Blogs

Get ready for a culmination of pop culture favorites!

 

Hello Westlake, are you ready for the 67th annual Emmy Awards? It premiers this Sunday, September 20th on Fox.

The Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman

This intertwining of fairy tales, suspense, and mystery is the second novel by writer Carol Goodman, published in January 2003.  Though it has aged a little, it is still an enticing read, and winner of the 2003 Hammett Prize, given by the International Association of Crime Writers, North American Branch (IACW/NA) each year since 1991 to a Canadian or US citizen or permanent resident for a book in English in the field of crime writing. 

The Martian

Cover of The Martian by Andy Weir

Hello Westlake! In this post I would like to write about The Martian by Andy Weir. I came across some interesting articles about the novel when visiting all of my favorite popular culture websites. As a result, I thought that I would share what I learned with you, as well as write a brief review of The Martian.

Current Headlines: Access NewsBank Special Reports for the latest information about the Stock Market Fluctuation

Learn more. Go to Research Resources at the top of the page and click on "N" from the alphabetical list. Go to "NewsBank Special Reports." Here are some of the current headlines.
 

The new and improved "Science Online" is now... online!

Round_0005_Science.jpg

Although the new and improved Science Online was, alas, not online in time for last week's "Maker Club: Science Online" (say that three times fast), it is now! Access this valuable resource by clicking here.

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches

This book is the first in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, and was published a few years ago in 2011.  I had the privilege of meeting the author when she visited another area library in 2012 around the release of the second book, Shadow of Night.  I had been pulled into the book by online reading group friends at the time, so I was very excited to meet her and hear her speak.  I was not disappointed, and left with a great picture with the author and a signed trade paperback of A Discovery of Witches

An alien invasion? They're already here. So now what?

That is the premise of 2 new Science Fiction books released in July: The Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor & Armada by Ernest Cline.

Do Your Research: 2016 Presidential Campaign Information

There are now 17 declared candidates for President of the United States from the Republican Party including the recently declared Governor of Ohio John Kasich and ex-Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore. Who is leading the polls, and why? What are the key issues driving the polls so far and what is each candidate’s position? Who has declared for the Democratic Party and what issues are each running on? Why has there been recent speculation the Vice President Joe Biden might enter the primaries?

Going on a road trip or on a vacation?

Maker Club: Arduino

arduino_uno_and_logo[1].jpg

Tonight’s Maker Club: Arduino is full, but you’re welcome to stop into the library to use our Arduino Uno for free. Everything in this kit is included. Just ask the friendly staff at the Reference Desk, and bring an ID with you.

What’s an Arduino? It’s a microcontroller board—part of a computer (unlike a Raspberry Pi, which is a fully functioning computer. Some may argue that a microcontroller fits the definition of a computer, but for simplicity’s sake, we’ll define “computer” in the common usage as a desktop or laptop). You’ll need a "real" computer to program the Arduino with the free Arduino IDE—software that lets you type code, then upload it via a USB cable to the Arduino board itself. After that, you won’t need the computer anymore, because as long as the Arduino has a power supply, it can run that code indefinitely. Watch this Make video on the Arduino here!