Staff Review – Zen in the Art of Writing

Zen in the Art of Writing
by Ray Bradbury

Someday I will write a book. I don’t really have a solid plan, but, I figure, if I just keep writing, at some point I will have enough content to be published! A girl can dream!

I find that I get the most writing done over the Fall and Winter months. It’s also the time where I tend to gravitate towards books about writing. I started out by reading Stephen King’s On Writing, then read some works by Vonnegut and Anne Lamott. I cannot remember how I stumbled upon Zen in the Art of Writing but I am certainly glad I did!

It was a fast read. Bradbury’s collection of essays is excellent! His energy is inspirational and makes me just want to write all day and all night. He really gets the reader pumped up about writing! If you are an aspiring writer, you  need to add this book to the top of your to-read list! – Kristin

Frequently Asked Questions – Paperback Section

Question: I realize the library allows a couple of renewals on books, but what if I am a slow reader? I am afraid to be late with a book. I need more time! What can I do?

Answer: Some of you may not be aware that we have a modest paperback section on the main floor. This collection is comprised of mass market books which have been donated. These items are on the honor system. They are not barcoded therefore, are not attached to your library record. We keep these so you may take your time and read at your own pace. Enjoy!

Staff Review – The Hollywood Book Club

The Hollywood Book Club: reading with the stars
By Steven Rea

Once in a while, I need a quick and easy read. This was the perfect one for me.  Hollywood Book Club is a good book for folks who still dream of old Hollywood and black & white pictures.  Every page features a photograph of a movie star with a book in their hands. The opposite page includes a brief passage about the celebrity’s filmography along with the title of the book they are reading in the photograph. It was a neat little book!

 

Tip from the Librarian

Do you have a long commute to work? Do you hate cleaning the house knowing you could be reading? Are you just obsessed with books and want to read all day long? Then audiobooks are for YOU!

Rogers Free Library offers two types of audiobooks – books on CD and digital downloads. Listen to CDs in the car, CD player, DVD player, or gaming system. Digital downloads can be played on computers, tablets, MP3 players, and smartphones! Get lost in a world of fantasy while ironing dress shirts! What could be better? For more information visit our catalog(s): catalog.oslri.net and ezone.oslri.net

Staff Review – Full Circle

Here’s a book for my fellow 90s kids. I don’t read many celebrity biographies. I am not crazy about celebrities. I am skeptical that they’re always trying to sell their brand or product and they’ll tailor their biography around the aforementioned. I have, however, read all the books put out by the cast of the television show Full House. I just love that show! And while I enjoyed most of the biographies, Barber’s was the best. Barber is real, honest and funny. She also writes well, which helps! I plowed through the book in two sittings. It felt like talking with a close, down-to-earth friend. Kudos to her for keeping it real throughout the whole book. No subject was off limits yet, she remained respectful while sharing very personal stories about her relationships. She shares lots of inside information about her acting days on set and also her personal journey with anxiety. Kudos to her. – Kristin

 

Frequently Asked Question, Answered!

Question(s): I want to bring my laptop or tablet down to the library. Does the library have Wi-Fi? Is there a password? Do I need to be a member of the library to access it?

Answer: Yes, the library does have Wi-Fi. No password required. Our Wi-Fi is accessible on every level of the library including meeting spaces! All are welcome to access it!

 

Staff Review: Love Your Life Not Theirs

Love Your Life Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want
by Rachel Cruze

It seems slightly ironic that I am discovering authors while watching Youtube. Or, maybe that isn’t the case, since anyone in business seems to gravitate towards Youtube and social media to spread their message! I discovered financial guru Dave Ramsey through his Youtube channel. I really enjoy his “tough love” approach with folks who call into the show with financial questions. He is a no-nonsense kind of guy and I really appreciate that! Soon after, I discovered his daughter, Rachel Cruze on Youtube as well. While she is not as tough as her dad, she seems to still have a way with viewers. I decided to pick up her book Love your life not theirs : 7 money habits for living the life you want. I highly recommend this book for the 18-30 year-old in your life who spends a lot of time on social media. Studies have shown that spending time on social media is bad for you! Users may suffer from depression by constantly comparing themselves to what they see on social media. But we need to remember, social media is not real life! And this is one of Cruze’s driving points in the book – constantly comparing yourself to the Joneses is not good. Your friends with expensive cars and designer handbags are broke because they don’t know how to handle their money. Cruze promotes living under your means, which I whole-heartedly agree with. She also encourages young couples to constantly discuss and plan their finances together, from daily budgeting to saving for retirement. This is a wise move because finances are a large factor in marital disputes and unfortunately, divorce. Some might dismiss this as another silly self-help book, but its message is important! -Kristin

Frequently Asked Question, Answered!

Q: Can I print a shipping label from my smartphone at the library before I head over to the Post Office?

A: Yes you can! Rogers Free Library now has mobile printing! Simply download the PrinterOn app to your phone and follow the prompts to add our library. Wait for confirmation that your job has been processed then report to our printer station. Simple as that! See staff for more!

 

 

 

 

What’s Next in the Series?

Do you love reading books that are part of a series? It seems like a lot of fiction is published in series, especially for teens and children. But sometimes, it is really hard to figure out which book is next! There is a way to find out using our card catalog!

Here is a scenario you are probably familiar with. Your child begs you to run to the library and pick up the fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. But they all have the same title, just a different subtitle. Here is how you can find the information!

  1. Go to catalog.oslri.net
  2. Enter Diary of a Wimpy Kid in the search field.
  3. Click on the title for the record.
  4. Scroll down for more detailed information and look for series.
  5. You should now see the title series with the corresponding number.
  6. If you click on it, it will bring up a list of the series we have available in our system.
  7. Click on the number you are looking for and it will bring up the title!