Sweetwater County Library will start our celebration of our Adult Summer Reading with the theme of Express Yourself at The Library. The kickoff is on June 4 from 4 to 7 in the afternoon. Alex Minier will play Bass while library patrons sign up for a summer of reading, get the schedule for summer events and plan for the finale with great prizes and a visit from Kyle Mills, author. Get Ready to Read!
New York Magazine discusses the problem of attention in Sam Anderson’s In Defense of Distraction. The article discusses information overload, the limitations of attention, modern multi-tasking, and the advantages of a “new techno-cognitive nomadism”. “As we become more skilled at the 21st-century task Meyer calls “flitting,” the wiring of the brain will inevitably change to deal more efficiently with more information. The neuroscientist Gary Small speculates that the human brain might be changing faster today than it has since the prehistoric discovery of tools.
Research suggests we’re already picking up new skills: better peripheral vision, the ability to sift information rapidly. We recently elected the first-ever BlackBerry president, able to flit between sixteen national crises while focusing at a world-class level. Kids growing up now might have an associative genius we don’t—a sense of the way ten projects all dovetail into something totally new. They might be able to engage in seeming contradictions: mindful web-surfing, mindful Twittering. Maybe, in flights of irresponsible responsibility, they’ll even manage to attain the paradoxical, Zenlike state of focused distraction.”
World’s Most Shocking Apology: Oprah to James Frey
Time.com: There’s baking soda and vinegar, gasoline and a match, acid and eyeballs and Oprah and James Frey. Or wait — should we scratch that last pair off the list? Has the notorious and telegenic feud between the two cooled? According to an article in Vanity Fair, which has been confirmed by Oprah’s folks, the talk-show host recently reached out to the best-selling author she annihilated on live TV a few years ago for fibbing in his memoir.
Running low on cash and unlucky in love, Stone Barrington is not having a good week. After a night at Elaine’s his luck seems to improve when he’s hired to do a little discreet detective work in the balmy paradise of Key West. but despite its clear blue skies, palm-lined streets, and gingerbread mansions, Key West proves to be more dangerous than
Stone had anticipated. Drugs, Fraud, and a mysterious death from the past may be inextricable linked to what had seemed an open-and-shut case, and a sudden turn of events will test the limits of the law, as well as Stone’s willingness to go the extra mile for a client.
The powerful debut novel from New York Times best-selling Jodi Picoult, Songs of the Humpback Wahle is a moving story about love and a family adrift. told through the eyes of five people, but centering on one mother’s search for understanding, the novel explores how the truth isn’t always easy to see.
KeyRingThing Creates One Bonus Card to Rule Them All
Thousands of businesses have loyalty cards that reward you with everything from coupons to free pet food if you display them at checkout. KeyRingThing creates one bonus card or keyring tag for all your stores.
KeyRingThing cards were designed and engineered to make carrying and using loyalty cards simple again. And fun, by way of colorful, durable, and convenient cards anyone can use. And in this economy, it’s more important than ever that consumers save as much as possible, and take advantage of all the benefits and savings loyalty programs offer. KeyRingThing also addresses the need for a centralized website to consolidate, sign up for, and store loyalty card information online.
KeyRingThing.com was borne out of a necessity for a universal website to provide all of these services, and more. Consolidation wizards, links to join new programs, custom password-protected online storage, coupons, promotions, articles, links, industry news – everything is provided in one comprehensive site, free of charge, and is ever-growing to meet the needs of consumers, retailers, and advertisers.
Read more at their website. Your library card will have to remain the way it is – the smartest card.
The Sweetwater County Library System thanks all the community sponsors for our Adult Summer Reading Program. The kickoff for the program is June 4th from 4 – 7 pm. Alex Minier will be playing his Bass to celebrate the start of the program. Adults can read and win!
Brochures will be handed out at the time of sign up. Each brochure may be filled out with five titles of books read during the summer. For each brochure returned, an entry will be placed into the grand drawing -to take place on August 29th. Additional entries may be earned by filling out additional brochures or by sending an entry to the blog. At the time of return of your first brochure, you will also received a participation gift. Get ready to read!
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
British couple Andrew and Sarah )’Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the live of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.
Two years later, Little Bee appears in London on the day of Andrew’s funeral and reconnects with Sarah. Sarah is struggling to come to terms with her husband’s recent uicide and the stubborn behavior of her four-year-old son, who refuses to take off he Batman costumes. The tenuous friendship between Sarah and Little Bee that grows, is challenged, and ultimately endures is the heart of this emotional, tense, and often hilarious novel.
