Showing posts with label heather. Show all posts
Showing posts with label heather. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Peek at Our Staff Picks Shelf

What books do the staff at your downtown Library branch recommend? Read on for a peek at the books that grace our staff picks shelf. You can click on the cover images to place a hold, or stop by the branch to catch some of our favorite reads.

Heather's Pick:

What Heather liked about this book: "I love The Bloggess, and read her blog religiously. This book contains some of her blog posts, but it is well worth the read for the new bits. I laughed. I cried. I love this book!"

Sam's Pick:

What Sam liked about this book: "The characters in this book seem real. Books with multiple viewpoints and no real plot are usually not my cup of tea, but the timeline is easy to follow and characters are connected and revisited. The girls - women in their twenties - date, sometimes guys they don't even like, get married, have children, get laid off, get dumped - sometimes they are smart, spoiled, bad friends, good friends, but always relatable."

Kelly's Pick:

What Kelly liked about this read: "I checked this out because I liked the cover, and I was interested in the settings. Iraq war vet Ellie McEnroe is an "art dealer" in Beijing. On a mission to find her friend's brother, she travels to more and more remote areas of China, gets beaten up and nearly killed, and has a designer outfit bought for her. Not the most sophisticated writing, but a fun romp in a unique setting!"

Sunday, May 12, 2013


The Park Central Library's closed on Sunday, but you can still rock out with us! Here are some of the tunes we're enjoying on our day off.


Artist: Mac Demarco 
Album: "Rock and Roll Night Club", "2"
Favorite Track: "Cooking Up Something Good"
Thoughts: I've been listening to Mac Demarco a lot lately. He put out two albums in 2012, "Rock and Roll Night Club," and "2." They're both really great. Perfect for a pool party. The first track from '2' is one of my favs. It's called "Cooking Up Something Good."  Here it is....

Neither of Tom's picks are in the Library collection, after listening to the video above do you think Mac Demarco is worth purchasing?


Artist: Oomph
Thoughts: I recently rediscovered the awesome German band, Oomph!, while looking for songs to help me learn the language. The library has "Truth or Dare"  in English if you want to give them a shot. This CD has some of my favorite songs on it, although I listen to their German counterparts (listed in parenthesis) including: Ready or Not (Augen Auf), Song of Death (Die Schlinge), Labyrinth (Labyrinth), Dream here (Trämst Du?).

Oomph! falls under the musical genre Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) and influenced the more well-known Rammstein, but I find them to be less Industrial and more of an Alternative Rock band. Some of their videos are a bit graphic so you might prefer to watch the videos that just show the lyrics in German and English like I do. 

Brennende Liebe is the first Oomph! song I ever heard, and is still my favorite video.


Artist: Lissie
Album: Catching A Tiger
Favorite Tracks: "Record Collector", "In Sleep"
Thoughts: I've been really enjoying this album. I took it on a road trip and listened to it a few times through, and have still been listening now that I'm back home. Lissie kept popping up on my Pandora stations, and I kept stopping in the middle of things to run and see who the artist was.

Sunday, April 14, 2013


The Park Central Library's closed on Sunday, but you can still rock out with us!  Here are some of the tunes we're enjoying on our day off.


Artist: Diiv
Album: "Oshin"
Favorite Tracks: "Past Lives"
Thoughts: A lot of the songs on this album (their first) have a similar sound, but no matter how many times I hear them they still sound perfect. Listen while driving.

The Library does not have a copy of "Oshin" by Diiv. Is it something that should be added to the collection?


Artist: Alice In Chains
Album: "Alice In Chains"
Favorite Track: "Heaven Beside You"
Thoughts: I'm on a 90's music kick. I'll be forcing my sister to listen to this on our 15 hour drive to Alabama.


Artist: Raphael Saadiq
Album: "The Way I See It"
Thoughts: For anyone missing that Motown sound or looking for someone who knows how to do it, check out Raphael Saadiq. This album has the production down, complete with smooth vocals. Featuring guest appearances by Joss Stone, Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z. Enjoying the Alabama Shakes? Check out Raphael Saadiq!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Something Sweet

Ina Garten, of Food Network's Barefoot Contessa, said "Creme Brulee is the ultimate 'guy' dessert, make it and he'll follow you anywhere." It doesn't matter who you're cooking for, your main guy, special lady, your grandma or yourself, Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to take a break on those New Years resolutions and have a treat.

