Preloaded e-reader with junior and teen books free at the library

Great news for our junior and young adult patrons who want to join the high-tech world of e-readers but may not have the resources to buy one. Thanks to Youth Services librarian Kristine MacNeill and our resident technology guru Cody Yantis, your library now has a Nook preloaded with books just for you to borrow for free.

The Nook carries 21 books, and they will be changed every two or three months, depending on demand and usage. You will not be able to download anything to the Nook. Just enjoy the books already there.

Books loaded on this first youth Nook are “Big Question” (Hank the Cowdog) by John R. Erickson, “Brixen Witch” by Stacey DeKeyser, “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins, “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, “Hero” by Mike Lupica, the “Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins, “Land of Stories, The Wishing Spell” by Chris Colfer, “Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan, “Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins, “Peculiar” by Stefan Bachmann, “Perks of Being a Wallflower” by Stephen Chbosky, “Red Blazer Girls, the Secret Cellar” by Michael D. Bell, “Seconds Away” by Harlan Coben, “Son” by Lois Lowry, “Splendors and Glooms” by Laura Amy Schlitz, “Super” by Matthew Cody, “Tales from a Not-so-Popular Party Girl” and “Tales from a Not-so-Talented Pop Star” (Dork Diaries) by Rachael Renee Russell, “Warrior’s Heart” by Eric Greitens, “What Came from the Stars” by Gary D. Schmidt and “Who Could That Be at This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket.

Caveat: The Nook will be available for the normal three-week period, and we will not allow renewals at least until we see how popular they are.

The Nook will circulate in a velcro bag that will have the e-reader, cables and quick-start instructions to make the process of using them as simple as possible for those who have never used an e-reader.

Free family holiday party today

You and your family are invited to join us for a Hot Chocolate Hullaballoo at the library today (Thursday, Dec. 13) from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the holiday season. There will be seasonal crafts for all ages to make and a hot chocolate bar for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you there.

Free high-tech training

Our free high-tech learning sessions continue. Informal sessions with Cody are set for today (Thursday, Dec. 13) from 3–5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m.–noon and Thursday, Dec. 20, from 3-5 p.m. We also have another formal training session that requires advance registration for space reasons: Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 1-3 p.m. is an e-book and e-audio workshop. The first hour will be about the newest two-book platform, 3M. The second hour will showcase the library’s new e-audio downloadables, Oneclickdigital.

Notable Spanish-language books

A three-part novel titled “Tu Rostro Manana” by Spanish author Javier Marias is available now at your library. The three books are titled “Fiebre y Lanza,” “Baile y Sueno” and “Veneno y Sombra y Adios.” They can be read either alone or in the order listed above. Born in Madrid, the author is a well-known contemporary novelist, translator and columnist. Part of his childhood was spent in the U.S. where his father taught at various institutions including Yale University and Wellesley College.

Books on CD

“Portlandtown” by Rob DeBorde is a supernatural western set in an Oregon graveyard. “Poseidon’s Arrow” by Clive and Dirk Cussler is the latest in the Dirk Pitt adventure series. “Luke Jensen, Bounty Hunter” by William W. and J.A. Johnstone is a the latest in the western series featuring the Jensen family.


“Merry Christmas, Alex Cross” by James Patterson is the latest in the thriller series featuring Alex Cross. “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore” by Robin Sloan is an adventure story about a bookstore with very few customers.


“Victory at Yorktown” by Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen is the conclusion to the authors’ George Washington series.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Peggy Shipman and several anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“The only graceful way to accept an insult is to ignore it; if you can’t ignore it, top it; if you can’t top it, laugh at it; if you can’t laugh at it, it’s probably deserved.” — Essayist Russell Lyons.


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This story was posted on December 13, 2012.