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If your children or grandchildren tell you that librarians can change a banana into a remote control, you can take their word for it. A team of our children’s librarians is currently in the midst of 55 visits to 17 local schools to promote summer reading to over 7000 students. Thanks to Cook Memorial's “Makey Makey” invention kit, their slide show is controlled by an actual banana. Students have been amazed and intrigued, with one little boy asking in awe, “Are you from a magical land?”

The librarians encourage the children to enjoy reading all summer, and to take advantage of the many free summer activities planned by the Library. This year’s Summer Reading theme is DISCOVER, and children who complete a bingo board by reading, watching DVDs, listening to music and attending programs will earn rewards including coupons for treats from local businesses and a book of their choice to keep.

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To celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday on April 23, get thee to a library! Here’s a link to the 450 Shakespeare items in Cook Memorial's catalog, in formats ranging from print, to audio, to video, to ebooks. Or, use our Biography in Context database to learn about his life, or our Literature Resource Center to find essays to help you understand and appreciate his works.

And to add merriment forsooth, methinks thou ought to celebrate further by observing Talk Like Shakespeare Day on Wednesday.   bdayshakespeare


                                   

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You are probably aware of the popularity of “Selfies” these days, as smartphone-wielding folks enjoy photographing themselves in various settings. But have you
heard of a related phenomenon called BookShelfies? Take a look:
http://bookshelfies.tumblr.com/.

We're celebrating National Library Week (April 13 -19) by honoring our patrons, and their favorite books. Do you have a shelf at home where you keep books that are meaningful to you? Perhaps there's a shelf at the library that you visit often to see what's new on a certain subject or to find the next book in a series you are enjoying.

Send us a photo of yourself with your bookshelf of choice or stop by the library and ask a staff member to take one for you. Email pics to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We'll post them on our Facebook page.

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Here’s the latest database news:

We are delighted to announce a new database for job seekers: Cypress Resume, an online resume builder that lets you create professional-quality resumes in three simple steps. You can find Cypress Resume under Jobs & Careers on our Research page.

If you read eMagazines using Zinio, you may have noticed that Zinio no longer has Consumer Reports available for libraries. The good news is that we subscribe to the terrific Consumer Reports database, and you can use your library card to access it from home. Here's how:

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We have an especially busy week-end coming up at our Cook Park location. Our annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Friday, April 4 through Sunday, April 6 in the Cook Park Meeting Room. Here are the particulars:

Friends Preview:
Friday, April 4, 12-2 p.m.
(Join the Friends of the Library at the door for $5.)

Open to the Public:
Friday, April 4, 2:30-6 p.m.
Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, April 6, 1-4 p.m.

Proceeds of the Friends' book sale will underwrite the costs of the library's reading programs and finance equipment and supplies not covered in the library budget.

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