In the last installment, I discussed the popularity of social networking, and featured two popular reading/book social networks: GoodReads and Shelfari. Riffle and Fictfact are two other book networking sites that are less popular.
Riffle, an alternative to GoodReads, launched in May 2013. I became aware of the site about a month ago, when a co-worker mentioned it to me. She described it as “Pinterest for books.” Of course, I had to check it out! I promptly created an account. I was directed to insert my three favorite books, and asked for my favorite genres of books so the site could create a list of people for me to “follow.” Riffle shows you lists and books recommended by the people you follow, giving you the opportunity to mark the books as something you would like to read.
I’ll be honest and say that I’m not a fan of Riffle. I just don’t get it. I don’t like the set-up, and it took me way too long to figure out what I was supposed to be doing on the site. I like the concept of the site, but I do not like the execution. Despite my dislike of the site, there are a few things I like about it. I like that you can become an “expert” in a category, and fans of that category can see your book recommendations. I also like that you can create lists of books to share on Facebook and Twitter.
Riffle is a free site, and you may sign up through Facebook or Twitter, or create an account using an email address. I have not been on the site long, and have not added very much content, but you may follow me at: https://read.rifflebooks.com/profiles/139304.
I registered for, and previewed, Fictfact shortly before writing this review and I am already a fan. The site was founded in 2009 by Christine Kirsten, a series lover frustrated with trying to keep up with everything that she wanted to read. Fictfact is an easy way of tracking all of your favorite series in one location. When you find the series you are reading, you can mark all of the books that you have read as “read” and it will tell you the next book in the series. If you have read all of the books in the series, Fictfact will inform you will the next book in the series is due to be released. It is a handy tool for someone who reads a lot of series.
Fictfact is not without flaws. I’m not sure about the “social” aspect of the site. I guess it could be used as a tool to find new series by “following” others that like the same series. Fictfact will be moving to a new site soon. The new site, which I previewed, will add a discussion feature which will allow users to talk about books and series, and will add another social layer to the mix. If you sign up now, you may enter for a chance to win a free Kindle from the site.
Fictfact is a free site, and you may sign up using your email address. You may follow my profile at: http://www.fictfact.com/user/evergleam2
Ryan Gosling and Zach Shields met in 2005. Gosling was dating his Notebook costar Rachel McAdams, and Shields was dating her sister Kayleen. After discussing their mutual obsession with the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland, the two realized they shared a fascination with the supernatural. During childhood, Shield’s preoccupation with ghosts lead to his parents’ putting him in therapy, and Gosling once moved from a house believing it to be haunted. Their shared interest in ghosts, monsters, graveyards, and zombies sparked the idea of a theatrical ghost love story for the stage. Since a theatrical work is not complete without a soundtrack, the duo began songwriting and learning to play various instruments. Putting aside the scriptwriting aspect of the project, the two became more interested in creating the music. The two named themselves Dead Man’s Bones and soon thereafter released their first eponymous album.
Although the album débuted in 2009, I first heard it only a few weeks ago. Honestly, it wouldn’t have appealed to me nearly as much had half the band not been the incredibly dreamy Ryan Gosling. To me—and to most other women—his voice possesses a distinct allure, and this carries through to his vocals on the album. Mr. Gosling isn’t just a pretty face with a charming smile; this isn’t just a celebrity pet-project. After I checked out Dead Man’s Bones, I quickly became obsessed with the haunting lyrics and sometimes-spooky melodies.
Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the entire album is collaboration with the Silverlake Conservatory Children’s Choir, started by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist “Flea.” Over the mellow wavering of Gosling’s voice, the children’s choir rises and falls in eerie innocence befitting an album whose songs were adapted from ghost stories.
This album, along with hundreds more, is available for check-out at the Daviess County Public Library.
Working at the Reference Desk at the Daviess County Public Library means we speak a certain mantra on a daily basis: “Fiction is located on the second floor.” The general public wants to read something entertaining, something that will add some shock and awe to their life, or even something so fantastical it can only be found in a fictitious book. The general public does not think the nonfiction collection is for them. Nonfiction seems to be synonymous with boring, mundane, user-only, and straight facts. I’m here to tell you this is a myth.
