Did you know Bonus Borrows are back on Hoopla? They are!
During the entire month of November, Hoopla users can find Bonus Borrows in the app. These e-books, audiobooks, magazines, and movies/TV shows do not count toward your monthly check out limits!
November Bonus Borrows are available in eight categories: "Characters Kids Love," "The Classics," "Dive into a New Series," "Holiday Entertaining," "Importance of Family," "Killer Drama," "Merry & Bright," and "Sci-Fi & Fantasy."
Check out these collections on your Hoopla app or in your preferred web browser.
You're invited to Syracuse Public Library's My Voyage Begins Celebration. This event is for all the book lovers who participated in our 2022 reading challenge, though plus-ones are welcome, too!
Join the party from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Eagles Lodge, 12889 N. Kern Road, Syracuse. Please notify the Syracuse Public Library of your intent to attend. Plus-ones are welcome, but anyone who didn't sign up to participate in the reading challenge will be charged $5.
Tasty morsels are planned for a snack bar, and a bartender will be on hand for the purchase of sodas and over-21 drinks.
During the evening, prizes will be awarded for different categories. There will also be random drawings. A spokaoke will remain open for anyone wanting to share a favorite quote or spontaneously declare your love of reading. Attendees can vote in a book playoff to determine the best book read in 2022.
Titles for the best book read of 2022 can be submitted to Becky Brower at email@example.com before the event.
For more information, call the library at (574) 457-3022 or email Becky. You can also stop by the library.
By Michelle Parker
With chilling weather and Halloween around the corner, our spotlight shines on this young adult retelling of "Carrie."
Told from multiple points of view and including excerpts from a podcast, "The Weight of Blood" is sure to keep you turning the pages all the way to its inevitable and bloody end. I do not typically enjoy horror, but Tiffany D. Jackson pulled me in right from the beginning, making me feel for the characters. It will give you all the Halloween chills, but will also make you stop and think. I highly recommend it to older teens and adults!
Michelle manages the Young Adult Department, planning programs, purchasing new books, and revamping the Rosalyn Jones/Young Adult Space.
They say the book is always better than the movie. However, a good adaptation can be enjoyable, especially when done lovingly. The staff at the Syracuse Public Library has several adaptations that we would love to see done well! Check them out below, and until these wished for adaptations happen, check out the books. I've include links to each one's Evergreen Indiana page. Most are available at SPL but at least one is only available at other Evergreen Indiana libraries.
'Secret Identity' by Alex Segura
Becky wants to see "Secret Identity" by Alex Segura. She noted, "It is suspense set in New York in the newly competitive comic book publishing industry in 1975. I would like to see the characters brought to life."
'Caraval' by Stephanie Garber
According to Katie, "The world of Caraval sounds so sumptuous that I think it would make an amazing movie, especially by Baz Luhrman. The way the island is described with all the beautiful scenes in the house and surrounding stores -- I always pictured it with bright lights and costumes a la Moulin Rouge."
'Vampirates' by Justin Somper
Rhonda shared, "'Vampirates' was in the children's department once upon a time (The series still is!), but I feel they were more tween/YA. I would LOVE to see these as television series -- they could continue these storylines for many seasons."
'The Kingdom of Back' by Marie Lu
"I think it would make such an interesting biopic of Nannerl Mozart, showcasing her musical skill, while also spotlighting how difficult it was to be a woman in that time. I also think the magical realism of the inventive kingdom that she and Wolfgang created would look gorgeous on screen. It would be so visually stunning; I can just hear the swelling classical music and see the eerie magical land coming to life in my mind. I think it should be a slow-build tv show, with a period piece vibe and magical elements tied in. Oh goodness. NOW I WANT IT SO BAD," Michelle said.
'Granted' by John David Anderson
Megan explained, "This is a magical book about a fairy who is granting her very first wish … but things don't go as planned. It is also a book that Megan would love to see adapted to the screen!"
'The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives In Your Home' by Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink
Robert shared, "Despite its horrifying title and ties to the surreal 'Welcome To Night Vale' series, TFOWWSLIYH tells an exciting tale of harrowing family drama, swashbuckling, criminal intrigue and hints of the supernatural, all in a late 1700s Mediterranean setting. It's a story both riveting and macabre, and I think it would make for an excellent film."
'The Midnight Library' by Matt Haig
Amber stated of "Midnight Library" by Matt Haig, "Many people have thought about regrets and the what-ifs of their would. For the main character, Nora, having a 'life-changing' event, she is able to see different aspects of her life through the wonders of the different paths of her own life."
'Revolutionary Days' by Julia Dent Cantacuzène Spiransky-Grant
A history nut, Sarah said, "Set in the glamour of the Romanov court in its final days and then the turmoil of World War I and the Russian Revolution, 'Revolutionary Days' would make a fabulous historical TV show a la Downton Abbey, only Russian. It offers a unique window into these fascinating historical events as it is a memoir written by Princess Julia Dent Cantacuzène Spiransky-Grant, the granddaughter of President Ulysses S. Grant who married a Russian prince and thus got a front row seat for the revolution. Plus it would have Rasputin. Need I say more?"
