Thursday, December 18, 2014

New Gaming Collection

"Great graphic!", "Great controller!", "Great social features!"  These are just a few wows from gamers with either PS4 or Xbox One.

We are responding to patron's claims and now Lake Forest Library has added some new titles for both Xbox One and PS4 platforms.

Check out these titles: Madden 15, Minecraft, NBA2K15, Shadow of Mordor, Halo (Xbox One only), farCry 4, The Crew, Assassin's Creed: Unity, and more on the lower level.  Click here for the list of growing titles.


Friday, December 12, 2014

An Armfull of Joy

Cover image for Veranda : a passion for living : houses of style and inspirationColorful. Creative. Beautifully photographed. Oversize books not only make wonderful gifts but are fun to have in the guest room, on your coffee tables and available to peruse in front of the fire. The library has many of these in art, architecture, travel, cooking and cinema.  Here are a few new additions to our collection.  Enjoy!!

Veranda : a Passion for Living : Houses of Style and Inspiration. by Carolyn Englefield  Exceptional homes from around the world including France, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.
Ryan Korban: Luxury Redefined Elegant, comfortable and glamorous interiors are highlighted in over 100 color photographs.

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Art of the House : Reflections on Design. Bobby McAlpine & Susan Ferrier.  This team of architect and designer discuss the principles that guide their work creating environments that are both sensual and poetic.

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Camille Styles: Entertaining.  Inspired gatherings & Effortless Style.  Menus, decor, floral design and table designs are all beautifully photographed and very inspiring.

Fay Peck:American Expressionist.
Local artist Fay Peck's work is beautifully reproduced in this colorful book. Interspersed between the art reproductions are photos of and comments by the author.

Cover image for The West Point History of the Civil War. by The United States Military Academy. This definitive book is part of a new military history series with text and commentary by preeminent historians.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What Will You Read? - 2014 Adult Favorites

It's a great time of year to look for reading recommendatons.  Newspapers, websites, and book review magazines are posting their lists of "the best books of 2014".   All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr has made the most fiction lists to date (and most lists are in).  But it's been a  favorite in Lake Forest as well, so you may have already read it.  And how about The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown? It's probably the most popular nonfiction book in town this year.  The library can't keep our copies on the shelves.

The New York Times has published a list of 100 Notable Books of 2014.  In addition to the universal favorites mentioned above they have selected more unusual choices such as Thirty Girls by Susan Minot (a Lake Forest Library book discussion title for February 2015) and Can't and Won't: Stories by Lydia Davis.

National Public Radio (NPR) has just released their 2014 Book Concierge of 250 titles that NPR staff and critics loved this year.  Use a variety of filters including "Eye-Opening Reads" and "Mysteries and Thrillers" to maximize your search.  And if that's not enough click on a link to lists from 2009 - 2013.

Other best book lists include:

Amazon's Best Books 
GoodReads - the only best book list selected by readers
LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites 2014
Washington Post Top 50 Fiction Books for 2014
Washington Post 50 Notable Works of Nonfiction 2014

Don't forget you can always peruse the library's "Too Good to Miss" shelf in the rotunda or stop by the Reference Desk for personalized assistance. Where will you look for your next read?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

November is Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month ,which  libraries, book stores, authors and illustrators happily celebrate.  Amidst the eBook revolution, picture books have been about the last to participate.  However, publishers are providing more and more app versions of preschool favorites.  Controversy over electronic vs paper has inevitably ensued.  In addition to the social and tactile aspects, the educational quality of learning language and how to read on a tablet is also being challenged.  The New York Times published an article last month entitled Is E-Reading Story Time? questioning the value of using a tablet for a preschooler’s reading adventures. 
Regardless of how you approach using eBooks with young children, the following books definitely come off better in paper: large pictures that showcase the illustrator's artistic technique without any distracting sound effects.  All are new offerings from favorite award winners.

 Misadventures of Sweetie Pie
  Misadventuresof Sweetie Pie (Chris Van Allsburg).  Poor hamster Sweetie Pie goes from one irresponsible owner to the next before she is finally freed by an unexpected ally.  Van Allsburg, best known for the Christmas classic The Polar Express, uses his precise drawings and ground level perspective  to sympathize with the hamster. The children in this story are naughty, not nice.

 The Animals' Santa
  The  Animals’ Santa (Jan Brett) Those of us who are Jan Brett fans love to pore over her detailed scenes and accompanying borders filled with delicate intricate designs.  She always gives us two stories in one. Here, Little Snow Hare is skeptical that there is a Santa for animals.  The other woodland creatures are sure, because they get gifts every year, but no one has seen a Santa.  Little Snow’s big brother figures out a way to help discover whooo (I’m giving it away) is the animals’ Santa. All the while we see animal “elves” making the gifts for Santa to deliver. 

 Give and Take
  Give and Take (Chris Raschka)  This Caldecott award winning author/illustrator (A Ball for Daisy) combines  a traditional folktale with some word play and a morality lesson.  Give and Take are two little gnomes who urge a farmer to “Take, Take, Take” one day, and “Give, Give, Give” the next.  Neither result is satisfactory.  The bold, expressionistic brushwork and multiple imagings give this story the feel of video.

 Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas
  Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas (Lynn Cox, Brian Floca) Floca’s previous award winning book, Locomotive, brings to life the excitement of riding the newly built transcontinental railroad in the 1800’s.  Now he illustrates a true story about an elephant seal in Christchurch, New Zealand, who repeatedly returns to the local river where she also likes to sunbath in the middle of the street.  Despite being taken hundreds of miles away to live in a more appropriate environment, she travels back on her own Incredible Journey.  Floca’s illustrations tell the story sweetly and simply, culminating  with a wonderfully atmospheric scene of Elizabeth swimming up the river in the moonlight.
So settle in, open the cover and turn the page for some wonderful reading time together.