The first floor of the library is undergoing a change to make the displays more appealing AND to let the general public know that we have nonfiction books that would interest anyone…yes, anyone, so you strictly fiction readers listen up! Let’s say you’re an avid historical romance reader. I can give you a historical romance that actually happened. Here’s a few off the top of my head:
* The Verneys: A True Story of Love, War, and Madness in Seventeenth Century England by Adrian Tinniswood
Are you a murder mystery reader? The true crime section of our nonfiction collection will equally satiate your thirst for crime, mystery, and justice. I would suggest these titles to get started:
* In Cold Blood by Truman Copote
*A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases by Anne Rule
How about some adventure-themed fiction? Getting your blood pumping from a thrilling read can be an exalting feeling, but have you considered how exciting a real action-packed adventure could be? Take these titles for an example:
*Runaway Bus and Other True Stories by Deborah Morris
*Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
I could easily continue to list sub genres of fiction and provide comparable reads in our nonfiction collection, but I think you get the point by now. The nonfiction collection is for everyone, fiction readers included. To help promote this further, we have also revamped our displays on the first floor. Each display has a running theme that showcases the most popular sections of our nonfiction collection. We have the following displays available at all times:
Current Programs Given at the Library
Keep in mind that these are generic titles of our displays; they still change monthly. For example, the “Cooking” display is currently vegetarian cookbooks, but will change in a few weeks to Thanksgiving-related cookbooks, and then to Christmas-related cookbooks. So if you are interested in history and travel, that particular display will still change within that topic, as holds true for the rest of our displays.
Please take some time to peruse the first floor…you just never know what you might happen upon to intrigue you. And feel free to ask the first floor staff for certain nonfiction books that read like fiction or where some of our displays are located. We are happy to help with anything you may need!
Social Networking is a way to build relationships among people with similar interests, activities or backgrounds. Facebook and Twitter are the most well-known social networks, but there are many, more out there. LinkedIn connects professionals. Myspace has become a music networking site. Even Google has jumped aboard the social networking train with Google+.
Reading has always been my favorite activity, so social networking sites about books are a special interest of mine. There are many different sites out there, and I like to try them all. My two favorites are Shelfari and GoodReads.
I became a member of Shelfari in 2009 as part of technology training for work, and I am a huge fan. The site has been around since 2006 and was acquired by Amazon in 2008. With Shelfari, you can keep track of the books you are currently reading, books you have read in the past, and books you would like to read. You may rate books that you have read, write reviews, and communicate with other users through forums or groups. You can even find people on Shelfari that share similar tastes in reading and “follow” their bookshelves. “Tagging” your books enables you to easily sort your bookshelf, or find books with similar themes.
My favorite aspect of Shelfari is being able to contribute to book information pages. Users can update and/or edit book pages to add a description, ridiculously simplified synopsis, summary, character bios, covers, quotes, setting & locations, organizations, first sentence, table of contents, glossary, themes & symbolism, series & lists, etc. I love being able to add information to the page. The one thing that I do not like about Shelfari is that there isn’t an app available.
Shelfari is a free site, and you may sign up using your Amazon ID. I would love to connect with new book lovers, so feel free to follow me at: www.shelfari.com/evergleam2 . Follow the library too, at http://www.shelfari.com/dcplibrary
GoodReads was launched in January 2007, and was acquired by Amazon in 2013. Although I have been a member of GoodReads for as long as I have been a member of Shelfari, I just recently started using the site regularly. The two sites are very similar in that you may keep track of the books you have read, are reading, or would like to read. You may add reviews, participate in groups, discussions, etc. With GoodReads, you can also take quizzes to find out how much you know about your favorite books, authors, etc., and you may explore Listopia and vote for your favorite books.
My favorite thing about GoodReads is that it will give you reading recommendations based on your bookshelf, which is helpful if you are running out of authors to read. Also, many authors are members of the site, and you can either Friend them or become a fan to receive updates on new books, blogs, etc. GoodReads does have an app available. Personally, I do not think that GoodReads is as user-friendly as Shelfari. It is not as easy finding or updating your bookshelf. It is, however, the more popular of the two with 20 million members as of July 2013.
GoodReads is a free site, and you may sign up by creating a free account. You may friend me on GoodReads at: www.goodreads.com/user/show/2137262-kim. Find the library at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/10869949-dcpl-library .
by Christy Temple
Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when the weather turns cooler, leaves start to fall, and everyone’s thoughts turn to trick or treating and ghosts and goblins. It’s a wonderful time of year and one that I have personally always really enjoyed. I like the fact that you can get away with wearing a light jacket and hear the crunch of leaves under your feet.
Yes, the fall of the year is a great time to do so many things including cleaning out your house before winter truly sets in, sealing up your home with caulking and draft protectors to keep out the cold, getting your car in tip-top shape by making sure all the fluids are filled, and prepping your lawn and gardens for the coming year.