Deadlock by Iris Johansen
Emily Hudsen is an artifacts expert for the U.N. who travels to war torn countries attempting to wave their priceless treasures from destruction. Her best friend and partner, Joel Levy is always at her side-until one day her entire crew comes under attack. Joel and Emily are held hostage by a ruthless and evil captor who is determined to find themissing link to a legendary treasure. For weeks they struggle to survive against terrifying odds, pushed to their limits-and beyond.
NPR Driveway Moments Moms
You’re in your car, listening to a story on your local NPR station. suddenly your find yourself at your destination-home, work, or parking lot of a grocery store. The story has captured you, and rather than turn the radio off, you stay in your car and listen to the end. You’ve had a driveway moment!
NPR Road Trips National Park Adventures
America’s National park attract millions of visitor each year. From the smallest (Kosciuszko national Park in Philadelphia) to the lowest, driest and hottest (the surprisingly pastoral Death Valley), venture behind the awe-inspiring scenery at America’s most popular-and unusual-National Parks.
Author Kyle Mills will be speaking at the Sweetwater County Library as the final presentation for our Adulat Summer Reading. He is scheduled to speak August 29 at 6:00pm. Drawings for the summer prizes will also take place at that time. Put this on your schedule, it promises to be great!
From Kyle Mill’s Website:
I grew up in Oregon but have lived all over—D.C., Virginia, Maryland, London, Wyoming. My father was an FBI agent and I was a Bureau Kid, which is similar in many ways to being an Army Brat. You tend to spend your time with other FBI Kids and get transferred around a lot, though I fared better on that front than many others.
One positive aspect of this lifestyle is that you can’t help but absorb an enormous amount about the FBI. Like most young boys, I was endlessly fascinated with talk of chasing criminals and, of course, pictured it in the most romantic terms possible. Who would have thought that all this esoteric knowledge would end up being so useful?
After moving to Littleton, Colorado, 47-year-old Caelum Quirk and his wife Maureen are settling into their jobs at Columbine High School. but when two students go on a murderous rampage within the school’s halls, Maureen is scarred forever. The couple returns to the Quirk family farm in Connecticut, where Maureen struggles to regain her sanity. Searching for a glimpse of hope,, Caelum stumbles upon old diaries, letters, and clippings hidden in the ancient farmhouse. The story he discover spans from the Civil War to Caelum’s own troubled childhood, triggering in him a personal quest for meaning and happiness.
Interrupted at dinner by an abbreviated 911 call, small-town Wisconsin cop Brynn McKenzie heads to a remote lake house to investigate. There she witnesses a gruesome crime scene-two dead bodies and a young woman terrified beyond belief. When she’s cut off from her radio and sidearm, Brynn and the survivor plunge into the forest to escape the two men behind the slayings. Now it will take all of Brynn’s wits and resourcefulness to stay a step ahead of these relentless killers.
In the remote reaches of northern Wisconsin, young Edgar Sawtelle and his family raise a unique breed of intelligent, companionable dog. Into thei idyllic setting strolls uncle Claude-a charmer with a touch of menace. When Edgar’s father dies, Edgar and a loyal pack of dogs escape to the backwoods-suspecting Claude has committed murder. But no matter where they run, they cannot avoid the creeping hand of fate.
Five years ago, a fire erupted at the Charleston, South Carolina, police station. Thanks to the hard work of four officers, only seven people died. but were the policemen truly heroes? One of the charred bodies showed signs of assault, but this detail was quickly glossed over in an official inquiry. Now firefighter Raly Gannon is intent on discovering the truth, and his only ally is vivacious news anchor Britt Shelley. Raley and Britt’s investigation will take them inot the heart of Charleston’s wealthiest communities-where determined parties try to keep the past buried.
On August 21, 1911, the unfathomable happened-Leonardo da Vinci Mona Lisa vanished from the Louvre. More than twenty-four hours passed before museum officials realized she was gone. The prime suspects were as shocking as the crime: Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire, young provocateurs of a new art. As French detectives using the latest methods of criminology, including fingerprinting, tried to trace the thieves, a burgeoning international media hyped news of the heist.
One haunting afternoon on Losano Ridge in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Captain Craig M. Mullaney and his infantry platoon were caught in a deadly firefight with al-Qaeda fighters when a message came over the radio: one of his soldiers had been killed by the enemy.
From the darkest of unexplored jungles to the frontiers of outer space, from the roaring surf of the high seas to the sun-baked plains of the Old West – adventure was merely a dieal twist away for the post-war radio listeners of ESCAPE!