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Favorite Romances @ Northwest Anytime Library

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Image courtesy of Hyena Reality at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Take advantage of these handy lists of ebook and audiobook romances from the Northwest Anytime Library (Overdrive).

Romantic Mysteries
Romance with Humor
Romantic Westerns

If you need help with downloads, come in or call the Burlington Public Library.

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YA Lit for your Earbuds

Do you love young adult literature and audiobooks? What about FREE BOOKS?

Each week until August 14, the SYNC program is offering two YA books that you can download to your computer or mobile device. This usually includes one modern title and one classic title.

To get started, you’ll need to download the free OverDrive app to your device. Next, sign-up to get notifications of when the FREE audiobook downloads are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. You can check their website for help downloading the books, or you can give us a call at the library.

This week’s books are Dodger by Terry Pratchett and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Be sure to check back on the Thursday of each week to see the next pair of books.

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– Jenny

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Do I have to wear white?

Wedding books for ideas and inspiration can be found all over the library.  They are also available as ebooks online.  Click on the covers or Scroll down for more titles to check out.

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Style your perfect wedding / 392.5 STYLE 2015

A world of ways to say “I do” : wedding vows, readings, poems, and customs from
different traditions and cultures / 392.5 BenSHEA

For the busy bride on a budget! /392.5 GERIG

Weddings by Martha Stewart /395.22 STEWART

The wedding book : the big book for your big day/395.22 WEISS

Do I have to wear white? : Emily Post answers America’s top wedding questions
395.22 POST

Wedding cakes you can make : designing, baking, and decorating the perfect wedding cake /641.8653 WILSON

Handcrafted weddings : over 100 projects & ideas for personalizing your wedding. / 745.5941 HANDCRAFT

Rustic chic wedding : 55 projects for crafting your own wedding style
745.5941 HILL 2014

The art and craft of keepsake photography : engagements & weddings : how to take perfect photos and make stunning invitations, announcements, albums, thank you notes, and more /745.5941 Smith

The wedding photography field guide : capturing the perfect day with your digital
SLR camera / 778.993 Turner 2011

Master’s guide to wedding photography : capturing unforgettable moments and lasting impressions /778.99392 BELL

Complete book of wedding showers / 793.2 WARNER

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More psychological suspense if you liked “Girl on the Train” and or “Gone Girl”

If you liked the psychological suspense thrillers “Girl on the Train” or “Gone Girl” use our library catalog and online resources for more books like these.

Here are some of the read-a-likes we have in our library:

Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson He's Gone by Deb Caletti A Secret Place by Tana French
For the Ebook or audiobook versions, the advanced search option allows you to search by Subject or Genre.  If you’d like a demonstration, please come in and we’ll show you how.

If you have your library card handy or are in the library, use this list provided by Novelist.  Or for other authors you are interested in, try Novelist’s Author Readalikes feature under the “Lists and Articles” tab and the recommended reads lists.

–Karen

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Research and Homework in a new age!

Gale Virtual Reference Library for Homework and Research at the Burlington Library

The Burlington Library has some new ways to do your research – while we still have lots of books to peruse for facts and background on homework topics, you can now get to them using our Gale Virtual Reference Library ebook site called GVRL. Have your library card handy, click this image and check it out! If you need help, please ask.

 

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On Our Reader’s Shelves – Volume 2

Skagit readers are continuing to submit book reviews for the WARM reading challenge! All are welcome to participate by submitting a review at the library or via our website. All reviewers are entered into the WARM raffle and will have the chance to win a Kindle Fire table, gift certificates to Easton’s Books and Chuckanut Manor, book gift baskets, and MORE!

Here are some of the latest reviews submitted by WARM participants. My to-read list is certainly growing!

my sunshine awayMy Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

Reader’s verdict:

This novel begins with this line: “There were four suspects in the rape of Lindy Simpson…” But the central character of M.O. Walsh’s debut novel is not Lindy Simpson, but rather the unnamed narrator of the story–the teenage boy across the street–who is obsessed with Lindy Simpson in a typical teen male sort of way. He sees himself at the center of life’s happenings–how does this impact my life he seems to ask. And he tells the story of the years just before and after this incident as he looks back on it years later as an adult. As a teenager he’s often self-centered and insensitive to the feelings of those around him, while as an adult he apologizes for his lack of compassion and understanding. If you like coming-of-age stories, and tales of suspense where information is slowly revealed you’ll enjoy My Sunshine Away.

 

Band of BrothersBand of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose

Reader’s verdict:

Stephen E. Ambrose brings history to life, and this book about 101st Airborne’s heroic efforts in WWII is no exception. Being at the tail end of the baby boomers, I grew up with movies like the Battle of the Bulge and A Bridge Too Far. Band of Brothers personalizes those stories and fills in many of the details left out by feature films. Speaking of feature films, the HBO series Band of Brothers is on the library shelves, and it is really well made. I actually watched the series last fall and decided afterwards that I wanted to read the book.

