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DECEMBER 12, 2013
Library Reads (December)
Check out December’s LibraryReads list for the top 10 books published this month, chosen by librarians across the country.

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DECEMBER 3, 2013
All the Pretty Horses
Ride the range with the Wright Library On-the-Road Book Club @ Starbucks when we get together to discuss the first book in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses.
 
We’re meeting at a new time & place – the 2nd Tuesday of each month in Starbuck’s meeting room!  So join us on Tuesday, January 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., at the Starbuck’s in Oakwood to talk some high plains drifter.
 
After his family breaks up, young John Grady Cole sets out with a friend for the wide open plains.  Seeking a cowboy’s freedom, the boys cross into Mexico and find work on a large ranch.  It’s paradise, until John Grady is discovered with Alejandra, the owner’s daughter.  Thrown into a hellish jail, the boys seek to escape.  Followed by The Crossing and Cities of the Plain in the Border Trilogy, All the Pretty Horses won the National Book Award and the National Book Critics’ Circle Award in 1994.
 
To get to know more about the story, we suggest taking a gander at the following web sites:
To learn more about the author, please see the following:

To understand more about the Coahuila region of Mexico, please consult the following web sites: 

The Border Trilogy is available at Wright Library in a number of formats:
 
All the Pretty Horses
Book
CD-Book
Audio eBook
DVD
See Roger Ebert’s Video Review
 
The Crossing
Book
eBook
 
Cities of the Plain
Book
eBook
 
Other books by Cormac McCarthy include:
 
The Road
Suttree
No Country for Old Men
Blood Meridian

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NOVEMBER 21, 2013
Ohio Digital Library

As of November 7th the Ohio eBook Project is now the Ohio Digital Library.  The new site, which will continue to look and function the same, combines the Ohio eBook Project and the SEO Library Center digital collections.  Besides being able to search both collections simultaneously, additional benefits include 21 day checkouts and a 12 hold limit, both increases.  If you used both the Ohio eBook Project and the SEO Library Center, your accounts will be merged.  If you use the OverDrive Media Console app to access the digital collection, you will notice that Ohio Digital Library is now listed on the app.  As with any change, there may be a few glitches.  If you run into any, please contact Brian at 294-7171 or ebooks@wrightlibrary.org.

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NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Library Reads
Check out November’s LibraryReads list for the top 10 books published this month, chosen by librarians across the country.

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NOVEMBER 11, 2013
Discover Digital Services for Android

The final session in our Discover Digital Services series will focus on Android devices (Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Android phones, etc.).  Join our Digital Librarian, Brian Potts, on November 13th to learn how to download audiobooks, ebooks, music, and videos.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in the Library’s Meeting Room.

No reservations are required, so take this opportunity to find out how to access the Wright Library Digital Collection, which includes The Ohio Digital Library, Freegal, Freading, and Zinio.  Bring your device or just drop in if you’re considering a purchase.  For additional information, please contact Brian at 294-7171 or ebooks@wrightlibrary.org.

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NOVEMBER 5, 2013
Strength in What Remains
Get in the spirit of the holidays with the On-the-Road at Starbuck’s Reading Club when we discuss Tracy Kidder’s stirring tale of a life nearly lost and then regained.  Join us on Tuesday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m. at the Starbuck’s in Oakwood for Strength in What Remains.
 
The Pulitzer Prize winning Kidder relates the inspirational life of Deo Niyizonkiza, who’d been a third year medical student when the genocidal conflict in Rwanda between the Hutus and Tutsis spilled over into his nation of Burundi.  Fleeing to America, Deo arrives with little money, no contacts, and scant knowledge of English.  Camping out in Central Park, he scratches out a living by delivering groceries.  Then he begins to meet strangers who are willing to help him fulfill his destiny.   This is an unforgettable story of a life redeemed.
 
To learn more about the book, please visit the following web sites:   Tracy Kidder interviews and videos:

On Burundi:

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NOVEMBER 4, 2013
Author Reading

Wright Library will welcome local author Suzanne Kelly on Sunday, November 10th at 2:00 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room.  Ms. Kelly will read from her new book Stolen Child, answer questions and be available for a signing afterwards.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2013
Library Reads
Check out November’s LibraryReads list for the top 10 books published this month, chosen by librarians across the country.

