Gardiner Public Library will be closed Thursday, November 23rd thru Sunday, November 26th. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!

New Items In The Library!

FICTION:

The Amber Shadows by Lucy Ribchester.  This re-creates World War II life and the enclosed world of code-breaking and plays out the suspense in a Hitchcock homage almost worthy of the master.

Before we were yours by Lisa Wingate.  A South Carolina lawyer, researching her grandmother’s past, learns about a Tennessee orphanage that kidnapped children and placed them for adoption with wealthy people.

The blinds by Adam Sternbergh.  A tense, broiling, 21st century Western with a crafty premise and a high body count.

Brave deeds by David Abrams.  Spanning 8 hours, this follows a squad of 6 AWOL soldiers as they attempt to cross war-torn Baghdad on foot to attend the funeral of their leader.

The Captain’s Daughter by Meg Moore.  A gripping novel about a woman who returns to her hometown in coastal Maine and finds herself pondering the age old question of what could have been.

The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor.  A woman inherits a bookstore and discovers her family’s connection to a famous set of photographs.

Deadfall by Linda Fairstein.  The Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper becomes a suspect.

Down a dark road by Linda Castillo.  Kate Burkholder, an Amish-born (but excommunicated) chief of police, believes that an old friend accused of his wife’s murder may be innocent.

The duchess by Danielle Steel.  A 19th century British duke’s daughter, disinherited by her half-brothers, flees to Paris to make a new life.

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline.  Rosato & DiNunzio, Philadelphia’s most drama-ridden law firm, faces perhaps its most dramatic episode ever when it’s threatened both inside and out.

The followers by Rebecca Wait.  A struggling single mother falls under the spell of a charismatic cult leader, but her rebellious 12 year old daughter isn’t quite so gullible.

A game of ghosts by John Connolly.  The games begin anew as retired police detective Charlie Parker, along with sidekicks Angel and Louis, bring their special brand of cynicism and expertise to this paranormal thriller.

Gather the daughters by Jennie Melamed.  A haunting novel about a cult on an isolated island where nothing is as it seems.

Grace by Paul Lynch.  A sweeping, Dickensian story of a young girl on a life-changing journey across 19th century Ireland on the eve of the Great Famine.

The grip of it by Jac Jemc.  A chilling literary horror novel about a young couple haunted by their newly purchased home.

The half-drowned king by Linnea Hartsuyker.  Steeped in legend and myth, this is a swashbuckling epic of family, love, and betrayal that reimagines the Norse sagas.

House of spies by Daniel Silva.  Gabriel Allon, the Israeli art restorer and spy and now head of Israel’s secret intelligence service, pursues an ISIS mastermind.

I know a secret by Tess Gerritsen.  Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles pursue a shadowy psychopath keeping secrets and taking lives.

A kind of freedom by Margaret Sexton.  An urgent novel that explores the legacy of racial disparity in the South through a poignant and redemptive family history.

The last laugh by Lynn Freed.  A hilarious novel about the riotous, passion-filled adventures of three women who THOUGHT they were past their prime.

The late show by Michael Connelly.  This introduces Rene Ballard, a fierce young detective fighting to prove herself on the LAPD’s toughest beat.

Less by Andrew Greer.  You are a failed novelist and about to turn 50.  A wedding invitation arrives: your boyfriend of the past 9 years is engaged to someone else.  You can’t say yes – it would be too awkward – and you can’t say no – it would look like defeat.  On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world.  How do you arrange to skip town?  You accept them all.

The lightkeeper’s daughters by Jean Pendziwol.  A decades-old mystery is revisited as an elderly woman shares the story of her childhood with a troubled teen.  A haunting tale of nostalgia and lost chances that is full of last-minute surprises.

The locals by Jonathan Dee.  Here are the dramas of the 21st century America – rising inequality, working class decline, a new authoritarianism – played out in the classic setting of some of our greatest novels – the small town.

The lying game by Ruth Ware.  This introduces 4 women who have been carrying a terrible secret since their boarding school days, a secret that is about to be literally unearthed.

