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Baseball Biography

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Spring is only a week away, but Spring Training has already started. With over 140 years of history, there are plenty of books about “America's Pastime.” Below are three great biographies of three great players, to help pass the time until Opening Day.

  • Pitching in a Pinch is Christy Mathewson's funny and fascinating memoir about baseball in the early twentieth century.
  • If you liked 42, learn more about Jackie Robinson from his autobiography, I Never Had it Made.
  • The Last Hero covers Hank Aaron's record breaking career on the field and his reemergence as a hero during baseball's Steroid Era.

Happy Reading!

Mysteries Under the Hot Sun

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Wow, it's cold! So cold, you don't even want to leave the house. It's time to hibernate, and read some exciting mysteries set in warmer climates. This week we are featuring three that will help you forget about the cold, rain and snow.

  • A Carribbean Mystery features Agatha Christie's sleuth Miss Marple, on vacation and on the case.
  • In American Tropic, a murderer dressed as a skeleton terrorizes a town in Key West.
  • Elmore Leonard's Cuba Libre is set in hot, and historic Havana during the Spanish - American war.

Grab an extra blanket, throw another log on the fire and enjoy an exciting literary vacation.

Happy Reading!

Free eBooks, magazines and music for your new Tablet

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Did you receive a new tablet this year? Be sure to check out our collection of free media. All you need is a library card.

You can find our help guides for your device on the Media Services webpage (Explore -> eBooks, Film & Music), and if you want help getting started, stop by one of our three eBook Q & A sessions:

  • Sunday, January 19th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 1st, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Sunday, February 16th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

 

eBooks for Managing Stress

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We had so much fun with our Halloween eBook recommendations, that we've decided to make it a weekly event. Check the Media Services page (ualibrary.org -> Explore ->eBooks, Films & Music) each week for a new set of recommendations.

The holidays are undoubtedly a fun time of year. But there is certainly stress that goes along with the shopping and family gatherings and hearing the same songs over and over again. Yes, the holidays can make you feel like a Christmas tree decorated with 700 ornaments shaped like Edvard Munch's “The Scream” painting. Or at least cranky.

Here are three books to help you manage the holiday stress and enjoy the end of 2013.

New Tablets for you to test drive

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Tablets on a tableThanks to the generous support of our Friends of the Library, we just added a new Nexus 7, Nook HD+ and Kindle Fire HD to our Gadget Table. If you are thinking about getting a new tablet, have a tablet that you've been meaning to start using more or just like shiny new tech, stop by the Media department and try them out. We also have an iPad and a Kindle eReader, so you can compare the functions and decide which device is best for you.

The tablets are set up to download eBooks and magazines using OverDrive and Zinio, and we are always happy to demonstrate these great services to you.

Halloween eBook - Local Noir

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Our last Halloween eBooks recommendations feature collections of “noir” stories from different cities. These aren't ghost stories per se, but they are dark and mysterious. The three featured titles all come from the same series, and feature stories set in a single city, written by authors who know those cities well. Call it “local crime fiction.”

  • Baltimore Noir - Dark stories from the home of Edgar Allen Poe. Authors include David Simon, best known for The Wire.
  • DC Noir - George Pellacanos leads this tour of the seedy side of the nation's capital.
  • Los Angeles Noir - From the city better know for “film noir.” Includes stories by Michael Connolly and Janet Fitch.

Happy Reading!

Halloween eBooks - Scary Places

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Truth is stranger than fiction, so today, we are featuring non-fiction books about Scary Places. This series is aimed at middle school readers. Check one out for your budding Halloween historian.

  • Spooky Cemeteries - What could be creepier (and more haunted) than a cemetery?
  • Dark Mansions - Old houses are full of ghosts, and great woodwork.
  • Creepy Castles - Any place with a dungeon is fertile ground for hauntings.

Happy Reading!

Halloween eBooks - Freaky Food

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Mmm…Halloween. Combine the flavors of fall (pumpkins, apples) and and some creepy creativity and you get a delicious holiday that kicks off two months of great eating. Check out these cookbooks to find tasty recipes for Beggar's Night.

  • Wormy Apple Croissants - Fun and simple recipes you can make with kids.
  • Betty Crocker Halloween Cookbook - Plan an entire Halloween menu with over 100 recipes.
  • Pumpkin Greats - Make sure you buy an extra pumpkin to use in some of these recipes.

Happy Reading (and eating)!

Halloween eBooks for Kids

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What's better than a pile of Halloween candy? A list of Halloween eBooks, of course. Check out these silly and scary reads for the younger set.

  • Vulgar the Viking and the Spooky School Trip - Vulgar thinks that his first field trip is going to be fun. But then he discovers that the woods are full of evil trolls, and he starts to get scared.
  • Switched - Olivia and Ivy find out that they are identical twin, except for one small difference. Ivy is a vampire.
  • The Zombie Chasers - Zombie's just crashed Zach's slumber party. This is either going to be the best slumber party ever, or the worst.

Happy Reading!

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