for the whole family -- or at least those members who have "grown up" enough to play them. The Settlers of Catan gets credit as the breakthrough game that revolutionized the hobby in the 1990s, but, in my opinion, many better games are available today.

    We American males of a certain age got into the hobby decades ago mostly through war games, although there have long been a few good American games, such as the business game Acquire, that also appealed to women. When I went to game conventions in the 1970s, I doubt even 10 percent of attendees were women; now I'd say it's more than 30 percent. 

    In the months ahead, I hope to write blog posts about some of the best modern games, but, for now, if you like to browse, I encourage you to visit Board Game Geek. It has articles on just about any board game you can name -- and thousands more that you can't. Have fun. 


    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Kay S | Jul 07, 2017
    Yes, once again the publishing world is releasing some books just for our edification. Here are a few books which are coming to a store or library near you between June 15 and July 14, 2017. I've been hearing good things about this selection. Remember these dates are release dates not the dates they will appear on your library shelves.


    Historical Romance
    Sabrina Jeffries Sabrina Jeffries
    http://www.sabrinajeffries.com
    The Pleasures of Passion
    Sinful Suitors series
    June 20
    Sarah Maclean Sarah MacLean
    http://www.sarahmaclean.net
    The Day of the Duchess
    Scandal and Scoundrel series
    June 27
    amy sandas Amy Sandas
    http://www.amysandas.com/
    Lord of Lies
    Fallen Ladies series
    July 4

    Contemporary Romance/Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction

    debbie burns Debbie Burns
    http://www.authordebbieburns.com/
    A New Leash on Love
    Rescue Me series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 4
    marie harte Marie Harte
    http://marieharte.com/
    Just the Thing
    Donnigans series
    Contemporary Romance
    July 4
    beverley jenkins Beverly Jenkins
    http://www.beverlyjenkins.net
    Chasing Down a Dream
    Blessings series
    Mainstream
    July 4
    matthew quick Matthew Quick
    http://www.matthewquickwriter.com
    The Reason You're Alive
    Mainstream
    July 4
    ks tucker K.A. Tucker
    http://www.katuckerbooks.com
    Until It Fades
    Contemporary Romance
    June 27
    melissa young Melissa Scholes Young
    http://www.melissascholesyoung.com/index.html
    Flood
    Mainstream
    June 26

    Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Romantic Suspense

    sarah castile Sarah Castille
    http://sarahcastille.com/
    Luca
    Ruin and Revenge series
    Romantic Suspense
    June 27
    peg cochran Peg Cochran
    http://www.pegcochran.com/
    Sowed to Death
    Farmer's Daughter Mystery series
    Mystery
    July 4
    john connelly John Connolly
    http://www.johnconnollybooks.com/
    A Game of Ghosts
    Charlie Parker series
    Thriller
    July 4
    julie garwood Julie Garwood
    http://www.juliegarwood.com
    Wired
    Buchanan-Renard series
    Romantic Suspense
    July 4
    lillian hart Liliana Hart
    http://www.lilianahart.com
    Gone to Dust
    Gravediggers series
    Romantic Suspense
    June 20

    Paranormal Romance/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Urban Fantasy

    callie bates Callie Bates
    http://calliebates.com
    The Waking Land
    Debut
    Fantasy
    June 27
    r belcher R.S Belcher
    http://rsbelcher.net/
    The Queen of Swords
    Golgotha series
    Fantasy
    June 27
    sallie durst Sarah Beth Durst
    http://www.sarahbethdurst.com
    The Reluctant Queen
    The Queens of Renthia series
    Fantasy
    July 4
    kevin hearne Kevin Hearne
    http://www.kevinhearne.com
    Besieged
    Iron Druid Chronicles series
    Urban Fantasy
    July 11
    christine henry Christina Henry
    http://www.christinahenry.net/
    Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook
    Fantasy
    July 4
    ian irvine Ian Irvine
    http://www.ian-irvine.com/
    The Fatal Gate
    Gates of Good and Evil series
    Fantasy
    June 27
    nancy kress Nancy Kress
    http://www.sff.net/people/nankress/
    Tomorrow’s Kin
    Yesterday's Kin series
    Science Fiction
    July 11
    sarah kuhn Sarah Kuhn
    http://www.heroinecomplex.com
    Heroine Worship
    Heroine Complex series
    Urban Fantasy
    July 4
    tad williams Tad Williams
    http://www.tadwilliams.com/
    The Witchwood Crown
    Last King of Osten Ard series
    Fantasy
    June 27
    rebecca zanetti Rebecca Zanetti
    http://rebeccazanetti.com/
    Wicked Kiss
    Paranormal Romnace
    July 4

