eBook Friday: Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets, and More

Duct Tape: 101 Adventurous Ideas for Art, Jewelry, Flowers, Wallets, and More, by Forest Walker Davis:

Move beyond the wallet with an inspiring collection of exciting duct tape projects!

Sturdy and resistant, and with a myriad of interesting colors and patterns, duct tape is fast becoming a perfect crafting, home and DIY material.

Duct Tape introduces the simple but versatile material and offers 101 creative projects to make. Each project is fully illustrated and contains easy-to-follow instructions for creating inexpensive craft projects of the utmost quality and aesthetic.

The Tape Guy, Forest Walker Davis, helps you to create more than mere embellishments! Try making frames, bags, flowers, clothes and bow ties. These projects are just the beginning. Durable and safe to use almost anywhere, Duct Tape projects are great fun for crafters of any age!

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.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

Did you know you can check out a Nook?

Nook Simple TouchDid you know that the library has Nook Simple Touch e-readers that you can check out?  Each device is pre-loaded with different titles.  Some Nooks have a romance theme, while others contain past best sellers or young adult titles.

Here are some of the titles you’ll find on our Nooks:

  • Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
  • Dad Is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
  • Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  • Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kirman
  • Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
  • Sycamore Row by John Grisham

You can find these devices in the library catalog by searching Nook in the title field.   Clicking on the Nook number will reveal a full list of titles that are loaded on that device.  You may also come across Nooks in the catalog when searching specific titles.  For example, if you search for The Fault in Our Stars, in addition to seeing print copies and eBooks, you’ll also see a Nook record that looks like this:

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Nooks check out for three weeks at a time.  To check out a Nook, see a staff member at the reference desk.  We will review device features with you at checkout, so please allow 10 minutes.  If you’re just curious and would like to see what they’re all about before checking out a Nook, we’ll be happy to provide an introduction.  Call 919-545-8086 for more info.

eBook Friday: Moriarty

Moriarty, by Anthony Horowitz:

Internationally bestselling author Anthony Horowitz’s nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of Detective Sherlock Holmes and Professor James Moriarty—dubbed “the Napoleon of crime”—in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls.

Days after Holmes and Moriarty disappear into the waterfall’s churning depths, Frederick Chase, a senior investigator at New York’s infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency, arrives in Switzerland. Chase brings with him a dire warning: Moriarty’s death has left a convenient vacancy in London’s criminal underworld. There is no shortage of candidates to take his place—including one particularly fiendish criminal mastermind.

Chase is assisted by Inspector Athelney Jones, a Scotland Yard detective and devoted student of Holmes’s methods of deduction, whom Conan Doyle introduced in The Sign of Four. The two men join forces and fight their way through the sinuous streets of Victorian London—from the elegant squares of Mayfair to the shadowy wharfs and alleyways of the Docks—in pursuit of this sinister figure, a man much feared but seldom seen, who is determined to stake his claim as Moriarty’s successor.

Riveting and deeply atmospheric, Moriarty is the first Sherlock Holmes novel sanctioned by the author’s estate since Horowitz’s House of Silk. This tale of murder and menace breathes life into Holmes’s fascinating world, again proving that once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however im- probable, must be the truth.

 

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
http://e-inc.lib.overdrive.com
.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

This One Killed In 1902

Good news, everyone! Here’s a joke from the “Merry Side of Life” column in the March 6, 1902 edition of The Chatham Record:

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I’d make a Twitter joke here, but given that carrier pigeons went extinct in 1914:

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eBook Friday: The Road to Character

The Road to Character, by David Brooks:

With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column and his previous bestsellers, David Brooks has consistently illuminated our daily lives in surprising and original ways. In The Social Animal, he explored the neuroscience of human connection and how we can flourish together. Now, in The Road to Character, he focuses on the deeper values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “résumé virtues”–achieving wealth, fame, and status–and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed.

Looking to some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders, Brooks explores how, through internal struggle and a sense of their own limitations, they have built a strong inner character. Labor activist Frances Perkins understood the need to suppress parts of herself so that she could be an instrument in a larger cause. Dwight Eisenhower organized his life not around impulsive self-expression but considered self-restraint. Dorothy Day, a devout Catholic convert and champion of the poor, learned as a young woman the vocabulary of simplicity and surrender. Civil rights pioneers A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin learned reticence and the logic of self-discipline, the need to distrust oneself even while waging a noble crusade.

Blending psychology, politics, spirituality, and confessional, The Road to Character provides an opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.

“Joy,” David Brooks writes, “is a byproduct experienced by people who are aiming for something else. But it comes.”

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
http://e-inc.lib.overdrive.com
.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: My Sunshine Away

My Sunshine Away, by M. O. Walsh:

My Sunshine Away unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighborhood best known for cookouts on sweltering summer afternoons, cauldrons of spicy crawfish, and passionate football fandom. But in the summer of 1989, when fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson—free spirit, track star, and belle of the block—experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes apparent that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.
In My Sunshine Away, M.O. Walsh brilliantly juxtaposes the enchantment of a charmed childhood with the gripping story of a violent crime, unraveling families, and consuming adolescent love. Acutely wise and deeply honest, it is an astonishing and page-turning debut about the meaning of family, the power of memory, and our ability to forgive.