The mapmaker’s daughter by Katherine Hughes.  A fascinating evocation of the major players of the Ottoman renaissance. A captured Venetian encounters a strange blend of civilization and barbarism as she attains the highest rank possible for a woman in the Ottoman Empire.

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta.  A mother and son experience existential tizzies following his departure for college.

Secrets of the tulip sisters by Susan Mallery.  Sisters reconnect when one returns to their tulip-centered hometown.

See what I have done by Sarah Schmidt.  This recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time (Lizzie Borden) into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.

Seven stones to stand or fall by Diana Gabaldon.  A collection of short fiction – including two never-before-published novellas – featuring Jamie Fraser, Lord John Grey, Mastery Raymond, and others, all extending the story of Outlander in thrilling new directions.

Sun at midnight by Rosie Thomas.  Love and adventure in this epic story set against the stunning backdrop of Antarctica.

Tom Clancy Point of Contact by Mike Maden.  With typhoons, deadly Chinese and North Korean operatives wielding bats, knives, and guns, and a weaponized thumb drive – the action reaches Clancy level early and stays there.

Use of force by Brad Thor.  The counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is called in when a missing terrorism suspect drowns off the Italian coast.

We shall not all sleep by Estep Nagy.  Set on a small Maine island, this is a richly told story of American class, family, and manipulation – a compelling portrait of a unique and privileged WASP stronghold on the brink of dissolution.

NEW MUSIC CDs:

Evolve by Imagine Dragons

Come From Away (original Broadway cast recording)

Melodrama by Lorde

Fake Sugar by Beth Ditto

Dear Evan Hansen (original Broadway cast recording)

Divide by Ed Sheeran

NEW DVDs:

The Lost City of Z (2017) starring Charlie Hunnam

Only angels have wings (1939) starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur

Broadcast News (1987)  starring Holly Hunter and William Hurt

Westworld (1973) starring Yul Brynner and Richard Benjamin

NONFICTION:

The Cooperstown casebook by Jay Jaffe.  Who’s in the baseball hall of fame, who should be in, and who should pack their plaques and go away.

Deaf daughter by Carol Lee Adams.  This memoir reveals what it’s like to be born able to hear, only to be deaf by age 19.

Drawing calm by Susan Evenson.  Relax, refresh, refocus with drawing, painting and collage workshops.

The history of top 40 singles: 1970-1989 by Frank Deangelis.  Once you learn the histories of these hits, you’ll never hear them the same way again.

Hue 1968 by Mark Bowden.  A stirring history of the 1968 battle that definitively turned the Vietnam War into an American defeat.

Magnetic City by Justin Davidson.  From “New York” magazine’s architecture critic, a walking and reading guide to New York City.

Modern ethics in 77 arguments by Peter Catapano.  Guns, race, and human rights are among the varied ethical issues tackled in this wide-ranging collection.

Notes on a foreign country by Suzy Hansen.  Blending memoir, journalism, and history, this is a moving reflection on America’s place in the world today.  It is a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation – a profound reckoning with what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.

Scotland: the best 100 places by Peter Irvine.  Extraordinary places to walk, eat, and sleep divided by the themes of reflective, magnificent, and human – all backed up by wonderful photos.

Sons and soldiers by Bruce Henderson.  The untold story of the Jews who escaped the Nazis and returned with the US Army to fight Hitler.

Step Parenting by Randall Hicks.  50 one-minute dos and don’ts for stepdads and stepmoms.

The totally unscientific study of the search for human happiness by Paula Poundstone.  This chronicles her amusing and surprisingly personal search for the key to happiness.  A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn’t kill the humor and one that delivers more than it promises.

Wild things by Bruce Handy.  It’s a profound, eye-opening experience to re-encounter books that you once treasured after decades apart.  A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children’s books and authors.

Would everybody please stop?  by Jenny Allen.  An Erma Bombeck for the new age with reflections on life and other bad ideas.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review

 

MARVELous NoveList!

Recently, I was in search of a new-to-me author – one I had never read, and, perhaps, had not heard of?!?!

