Monroe Library Blog

Monday, May 17, 2010

Iron Man 2 or Robin Hood?

As usual, there are a number of movies coming out this summer that promise to draw extensive crowds and earn the honor of being called a summer blockbuster. Some of the “summer” movies are already out even though summer doesn’t actually arrive until June 21. Iron Man 2 and Robin Hood are already out in theaters. Shrek Forever After, The A-Team, Toy Story 3, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and quite a few more are coming soon to a theater near you.

While you are choosing which movies to go see, don’t forget that Sno-Isle has a great selection of former summer blockbusters and award winning movies to check out. Come check out old favorites or movies that you missed in the theater!

Which movies do you plan to see this summer?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Down the Highway

We have staff who ride Harley’s and Honda’s (with dogs in tow!), several who have beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, and dogs of various sizes and breeds. We umpire baseball games, play yu-gi-oh! card games, do trivia, knit, crochet, cross stitch, and sew…….and let's not forget read.
I have worked for Sno-Isle libraries for 20 years. The library has always been a part of my life since I was very small child. I have a son 20 and a small dog, a chug (Chihuahua and pug mix) named Chico. I live on a farm that has 70 goats, 7 Llamas, 4 horses, 8 quail, 1 duck, 3 roosters, 1 hen, and 4 other dogs. We also have a big vegetable garden. I also like to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles! A couple of years ago I took a trip to bike week in Sturgis South Dakota. This trip is the one that I decided I needed a bike of my own! To plan for this trip I first picked up Rand McNally Road Atlas. We looked at the various different roads we could take to get there. When we picked out different stopping points I used the keyword option in our catalog to put in the different areas, such as Yellowstone. I had actually been to Yellowstone about five years prior so I was familiar with several books that I had used before but really liked Yellowstone & Grand Teton the best. Once I took the course for motorcycle riding and got my license, I started looking for a bike. I first purchased a 1986 Harley Davidson Sportster that is the traditional Harley Davidson blue, turquoise to me. I then found a 2006 Harley Davidson V-rod and fell in love with its beautiful burgundy color and comfort. My son also rides so we often go together. For rides around the sound I have used the Backroads of Washington: your guide to Washington’s Most Scenic Backroad Adventures by Diana Fairbanks and Exploring Washington’s Backroads by John Deviny. Where will my next ride take me?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

We'll Help You Escape

This week we've seen rain, sun, hail, wind, thunder and lightning. When the weather gets crazy, there is nothing I love more than picking up a novel and reading about characters who live in or travel to foreign countries. Here are some books that have recently helped me escape:

Upside Down, Inside Out (Australia)

DMZ (Colombia)

Chateau of Echoes (France)

The Accidental Mother (England)

Moon Over Tokyo

Here are two series I highly recommend because their fast pace kept me hooked from the very beginning.

The Russian Trilogy by Hynd, Noel, with books set in Kiev, Madrid and Cairo

Task Force Valor Series by Holton, Chuck, with books that take place in the Middle East, Panama and Chernobyl

If you don’t know what to read and need some inspiration, check out our Recommended Reads under the “Books, Movies, Music” section of our website. There are many different categories of fiction and non-fiction, ranging from cozy mysteries to green living, from time travel fiction to family finance.

Sno-Isle also subscribes to a fantastic database called NoveList Plus. Select “Databases and Research” on our home page, choose “Books and Literature” under subjects, and then click on NoveList Plus. You will find a big selection of author read-alikes, so if you’re in the mood to read something similar to Dick Frances, for example, see what they suggest. You can also find books by category for children, teens and adults.

And as always, we are happy to help you find something to read! Please don’t hesitate to ask!