 

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
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.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

Resource of the Month: ReferenceUSA

referenceusa_alt_576pxhReferenceUSA is a valuable source of business and residential information for business and consumer research. You can find more than 24 million businesses, 262 million consumers, new U.S. businesses and new U.S. homeowners in ReferenceUSA’s databases, providing quick and easy access to quality information that can be used to answer a wide variety of business questions.

Small business owners/entrepreneurs use ReferenceUSA to:

  • select a location and do a radius search to look up the number of similar businesses in the area
  • check the strength of the competition with years in business and credit rating
  • look for businesses to buy or connect with fellow business owners

Job seekers can locate and research companies they may want to work for. The databases include:

  • 200,000 human resource contact names
  • business descriptions
  • website links to job postings

People who are moving can use ReferenceUSA to:

  • find schools, childcare, houses of worship, doctors and other services
  • research neighborhoods
  • look for housing
  • check home value and median income to see how they will compare to neighbors

Students use ReferenceUSA to:

  • find articles for research on businesses
  • perform complicated searches for papers and class projects
  • use data summaries to profile a neighborhood, city or state by type of business, size of business or household median income

To access ReferenceUSA, point your browser to www.nclive.org and click on the Business and Management subject heading. Scroll down the list of resources to find and click on ReferenceUSA. If you are outside of the library, you will be prompted to enter your library card number.

Did you know you can download free digital magazines?

ZinioYou may know that the library offers access to free eBooks, but did you know that you can also download free digital magazines? Zinio provides access to over 70 popular titles that you can read on computers, smartphones, and tablets.  Digital magazines offer full-color, page-for-page copies of issues, with simple navigation, keyword searching, and even some interactive audio and video. Best of all, you can keep titles as long as you like, and there is no limit to the number of magazines you can download!

To start using Zinio, visit the library’s website (www.chathamlibraries.org) and click on the Online Resources link in the navigation menu. Look for the Zinio link under the eBooks, eAudiobooks, & Magazines heading.  From the Zinio site, you can browse the library’s collection, which includes:

  • Cook’s Illustrated
  • Country Living
  • Dwell
  • The Economist
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Mental Floss
  • Mother Earth News
  • National Geographic
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • Rolling Stone

You will need to use your library card to create a personal Zinio account. Simply click the Create New Account link in the upper right corner of the screen and follow the prompts.

Once you sign in to your account, select a magazine title, then click the Checkout button for the issue you would like to download. You can begin reading immediately in your computer’s browser.  To read on a mobile device, download the Zinio app.  Apps are available for the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android devices. (Please note that you will need to register for an account on your computer or in a browser on your mobile device, not from within the app.)

Need help getting started with Zinio?  Join us on August 26th at 3:00 pm for a Zinio class.  Can’t make it then?  Call the reference desk at 919-545-8086 for assistance.

eBook Friday: North Carolina Weekends

North Carolina Weekends, by Lynn Setzer:


During her 10 years as a North Carolina travel writer, Lynn Setzer has seen all the state’s places in all of their seasons. Some of her favorite things? Enjoying a mineral bath in a tub by the French Broad River as the paddlers go past. Watching the sapphire waves as she crosses the Bonner Bridge at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Cycling the Road to Nowhere and hiking the mountain balds near Bryson City.

North Carolina Weekends offers ideas for 49 mini-vacations from Corolla to Murphy. Each highly readable chapter covers everything from lodging and dining to outdoor adventures and “Kid Stuff” to historical tidbits. If you have a particular destination in mind, just use the book’s geographical groupings to find which chapters cover the region you want to visit. Or if you’re pursuing a passion—whether it’s hang gliding, Christmas-tree hunting, antiquing, gem mining, waterfall viewing, or numerous other possibilities—consult the “Planning Your Weekend Getaway” section to find which trips offer the activity you’re seeking.

All the state’s classic destinations—like historic Wilmington and arty Asheville—are covered here. But you’ll be surprised at the pleasures waiting in unexpected places—like the homey museums and thriving wineries around Mount Airy, the history and architecture of Salisbury, and the potteries and transportation museums in the Uwharries.

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
http://e-inc.lib.overdrive.com
.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

eBook Friday: My Dad Is the Best Playground

My Dad Is the Best Playground, by Luciana Navarro Powell:

This joyful story celebrates dad as the most fun in the world and the best playground ever! He’s the highest swing and a great climbing wall, he’s a bouncing trampoline and merry as a merry-go-round. And then, when playtime is over, dad is the best for reading and snuggling with before bed.

Luciana Navarro Powell’s spirited text is perfectly paired with her colorful, energetic and very humorous artwork. Dads and their kids will love reading and re-reading this glorious celebration of fathers.

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Every Friday, we highlight a title from our collection at
http://e-inc.lib.overdrive.com
.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!