Thursday, May 26, 2016

Staff Picks: THE 14th COLONY by Steve Berry

Though fiction, each of Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone books revolve around a historical event. The 14th Colony is no exception.

Steve Berry’s latest book has his protagonist Cotton Malone back on the job. The title gives us a clue as to one of the directions the book will take, but there is more to uncover as old Cold War issues heat up.

Is there really a set of briefcase sized nuclear weapons surviving from the Cold War and hidden in the U.S.? Could these weapons still be activated and used in a modern day retaliation by ex-KGB Agents bearing a grudge?

The timing couldn’t be worse for all of these events to be coming up as the inauguration of a new president is days away. Suddenly the issues of presidential succession are not as straight forward as we have always thought.

One of my favorite parts in reading a Steve Berry book is the author notes that follow the story. They tell us exactly which parts of the book are fact, which are fiction, and which are unknown but rumored to be true. Reading about Mr. Berry’s research and findings about unlikely events can be as disturbing and fascinating as the main story.

Log into the library catalog (with your full library barcode number and PIN) to reserve The 14th Colony in print, eBook, CD audiobook, or eAudiobook.

Lola Nichols
Information Specialist
Sharon Forks Library

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Staff Picks

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

You may find yourself shedding some tears over the bittersweet story of Ove, a widower whose self-destruction is continually thwarted by needy neighbors. While there’s plenty of humor in Ove’s dilemma, at its heart this unforgettable novel is all about friendship, loss and lasting love.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Friday, May 20, 2016

Staff Picks

A small-town librarian receives a mysterious journal that illuminates an unsettling family history in The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler.

I really enjoyed this unique novel of cursed “mermaids” and traveling sideshow shenanigans. I also enjoyed reading about the trials and tribulations of the modern day librarian, though I imagine most readers will prefer the tragic love stories of the circus performers. It's a fascinating novel and a very entertaining read.  

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Important Update to Library Card Accounts

This week, the Forsyth County Public Library implemented a change to the login process for accessing library card accounts online.

Now, patrons must enter the full 10-digit library card barcode number, along with the PIN, to access library accounts online. This change applies to patrons using OneStops to check out physical materials, as well as patrons using the catalog and eLibrary services.

Patrons who log into their accounts with a username, rather than a barcode, may continue to do so.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Great Book to Get Teens Talking

Blackbringer by Laini Taylor

Magpie is a teen faerie who is busy ridding the world of evil while the rest of her race descends into frivolity and decadence. She is funny and irreverent and hangs out with cigar-chomping crows with hearts of gold. The pace really picks up halfway through as she begins to realize she has a destiny to fulfill. You'll be on the edge of your seat by the time you reach the very satisfying end.

The real fun, however, would be getting readers to think about the moral issues raised, but not addressed, in the book. Magpie is tough, and defies even the creator. Is she just a little too sure of herself? She despises the way humans are constantly killing each other, but is her quest to single-handedly imprison (in inhumane conditions) and eradicate an entire race of “snags in the tapestry of the universe” any nobler? She feels humans are brutal and shortsighted to destroy all the noble dragons, but giant spiders are just bags of venom that, were it not for their useful silk, would have no place in the world. And although she solves the mystery of the Blackbringer, she seems to feel no concern about the original betrayals that created it. These issues are all relevant in today’s political climate. I love the thought that you can purely enjoy a rousing, escapist fantasy and then when it’s all over you say, “Wait, what just happened here?”