Paranormal Romance


With romance in the air this month, you may be looking for some romance novels in the library’s collection. To avoid the sappy love stories and opt for a paranormal romance.

Use NoveList to discover a broad list of titles, simply enter paranormal romance in the “Search Forbox  and select in GN Genre on the homepage of NoveList and click Search. For a more specific search, use the additional lines in the Advanced Search page to include subject terms, such as vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, or demons. More general subject terms like supernatural or immortality will also yield results.

Because this is such a popular category, your search may still be too large. Use the appeal options in the “Narrow Results by” section to the left of your results to cut your list down to titles with a certain Tone (steamy, dramatic) or Writing Style (compelling, descriptive).

You can then re-sort your list by Popularity from the Sort by: drop-down to print the most popular 5 – 50 (selected from the per page drop-down) paranormal romances that match your subject and appeal preferences.

Once you find a book in Novelist you are interesting in reading, click the Check Library Catalog link at the bottom of the book’s record.  If the library owns the book it will take to the book’s record in the library’s catalog.

Freegal – Free Music


This week we gave our free music site – Freegal – a great new look, an improved search engine, upgraded capacity and quicker browsing access to the most popular music.   The alphabetical browsing of artists is still there, but it has been moved to the genres page, which is accessed by pressing the “see all genres” button on the lower left part of the home page.

Freegal is busy loading in over 2 million songs from over 15,000 music labels through their new distribution deal with IODA Alliance.  That process should be complete by the end of the month.

At the end of this month, we expect to notify you of the availability of the Freegal Mobile apps for Apple and Android.

SOPA Lesson Plan


Students will learn about the SOPA protests, research recently passed internet laws and devise a plan of action to prevent illegal activity online.

View the video SOPA Protests by MSNBC

Discussion Guide

Lesson Plan 1- SOPA Protest

Objective:  Students will research the SOPA protests and write a mock news article on the issue

Lesson Plan 2- Internet Laws

Objective:  Students will research and write a summary of a recently passed internet law of their choice

Lesson Plan 3- Ending Internet Piracy

Objective:  Students will work in groups to devise a plan of action to stop/prevent/reduce illegal internet activity

21st Century Core Content
Government and Civics

21st Century Themes
Global Awareness
Civic Literacy

21st Century Skills
Think Creatively
Work Creatively With Others
Reason Effectively
Make Judgments and Decisions
Solve Problems
Communicate Clearly
Collaborate with Others
Work Independently
Be Self-directed Learners
Interact Effectively with Others
Work Effectively in Diverse Teams
Produce Results
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others

Additional Resources:
SOPA, PIPA: What you need to know by CBS News
SOPA and PIPA Postponed Indefinitely after Protests by CNN
American Censorship.org
Internet Laws by Lawguru.com
Internet Laws by The National Academies

Additional Resources from U.S. History in Context, Opposing Viewpoints in Context:
Internet  Topic Page
Boycott Forces Go Daddy to Stop Supporting SOPA
In Turkey, Proposed Internet Filters Stir Protests
The Political Power of Social Media
FCC Set to Back Internet Traffic Rules
Who’s Tracking You Online?

Brain Teaser – Three


This week’s brainteaser is about the number three. All the questions or answers contain the number three, or refer to three people or things. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online.

1. The song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” was written for which 1933 Walt Disney cartoon?

2. Name the 1889 novel by Jerome K. Jerome concerning three young men who go on a boating holiday on the Thames.

3. “The three Rs” is a name for the three skills regarded as the fundamentals of education. Name these three.

4. Anne Brontë was the youngest of a famous trio of literary sisters. What were the first names of the other two?

5. Three countries are known together as “The Low Countries”. Name two of them.

6. Which pop group had a No. 1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 1978 with “Three Times a Lady”?

7. What was the title of the 1987 remake of the French film “Trois Hommes et un couffin”?

8. The worst nuclear accident in U.S. history occurred in March 1979 at which island?

9. What is the English title of the ballet by Manuel de Falla based on a novel called “El Sombrero de tres picos”?

10. What is the English name of the 1901 play by Anton Chekhov about a family which dreams that if they move to Moscow their problems will disappear?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)

Valentine’s Day


Today’s featured Topic Page is about St. Valentine’s day, a celebration of love which honors Saint Valentine, the patron saint of lovers. St. Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrated almost universally on February 14th and is often associated with images of cherubs, hearts, and lovers. The holiday is based off an ancient ceremony through which couples were originally paired off. To learn more about the traditional celebration of St. Valentine’s Day and find out the back story of the holiday’s patron saint, in Credo Reference visit the St. Valentine’s Day Topic Page!

St. Valentine’s Day has inspired many people to express their love in a variety of ways. Some go all out with a grand wedding on the holiday, holding the actual ceremony of their union underwater! Others organize group events such as kiss-ins and hug-ins. A South African high school, for example, ran a hug-in in 2002 which had more than 1,000 students and teachers attend. Current traditions for St. Valentine’s Day involve exchanging cards, giving gifts or writing love poems but the celebration was stared with very different customs. Visit the Topic Page on the subject and learn about full history of the holiday or read an excerpt about it below:

… Part of the ancient ceremony entailed putting girls’ names in a box and letting the boys draw them out. Couples would thus be paired off until the following year. The Church substituted saints’ names for girls’ names, in the hope that the participant would model his life after the saint whose name he drew…

To continue reading, find out more about Saint Valentine and his holiday, and access relevant images and papers, visit the St. Valentine’s Day Topic Page!