Book recommendations from librarians across the country

library_reads_logoHave you heard about LibraryReads?  Librarians across the country have nominated the books they are most excited about for September– you can read their reviews on the LibraryReads website.  Click on any book cover below to place a hold and be sure to watch this space for next month’s list.

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App of the Week

Have you noticed the iPads at the seven library branches? You can now enjoy newspapers and digital magazines on these iPads during your visit to the library. The magazines and newspapers can be found on either the Newsstand or Zinio app. Zinio is also available to use on your own device. You can find more information at http://www.buckslib.org/resources_a-to_z/#Z.

Every week you’ll find a new brain boosting game app on these iPads as well. We’ll be sure to explain the benefits of playing the game. The apps we feature will be free downloads or have a small cost associated with them.

Our first App of the Week is Clockwork Brain, named one of the 500 best apps in the world by the London Times. With over 600,000 downloads, this popular app will sharpen your skills with its unique puzzles.

In the children’s sections at the Bensalem, Langhorne, Levittown, Perkasie, Quakertown, and Yardley branches we are introducing iPads with books, games, and other interactive apps that promote Early Literacy Development and help build the skills that children need to learn to read and write. The children’s iPads also feature an App of the Week. Each has been carefully chosen by our librarians to provides a fun and educational experience for toddlers and preschoolers.

Pat the Bunny is the first early literacy App of the Week. This award winning app delightfully swaps the classic touch-and-feel story with an enhanced visual, auditory, and kinesthetic experience. It builds the early literacy skills of print awareness, print motivation, vocabulary development, narrative skills, and digital literacy. Find out more about Early Literacy Development: (http://www.buckslib.org/kids/kids_early-learning.cfm).

How to Raise a Royal Baby

Now that the new prince is here, you may be wondering how William and Kate are going to cope.  Never fear, the library has them covered!

 

Caring for your Baby

The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child Care by Sally Fallon Morell

The Business of Baby: What Doctors Don’t Tell You, What Corporations Try to Sell You, and How to Put Your Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Before Their Bottom Line by Jennifer Margulis

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year

Baby Day by Day: In-depth, Daily Advice on Your Baby’s Growth, Care, and Development in the First Year

Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality by Laura A. Jana

 

Baby Names

The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby by Laura Wattenberg

Baby Names: More Than 3000 Names, With Origins and Meanings by Laura Emerson

Hello, My Name is Pabst by Miek Bruno

Rock and Roll Baby Names: Over 2,000 Music-inspired Names, From Alison to Ziggy by Margaret Eby

The Best Baby Names Treasury: Your Ultimate Naming Resource by Emily Larson

 

What William Should Know

The Everything Father-to-be Book: A Survival Guide for Men by Kevin Nelson

The Everything Father’s First Year Book [eBook] by Vincent Iannelli

Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-be: Everything Dads Need to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby by Glade B. Curtis

I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What? Everything You Need to Know About First-time Fatherhood by Craig W. Baird

You Having a Baby: The Owner’s Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy by Michael Roizen

 

Great Gift Books for Babies, Royal or Otherwise

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Animal Crackers by Jane Dyer

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

 

The Royal Family Tree

The Windsors, from George to Kate [DVD]

The Queen Mother: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, Who Became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother by Lady Colin Campbell

The Queen Mother: The Official Biography by William Shawcross

A Year With the Queen by Robert Hardman

William and Harry by Katie Nicholl

The Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton

William & Kate: A Royal Love Story by James Clench

 

Royal Romances

The Cowboy and the Princess by Lori Wilde

At the Queen’s Summons by Susan Wiggs

How to Woo a Reluctant Lady by Sabrina Jeffries

My Irresistible Earl by Gaelen Foley

Royal’s Bride by Kat Martin

This Duchess of Mine by Eloisa James

A Courtesan’s Scandal by Julia London

The Irish Duke by Virginia Henley

The Earl Claims His Wife by Cathy Maxwell

The Prince Kidnaps a Bride by Christina Dodd

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting

 

Tuesday, July 16, 5:30

Langhorne Branch– Pennwood

301 S. Pine Street, Langhorne

 

 

Summer Time and the Listenin’ Is Easy

 

Heading out for a walk in this gorgeous weather?  Take the library with you! You can check out a book on CD or download a digital audiobook and listen to it while you’re enjoying the summer sun or taking your next road trip. Here are a few suggestions from our resident audiobook expert:

 

NPR Driveway Moments series

NPR Road Trips: Postcards from Around the Globe

Holidays in Heck by P.J. O’Rourke

Holidays in Hell by P.J. O’Rourke

NPR Road Trips: Family Vacations

Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews

The Island by Elin Hilderbrand

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts

Beach House Memories by Mary Alice Monroe

Folly Beach by Dorothea Frank Benton

Martha’s Vineyard series by Philip Craig

 

If you’re new to downloading, take a look at these how-to videos.  After watching them, you can visit the library’s OverDrive  page or our OneClickDigital page and get started right away.

 

 

 

 

 

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting

 

Tuesday, June 18, 5:30

Perkasie Branch – Samuel Pierce

491 Arthur Avenue, Perkasie

Hot Summer Reads

What will you be reading on the beach this summer?  Stop by your local library and pick up one of these great summer titles, hand-picked by one of our librarians.

 

The Wonder Bread Summer by Jessica Blau
Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares
Last Summer by Holly Chamberlin
Beach Week by Susan Coll
Coast Road by Barbara Delinsky
The After Wife by Gigi Grazer
Red House by Mark Haddon
Book of Summers by Emylia Hall
Widow Waltz by Sally Koslow
I Couldn’t Love You More by Jillian Medoff
Lake House by Marci Nault
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

Locked Room Mysteries

 

Our Mystery Month celebration continues with Locked Room Mysteries.  This sub-genre was popular in the Golden Age of mysteries (1920s & 1930s). Simply defined, it is “any crime committed in such a way that it seems impossible to determine how it was done.”

As Sherlock Holmes said, “The game is afoot.” Can you figure it out?

 

Even the Wicked by Lawrence Block

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe   (considered the original locked room mystery)

The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle; also: The Sign of Four, Adventure of the Empty House and The Valley of Fear

The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver

Nine Tailors by Dorothy Sayers

Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie;  also And Then There Were None, They Do It With Mirrors, Murder of Roger AckroydSeven Dials Mystery

Bryant and May Off the Rails by Christopher  Fowler

Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Cover her Face and Shroud for a Nightingale by P.D. James

The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall

Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

 

Doylestown Delayed Opening

 

On Tuesday May 21st the Doylestown Branch Library will be open 3pm-9pm.  The book drops will be available while the library is closed.

All other locations will be open as usual.

 

Bucks County Free Library Board Meeting

 

Wednesday, May 15, 5:30

Levittown Branch

7311 New Falls Road, Levittown