Susie Pasini

Susie Pasini

Susie Pasini is Digital Services Librarian at Cook Memorial Public Library District. She reads, watches, and listens across all genres and all formats (print and digital). Often she goes on content binges, the latest being listening and watching old Devo recordings and performances and reading African-born authors like Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche (Americanah; Half of a Yellow Sun),  Okey Ndibe (Foreign Gods, Inc. ), and Kwei Quartey (Murder at Cape Three Points). Libraries are her personal passion and professional privilege.

 

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hoopla is an always available collection of eVideo, eMusic, and eAudiobooks.

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Are you looking for an ultra-imaginative dystopian tale of a matriarchal society, which violently polices any variation in preset roles and biology, yet must ultimately rely on that very capability in a brave low-caste member to save the group? Do you want it to appeal to young teens through adults? Read The Bees: A Novel by Laline Paull.

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Flora 717 is introduced at the moment of her birth as a sanitation worker in the hive of nearly 10,000 family members. As soon as she emerges from her cell into the Arrivals Hall, she is recognized as variant by both the fertility police, who almost immediately destroy her, and by a high-caste “priestess,” Sister Sage, who interrupts the police and escorts Flora into the hive nursery , thus beginning an experiment to see how her variation might be of use. And what amazing usefulness does Flora discover about herself! She is willing to use all her discovery and understanding for the future of her hive in brave, daring, and intelligent ways.

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 In January, Connie featured Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, recent winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. This was a book I loved as well, and after Connie raved about Adichie’s preceding novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction in 2007, I knew I had to read it, too! Find it in print or eBook in our catalog.

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Let Zinio for Libraries start filling up your virtual coffee table, nightstand or briefcase!

--It’s late at night, and you’re too tired to read a book, but it sure would be nice to flip through a magazine.

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Amazon has developed drones that can deliver your merchandise to your doorstep. Twitter has acquired the Android lockscreen app “Cover”, potentially maneuvering what apps appear “first” for you on your Android devices based on when it predicts you need them. Finally, the Heartbleed Bug is basically a hole in the Internet that has been a potential threat to our website activity security for at least a couple of years.

The increasing ubiquity of the Internet and our dependence upon it are the subject of several novels that have been published over the last few months, all of which serve in varying ways as cautionary tales of mindless dependence in the online world. I’ve been calling the themes of these novels Internet dystopia.

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Did you know if you have a Cook Memorial Public Library District Card, you can check out eBooks on mobile devices, smartphones and computers from our 3M Cloud Library? It’s even available on Kindle Fire! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1. Download the 3M Cloud Library app.

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If you haven’t been experimenting with the streaming service in Freegal, you are missing out on some fun you never knew you wanted to have! I’ve been making a point to listen to Freegal while I get ready in the morning. Here’s some ways I’ve been gearing up for the day over the past couple of weeks:

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Do you have an iPad, smart phone, nook, or Kindle? Are you interested in checking out e-books from the library? This fall, our digital collection, MyMediaMall, will be offering Cook Memorial Public Library District cardholders not only new materials but also more options for device compatibility. The MyMediaMall website will be undergoing user-focused improvements as well.

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