First you read a book and then send us a brief review describing you loved or hated about the book and whether you would recommend it to your fellow readers. Each time you write a review your name goes into our raffle jar for the weekly prize. We will draw a name from the jar each Friday starting on August 10th. The rules are: there are no rules. Just read, review, and have fun. Selected reviews will be published in the September Newsletter and on the Library Wiki!
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Did you know that over 80 types of food from Castleberry brand products were recently recalled due to botulism concerns? Did you hear that some Veggie Booty snack food was tainted with salmonella? Did you know that the California Department of Health is advising consumers not to eat fresh ginger from
If you haven’t heard about these and other important food recalls you may want to take a look at a website put up by the federal government to warn consumers about these recalls, as well as recalls involving boats, cars, medicines, consumer products, and environmental products. You can also sign up to have the FDA send you recall updates so you don’t need to keep checking the website.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
2 DAYS AFTER THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HUMANS Without constant pumping, New York City's subway system completely fills with water.
7 DAYS Nuclear reactors burn or melt down as their water-cooling systems fail.1 YEAR Street pavements split and buckle as water in the cracks freezes and thaws.
2 TO 4 YEARS In New York and other cities, cracked streets become covered with weeds and, later, colonizing trees whose roots upheave sidewalks and wreak havoc with already damaged sewers.
4 YEARS Without heat, homes and office buildings fall victim to the freeze/thaw cycle and begin to crumble.
5 YEARS Large parts of New York may be burned by now; a lightning strike on uncollected dead branches in Central Park could easily start a catastrophic fire.
20 YEARS Dozens of streams and marshes form in Manhattan as collapsed streets fill with water.
100 YEARS The roofs of nearly all houses have caved in, accelerating the deterioration of the structures.
500 YEARS Mature forests cover the New York metropolitan area.
Monday, July 23, 2007
The fabulous Phryne Fisher is back in audio! If you enjoy 1920’s period mysteries with a feisty and clever heroine, you must check out this series. This time Phryne is newly arrived in
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Excerpted from Publishers Weekly;
HeartSick by Chelsea Cain.
Body count: Either 5 or 204, depending on how you’re counting.
The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross (who has co-authored 5 best sellers with James Patterson…)
Body count: 13
The Cleaner by Brett Battles
Body count: 24
I Have just started a book not listed here Mr. Clarinet by Nick Stone. I am on page 77 and really liking it.. tough guy PI, missing child/children,
Body count: close combat: 3; pointblank: 7; medium- to long-range:14; collateral: 55+
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
One way is to read their books, or books that have been recently written about them. Here's a few titles we have in the library which you might want to check out:
MIKE HUCKABEE --- From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 steps to restoring America’s greatness (2007)
JOE BIDEN --- Promises to Keep: on life and politics (to be published July 31)
JOHN McCAIN --- Character is Destiny: inspiring stories every young person should know (2005). (Also three other, earlier, books)
RUDY GIULIANI --- Leadership (2002)
About Giuliani: Grand Illusion: the untold story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 by Wayne Barrett (2006)
About MITT ROMNEY --- A Mormon in the White House? 10 things every American should know about Mitt Romney by Hugh Hewitt (2007)
BARACK OBAMA --- The Audacity of Hope: thoughts on reclaiming the American dream (2006). (Also one earlier title.)
BILL RICHARDSON --- Between Worlds: the making of an American life (2005)
HILLARY CLINTON --- Living History (2003). (Also two older titles.)
About Hillary Clinton: A Woman in Charge by Carl Bernstein (2007) ; Her Way by Jeff Gerth & Don Van Natta Jr. (2007)
JOHN EDWARDS --- Ending Poverty in America: how to restore the American dream (2007) (Also two previous titles)
AL GORE --- The Assault on Reason (2007) (Plus six earlier titles)
NEWT GINGRICH --- Pearl Harbor: a novel of December 8 (2007) (Four earlier books also)
DENNIS KUCINICH --- A Prayer for America (2003)
Another favorite of mine is www.selectsmart.com/president where you answer 25 multiple choice questions about your own views on the issues and then the site matches you with the candidate(s) who most closely reflects your positions. It's fun and easy and the results may surprise you!!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
So no matter how much we librarians want to get our hands on Harry Potter we will abide by the rules. After all, we don’t want our director to end up in Azkaban.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
English has one of the largest lexicon of all languages. According to The Story of English by Robert McCrum, “It is arguably the richest in vocabulary. The compendious Oxford English Dictionary lists about 500,000 words; and a further half million technical and scientific terms remain uncataloged. According to traditional estimates, neighboring German has a vocabulary of about 185,000 words and French fewer than 100,000, including such Franglais as le snacque-barre and le hit-parade”.
It appears that English will continue to expand at a rapid rate; there are almost 100 newly accepted words this year. We will all have to develop a ginormous vocabulary.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
For FY07 (July 1, 2006--June 30, 2007), the Dover Public Library:
Circulated 279,332 items to our borrowing patrons. That's almost 10 books per capita. (The national average is 2.86 books per capita, so Dover has great readers!!)
Hosted 685 meetings in our Trustees Room and Lecture Hall. Did you know that your organization or club can meet here for free? (some restrictions apply!)
Filled 16,455 patron "Hold" requests. Interestingly, 65% of these holds were placed online from patrons at computers outside the library. Remote borrowers logged into our online catalog 22,982 times.
Gave out our museum passes (we have 12 different ones) 622 times. If these museum-goers each saved $20 by using our passes (a conservative estimate), then we've saved Dover families over $12,000!
Delivered free Internet access to 28,614 in-house customers. Cardholders get 90 minutes per day while non-cardholders get 20 minutes access per day. Wi-Fi users also get free access 24/7/365.
The sky is not falling. The Internet has not doomed libraries. Public libraries have embraced new technologies and customer-centered services and are thriving everywhere!