    Young Adults/Teens

    miranda kenneally Miranda Kenneally
    http://mirandakenneally.com/
    Coming up for Air
    Hundred Oaks series
    July 4
    mackenzi lee Mackenzi Lee
    http://www.mackenzilee.com/
    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
    June 27
    emily murphy Emily Bain Murphy
    http://www.emilybainmurphy.com/about/
    The Disappearances
    Debut
    July 4

    Erotica

    shelly bell Shelly Bell
    http://www.shellybellbooks.com
    At His Mercy
    Forbidden Lovers series
    June 20
    Inspiration Romance/Mainstream Fiction
    rachel hauck Rachel Hauck
    http://www.rachelhauck.com/
    The Writing Desk
    July 10
    carrie pagels Carrie Fancett Pagels
    http://www.CarrieFancettPagels.com
    My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring
    My Heart Belongs series
    July 1
    amber perry Amber Lynn Perry
    https://amberlynnperry.com/
    So Pure a Heart
    Daughters of His Kingdom series
    June 20
    roseanne white Roseanna M. White
    http://roseannamwhite.blogspot.com/
    A Name Unknown
    Shadows Over England series
    July 4



    kayKay is an avid reader of historical romance books, maybe with a little trip into paranormal land and an occasional journey into mystery world.
    by Craig B | Jul 05, 2017

    album cover of After Laughter by ParamoreI should probably check out Paramore’s back catalog because I was under the impression that they were a rock band and that I was likely to enjoy their newest album, After Laughter.  Well … I do have to give the band credit for writing some catchy lyrics like “shot a hole in the sun,” “a dream is good if you don’t wear it out,” and my favorite, “low-key, no pressure, just hang with me and my weather.”  I also was really beginning to enjoy that one song, “Fake Happy” (maybe mostly because it opens with an instrument that impressed itself upon me as actually being a guitar) until my wife pointed out, “If I find myself with enough energy to laugh and smile and be fake-happy (like the song says), maybe I’m actually just happy,” a comment I then found I enjoyed much more than the song.  So it goes.

    Suggested Use: Building your first robot?  The strong synth elements of this album are certain to make for a good inspirational soundtrack to your efforts.  Also, the Emo roots of this band could go a long way to helping you design feelings for your robot’s AI which we humans need it to have so that it can be relied upon to not try and take over the world.  Unlike Watson.  That dude is clearly a stone-cold world dominator.  All for our own good, of course.  All for our own good.

    by Trish | Jul 03, 2017

    Did you know the Main Library has a book club for adults?  It is called Chapter Two and it meets the third Thursday of every month, except December.  In July, the club will be discussing the novel A Lesson in Hope from the Hope series by bestselling author Philip Gulley

    A Lesson in HopeGulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana who has published 21 books, including the acclaimed Harmony series which chronicles life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana.  An eclectic writer whose books have been described as “heartwarming,” “amusing,” and “upbeat,” Gulley has also written several books of theology, including Living the Quaker Way: Timeless Wisdom for a Better Life Today, as well as the memoir I Love You, Miss Huddleston: And Other Inappropriate Longings of My Indiana Childhood

    *Chapter Two Book Club:  A Lesson in Hope by Philip Gulley
    *Main Library, Business Science & Technology meeting room
    *July 20, 2017
    *10:00 am
    *No registration
    *Free


    And mark your calendars for October 12, 2017!!!  Philip Gulley will visit the Main Library on Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 pm to present the topic Storytelling, followed by a book signing and meet-and-greet with the author.