All of the above-mentioned items are important to do before the season ends but the best part of all about this time of year is the fun and frivolity that you can have at Halloween. I absolutely love decorating my home at this time of the year. In my mind, Halloween is second only to Christmas in the amount of stuff I decorate my house with to show off the season.
I suppose the reason why I love this time of year so much is that at Halloween you can be something other than your typical, everyday self. I’ve always loved the idea as a kid of dressing up in a store-bought costume and parading up and down the streets with candy bucket or sack in hand to get some of the best goodies ever. I always appreciated the fact that I lived in a small neighborhood where everybody knew everybody else and you could trick-or-treat safely without any problems.
Oh, how the times have changed and the way in which we treat-or-treat has changed. Now, people start taking their children out really early before it even gets dark. Also, sometimes children participate in getting their treats through their local religious organizations by “trunk-or-treating,” an ingenious way to make sure that the children have a safe Halloween experience.
Either way, I still love this time of the year and the sights and sounds that come with it. I also love the fact that you can read and watch all kinds of different movies and books related to this time of the year. This is where the Daviess County Public Library is very important. If you like scary books and movies or more light-hearted fare, you can find it here at your local library. Also, if you like making special crafts too, we have books on how to that as well.
Here is just a small sampling of what’s available at the library in book format:
|Artful Halloween: 31 Frightfully Elegant Projects Wasinger, Susan 2012-09 – Lark Books (NC)9781454702474 Search Our Catalog These 30+ costume, pumpkin, and home-decorating ideas are not just beautiful–they are scary beautiful. From unique pumpkin decorations to a “blood”-splashed dinner-party centerpiece to a Yard Specter made from two poles, a string of lights, and torn, draped fabric, these creepy but stylish Halloween projects will give your home a spooky, sophisticated look . . . with gothic flair! …More|
|Halloween Crafts Eick, Jean Illustrator Petelinsek, Kathleen 2011-01 – Child’s World9781609542344 Search Our Catalog Through easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step illustrations, this book shows readers how to make Halloween crafts and decorations using everyday objects and craft materials. Activities and games are also included, as well as a brief description of the holiday. …More|
|Paper Crafts for Halloween McGee, Randel 2009-02 – Enslow Publishers 9780766029477 Search Our Catalog Do you want to make your own haunted house? Haunted houses are a fun and scary part of Halloween. Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Halloween in PAPER CRAFTS FOR HALLOWEEN. Learn to make a flying bat, sitting black cat, goofy goggles, and even a haunted house! …More|
|Halloween Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family Maggipinto, Donata Photographer Jung, Richard G.1998-09 – Chronicle Books (CA)9780811821971 Search Our Catalog From delicious “one cauldron” dinners to black cat cookies, trick-or-treat bags, spooky lanterns, and tissue ghosts, this spirited book includes projects for the whole family. …More|
Here is just a small sampling of videos available on the 2nd floor of the library:
|Peanuts: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Melendez, Bill Voice by Robbins, Peter Voice by Shea, Chris2009-08 – Warner Home Video9781419868832 Search Our Catalog|
|Bram Stoker’s Dracula Coppola, Francis Ford 2010-09 – Sony Pictures Home Ent 9781404912502 Search Our Catalog The vampire count of Transylvania seeks his lost love and the conquest of Britain by plague. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. …More|
|Berenstain Bears: Halloween Treats 2010-10 – Sony Pictures Home Ent 9781435982291 Search Our Catalog The furry clan returns with jack-o’-lantern adventures that will make your bones tingle with fright and delight! The bear cubs are called upon to use their best scouting skills to solve the great pumpkin disappearance, brave a spooky old mansion, ward off ghosts and save their much-loved Bat Cave. In the end, the cubs learn that spooky things always come with a simple explanation and that’s a Halloween treat for them! …More|
|Halloween Carpenter, JohnPerformed by Various Artists 2011-01 – Tcfhe/Anchor Bay/Starz0013131089691 Search Our Catalog|
As you can see, we have a variety of titles in both video and book format to suit any taste for Halloween fare. The great thing about coming to the library to check out your Halloween favorites too is that it is free with the use of your Daviess County Public Library card. So, stop on in today to check out your favorite Halloween books and videos and to take part in the many children’s activities that we have going on throughout the month of October.
To find out just what all we have going on in the library during October, please go to our Events page. If you need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to call the library at 270-684-0211 and we can put you in touch with the right department to answer any question you may have about programming at the library in October.