Wednesday, August 17, 2011

EBooks are coming! And more news from the Reference Department.

In the near future, we will be adding several ebooks to the reference collection of the Pottsville Free Public Library. These ebooks will be available through the library's catalog, and will be available to use on any computer by anyone with a Pottsville Library card. Subjects include science experiments for students; several encyclopedias dealing with poisons, phobias, alcoholism, and drug abuse; and histories of Afghanistan and Egypt. Stay tuned for more details!

Also coming this fall, an updated index to obituaries in the local newspapers. We're up to 143,000 names from the Pottsville Republican, nearly 20,000 more than last year! Look for the updated index on the library's genealogy page in September or October.

The Library's 100th anniversary is being celebrated in a few ways. Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, November 5, when we will host the "Inspired by a Book" exhibit, and a presentation by Sally Wiener Grotta about Pennsylvania artisans.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Snow Days

It seems like we've been getting lots of little snow storms, rather than one or two big storms, in addition to the really cold weather. Makes you glad you don't live closer to Philadelphia or New York! Here are some of the newer books we've added to our collection related to the climate:

The View From Lazy Point: A natural year in an unnatural world, by Carl Safina (508 Sa17)

The Climate War: True believers, power brokers, and the fight to save the earth, by Eric Pooley (363.738 P789)

Eaarth: Making a life on a tough new planet, by Bill McKibben (363.738 M21)
(No, I didn't spell it wrong; the cover really has the planet's name spelled with two A's.)

How to Cool the Planet: geoengineering and the audacious quest to fix Earth's climate, by Jeff Goodell (551.6 G61)
(Okay, so "cooling" may not be a popular topic after the bitter cold we've had.)

Diet for a Hot Planet: The climate crisis at the end of your fork and what you can do about it, by Anna Lappe (338.19 L318)