Monday, July 28, 2014

Now On Display

Stop by your downtown branch to check out our latest display, all about road trips. We've stocked the display with a mix of memoirs, photography books, and local travel books. While you're in the branch you can check up on our in-progress renovations, including our new laptop bar! Here's a sample of the books you'll find on display, as always click on the cover image to place a hold in the library online catalog.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fresh Out of the Box

This latest round of delivery is a good one. Our genres are looking a bit shinier, so if you're a fan of mysteries or alien worlds drop in and check out the goods!

Our first pick is perfect for the entertainer. Summer is often the season of simple goodness, with many cooks sourcing from their own garden or Springfield's farmer's market. One-Hour Cheese: Ricotta, mozzarella, chevre, paneer - even burrata. Fresh and simple cheeses you can make in an hour or less! by Claudia Lucero is filled with plenty of great pictures, including pages and pages of step-by-steps photographs to aid the new cheese enthusiast in understanding just what 'separation between curds and whey' looks like. This title just might be the subject of a test kitchen librarian post in the near future. The Favorite Melty Mozzarella on page 137 is calling our names. Homemade cheese and garden tomato bruschetta, anyone?

NPR's review of Monica Byrne's The Girl in the Road calls it a 'dizzying journey'. The reviewer, Jason Heller, points out several problems with the book, but in the end calls it a worthwhile read. Our book club was overwhelmingly pleased with Helene Wecker's The Golem and the Jinni. According to Wecker: "Monica Byrne's vision of India and Africa as an ever-changing maelstrom of language and culture, technology and sexuality is utterly captivating."

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Fresh Out of the Box

The shelves have once again been refreshed with brand new books. Below you'll find our two favorite picks from our latest delivery of new materials.

Bestselling author Herman Koch's Summer House with Swimming Pool has been popping up on various 'must-read' summer lists.In her review of the novel in the Chicago Tribune, Carol Memmott says of Koch: "He takes us beneath the surface of everyday life and into the murky waters of life-altering decisions. You may not like what the summer house guests choose to do, but you'll probably see a little of yourself in all of them in what could be the most talked-about book of the summer."

Lynn Sherr's Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space includes information and commentary from Ride's family, friends and colleagues. Sherr spoke about Ride in an interview with Linda Wertheimer on NRP, and made a video for Simon & Schuster, History in Five: Sally Ride, America's First Woman in Space.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fresh Out of the Box

We've selected our two favorite titles from our latest delivery of new books and media. Both titles are technically non-fiction, but the first title is Where's Waldo for grown-ups.

Where's The Zombie? challenges readers to find the ten members of the Peters family, which includes their two pets, after they are infected with ZX-5 virus and escape into public. Scenes include the public park, a mall, and a hospital. At the end of the book readers can find a list of extra items to find in each scene such as 'A dog going for the privates' or 'A lawnmower attack'.

Our next title might pertain to the living dead as well. This is the time of year it becomes obvious a bit of planning might have been a good idea in the garden. Perhaps your plants are looking a little sickly from too much sun, or too much shade, or too little water, or perhaps you've experienced your glorious flower bed blooming in underwhelming stages instead of all at once. Nancy J. Ondra's Five-Plant Gardens: 52 Ways to Grow a Perennial Garden with Just Five Plants includes a shopping list for each garden, a planting plan, and a season by season breakdown of what to expect and how to care for the garden. Gardens include 'For the Birds' and 'Say Hello to Yellow', and are broken down into two sections, full sun to partial shade and partial to full shade.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Crafts with Flowers

We hope you'll join us this Friday, June 20 for DIY Bookmarts with Wildflowers for the Crafty Reader. The program is for all ages, and starts at 7 p.m. at the Park Central Branch Library. Materials will provided to hand press local wildflowers and create a bookmark. Attendees will also learn about Ozarks wildflowers from Master Naturalist Mandi Hubbs.

Even if you can't make it to the program, if you're interested in flower crafts click on the cover images below to place a hold on a book about flower crafts. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Fresh Out of the Box

Our last delivery of new books and media was a big one, so make sure and stop in soon to see what's new. We've chosen a non-fiction and fiction title to share here on the blog, you can click on the images below to place a hold or stop by the branch to skip the wait list.

Hello NY: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs by Julia Rothman has a colorful, attractive cover which attracted us at first. All well and good, but with Humans of New York, New York a la Cart, and I Love New York all gracing our shelves recently, how much New York does a Springfieldian need? Just a little more, it turns out. Rothman's illustrations have been featured in several large publications, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and are featured on nearly every page. All text is handwritten and concise. This book is an easy, interesting read that touches on taxicabs through the years, a straightforward illustration of different models on pages 74 and 74, famous and not-so-famous eateries and shops, and even people. The tugboat graveyard, Yonah Shimmel Knish Bakery, Grand Central Station and The Lower East Side Troll Museum, it's all here.

Joshua Ferris' To Rise Again at a Decent Hour has a synopsis that brings to mind The Rosie Project. The main character is Paul O'Rourke, "While his dental practice occupies his days, his nights are filled with regret as he ponders his mistakes with his ex-girlfriend (and receptionist) Connie, and alternately marvels at and rails against the optimism of the rest of humanity." Paul's life gets shaken up when someone steals his identity online, and he begins to worry that the fake Paul is better than the real one. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Books By Actors

In Actors Who Write: Frano, Novak, Ringwald featured in January in the Boston Globe author Matthew Gilbert proposed that books written by actors may deserve their own genre.

"Novels and story collections by actors are numerous enough to have become an informal genre of their own, one whose peaks have included Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher, and Steve Martin, as well as a spy spoof in 1996 by Hugh Laurie called “The Gun Seller.” The valleys? Pamela Anderson’s “Star: A Novel,” Macaulay Culkin’s “Junior,” and Chuck Norris’s “The Justice Riders."

Our latest delivery included A Million Ways to Die in the West by Seth MacFarlane, which got us wondering about which titles in the 'books by actors genre' we have in our collection. Click on the images below to place a hold in our catalog and see if you agree with Gilbert's opinions on the peaks and valleys.