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Featured Author: Nelson DeMille

Our next featured author is Nelson DeMille. Nelson DeMille was born in New York City before his parents moved to Long Island. Nelson was a Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1966-69. The author was an infantry platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War and was decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. DeMille’s first novel, By the Rivers of Babylon was published in 1978 and, just like all his following novels, is still in print. Nelson DeMille is a member of Mensa, The Authors Guild, and the International Thriller Writers. He is also a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and was chosen as ThrillerMaster for the International Thriller Writers in 2015.

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Featured Author: Anita Shreve

For our next featured author, we are shining a light on Anita Shreve. Shreve was an American author from Dedham, Massachusetts. She attended Tufts University, and started writing while she worked as a high school teacher. One of her early stories, Past the Island, Difting,  won the O. Henry Prize in 1976. In 1999, Oprah picked her novel, The Pilot’s Wife, for her book club. Two of her books, The Weight of Water, and Resistance have become films under the same names. CBS released a film adaptation of The Pilot’s Wife, as a movie of the week. Anita Shreve died in 2018 from cancer. She was 71. The last novel she published was The Stars Are Fire. 

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Summer at the Library

The Library has something for everyone this summer! Make sure to check out our new Wednesday night Summer Series, a five week series featuring fun and educational programming for adults. The Summer Series is every Wednesday evening at 7 pm and will run from June 26 to August 7. Programs include: June 26 – Tough Gals: The Female Sleuth in Mystery Fiction July 10 – Intro to Ukulele (ages 11 and up) July 17 – Space Race to the Moon July 24 – Rocks in the Garden: A Public History of Slavery in Morristown July 31 – Ben Franklin August 7 – Intro to Ukulele (ages 16 and up) Those aren’t the only programs we have to offer this summer! Our meditation program is continuing throughout the summer, with meditation sessions every Wednesday at noon, and the first Monday of the month at 7 pm. (Note: there are no meditation sessions on 8/5 and 9/25). We will also be showing newly released movies on the second Monday of each month at noon, as well as on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. And for the kids, don’t forget to sign up for summer reading! The summer reading kickoff is June 24 at 3:30, featuring Jester Jim!

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Changes at the Library

We are always trying to make the Library better for our users. We recently added some new chairs for reading. We also opened up space that previously contained reference items. We are very grateful to Noreen and Fred Hassan who donated the reference desk when we opened after the big renovation project of 2003-2005. In 2019 we hope to convert to a flexible reference station where we will place the plaque acknowledging their generosity to the Library. Other changes that will take place involve printing.  We will be transitioning to the Envisionware Print Management System over the next 6 weeks.  Unfortunately, we have found that the library is not recouping the actual cost of public printing; therefore, like the neighboring libraries, we will be moving to a prepay system. You will pay at the desk before your print job is released to the printer. This way you will only pay for what you wish to print and eliminate “mistake printing”.  Currently, the actual cost to the library of printing a color page is higher than $.15. So the price of the color prints will increase to $.25 a page effective November 19th. The price of black & white prints will remain at $.15 a page. On Monday, November 19th all the adult/YA PCs and printers will be unavailable while the…

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Concerned about Privacy?

The San Jose Public Library created a Virtual Privacy Lab where you can learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit for your online needs. The toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. You can also email or print your privacy toolkit for future use.  Try it for free at https://sjpl.org/privacy

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Stream Movies with your Florham Park Public Library Card!

Drive In movies were a highlight of summers when I was a child. Today the movies stream into your home – no car required – just a Library Card! The Florham Park Public Library recently added Kanopy, a streaming movie service with over 30,000 films to its collection of digital resources. Watch Indy, Foreign and Instructional films with just a click. The link and instructions for Kanopy are on the Library website – www.florhamparklib.org. BUT WAIT – that isn’t all the Library has for your summer fun. Did you know we are a traveling Library? You can take us along this summer. The Library has an amazing digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, and children’s books & games. If self-improvement is your goal this summer try Rosetta Stone or Learning Express. Access your “digital library” via Wi-Fi with your device from any delightful summer location. Start at the website — www.florhamparklib.org. We can even help you travel. We have passes to the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, Grounds for Sculpture, Morris Museum, and the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farm. Of course, in the Library building we have actual books, DVDs, CDs and magazines. Then there are children’s programs and a summer reading club. For adults we have a monthly Genealogy Club. There are study rooms, PCs,…

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Joan’s Review: The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore  —  Kim Fu This is good book group fodder. Five girls go off for a survival overnight as part of their summer camp experience. This is the story of what happens when you take the adult out of that scenario.  Hmmm? What are children really capable of? The story covers the psychology and dynamics of their weekend experience. These are interspersed with the stories of the girls’ lives post “Camp Survivor”.

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Joan’s Review: Women in Sunlight

Women in Sunlight – Frances Mayes Be sure to tuck this into your beach bag for summer reading. This is one of those books about women of a certain age being brave and embracing life (in a gorgeous location of course). This is a fine example of this type of story, which is not surprising, since Frances Mayes delivers quality work. I especially liked that the hopes and dreams, both for reinvention and romance, of the characters of retirement age were not given any less focus than of the younger characters. Be assured, life and adventure after 60 exists and is worth writing and reading about. Thank you! Ms. Mayes

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Staff Reads: May

Check out the books we’re reading! Origin by Dan Brown Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon navigates a dangerous intersection of humanity’s two most enduring questions, interweaving codes, science, religion and other disciplines before making a paradigm-shifting discovery. The Kraken Project by Douglas Preston When a NASA accident kills seven scientists and enables a self-modifying artificial intelligence to escape into the Internet, Wyman Ford and the AI’s creator, Melissa Shepherd, struggle to keep the evolving program out of the hands of scheming Wall Street traders. The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard A gruff, no-nonsense GO-Team leader who relies on the sensual voice of the team’s communication expert to guide him through dangerous assignments becomes her rescuer in the aftermath of an attack that leaves her stranded on a deserted station. All that Glitters by Diana Palmer Taking a job at a prestigious fashion house in New York, Ivory Keene is about to realize her dreams of becoming a fashion designer, but she puts her career on the line when she has a forbidden affair with her older boss, Curry Kells. Little Boy Blue by M.J. Arlidge Detective Helen Grace investigates an elusive serial killer who navigates a world in Southampton, England, where disguises and discretion are the norm, and where no one wants to come forward to say what they saw…

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Staff Reads: April

Each month we ask our staff  “Have you read anything good lately?” Here are their answers. Check out what we’re reading!   Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson The notable host of StarTalk reveals just what people need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.   Two kinds of truth by Michael Connelly An investigation into the murder of a young pharmacist leads Harry Bosch and San Fernando’s detective squad into the big-business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse at the same time an old case from Bosch’s days with the LAPD returns to haunt him.   Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce A first installment in a highly anticipated new Tortall series follows the experiences of a talented young student at the Imperial University of Carthak, who, alongside his best friends Varice and Ozorne, is forced to decide where his true loyalties lie.   Mister Tender’s girl by Carter Wilson Ten years after she survived a horrible stabbing at the hands of two classmates obsessed with a comic book character, Alice is threatened by someone who knows the deeply private details of her life…

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