There are so many great new children's books to explore at the Syracuse Public Library! Here are the bulk of the new titles, which include picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction books, and books targeted to early readers. What will you reading in the month of October?
With autumn's arrival, there's never been a perfect time to cozy up with a good movie, TV show, or documentary. Here's new arrivals from September and October. And for Top Gun fans, "Top Gun: Maverick" arrives at the beginning of November!
The adult book club will read "The Other Typist" by Suzanne Rindell during October. This historical fiction novel, set in 1920s New York City, has been compared to the popular "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn.
Confessions are Rose Baker's job. A typist for the New York City Police Department, she sits in judgment like a high priestess. Criminals come before her to admit their transgressions, and, with a few strokes of the keys before her, she seals their fate. But while she may hear about shootings, knifings, and crimes of passion, as soon as she leaves the room, she reverts to a dignified and proper lady. Until Odalie joins the typing pool.
As Rose quickly falls under the stylish, coquettish Odalie’s spell, she is lured into a sparkling underworld of speakeasies and jazz. And what starts as simple fascination turns into an obsession from which she may never recover.
Discussions will occur at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, via Zoom and at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in the downstairs meeting room.
Book copies are available at SPL. Libby also has digital e-books available.
For information about the adult book club or to receive a Zoom invitation, contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YA Book Club has selected "Deadly Games" by Diana Urban for its October pick.
A first person psychological thriller, “These Deadly Games” follows Crystal Donavan. When she receives a message on a mysterious app with a video of her little sister gagged and bound, she agrees to play the kidnapper's game. The tasks start small — steal a test and stuff it in a locker, bake brownies, etc. — but soon Crystal realizes each task is meant to hurt — and kill — her friends, one by one. But if she refuses to play, the kidnapper will kill her sister. Is someone trying to take her team out of the running for a gaming tournament? Or have they uncovered a secret from their past and want them to pay for what they did …
Pick up copies at the library. Digital e-books and audiobooks are available on Libby.
Discussions occur from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Rosalyn Jones Room/YA space. Email Michelle, email@example.com, or Amber, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions.
OverDrive has added some new features to your Libby app that are going to enrich users reading experiences! Here are six ways to make the most of your Libby app, according to the OverDrive Blog.
Manage Your To-Be-Read Pile
Let’s be honest: There are just too many books and not enough time. And while the Deliver Later option is one of my absolute favorite features, I’m a big mood reader and don’t always like putting books on hold unless I know I’m going to want to read it as soon as it comes in. This is why one of the first tags I set up in Libby was a TBR tag to keep track of all those books I know I’ll want to read eventually. Best part is, when the mood strikes me, I can just open Libby and filter my TBR list to see what’s available. You could even set up separate tags for different moods or genres if you want to be more specific.
In Libby, you can change a regular tag into a smart tag. A smart tag can automatically keep track of certain titles for you. For example, if you have a tag in Libby for titles you want to read, you can add “OverDrive Wish List” smarts to it. When you do, the smart tag will contain both your OverDrive wish list items plus the titles from your “want to read” or TBR tag.
Subscribe To Favorite Magazines
Gone are the days of needing to log into Libby every month to see if the latest issues of my favorite magazines are out. Now, users can set up a smart tag in Libby to be notified when new issues of a magazine are available at your library.
Keep Track Of Book Recommendations
Is there a book you think a friend would love? Or have you had a family member recommend a title to you that you want to remember? You can create Libby tags to keep track of book recommendations, both for yourself and other people. Then when your friend comes to you asking if you’ve read anything good recently you can just open Libby, select that tag, and offer them a whole list of titles to choose from. You can even export the tag to easily share the list of titles with your friend.
If you’re in a book club or manage one at your library, tags are a great way to keep track of books you think folks in your group might enjoy.
Remember Did Not Finish (DNF) Books
Not every book is for every reader and that’s okay! Now you can use tags to identify books you didn’t finish. That way you won’t run into that #readerproblem of checking out a book that sounds really good and maybe even vaguely familiar, only to realize about 10 pages in that you absolutely did try reading this before and decided it wasn’t for you.
Organize Audiobooks By Length
While really long audiobooks are perfect for roadtrips, sometimes you want an audiobook you can finish in a few hours while doing chores. Since Libby shows users the duration of audiobooks, you can set up tags based on short or long audiobooks. And because the tags are completely customizable, the definition of short and long audiobook can be whatever you want it to be!
Customize your reading by attaching emojis to e-books or audiobooks. From the ghost and jack o’lantern for those books you want to read during spooky season to the crying emoji for tearjerkers and even the rainbow icon for books by queer authors, the possibilities are endless.
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