Something we’ve wanted to do for quite some time is finally a reality – we have Kindle eReaders available for check out! There are 6 of them and based on feedback from our patrons, we decided to have each one focus on particular genre(s) (or a portion of a genre). The 6 Kindles are: Romance; Cozy mysteries (lighter mysteries without explicit violence, language or sexual content); Mysteries and Thrillers (psychological thrillers like Gone Girl, action thrillers, etc); Nonfiction; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; and General Fiction (everything that wouldn’t fit somewhere else!). If there’s demand, we may add more later!
The reasons why we wanted to make Kindles available to our users are pretty simple. First, it gives folks a chance to try out an eReader – we know from conversations with our patrons that many more people are interested in them than own them! Second, many popular authors are writing and selling short stories and novellas that can’t be purchased in print. Some are available in Overdrive but not all – but now we can buy them for you! Lastly, we can purchase and offer less well known authors – the kind of folks who get great reviews on Goodreads but aren’t so well known that they get reviewed by major publications. We are scouring eBook deals (of which there are many!) so we are buying almost exclusively very cheap – even free – books. As of today’s launch date, two of our Kindles (Romance and SF/F/H) already have over 100 books each!
You’ll have to stop by the desk to check these out because we keep them in the back. We are very excited about being able to offer Kindles, and we hope you’ll use and enjoy them! We welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks!
In these highly polarized times, it’s rare to find a book discussing our political system that earns praise from both conservatives and liberals. How Democracies Die is such a book – and a chilling and important one at that. The Wall Street Journal wrote about it that: “The authors argue, with good evidence, that democracies aren’t destroyed because of the impulses of a single man; they are, instead, degraded in the course of a partisan tit-for-tat dynamic that degrades norms over time until one side sees an opening to deliver the death blow. Donald Trump is not a dictator. But it’s impossible to read How Democracies Die without worrying that our collective decay of democratic norms may open the door to one down the line—perhaps even one of an entirely different ideological persuasion.” The book earned praise from many liberal commentators as well, including E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post: “Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have offered a brilliant diagnosis of the most important issue facing our world: Can democracy survive? With clinical precision and an extraordinary grasp of history, they point to the warning signs of decay and define the obligations of those who would preserve free government. If there is an urgent book for you to read at this moment, it is How Democracies Die.”
A guest post from our book club guru and top-rated (judging by the number of folks who come to her!) book recommender, Karen: “Some books you look forward to revisiting by reading a second time, or seeing the movie, or you just hope they write a sequel. The book by JoJo Moyes, Me Before You, actually fits all three categories for me. This was a great book club book, with several key discussion points, but if you are one of the few that haven’t read the book, I won’ t spoil it for you. And if you don’t want to read the book, then watch the movie by the same name, and have some tissues close by! The sequel, After You, was good and supposedly tied up loose ends, but she decided to write a third book in the series, Still Me. I devoured this latest in the trilogy over the weekend, mainly because you really fall in love with the main character, Louisa Clark, in the first book and you want her to live up to her potential. She is trying to do this by moving to New York City from England, and working for a wealthy family with many problems that money won’t fix. (Similar to her job in the first book, will she never learn?!) Along the way she connects with many other colorful characters because she is just that type of person. But one of my favorite parts of the book was how she became an advocate for an inner city library that was losing its funding, so residents were fighting for its survival. A thought expressed by one of the characters really hit home, and confirms how libraries should be thought of. “You gotta have your places for community. You gotta have places where people can meet and talk and exchange ideas and it not just be about money, you know? Books are what teach you about life. Books teach you empathy. But you can’t buy books if you barely got enough to make rent. So that library is a vital resource! You shut a library, Louisa, you don’t just shut down a building, you shut down hope. ” So not only do I love Louisa Clark, I love her empathy. And, *SPOILER ALERT*, the library gets saved!”