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It's been five years since Ready Player One swept through the book world, and the movie is landing this weekend. Virtual reality, gaming geekery, and 80's pop culture combined to make this book an instant classic for science fiction fans.
I discovered historical fiction in the first grade. I picked out The Witch of Blackbird Pond from my school library because it sounded spooky—I’ve always been a little Wednesday Addams at heart—but I came to find out it wasn’t the pointy hats and broomsticks kind of witch, but rather the Puritans and witch trials kind. I was fascinated. And appalled. And I instantly had to tell everyone I knew about this horrifying time in our nation’s past.
Librarians are misunderstood creatures. We see ourselves as warriors: defenders of information, crusaders against censorship, guardians of knowledge! Most everyone else sees us as old maids who wear cardigans and shush people. When I first told people I was going to library school, I got scoffs and sneers, “What do they teach you, how to alphabetize?”
If you like to listen to audio books, try Metropolitan Library System’s hoopla Digital, where there is never any waiting for the book you choose. You can download 6 items per month, ending on the last day of the month and resetting on the first of each month. All you need is your library card number, and a web browser, smart phone, or tablet, and you can keep them for 3 weeks. I downloaded them using the hoopla app on my android phone. If you don’t have a particular title or author in mind, try browsing some of the fun categories such as “happier family road trips,” “best of hoopla 2017,” or “celebrity readers.”
It was recently announced that there will be a prequel TV series for the Lord of the Rings. Some people are saying that this is going to be the next cult TV sensation. We all know that Tolkien helped pioneer the fantasy genre, but when it comes to TV, Game of Thrones is the original. With the final season airing in 2019 and then spin-off series already in the works, it is highly unlikely anyone can compete with the juggernaut that is Game of Thrones. What do you think? Is the Lord of the Rings fandom big enough to make the new series an instant success or do you think that Game of Thrones is unstoppable? No matter which side you fall on, we all have a long wait before either show puts out new content.
Have you heard the hubbub about hoopla? One of the newest additions to the Metropolitan Library System family, hoopla is your one-stop-shop for everything digital! From audiobooks to movies, hoopla has it all, and you get six free downloads each month, thanks to your library card.
Not sure where to start? Check out some of these popular eBooks, and explore all that hoopla has to offer.
Practically all my life, I’ve carried a book with me at all times. I read everywhere. I scoff at people who say they “don’t have time to read.” Oh yeah? What do you do in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, in line at the supermarket, on breaks at work, and at stoplights? For the true reader, there is ALWAYS time to read.
The Golden Globe nominations are out, and the winners will be announced January 7th. As usual, there are many literary adaptations for us to explore, beginning with two films in the “best motion picture” categories.
The National Book Awards were announced November 14, and the winners are-----