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OCTOBER 23, 2013
Device Users' Group Now Meeting on Mondays

By popular demand, Device Users' Group sessions will be added to the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in addition to the current sessions on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.  The first Monday session will be October 28th at 7:00 p.m.  The Users' Group meets in the Library Meeting Room.  Check the Calendar of Events for additional dates.

Users of any electronic media device are welcome, whether you have a tablet (e.g. iPad, Nexus), an ereader (e.g. Kindle, Nook), mp3 player (e.g. iPod, Sansa Clip), or even a smartphone (so many).  Bring your device and any passwords you will need to access content sources (i.e. Kindle users - Amazon account information, iPad users - Apple ID). 


On the theory that two or more brains are better than one and that if you are experiencing a problem, someone else is too, the Users' Group is intended as a forum for users to gather and exchange information, helping each other find solutions.  This group is for novices, as well as for those with more experience, perhaps with a specific problem to solve.  In addition, a librarian experienced with numerous devices will be present to offer assistance and provide access to users' guides and other helpful resources.

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OCTOBER 10, 2013
How to Raise Stress Resilient Kids

Plan to join Gregory Ramey, Ph.D., child psychologist, Tuesday, October 15th at 7 p.m. in the Library Meeting Room as he presents “How to Raise Stress Resilient Kids”.
 
Dr. Ramey will give a brief introduction to the topic, to be followed by a discussion with the audience.  He will be utilizing the interactive “Turning Point” technology to solicit feedback from the audience throughout the workshop.  Dr. Ramey’s visit is part of OAKWOOD READS, a community-wide reading event presented by Wright Memorial Public Library and the Oakwood City Schools.

Advance registration is required and limited to the first 65 people. Contact the Reference Department at 294-7171 or reference@wrightlibrary.org to register today.

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Categories: EducationHealth/MedicineOakwood Reads

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OCTOBER 8, 2013
Digital Services Updates
Security Alert

Recently Adobe experienced a security breach, which may have compromised the email and password information of patrons who have created an Adobe ID in order to read ebooks from the Ohio eBook Project or Freading.  Since Adobe does not collect additional information for Adobe IDs, the risk is not high; however, you are encouraged to reset not only your Adobe ID authentication, but the authentication of any other services for which you use the same email and password combination.

You can find additional information and reset your Adobe password at Adobe's website.

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Back Issues Now Available Through Zinio

Back issues to the digital magazine subscriptions available through the Wright Library eMagazine Colleciton (Zinio) are now available.  Simply go the the eMagazine Collection and click on the Back Issues Available link of the magazine you choose.  Next, click the Check Out link of the issue you want to read.

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Ohio Digital Library

On November 7th, the Ohio eBook Project and the SEO Library Consortium Digital Catalog are merging and becoming the Ohio Digital Library.  Although Wright Library patrons have had access to both collections, they could not be search simultaneously until now.  When the change occurs there will be differences in appearance and names, but the functionality of the website and apps will remain the same.

Questions about these updates can be directed to Brian at 937-294-7171 or ebooks@wrightlibrary.org.

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OCTOBER 1, 2013
The Liars' Club
If dysfunction were ever a virtue, then there’s plenty of virtue in Leechfield, Texas.  Join the On-the-Road at Starbuck’s Book Club  at the Starbucks in Oakwood on Tuesday November 5 at 7 p.m. to discuss Mary Karr’s memoir The Liars’ Club.

In this sharp, darkly comic memoir, Karr, a prize-winning poet, relives growing up in Leechfield, Texas, a swampy, chemical soup of a place.  Mother was a painter, literate and volatile.  Father was a fist-swinging oil worker, who spun tales with his cronies at their hangout, “The Liars’ Club.”  Molly Ivins wrote that discovering The Liars’ Club is “like finding Beethoven in Hoboken.  To have a poet’s precision of language and a poet’s insight into people applied to one of the roughest, toughest, ugliest places in America is an astonishing event.”

To learn more about the book, please try the following resources:

For more information about Mary Karr, try these:

According to several sources, the town of Leechfield is loosely based on a real town called Groves, Texas.  You can find out more about Groves from Wikipedia and the city’s  website.
 
Wright Library carries two other titles by Mary Karr:

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OCTOBER 1, 2013
The Dayton-Area Big Read Is Back!

