Download eBooks from the Library!

Did you know that you can download eBooks from the library? It’s true. The library has eBooks for use on the Kindle, Nook, and other popular eReaders. Visit the Overdrive website to see if your device is compatible.

Go to the library Digital Download Center website at: http://dbooks.wplc.info.

You will need to download free software called the Adobe Digital Editions  onto your computer in order to transfer content to your eReader, unless you have a Kindle device. Click HERE for a link to get this software.

There are several hundred thousand of items available as music, movies, audio books, and eBooks. The library must buy a license for each book we offer, and they all have due dates. You get to choose how long they check out: 7, 14, or 21 days! You may check out 10 items at a time.

The items available for checkout are shared with the entire state of Wisconsin, so when there are a lot of people using the system, you may need to put a hold on the item you want to check out. When the item is ready for checkout, the website will send you an email. You will have three days to go to the website and check it out.

advantage plus medallionThe Rice Lake Public Library and the Indianhead Library System has added extra copies of popular books into this collection so that you don’t have to wait as long for things you want to read. You will see a small orange medallion by the title if it is one of these added copies. Click HERE for the full list of Advantage Plus titles.

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PageTurners Read “Holidays on Ice”

Holidays on Ice
David Sedaris
Holidays on Ice is a collection of stories and creative essays by Sedaris with a common Christmas theme.  David Sedaris’s dark humor is evident in “Seasons Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!” a parody of the relentlessly cheerful holiday letters written by thousands of people extolling the virtues of their dubious brood. “Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol,” is a vicious theatrical review of children’s Christmas pageants. Sedaris explores some of his own holiday memories in “Dinah, the Christmas Whore” and “SantaLand Diaries”.

The PageTurners Book Club met on Thursday, December 8, at 6 pm in the Bottom Shelf Room at the Rice Lake Public Library. Five people attended the discussion. The general consensus about the book was that Sedaris walked a fine line between hilarious and offensive with these stories. The average score awarded to this book was 3.2 out of 5 books; the lowest score was a 2 / 5 and the highest score 4 / 5.

Click on the book graphic below to see a full recap of book club members’ opinions.

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Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris is available at the Rice Lake Public Library. There are over ten copies of this book in the MORE System. Please visit the card catalog website or call us at 234-4861 to reserve a copy today.

The PageTurners Book Club is sponsored by the Friends of the Rice Lake Public Library. It usually meets on the first Thursday of each month at 6 pm at the Rice Lake Public Library. Discussion lasts an hour; everyone is welcome.

Christmas Films

A Christmas Story (1983) Rated PG

In 1940s Indiana, a young boy tries to convince his parents that a genuine Red Ryder 200-shot carbine action air rifle is the only gift that will make his Christmas worthwhile.

Elf (2003) Rated PG

A human baby accidentally ends up at the North Pole and grows up among the elf community. Buddy, as he comes to be known, knows that he’s “special”. When he’s 30, Buddy learns from Santa that he’s really a human. He decides to go in search of his father, to find out where he belongs. He walks to Manhattan, and is immediately run over by a cab. His father at first rejects him and Buddy ends up in a department store where other elves are working. But all the while, things are looking bad for Santa Claus. When Santa crashes his sleigh in Central Park, it’s Buddy’s moment to shine.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1947) Rated G

A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him. A Christmas classic.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Rated NR

The real Santa is hired by Macy’s to play the department store’s Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, but has to prove in court that he is who he says he is.

Honorable Mentions: Home Alone (1990) Rated PG, How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Rated NR, Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Rated PG, A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Rated NR, White Christmas (1954) Rated NR

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New Books of December 2011

Lost December
By Richard Paul Evans
When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp’s Copy Centers, is ready to share some good news: he wants to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke has other plans. Taking control of his trust fund, Luke leaves home to pursue a life of reckless indulgence. But when his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father’s copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy.

The Drop
By Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch has two new cases demanding his attention. In the first, DNA from a 1989 rape and murder matches a 29-year-old convicted rapist. Was he an eight-year-old killer or has something gone terribly wrong in the new Regional Crime Lab? Then in a second case, Bosch and his partner are called to a death scene fraught with internal politics. Councilman Irvin Irving’s son jumped or was pushed from a window at the Chateau Marmont. Irving, Bosch’s longtime nemesis, has demanded that Harry handle the investigation. Relentlessly pursuing both cases, Bosch makes two chilling discoveries: a killer operating unknown in the city for as many as three decades, and a political conspiracy that goes back into the dark history of the police department.

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
By Julie Klassen
Pampered Margaret Macy flees London in disguise to escape pressure to marry a dishonorable man. With no money and nowhere else to go, she takes a position as a housemaid in the home of Nathaniel Upchurch, a suitor she once rejected in hopes of winning his dashing brother. Praying no one will recognize her, Margaret fumbles through the first real work of her life. If she can last until her next birthday, she will gain an inheritance from a spinster aunt–and sweet independence. Observing both brothers as an “invisible” servant, Margaret learns she may have misjudged Nathaniel. Is it too late to rekindle his admiration? And when one of the family is nearly killed, Margaret alone discovers who was responsible. Should she come forward, even at the risk of her reputation and perhaps her life?

The Leopard
By Jo Nesbo
After two women are found dead in Oslo, each with bizarre puncture wounds that were caused from the inside of their mouths, police are baffled, but homicide detective Kaja Solness is called to Hong Kong to track down a former serial killer specialist, Harry Hole, whom they hope can solve the case. Hole has to battle a new enemy-the impending death of his father-as well as the usual suspects: one (or more?) pathological killers, natural dangers, internecine warfare within the Oslo police department, and, most of all, himself.

