Friday, April 18, 2014

New Titles on Nooks!

We've added lots of new titles to our Nooks, including current best sellers!  If you haven't done so already, try checking out a Nook!

Biography/Non Fiction Nook 1
·       Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
·       Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku
·       Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer

Biography/Non Fiction Nook 2
·       Duty by Robert Gates
·       Thrive by Arianna Huffington
·       David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Science Fiction/Fantasy Nook 3
·       Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett
·       Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
·       Night of the Hunger by R.A. Salvatore

Romance Nook 4
·       Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber
·       Power Play by Danielle Steel
·       Tempting Fate by Jane Green

Mystery Nook 5
·       Missing You by Harlan Coben
·       By Its Cover by Donna Leon
·       Carnal Curiosity by Stuart Woods

Mystery Nook 6
·       Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
·       Children of the Revolution by Peter Robinson
·       NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson

Fiction Nook 7
·       Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
·       Belle Cora by Phillip Margulies
·       The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Fiction Nook 8
·       Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
·       The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
·       The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Teen Nook 9
·       Allegiant by Veronica Roth
·       Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's National Library Week!

Did you know there are more than 182 public library systems in California? In 2011, that was 1,654 libraries to visit (including bookmobiles)! If you love libraries, you better get moving to see them all.
    Libraries of all sizes and shapes depend on people visiting them, checking out books, asking questions, using computers. Libraries are not exactly selling things to make a profit; in fact, that is one of the best things about libraries: They have free stuff! They attempt to give free information and resources to all people who want to walk in the door, or visit the website. Library staff review, buy, and organize new materials such as books, movies, music, art and historical documents. Other library staff put it on shelves, on carts and displays, or on a website, and then check it out to you (with the magic ticket, a library card). More staff help with computers, give information for job searches, recommend entertaining books. We thank you for using libraries, so we can share our work with you.

    During National Library Week each April (started in 1958), we celebrate Library Workers Day on April 15, Bookmobile Day on April 16, and Teen Literature Day on April 17. The Declaration for the Right to Libraries states (in part): “We believe libraries are essential to a democratic society... Libraries empower the individual, libraries support literacy and lifelong learning, libraries strengthen families, libraries are the great equalizers...” (, from the American Library Association). We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Book Review: Thirty Girls by Susan Minot

Susan Minot wrote for the March issue of Vogue that she was"spellbound and absorbed" by her two weeks in Uganda researching the 1996 abduction of 139 young girls from St. Mary's boarding school in Aboke. Taking seven years to write the novel Thirty Girls she successfully brings to light the plight of thousands of abducted children who are torn from their families and made to become sex slaves and killers.  She delicately brings out the details of the true story by juxtaposing a journalist's travels to Uganda with Esther's story as she begins her stint in rehabilitation. The title refers to the 30 girls of the original 139 that Sister Fassera was unable to convince the rebel leader to release.Terrorizing northern Uganda as "rebels," the nefarious Lord's Resistance Army follows the bizarre teachings of Joseph Kony. Originally written as a story for McSweeney's and anthologized by Paul Theroux, Minot found she could not let the story go because of her impulse to "do something to help." Read her interview with The Daily Beast.

Esther tells her story with frankness and in describing the day her best friend, Agnes, was murdered, she says, "Will anyone know the pain I am enduring? I thought. Then, Why would it matter that they did? What difference would it make?"

Susan Minot makes sure that we know the pain and makes it matter. Will it make a difference?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

 The Luminaries The winner of the Man Booker Prize is a hefty novel and a really good read. My review is on Goodreads.

This New Zealand writer's biography can be found on the New Zealand Book Council website. This is only her second novel and is the longest work to receive the prize in its 45-year history.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Audio Alert- The Signature of All Things

 The Signature of All Things

Listening to a lot of audiobooks gives me an appreciation for the truly great ones, and that would include The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert.

"Elizabeth is best known, however for her 2006 memoir EAT PRAY LOVE, which chronicled her journey alone around the world, looking for solace after a difficult divorce. The book was an international bestseller, translated into over thirty languages, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, EAT PRAY LOVE was made into a film starring Julia Roberts. The book became so popular that Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world." See her website for more information.

But this recording of The Signature of All Things read by Juliet Stevenson makes the 22-hour novel go by in a delirious rush, bringing to life the story of Alma Whittaker and the first botanists whose work led up to
Charles Darwin's explosive argument for evolution. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Please Take Our Technology Impact Survey

During the month of March we will be conducting an online survey to find out how our patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

You can support the library by accessing the web survey from the library computers or from the library website between March 3 and March 28.
Click here to take our survey

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Silicon Valley Reads

The discussion begins:

Books & Technology: Friends or Foes? Silicon Valley Reads

While you may not be able to attend many of the events attached to this year's community reading project, you will none-the-less enjoy the selections: 

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
Read my review on Goodreads.  Join the community and comment.  We like your feedback and opinions.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

New! Reading Group starting in 2014!

Jan. 28--The Light Between Oceans
Mar. 25--Tortilla Flat
Many of our patrons have expressed interest in having a reading group at the library, and we are happy to report that we will start a new group in 2014.  We will meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 pm in the Local History Room of the Park Branch on 6th and Mission.  We hope you will be able to join us!  Call 624-7323 for more information.  Here's what we're reading:
Feb. 25--The Monuments Men

May 27--The River of Doubt
Apr. 22--The Silent Wife

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Ruth Ozeki, Author

See Baker & TaylorBooks by Ruth Ozeki in the Harrison Memorial Library can be enjoyed in both print and audio. Recently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Ruth Ozeki's new novel, A Tale for the Time Being, follows two other very good novels. Read the New York Times Review

As the 21st century version of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, My Year of Meats  is a tour de force and singularly enjoyable to listen to in audio. According to audible, Anna Fields has narrated 176 books. These reviews come from

My Year of Meats | [Ruth Ozeki]I chose this audiobook because I had first listened to Ruth Ozeki's other available novel, All Over Creation. The story was extremely interesting to me, but the reader Anna Fields was just fantastic. So I picked up this book because Anna Fields was also the reader. I was not disappointed. The story is definitely quirky with its cast of characters and intertwining story lines. It made me go through a gamut of emotions. Totally 
engrossing. I would definitely recommend this book. 
All Over Creation | [Ruth Ozeki]Wow! What a pleasure to listen to. The book is very well written but the reader really brought all the characters to life. What really impressed me was how real the characters appeared in the book. They all had their good points and bad points. Many were deeply flawed, which made them that much more real to me. This is not a black and white story. Infinite shades of gray color this wonderful novel. I would definitely recommend this.