The Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc. has teamed up with the Calcasieu Parish Public Library to add American Girl dolls to the Library collection.
Twenty dolls have been donated to the library to promote literacy and writing, and children who check out the dolls will also learn about the significant role of women during different periods in history.
Each doll comes with her own story book and a journal, so that children who check out a doll can write about the experience they had with it. Did they go on an adventure? See someone special?
Details on the American Girl® doll Lending Program.
Alice Hoffman, the author of such popular books as The Dovekeepers and Practical Magic, just penned her first middle grade novel, Nightbird. As in her previous novels, Hoffman uses magical realism to explore life in a small town where one small girl lives a lonely life due to a centuries-old family curse.
You do not cross a witch. This is a fact that the Fowler family understands better than any other because a long time ago a curse was enacted upon them. Due to the curse, the family withdrew as much as possible from society, away from prying eyes. Twig Fowler is a lover of climbing. She loves nature, acting and her family. More than anything, Twig wants a friend. But life is not easy for the Fowlers, for what would the town’s people do if they found out that what they think of as “the Sidwell monster” is actually Twig’s big brother?
When new neighbors move into the vacant cottage next door, life gets more complicated. Twig struggles with wanting to be friends with Julia and knowing it’s against the rules. Not only is this family a threat to the Fowler’s isolation, but they are ancestors of Agnes Early, the witch who cursed the family so long ago. But what if the curse could be broken? What if there’s more to the story of Agnes Early and Lowell Fowler, the long ago ill-fated sweethearts?
This was a very sweet read. Twig is a wonderful character who has a lot to deal with for one so young. She learned to keep secrets long ago and repress her desire to make friends and be well liked. Any child who has felt isolated by his peers will recognize the yearning Twig feels. I enjoyed that there was no bad guy. It gets difficult to read books where one character is blatantly bad. Instead Nightbird concentrates on misunderstandings. People in the town of Sidwell are well-meaning and the reader gets the sense of small town living.
This is the perfect book for Middle Schoolers and a great companion to spring/summer reading lists! Hopefully Alice Hoffman continues writing for children because her first attempt was a beautiful addition to children’s literature.
reviewed by Kristin Milks is a Collection Analyst with OverDrive
Did you know that you can sync your libraries, saved searches, and reading or listening position across multiple devices? Sign up for an OverDrive account and enjoy your favorites on your phone and your tablet.
What is an OverDrive account?
You can sign up for an OverDrive account to take advantage of great features at overdrive.com or in the OverDrive app, where you can find eBooks, audiobooks, and more from a digital library near you. You'll be required to sign into or sign up for an OverDrive account when you install the latest version of OverDrive for Android, Chromebook, iOS, or Windows 8.
- Simplify Adobe ID registration---After you sign up for an OverDrive account, we'll automatically activate new devices for you when you sign in on each one. You can have up to six devices synced and authorized with your account, and you can quickly manage them on overdrive.com.
- Sync your progress and bookmarks--Devices with the latest OverDrive app (for Android 4.0+, Chromebook, iOS 6.0+, or Windows 8/RT) work with your OverDrive account to sync progress and bookmarks for eBooks, audiobooks, and streaming videos that you've downloaded or added to the app. So when you move from your iPad to your Nexus 6, you don't have to spend time scrolling through pages or fast-forwarding to find your current place or favorite passage.
- Save libraries--When you save libraries to your OverDrive account, you can access them from any device you've signed in with. For example, when you get a new tablet and install the OverDrive app, just sign in to your account and your saved libraries will appear automatically. When searching at OverDrive.com, you can filter results to show only titles available at your libraries.
- Save searches to your account--Are you a Jim Butcher fan? With an OverDrive account, you can search for "Jim Butcher," save the results, and then return to them each time you're ready to borrow the next book in the series.
What is the difference between an OverDrive account and your library account?
An OverDrive account (required when installing the latest version of the OverDrive app) authorizes the app to read protected eBooks, allows you to save a list of your favorite digital libraries, and syncs your bookmarks and progress in eBooks and audiobooks across devices.
A library account (represented by your library card) lets you borrow titles from your library's digital collection. Even if you create an OverDrive account to use the app, you'll still need your library card to get titles from your digital library.
Your global book club, Big Library Read is now live. Big Library Read offers you and millions of users around the globe the opportunity to join the largest global book club in the world. For the next two weeks Shakespeare Saved my Life by Laura Bates will be available to borrow without any wait lists or holds.
From March 17th through the 31st, feel free to read Dr. Bate’s story of teaching Shakespeare in a supermax solitary confinement prison and how she formed a lasting friendship with a convicted murderer that saved more than one life.