The Winter Palace –a novel of Catherine the Great
By Eva Stachniak
Catherine the Great was born Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, this “pale, appealing sliver of a girl” arrives in St. Petersburg in 1743 as a potential bride for Peter, Empress Elizabeth’s weak-willed nephew and heir. Readers follow Catherine from her early years of barrenness and disfavor through her even more demoralizing years of motherhood. While Elizabeth tolerates and even encourages Catherine’s sexual liaisons, she separates her from her children. During the massive rebuilding of the Winter Palace and war with Prussia, which impoverish Elizabeth’s subjects, a steelier, more confident Catherine emerges.

Try Before You Buy @ Your Library

The Rice Lake Public Library offers a wide range of technology for users to experience and create new ideas. Tonight, at 4 pm, there will be a special Try It Before You It! program for users to use and feel e-readers, ipads, and other devices. Of course, you don’t have to be in the market for any of these things to  come to this event. Maybe you’re curious, or maybe you are buying or receiving a device for Christmas. Whatever your reason, come on in!

The following technology will be available to borrow with a library card in January 2012. It can be viewed tonight as a sneak preview!

E-Readers
An e-reader is a mobile electronic device that is designed primarily for the purpose of reading digital e-books and periodicals. Readers can make the text bigger, choose the font they like, and even read in portrait or landscape.

Kindle Touch

The Kindle Touch is an e-reader produced by Amazon.com. Because Kindle Touch’s electronic display uses E Ink, it looks and reads like real paper. Kindle Touch’s screen reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Kindle Touch features a full touchscreen display that puts page turns, navigation and note-taking at your fingertips.

Kindle Keyboard/3 Generation

The Kindle Keyboard / 3 Generation is an e-reader produced by Amazon.com. The Kindle Keyboard / 3 Generation uses E Ink, so it looks like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. It’ screen is 6” diagonally. It can hold 3500 books. There is a physical keyboard for easy note taking.

Nook Simple Touch

The Nook Simple Touch is an e-reader produced by Barnes & Noble. It features breakthrough E Ink® display for the best just-like-paper reading—even in bright sun. Its screen is 6” diagonally. It can hold up to 1000 books. You can read for over 2 months on just one charge. Simply touch, and NOOK takes care of the rest. Open your book, make the type bigger, look up words, organize your library, lend a book or shop for new titles – it’s all so easy.

E-Readers with Tablet Abilities

The following e-readers are more like computers. They play movies and have games. You can also easily go online.

Nook Color

The Nook Color is an e-reader produced by Barnes & Noble. Ultra-responsive 7-inch multi-touch screen displays 16 million colors ultra-bright. Specially designed for remarkable clarity and minimal glare so you can enjoy the ultimate reading and entertainment experience. Enjoy your favorite reading in your favorite way.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is an e-reader with the power of a tablet computer produced by Amazon.com. Movies, magazines and children’s books come alive on a 7″ vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution.  The device has 8 GB of memory; that’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Computers

iPad 2

The iPad display is 9.7 inches of high-resolution color photos, movies, web pages, books, and more. With the iPad touch screen, you use your fingers to do everything. When your fingers touch the display, it senses them using electrical fields. Then it instantly transforms your taps, swipes, pinches, and flicks into lifelike actions. The iPad has a 10-hour battery life. There are two cameras on the iPad; one on the front and one on the back. There are more than 140,000 amazing iPad apps have been created to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen. The Rice Lake Public Library iPad comes pre-loaded with Apps. An agreement form must be signed prior to check out.

Netbooks (Toshiba)

The netbooks offered at the library are small, but powerful, machines. The netbooks have the full Microsoft Office suite available, and are capable of surfing the internet. Users may print from these netbooks.

Flip Video

The Flip Video is a simple shoot and share video camera. There are only a few clearly labeled buttons. A small view screen allows users to see the images being recorded. An attached USB port easily plugs into most computers. The Flip Video comes loaded with video editing software.

December 7th, 1941-A Day That Will Live Infamy

In remembrance of December 7th, here is a list of films to watch.

The Final Countdown (1980) Rated PG

When an electrical storm transports the nuclear-powered U.S.S. Nimitz back in time, hours before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the crew must decide between allowing the attack to take place and preventing it, which would forever change history.

From Here to Eternity (1953) Rated NR

Drama about life in the Army in the days prior to World War II. Private Prewitt is a soldier and former boxer being manipulated by his superior and peers. His friend Maggio tries to help him but has his own troubles. Sergeant Warden and Karen Holmes tread on dangerous ground as lovers in an illicit affair. Each of their lives will be changed when their stories culminate on the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

In Harm’s Way (1965) Rated NR

Epic treatment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the attack on the naval base.

Pearl Harbor (2001) Rated PG-13

Two childhood best friends, Rafe and Danny, grow up wanting to fly planes. When Rafe gets the chance to join the Royal Air Force during World War II, he takes it, leaving his new love, Evelyn, a dedicated Navy nurse, and Danny, also a pilot, behind. Danny and Evelyn are transferred separately to the idyllic paradise of Hawaii, where they eventually meet through a connection to Rafe, who has been declared missing. But just as the love triangle begins to get complicated, Dec. 7, 1941 arrives, changing all of their lives forever.

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Rated G

A dramatization which chronicles the bombing of Pearl Harbor from both the Japanese and American points of view.

Honorable Mention: The Winds Of War (1983) Rated NR

Set against the backdrop of world events that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Naval officer, Victor “Pug” Henry, and his family learn to navigate the waters of dangerous times in the late 1930s. While Germany expands and proceeds to seize several border countries, Italy attempts to establish a Fascist Colonial Empire under Mussolini and Japan prepares for a major battle with China. Meanwhile, the Henry clan finds itself drawn into the center of the conflict as they deal with the drama, romance, tragedy and heroism that lead to America’s involvement in World War II.

What’s Your Favorite Christmas Movie?