    Hope to see you at both events!

    by Becky C | Jun 30, 2017
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    How do librarians know what titles are coming out when?  How do we decide which of those titles we'll purchase for the collection?  We have several sources, but Publishers Weekly (PW) is one of my personal favorites.  PW reviews around 9,000 books a year. 

    For this month's post, I've taken the liberty of going through the April issues of Publishers Weekly (PW) and sharing the upcoming releases their reviewers are most excited about.  Each of these titles received a starred review.  We don't have all of these titles in the collection yet -- most are due to hit the shelves in bookstores and libraries this month -- but you can place a hold on your copy now.  Or, if you're like me, and you're typically at the 5 holds per person max, you can keep tabs on your picks a couple of ways.

    My favorite way to keep track of books I want to read is through ACPL's catalog.  Heather wrote an excellent post on how to do this -- click here for the details.  Goodreads and LibraryThing are also options.

    Which of these catches your eye? 


    Fiction coming to the collection June 2017



    Adua
     
    Scribbled in the Dark
     
     No Middle Name
     Unsub
     The Devils Triangle
     Wicked Wonders
     The Refrigerator Monlogues
     The Strange Case of the Alchemists Daughter
     Home Run
     Beyond Reason
     Grief Cottage
     The Windfall
     Dear Cyborgs
     Widow Nash
     The Himalayan Codex
     She Rides Shotgun
     The Weight of Lies
     Hacked
     Raven Strategem
     The Witch Who Came In From the Cold
     At His Mercy
     Ascension of Larks
     Touch
     The Marsh Kings Daughter
     Berlin Red
     Odd Numbers
     Cast the First Stone
     The Last Iota
     Food of the Gods
     Nothing Like a Duke

    Nonfiction coming to the collection June 2017


    American Eclipse
     
    Atomic Adventures
     
    Ducksoup
     
     Wine Isnt Rocket Science
     I Was Told to Come Alone
     Open Heart
     The Wonder of Birds
     The Bright Hours
     Beyond Trans
     Kennedy and King
     The Havens Kitchen Cooking School
     Shake Shack
       Six Seasons
     
         
         
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Ask a Librarian | Jun 28, 2017

    eReader image from pixaby

    Last week, we talked about accessing ACPL's eBook collections.  This week, we'll tackle another frequently asked question -- what to consider when shopping for an e-Reader.

    Are you already reading eBooks?  Start by considering what you're currently using.  What do you like?  What don't you like?  For instance, maybe you don’t like the screen size when reading on your phone.  Or the lack of portability when using the computer.  Or the glare of the sun on your tablet when reading outside.

    Taking all of that into consideration, my recommendation is to get a device that will work with Hoopla.  Hoopla offers eBooks, audiobooks, movies, TV shows, and music so you'll get a lot of bang for your buck.  Additionally, Hoopla works with fewer devices than our other eBook service, OverDrive.  So, if you get a device that’s compatible for Hoopla, there's a good chance that it will also be able to work with OverDrive/Libby eBooks -- but the reverse is less likely. 

    On Hoopla’s help page, click on Supported Devices.  You'll find both a list of supported Android devices (and what to look for as far as storage space, operating system, etc.), as well as a list of supported iOS (Apple) and Amazon Fire devices (and which software version you will need).

