Posts filed under ‘Books’
Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 5 Days
by Donna Gephart
Ages: 11 and up
David Greenberg is starting middle school in the fall. He is terrified– and it doesn’t help when his cousin Jack spews a list of dos and don’ts and inevitable mistreatment of students there. Really, middle school would have been bearable with his best friend Elliot, who used to help David with their Talk Time YouTube videos starring David and Hammy, the hamster. But now Elliot is only interested in girls and hanging out with Tommy Murphy, the local bully. And his father, sister, and grandmother are all nice … but they’re no substitute for his mother who left two years ago to find herself. So David must go it alone.
Luckily, David befriends a girl named Sophie who used to be homeschooled. Sophie thinks David’s videos are hysterical! She shares them with her homeschooling friends and they tell their friends and before you know it David is popular, really popular – but only online. What about his not-so-great real life in the halls of his middle school? Will David just merely survive? Or will he not only survive but surpass all expectations and thrive?
I loved this book because it has short chapters, realistic characters and a great cover! Any story with Hammy the Hamster is a good story in my book.
Recommended by Miss Cindy!
Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 14 Days
Perhaps you remember our Valentine surprise? Frisco was named Amazon’s 20th most romantic city in the US!
Which naturally got us to thinking about our most favorite romantic reads. And because we’re all very organized over here (and we love making lists), we decided to narrow our favorites down to THREE AWESOME ROMANCE READS!
So here they are in no particular order.
Rebecca Belknap, our new Adult Services Manager (everyone say hi!), has found new love in Libertine’s Kiss by Judith James. Rebecca says Libertine’s Kiss is an enticing and provocative interpretation of the life of a famous hedonist, William de Veres, and the love of his life. ”It’s best read with wine, chocolate, and a date to look forward to.”
From Rachel Dalton, one of our fabulous Adult Services Librarians says Pride and Prejudice hands down. “Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite romance. This book sat on my shelf for years until I decided to take the plunge. I was surprised to find a book with such a witty and timeless message of love and acceptance.”
Judy Pederson, Librarian extrordinaire, claims The Wreath by Sigrid Undset as her favorite. “In matters of romance, I agree with Kristen,” Judy says. “Follow your heart and deal with the consequences later.”
Countdown to Un-Shushed Relaunch: 42 Days
by Holly Black
Age: Teens only, yo.
Do you think zombies are the most brutally awesome terror to grace a fictional work? And, do you believe unicorns are only appropriate to adorn the covers of binders held under the arm of some goody-two-shoes as they tell on you for playing Angry Birds in class? If so, you are standing in the same shoes as I was before I finished Zombies vs. Unicorns. The short stories within present new and unique themes for zombies and surprisingly innovative storylines for unicorns. Be it serial killer unicorns to zombies in love-at no point in time has there ever been a more heated rivalry. The legendary creatures have been at odds for eternity but their contention has reached the boiling point. Who will survive and what will be left of them?
Recommended by Warren S!
Some have pointed out that with the advent e-readers, libraries may be on the brink of extinction. Yet, with e-readers on the rise, libraries seem to be busier than ever. Aside from the fact that the library not only offers books, but also offers music, movies, computer access, computer classes, programming for children, free wi-fi, a quiet place to study and work, and more, there is still the misconception that libraries only exist to provide paper copies of books.
So many are still unaware of the fact that the library offers digital books for their e-readers. If you have an e-reader and a library card, you can checkout and download books from the library, for your e-reader. . . for free.
Here at the Frisco Public Library, we have two main providers of electronic books, OverDrive and Netlibrary. If you haven’t already got a Netlibrary account, you will need to come into the library to sign up first, before you can start downloading from home. However, with OverDrive, if you are currently reading this, you can start checking out e-books now. That’s right. Now. All you need is your library card.
Go to digital.friscolibrary.com to start browsing our digital collection. Be sure to checkout the helpful “Getting Started” information, as well as the software necessary for ebooks and audio books on the left.
Of course, if you still have questions you can call or visit us during our regularly scheduled hours of operation. Or you can visit us in the library’s computer lab on January 12th at 6 pm for a Downloadables Workshop. Two staff members (including myself) will be available to answer questions regarding our digital collection.
Another fabulous perk about our digital library is that it never closes. So if you get an e-reader this Christmas, you can checkout e-books from the library Christmas day!
by Larissa Hammond
Ages: 8 and up
Can we talk about the big elephant in the room? Two donkeys have something … a little embarrassing to talk about. But it’s a little hard to tell which embarrassing thing that might be. Was it the time one friend ate the last of the ice cream? Or the video game he still hasn’t returned? Or that he picked his friend last for soccer? Or the burping-in-the-cafeteria thing?
Lane Smith’s incredible ability to bring humor to the forefront of a story with his expressive and adorable illustrations makes The Big Elephant in the Room a great book for anyone who might have a bit of a … confession to make.
Recommended by Katie B.