Hip hip hooray, September 18 is Read an E-book Day! To celebrate, we thought we would share with you a few of our recent favorite e-book titles available through the library’s digital resources, cloudLibrary and Hoopla. So, switch on your tablet, fire up your Kindle Fire, open up your app or browser, and LET’S READ![Read more…] about Celebrate Read an eBook Day!
What is Patriot Day?
It is a reminder of both terrible and hopeful things.
It is a day we remember the attacks on the Twin Towers, World Trade Center, and Pentagon in 2001. It is a day we remember the lives lost to this tragedy. It is a day we remember the feelings of being scared and lost.
It’s also a reminder of hope. While we remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001, we do not forget them. Each year, we do our best to do better. We do our best to not live in fear, but live in hope. Hope that by banding together, we stand united as one force. Hope that by believing in kindness and goodness that we are not defeated.
It is a difficult day, but a day we still need to remember and observe. It can also be a difficult day to talk about, or even imagine.
Literature is a wonderful way to learn and understand more about different perspectives. Assembled here are some young adult novels that show different perspectives and lives changed due to September 11, 2001.
So whether you lived through it, learned from it, or are learning about it, here are some books to help us remember and to hope.[Read more…] about Young Adult Novels About Patriot Day
Summer may be winding down, but warmer temperatures will be with us for a while. So, to get your mind off the warmth and mugginess of late summer in Pennsylvania, we’ve pulled together some books set during the winter (or in a snowy climate) to help you “cool off” or at least imagine that you’re somewhere colder!
Let us know if these quick “trips” to colder temps have helped you weather the weather! (I just couldn’t stop myself with that pun.)[Read more…] about Cool Off With These Wintry Books!
Looking for all of those Baby-Sitters Club stories by Ann M. Martin that you know and love from the past? Join Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, Mary Anne, Dawn, and their friends as they re-emerge in new formats, while continuing to embark on epic adventures.
While the original book series has long been out-of-print, there are still many ways to enjoy the Baby-Sitters Club stories today:[Read more…] about The Baby-Sitters Club Stories are Still in Business!
One of the things I looked forward to when the library reopened was looking through all of the new books. We have gotten a bunch in that are exciting and waiting for you to check out. I’ve picked just a few from my TBR list that you might not know about.
Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham – Four Nigerian siblings are forced to navigate chaotic new circumstances after suffering loss. Themes of family, redemption, and the search for meaning make this unique debut novel universal.[Read more…] about In Case You Missed These…
The 2020 Summer Olympics may be postponed, but Reading Olympics goes on, and we’ve got the titles you want in print and digital format!
Check out the Reading Olympics 2021 Shelf in cloudLibrary to download ebook and e-audiobook titles. Visit your branch to pick up print titles or place holds through our catalog and use Curbside Pickup to get your books.[Read more…] about Conquer Your Reading Olympics List with Help from the Library
With most sports canceled or having severely shortened seasons and the Summer Olympics postponed until July 2021, you might be missing your sports fix this summer. In case you need a taste of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, we’ve compiled a collection of sports books for you to read this summer. Instead of a torch, light a candle, and let the reading marathon begin.
Surfing was supposed to make its debut as an Olympic sport this year in Japan. Until the medals are handed out next year, you can take a deep dive into the world of big wave surfing with Casey’s book. She provides vivid descriptions of the world’s most punishing surf breaks and the superhuman athletes who ride them. She also gives us pause in describing the larger implications of rising seas and more big waves.[Read more…] about Missing the Summer Olympics & Other Summer Sporting Events? Try These Books!
Hey there, Kindle eReader users… we need to talk!
You might have heard that Overdrive will no longer be available through the Bucks County Free Library. For most of our eBook readers, the transition to cloudLibrary should be pretty smooth, but for those of us who love reading on our Paperwhites – it hurts a little, because Overdrive is the only service that allows borrowing library books in a Kindle eReader format.
I understand your disappointment – I originally purchased a Paperwhite so I could learn how to help patrons get library books onto this popular eReader. It quickly became my chosen device for reading ebooks – most likely for the same reasons so many of you love it: it’s lightweight and the screen is easy on the eyes and visible in even the brightest sunlight, long battery life – and, just like you, I’ve been known to slide it into airplane mode occasionally if I haven’t quite finished a library book by its due date. I know you don’t want to be told “just read on a tablet”. I know many of you have tablets already, but it’s the simplicity of reading on a Paperwhite that you love – it’s the closest in experience to a real book, without the distractions a tablet provides – like email, Instagram, and games.
I am here to help you find free books for your Kindle. But before we go any further, grab that tablet or laptop and write an email. If you would like to read ebooks on your Kindle eReader through cloudLibrary, email email@example.com and request that Amazon allow compatibility with cloudLibrary. Okay…finished? Let’s find some books![Read more…] about Here’s How to Find Free Books to Read on Your Kindle
Adults and teens who want to earn one or all of our six limited-edition Summer Quest badges can begin their quest by reading these books suggested by BCFL staff.
Summer Quest kicks off on Saturday, June 20 with registration for Beanstack, our online reading site, opening that day. Learn more.[Read more…] about These Books Can Help Adults & Teens Earn Their 2020 Summer Quest Badges
On June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 250,000 enslaved people in Texas were finally told they were free. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” and since the late 1800s has been celebrated annually as a commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States.
Recent events have put the spotlight on Juneteenth, and just this week, Governor Wolf declared June 19 to be Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Pennsylvania. The majority of states officially recognize the day, though it is not a national holiday.
As with many annual summer celebrations, food, parades, music, and family get-togethers are important aspects of Juneteenth (though the holiday will be celebrated differently this year due to COVID-19).
In honor of Juneteenth, we’ve put together a curated list of “Juneteenth Reads” (fiction and nonfiction titles and cookbooks) in cloudLibrary. For more reads, check out the Juneteenth titles in Hoopla (for adults and children).
You can also learn about the history and celebrations of Juneteenth with the following resources.[Read more…] about Celebrating Juneteenth