    How to decide from such a long list of supported devices?  Consider the following:

    • Your budget
    • How readily available the product is online or in stores.  Do you want to be able to visit a brick and mortar store to purchase and to get assistance with using the device?  That will likely limit you to what they have in stock.
    • Recommendations from friends or family; check online reviews as well.
    • What other features do you want or need in the device?  A good camera?  Great sound?  Facebook/email/phone?  You’ll want to review those features of the device to see if they will meet your needs.
    • Does it offer enough storage for what you need?  It would probably be best to have 16 GB or more for the long term (though 8 GB could work).  But if you intend to take a lot of photos or download a lot of music, plan for more storage space.
    • Screen size
    • Comfort.  Is the device easy/heavy/awkward to hold?
    • Keyboard.  Do you like the on-screen keyboard for typing?
    • Non-glare screen

    If you are among those who decide that the non-glare screen is a key feature, you may decide to get a Kindle (not a Kindle Fire), Nook or Koboᶤ.  I know many avid users of these devices.  However, these devices have certain limitations you should know about when it comes to library eBooks:

    • Kindle, Nook and Koboᶤ are compatible with Overdrive but NOT with Hoopla, Flipster, or Mango.  (Flipster and Mango are other eCollections that we highly recommend checking out!)
    • Kindle, Nook and Koboᶤ  require another device to connect with Overdrive.
      • For Nook and Koboᶤ, you will need a computer that can download Adobe Digital Editions and the connecting USB cord.
      • For Kindle, you will need an internet-enabled device (could be smartphone, tablet or computer) and your Amazon account.
      • Unless you plan to purchase additional content for your Nook or Kindle, be advised that our eBook collection, while growing, is small compared to our print collection.  The wait times for eBooks tend to be longer than for print books.
    What e-Reader pros/cons have you encountered?  Please share your experiences in the comments below.

    From the Desk of Ask a Librarian (ask@acpl.info)

    ᶤ The Kobo Aura One can be used without another device.  However, we expect that this pricey device may not be supported by OverDrive over the long haul.

    *Most Hoopla-supported devices will also allow you to download and use the free apps for OverDrive/Libby (popular eBooks and audiobooks), Freegal (music), Flipster (magazines), and Mango (language learning) – all free offerings of the library. 

    *Technology and the library’s eBook services are in a constant state of change.  This post may be out-of-date within a month or two! 

    by Becky C | Jun 26, 2017
    Ever wonder what library staff like to read?  Wonder no more!  Here's a quick look at some books we've enjoyed this month.  Click on a book cover to check availability — it’s as easy as that!

     Cooking for Picasso
     Shadows on the Lake
     The Confusion of Languages
     Rogue One
     Applesauce Weather
     Alpha Bravo Charlie
     Janesville
     My Lady Jane
     Eleanor Oliphant
     The Sisters
     The Forbidden Wish
     Point of Contact
     The Fact of a Body
     Snow White
     Lovecraft Country
     Diving Into the Wreck
     The Way of Kings
     Revenge of the Sith
     Blood Brother
     Bleed Blister Puke and Purge
     The Perennial Matchmaker
         

    Becky CBecky likes to read … A LOT. When she’s not reading, she likes to pretend that she can garden. Her thumb has no hint of green whatsoever but luckily her plants are forgiving. Her favorite books are The Shannara series by Terry Brooks.
    by Craig B | Jun 23, 2017

    cover of Thomas Pynchon's novel, Gravity's RainbowBook Review: Thomas Pynchon’s almost-winner of the 1974 Pulitzer Prize, Gravity’s Rainbow

    (14:41) I begin this review by speculating that the literary mantle has been passed from James Joyce to Thomas Pynchon, and when I Wikipediaed Gravity’s Rainbow, I found I was in good company making such an observation.  Critics with actual credentials have been spewing this connection into the literary aether for the past 40 years or so.  As I am a somewhat pretentious reader-of-Pulitzer-Prize-winning-novels and would like to believe that “great minds do indeed think alike,” you can imagine my delight.

    (12:01) I guess I would put it this way.  If Joyce’s Ulysses is one long, straight-faced joke (and it is, believe me -- long, that is) Gravity’s Rainbow is one long, clown-eyed tragedy.  There are silly songs, adult-type antics, and a general surreality that drives one to giggles, but it’s also about the Holocaust.  Thus, the unofficial epithet I’ve decided to give it is "The Difficult Pulitzer."  Because, yes, it is very long (so long, in fact, I was certain for a while it was going to become “The Longest Pulitzer” … but then I remembered Gone With the Wind).  It is more notably “difficult” however, not only because of the WWII subtext, but also because, in all seriousness (paying no attention to any quirking of the lips you might cognate), it feels like I’ve been reading this thing for six months, though it’s only actually been 8 weeks.  The novel is dense and wandering -- combined with the above-mentioned surreal nature of many of its episodes, this made for some tedium, but also some interesting notes.  For example:

    “too many characters but who am I kidding, it’s brilliant”

    “what’s with all the singing?”

