Summer Reading 2015

Special Thanks!

The South Charleston Public Library would like to thank the following Summer Reading Sponsors. Their generosity allows us to have wonderful prizes and incentives for those who participate in the Summer Reading program.

Ace Adventure Resort
Adventures on the Gorge
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Charleston Town Center Marriott & BrickSalt
Clay Center
COSI
The Department of Natural Resources
The Greenbrier
Happy Days Cafe
Panucci & Jackfert, DDS., Inc.
Putnam County Parks And Recreation Commission: Waves of Fun
Snowshoe Mountain
South Charleston Rotary Club
The State Fair of West Virginia
Stonewall Resort
Timberline Four Seasons Resort
West Virginia Power

If you are interested in donating prizes, money, or even your time for the summer reading program, it is not too late. Contact Patricia at the Library today!

Cafe For Kids

Do you love the WVDeli but wish it was slightly more kid-friendly? Do you wish you could just go to the kid's books and skip all the adult or teen titles? We are introducing Cafe for Kids. This is a part of the WVDeli specifically for children's literature. Just visit Cafe for Kids or follow the link on the menu.

After that, its similar to how the full-service WVDeli works. Have your library card number and PIN handy to access your account and start downloading. Don't have a PIN? Stop by the library to have one attached to your account. (For security purposes, we only attach PINs in person.) Need help downloading? Bring your reader or player to the library and we will help.

Book Review of the Month

Blind Date Book Reviews

During the month of February, we set a number of people up on blind dates with books. We wrapped these books up in brown paper and put general (and often misleading) descriptions on the books. We asked for readers to review their selection and give us their opinion on the match. This is the results:

An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor: “Charming. Wonderful characters. I look forward to the next one.”

Girl who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen: “A lovely does of magical realism (lite) in small town American. Women of two generations find themselves not knowing they were lost. All this and baking too. This was a nice surprise”.

The Last Valentine by James Michael Pratt: “A sweet love story".

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl: “Not quite my cup of tea (pun intended). The author goes out of his way to impress with his wealth of intelligence. The book is a proper period piece and the language and dialog is spot on for time that it is depicting. Well written but a touch dry and drawn out”.

No Book But the World by Leah Hager Cohen: “I would not read other books by this author. The story took far too long to develop & the ending was not satisfactory. Not my ‘cup of tea’”.

Museum of Dr. Moses by Joyce Carol Oates: “Dull, too many words. Not engaging."

Snowbound by Richard Wheeler: “Couldn’t get past page 37. Horrible."

Help for the Haunted by John Searles: "Interesting book. Not exactly what I expected; with a twist at the end. The reality of acceptance becomes known at the very end. Definitely a recommended read."

Thank you to everyone who took a chance on a blind date and provided a review of said books.

Freegal-Downloadable Music

The South Charleston Public Library is now offering Freegal Music. Freegal is a downloadable music service offered by the Library. All you need is your library card number and pin to set up an account today.

Freegal features music from Sony labels, independent and children’s labels among many others for a total of over 7 million songs from about 30,000 labels. Freegal features popular artists such as deadmau5, Pitbull, Pink, Kenney Chesney and more. They feature classic artists such as Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash among others. Jazz, indie rock, soul, children’s music, world music, and classical music are also available.

You will be able to download 3 songs a week but these songs are yours to do with as you wish. You can download them to any device as many times as you like. Wish lists can be created so you can keep tabs of what you would like to download in the following weeks.

Freegal even has mobile apps for your Apple or Android device to make downloading easier. However, there is no need to install anything on your computer as music downloads directly to your computer.

Start downloading today at Freegal Music.

For questions, please check out the FAQ below.

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