Have you seen our Media Department's blog? It's a great place to get eBook recommendations on a variety of topics. This week we feature titles to help you deal with holiday stress. Check back each week for new suggestions!
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.
Thanks 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.
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.
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.
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)!
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.
Bring you eBook and eReader questions to the library this Sunday, October 20th. Staff from the Media Services department will help you get your tablets and eReaders set up to read eBooks and magazines.
Bring your device to Meeting Room B between 1:30 PM and 4 PM. You can sign up for a 15 minute, one-on-one session.
In order to make the most of your time, please bring the following items with you:
- Portable device or laptop
- Library card (or number)
- Account information, including:
- Amazon login
- Adobe ID
- Apple ID or Google Play login information
- Laptop and USB cable if you have an eReader (Nook, Kindle)
See you there.
Teen literature is full of great Halloween themed eBooks. Zombies, and Vampires and Paranormal Romance. Oh, yeah. And if you want to read more, all of these titles are part of a series (of course).
- Possession is the age-old story of starting at a new school and dealing with a clique of demon-possessed girls.
- In the Abused Werewolf Rescue Group, Toby wakes up in the hospital and learns that he is a werewolf. Later, he meets up with characters from Catherine Jinks' previous book, The Reformed Vampire Support Group.
- In Turned, Caitlin moves to New York and finds herself in the middle of a vampire war.
Welcome to day two of our Halloween eBook recommendations. Today, we are featuring three classic tales of horror from three legendary authors. These are “pages for the ages,” stories that have stood the test of time and that can still send a shiver up your spine.
The work of Edgar Allan Poe needs no introduction. Poe was a master of suspense, and this collection includes his most famous tales of madness and terror, including: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue and The Raven.
In, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving created a character that haunts us to this day, the Headless Horseman.
Though some recent vampires novels might be reaching the “twilight” of their popularity, Anne Rice's Interview with the Vampire has been a touchstone of the genre for nearly 40 years.