    “images and lines like that of Lot’s wife seem to make this go”

    (7:19) And that last note, I would like to comment on.  Much of this novel I didn’t try too hard to understand, because it’s just way out there sometimes, but there were these sterling moments (like the image of Lot’s wife, evidently) that kept it ticking, that even caused me to imagine I might one day return to Gravity’s Rainbow to read it again.  It’s a puzzle strewn with bread crumbs, and somehow, despite its difficulties, those crumbs kept me going and will probably bring me back (BTW, I’m pretty sure this is also something people say about Finnegans Wake).  And with that in mind, I have to wonder if this is actually the technique that Pynchon has used to keep his career alive.  (Maybe more than alive, an all-star cast just recently brought one of his newer books to life for the silver screen).  Is it by becoming a famous recluse, allowing only snippets of his lifestyle and developing biography to slip out into the public, by maintaining personal mystery even through martial denial of detail -- is it through these bread crumbs, that he has kept the general readership interested, not to mention famous movie directors?  Like, “Hey, Paul Thomas Anderson, hey, over here, look at me!  New book!  New movie!?!”  A match made in heaven.

    (29 seconds left) And so, to bring this full circle, you did not read me wrong up there.  I may read Gravity’s Rainbow again someday, in fact it’s almost certain I will, and that pretty much sets it above and beyond Joyce for me.  Although Ulysses and Gravity’s Rainbow have much in common, being two sides of the same 3 dollar coin, I will probably never revisit that early mid-20th century novel of Joyce’s for anything under 10,000 of those coins.  Ulysses, not to mention Finnegans Wake, is less coherent, less hilarious, and LONGER!  I mean, can you imagine the notes?

    by Ask a Librarian | Jun 21, 2017

    eReader image from pixaby

    “I want to borrow eBooks from the library.  What’s the best device to do that?”

    My question to you: What devices/phones do you currently own?  Do you have a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4 or up or IOS 9 or up?  That will work.  A computer or laptop?  Unless it’s ancient, you can read eBooks that way too. 

    ACPL offers two eBook services:  OverDrive and Hoopla.  A home WIFI connection will make it easier to take advantage of these services but all ACPL locations offer public WIFI networks as well. 

    Hoopla requires you to sign up for an account with them, using your email address, a password you create, your ACPL library card, and your four-digit PIN number.  Once you're logged in, you can borrow up to ten titles a month.  On a smartphone or tablet, just download the Hoopla app from your app/play store and sign in with your Hoopla account.  Borrowed titles can be also be read on your computer.
     
    OverDrive can be used without any special software or account other than your ACPL card and your four-digit PIN number.  When using our catalog, choose to download the HTML format.  Or within our ebook site, borrow the title (sign in with library card number and PIN) and then go to My Account — Loans) and click on Read Now. A new webpage for the eBook will open for reading. You can bookmark the eBook to return to it easily, or open it again from your account. View this help video to learn the tricks. On a smartphone or tablet, you also have the option of downloading the Libby app.

    There are help pages and videos on both library eBook sites to help you learn how to use these services.  For instance, you can change the text size, font, and background colors to suit your needs.  We are also happy to help in person at the library.  Calling ahead may be best to make certain that we have staff available at the time you need.

    While there a certainly benefits to eBooks, it's worth noting that ACPL still purchases and owns more print books than eBooks -- the wait times for physical books are typically less at ACPL than for eBooks these days.  No battery needed!

    Check in with us next week for a post considering the different types of e-readers available . . . .

