This blog aims to keep Laurens County citizens informed about new books, audio, and videos available at our libraries. We also hope to stimulate interest and discussion in our materials by noting reviews, making recommendations, and interacting with our patrons.
Have you checked the NYT bestsellers' list lately? The top 5 titles in the mix include the newest creations from such powerhouse authors as James Patterson and Jonathan Kellerman, Sue Monk Kidd and Anna Quindlen. Receiving recognition within the last several years, relative newcomer Donna Tartt delivers a work of literary fiction which has impressed many seasoned reviewers and landedher a spot in the finalist list of the National Book Critics Circle Award for 2013. The prestigious and reliable NYT bestsellers' list rarely fails to please.
Check out our Laurens and Clinton libraries for these picks and see if you agree with the critics.
We're pleased to offer our Laurens County patrons a varied selection of popular fiction and non-fiction audiobooks. We carry several formats of audiobook including books on CD, books on MP3-CD (less disks and quicker to upload as desired) and digital eAudiobooks.
You can access our digital eAudiobooks through our Jasmine Digital Library where you can download them onto multiple devices for your listening convenience and pleasure. Examples of devices include smart phones, ipads or tablets, as well as computers. If you have questions about using this collection, please stop by our Reference Desk when you're in the library or just give us a call for assistance. You can also click on 'Help' while in the digital library for help via the website.
Here are some covers from our most recently added titles which we hope you'll enjoy.
There are lots more to choose from, but as always, if you are looking for something specific and don't see it, please let us know by filling out a request card. We can search for individual titles or for the subject in general. Staying up to date with technology is a difficult task, but many people feel books help them maneuver through these systems, making them more concrete and understandable.
We have a tradition at the Laurens County Public Libraries which gives you a special opportunity to honor or remember someone you care about and want to acknowledge.
To do this, browse the books in our Christmas selections either in Laurens or in Clinton and choose one for which you will donate the cost of the book. Give us a check for the book's amount, and we will place a bookplate in the book stating the person's name you are honoring or remembering, and we will also send a Christmas card acknowledging your gift.
Your support helps us provide more new books for our libraries.
Below please see a sample of some of the books you can choose from:
Well, we thought you might, so we've just gotten in quite a few older Christmas movies that still will stir up all those holiday emotions, including good wishes and cheer! Here are a few that are new to our collection...look for some well-loved or some you've never seen before. We hope you enjoy.
I had the opportunity to attend a conference, recently, where author Craig Johnson was one of our speakers. He stepped up to the mic and began to talk to us, and my goodness, what a charming and amusing speaker he was! First of all, he's tall, handsome and a cowboy--apparently fairly similar to his chief protagonist, Sheriff Walt Longmire. His booming voice projected across the room, and he proceeded to win us all over with his stories of moving to a town with a population of 25 in Wyoming. He related how he introduced himself to the sheriff there, got to know the neighbors and countryside and made close friends with several Native Americans on the nearby reservation. The stage was then set for him to explore his imagination and become a writer.
Over the last decade, Johnson has been busy writing western mystery novels starring this small town crime-solver sheriff, Walt Longmire. In 2012 A&E began airing the TV series based on these books, and they have proven quite popular.
We have most of Johnson's books in our collections, so I urge you to give one a try. They are set in contemporary times in the upper midwest. He does carry on the tradition of the western novel here, and gives them the added quality of a mystery. Here are a few of his recent titles to get you started...
It's almost Halloween which may put you in the mood for reading a good, old-fashioned scary Stephen King novel. Or you might want to watch one of the film adaptations of his books. He's had so many original and genuinely scary stories, it's hard to pick just a few. But let's try...
How about reading his classic Carrie about the high-school misfit with supernatural powers? She gets a
little carried away at her high school prom, if you know what I mean. We have the book in our collection, ready for you to check out.
I have also just ordered the original movie, made in 1976, titled Carrie, which is sure to give you thrills and chills! Look for it soon in our DVD collection.
And I would be amiss if I didn't mention the new remake of Carrie, now playing at theaters across the country.You might want to go see this just so you can compare and contrast it with the original. For sure, the effects should be macabre!
Another King favorite is Pet Sematary made into a movie in 1989. We'll be adding this DVD to our collection in the upcoming week or so, so don't forget to watch it.
Of recent note is Doctor Sleep published in 2013 and getting a lot of reader attention. In this new book King revives the character of Dan Torrance from The Shining--remember the little boy with the supernatural powers? He's all grown up now and ends up involved in some scary events again. You can read about it in Goodreads, and then you'll probably want to come check it out for yourself. (I noticed our copies of The Shining, both book and DVD, have gone missing, so I'll be ordering new copies of those as well. For those of you unfamiliar with this story or movie, you've simply GOT to see them when they come in; you'll never be the same.)