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Are you making the most of your iphone?

iphone It’s not too late to register for Friday’s iPhone class with Valerie DiLorenzo. There are a few seats still available. The session will cover some of the many features of the iphone including Apps, Settings, Wifi, Safari, Maps, Photos and more. Class starts at 10:30 a.m. at the John Jermain Library. Paritcipants should bring their fully charged iphone as well as their Apple ID and password. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about your iphone. Free ! You can register this evening until 9 p.m. or tomorrow morning starting at 10 a.m. 725-0049.


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Getting to know our Macs….

valerie Valerie DiLorenzo – teacher extraordinaire – takes students on a tour of their Mac desktops last Friday. Those of us switching from PC to a Mac loved this class.  Check the JJML Newsletter for upcoming classes on the iPhone and iPad October 24th and October 31st respectively.


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Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I read many fantastic reviews about Station Eleven, so my hopes were high for this book.  It was good, well written, interesting, but not the fast-paced adventure that I was hoping for.  Station Eleven explores several time lines that revolve around one celebrity actor, Arthur, and the people who knew him before the apocalypse.  The characters are interesting figures that I enjoyed getting to know.  It explores how these people cope with the end of the world and how they survive, or don’t.  This book is primarily billed as a post-apocalyptic adventure, however it moves slowly at the start and spends a great deal of plot time flash-backing on the past pre-apocalyptic world.  The finishing tie-ins of relationships and events are satisfying in the end and worth the slog to get to.


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Red Rising, by Pierce Brown

Red Rising by Pierce BrownThis young adult(teen) book is the first in a series about a brutal futuristic world.  Society is divided into levels or classes of underprivileged and privileged with extreme variation between least to most.   There is no changing rank, where you are born you stay, unless you happen to be Darrow.  Darrow undergoes extreme changes in service to anarchists and rebellion, however he struggles to uphold his personal goals.  Some of the twists and turns are unrealistic and alternately wonderful or terrible.  The plot quality has an unevenness to it that shakes the reader’s emotions from love to hate.  Ultimately, readers who enjoy the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and Lord of the Flies will enjoy this one.


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National Book Foundation Announces Longists for Awards this Week

announcementsThe 2014 National Book Awards Longlist for Young People’s Literature was announced today. You can view the list at  http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2014_ypl_longlist_pr.pdf. The longlist announcements for Poetry, Non-Fiction and Fiction will be made this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively.


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Small Blessings, by Martha Woodroof

Small Blessing by Martha WoodroofTom Putnam is a singularly kind man working through life with an extremely difficult marriage.  Things begin to look up when his wife Marjory, surprises him by inviting a new friend, Rose, into their lives.  The story takes shape quickly after several life-changing events occur.  Tom’s life is forever altered by Marjory’s sudden death and the arrival of an unknown son, Henry.  He begins to realize deeper relationships with friends and the possibility of a fuller happier life.  Strong love and connection bring the lives of Tom, Henry and Rose together in ways that surprise them all.  Overall, this is a lovely feel good book.


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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

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Do you have a library card? Do all the children you know have library cards? Stop in to the library, at 34 West Water Street, to get a library card if you don’t already have one or if your old one has expired, and celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month. All children ages 5 and up are eligible for their very own library card. For more information, call (631)725-0049.

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