Free Online Language Learning Community

Since Rosetta Stone is no longer offering its service to libraries, we thought we’d share another neat language learning site that we found: offers lessons plans English, Spanish, French, Hindi, German, and Mandarin Chinese. It’s also a sort of social networking site– users can practice conversations with native speakers of the language they’re learning, … Read more

The Sister, and More Great Fall Reads

THE SISTER, BY POPPY ADAMS [Fiction] What a strange and disconcerting book, probably perfect for book clubs. Set in England, a lepidopterist and his family (two daughters and a beautiful wife who has a propensity for sherry) live in a crumbling mansion. Mother dies, father dies, sister flees to London and Ginny, the elder, becomes … Read more

A Great Read from the Reference Desk

The Fourth Watcher, by Timothy Hallinan[Mystery] This is a new suspense novel that would take center stage on our “For the Guys” display table. Poke Rafferty is a travel writer in Bangkok who is swept up into the filthy underbelly of the city. We have smuggling, counterfeiting, slave and sex trades, all alive and well. … Read more

Window Repairs

A few photos of the windows in the children’s program room being repaired. I’ll bet you’ve never even noticed that open book motif! [click on the photos to view larger versions]

Get outside this weekend…

…with the help of the Connecticut Walk Book. The Walk Book is Connecticut’s definitive trail guide, published by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association. The book is split into two volumes: Connecticut Walk Book: East, and Connecticut Walk Book: West. The books include clear, updated trail maps of over 400 miles of trails; engaging commentary … Read more

Books for the Guys

We have a display of fiction titles that may be of particular interest to men in the Rand Room. This is a changing display and more books are added daily. We have had titles from Clive Cussler, John Grisham, Patrick O’Brian, and Scott Turow, among others, and it’s proved to be popular. All the books … Read more

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