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It’s Pajama Time

One of my favorite PJ books is a funny little story by Sandra Boynton called “Pajama Time“.  It’s a silly rhyming story that has also been set to music and tells the tale of whimsical farm animals getting ready for bed.

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During the month of February the staff at Nevins Memorial Library are working together along with the Boston Bruins and Cradle to Crayons to collect pjs for those children in need.  All donations of new PJs can be dropped of at any desk here at the library.

We thank you in advance for all your help and “Get yourself set to pajama-dee-bop, It’s Pajama Time!”.

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eBooks Galore!!

With a new look for our Overdrive website in February (same great content, slightly different look), I thought that I’d  give a refresher on all the amazing ways that you can get both eBooks and eAudiobooks. We’ll start with the most well-known eBook and eAudiobook provider.

Overdrive is our biggest provider of eContent. It has both eBooks and eAudiobooks. In addition to bestselling fiction it also has quite a number of Romances, more childrens’ books every day, and even some Comics (including from DC Comics, Woo!!). You can read and listen to them on your computer,  through your browser, or on almost any mobile device with their free Overdrive App (Scroll down to the bottom for all the various platforms you can use Overdrive on!)

 

 

Axis360 is a part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections. It has both Audiobooks and eBooks, mostly bestselling fiction, that can be read and listened to through the Axis360 App (Again, the links are at the bottom!!)

 

 

 

Biblioboard is a part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections as well. It has everything from the For Dummies series to a good portion of the Dark Horse Comics Graphic Novels to many many Primary Sources and Historical Documents. All Available through your browser or their App.

 

 

If you’re looking for items of a more academic bent EBL has many items to help with academic research as well as items that can help with personal interests, from cooking to gardening. (It’s also part of the Commonwealth eBook Collections). Go to EBL

 

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Finally, Safari has almost 5000 technology, digital media, and business books and videos online and ready on-demand in your browser to help you out of that pickle. Go to Safari

Remember all you need to access all these awesome resources is a Nevins Library card and something to read/listen to them on. And, in most cases, that can even be your computer!!

And if you have questions about using any of the above resources (or our other Online Resources) come see us up at the Reference Desk and we’ll try and get you all set up!!


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How Many Birds Can You Find?

black-capped-chickadee-1520300_2During President’s Day weekend this year, February 17th-20th, there is an amazing science project that families or individuals can do (and the statistics that you all will compile help professional scientists with their work).  It’s called the Great Backyard Bird Count.

You don’t have to come to the library to participate, you don’t even have to leave your home or neighborhood. It’s easy to participate:

  1. Login or Register for the count via www.birdcount.org (you can do this at home, or, if you’d like some help, come on up to the Reference Desk and we can get you all set up).
  2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC (Monday’s even a holiday for most). You can even count for longer than 15 minutes if you wish!
  3. Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist on eBird for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.
  4. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking “Submit Observations” on the home page. Or download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device.

The eBird mobile App is available on both iTunes and the Play Store.

There are also two other awesome Apps that may help you in IDing birds, Merlin ID, which is also available on iTunes and the Play Store. And the Audubon Birds of North America App which is available on not only iTunes and the Play Store, but the Amazon App Store.

Or, if you prefer the heft of a book that you can page through, we have field guides like:

sibleyguideThe Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley

peterson80sA Field Guide to the Birds by Roger Tory Peterson

allthebackyardbirdsAll the Backyard Birds: East by Jack L. Griggs

audubon_birdsofamericaThe Birds of America by John James Audubon

For more Info (and a really, really cool checklist), here’s a PDF file you can print out at home (we’ll have some here too!!).


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LibraryReads February 2017: top ten books librarians love!

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February 2017  LibraryReads List

I See You

by Clare Mackintosh

Published:2/21/2017 by Berkley
ISBN: 9781101988299

“Zoe Walker sees her picture in a personal ad for a dating website.  At first she thinks there must be a mistake. She soon learns that other women whose pictures have appeared in these ads have been subjected to violent crimes. Zoe contacts the police. PC Kelly Smith, a disgraced former detective, works to find the mastermind behind the website and redeem herself. As each day passes Zoe becomes more and more paranoid and suspicious of everyone she meets. Told from three different viewpoints, the tension builds and kept me on the edge of my seat.”

Karen Zeibak, Wilton Library Association, Wilton, CT


Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

Published: 2/7/2017 by W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393609097

“After reading Gaiman’s account of Norse mythology, I doubt that I will ever forget how the gods of Asgard acquired their treasures. Thor’s hammer that never misses its mark, Frey’s incredible ship that shrinks to the size of a pocketable silk scarf, Odin’s powerful spear, all came to be because of Loki’s mischief. Above all, I will not forget the ill-gotten and ill-treated children of Loki who bring about Ragnarok, the end of earth and heaven and the death of the gods. Everything feels very real and very now when told by someone who has obviously drunk of the ‘mead of the poets.’”

Catherine Stanton, Madison Library District, Rexburg, IL


My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel

by Sophie Kinsella

Published: 2/7/2017 by The Dial Press
ISBN: 9780812998269

“Katie Brenner has moved from her family’s farm to the big city. She goes to great lengths to present the face that she thinks the world wants to see. When she’s fired from her job and forced to return home she  helps her family get their new venture up and running. Learning the truth about herself and those around her leads to the realization that nobody’s life is as perfect as it seems from the outside. Kinsella never loses her sense of humor, even when her characters are facing serious situations. She makes you believe in them and leaves you wanting to know what happens next.”

