Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Facebook for your pet

Look at this handsome devil.
This is for all you pet lovers out there who would like your pet to be as active online as you.
Check out these awesome pet community sites.

I prefer the Cute As Hell Community-Quite Possible the Cutest Place on Earth
You create a Profile for Your Pets With Photos, Friends, and More! Also there's the Thunderdome! Two Pets Enter...(if you aren't familiar w/ MadMax this reference will be lost on you)This is where everyone votes on the cutest pet.

Check 'em out.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Language Learning Site - LIVEMOCHA

I get asked all the time if we have Rosetta Stone and we do not. In fact Rosetta Stone has stopped selling to libraries all together. We have quite a nice selection of language study CDs with books available to check out. But if you like to learn at your own pace and have a computer you should try LiveMocha.com. It's my favorite free language learning resource out there right now, and I'm a little worried it won't be free for much longer, so sign up today.

From the website:LiveMocha is a language-learning tool that combines fun self-study lessons, motivational tools and community to help you learn the language of your choice. Unlike CDs and books that contain stale academic content, LiveMocha brings to you useful everyday language from actual native speakers.

I signed up for Spanish and I really like the format. First you have to do the Required Exercises which are Learn(you learn w/ audio and pictures), Review, Write and Speak. There are optional exercises: Read, Listen, Magnet and Quiz.

The format set up is much like a networking site; you can put your picture up, talk with others learning the same language, or a native speaker of the language you are learning.

So try it out, and if you come across something even more amazing let us know.



Monday, March 16, 2009

Black Ice by Anne Stuart - Book Review

Black Ice by Anne Stuart

I've been going through a romance novel phase featuring some sort of "special-op" hero, who's bad, but not all bad. I've recently revisited the Tara Janzen's Steele Street series. Most of them are good, some I don't care too much for and a few a like so much that I own them. Anyway, I had never read anything by Anne Stuart and this title was recommended on a site as being similar to the Tara Janzen books. So I checked it out and LOVED it. It was a suspenseful page turner in which the female lead character, Chloe, was in a "wrong place wrong time" situation and the hero/anti-hero, Bastien, who saves her on a number of occasions, was not a typical romantic lead. What I mean by "not typical" is that this is no "love at first site" type of book, it seems a lot more realistic and brutal. Bastien is a jaded special-op type working for a group called the Committee (so called good guys that aren't really that good). They take out bad guys and if good guys/gals get in the way, too bad. Chloe is definitely in the way. I was hooked and I'm starting on the next one in this series, Cold as Ice.

From the book jacket:
Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion--even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote chateau, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

Then by chance Chloe discovers her employers are anything but the entrepreneurs they appear, and suddenly she knows far too much. Her clients are illegal arms dealers, and one of them is ordered to kill her. But instead, Bastien Toussaint drags Chloe away, and the next thing she knows she's on the run with the most terrifying and seductive man she's ever met.

What were his motives--and would she live long enough to find out?

For more info on Anne Stuart check out her website: www.anne-stuart.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Book News for Fans of "The Time Traveler's Wife"

Fans of Audrey Niffenegger's phenomenal bestseller, The Time Traveler's Wife, will be pleased to know that she will soon have a second novel hitting the shelves! Her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, will land in bookstores (and your local library) this fall. Read the full article. If you aren't familiar with her first novel, you may want to check it out...

The love story of Henry and Claire whose lives are punctuated by Henry's disappearance to different points in time--sometimes even back to visit Claire as a young woman. When Henry meets Claire, he is twenty-eight, and she is twenty. He's a hip, handsome librarian; she is an art student with Botticelli hair. Henry has never met Claire before; Claire has known Henry since she was six...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mt. Laurel Book Club Recap - The Secret Life of Bees

In this New York Times bestseller, a young girl's search for the truth about her mother leads her to three beekeeping sisters who take her into their mesmerizing world of bees and honey and of a mysterious Black Madonna. A novel about mothers and daughters and the women in our lives who become our true mothers. A story about the divine power of women and the transforming power of love.

The Mt. Laurel Book Club met on March 5th to discuss The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The meeting was held at Saturday Gourmet in the Mt Laurel Town Center. (The Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster is a must -- crazy good and a HUGE portion!). We had mixed reviews of the novel. Most of us liked the book and would recommend it to a friend, but a few of us were put off by less believable attributes of the book. Having said that, everyone who attempted to read the book finished, so there was not a case of someone disliking it to an extreme degree. There were also a couple of us that found that we actually liked the movie better than the book, which is rare! The discussion covered different themes in the novel which included the strengths of each of the characters and the role of 'bees' in the overall themes. The book for April is Testimony by Anita Shreve and promises to promote a great discussion!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Print your resume FREE at Kinkos today only

You're invited to bring your resume on paper or in digital form and print up to 25 black-and-white copies for free Tuesday, March 10th at any Kinkos.

Follow this link to locate the nearest FedEx Kinko's store in the library's community.

You can always print in the library for $.20 a page or

Unemployment Rate

If you're part of 3.3 million Americans who've lost their job in the last 6 months and need to brush up on your computer skills don't forget we offer free beginner computer classes every month.

Click here for the latest schedule. http://www.northshelbylibrary.org/services/computerclass.html

Monday, March 2, 2009

Need by Carrie Jones -Review

If you were a Twilight series fan and you need a paranormal fix you may want to check out this book. It has all the elements of a great fantasy sprinkled with a little humor. Creatures from myth we're familiar with appear along with another mythical creature of folklore that has been underused, giving this book an edge to the vampire flooded market of teen fiction. However, Need does not flow as well as Twilight and the characters seemed a wee bit underdeveloped but I would read it again and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Check out your copy today.
From the book jacket:
Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather dies. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.

She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right-not human-in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.