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Happy Summer! The days of backyard lounging, flowers, bug spray, garden veggies, etc. have really arrived. The humid HEAT is here too! One of my favorite ways to cool off is to sit in the shade or near a fan and read a good book. The expereince is enhanced if I read about "cool" subjects. Perhaps you will be inspired by these books to make some delicious and refreshing summer treats to keep you cool. Read more about Cool Off with Books
Alif is a hacker living in a fictional security state somewhere in the Middle East. When the woman he loves is betrothed to another man, he writes a program that will prevent her from ever finding him online. Read more about Alif the Unseen, fantasy for adults and teens
The past year has seen some really interesting developments in the world of country music. While modern country radio continues to rely on Nashville and the large labels for content, a small but growing movement of independent artists have been creating compelling, original, and authentic country music outside of this system. Most of these artists look back to earlier forms that don't rely on modern convention. Although this has been happening for years (No depression/Americana/ Modern bluegrass for example), this last year has seen some especially stellar releases. Read more about Great Country Music at The Urbana Free Library!
Many of you are already familiar with our readers’ database NoveList Plus, which provides recommendations, summaries, read-alikes, series and other useful information about thousands of fiction and nonfiction print titles.
NoveList Plus has just enhanced its offerings and has added recommendations for more than 30,000 audiobooks--both fiction and nonfiction. Read more about NoveList Plus: Fiction, Nonfiction AND Audiobooks!