It’s Library Card Sign-up Month!

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most important school supply of all: a library card.

JMRL encourages parents to give their children this key to lifelong learning. Resources at the library are available to anyone who has a library card, no matter how young. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. In an effort to promote lifelong reading, the library system has also abolished overdue fines for children under the age of 16.

If you or your child has already received a library card and the card is currently lost or worn down, the library will be giving away free replacement cards throughout the month of September.

In addition to borrowing books, audiobooks, music and DVDs, library card holders also have free online access to databases containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as other trusted and reliable information sources to help with homework or research. These databases can be accessed at www.jmrl.org/databases.

Using your library card, you can also download digital audiobooks, eBooks, and cover-to-cover magazines from the library’s website. Access these resources for free from www.jmrl.org/download.

Before they start school – and after – children with library cards may also attend library programs such as storytime classes that encourage growth of motor, cognitive and pre-literacy skills.

Getting a library card is simple. Visit your local JMRL branch and fill out a short registration form. Be sure to bring an ID with your address or other proof of residence. Sign your child up for a library card today and see how it brings them into a world of opportunity.

JMRL Summer Challenge – Read a Mystery

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Have you taken the JMRL Summer Challenge yet? One of the June Challenges is “Read a Mystery.” As you decide what to read this weekend, here are some suggestions of books you could use to fill that challenge.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Cassie has a knack for reading people. It makes her a natural at profiling. When she is recruited by the FBI, she finds herself part of a group of teens with unusual gifts similar to hers, investigating old, unsolved murders. Soon it becomes clear that there is a new killer on the loose and the danger is much closer than Cassie ever imagined. The descriptions of the murders from inside the killer’s head are not for the faint of heart.

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Sherlock Holmes’ niece and Bram Stoker’s sister team up in an effort to solve the mysterious disappearances of some of English society’s most prominent young women. Can they save the missing girls before they become victims themselves? This book is a mystery set in Victorian England with some supernatural elements.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Tandy Angel was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects in their murder except Tandy and her three siblings. All of the children bear scars from being raised in a pressure cooker by parents who demanded absolute perfection. Who knows what they are capable of. Tandy only knows that she doesn’t trust anyone – maybe not even herself.

Jackaby by William Ritter
Jackaby is a sleuth whose skills rival Sherlock Holmes’, but with the added ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail Rook is Watson to Jackaby’s Holmes as they race to solve a series of murders that Jackaby believes were committed by a nonhuman creature. This is another great book if you like a little of the supernatural mixed with your mystery.

Visit the JMRL Reads wiki for more suggestions: Mystery Booklists

Learn more about the JMRL Summer Challenge at Read For the Win. You can pick up your June Challenge sheet at any JMRL location or download and print it yourself: English |  Spanish

Celebrate Women’s History Month With YA Books

Looking for a book for the weekend? Consider one of these titles selected for Women’s History Month. You don’t have to be a teen to enjoy these Young Adult books!

Nonfiction: History doesn’t have to be dry or boring, as these books prove

18381476Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell.
The incredible story of 101 Army and Navy nurses in the Philippines who struggled together through horrific conditions of invasion and captivity. Even more amazing, all 101 made it home alive.

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Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) by Sue Macy.
Who knew that the bicycle played such an important role in the women’s liberation movement? From simple access to transportation to changes in restrictive clothing styles, the bicycle transformed women’s lives. The history of the bicycle is women’s history, too.

850230Women in Pants: Manly Maidens, Cowgirls, and Other Renegades by Catherine Smith and Cynthia Greig.
This book uses vintage photographs to document women who defied society’s norms by openly wearing trousers. Whether out of necessity, as an act of defiance, or just for fun, the women challenged the conventions of their time.

Fiction: Stories of amazing young women, blazing their own trails

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Audacity by Melanie Crowder.
Historical fiction, based on the real-life story of Clara Lemlich. Lemlich was an amazing woman who was a tireless voice for women’s rights and fair labor practices in the early twentieth century, especially in the garment industry in New York. Her activism paved the way for new opportunities for women. The free verse format makes this both a quick and compelling read. Continue reading