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    Hold On To Those Holds! (Managing Requests)

    Books
    Have you had this happen?  You head to the library to pick up your requests and there are TONS of books waiting for you on our hold shelves.  And since you may have been waiting a while for the hot new bestseller, you may only be able to check them out for two weeks until they need to go on to the next waiting patron.  SO frustrating.  And trust me, the library staff feels for you.  It happens to us too! Did you know you can suspend your holds?   The great thing about suspending holds is that you still continue to work your way up the list, but if it is available before you are ready, the book just goes to the next person on the list until your suspend date arrives.  Perfect for if you are going on vacation, or just have way too many books to read... Read More »

    Tags: Books, Requests

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    Book Lists for New Adult Readers

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    If you’re an adult who is just starting to read for pleasure, or working on your English skills through reading, Ramsey County Library can help!  Check out our new online lists of Books for New Adult Readers for great books to get you started. We’ve hand-selected fiction (fiction = made-up, not true), nonfiction (nonfiction = based on fact), and short classics (older books that are still read and studied today).  These books come from all across the library--adult, teen and children’s areas--but they will appeal to readers of any age.   Also included in the description is whether the book is available on audiobook, as an eBook, or if it has been made into a film... Read More »

    Tags: Programs, Recommended

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    Bookawocky and YOU--Read, Write, Draw, WIN!

    Bookawocky
    Attention children of all ages (under 17, that is)!  Did you know that RIGHT NOW your local suburban Ramsey County Library is prepared to reward your summer reading with fabulous prizes? It's TRUE! Check out ALL the info on Bookawocky: Your Summer Reading Experience at your library!   Read, Write, Draw and WIN! For 4 & Unders and kids 5-11, stop into one of our libraries and pick up your Bookawocky materials today!  12-17?  Just set up your account at Bookawocky.org and start posting reviews! Looking for something good to read?  Check out the ... Read More »

    Tags: Children, Programs, Recommended, Teens

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    True Stories About Dads

    Big Russ and Me
    We posted this last year, but Father's Day comes every year, so enjoy! As Father's Day approaches (insert ties/golf joke here), it's a good time to think about the complicated relationships we often have with our fathers and the many marvelous books that have been written about this relationship.  On the sweeter side, check out Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life by Tim Russert, an intensely personal and charming memoir of American life in the 1950s and the special bond Russert shared with his father, the irrepressible Big Russ.  One of the most fascinating recent books about fathers is ... Read More »

    Tags: Nonfiction, Recommended

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    Summertime ... and the Reading is Easy

    Flying Shoes
    As surely as the weather turns warm and the lazy days of summer approach, the lists of the best Summer Reads pop up like weeds in the sidewalk.  Here are a few great lists that will have your summer reading list (and requests lists) filled through August! Entertainment Weekly always has its finger what's hot and happening in publishing.  Check out their Summer Must-Reads:  10 Books for Your Beach Bag list, which includes Landline, the new title by librarian favorite Rainbow Rowell, and an intriguing sounding novel called ... Read More »

    Tags: Fiction, Nonfiction, Recommended