Free Book—Keep Forever—No Fines—No Kidding!

Though it is no surprise that the library has FREE BOOKS, the library has just received a shipment of books that are true giveaways, free to keep. They are on display in the Midlothian Library, and the Chester Library has a supply as well. Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch is billed as a mystery and romance blended together. From the back cover: After Hudson Savage betrayed her, Dana Cardwell hoped never again to lay her eyes on the seductive cowboy. And she didn't. Until a bunch of old bones showed up on her…continue reading →

Serial novelist…ONLINE

Why buy the whole book when you can get the chapters (one at a time) for free? Charles Dickens published novels in serial form, or chapter by chapter, in newspapers and magazines. The idea continues today as newspapers serialize longer works. Fans can read the book chapter by chapter  in the newspaper, on the web, through an RSS feed, or even by email. The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger Known for her novel The Time Traveler's Wife, Niffenegger is also an accomplished artist and bookmaker. She writes and draws this graphic novel about…continue reading →

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things

Why can some people live with only minimal possessions, while others save everything they have ever touched...and eventually are buried by their possessions, by their trash, by their stuff? Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things is written by two scientists who treat have treated hundreds of people suffering from hoarding issues. In the book they explore hoarding behavior through a series of compelling case studies, drawing individual portraits of each hoarder. One sufferer moves papers around but never discards them; one collects thousands of magazines all in perfect condition; one collects…continue reading →

Library Hours and Summer Registration

Exams are over and the spring semester is complete. While classes are not in session, the libraries will have reduced hours. Instead of closing at 9 we will close at 7 for extended registration. Details: May 12/Wednesday:  7:30-11 am. Employee Appreciation Day May 13/Thursday: 7:30 am-7 pm (Registration) Saturday May 15: Closed (Commencement) May 17-20/Monday-Thursday: 7:30 am - 7 pm. May 18/Saturday: Closed Books may be returned in the book drop. Electronic resources will be available remotely during this time. Regular library hours will resume Monday, May 24.continue reading →

Choose Privacy Week: May 2-8

Intellectual freedom is not only the right to read what you like, to say what you like, and to protest what you like. Intellectual freedom is also the freedom to read, search, and learn in the digital age…without Big Brother watching over your shoulder. Or at least, not watching without your permission. The American Library Association has declared the first week in May to be Choose Privacy Week. The ALA wants to begin a national conversation about privacy rights in the digital age.  How much of your identity and privacy are you giving…continue reading →