Library News Article for June 30, 2015
Truth may be stranger than fiction, but when it comes to audiobooks, it can be just as compelling. Nonfiction audiobooks pose unique challenges and offer listeners abundant rewards. Good nonfiction “tickles” the intellect with its perspectives on facts, values, and ideas. Growing categories are self-help, true crime, and business with publishers saying that now history and biography are becoming very popular, too. Everyone can get facts online; Smartphones and access to the Internet are everywhere. But stories are harder to come by. Good nonfiction means a good story.
“Truth or Die” by James Patterson
After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann may have finally hit his stride. He's found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist always on the hunt for a scoop. But when Claire's newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor's newly peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why.
“Wicked Charms” by Janet Evanovich
Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one. “Wicked Charms” is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem.
We’re All About Information!
Whether you know these little fireworks as poppers, snappers, or bang snaps, they’re a staple at Fourth of July. They’re tiny and circular, with skinny tails, and you throw them at the ground, where they land with a loud pop and sometimes even give off a small spark. Four-year-old Nolan Haney was playing with a bag of them at a gathering near his Houston home — until he threw one fateful popper at the ground. A spark ricocheted up off the pavement, striking Nolan in the eye. He complained of pain, blurry vision, tearing, and light sensitivity. Nolan learned that he had multiple corneal abrasions and a significant amount of inflammation from the thermal burn and foreign bodies embedded in the cornea. Doctors ultimately had to use a fine drill to dig the foreign bodies out of Nolan’s eye. Fortunately, with the surgery, antibiotic eye drops, and a round of steroids, Nolan has made a full recovery.
Fireworks injuries are extremely common. Did you know that Sparklers are a leading cause of injury with 40 percent of firework-related injuries involving kids? The sticks can reach temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, making them extremely dangerous for children to handle. Sparks can bounce off and land just about anywhere and waving them around can result in burns with one wrong move.
Only adults should be allowed to handle fireworks, sparklers, or other flammable devices. That said, 40 percent of children’s injuries are in kids who are just bystanders, so it’s crucial to keep children a significant distance away.
Stingy Schobel Says
There’s a new program called Plenti that lets you earn points at one place and use them for savings at another, all with a single card. Exxon/Mobil, RiteAid, Enterprise, K Mart and Food City are local participants. You can pick up applications at RiteAid and Exxon/Mobil or apply online at plenti.com.
Each 1,000 points equals $10; there are bonus points to be earned such as 200 points for your first purchase of 10 gallons or more at Exxon/Mobil and 500 points for your purchase of $25 or more at RiteAid.
Quackers Joke of the Week
Q. What did one flag say to the other flag?
A. Nothing . . . it just waved!
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