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It's a Mystery 10/07/08

Season's Readings

 

Though we may not be ready, many holiday-related mysteries will soon be appearing in our new book section.  Here is a sampling:

A Christmas Grace - by Anne Perry - Now a holiday tradition, this sixth Christmas mystery, featuring Perry's popular Victorian sleuth Thomas Pitt, tells the chilling story of a storm-wracked coastal village that hides a terrible secret.

Telescopes return Oct. 22

Sidewalk astronomy returns to the library Wednesday night, October 22, during Customer Appreciation Week. Telescopes will be set up outside of the library --most likely next to the parking lot north of the main building entrance-- for viewing of the giant planet Jupiter. We also hope to be able to look at a few other celestial objects perhaps including the great Andromeda Galaxy. The outdoor program is scheduled to begin by 8:00 and end at around 9:15 and is entirely dependent upon the weather; if it's raining or too cloudy the program will be canceled. If you are concerned about whether the program will take place, you can check the library Web site for updates or call the library's main number and ask that evening. The main number is:  (440) 871-2600.

The Heretic's Daughter

From first-time author Kathleen Kent comes The Heretic's Daughter, a fictionalized yet darkly realistic account of the last two years of the author's direct ancestor Martha Carrier, who was accused as a witch and hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, on Aug. 19, 1692. Told from the perspective of Martha's daughter Sarah, recounting this period of her childhood in a letter to her granddaughter, the story is as riveting as it is horrifying. Jealousy, resentment, anger, and, most notably, fear and ignorance, contributed to the arrests and imprisonments of more than 150 individuals accused of witchcraft or defending those who were. Ultimately, 19 men and women were hanged, condemned not only by a jury but also by family members forced to testify against them. The author spent five years researching this book, including visiting many of the sites described in the story and reading first-hand accounts from court records.

Just the Facts

Next time you need to find a doctor or a hospital, be sure to consult one of the most recent additions to our reference collection: HealthGrades Guide to America's Hospitals and Doctors. This comprehensive book includes hospital ratings by state, clinical specialty, and procedure; a list of five-star rated hospitals around the country; a list of top doctors by state and by clinical specialty; and sections on how to select a doctor and a hospital, how to prepare for a hospital stay, questions to ask before common procedures, and how to protect yourself and your family from medical errors.

See the Space Station!


See the Space Station tonight!


The International Space Station will be visible in our late evening and early nighttime skies several times in September. Using the list below watch for a very bright, unblinking light to appear in the westerly direction indicated and move briskly eastward across the sky. If the timing is right and you can see the entire passage or transit, you will see the light dim and disappear as the huge assemblage dips into Earth's shadow streaming into space. Each transit takes only a few minutes so be sure to start watching for its appearance before the indicated time!

It's a Mystery 9/18/08

Collaboration

There's a lot of collaborating going on in the mystery genre.  Whether it is bringing together several characters from different series to solve a crime, or authors working together on a novel, collaboration brings an interesting perspective to the story.

Some mystery authors who write more than one series will occasionally bring their characters together on a case.  J.A. Jance united her Seattle detective J.P. Beaumont and Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady in Partners in Crime.  Robert Parker has included both P.I. Sunny Randall and police chief Jesse Stone in Blue Screen and High Profile.

A Las Vegas Coming-of- Age Tale

Made in the U.S.A.
by Billie Letts

When Lutie and Fate McFee find themselves with no real place to call home, they head for Las Vegas in search of their father. The duo find themselves living on the streets, however, moving between casinos, dirty hotels, and their broken down car.

imdb.com now offers free movies and tv shows

IMDb.com (the Internet Movie Database) is offering a selection of full-length movies and TV episodes that you can watch for free.

When you search for a tv series, look for the phrase "episode list." You can click on that to see all available episodes. Not all series are complete, but there are more than 6,000 tv series episodes and motion pictures.

Book Review: The Future of the Internet

 

The Future of the Internet: and how to stop it by Jonathan Zittrain


 

The author argues that the Internet has moved away from "generative" technologies: democratizing, do-it-yourself technologies that encourage innovation.

Now, with explosive growth in the use of iPhones, Blackberries, Xboxes and other "tethered" devices--Web-connected technologies whose development are strictly controlled by their manufacturers--the power of the personal computer, and the ability of the end user to express him/herself, will be diminished in the future.

Zittrain writes: "...the Internet's generative characteristics primed it for extraordinary success--and now position it for failure."

Generative technologies develop by the interest/passion of their creators, as did the Internet: but then the Internet went mainstream. More corporate interests have found ways to tap into it, but control little pieces of it for themselves.

A provocative book.

New Non-Fiction Book Discussion Group

Non-Fiction Book Discussion Starts! September 11, 2008, Thursday at 7 P.M. in the Conference Room. If you love reading non-fiction or just want to try something different join our new discussion group. This is the start up meeting and will be devoted to sharing plans and ideas for the group. You can pick up the book for the October meeting at this time.