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Wednesday, August 24, 2011 • Posted August 24, 2011

Now that school has started, parents and students may be looking for homework help or information for research papers. If you go to our website, you will see a link to TexShare Databases. Three databases are particularly designed for students: Searchasaurus targets elementary age students; EBSCO Kids Search is specifically for primary and middle school ages; and EBSCO Student Resource Center is geared for grades 6-12 (When I was teaching, my students found EBSCO Student Resource Center extremely helpful for research papers). Adults will find newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journals for almost any topic. Log in as RMN1244 with password TX76856. Also, on our website, on the left-hand sidebar, you will see “Teens and Kids.” If you open these folders, you will find additional links to homework, games, and research sites for students. I hope you will explore these resources.NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)DVDs Jesse Stone: Innocents LostJumping the BroomLegend of the GuardiansPrime Suspect: The Complete SeriesInspector Lynley: The Complete SeriesThe Pillars of the EarthDownton AbbeyBullitFried Green TomatoesRunaway BrideThe PatriotBatman Begins8 SecondsThe OutsidersScooby-Doo Monster MatineeThe Smurfs: True Blue FriendsFool’s GoldWhere the Red Fern GrowsDinosaurNew German Texas Non-Fiction:The Germans in Texas: A Study in Immigration by Gilbert Giddings Benjamin (T G 976.4 BEN)This title is “a reproduction of an original work published before 1923 and may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages . . .” The book covers topics such as German immigration from 1815-1848, reasons for early settlements, numbers of Germans in Texas industries, the Society of German Princes and Nobles Formed for the Purpose of Aiding Germans to Settle in Texas, slavery, and elements of culture such as schools, newspapers, and singing societies.The Cypress and Other Writings of a German Pioneer in Texas by Hermann Seele (T G 976.4 SEE)“From his viewpoint of a hardworking yet imaginative pioneer [arrived in New Braunfels 1845], Seele presents first a history of German immigration and settlement in Texas during the nineteenth century. Next, his autobiographical writings range from a ‘sentimental recollection’ of his first Christmas Eve in Texas to his first day of teaching in New Braunfels, to murder and justice along the Comal River.”Non-fiction:Demonic by Ann Coulter (320.51 COU)“The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrates mobs—it is the mob. Demonic explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard group-think behavior.”A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard (364.15 DUG)“For eighteen years I was a prisoner . . . I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story—in my own words, in my own way, exactly as I remember it.”—Jacyee DugardFiction:Quinn by Iris Johansen (F JOH EQB.2)“As a former Navy SEAL turned copy, Joe Quinn has seen the face of evil and knows just how deadly it can be. He never expected to fall in love with a woman whose life would be defined by her dual desires to bring home her missing daughter and discover the truth behind her disappearance. As their search takes them deeper into a web of murder and madness, Joe and Eve must confront their most primal fears . . . and test their resolve to uncover the ultimate bone-chilling truth.The Devil’s Star by Jo Nesbø (F NES HH.3)“In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat—with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. Detective harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner.”State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (F PAT)“Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist with a Minnesota-based pharmaceutical company, is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor . . . who seems to have all but disappeared in the Amazon while working on what is destined to be an extremely valuable new drug. Marina embarks on an odyssey in hopes of finding Dr. Swenson as well as answers to troubling questions about her friend’s death, the state of her company’s future, and her own past.”Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson (F WAT)“Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love . . . and the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine’s life.”Chin Up, Honey by Curtiss Ann Matlock (LTE F MAT)“Emma Berry’s son is getting married, and she’s determined to make everything perfect, even if it means asking her estranged husband to come home. While Emma sorts through the mess of her own marriage, she must also deal with the bride’s ambitious mother who wants more for her daughter than marriage to a small-town boy.”Texas Wildflower by Susan Wiggs (F WIG)“All her life, Shiloh Mulvane has wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps as one of the Texas frontier’s greatest detectives. Now, she finally has her chance—by bringing Justin McCord to her employer, a powerful judge who wants Justin to marry the daughter he allegedly compromised. But the secret spy has a mission to complete—one that holds the fate of a free Texas in the balance.”Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets (LTE F VIE)“Living life on the lam and working wherever she can find a paycheck, Helen Hawthorne has a knack for keeping a low profile. Currently, she’s mixing pay cuts with haircuts . . . but when one of the salon’s most famous clients, gossip blogger and TV cable show host Kingman “King” Oden, is murdered at his own wedding, things get a little hairy.”

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