Saturday, September 24, 2011

Come read some unwholesome books

It's national Banned Books Week this week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) and if you come to the public library, you will be able to see a lovely display in our entry featuring the kind of immoral, smutty, dangerous reading material that libraries are notorious for providing:
  • The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  • Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  • Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  • The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  • Ulysses, by James Joyce
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  • Native Son, by Richard Wright
This might sound like the required reading list you remember from high school (perhaps not Ulysses... that's a bit of an undertaking for a 17-year-old).  But in fact, each of these titles has been challenged somewhere in the United States by angry parents, taken off library shelves or even - in the case of The Lord of the Rings - been burned. 
Librarians believe that your constitutional right to free speech also includes a right to information, and that the best way to protect that right is to exercise it.  So this week, exercise your right to read!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Big, BIG news!

We do Kindle!   After months of watching people's faces turn crestfallen to discover that our free eBooks (available via ListenAlaska) weren't Kindle-compatible, we are overjoyed to announce that Kindle users can now enjoy over 2,200 FREE eBook titles using their Ketchikan Public Library card and ListenAlaska.
When you go to the ListenAlaska site-  - just click on the "Now Available" box on the left (with the picture of a Kindle), and you will get a list of all our Kindle titles.  The MyHelp! feature will take you through the steps of using your Kindle with ListenAlaska.

The other great piece of news is that Digital Pipeline now features the interactive online language-learning tool Mango Languages.  Once you've created your free account, you can access courses on speaking Spanish, French, Japanese, Tagalog....even Pirate!  (That one is a hoot!)  Mango Languages keeps track of your progress and allows you to easily pick up where you left off.  You can even test your pronunciation with your web-mike.

Log on, download and enjoy!!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

That's wild!

Anytime someone comes out with a new Alaskan cookbook, it's pretty much a must-have for the library.  Anytime someone publishes a seafood cookbook, it's a must-have.  Put those two together, and you have library gold.
Wild Alaskan Seafood: celebrated recipes from America's top chefs by James O. Fraioli is a beautiful tribute to the wide variety of seafood that comes from Alaskan waters.  25 top chefs from around the United States were asked to contribute their favorite ways to prepare salmon, halibut, crab, clams, scallops, sole, cod, etc.  Because they come from varied backgrounds (such as Italy, France, and Japan) and because they have created acclaimed restaurants in several regions of the country (such as Washington, California, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and D.C), these chefs have been able to present different perspectives on Alaskan seafood.
Whether you like classic European cooking, unique Asian flavors or the exciting fusion cuisine of the West Coast, there are recipes in here that will intrigue you.  In addition, Wild Alaskan Seafood presents recipes for some of the less common ingredients:  sea urchin, razor clams, octopus, sablefish and lingcod.  (No recipes for dogfish, but we have a whole cookbook for that:  The Dogfish Cookbook, by Russ Mohney)
One caveat:  these are award-winning, professionally-trained chefs.   Their idea of 'simple recipes' and our idea of 'simple recipes' might be a bit different.  But if you're looking to be inspired and stretch yourself a little this winter as you work your way through a freezer full of oceanic goodies, this is the book for you.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Tagalog nobelang

We've recently expanded our Tagalog language collection to include five new romance novels, perfect for reading on rainy days:
  • Ako Na Lang Sana, by Camilla
  • Dahil Mahal Kita, by Millie Calleja
  • Pisong Kembot, by Vanessa
  • Kahit Sa Panagibip, by Dawn Igloria
  • Fixing a Broken Heart, by Maricar Dizon
If you would like something less light-hearted, we have some classic Filipino literature:

  • Daluyong, by Lazaro Francisco (a novel from 1962)
  • Ang Katipunan, by Gabriel Beato Francisco (a play from 1899)
  • Florante at Laura, by Francisco Balagtas  (an epic poem from 1921).
Basahin at masiyahan!