The latest Downloads

nhdb   Follow the link for the latest tiles available at NH Downloadable Books.  The list includes titles by Lisa Scottoline, Jonathan Kellerman, Kate Quinn,Mark Bowden, JA Jance,  and western writer William Johnstone.  Engaged readers can trade opinions with Ben Shapiro and Pete Buttigieg.  And don’t forget to try out Hoopla, our new source for streaming eBooks and audios.

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Topsy-turvy

No blog posts this week because the library was been deep in spring cleaning!  We carved out more space for our growing DVD collection.   We moved our juvie non-fiction back out to the front reading room.  We created a new space for large format stories for middle readers.   Hopefully, these changes will make for a better browsing experience! #springcleaning  #empoweringreaders #browsingforbooks

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More things the Friday van can do for you

We just just celebrated a new record for book deliveries last week.  Most of what was received were novels books and DVDs, but that is only the beginning of what the state van service bring for you.   Have a school paper or an adult  education project? We can help. Last fall, we got four books on Christopher Columbus for a school paper. Are you home-schooling your kids?  We may be able to help you get materials for assignments.  Want to look into the latest in diet and nutritional trends? Look no further.  Visually impaired? We can get books on audio CD.  We can find copies of out of print books, such as the books on arctic exploration and Israeli history that we found for a patron last year. Want to back-track to the beginning of a crime series character? We can do it. Because the van service picks up books from our state universities, we have been able to get scholarly studies ranging from drawing techniques to Mahayana Buddhism.  Many libraries also share their DVD collections, so our borrowers have been able to get popular TV series, film classics and indie rarities.  And if your tastes run to fiction, we can get anything from Zane Grey to Graham Greene.  There is a lot out there that we can bring to you. All you have to do is ask.

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A new milestone!

ill     In July, 2016, the Nichols Library received 19 inter-library loans in one week, a haul that surpassed the previous record of 16 deliveries made in 2014.   We wondered if we ever get to twenty. Well, last Friday, it happened! The van from the NH State Library dropped off a bin with twenty items. Inside were book club picks, crime series chapters, a stack of DVDs, and three non-fiction books (no audio CDs this time, but we can get those, too).  This is a great service, just waiting there for you all to take advantage of.   If there is a book you want to read, a DVD you want to see or a CD to listen to that we do not own, we can get it for you, often in the space of a week.  It’s no trouble at all. All you have to do is ask!

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Health matters

saltNever Enough” by Judith Grisel explores the neuroscience and experience of addiction.’ “Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff brings the problem home by chronicling a father’s journey through his son’s addiction. “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat” by Samin Nosrat tells how to master the elements of good cooking.  “The Little Book of Hygge” by Meik Wiking offers Danish secrets for contented living.  “When One Religion isn’t Enough” by Duane Bidwell takes a look at people who draw on practices from different traditions. And Natural Causes by Barbara Ehrenreich offers a witty critique of  wellness trends and the unnatural prolongation of life.

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All around the world

kings3                  “The Empire and the Five Kings”  by Bernard-Henri Lévy looks at five ambitious powers that are challenging America’s place in the world.  All are former empires eager to re-assert their primacy. None of the five –Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism—are friends of liberal democracy. “Natasha’s Dance” by Orlando Figes offers an in-depth view of one of these rivals—Russia—as seen through its developing culture. “The Uninhabitable Earth” by David Wallace-Wells forecasts where the climate changes we are witnessing now might be leading.

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True stories

Inheritance” by Dani Shapiro is a ”gripping genetic detective story.”  In the spring of 2016, Shapiro whimsically submitted her DNA to a genealogy website for analysis. She received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. Her entire history crumbled beneath her. What follows is her urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity and an exploration of the ethical questions surrounding fertility treatments, DNA testing, and secrets kept.  “Maid” by Stephanie Land looks at life in the household help lane, where a strong will is needed to manage on the hard work and low pay.

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