Are you concerned about the upcoming election? (and who isn’t?)

Emotions are running high, and so much is uncertain.  This year, it’s especially important to stay informed.  Fortunately, the library has excellent resources for you and your kids!

 Books by and About the Candidates:

Pro-Hillary:

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HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton
by Jonathan J. M. Allen The story of Hillary’s rebirth, after her career hit a low point in 2008 when she lost to Barack Obama.  Since that time she rose to become Obama’s most important ally and an even more powerful politician, culminating in the democratic nomination for President of the United States.

 

 

hardchoices-1 Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Hillary Clinton’s look at the choices and challenges she has faced is “a subtle, finely calibrated work…with succinct and often shrew appraisals of the complex web of political, economic, and historical forces in play around the world” (The New York Times)

 

Pro-Trump:

anncoulterIn Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!   Ann Coulter believes that Trump has captured the spirit of the times .  His views on trade, immigration, and foreign policy  should be embraced, particularly by those in the working class who have had to contend with cheap foreign labor.

 

 

 

 crippledamerica Crippled America
How to Make America Great Again  Donald Trump outlines his plan for fixingour failing economy”, reforming health care, rebuilding our military and “start winning wars – instead of watching our enemies take over”, and “how to immediately bring jobs back to America by closing our doors to illegal immigrants, and pressuring businesses to produce their goods at home.”
 

 

Neither Choice is Good!

yearofvotingdangerouslyThe Year of Voting Dangerously
The Derangement of American Politics.  
Maureen Dowd argues that both candidates are unfavorable.

 

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“The Past is a Foreign Country…”

They do things differently there  (L.P. Hartley).

Historical Fiction for teens and adults!

I love all kinds of books–that’s why I work in a library! Here are a few books written for or about teenagers that adults can also appreciate and enjoy. They are all set in the period between 1933 and 1950 or thereabouts.

code-name-verity   Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein. . As the book begins, a young woman is being interrogated by the Gestapo. She is a captured spy, and they want all the information she has; she may live so long as she keeps writing her confession. In that confession, the girl tells us of her deep friendship with Maddie, a transport pilot for the RAF. But where is Maddie now? And will either girl survive? A tale of love and courage that illuminates a little-known facet of WWII.
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Library Account Access from Home

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It’s Easy!

Go to easywls.org

In the upper right hand corner, double left click on “My Account”

Input your library Card number, and pin.

If you don’t sign on to your account, you can still search the catalog.  Signing in gives you more control over your account.  You can renew, place holds, change your personal information and preferences, and pay fines.

 

Top 10 Business Databases

Hey Business owners, we have free databases that will help you manage your business! Find customers, perform company, market and industry research wisely, train and manage employees, monitor business news and events, and develop your international business. Our top 10 Databases that mean Business are listed here.

1) reference-usa

Find your individual or business clients in the US by home value, sales volume, geographical descriptions, and more. Map out your target area by drawing lines on a map or radius of miles from your home.  Gather them by industry code numbers, custom picked by you.  Identify the key players of a target business.

2) business-insights-essntials

Competitive intelligence and due diligence starts at Business Insights Essentials– with financials, history, news, products, market share reports, as well as industry reports and company histories.  Information on private companies as well.

3) morningstar

Use Morningstar to create screens for funds, stocks, and ETFs, use the financial reports to analyze them.  Compare them.  See their ranking.  See how indexes, sectors, and styles perform.  Get today’s relevant investment news and information (updated several times a day) via type and video.  Get investment advice, and read their most popular newsletters.  There’s enough information to satisfy expert trader and newbie alike.

4) skillsoft

Wondering how to hire and fire?  Motivate?  Or just get up to speed with the best software programs for your business?  Generally, Skillport  can teach the skills necessary for day to day internal workings.

5) lynda-com

Lynda.com  differentiates herself with IT classes, helping you with the latest in audio and visual, as well as print media.  Lynda.com will help you more with the outside world- advertising and marketing with Social media, for instance.  Check it out!

