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It's a Mystery - 2014 Newsmakers

As we all typically look back over the year coming to an end, I’ve been recalling some of the memorable news to come out of the mystery genre in 2014.

Photo of P. D. JamesMost recently was the loss of one of the mystery genre’s most popular authors, P.D. James.  She passed away on November 27 at the age of 94.  Known as the “queen of crime”, Baroness James was the creator of her much-loved protagonist, Adam Dalgliesh, the introspective Scotland Yard detective and published poet who functions as the hero of virtually all of her novels.

Tech Toys of Yore

I was watching old home movies last week and reminisced about the tech toys my siblings and I had that brought us much joy (and terror) in the late 1980s and early 1990s. For Christmas, one of the gifts we received were a cassette tape and Sesame Street book for our talking animatronic Big Bird StoryMagic.

Happy Holidays! Magical Movies!

 

 

More Music at Your Library!

Christmas Presents

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I have some good news (perhaps you could even say it was a little holiday surprise, if a few days early).  Westlake Library is providing even more ways for you to get access to the music you love, with no expense to you!  I'm sure that most of you are familiar with our Freegal program, which allows 3 free music downloads a week (no strings attached, no hidden fees, just your library card; and the downloads are yours to keep!)  Well, we have found a way to make an awesome deal like that even better!

Veronica Mars, Intrepid Girl Detective

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Are you familiar with one of Kristen Bell’s favorite roles, Veronica Mars?  (You might know Kristen Bell from any number of things, but her biggest recent hit was voicing Princess Anna in Frozen.)   If you are, then welcome aboard, marshmallow!  If not, give the Media Maven a chance to intrigue you with an intelligent television show that has expanded to a movie and books. 

STEAM: Science from Santa

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In order to deliver toys to children all over the world in one night, Santa must have some pretty sophisticated technology up those big red sleeves. Never mind that one Scrooge's email that circulates every year claiming that it couldn't be done. Actually, according to The Truth About Santa: Wormholes, Robots, and What Really Happens on Christmas Eve by Popular Science contributing editor Gregory Mone,

"As anyone with a decent grasp of physics, biology, and materials science understands, Santa's advertised abilities are perfectly plausible. Yes, Santa is real, and this book will reveal, for the first time, how he completes his seemingly impossible annual mission. The simple answer? Technology. Santa has at his disposal some of the most advanced equipment, devices, materials, and means of transportation in this or any other universe."

Toys! Toys! Toys!

EW's Best of 2014- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Cover of Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is one of the most lauded books of 2014. Besides being a A New York Times Bestseller, it is a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Amazon's best Science Fiction book of 2014, and Entertainment Weekly's fiction book of the year. Find out for yourself what an amazing read this is.
 

Artist of the Week #2: They Might be Giants

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Hello, everyone!  Welcome to the second installment of Artist of the Week!  I'm hoping to make this an ongoing series of good music and new favorites.  This past weekend, I picked up several new CDs with the hope of finding our selection for this week.  Sadly, I've been a bit busy, and didn't have the chance to listen to anything yet.  So, instead, I thought we could go with a tried and true favorite of mine: They Might be Giants!

It's All About Apps (Part 5): Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) edition

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Today the Media Maven is going to cover Autism Spectrum Disorder related apps and technology.  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) refers to a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disorders that are “characterized by social deficits and communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, sensory issues, and in some cases, cognitive delays.” (Wikipedia) It seems as though ASD has been increasing, and while that is true, it is unclear if actual cases are rising or there are more instances of diagnosis as its definition has changed and we come to understand more about the disorder.  Whatever the reason, apps can provide a way to bridge learning and communication differences between those with and without ASD.