Tips for Book Lovers: Goodreads

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If you are an avid book reader you probably already have some clever tips or hacks that you use (we’d love to hear about your book hacks in the comment section below!)  We here are the WSPL have our own book hack this week. We’ve recently started using Goodreads.com as a way to connect with our patrons and find out about new books. If you’ve never heard of Goodreads, we’ll give you a quick introduction.

Goodreads is a free website or app for book lovers. The site has several helpful functions. You can keep track of the books you’ve read and will receive book recommendations based on your reading history. You can also link to your friends’ profiles and read their reviews or send each other recommendations. With the Goodreads app on your smartphone or tablet, you are able the scan a book’s cover or bar code to add it to your list of books you’ve read or want to read.  You can even create a yearly reading challenge for yourself. The Community section of Goodreads has a lot to offer with discussion forums, ask the author, trivia, creative writing and more. A book lover could spend hours wandering around this website!

If you are a Goodreads member, check out at WSPL page weekly to see a few of the new books that are hitting our shelves. We love to interact with our patrons on line!

For more information on Goodreads or to open up your own account, click HERE.

Happy Reading!

Book Review: Whispering to Horses

Book: Whispering to Horses
Author: Thomas Nye

I was intrigued to read this novella as it was written by a local author about a man who moves into Amish country.  Thomas Nye’s writing is poetic and calls you to sit down and listen.  As Matt, the main character was rediscovering his roots, I too was pulled to recall my own.  A beautiful read which sweetly reminds us to breathe in our surroundings.

I’ll definitely read another by Mr. Nye.

Review by: A.C.

Book Review: Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A sad song for the hillbilly. Vance shares his hard-knock story of growing up in southern Ohio among people who share and perpetuate an Appalachian culture. His is a story of teen pregnancy, broken families, substance abuse, violence and a perpetual cycle of poverty few have a chance to escape. Vance is one of the few who escapes, making his way to the Marines, the Ohio State University and Yale Law School.

As Vance traces his first thirty years of life  he makes interesting observations about his people, the education system, the church, and our political system. He doesn’t offer easy answers or solutions, because frankly there aren’t any.  He describes his high school as poor, yet notes there were teachers who cared and pushed him to do better. The missing element were examples of those who went on to college or successful careers.

The church he is exposed to tells him science is bad and that he should fear the world, but offers no tangible help, or hope, for his dysfunctional family life. People stand on the literal truth of the Bible, but few actually read the Scriptures.

Vance is self-aware enough to realize his family is different, something which is compounded when he makes his way to Yale. His stories of finding himself in situations with wealthy people are cringe worthy and sadly humorous. If there is one concrete solution Vance suggests it is that we need to find ways to bridge the economic segregation present in our society.

Some have suggested the book explains why poor whites voted for Trump, something it does but perhaps in a roundabout way. His people are quick to realize when they are being looked down upon, and resent being told what to eat, drink, and how to live. Towards the end of the book Vance chides his people, saying they need to move on from blaming Obama or Bush and take responsibility for their own failings. He criticizes “his people” in a way those from inside a culture can, pointing to the poor choices made by those who feel the system is and has been rigged against them. It is indeed a sad song for the hillbilly.

Review by M. M.

@ Your Library

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@ YOUR LIBRARY…  The Library will be closed from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. so that we may host our Summer Reading Program Picnic in the Park.  Thank you for your understanding.

Quote of the Week:  “If you have a garden and a library you have everything you need.” ~Cicero

 Fiction:     Nighthawk by Clive Cussler

Saints for all occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan

Emma (LARGE PRINT) by Alexander McCall Smith

The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Death Rides A Chestnut Mare by Ralph Compton

Non-Fiction:      Patient H. M.: A Story of Memory, Madness, And Family Secrets by Luke Dittrich

Young Adult:     Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Junior Fiction:  The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary: The Next Chapter by Jeff Kinney

Lowji Discovers America by Candace Flemming

Easy:        Touch The Earth by Jullian Lennon

Peteriffic by Victoria Kann

Mama Built A Little Nest by Jennifer Ward

DVDs:       PopStar Minnie

BCD (BOOK ON CD): Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery

Junior BCD:      Adventures In Odessey: Head Over Heels

@ Your Library

@ YOUR LIBRARY…. Check your reading calendars.  We will have our obstacle course at North Park on Tuesday, July 11th. We will also be showing the movie “Rock Dog” on Friday the 14th.