6) global-road-warrior

If your ambitions reach across the ocean, but your country knowledge is limited, then use Global Road Warrior to learn what immunizations you need before you go, what terrorist warnings, what is considered an appropriate gift, as well as basic tourist information found in a travel guide.

7) rosetta-stone

Once you get to the 178 countries covered by Global Road Warrior, you may want to say something other than “What time is it?” “Please” and “Thank You”.  If you decide to do business in a foreign country, learn what your clients are saying.  Use Rosetta Stone.

8) new-york-times

Once you get the key players from Reference USA, research them, or their companies, or the industry, in our many news sources, including The New York Times.

9) flipster

Flip through business magazines virtually, just like a real magazine, with Flipster.  Check out the magazines by topic, and choose Business, to pick the magazines that will help you most.

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It would be a huge mistake to overlook the book catalog.  Don’t have time to read?  Download an audiobook via Overdrive?  Want it on your kindle, check out the non-fiction collection on Total BooX.

Come to the library for more help for your business!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOT FALL TITLES

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FICTION

The Nix by Nathan Hill – pub. date, August 30, 2016

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[A] sparkling, sweeping debut novel that takes place in a large swath of recent American history, and pop culture and turns them on their sides…-Kirkus (Starred Review)

 This big (640 page) novel tells the story of apathetic college professor and failed writer, Samuel Anderson, whose mother had abandoned him when he was a boy. Samuel gets another chance at literary fame but, in order to achieve it, he must reconnect with his mother; a risky proposition which could stir up an old wound and uncover new ones.

 

Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer – pub. date, September 6, 2016

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Richly conceived… Rigorous questions within an accessible story; highly recommended.  ―Library Journal (starred review)

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks, in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis.As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home–and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

 

Leave Me by Gale Forman –pub. date, September 6, 2016

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A #1 September Library Reads Selection

A September Indie Next Pick

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A People Pick

We’ve all fantasized, at one time or another about escaping, running away from our harried, stressful lives. Maribeth Klein, the lead character in Leave Me, does just that.A married, working mother with two 4-year-old twins, she pack her bags and leaves. It is only when she is distanced from her live that Maribeth begins to view it from a different perspective. Leave Me is a story about facing our fears as well as the ambivalent feelings, we sometimes have about motherhood.

 

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – pub. date, September 6, 2016

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In all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom, and philosophic insight…this book more than fulfills thepromise of Towles’ stylish debut, Rules of CivilityKirkus (Starred Review

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors.

 

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – pub. date, September 13, 2016

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The prose is lean and inviting, but the constant shifts in point of view, the peripatetic chronology and the ever growing cast of characters will keep you on your toes. A satisfying meat-and-potatoes domestic novel from one of our finest writers–Kirkus

One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Franny’s mother, Beverly, thus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families.

 

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman – pub. date, October 18, 2016

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A poignant breakout novel, for fans of Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand, about a single mother inherits a beautiful beach house with a caveat “she must take care of the ornery elderly woman who lives in it”- Amazon

For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance, a house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: the deceased’s 82 –year-old mother, Edith, who’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

 

NONFICTION

A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression by Jane Ziegelman – pub. date, August 16, 2016

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An engaging social history… The vivid recreation of American eating at a historical crossroads is engrossing.” -Publishers Weekly

From the author of the acclaimed 97 Orchard and her husband, a culinary historian, an in-depth exploration of the greatest food crisis the nation has ever faced—the Great Depression—and how it transformed America’s culinary culture.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – pub. date, September 27, 2016

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In Born to Run, Springsteen describes growing up in Freehold, New Jersey amid the “poetry, danger, and darkness” that fueled his imagination. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ions and Geigers and Bears, oh my!

You may have noticed there were bears everywhere this past spring. People took pictures of them raiding bird feeders, swimming the Hudson river, and even wandering along beaches. If you’d like to learn more about these magnificent predators and how best to deal with them, the library can help! To give just one example, here’s an archived article from the New York Times:

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I found this article, and much more on black bears, in one of our new databases, Gale’s Science in Context.

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