Thursday, April 10, 2014

Three new magazine subscriptions at the Main Library in Laurens

For those of you who love browsing our magazine section in Laurens, we've got some new subscriptions you may be interested in. Thanks to a generous donor, we now offer print copies of Atlantic Monthly, National Geographic Traveller and Reader's Digest, Large Print version. 

Let us know if you have a favorite magazine you would like us to provide. Our goal is to serve the residents and businesses of Laurens County, so if there is something we can do for you, please tell us about it.

Atlantic Monthly

 National Geographic Traveller
Reader's Digest, Large Print

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Some craft and hobby ideas to try this Spring

When Spring blossoms each year, we often feel energized and inspired to try some new craft or hobby that we're interested in. I'm always wanting to learn how to do, or to make, something that I've only admired from afar. Here are some ideas I'm looking at....maybe you'll be inspired and take one on.

Audubon birdhouse book : building, placing, and maintaining great homes for great birds / by Margaret A. Barker and Elissa Wolfson ; foreword by Stephen W. Kress ; carpentry by Chris Willett.

The Design Aglow posing guide for family portrait photography : 100 modern ideas for photographing newborns, babies, children, and families / Lena Hyde.

Fresh flower arranging / Mark Welford and Stephen Wicks
Ukulele for dummies / by Alistair Wood. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Oh the variety available in biographies....duh!

Spending some time reviewing biographies that we've added over the last couple months, I was thinking what a wide variety we had....and then, duh!, I realized the obvious--biographies are as varied and multidimensional as the people they are about. Here's a sampling of some of our latest and greatest.

Bernard Berenson : A Life in the Picture Trade by Rachel Cohen.
Jim Henson : The Biography by Brian Jay Jones.

 Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean 

Grin and Bear It: How to be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way by Jenni Poulos and Laura Morton

The Gift of Love : One Woman's Journey To Save A Life by Amy Clipston

Friday, February 21, 2014

Current New York Times Hardcover bestsellers

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 landed her 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.

Private L.A. by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Killer by Jonathan Kellerman

Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Monday, February 10, 2014

Audiobooks to suit different moods and topics

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.

The Complete Audio Holy Bible, King James Version read by James Earl Jones, 2009

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread and the Search for Peace of Mind by Scott Stossel

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Let's get tekkie!

First of all, you may want to read up on how technology is affecting us in our relationships by checking out the following book:

Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other by Sherry Turkle

But then again, you might be working on something more complex and need some real expertise such as:

Drupal 7 Explained: Your Step-by-Step Guide by Stephen Burge and Cindy McCourt

Maybe you need to upgrade to Office 2013 but don't have a clue about what's changed? -- try this:

Office 2013 Simplified by Elaine Marmel

Or, if you've moved up to Windows 8 and still have lots of questions, here's the answer book for it:

Teach Yourself Visually Windows 8 by Paul McFedries

Perhaps the alternative Office 2013 book is the one for you:

Windows 8 Simplified by Paul McFedries

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.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Remember to browse our Christmas Honor Books

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:

Annette Joseph's Picture Perfect Parties: Stylish Solutions for Entertaining by Annette Joseph

A Dude's Guide to Babies: The New Dad's Playbook by Richard Jones and Barry Robert Ozer

Latin American street food : the best flavors of markets, beaches, & roadside stands from Mexico to Argentina by Sandra A. Gutierrez

Hippie Chic by Lauren D. Whitley 

Beautiful LEGO by Mike Doyle