The Big Read is a community reading project that brings neighbors, friends, family and students in the Miami Valley together to read and discuss the same book.  After taking a year off, the Big Read is back, and you can help choose the book your community reads! 
 
A selection committee has narrowed the options to three finalists, and now the community is invited to vote.  The finalists are:
 

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins, October, 2012).  In this contemporary coming of age novel, thirteen-year-old Joe Coutts of the Ojibwe tribe in North Dakota is thrust prematurely into the adult world when his mother is attacked and left unable to communicate. This heart-stirring story of injustice is superbly written with firsthand knowledge of Native American culture and issues. 
 
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Random House, September, 2011).  This bestselling fantasy revolves around two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who are groomed since childhood to compete against each other until death in a fantastical circus. No one could have predicted that the opponents would fall in love and compromise this competition that has been going on for generations.
 
Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Knopf, 2012).  Twenty-two year old Cheryl Strayed, an inexperienced hiker, decides to hike the eleven hundred mile Pacific Crest Trail, and the drama in her life that led to her decision is artfully woven into her memoir. Hiker or not, readers will relate to her quest, the people she meets and her love of the beautiful trail.

 
Paper ballots will be available at Wright Library, other local libraies, Books & Co., and at local universities and bookstores October 1-31.  Online voting will be available at the Big Read website, www.bigread.org and at the Dayton Daily News website, www.daytondailynews.com.  Ballots will be counted in early November and the winner announced shortly thereafter.
 
Book discussions and other events centered on the chosen book will take place in the spring, 2014.  Discussion group schedules and other information will be posted on the Big Read website as they become available. 
 
Pick up a ballot at your library or cast your vote online, then get ready to read!

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OCTOBER 1, 2013
BLU-ray Movies @ Wright Library

Movies on Blu-ray disc are now available at Wright Library.  The Blu-ray movies are shelved on the upper level next to the Fast View DVDs and will circulate with the same parameters as the Fast View DVDs.  A list of Blu-ray titles.

Lending parameters:
  • Loan period is 3 days
  • Limit of 3 per card at any one time
  • Cannot be placed on hold
  • Cannot be renewed
  • Overdue fees are $1.00 per day

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Affordable Care Act

As part of the Affordable Health Care Act, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have qualifying health coverage by January 1, 2014.  In preparation for this, a health care exchange (a place where consumers can purchase subsidized health insurance coverage) will be available on October 1, 2013.

Ohio has chosen to use the federal exchange for health insurance rather than implementing a state-based exchange.  The federal exchange is located online at Healthcare.gov

There are four methods an individual can use to apply for health care insurance: mail, toll-free phone, online at Healthcare.gov, and in person through certified navigators. The toll-free phone number patrons can call for assistance is 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).  Assistance is available in multiple languages.  For Spanish speaking consumers, CuidadoDeSalud.gov is also available.

The federal exchange will open October 1, 2013.  If an individual wishes their health insurance to begin January 1, 2014, they must enroll by mid-December.  Open Enrollment will close March 31, 2014.

Resources:

The Affordable Care Act includes sweeping changes and a number of options in healthcare coverage.  There are a wide variety of resources available online that provide information about these options, and how to choose what is best for you.  The staff of the Wright Public Library can direct patrons to those resources.  
 
Making the correct healthcare choices requires an understanding of each person’s or family’s unique health and financial circumstances. Members of the Wright Public Library staff are not trained or licensed to provide advice or to assist you in selecting a specific health plan, but can provide information and direction to public resources about the Affordable Care Act that will help you make your own choices.

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
Affordable Care Act Information Session

On Tuesday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Wright Library's Meeting Room, Greg Pfander, Account Executive from local firm McGohan Brabender, will present information about the Affordable Healthcare Act.  Starting October 1, 2013 enrollment in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace at HealthCare.gov will begin.  Mr. Pfander will talk about where we are now in the process and explain how the enrollment will work.  Reservations are required and will be limited to the first 65.  Make a reservation now by contacting the Reference Desk at 937-294-7171 or reference@wrightlibrary.org.

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2013
OverDrive Media Console and iOS 7

With the release of iOS 7 yesterday by Apple, you may want to upgrade your device(s).  If you already have the OverDrive Media Console (OMC) app installed on your device, it will fail when trying to open a DRM-protected eBook.  New or first time users of OMC are unaffected by this issue.

