Expand your reading horizons by joining our book club! It’s a great way for book lovers to enjoy reading and enjoy the pleasure of each other’s company. It can be a useful way to encourage yourself to read more, read outside the genres you normally read,or simply as a way to make new friends and meet like-minded readers. Our book club covers a wide range of topics and crosses between fiction and non-fiction books.
Are you considering buying an eReader but overwhelmed by the number of choices? Our Digital Petting Zoo will give you the opportunity to see and play with a variety of devices, including the Nook™, Kobo™, and iPad®. You will get a chance to talk to representatives from Barnes & Noble® and Best Buy®, and find out how their devices can work with our downloadable collection and meet your needs.
The Book of Lies
by Mary Horlock
An extremely compelling read that starts out with an admission of murder by a teen girl named Catherine Rozier. Catherine, who lives on the island of Guernsey, begins the story in 1985 by describing how she murdered her best friend Nicolette. The reader has no idea why Nicolette was murdered but Catherine hints that events uncovered by her father may have something to do with it. Catherine’s father was an amateur historian and keeper of the secrets of Guernsey, which date all the way back to the Nazi occupation of the island during the early 1940s. What could the death of a young girl in the 1980s have to do with events that happened during 1940s? This is the underlying mystery of the book. Very enjoyable read and a first novel by this author.
Reading Level: Adult Kathleen L.
by Ryan David Jahn
Kat Marino closes up the bar where she works for the evening and heads home like any other night. She gets out of her car on a cold winter evening and approaches her apartment door when out of the dark a stranger attacks. Her screams for help go unheard and help does not arrive for Kat. The story is a fictionalized account of what happened in the Kitty Genovese murder back in 1964. Why didn’t anyone come to her rescue? Or call the police. This case has been studied in many psychology classes since. Jahn not only tells Kat’s story, but also the stories of what happened to several of Kat’s neighbors that very same evening. Sometimes life get’s in the way of doing the right thing.
Reading Level: Adult Kathleen L.
These titles and more are available at the Naperville Public Library. Check out our website, http://www.naperville-lib.info or visit one of our three buildings, Nichols Library, Naper Boulevard or 95th Street Library. Driving Directions
Kindle readers who unlike other e-reader users were unable to download free books from the library now have the ability to check items out with a download.
Word spread quickly last week that Kindle owners could begin accessing library books on the e-readers. The Naperville Public Library already has half of its Kindle-accessible holdings checked out, according to a library official.
The process of downloading for Kindle is very intuitive, said Karen Toonen, adult services librarian at the Naper Boulevard Library. And, many Kindle accessible books already have holds on them.
“For a long time we had to tell the Kindle users we can’t help them,” she said. “So we are really excited to be able to reach those people now.”
The process of checking out Kindle books is pretty easy to do, Toonen said. Kindle users go online and visit the library’s website, find the book they want and if it is available for Kindle it will say “Kindle Book”. After choosing their books, users then will be transferred to the Amazon site where they can download the item.
Those with a newer version of Kindle or a Wi-Fi enabled Kindle do not need a cable to download to their device; and Amazon automatically will transfer the book to their accounts. Those with an older version need a cable to connect and download.
The Naperville Public Library has had people call and come in to learn more about the process, Toonen said. Many people heard about the change to Kindle use last week after a story was printed in the New York Times, she said. Then, the buzz on Twitter and Facebook fed the interest.
The library is doing everything it can to spread the word, including featuring the news on its homepage, she said.
Leading up to the holidays the library expects downloads will increase and continue growing after the holidays.
Classes on using e-readers have been well-received at the library, Toonen said. The next class will take place Oct. 12.
Anyone who has questions on downloading using their Kindle may contact any of the three Naperville Public libraries. To learn more visit the Naperville Public Library.
Mclean grew up with a basketball in her hands. Like the rest of her hometown she lived and breathed the sport and was a huge fan of the local Defriese University team. Her parents used to own and run a family restaurant, her dad the head chef and her mother in charge of finances. It all ended following her parent’s divorce, which was due to Mclean’s mother’s scandalous relationship with the Defriese basketball head coach. Angry about the split-up and her mother’s role in it, Mclean shuns both her mother and basketball and moves in with her father. This means living a life on the road, as her father took a new position as a traveling restaurant consultant. With the new job, Mclean and her father live in four different cities within two years. While Mclean’s father is busy fixing restaurants, Mclean is trying to fix herself at each new school, trying on different personas: a drama club member wearing black and being a part of stage crew, a peppy popular cheerleader, and a “joiner” an all around club committee member that joins and participates in everything. Who will Mclean be at her most recent school in Lakeview? And will she make-up with her mother? Read “What Happened to Goodbye” by Sarah Dessen to find the true power of friendship, family, and love on one’s identity.