I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! It is such a fun holiday- the parades, the fireworks, the family picnics. Such a contrast to that quiet day in 1776, when a bunch of guys sweating under their wigs in the heat voted to approve a single large page of words that would lead to a long bloody war for independence and the birth of a nation. 150-200 copies of the document were printed that night, and it was read in public in various places over the following days, as the news slowly spread across the new country.
Think of how the country - and the world - has changed since then. Every day, we are buffeted by the news events of the day, the turmoil around the world rushing at us from satellites, internet, cell phones, all live and close-up and at unprecedented speeds. It's a fast-paced world, and it seems that we all have to keep moving, keep switching our attention from TV to blogs to Youtube to cell phones to Facebook in order to keep up.
I love technology and all that it has brought us, but I also believe that there is one way in which we don't have to change - something that does not need to evolve, something that will keep us all sane in the typhoon of daily events. The simple pleasure of reading a book will never be outmoded. There is something so wonderful, so calming, about holding the book and turning the pages, seeing the words and letting the images they describe fill your mind.
So keep at it everyone! Keep taking those breathers from the breakneck pace of the new millennium. Enjoy the freedom that comes with living in the greatest nation ever founded. Let's take advantage of our liberty--to sit back, clear our minds of all that noise, and...open a book.
Happy reading everyone!
Mysteries/Thrillers... Fourth of July. If you haven't read the Women's Murder Club series, what are you waiting for? This tremendously popular group of books has enthralled mystery lovers from book one.
Literary Fiction... Independence Day. Frank Bascombe (introduced in the earlier book The Sportswriter), is in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career. Over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1996.
|Childrens ...Judy Moody Declares Independence. A visit to Boston spurs Judy's interest in Revolutionary heroes and heroines, and she's soon on a quest for more independence. Ages 9-12. Also check out The Declaration of Independence in the Abby Hayes series, for younger readers (4-8).|
|Historical Romance ... Sweet Liberty: Freedom and Love Reign at Four Historical Fourth of July Celebrations. Four women, at four different historical periods in American history, are poised on the brink of freedom. Liberty--sweet liberty--can take many forms; how will they find their way to theirs?|
Memoir... Born on the Fourth of July. Ron Kovics' powerful memoir was a New York Times bestseller. It details the author's life story (portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone film version) from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his severe battlefield injury, to his role as the country's most outspoken anti-Vietnam War advocate, spreading his message from his wheelchair.
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Dear Librarian- Why doesn't the site "remember me" when I go to log in? I click that box on the Login page to "remember me" but every time I come back I have to fill in my login information. Why doesn't this work? -- Forgotten in Fairmont
Login information is remembered by your browser, using a "cookie" (a little bit of information stored on your computer). Your login information will be remembered by your browser indefinitely as long as you log in here at least once every two weeks and don't clear cookies in your browser during that time.
The following actions will cause your login information to be deleted:
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- waiting more than two weeks since your previous login
Additionally, you will not have access to the previously remembered login information if any of the following are true:
- you use a different computer
- you login to Windows using a different user name
- you switch to a different browser (e.g. from IE7 to Firefox)
Most members who have experienced the problem of being "forgotten" by the login page are either clicking the Logout link, or have found that they have some software installed that cleans up their browser cookies for them.
Dear Librarian- I saw that there is a "textbook exception" that allows textbooks to be posted if they have underlining or highlighting or writing in them. How do you define a textbook? What if I have a novel that was used in a class? - Hesitant in Hattiesburg
The "textbook exception" has three parts, really. Each one is very important, and together they help the textbook exception work well in the club. First, the textbook exception allows textbooks to be posted with writing/highlighting/underlining (no non-textbooks may be posted with such markings). Second, the textbook exception includes the stipulation that the sender write a Personal Message to the requestor describing the book's condition and third (and most important!), the sender must receive a Personal Message in reply from the requestor, agreeing to the described condition, BEFORE sending the book. If the requestor does not respond, or declines the book in its condition, the sender must NOT send the book - the sender must let the system cancel, or cancel it by clicking "cancel order".
This requirement of a PM exchange with the requestor accepting the book means that it is not possible for a sender who is following the rules to send a "surprise" highlighted/written in book to a requestor. For that reason, it does not matter what the sender considers a textbook - if it has markings that will allow it to be posted only if it is a textbook, then the sender is bound by the textbook exception rules to describe it in a PM, and must receive a reply PM consenting to its condition, before sending it. In this way, matters will naturally sort themselves out: the math textbook that a requestor would expect to have writing in it will be accepted when it is described, while the novel that is read for a class will probably NOT be accepted when it is described. The sender needs to decline if the requestor refuses the book in its condition. At some point (after enough refusals from requestors), the member who is trying to send a novel as a textbook will realize that since it is not generally perceived as a textbook, it will probably not be possible to send out a marked-up version of that book here.
Hope that helps clarify this issue! You can read the textbook exception in the Help Center, of course, in the Help doc "Book Condition Criteria".
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