Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Fiction Friday: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore

Out of work due to the Great Recession and dejectedly looking for a job, former web designer Clay Jannon stumbles upon a help wanted sign in an ancient, dusty bookstore—Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour bookstore. After demonstrating his ability to quickly climb ladders and retrieve heavy books Clay is hired as the night clerk. Mystified by the strange merchandise, the quirky customers and Mr. Penumbra’s insistence on careful record-keeping of every transaction, Clay begins to unravel an enigmatic code linked to a secret society founded by a fifteenth century typeface designer. Cleverly written and full…continue reading →
(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

(Non) Fiction Friday: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

No stranger to the Banned Book list (Books Challenged or Banned in 2009-2010), author David Sedaris in his latest work, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, looks at themes of modern culture. In each chapter, ranging from talking to telemarketers, sitting by strangers on an airplane or French reaction to the reelection of Barak Obama, Sedaris reveals not only something of himself but also something of contemporary society. For instance, in “Attaboy” he describes the reaction of a mother and father when their son is caught defacing a mailbox (accusing the victim of wrongdoing!)…continue reading →
Free to Read What You Want to Read

Free to Read What You Want to Read

It is one thing to be told you must read a book, say for a class assignment, but it is something else entirely to be told you must NOT read a book. Yet according to Bannedbooksweek.org, last year 464 challenges were reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom. Since 1981 the American Library Association has set aside the last week in September to call attention to the threat of censorship in schools, libraries and bookstores. This week, September 22-28 take a look at the most challenged books in the U.S., some of which…continue reading →

Fiction Friday: Where’d You Go Bernadette?

Part mystery, part family drama Where’d You Go Bernadette? dishes up an engaging cast of quirky characters: Elgin: the father, Microsoft vice-president, software developer, TED Talk star Bernadette: the mother, architect, MacArthur genius, avoider of society Bee: the beloved daughter and all-around good kid The Gnats: the annoying, over-involved parents at Bee’s school Manjula Kapoor: Bernadette’s virtual assistant working from a call center in India—or is she? When Elgin and Bernadette agree to reward Bee with a trip to Antarctica for her perfect middle school grades, the prospect of being trapped with 150…continue reading →

How to hit the books before they hit back

Whether you are coming to college for the first time, coming back after summer break or even restarting after a long absence you might find that your study skills could use a little polish. The library has just the right book to help you make the most of your college experience. With little more than a week left before the start of class now is the time to check out one of these titles and have your study skills perfected by August 21. Choosing success in community college and beyond / Rhonda Atkinson…continue reading →