Several months ago, a new feature appeared in our catalog – suggestions of books readers might like.  Off to check the Minerva catalog I go.  I know I enjoyed Gail Carriger’s Steampunk series, The Parasol Protectorate, so I do a search for Gail Carriger.  Once I bring up the first title in this series, I scroll to the bottom of the page – several book covers are displayed, with author, title, and “Why this match?”  I hover my cursor over the question and am given an idea of “Why this match?”  I see why this title is shown.
Clicking on the title of a book sends me right to the title in the Minerva catalog, and I am able to request a new author!
Being a bit curious, and pretty sure that this in generated through the MARVEL database NoveList, I decide to check out NoveList.
I do the same search of Gail Carriger and am offered the same titles.  That was easy!
While I’m here, I decide to poke around NoveList, and see what new features are available.
Back to the NoveList home page I go.  Across the top of the page I see Home ; Browse By ; Especially For; Quick Links and How Do I?  Hmmm . . . I’m pretty sure that Home brings me to the Home page, and hovering my cursor over the other options gives me ideas of what they might be used for.  Under the Browse By heading I see a couple of interesting ideas – Award Winners and Audiobooks to be specific.
I click on Award Winners.  WOW – there must be fifty or more listed as Popular Awards, and at the bottom of the page is a link to Browse All Award Winners and Notable Books.  Again, WOW! There are PAGES of award books to look through!
Next, I look at the Audiobooksheading.  There are not as many choices on this page, however there are several interesting Recommended Reading Lists on the right hand side of the page.  The site separates the lists as Adult Lists and Children & Teen Lists.  Among the Children & Teen Lists there is a list called Famous Voices: Celebrity Readers – interesting!  Clicking here brings me to a page with, you guessed it, audiobooks read by celebrities!  I really like this concept, as certain voices translate to audio better than others, but I wish there was a list like this for Adult titles, as well!
Back to the menu bar across the top of the page I go.  This time I hover over Quick Links.  There are a couple of links that look to be especially interesting to School Librarians and Teachers – Common Core and Curriculum Connections.  A link of possible interest for the next book discussion is Book Discussion Guides.  I am not able to search the Discussion Guides by title, but it might be helpful when searching for a title for a discussion group.
I do click on the Books to Movies link.  I am taken to a page titled Books To Movies – 2016.  This is an alphabetical list of some of the books that are being filmed this year.  I see a short bit of information about the books, but nothing about when the movie might be available, or actors, etc.  This actually makes sense, as I am looking at a book site, but as usual, I’m curious!
I go back to the menu bar again and look at How Do I?  As you might imagine, this is a link to those FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) we see on many websites.
Back on the Homepage, I notice on the left side tabs stating Fiction and Nonfiction.  Beneath the tabs there are choices – Adult, Teen, Ages 9-12 and Ages 0-8.  
As I am seeing the Adultlists first, both the fiction and the nonfiction have several genre related categories, as well as Best of 2015lists.  These lists would be a great way to gather items for specific book displays.  A tool to remember.
Moving through the age categories, they each appear to be genre lists as well.  There are a few lists, however, that I find intriguing.
All Kinds Of Livesis truly that.  These are book lists of a variety of backgrounds.  These include such ideas as Life On The Autism Spectrum, Teen Homeschoolers’ Lives and LGBTQIA.  What a great place to start when I have someone looking for Christian Lives,or The Disability Experience.
 
Another link I find of interest is For Fans Of . . .  This one appears to be of interest for someone who is a particular fan of specific television programs, movies or even music bands.  The Downton Abbey link gives several suggestions – Velvet Undercover, by Teri J. Brown and A Countess Below Stairs, by Eva Ibbotson, are just a couple.
Okay, it looks like I need to use NoveList on a MUCH more frequent basis and in many more ways than I have been in the past!
Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

What’s Checked Out On Your Library Card?

     It’s been a while since I really looked to see what is currently on my library card.

