Adult News, Reviews & Information

  • Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:32pm

    GUYS!!! Sometimes young teen readers feel like all the books around are filled with stuff like lovey-dovey, kissy-face, BFF’s, sparkles and unicorns!! Well, here is a new reading website that is long overdue! 

    GUYS READ was recently created by Jon Scieszka, who is the guy that wrote the Time Warp Trio book series.  He made this reading website for GUYS of ALL ages because he wanted them to get excited about reading.  He knows that GUYS sometimes have trouble finding books they like, which can discourage them from reading..

    This site is made for GUYS. The books are recommended by GUYS, and about things GUYS like to read.  Pre-teen to young adult male readers are encouraged to read with other GUYS (family, teachers, mentors. leaders...), and form reading groups or reading clubs. They are encouraged to choose from many different kinds of reading:

    • Books/Magazines/Audiobooks
    • Funny books/Non-fiction/Graphic novels/Science Fiction/War Novels
    • Websites
    • Backs of cereal boxes/ anything that is interesting or has writing on it!!!


    The main part of the site is the GUYS READ Virtual Vault of Good Books.  Book lists that are posted by GUY readers. Get ideas and check out your picks for FREE at HOMEWOOD LIBRARY. We have a variety of things to read- from books, graphic novels and magazines!!!  (but cereal boxes//uhm, no).


    To get you started, here are recommnded books from the GUYS READ website!

    Feed by M.T. Anderson

    Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains. For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires.


    After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens is a normal boy with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family . . . 
    Long ago, the Storyteller claimed, in this first book of THE BELGARIAD, the evil god Torak drove men and Gods to war. But Belgarath the Sorcerer led men to reclaim the Orb that protected men of the West. So long as it lay at Riva, the prophecy went, men would be safe. But Garion did not believe in such stories. How could he know that the Apostate planned to wake dread Torak, or that he would be led on a quest of unparalleled magic and danger by those he loved--but did not know...?

    Dig around and see what you can find, talk to your  favorite younger reader,  post titles you both find interesting…and if you know any other GUYs (any age) … encourage them to read!!! 


  • Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:47pm

    If you are interested in astrology, come to the Homewood Public Library and listen to our Outside the Lines Series presentation called Astrology More than Just Your Sun Sign with Andrea Matthews.  For more information on the subjest, here are some titles of interest:

    Isabel Hickey's classic, comprehensive "textbook” of spiritual astrology is now once again available in a new edition with a Foreword by internationally renowned author of eight popular books on modern astrology, Stephen Arroyo. This handy reference book provides a strong foundation for the beginner as well as new insights and self-knowledge for more advanced astrology students. Isabel Hickey's inspirational approach has been extraordinarily popular for years, and her emphasis on the deeper, more metaphysical aspects of astrology's mysteries has resulted in continuous word-of-mouth recommendation by enthused readers.

    The astrology of success : a guide to illuminate your inborn gifts for achieving career success and life fulfillment by Jan Spiller

    One of the most important journeys in life is finding your calling, a process of identifying and embracing the best career for personal satisfaction and success. As a child, you may have intuitively identified a career path that felt exciting and right. But it's easy to lose that belief and clarity as you navigate a confusing world. Competing and contradictory advice and expectations from friends, family, and society can make it challenging to identify what you truly want to do in the world, and how to pursue your dreams.


    Astrology and the rising of kundalini : the transformative power of Saturn, Chiron, and Uranus by Barbara Hand Clow

    Renowned astrologer and spiritual teacher Barbara Hand Clow explores the connection between life crises in your 30s, 40s, and 50s and the key astrological passages of Saturn, Uranus, and Chiron in your birth chart.


    Have you ever wondered what astrology is about, or whether there is more to astrology than the popular sun-sign columns in the media? Are you fascinated by the idea of being able to interpret your own or other people's personal horoscopes? If so, this is the book for you.
  • Mon, 09/08/2014 - 8:20pm

    Astrology has a long history. Influenced by ancient cultures including Babylonian, Egyptian, Indian, Arabian, Greek and Judaic civilizations, it was classified it as a higher form of learning, and was blended together with sciences like alchemy astronomy, meteorology and medicine.  Used primarily in the upper classes, kings would call an astrologer to determine personal, political and military strategies. 

    During the Renaissance, many scientists kickstarted and maintained research efforts through astrological consulting with wealthy patrons.  These were educated men of note, including John Dee, Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei. Later, almanacs, printed guides featuring complex astrological calculations, were used to predict the best times to plant crops, plan medical procedures, and predict natural disasters.  Astrology’s use declined during the Enlightenment, but regained popularity during the early 19th century and 20th centuries.

    Modern western astrology shows influence from the past, and Western studies differ from those of other cultures (primarily from India and China).  In Western astrology, typically, a person will be asked the time, date, and birthplace (natal chart). Basic horoscopes commonly seen are charts from the planetary and solar positions on the day you were born.  However, this only scratches the surface of what Modern Western astrology involves.

    If you would like to go deeper into your understanding of Astrology, join us at the Homewood Library for our Outside the Lines Program event called Astrology: More Than Just Your Sun Sign.  

    Presenter Andrea Matthews will discuss  how to use astrology to enhance and enlighten your life choices and experiences,a and how it can be used to mirror your psychological/spiritual challenges and be used as a tool for potential spiritual growth.

    Progam will be in the Large Auditorium on Monday, September 15 at 6:30 pm.  See you there!