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AUGUST 21, 2008
New Health Resource

One of the Library's new databases, Salem Health is the online version of Magill's Medical Guide. The Guide covers diseases, disorders, treatments, procedures, specialties, anatomy, biology, and issues in an A-Z format, with sidebars addressing recent developments in medicine and concise information boxes for all diseases and disorders. Every entry has been evaluated by a panel of medical consultants and then updated by experts or re-edited to ensure currency and accuracy. 

You can access the Salem Health In the Library or From Home.

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Categories: Featured ResourceHealth/Medicine


AUGUST 14, 2008
New Reference Books (August 2008)

Check out these new reference books.  Find out what the best books of 2007 are according to Magill's Literary Annual, local and international statistical information, and the value of U.S. paper currency.  Plus, there are updated versions of some of our most highly used resources, like Peterson's Four-year Colleges and the Writer's Market.

Reference Books


AUGUST 9, 2008
The Beijing Olympics
The 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China opened yesterday.  They will continue through August 24th.  You can keep up to date on event schedules and results with this widget or by visiting any of the Web sites listed below.  Let us know how you are following the Olympics by leaving a comment.

The Official Website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

United States Olympic Committee (Team USA) - This Web site has links to all the various U.S. Olympics sports teams and althletes.

NBC Olympics - The Web site for the network broadcasting the Olympics

Olympics:  Beijing 2008 from Infoplease

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Category: Sports


AUGUST 4, 2008
Vote for the Next Big Read

The vote is in and the winner is Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. 

The next Big Read begins in March 2009.  Look for information here and at the Big Read Web site.


It is time to vote for the next book for the Dayton-area Big Read.  Voting will take place from Sunday, August 3, through Saturday, August 9th, so when you come to the Library, pick up a ballot (located in the front reading rooms and on the display across from the check out desk) or you can cast your ballot online.  Paper ballots should be turned into the check out desk. 

The books are...

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

In this novel, Peter Houghton is an alienated teen who has been bullied since his very first day of school. One day he brings four guns to his high school, opens fire and kills 10 people. Flashbacks reveal how his parents and teachers failed him and how constant bullying caused Peter to retreat into a world of violent computer games. The judge assigned to Peter's case tries to maintain her objectivity as she struggles to understand her daughter, who was once Peter's best friend and who is now one of the surviving witnesses of the shooting.

The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Why would a Muslim risk his life to save the Sarajevo Haggadah, one of the earliest illuminated Jewish books in existence? And what secrets do the hidden clues — an insect wing, wine stains and white hair — mean when rare book expert Hanna Heath discovers them while analyzing and conserving the famed book? Pulitzer prize winner Geraldine Brooks takes readers on a fictionalized adventure based on a true story through time, from Muslim-ruled Spain and inquisition era Venice to the present, as the book is rescued from war and destruction several times. This novel is history, mystery and an ode to the power of the book.

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Category: Big Read



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