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Why read?

So many books, so little time, yes, but are you aware of the down-deep reasons reading can imrove your mental and physical well-being?  Have a look at 7 Unconventional Reasons Why You Absolutely Should Be Reading Books.

Looking for your next great read?

We librarians love books!  Here are a few staff picks -- some new, some newly-discovered --to give you some ideas:

TJ - The Martian, by Andy Weir.  Stranded on Mars by a dust storm that compromised his space suit and forced his crew to leave him behind, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive in spite of minimal supplies and harsh environmental challenges that test his ingenuity in unique ways.  If this sounds dull or like just more of the usual sci-fi, let me assure you it is not!  Smart, funny and engaging are just a few of the adjectives that come to mind.  Mark Watney is scared, clever, resourceful and determined to make it back home and he will do everything he can think of to survive, even ignore NASA directives.

April - Not My Father's Son.  In his memoir/bio, Alan Cumming's writes about growing up in Scotland with an abusive father and how that shaped him as a person, as well as his discovery of some secrets about his maternal grandfather, a WWII hero, uncovered during his participation in celebrity genealogy show. It's funny, heartbreaking, and intense.

Claudia - Louise Penny's Chief Inspector Gamache series, starting with Still Life.   This intelligent mystery series set in the Canadian village of Three Pines, with its wonderful characters and well-crafted plots, has us all hooked and eagerly awaiting the next one. 

Pam - Chris Pavone's The Expats.  A real page-turner, chock full of plot twists and turns.  Kate, her husband and two small boys move to Europe where her husband has taken a job.  New friends they meet aren't what they seem, though, and Kate wonders just why they're interested: because of her husband's mysterious activities or because of her former life as a CIA agent, something she's kept from her husband.

Lisa - In the Heart of the Sea - the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathanial Philbrick.  This true account that inspired Melville's Moby Dick, tells of a Nantucket whaling ship sunk in the Pacific by a whale in 1820, and the crew's battle for survival. 

What if your favorite author can't keep up with you?  Check out literaturemap.com.  Type in the author's name and the screen shows similar authors. The ones closest are the most similar.  Click on the other names to see more connections. Fun! 

Whatever you're after, we're here to keep you supplied with a year full of reading pleasure.

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How do your books get to you so fast?

Meet John, our hardworking courier.  He's been delivering your library materials for many years, rain or shine.  His dedication and hard work are part of the reason you're able to receive your requested items so promptly.   

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e-books and e-audios


Read or listen on Kindles, iPads, iPods, Nooks, Sony Readers, MP3 players, and other devices using your home computers, or, depending on the device, download directly onto the device itself.  Patrons will need to do one-time downloads of free software onto their computer and/or device, then access the VALNet Digital Collection through the VALNet website

You may choose your own check-out period:  7, 14 or 21 days, and are limited to 3 checked out items at a time.  E-books and MP3-format audios may be returned early; WMA-format audios stay on your record until the loan period expires, so you may want to select a shorter loan period for those.  It's easy to place holds, and put items on a wish list for later.

Not sure how to get started?  The VALNet Digital Collection website's Help section provides information about compatible devices and their supported formats, as well as links to OverDrive Media Console software for e-audios and Adobe Digital Editions software for e-books, the free software used to manage your library downloads.

New materials will be added to the collection weekly, so check back often for new titles.  In addition to the regular e-collection, thousands of public domain titles are available.  These do not expire, do not count against your 3-item limit, and are always available -- no waiting.

Ask your library staff for more information.