@ YOUR LIBRARY…  Like us on Facebook and check out our website www.wellmanlibrary.org for information about library and city events.  Look under the tab “Library and Community Events”.  Follow our library blog at www.wellmanlibrary.blogspot.com for information, news and happenings.  We have many activities planned for the next several months and you can find the details there.

Quote of the Week:  “There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.” ~Joe Ryan

 Fiction:     ROBERT B. PARKER’S LITTLE WHITE LIES by Ace Atkins

THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH by Amanda Quick

THE LIGHT WE LOST by Jill Santopolo

DROWNING TIDES (LARGE PRINT) by Karen Harper

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US by Charles Martin

HER SECRET by Shelley Shepard Gray

BAD DAY AT WILLOW CREEK by Ralph W. Cotton

Non-Fiction:      RISE; HOW A HOUSE BUILD A FAMILY by Cara Brookins

Junior Fiction:  HILO; THE BOW WHO CRASHED TO EARTH by Judd Winick

DAY OF THE NIGHT CRAWLERS by Troy Cummings

Easy:        GO SLEEP IN YOUR OWN BED by Candace Fleming

SHARE, BIG BEAR, SHARE by Maureen Wright

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2; THE SEQUEL by Adam Rubin

DVDs:          LETTERS TO JULIET & WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

BCD (BOOK ON CD):       THE SILKEN WEB by Sandra Brown

@ Your Library

@ YOUR LIBRARY…. Check your reading calendars.  Paws and More will be presenting a program on July 11th at Parkside Activity Center.  We will also be showing a movie on Friday the 14th.

@ YOUR LIBRARY…  Like us on Facebook and check out our website www.wellmanlibrary.org for information about library and city events.  Look under the tab “Library and Community Events”.  Follow our library blog at www.wellmanlibrary.blogspot.com for information, news and happenings.  We have many activities planned for the next several months and you can find the details there.

Quote of the Week:  “Wear the old coat and buy the new books.” ~Austin Phelps

Fiction:     ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

HARVEST by Belva Plain (LARGE PRINT)

ANNA’S CROSSING by Suzanne Woods Fisher

PAPER THINGS by Jennifer Jacobson

ORPHAN’S TALE by Pam Jenoff

CALL BACK by Denise Grover Swank

HANGING IN WILD WIND by Ralph W. Cotton

Non-Fiction:      BEYOND PROMISES by Ron Corbett

Junior Fiction:  CATS IN THE CITY by Tom Watson

MY DOG IS BETTER THAN YOUR DOG by Tom Greenwald

Jr. Non-Fiction: WHAT WAS THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG by Jim O’Connor

Easy:        THE GREEN UMBRELLA by Jackie Kramer

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR by Eric Carle

DVDs:       WHAT’S NEW SCOOBY-DOO

BCD (BOOK ON CD):     WE ARE ALL WELCOME HERE by Elizabeth Berg

Book Review

A few more young reader reviews.  Enjoy!


Book Title: Scooby-doo stormy night

Author: Robin waserman

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read Scooby-Doo stormy night by Robin Waserman. scooby and Shaggy are in there hous.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like Scooby because he’s funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: I think people who belive in ghost’s shood read it.

Review by P.T.


Book Title: The pigeon finds a hotdog

Author: Mo willms

Please share a brief overview of the book, without giving too much away: I read The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems. Pigeon did not share. Duck split in half.

Why did you like or dislike this book?: I like the pigeon because he was funny.

Would you recommend this book to a friend?: Yes

Anything else you’d like to share?: If you like guys who freak out you should read this book.

Review by T.H.


 

Updates to Bridges

What updates have been made to my library’s digital collection recently?

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OverDrive is always working to improve your digital library experience, which sometimes includes adding or changing features. Learn more about recent changes below.

Note: Formats, titles, and features vary by library, so some of these changes may not apply to your library’s digital collection.

June 27, 2017

  • You now have a Rated titles page (under books icon) so you can easily see and keep track of your rated titles.
  • You can now sort titles on your Holds and Wish list pages, as well as your new Rated titles page.
  • Borrowed read-alongs are now easy to see on your Loans page. When you borrow one, you’ll see “Read-along eBook” on the Read in browserbutton.

Source: https://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/2778185