Park Central staff identify their favorite desserts: Heather takes it seriously; she has to pick something from each category. Ice cream: vanilla, because you can add whatever you want to it. Pie: Dutch apple pie. Cake: angel food cake.

Sam: Apple pie with vanilla ice cream. And for just ice cream, Starbucks Frappucino Chip. And Lemon Ricotta cookies!

Cassie: "I love the 21st Century Carob Cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar (they might have replaced my love for old fashioned chocolate chip)! I have a weakness for tasty, chocolaty raw desserts and warm fudgy brownies. If it's chocolate and vegan I have great trouble saying no!"

Judy: "Creme Brulee! And the best in town, according to me, is Ocean Zen. I try it everywhere I go."

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Peek at our Staff Picks Shelf

Our Staff Picks shelf has proven pretty popular. Here's a peek at the books Park Central staffers have enjoyed enough to give them their recommendation.

Heather's Pick

What Heather liked about this book: "I loved that this was NOT a cheesy paranormal romance. This is a good solid mystery novel that just happens to have witches, vampires, and all that goodness. Warning: don't start this book late at night. I made that mistake and couldn't stop reading until I was finished."

Judy's Pick

What Judy liked about this book: "I had first watched this show on HBO and really enjoyed it. When I discovered that the author had written an entire series about the 'traditional-built' lady detective, I had to read them all! The series is charming in its portrayal of all the characters, and it also gives the reader a glimpse into the simpler life of modern-day Botswana in Africa."

Sam's Pick

Why I liked this book: "Cartoonist Art Spiegelman tells his father's story in this graphic novel. Different races are represented by different animals, which somehow helped me view these events with a fresh eye. This was the graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize."

Sunday, September 16, 2012


what we're listening to...
it's our day off, here's some tunes we're enjoying


Album:  Coexist by The Xx
Thoughts: Lately we've been listening to basically the entire library holdings of Sigur Ros as well as the album that just came out this week by The Xx, Coexist. Musically all this lies on a spectrum between indie-rock of the past twelve years and total 90's nerdbot Hearts of Space-style awesomeness.


Album: 151a by Kishi Bashi
Favorite Track:  "Bright Whites" and "It All Began With a Burst"
Thoughts:  I watched a video of a live performance, which I have since viewed and listened to several more times, and was blown away.  The energy of this music reminds me of MGMT or Vampire Weekend, but sometimes the violin and layering of sound soars.  The live recording has more energy, but the album is more artistic in it's timing.  The artist has worked with Regina Spektor, Sondre Leche, and is a current member of the band Of Montreal.  Watch the NPR live concert that hooked me here.



Album: The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
Favorite Track: "The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid"
Thoughts:  This is my go to album for cooler weather.  I love listening to it during night runs especially.  It's not an album for sunny days.


Album:  Blunderbuss by Jack White
Thoughts:  I just sampled Jack White's new album Blunderbuss and look forward to spending more time with this album!  At a time when auto-tuning has captured the world of pop, Jack White has kept the tradition of rock n' roll alive. "Freedom at 21" features a riff reminiscent of his days with the White Stripes, but his sound has evolved.  White's interest in the (old, traditional) blues and willingness to experiment serves him well.  His catchy vocal lines and guitar riffs will hook the first-time listener, and the collage of old traditional rock merging with new, more experimental, sounds will bring you back for more. 


Sunday, August 19, 2012


what we're listening to...
it's our day off, here's some tunes we're enjoying


Album: The Essential Billy Joel by Billy Joel
Favorite Track: The Entertainer
Thoughts: I didn't realize how many hits he had.  Songs kept coming up that made me say "He sings this too?!?"

Library Catalog link:


Album: Noble Beast, Break It Yourself, and Armchair Apocrypha all by Andrew Bird
Favorite Track: Spare-Ohs (Armchair Apocrypha)
Thoughts: It's hard to pin down just one track that I like, but my all-time favorite is Bird's "Spare-Ohs." I am waiting eagerly to check out a Library copy of "Beware and Be Grateful" by Maps & Atlases. Discovered this indie band last month as they opened for Death Cab for Cutie at the Gillioz right here in downtown.


Album: Pop Up by Yelle
Favorite Track: Je veux te voir
Thoughts: I love singing along to this album, especially this track.  It's a great way to de-stress.  This song is so ridiculous, and the album is so much fun that you can't help but smile.


This album isn't in our catalog, do you think we should purchase it?