April 21, 2014
by Deb

Spring is Hopping With New Titles!

Looking for a new read? Something to sit out on the deck with while you’re savoring the balmy weather? Every week we add new titles that are just waiting for you to pick up.

Here’s just a few titles you won’t want to miss!

Natchez Burning : A novel by Greg Iles.  First installment in an enthralling legal thriller trilogy!

Bark : Stories by Lorrie Moore. Short stories that explore the perils and passages of everyday life.
Shotgun Lovesongs: A Novel by Nickolas Butler. A touching story from the American heartland of family, love and the human condition.
Delancy: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage. A Memoir of a Restaurant by Molly Wizenberg. A young couple, the restaurant they built together, and how it impacted their relationship. Recipes included.
Tibetan Peach Pie: a True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins. An unconventional autobiography about an unconventional and quirky author.
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis. Banks, stocks, finances, and what goes on on Wall Street.
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. The summer of 1876, record-breaking heat, a smallpox epidemic and a mysterious murder.
The Snow Queen: a novel by Michael Cunningham.  The story of two brothers searching for the meaning of life,  a woman facing her own mortality, and the paths they take.
Every day is For The Thief: Fiction by Teju Cole. A young Nigerian living in New York City goes back to visit his home of Lagos to reconnect and rediscover himself and the life he once had.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris. A man at odds with himself discovers someone has stolen his identity and creates an online version that is better than himself.

The Painter: a novel by Peter Heller. From the author of Dog Stars, about an artist who is trying to outrun his past and reinvent.
All the Light We Cannot See : a novel by Anthony Doerr. A historical novel about a blind French girl and a young German boy whose paths converge during WWII in France.

And don’t forget to put a hold on this year’s Pulitzer prize winning fiction title, The GoldFinch by Donna Tartt.  A young boy survives a terrible accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, he is taken in by wealthy family he hardly knows. Grieving the loss of his mother and feeling alienated he finds comfort in a small painting that reminds him of his mother. He is soon drawn into a secret underworld of art.

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April 17, 2014
by Julie

Wild for Washi Tape

washi birdhouseWashi tape is the latest, and very popular, craft supply for artsy folk. A quick search on Pinterest reveals many uses for this special tape, which originates from Japan. The best way to describe it is like a masking tape, made from natural fibers, but with really cute patterns and designs like polka dots, stripes, and chevrons. It stays put, but can also be peeled off and even washed. You can do all kinds of things with it like decorate notebooks, vases, votives, clothespins, matchboxes, picture frames and so much more. It’s also great for scrapbookers and fans of organizational tools.

Want to try it out? There’s a program for that! Our first Pinterest Craft Club is Saturday, May 10 at 11:00a.m. Just in time for Mother’s Day we will be making miniature bird houses and decorating them with wash tape.  You can register for the class by calling our helpful folks at the Reference desk (574-282-4630). The craft club is geared for adults but kids 12+ may attend with an adult. Supplies are provided but if you’re already a fan of washi tape and want to bring your own, please feel free.

April 1, 2014
by SJCPL Techs

Tech Tip # 14 – Free Online Fax Website?

If you would like to ask a question, submit a tip or suggestion please follow this link by clicking the Suggestion Box and provide a name and email address.


Free Online Fax Website

Here at Lakeville we constantly have patrons come in and want to know if we have a fax machine. We, unfortunately, have to tell them we do not. We have however, found a website, http://faxzero.com/, that will allow patrons to send a fax with up 3 pages, plus a cover page for free. This website allows a patron to send up to 5 faxes for free per day.

Required Items:

Internet Access
Email Address
Name and Fax Number of person/place where fax is being sent
Document you want to fax
Scanner (if you don’t already have a copy of the file on the computer)

How to Send the Fax:

1. Enter your name and email address in the Sender’s Information section.
2. Enter name, company (if applicable), and fax number of the person you are sending the fax to in the Receiver’s Information section.q

3. Find the document you want to send, if it is already on the computer, by clicking on Browse. Once you find the file you want to attach select it and click Open. Your document will now show up in the box next to Browse.Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.32.20 AM

4. If you do not already have your document saved to the computer or some other storage device, scan the document and save it to the computer/storage device. Once you have scanned and saved the document, follow the directions in step 3.

5. If you plan to add a cover page, fill in the box below the files with the appropriate information.Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.33.26 AM

6. Copy the Confirmation Code into the box.
7. Click Send Free Fax Now. You will then be directed to check your email to complete the process.Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 9.35.25 AM

8. Check your email, click on the link to send the fax.

 Suggested by: Alicia Avara, the Library Technician for Lakeville Branch

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March 29, 2014
by Julie

Fernwood Museum Passes available April 1st

aconites_low_viewJust in time for spring the library is adding two passes to Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve located in Niles, Michigan. Not familiar with our museum pass program? Each one-day courtesy pass allows free admission to the holder and five others (six total). The passes are available at the Ask Here desk which is located just inside the entrance at the Main Library.

Fernwood is celebrating 50 years and offers many gardens, native wildlife, and trails. A cafe, museum shop and art gallery offer much to delight visitors. April hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m.

Other museum passes the library offers includes Healthworks! Kids Museum, Northern Indiana Center for History and the Studebaker National Museum.  For more information please call (574) 282-4630.

March 27, 2014
by hank
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Hank Howls For Frankenstein

hankshowlsfinalWhen you hear the word Frankenstein, you probably think of movies in which a monster is brought to life by a lightning bolt.  Then the vision comes to  your mind of a monster shuffling slowly along in blocky shoes, pausing  now and then to kill someone.  Attempts at conversation with the big guy result in sounds that barely qualify as grunts.

Well, are you in for a surprise!  In the novel, Frankenstein’s monster (he doesn’t have a name) is very intelligent and carries on a good conversation.  He is hideously ugly, eight feet tall and the killer of several innocent people.  But he is different than the typical monster in that he is a sympathetic character.  He even cries.

Did Edward of Elm Street or Harry Halloween cry?  I’m pretty sure neither Chuckie the Puppet nor the Blob cried.  Frankenstein’s monster is not just a killing machine.  He is  an intelligent sophisticated being with feelings.  That is what makes Mary Shelly’s novel different from all the other monster stories.

Here are some details from the novel that you may not know:

- The book starts and ends in the Arctic.

- There was a bride of Frankenstein, almost.

- Victor Frankenstein was Swiss.

- Part of the novel takes place in Scotland.

- It is never really explained how the monster came to life.

- Victor Frankenstein gets married, though it doesn’t last long.

- Victor and the monster engage in a dog sled race.

- This classic novel was written by a teenager.

Frankenstein is this year’s One Book, One Michiana selection. From March 28 – May 3  more than  30 different Frankenstein activities will be held in South Bend, Mishawaka, Elkhart, New Carlisle and at Notre Dame and IUSB.

Activities include: book discussions, movies, cooking, photo ops, robots, gaming, a tea, a DNA lecture, drawing, a cemetery tour, a medical ethics discussion, and more. (No, we don’t have a Frankenstein look-alike contest). You can pick up a booklet that gives specific information on all these activities at your local library.  You can come to the activities even if you haven’t read the novel, although unless you do, you will never know who won the dog sled race.

Grab a copy of Frankenstein.  Check out the activities.  Have a monster of a good time!