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Prescription Drug Safety Information from the FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has launched a single Web page that provides safety information for prescription drugs. The site includes information in a range of categories including:

  • Drug Labeling
  • Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS)
  • Studies and Clinical Trials of Approved Products Required by FDA or Agreed to by the Application Holder
  • Registries and Clinical Trials
  • Latest Safety Information
  • Using Medicines Safely

By launching this single page, the FDA has made this information much easier to find.

Night of Thunder: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter

 

     Night of Thunder is the fifth novel in the Bob Lee Swagger series by Stephen Hunter. {The first novel in the series Point of Impact was recently made into the movie Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg.}  Bob Lee Swagger is a former Marine Gunnery Sergeant who served three tours in Vietnam as a sniper.  Night of Thunder begins when his grown daughter Nikki, a newspaper reporter, is forced off the road in eastern Tennessee and seriously injuried, right before a major NASCAR event.  The more Bob Lee looks into the events of that night, the more it looks less like an accident and more like attempted murder.  Who is hunting Nikki? Is it someone from Bob Lee's past or is this killer after Nikki because of her work? Read and enjoy! 

Ebooks and Audiobooks: A Presentation

I had the pleasure to give a presentation to the Northeast Ohio PC Club (NEOPC) about ebooks and audiobooks.

I discussed not only the library's Netlibrary service, but also ebook readers and audio book devices.

Once Upon an Island

A host of colorful and endearing characters native to the British island of Guernsey help make The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a delight to read. This first novel from Mary Ann Shaffer (with assistance from her niece, children’s author Annie Barrows), which is written as a series of letters, unfolds when writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Guernsey resident and literature enthusiast Dawsey Adams, who wonders where he might find books by British essayist Charles Lamb. As Juliet’s correspondence with Dawsey develops, she learns enough about the island and its people that she decides to make them the subject of her next book. She eventually travels to Guernsey and gains the trust and friendship of many of the islanders, who share their personal accounts of the recent German occupation of the island. Those stories, and the people who share them, will change Juliet’s life forever.

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.