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Oct 13

Ask Us, 24/7, with AskWA!

Posted by heather in Library News

Have you ever had a question that you needed an answer to, but you can't find it with Google and the library is closed?

Have you ever needed help on a paper or doing research, but you don't know where to go?

Try AskWA! :)

The CCRLD has been an enthusiastic participant in the 24-hour-a-day, 7-days-a-week online reference co-op for a couple years now and we'd like to remind you that even though our business hours come to an end each evening, you can still get whatever facts and help you need from real librarians -- via your home computer!

AskWA is part of a larger library cooperative spanning the globe, so even if you've got a burning question at 2 a.m., there's someone available to help. :)

All you have to do is visit our Ask a Librarian page, and type your question into the new chat box on the right hand side of the page and click "send." A librarian will pick up your question and help you find an answer in minutes! 

Tips for a Successful Reference Session:

  • Leaving your email is recommended -- that way, if the librarian on staff can't find you an answer quickly, we can still follow-up with you.
  • Try to give the librarian as much information about your topic or question as you can -- it helps us help you better. :)

Further questions? Contact Heather at 382-4131.

Oct 12

Adult books for 12 Oct 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • The Dovekeepers (Hoffman)
  • Hometown Girl (Stewart)


  • 2009 Pen/O. Henry Prize Stories
  • Cut
  • Every Day a Friday
  • You Are the Brand
Oct 12

Stage Performance by Livingston Taylor

Posted by heather in Reviews & Recommended Books

"Stage Performance" was a FABULOUS book.

Taylor has a wonderfully candid way of explaining every aspect of a "performance" so that even the most rank beginner can feel comfortable getting up on stage. He goes through everything from overcoming your fears to managing the business side of a budding career, and the best part is he speaks from practical experience (unlike so many books I've found on this topic).

But where this book really shines is in his discussion of the 'magic' that happens on stage -- the communication between performer and audience. The reason is because 90% of the books on the market that tout being able to make a performer out of the reader do NOT even touch on the actual act of performing -- they only discuss the aspects leading up to the stage. There's usually very little discussion of the things that come during and after. Taylor, however, goes into great detail outlining what marks a good performance -- especially a good performer -- from a bad one, and his tips for success are very straightforward. I highly recommend this book for musicians, as well as anybody who has to get up in front of people for any reason. There is an immense amount of good to be found in this book for all form of public speaking, entertaining, or musical performance.

by Heather

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If you wish to reserve "Stage Performance" by Livingston Taylor, please contact the library:


Oct 11

Book Reviews and Recs -- by YOU!

Posted by heather in Reviews & Recommended Books

I would like to extend an open invitation for reader-submitted book reviews and recommendations to appear on the library website!

The guidelines are simple:

  • Tell us about a specific book you've enjoyed recently -- this can be as short as just a couple sentences that explain what you liked and/or disliked about it
  • Be sure to tell us what book it was
  • Let us know whether you want it posted anonymously or if you want it credited to you.
  • Email it to

We just ask that you please keep your reviews clean. Reviews that contain objectionable language will be returned to you.

Thanks, and happy submitting! :)

Oct 11

Teen books for 10 Oct 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Flip (Bedford)
  • The Visconti House (Edgar)
  • Memento Nora (Smibert)
  • Life on Mars (Strahan)


  • Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive
  • Music Was It
Oct 07

Letters About Literature 2012

Posted by heather in Announcements

Letters About Literature, a writing contest for readers in grades 4 through 12, gives students the opportunity to write a letter to an author describing his or her personal reaction to a book, story, or poem.

Letters must be postmarked by January 6, 2012. 

You can learn more about the contest at:

Oct 07

Children's books for 7 Oct 2011

Posted by heather in New Books

Picture books:

  • Annie was Warned (Krosoczka)
  • Song of the Stars (Lloyd-Jones)

Chapter books:

  • The Flight of the Dragons (French)
  • Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier (Moody)


  • America is Under Attack
  • Buddhism in Thailand
  • Cars on Mars
  • Christianity in Mexico
  • Hi-Tech World: Cool Stuff
  • Human Body: Mysteries Revealed
  • Islam in Turkey
  • Jungle Survival Guide
  • Ocean Drawing Book
  • Trail of Tears
  • Usborne Encyclopedia of World History
  • What is Atomic Theory?
  • What is the Theory of Plate Tectonics
Oct 07

Adult books for 7 Oct 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Lost Memory of Skin (Banks)
  • Shadow in Serenity (Blackstock)
  • Seduced by Grace (Blake)
  • Feast Day of Fools (Burke)
  • The Affair (Child)
  • Nightwoods (Frazier)
  • An Angel for Christmas (Graham)
  • The Lost Women of Lost Lake (Hart)
  • Christmas at Timberwoods (Michaels)
  • A Lawman's Christmas (Miller)
  • The Visitation (Peretti)
  • Southern Fried Sushi (Spinola
  • Waking Hours (Wiehl)
  • An O'Brien Family Christmas (Woods)


  • 3-Degree Putting Solution
  • 1000 Diabetes Recipes
  • Columbus
  • Debbie Macomber's Christmas Cookbook
  • Joanne Fluke's Lake Eden Cookbook
  • Killing Lincoln
  • Lennon
  • Life is Not a Stage
  • Rin Tin Tin
Oct 06

Teen Books for 6 October 2011

Posted by heather in New Books


  • Sometimes It Happens (Barnholt)
  • Blindsided (Cummings)
  • Lady Macbeth's Daughter (Klein)
  • Ophelia (Klein)
  • The Limit (Landon)
  • Always a Witch (MacCullough)
  • Small-Town Sinners (Walker)
  • Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials (Wiseman)


  • Fashion Design Workshop
Sep 29

From Storytime to Classes, October is a busy month!

Posted by heather in Events

It's Autumn again, and as life winds down from harvest and summer activities, the library picks up the slack with a LOT of new programs!

Starting October 3rd, your preschool age children (3 to 6) can come to the library Monday afternoons (2:30 to 3:15pm) to enjoy a story read by our director, Janet Lyon. 

Then beginning October 11th, we'll have storytimes for Babies (11:30 to 11:45am) and Toddlers (11:00 to 11:30am) every Tuesday.

Also beginning Tuesday mornings (and going through April) are our Basic Adult Computer Classes from 10 to 11am. The month of October will be spent covering beginning things like using a mouse and keyboard, as well as navigating through Microsoft Word. November will start with Microsoft Excel, December will cover Microsoft Publisher, January: the Internet -- including email and Library websites/databases. Some of these topics will repeat, so if you miss them this fall, you can possibly catch them later in the winter or early spring. (To pick up a full schedule, please visit us here at the library.)

Starting on Wednesday, October 5th, at 6:30pm we'll have a weekly, month-long class on social networking with Facebook and Twitter (for intermediate computer users). 

And remember the Friends of the Library booksale on October 8th! :)

For more information, please call the library (382-4131) or check out our full calendar of events.

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