Adult News, Reviews & Information

  • Tue, 04/22/2014 - 6:44pm

    The following books are scheduled to be released in May 2014.





    Field of Prey (Lucas Davenport Series #24) by John Sandford

    Robert B. Parker's Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins

    Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

    The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by Larry McMurtry

    Death at the Door by Carolyn G. Hart

    The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme Series #11) by Jeffery Deaver

    The Kill Switch (Tucker Wayne Series #1) by James Rollins, Grant Blackwood

    The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston

    The Prodigal Son by Kimberla Lawson Roby

    Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel by Walter Mosley

    The Corsican Caper: A novel by Peter Mayle

    Wild Storm: A Derrick Storm Thriller by Richard Castle

    Skin Game (Dresden Files Series #15) by Jim Butcher

    Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler, Graham Brown

    Suspicion by Joseph Finder

    Family of Lies by Mary Monroe

    Live to See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen

  • Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:44pm

    The Circle, by Dave Eggers, opens with Mae's first day at her new job at the largest and most powerful company in the world.  Mae is twenty-four, and agog at the surroundings and possibilities at The Circle.  Her first eighteen months out of college were in a dreary cubicle in the utility company in her dreary hometown. Desperate to escape, she had asked her college friend, Annie, who is already a prominent employee in The Circle, to get her a job there.

    Mae is energized by her new work environment, but initially struggles to learn not only her duties in Client Experience, but the requirement to "participate" in The Circle community.  She is lightly reprimanded for not sending enough messages and comments online, before she catches on.  Soon she is frenetically messaging ("zinging") and commenting everywhere to achieve the participation ranking ("PartiRank," yes, "PartiRank") required.  

    By the end of the book, she has six screens on her desk, two bracelets (one which monitors her health and statistics, one to monitor messages), and a camera hanging on her neck. Her trust in the values and wisdom of her employer's "Wise Men," the three (yes, three Wise Men) top leaders at the Circle over any of her misgivings.

    As Mae becomes more and more connected, she becomes the public face of the company. The Circle is taking its original idea to combine all of a person's accounts with one user name and password, under the person's real name and tied to their credit cards and bank accounts, many steps further.

    Privacy is disappearing.  

    Will Mae help push everyone into constant monitoring and connection, or will she heed the few dissenting voices she hears?  Would you make the same decision Mae does?  

    This is a good read for those who follow current events and wonder where we are headed.

    ~ Shana H.

  • Mon, 03/31/2014 - 8:28pm

    If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
    ‒Nelson Mandela



    Over the decades, the world has become more interactive as technology has erased existing borders. Learning a new language can expand us culturally, and can also help us on a developmental level as well. The Telegraph discusses this in an article which focuses on alternative benefits of learning other languages. 

    1. You become smarter

    2. You build multitasking skills

    3. You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia

    4. Your memory improves

    5. You become more perceptive

    6. Your decision-making skills improve

    7. You improve your English

    Homewood Library is now offering FREE online language learning through MANGO.

    MANGO  is a fun and easy, self-paced, interactive teaching system that helps the learner practice personal conversational skills and learn cultural insights for a foreign language. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises. The focus is on practical conversations while increasing vocabulary and grammar skills.

    MANGO courses are for just about anyone who is old enough to read, and  MANGO also offers ESL (English as a second language) for over a dozen different languages

    In order to use Mango, your computer must have the latest version of Adobe Flash installed (Adobe 10.3 or higher). You can easily upgrade for free by visiting Adobe’s website.

    If you are interested in trying MANGO, click here.