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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We Are Thankful For Authors!

Posted by Staff

We decided to take a minute this Thanksgiving to share our appreciation for our favorite authors.  In most cases, it has become very simple to find contact information for an author.  Many authors have websites that give a contact email address or another preferred form of communication. A large number of authors have Facebook pages and can be contacted through their pages.  It has become so easy to contact authors that we think we'll all be doing more of it!

Tamora Pierce via email (Amanda E.) Her books were, and still are, a formative part of my life. Great stories led by strong adventurous multifaceted ladies. I haven't heard anything back from her yet, but her website has a disclaimer that due to volume, she may take awhile to respond.

J.K. Rowling via regular mail (Devin G.) I loved the Harry Potter series as a child and I still do. It brings back so many memories of my family sitting and reading it together. Her writing was an integral part of my life. I haven't hear back from her yet, but she does live in England, so it may take awhile for her to get back to me.

Carolina De Robertis via email (Jill S.) I was incredibly moved by her book, Perla. The story was breathtaking and beautifully written. As soon as I finished this book, I knew I had to thank her for sharing her story with me and for writing this book. I did hear back from her!  She thanked me for my moving letter and told me that I had truly made her day. I love her last sentence - "Above all thank you for being a fellow lover - and champion - of books!"

Carl Hoffman via email (David R.) This author has risked life and limb to catalog a wealth of perilous adventure stories; his book,Savage Harvest, about the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller, is a must read. I haven't heard back from him yet.

Erin Kelly via Facebook (Cary H.)  She is an up-and-coming author whose books like The Poison Tree & The Burning Air reminded me of the psychological suspense I love with one of  my favorite author Ruth Rendell (who is also British).  She also wrote an accompanying book for the very popular Broadchurch TV Series from England.  I follow her on Facebook and she takes the time to personally respond to her readers on Facebook. She was thrilled and honored to be compared to the "great" Ruth Rendell and told me that I made her day. I told her I was very happy to have a new author whose books I looked forward to reading.

Francine Rivers via regular mail (Gwen B.) Every year since 2002 I have re-read the book Redeem and every year I learn something new either about the story or about myself. I appreciate that she took the time to rewrite it for the Christian market.  Her website is currently down so I have been unable to get an address to send my letter. As soon as the website is back up, I'll be able to send it off.

Sarah J. Maas via email (Kelcey H.) She's a phenomenal writer who has some really awesome, strong-willed characters. She is also really amazing at world building. I just love her books. I haven't heard anything back yet.  

Friday, November 20, 2015

Have you tried Zinio? Access Digital Magazines Today!

Posted by Amanda E.
You can browse full-color, interactive digital magazines with no holds, no check-out periods, and no download limits. All that you need is your Edwardsville Public Library card to get started.

There are over 100 titles to chose from covering a range of interests and reading levels. 

Several of the magazines we physically subscribe to are also available digitally through Zinio.  This means that although we don’t loan out the most recent physical copy of a magazine, you can still read it as soon as it's available wherever you would like from your own pc or mobile device. 

Once you have an account set up, Zinio allows you to curate your own collection of titles from those we have available.  You can choose to be notified, via email, when the newest issue becomes available and read it immediately.

My curated collection includes titles like Interweave Knits and Eating Well. 

Once you have selected an issue to read, you have access to it for the lifetime of your account.  This means I can view recipes or knitting patterns and don’t have to worry about using them in a timely manner!

For the full list of available titles follow the link and create an account.
Account creation is very simple, but if you need any help call us at 618-692-7556.

We love helping you use our cool services and would probably be willing to chat with you about how we use them. We’re patrons too!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Library Collection Spotlight: New Children's Magazines

Posted by Katherine R.

It's sometimes easy to forget the library is not just a place to go for books. We of course have a wonderful collection of books, but we also have magazines, Audio CDs, DVDs, music CDs, and many other unusal items likes games, discovery kits, and telescopes. Right now I want to tell you about three new magazines that have recently been added to the collection in the Children's Library.  

Thomas & Friends
Suggested reader age: 2-7
The world of Thomas the Tank Engine is brought to life in this fun filled magazine.  Each issue includes stories from the Island of Sodor, actitivies, games, puzzles, and fun things to make and do. This magazine is sure to make any Thomas the Tank Engine fan very excited.

Suggested reader age: 4-9
Featuring Scooby-Doo! and his friends, this magazine designed to make learning fun, test detective know-how and help children develop their math, reading, writing, and creative skills.  Each issue includes spooky mystery stories, creative crafts, yummy recipes, fun activities, puzzles, and games to play.

Disney Princess
Suggested reader age: 3-9
Your Disney Princess fan will love this magazine in which she'll meet her favorite royal friends. It's designed to make learning fun and test knowledge. There are exciting activities, games, puzzles, stories, crafts and delicious recipes in each issue.

If you're unsure where to find these new magazines, here's a picture of where they are, or just ask at the desk!