eBook Friday: The World According to Star Wars

The World According to Star Wars, by Cass R. Sunstein

There’s Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, the Bible, and then there’s Star Wars. Nothing quite compares to sitting down with a young child and hearing the sound of John Williams’s score as those beloved golden letters fill the screen. In this fun, erudite, and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings.

In rich detail, Sunstein tells the story of the films’ wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

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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: A Zeal of Zebras

A Zeal of Zebras, by Woop Studios

An embarrassment of pandas, a galaxy of starfish, a shiver of sharks…these are all collective nouns used to describe their groups. Woop Studios, acclaimed for their work on the Harry Potter movies, has illustrated these quirky phrases, creating a series of extraordinarily beautiful art that has been collected here for the first time. The colorful introduction to animals and the alphabet is accessible for young children, while the gorgeous, whimsical art and clever wordplay make it perfect for design-savvy parents and inspired gift givers. Longer than the standard picture book, with high design and production values, this is a volume readers will want on their coffee tables in addition to their child’s bookshelf.

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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!

Resource of the Month: DigitalLearn.org

DigitalLearnKnow anyone who could benefit from technology coaching?  It could be you, your parent, your child, or a neighbor who needs help building digital literacy skills.  Your library offers books, eBooks, videos, computer classes, a monthly drop-in assistance lab, scheduled appointments with a Reference Librarian, and some stellar online resources which can be accessed from anywhere. Anytime.

Previously, we posted information about the Goodwill Community Foundation’s site (read it here), and patrons have given us excellent feedback.  Now the Public Library Association has put together DigitalLearn.org to support both learners AND trainers in pursuit of better skills. The homepage shares this invitation:

If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

There’s an array of courses available, in both English and Spanish, starting with “Why Use a Computer?”, including “Intro to Skype” and “Online Scams”, and ending with “Buying a Plane Ticket”.  Anyone is able to take a course (and print out a certificate at the conclusion if recordkeeping is an issue), and no login is required.  Courses are brief, averaging around 15 minutes, and dispense information in a rich format, including text, video, and audio.  Just click on the title of interest and you’ll be taken to a list of related activities.

If, instead, your need is learning how to help others develop digital skills, click on the “Help Learners” link at the top right of the homepage.  There you will find a listing of resources for handouts and course materials, learn from other trainers’ experiences, and find links for other potentially useful websites and tools such as webinars.

There’s no need to reinvent the wheel! You can benefit today from the fact that libraries know how to provide technology instruction!

Check out our “Go, Book, Go” bags!

Go Book GoChatham County preschool and early elementary teachers can now check out bags from our “Go, Book, Go” collection!  Each bag contains books, a puppet, songs, and craft instructions on specific topics.

Call 919-545-8085 or ask a Children’s Librarian for more info.

 

eBook Friday: The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist, by Anne Tyler

Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.

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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!

I’m sure they mean it has no flavor

Instead of riffing on the product’s name, let’s take a moment to marvel that it used to be considered a bonus rather than a requirement that manufacturers list their product’s ingredients on the label.

This ad from the September 27, 1900 edition of The Chatham Record touts just such a “feature” for Grove’s Tasteless (nope, not going there) Chill Tonic.

Tasteless chill tonic

eBook Friday: Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone, by Daniel Woodrell

Ree Dolly’s father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn’t show up for his next court date. With two young brothers depending on her, 16-year-old Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive. Living in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, Ree learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. But, as an unsettling revelation lurks, Ree discovers unforeseen depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

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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!

Did you know you can check out back issues of magazines?

You may know that the Chatham Community Library has the latest issues of many popular magazines, but did you know that we also keep back issues? And did you know that most of those back issues are available to check out?

The most current issue of most magazines we keep (with some exceptions, like Consumer Reports) are displayed in binders on the rack behind the “second fireplace” on the north side of the library. What some folks don’t know is that the display shelves tilt up to reveal back issues of those same magazines going back as far as a year.

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We want everyone to have an equal crack at the most current issues of the library’s magazines, so they don’t leave the building. However, when issues are no longer current they move to the “secret panel” and are available for checkout (again, with the exception of Consumer Reports, which we guard like platinum nuggets — ask for these at the reference desk).

Come have a sit in our comfy chairs to peruse the latest editions of National Geographic or Good Housekeeping, and take as many as twenty-five back issues home to read in the comfort of your own living room!

Keeping an Eye on the Littles

romantic marriageYou can almost hear the writer’s eyebrow lift  in this feature from the April 1, 1880 edition of The Chatham Record. Let’s hope they had a long, happy life together.

Romantic Marriage

Our readers will remember that. About eighteen months ago, Miss Linkhaw, of Lumberton, killed Mr. Hartman and was acquitted by a jury. The Charlotte Observer gives the following romantic account of her recent marriage:

“During the period of her confinement in the jail at Lumberton, when the only companion she had was her child, which was born after the enactment of the tragedy, she received many letters from sympathetic persons in all parts of the country. Among her correspondents was a man named Little, who is represented as a Custom House officer stationed at Sullivan’s Island, near Charleston. He became deeply interested in her, and wrote to her repeatedly while she was in prison. On the night the trial was expected to close, he was on the Island, and in attempting to reach Charleston during the prevalence of a severe storm, that he might hear at the earliest possible moment whether she was to live or die, he barely escaped being lost by the capsizing of the boat. After the acquittal of Miss Linkhaw the correspondence was kept up, photographs were exchanged, and a proposal of marriage was made and accepted. A week ago, Miss Linkhaw, accompanied by her child and one of her sisters, left Lumberton and proceeded to Florence, S.C., where she was met by Mr. Little and the marriage ceremony was quietly performed. The three, mother, child and husband, then left for Mr. Little’s home, and here the story, for the present, stops.”

eBook Friday: A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

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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!