OverDrive is working to resolve the issue, but in the meantime, here are immediate remedies for users:

  1. Re-authenticate the app with their existing or a new Adobe ID.  Refer to the iOS section of this Help article for assistance. (Recommended)  
  2. Uninstall and re-install OMC, which will also require the user to re-authorize with Adobe. IMPORTANT NOTE: A re-install will clear a user's bookshelf, history, and app settings.

Audiobook users won't notice that anything is different unless they attempt to download parts of audiobooks they already downloaded to OMC before upgrading to iOS 7. A user will receive an error message informing them to download the title again. 

If you run into any other issues, or have questions, please contact Brian at ebooks@wrightlibrary.org or 294-7171.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
Big Library Read

The Big Library Read, a digital reading event sponsored by OverDrive, the vendor behind the Ohio eBook Project, is going on now.  The book being read is Jane O'Connor's chapter book, Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth.  The title is available for simultaneous use (no waiting lists) through September 30, both as an ebook and an audiobook.  This is the perfect book to read with kids or encourage them to read on their own.

Live Chat with the Author
Fancy Nancy author, Jane O’Connor, will be participating in a live 30-minute chat with readers on Tuesday, September 24 at 9:00 p.m. Wright Library patrons are invited to join the discussion by simply visiting https://www.facebook.com/OverDriveForLibraries/app_181184391902159.  You can also follow the books and author at https://www.facebook.com/fancynancybooks or http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/94085.Jane_O_Connor.

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013
Jake Sheff Book Party

Join us Saturday, September 14, at 3:00 p.m. in the library's meeting room, when local poet, Jake Sheff, will read from his new book of poems Looting Versailles (Alabaster Leaves Publishing 2013), a collection of lyric poems influenced by A.R. Ammons’ statement that “A poem is a walk.”  The author will sign copies of his book, which will be avaialable for purchase, after the reading. 
 
Jake Sheff first fell in love with poetry as a freshman in college, where he studied pre-med and English Literature. Currently, he is training in Pediatrics as a captain in the United States Air Force. Jake’s poetry has been published in numerous journals and magazines, including Borderline Poetry, Danse Macabre, and Pirene’s Fountain. He lives near Dayton, Ohio with his wife Corri, their young daughter, and their two dogs and two cats, all rescues.  Check out his blog, Three Paces, and the interview at the Splinter Generation.

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
Discover Digital Services for Your Favorite Device

Do you want to learn what content (audiobooks, ebooks, music, and videos) you can download for free from Wright Library?  You’re in luck!  Our Digital Librarian, Brian Potts, will be presenting a series of demonstration programs on the second Wednesday of September, October and November.  The programs will start at 7:00 p.m. and will be held in Wright Library’s Meeting Room.

Each program will be tailored for a specific type of device. 

  • September 11th will feature the Kindle, including the Kindle Fire
  • October 9th  will cover iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)
  • November 13th will focus on Android devices (Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy Tab, etc.)

No reservations are required, so take this opportunity to find out how to access the Wright Library Digital Collection, which includes The Ohio eBook Project, Freegal, Freading, and Zinio.  Bring your device or just drop in if you’re considering a purchase.  For additional information, please contact Brian at 294-7171 or ebooks@wrightlibrary.org.

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Wear your lucky charms and keep your fingers crossed for the next On-the-Road @ Starbuck’s Book Club, when we will discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, a tale about a young man’s fight against a family curse.  Join us on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m., at the Starbuck’s in Oakwood as we delve into the folklore of the Dominican Republic.
 
Oscar de Leon is a Dominican boy growing up in a New Jersey ghetto.  Oscar is smart, fat, obsessed with science fiction, and aflame with hormones; but, above all else, he is cursed.  Fuku Americanus has tracked his family as they fled the Dominican Republic and the harsh rule of the dictator, Rafael Trujillo.  Oscar’s story is told by Yunior, a college roommate, who weaves pieces of island history, comic books, and dazzling wordplay as a form of zafa – or counterspell -- to the fuku. 
 
For more information about the book, please check out the following resources:

To learn more about Junot Diaz, we recommend these sites:

Find out more about the Dominican Republic  at these web sites:

More Junot Diaz available at the Library:
This is How You Lose Her

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