 

 

landlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell

Reader’s verdict:

After two successful Teen novels, “Landline” (Rowell’s second adult novel) looks at relationships–how they evolve, what one partner may give up in the name of love and keeping the peace, and how a soulmate/friend who’s not your spouse can fit into the mix–or not. Georgie and Neal have been together since college, and his needs have taken a backseat to her career as a sitcom writer with best friend Seth. But when Georgie chooses work over family at Christmas time, Neal leaves and takes their two daughters to spend the holiday with his family in Omaha. Georgie is afraid her choice may be the final straw in a relationship that has been all give for Neal, and all take for Georgie. When her cell phone dies, she discovers an old landline at her mother’s home and uses that to call Neal. But as her voice travels across the miles, it also travels back in time–to a Christmas when they were just dating, and Neal was trying to reconcile the fact that we was in love with Georgie with the idea that her life and dreams would control their future. As Georgie talks to Neal-in-the-past over several days, she questions whether the life they’ve lived has been fair to Neal, and if he might have been better off without her. Rowell’s characters are believable and likeable, and while I was rooting for Georgie and Neal to stay together, I appreciated the friendship between Georgie and Seth, and the witty banter between them as they worked together on their next big project.

What are you reading now? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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March Madness has begun!

We’re mad about books all month during March Madness at the Burlington Public Library! We’ve got 16 of your favorite books from 2014 matched up, and it’s up to you to decide who will prevail. Are you a fan of adult fiction, nonfiction, young adult, or children’s books? They’re all in the running. Competition will ramp up all month with elite eight and final four games, and a championship round at the end of the month.

The first round – Sweet 16 Match-Ups –  is open for voting until Saturday. Come by the library to cast your vote, or tell us in the comments!

Sweet Sixteen Match-ups

the-hunger-games-book-cover VS.  divergent-book-cover2

Boys in the Boat cover VS. story-wild-book-cover-4254.jpg

The-Invention-of-Wings-Sue-Monk-Kidd VS. The-All-Girl-Filling-Stations-Last-Reunion-Fannie-Flagg

tartt VS. the-luminaries

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney VS. Eleanor and Park(2)

Fault in Our Stars VS. we are water

i am malala VS. unbroken

sycamorerow VS. gone girl

Which do you think will make it to the Elite 8 round?

– Jenny

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Read More, Stress Less – Make #Timetoread in 2015

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I may be biased, but I can think of no better way to relax than getting lost in a great book (I am a librarian, after all). However, in a world full of distractions, social media notifications, and text message pings, the traditional way of reading may be suffering – and so is one’s ability to comprehend and enjoy text.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, silent reading parties are springing up around the world in an attempt to return to uninterrupted reading. Readers such as those in Wellington, New Zealand turned to the idea after realizing how fractured their reading habits had become due to technological distractions. Research of screen reading patterns reveals that skimming and skipping through text (as one often does when reading an online source) results in lower rates of comprehension. When we bring these habits to the page, we are losing out on many of the benefits and pleasures of reading.

Research also shows that an action as simple as turning off a cell phone and reading for just a half hour can help readers reduce stress, enhance concentration and comprehension skills, and build empathy. This article spoke to me as I considered the New Year and the practice of making New Year’s resolutions. Does cutting stress and making time to relax resonate with you and your own goals for 2015? It certainly does for me.

The Library invites you to take a step to reduce stress and escape the distractions by sitting down with a book on Saturday, January 24 for National Readathon Day. Readers around the country will be slowing down between the hours of noon and 4pm and enjoying quiet time with a book. Tell us what you’re reading on Facebook or Twitter (when you’re done reading, of course) with the hashtag #timetoread for a chance to win a gift certificate to Easton’s Books. What better way to relax, connect with a community of readers, AND add some books to your to-read pile?

National Readathon Day is the first in a series of events for adults to participate in during the Winter Adult Reading Months (W.A.R.M.). Throughout January, February, and March, participants (age 19 and over) are invited to take on reading challenges, review books, and attend talks on comic books, political cartooning, and more. Participants are eligible for prizes including a Kindle Fire, gift certificates to Easton’s Books and Chuckanut Manor, and book gift baskets. All W.A.R.M. events are offered at no charge thanks to support from the Friends of the Burlington Library. Don’t let the dreary winter months get you down – warm up with books and more at the Burlington Public Library.

Wishing you a year of happiness and great books!

– Jenny

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For our ebook and audiobook readers

Washington Anytime Library logoThe Washington Anytime Library (aka Overdrive) has some new checkout options for you!  See below:

 

suspendSuspend a hold 

You can now “suspend” a hold on Overdrive. When you do this, you continue to move up the waiting list for that title, but the system won’t fill your hold until your suspension period is over. For example, you’re getting close to the top of a waiting list for a popular title, but you’re in the middle of reading another book, you might want to suspend your hold to make sure that you won’t receive the new title until you are ready for it.  There are more details on Overdrive’s website.

autoAutomatic Borrowing

You can also turn on “automatic borrowing” when you place a title on hold.  This way you have the option to have titles automatically check out to your account when it becomes available.  Again, you can learn more about this feature from Overdrive.

 

-Karen

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Vote for this October’s Big Library Read!

6bf53eb9-f725-4d6f-9b0f-8a713c4f141aOverdrive — the company that manages most of the library’s ebooks — is gearing up for another “Big Library Read.”  During one of these big library reads, people all over the world can read and discuss a single ebook together, without being stuck for weeks on a wait list.

But there’s a catch to October’s Big Library Read — Overdrive hasn’t decided on a book yet!  They’ve sent out an online survey, which you are more than welcome to weigh in on.  It looks like their short list includes a bunch of teen titles that look pretty fun!

Vote in their survey, or let us know your preference in the comments below!  I hope you’re looking forward to October’s Big Library Read.

-Jane

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