      Hmmm . . . ten items currently checked out, and two of them are overdue – YIKES!!!   I’d better fix that.  Yes, I can do that here in the library, but did you know you could renew items from home?

 

      Take a few minutes, and check the status of your items.  Go to the minerva.maine.edu website.  Click on the icon that says Patron Record, from there you will be directed to enter your name (first, last or both) and your library card number.  Yes, all 14 digits – they will show up as stars.

      Now you will be on a screen that shows your account information – name, address, expiration date.  There is also a link to what I have checked out.  Clicking on this link shows me what is checked out.  If an item has been renewed, there is an indication as well.  I see that one of the overdue items has been renewed, so I had better put my hands on it and return it to the library – SOON!  By clicking in the small box (Radio Button) in front of the title of the other overdue book, and scrolling down the screen, I am given a choice of renewing everything, or just what has been marked.  Great!  I have renewed that book.

 

      As to what I’m reading – the list is quite eclectic – a mystery on CD, a romance, a book on animal communication, a book on hypnosis, a craft book, the first book in a “new to me” series about spirit animals (recommended by a young patron of the library), and of course the requisite diet/self-help books.

 

      By clicking on Return To Your Record I am able to see what I currently have in my request queue.  A book my sister recommended, 2 titles that have not been published yet, a title from one of the many series I seem to read, and a couple of titles that I have no recollection of requesting – here’s to a new adventure in reading!!!

 

      Take a few minutes, and see what’s on your library card!

What’s on your card?

I was just checking my library card information online.  As most of you know, you can check that information from the minerva.maine.eduwebsite.  Click on the icon that says Patron Record, from there you will be directed to enter your name (first, last or both) and your library card number – all 14 digits, and they will show up as stars.
        The next screen brings you to your account information.  Here you will see your name, address and when your library card expires.  You also have options – to Search Catalog (this button is on the right side of the page) ; Logout ; as well as see what is checked out to you, and what or if you might have any items currently requested.
        Clicking on the link for items currently checked out, there are eight things I am supposed to have at home.  Hmmm . . . I thought I only had six.  Looking through the list, I can see when the items are due and if I might have renewed them.  There is a click-able Radio Button before each item, which gives me the option of renewing a selected item.  I am also see a button Sort by Due Date.  Clicking this button, I easily see what need to be returned today (or perhaps last week!).
        Next I click Request (Holds).  Six items currently requested.  Looking at this page I see that one item is currently In Transit, which means that it is between the library it is coming from, and my home library – Gardiner Public Library.
Here, I am also given an option of Freezing my requests.  This choice will hold my spot in a holds queue, but will not deliver the item to Gardiner until I Un-Freeze the item.  This function is useful if I plan to be away for some length of time, and unable to pick up requested items.  There are often library materials that have MANY people waiting for them – an example would be Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  Currently there are 174 people waiting for this title!  If I am waiting to read this book, but am going on vacation for two weeks, I know I will not be available to pick up the book if it becomes available in that time period.  This is a good time to Freeze my hold.  If I am currently number ten, and no, there is no way for me to know this, by Freezingmy hold, my spot is secure.  I will continue to move closer to number one, but the item will not be sent to my library until I Un-Freeze it.  My hold/request continues in the queue, I can become first in line, stay first in line, other holds will flow around my hold, but as soon as I Un-Freeze the hold I am number one! The next available item will be sent to my library, Gardiner Public Library, and I will be notified to come in and pick it up!  This is a strange concept to understand, but for a “Snow Bird”, or a person who has been waiting what seems like YEARS, but needs to be away for a period of time, this can be a very useful tool.
        Take a few minutes, and see “What’s on your card?”

 

Ann Russell, Technology Librarian

 

 

 

Minerva Tips

Secret Hint –  If you are reserving an extremely popular title on Minerva, look for and reserve the large print copy.  Chances are that it will have fewer reserves on it, and you will therefore get it faster.

 A couple of examples would be The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins – 237 holds on the regular print copy, compared to 20 holds on the large print copy.
 Or . . .
Guilty Wives by James Patterson – 129 holds on the regular print and 20 on the large print edition.