    From the Desk of Ask a Librarian (ask@acpl.info)

    *Questions about your library card or PIN number?  Please call us at 260-421-1200 ext. 4011 during regular library hours.

    *Licensing agreements allow us to provide eBook privileges to Allen County, Indiana residents only. 

    *Technology and the library’s eBook services are in a constant state of change.  This post may be out-of-date within a month or two! 

    by Evan | Jun 19, 2017
    Evan with Ghostbusters screen

    There's something strange in the cyberhood. Who you gonna call?

    A librarian.

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    EvanEvan - Married, three children, two grandchildren, formerly a newspaper journalist, now a public librarian, at all times a board game nut.
    by Emily M | Jun 14, 2017
    Looking for a book recommendation?  Look no further!  Here are a few good books I've enjoyed recently.
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    Book Review: Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

    silversparrowSilver Sparrow tells the story of two families living in Atlanta, Georgia.  One is James Witherspoon’s public family.  James is married to Laverne and together they have a daughter, Chaurisse.  The three live together in a modest home and function like most nuclear families.

    The other family is James’ secret family. Despite already being married to Laverne, James marries Gwen across the state line in Alabama shortly after the birth of their daughter, Dana.  James spends one evening each a week with Gwen and Dana, who know about Laverne and Chaurisse.  Laverne and Chaurisse, however, have no knowledge of James’ other family and live in ignorant bliss.  Silver Sparrow explores how James’ decision to keep a secret family will spiral out of control for everyone involved.

    There’s a lot to like about Silver Sparrow: the premise is original and surprisingly believable.  Rich backstories explain how James came to be in this unusual position and the author deftly creates a setting wherein the reader gets a real feel for middle-class, African-American life in Atlanta in the 1980s.  Nevertheless, the book does have a few weak spots.  A few key characters were underdeveloped and the ending left something to be desired.  However, I would still recommend this book for its unique premise and engrossing storyline. 

    Book Review: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

    ghettosideFrom 2001 to 2012, Jill Leovy was a journalist for the Los Angeles Times, reporting on homicide in L.A.  For more than a decade, she reported on the murders of African-American men and boys on L.A.’s south side. She spent time with the family members of the deceased, and with the detectives who investigated their murders.  Ghettoside is her attempt to explore and explain our country’s high rate of black-on-black crime, while also examining why the murders of so many young black men and boys go unsolved, and how the two are related.

    Despite the tragic content, Ghettoside is immensely readable.  Leovy deftly weaves together the heart-wrenching stories of the murders of a dozen young African-American men in south L.A., of the overworked detectives assigned to their cases, of the frightened witnesses who are so reluctant to come forward, and of the grieving family members hungry for justice.  While telling the individual stories, she also explores aspects of history and human psychology that have resulted in a group of people who not only don’t trust the police to prevent crime, but also don’t trust the police to bring justice to victims.  Leovy asserts that our current rates of black-on-black crime are a result of African-American men carrying out vigilante justice, not trusting our justice system to find and convict the killers of African-Americans.  She asserts that a different type of policing, which focuses less on prevention and more on bringing justice to victims, would actually greatly reduce the rate of violent crime in areas such as south Los Angeles. 

    Book Review: The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

    thekillerangelsWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975, The Killer Angels is considered by many to be the best Civil War novel of all time.  I first read it as a freshman in college, as it was required reading for my American History course.  I enjoyed it immensely at the time, and recently decided to give it a reread.

     The Killer Angels is a play-by-play of the Battle of Gettysburg told from the perspective of various officers from both the Union and Confederacy.  Shaara’s ability to describe the battles and what is happening is excellent, but the heart of this book is the way Shaara gets inside the heads of each of the different officers, examining their motivations, fears, strengths, and weaknesses.  The Killer Angels is an excellent insight into the heavy mental and emotional toll of making decisions as the leader of troops on the battlefield. 

    What good books have you read lately?


    EmilyLong before becoming a librarian, Emily was an avid library patron. She enjoys reading fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biographies, and classic children’s literature. Her favorite book is Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.