Kristen Gramer, Lewes Public Library, Lewes, DE


All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel

by Elan Mastai

Published: 2/7/2017 by Dutton
ISBN: 9781101985137

“Mastai’s debut is a clever and funny time travel romp which turns into an, action-packed science fiction thriller.Tom Barren stumbles through life and accidentally ruins the glittering jetpack and flying car future of 2016, replacing it with the one you and I know. The world may be worse off, but Tom’s life is better than ever. That is, until his mind starts splitting between the two realities and he must track down the genius who invented the other future. Tom’s journey through the past, across realities, and inside his mind make for a thrilling conclusion.”

Dan Brooks, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC


A Piece of the World: A Novel

by Christina Baker Kline

Published: 1/10/2017 by Algonquin
ISBN: 9781616205812

“Placidia is seventeen when she marries Major Hockaday, an older man and recent widower with a child. After he is recalled to service in the Civil War, she must manage his farm and take care of his son and all with little help. When he returns, it is to find that she has given birth, and said to have murdered the child. Told in journal entries, letters, and court documents, we learn about her life and the answers to this puzzling and horrifically charged event. A dark book that highlights the amazing strength so many of these women had to develop.”

Diane Scholl, Batavia Public Library, Batavia, IL


Gilded Cage

by Vic James

Published: 2/14/2017 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780425284155

“Welcome to a world where magic grants you access to all the benefits of wealth and power. This is the story of two families, one from magic and one not. When Abi comes up with a plan to help her family by having them serve one of the most powerful magical families, she thinks it will save them. But when her brother is sent to one of the harshest work camps, the plan seems less likely to keep them alive. Her brother must face the dangers of slavery while Abi and the others will see grandeur and wealth but also see the rotten core that is gilded in gold.”

Suzanne Christensen, Spanish Fork Public Library, Spanish Fork, UT


The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel

by Jennifer Ryan

Published: 2/14/2017 by Crown
ISBN: 9781101906750

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is  a powerful story of both hope and despair. Told through diary entries, this is a wonderful glimpse into life in a small British town during WWII. Ryan is a skilled writer who gives each diary entry a clear voice: Mrs. Paltry is dishonest and scheming, Venetia, the self-centered young woman in love with a mysterious man, Kitty, the love struck teenager with big dreams, and Mrs. Tilling, the midwife and moral compass of the town. Through their entries, you really see them grow. The power of music brings them strength that they didn’t know that they had.”

Shari Suarez, Genesee District Library, Goodrich MI


Setting Free the Kites

by Alex George

Published: 2/21/2017 by Putnam
ISBN: 9780399162107

“Robert stands watching the demolition of the old paper mill that stood in the center of town and served as a constant reminder of his friend, Nathan. The reader is transported from present day to 1970s Maine, where Robbie finds his friendship with Nathan a literal escape from the bullying at school, and a figurative way of coping with his brother’s struggle with muscular dystrophy. The portrayal of family dynamics in the wake of tragedy is reminiscent of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng but with an anchoring of boyhood friendship in this coming of age tale.”

Emma DeLooze-Klein, Kirkwood Public Library, Kirkwood, MO


We Were the Lucky Ones

by Georgia Hunter

Published: 2/14/2017 by Viking
ISBN: 9780399563089

“When Georgia Hunter learns that she is a descendant of large family of Holocaust survivors, she knows that she is destined to be the recorder of their story. This is the result of years of research to gather as much detail about her relatives as she possibly can.  How this group of people manages to survive years of persecution and imprisonment is astounding.  It is an inspiring read, and one that honors the memory and struggle of not just the author’s family, but all of the people who suffered during the war.”

Mary Coe, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, CT


Garden of Lamentations: A Novel

by Deborah Crombie

Published: 2/7/2017 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062271631

“Picking up where To Dwell In Darkness left off, Crombie’s new mystery resolves unresolved issues from that book while telling a compelling new story. Gemma is investigating the puzzling death of a nanny while Duncan is dealing with what looks disturbingly like corruption in the police force. As always in Crombie’s novels the look we get at the domestic lives of Duncan, Gemma and their children is as interesting as the mystery. Another fine entry in this excellent series.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY

Courtesy of LibraryReads.org


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Love Letters for the Library

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This February we’re participating in the MBLC (Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners) Love
Letters for Libraries campaign.

At the Reference and Main Desk we have a bunch of different Valentines like this one:

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that you can fill out with what you love about the library. What program have you liked recently? Or do we have a certain Book that you or your kids just can’t get enough of? Tell us.

Or if you want, tell us why you love libraries and then tag/mention us on Facebook or Twitter (@NevinsLibrary1).

There will be a box at the Main Desk where you can drop off your Valentines all the way through Valentine’s Day.

We’ll be collecting all (both offline and online) the responses and not only will they be happily read by us here at Nevins, they’ll be shared with our state officials too. Hopefully helping those on Beacon Hill understand just how much people in Massachusetts love our libraries.


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Nevins Library’s Oscar Movie Series 2017!

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It’s that time of year again…NL’s Oscar Movie Series 2017!  Join us in watching the 2017 Oscar nominated movies on the following dates and times:

January 31, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 PM  HELL OR HIGH WATER rated R

A divorced father and his ex-con older brother resort to a desperate scheme in order to save their family’s ranch in West Texas.

Stars Dale Dickey, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine

Nominated for:  Best Picture, Actor in a Supporting Role (Jeff Bridges), Original Screenplay, and Film Editing

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February 8, 2017 from 6:30Pm to 8:30 PM  FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS rated PG-13

The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice.

Stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, and Simon Helberg

Nominated for:  Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) and Costume Design

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February 16, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 PM  ARRIVAL  rated PG-13

When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

Stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker

Nominated for:  Best Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Production Design

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February 23, 2017 – 6:30-8:30 PM   HACKSAW RIDGE rated R

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Stars  Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey

Nominated for:  Best Picture, Director, Actor in a Leading Role (Andrew Garfield), Sound Editing, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.

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