Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Read Across America!

Every year the National Education Association brings us Read Across America Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd. This year there are several ways to participate in all the reading fun. Many branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be hosting activities throughout the week, and you can also check out Seussville, an online resource page featuring a teacher's guide, activities, games and much more!

And don't forget you can always make your own family fun at home by checking out materials from your local library. Check the AFPLS catalog for books, videos and audiobooks featuring all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Or check out this family "literacy bag" of activities for the story Green Eggs and Ham, brought to you by the organization, Reading Rockets.

Parents and children can visit the Read Across America pledge site and make their promise to get reading!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

All the News That's Fit to View

Many of our patrons come into the library looking for old newspaper articles. Old is often only a few days ago but sometimes it's years and even decades ago. While many newspapers allow you to search for old articles for fee, AFPLS allows access to many back issues and even historical newspapers for free with your library card!

We have theAtlanta Journal-Constitution available online from 1985 to the present. This paper can be access from any AFPLS branch. You must be inside a library for free access. Once at a library computer, go to the library homepage, click on A-Z Databases then scroll down to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Databases are listed alphabetically.

Newspapers nation and world-wide can be accessed from another database, America's Newspapers. Dates available vary from paper to paper. For example, the Detroit News is available from 1999-present; the Chicago Tribune is available from 1985; the Washington Post from 1977; and the Miami Herald is available from 1982.

You can also access the Historical New York Times, with dates from 1851 to 1980.

We also have a database specifically for obituaries called America's Obituaries & Death Notices.

These and many other online resources are available through AFPLS' database page.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Win Is Back

Harlan Coben is a great mystery/thriller writer and his most popular characters are Myron Bolitar and Win Horne Lockwood III. Mr. Coben had taken a bit of a break in writing titles for this series and had instead written several stand-alone thrillers in which Myron has appeared here and there. However, the new Myron book is being published this March and FINALLY, Win is back! You can read the first 2 pages of Coben's new book, Live Wire, here.

If you have never read one of the Myron Bolitar books then I suggest you get your hands on a few titles. Myron Bolitar is a former college basketball star who was forced out due to injury. Instead of the NBA he tackled law school and is now a sports agent. His best friend Win performs many less-then-legal assists, as well as financial support, as they solve many thrills and crimes in both the sports world and their personal lives. Here is the list of Myron and Win books by Coben:

  1. Deal Breaker
  2. Drop Shot
  3. Fade Away
  4. Back Spin
  5. One False Move
  6. The FInal Detail
  7. The Darkest Fear
  8. Promise Me
  9. Long Lost
  10. Live Wire