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Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • Posted March 27, 2014

We get a lot of questions about Wi-Fi. We do have free Wi-Fi “24-7,” and no password is required. Folks are welcome to bring their own laptops and other devices and take advantage of this service, inside or outside. Of course, everyone is also welcome to use the new public-access computers, too. If you’re not comfortable using a computer yet, don’t be shy and miss out on the fun—sign up for one of our free computer classes! We’re offering Microsoft Office 2010 and Computer Basics I in April.

NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)


12 Years a Slave


The Book Thief

Deadwood Season 1

Land Girls Series 3

Vera Series 3


The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Castle: Season 4


Thor: The Dark World

Last Vegas

The Ten Commandments

King of Kings

British Cinema Showcase: Crush, Still Crazy, Young Adam, Driving Lessons, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, Last orders


Six Years with the Texas Rangers: 1875-1881 by James B. Gillett (T 813.54 GIL)

Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half by Beth Moncel (641.5 MON)

The DIY Pantry: 30 Minutes to Healthy, Homemade Food by Kresha Faber (641.3 FAB)

The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America by Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld (650 CHU)


When Lightning Strikes by Brenda Novak (CD F NOV)

The Heist by Janet Evanovich (CD F EVA)

Jr. Fiction:

The Finisher by David Baldacci (JF BAL)

Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis (JF LER Sev.1)

Seven Wonders: Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis (JF LER Sev.2)


Stone Cold by C. J. Box (F BOX Pic.14)

“Everything about the man is a mystery: the massive ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming that nobody ever visits, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people.

Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out what the truth is, but he discovers a lot more than he’d bargained for.”

Be Careful What You Wish For by Jeffrey Archer (F ARC Cli.4)

“When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to take his place, but Don Pedro Martinez plans to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, so he can destroy the Barrington family firm once and for all.”

Black Horizon by James Grippando (F GRI Swy.11)

“Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, oil is again spewing into the ocean - from a drilling explosion in Cuban, creating a politically complex and volatile situation. Representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed on the rig, Jack discovers that his incendiary case may be lethally connected to his new wife Andi’s undercover assignment for the FBI.”

Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White (F WHI)

“Doc Ford tags along when an acquaintance of Tomlinson’s asks him to help recover a relic stolen from his tribe. Their search takes them to Bone Valley, Florida—famous for two things: a ruthless subculture of black-marketers who trade in illegal artifacts and fossils, and a multibillion-dollar phosphate industry whose strip mines compromise the very ground they walk on. Neither enterprise tolerates nosy outsiders.”

The Player by Brad Parks (F PAR Ros.5)

“When he hears residents of a Newark neighborhood are getting sick - and even dying - from a strange disease, investigative reporter Carter Ross dives into the story - so deep he comes down with the illness himself.”

A Texan’s Choice by Shelley Gray (F GRA Hea.3)

“Texas, 1874. Scout Proffitt gave up on ever being a man of honor like his Civil War hero brother Clayton. But when he steps foot on the rundown Circle C ranch, Scout wonders if the Lord intends something different for him. Rosemarie has lived most of her life doubting her worth. But when a stranger rides onto her ranch, claiming he owns it, she’s suddenly given a choice: keep looking at the dark side of life ... or dare to dream.”

The Black-eyed Blonde by Benjamin Black (F BLA Mar.1)

“It is the early 1950s, and Philip Marlowe has a new client: young, beautiful, and expensively dressed, she wants Marlowe to find her former lover. Marlowe sets off on his search, but almost immediately discovers that Peterson’s disappearance is merely the first in a series of bewildering events.”

Spindown by George Wright Padgett (SciFi PAD)

“The rarest and most valuable substance in the solar system is mined from the only location where it exists in significant quantity: Jupiter’s largest moon. The remote mining outpost has been serviced by clone slaves who are drugged into mindlessness, and all of it has been monitored, controlled, and administered by the artificial intelligence known as Prinox. But what happens when a failed rescue mission causes a small band of escaped clones to begin questioning their lives, their society, and their very existence? Hunted by deadly killing machines, confused and scared, these renegade slaves are about to find out—for better or worse—just what it means to be human.”

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found by Suketu Mehta (F MEH)

“Mehta gives us an insider’s view of this stunning metropolis. He approaches the city from unexpected angles, taking us into the criminal underworld of rival Muslim and Hindu gangs; following the life of a bar dancer raised amid poverty and abuse; opening the door into the inner sanctums of Bollywood; and delving into the stories of the countless villagers who come in search of a better life and end up living on the sidewalks.”

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