January 30, 2013
by Mrs B
Rube Goldberg machines are really interesting. They take a simple task and solve it with a really complicated machine, like the one pictured above. Rube Goldberg was a Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist who just happened … Continue reading
January 29, 2013
When the Oprah Winfrey Show went off the air on May 25, 2011, it took Oprah’s Book Club with it. Over the course of 15 years, 65 books were recommended. With the help of the “Oprah effect”, several million copies were sold and most of the books were catapulted to bestseller status. Books chosen ranged from fiction (Night) to self-help (A New Earth) to literary classics (The Tale of Two Cities) to newsworthy controversies (A Million Little Pieces and The Corrections). Even though it officially ended back in 2011, the Club’s website is still up and running giving access to the complete book list, reading guides, quizzes, video interviews, and more.
Fast forward to today; thanks to Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 – a book club for the digital age – the “Oprah effect” is back in full force. Oprah’s first two picks can be found on The New York Times Best Seller list: Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild, and the novel The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis, a first-time author. Without her daily talk show, Oprah uses webisodes to announce and discuss her latest selection, and social media to keep the conversation flowing among club members. Though it’s completely virtual, it has the same appeal and exuberance as the original.
If you are interested in either book club and do not know where to start, check out the Oprah’s Book Club display on the second floor of the Main Library.
January 28, 2013
Nocturnal hikes are often an unplanned byproduct of unfortunate events. Losing your way on a trail or your car keys might result in such a weary march through dark woods. The forest at night is the ominous setting for many … Continue reading
January 28, 2013
For the week of February 3, 2013. View the complete list from The New York Times. Hardcover Fiction: 1. A MEMORY OF LIGHT, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. (Tor/Tom Doherty, $34.99.) The 14th and final novel in the Wheel of … Continue reading
January 26, 2013
Here at SJCPL we are ramping up for our annual day-long Science Alive program. This year Science Alive will be Saturday February 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our Main library. For the program local scientists are preparing … Continue reading
January 23, 2013
With Science Alive coming up here at the Main Library on February 2nd, I’ve been wondering which areas of science adult Americans are interested in and what scientific developments we typically take the time to read about in our limited … Continue reading
January 21, 2013
In the weeks leading up to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today, the librarians at Centre Township Library challenged people to write down a dream they have for themselves or the world. The results were heartwarming, poignant, and occasionally, a … Continue reading
January 21, 2013
For the week of January 27, 2013. View the complete list from The New York Times. Hardcover Fiction: 1. A MEMORY OF LIGHT, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. (Tor/Tom Doherty, $34.99.) The 14th and final novel in the Wheel of … Continue reading
January 19, 2013
So I was watching The Empire Strikes Back the other day. Why? Because it was Tuesday. I mean, do you really need a reason to watch The Empire Strikes Back? Anyway, I saw something that I’d never noticed before. Just … Continue reading