Dr. Bates has been featured on MSNBC-TV and just recently sold the rights to her book to be turned into a movie! You can learn more about her and Shakespeare Saved my Life at biglibraryread.com and be sure to join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #BigLibraryRead. On Friday, March 27th at 1 pm (CST) we’ll have a live twitter chat where we will ask Dr. Bates questions from readers so be sure to tweet @OverDriveLibs your questions for the author!
Also, if your school or book club would like to use this title for group discussions you can use this discussion guide for questions and topics.
Food for Fines Program Benefits Local Food Pantry
The Calcasieu Parish Public Library is partnering with the Faith and Friends Food Pantry to gather much needed items in exchange for removing library fines.
Patrons can bring in any non-perishable food item starting Sunday, March 15th through Sunday, April 5 to receive a coupon that is good for five dollars off of any library fine.
The coupon is not valid for copies or prints and cannot be used for lost items. There is no cash value to the coupon and no remaining balance on the coupon will be accepted. The coupon is only good for a one time use, and once a coupon is used, it cannot be reused again, regardless of fine amount.
One voucher per account will be handed out and a maximum of 1 voucher will be given regardless of size of donation. The coupon will expire at the end of the year on December 31, 2015.
The Faith and Friends Food Pantry was established in 2000 and is the only organization of its type that serves the entire Calcasieu Parish area. It is located at 4009 J. Bennett Johnston Avenue in Lake Charles (on the corner of J. Bennett Johnston Avenue and Main St.) and those interested in learning more about them can call (337) 439-9494, Monday through Thursday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
For more information on the Food for Fines program, contact your local library.
We’re excited to announce the return of the Big Library Read, our global digital book club where millions of people from around the world have the ability to read the same eBook at the same time. This time around, OverDrive users will be able to read Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard, by Laura Bates, without any wait lists or holds.
At the Calcasieu Parish Public Library, the title will be available from March 17 through April 1 simultaneously for users who would like to join.
During the week of March 23, we will also be doing a Twitter chat with Bates, where readers will be able to ask her questions about her book and her personal and professional life.
Shakespeare Saved my Life is Bates’ autobiography about working with inmates in solitary confinement, teaching them the works of William Shakespeare. Her fascinating life’s story is sure to captivate you as she shares the unlikely friendship she formed with Larry Newton, a convicted murder with multiple escape attempts to his name.
This edition of Big Library Read has been made possible by Sourcebooks, Inc., who have enabled us to make Shakespeare Saved my Life available to more than 30,000 libraries and schools worldwide. Join us in reading this enthralling tale starting March 17 and discover how eBooks can change lives!
Adam Sockel is a Social Media Specialist at OverDrive. He believes that all the world’s a stage…
You asked for it and they listened. Here’s a list of improvements coming March 10th.
One Account – Users only need to create a SINGLE account to checkout and read their magazines (they no longer need to create a separate Zinio.com account)
HTML5 Viewer for PC/Mac – Allows users to read their magazines from a web browser (NO need to download the Zinio Reader software or app)
compatible with PC – IE10+, Chrome and Firefox & compatible with Mac – Safari, Chrome and Firefox
NEW Zinio for Libraries READ ONLY Apps – Log in with your existing library credentials, download and read magazines off-line
currently available for iPad and Android devices & coming soon for iPhone and Kindle Fire HD/HDX devices
Users may continue to use the Zinio.com app to manage their collection – If users have magazines they purchased, they may still access them along with magazines they have checked out from your library by using the Zinio.com app. Zinio.com apps will continue to be available for iPhone, Kindle Fire HD/HDX, Win8, PC, MAC
Users can manage their magazine collection from your Zinio for Libraries collection page – They will no longer be required to leave the site and go to Zinio.com to manage their collection.
Expanded Browse and Manage Display – users may set their search preference to view 16, 40, 100 magazines at a time, by magazine cover or list view.
Help (?) icon – will be more visible.
"The Netflix series "House of Cards" has won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for twenty-two. ABCnews.com writes that " Even if it never wins another award, 'House of Cards' already ranks among the most influential shows in television history." As an entire season of the program is released on a single day, it is becoming increasingly popular to binge-watch it over short periods of time. If fans have already seen the most recent series that was released this past Friday and are looking for more, or if someone is curious about the program but is not sure they want to subscribe to Netflix just yet, we have a suggestion. The three books that inspired the sought-after American and BBC television shows of the same name are on your library website through Freading. The books never have to be put on hold since they are digital, and they can be downloaded even when the library is closed."
- "Francis Urquhart is one of the great characters of modern fiction." -York Evening Press
- House of Cards is a work of genius." --Sunday Post
What are you waiting for? Download the trilogy today!
If you've used Ancestry in the past, HeritageQuest Online's new interface will have a similar look and feel! From the user-friendly home page to cool and helpful features such as new Research Aids and interactive Census Maps, it’s a whole new, refreshing experience. Expand your family tree search using HeritageQuest. If outside of the library, use this link.
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