Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Nourish Your Noggin, Necessities for Brain Health and Wellness

Judy Gunkle, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a fun and interactive program for anyone interested in brain health on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30-8:00pm, here at the library.

Topics will include how memory works, age-related memory changes—what is normal and what is not—how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle, and ways to reduce your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.  

To register for this free program, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call us at (262) 363-641.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Series, Prequels, and Sequels

“What book comes next in this series?”
“Are there any other series by this author?”
“Do I have to read this series in order?”
"Are there series on this subject for kids?"

These are everyday questions about series that librarians receive from patrons.  More often than not, patrons and even librarians can have a hard time determining the order of a series.  The easiest place to find a series is in the library’s own online catalog.  When searching for a book, click on the correct record, and under "item information" books in that series will be listed along with similar titles and authors.  However, if you are still having difficulty, here are some useful websites to help in your search of series, prequels, and sequels:

Fantastic Fiction /
Fantastic Fiction is an excellent source for readers!  A small family-run company based in Lancashire UK, Fantastic Fiction Limited maintains the website.  Fantastic Fiction contains bibliographies for over 30,000 authors and information on over 350,000 books.

Search for books by either author or title and receive an ENTIRE overview of an author’s works!  Throughout the website, click on any book to see its cover, description, summary, and publication details.  Browse by genre, new and upcoming books, most popular, and by awards.

What’s Next: Books in Series Database /
If looking for a more simplistic approach to finding a series, check out the What's Next: Books in Series Database.  What’s Next contains information on series for adults, teens, and children.  The Kent District Library in Grand Rapids, Michigan developed and maintains this database.

Search for series by author’s last name, author's first name, series, or by book title.  Continue to narrow the search by category or genre.

Looking for children’s and young adult series?  Then look no further than the Mid Continent Public Library Juvenile Series and Sequels database.  The Juvenile Series and Sequels database contains over 28,000 books in 3,700 series titles.  The database is updated frequently, by Boardwalk branch staff, with new series and titles added as they are published.

Search the database by series title, book title, or by author.  It is also possible to search the database by subject, which is quite useful if you do not have a particular series in mind or are looking for a new series to read.  The list of subjects to search is very extensive!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Frank Lloyd Wright: Artist/ Poet/ Philosopher

Frank Landi, a Frank Lloyd Wright architectural historian will present a program highlighting 15 of Wright’s most well-known buildings on Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 pm, here at the library.

Mr. Landi will discuss and give examples of Wright’s architecture as well as Wright’s architectural philosophy as it relates to the design of each building. Mr. Landi has presented programs on Wright’s architecture to national, state, and local organizations. For more information about this free program, please stop by the Reference Desk or call us at (262) 363-6411.