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New and Featured Books for 08/15/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) added to our library collection…

FICTION:

The Ten Year Nap by Meg Wolitzer

The Temptation Of The Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig

Delicious by Sherry Thomas

The Triumph Of Caesar: A Novel Of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor

You Are The Love Of My Life by Susan Richards Shreve

By Starlight by Dorothy Garlock

Captain Freedom: A Superhero’s Quest For Truth, Justice, And The Celebrity He So Richly Deserves by G. Xavier Robillard

Sea Of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh

NON-FICTION:

It’s A Jungle In There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-Won Insights, And Other Acts Of Entreprenurial Daring by Seven Schussler with Marvin Karlins

Danger’s Hour: The Story Of The USS Bunker Kill And The Kamikaze Pilot Who Crippled Her by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

The Day After The Dollar Crashes: A Survival Guide For the Rise Of The New World Order by Damon Vickers

When I Was A Child I Read Books: Essays by Marilynne Robinson

Airport Planning & Management by Alexander T. Wells

Airport Planning & Development Handbook: A Global Survey by Paul Stephen Dempsey

The Crazy Makers: How The Food Industry Is Destroying Our Brains And Harming Out Children by Carol Simontacchi

The New New Deal: The Hidden Story Of Change In The Obama Era by Michael Grunwald

Energy For Future Presidents: The Science Behind The Headlines by Richard A. Muller

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Please note that books mentioned here could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk, OR call us, OR send us an email at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com and  we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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Previous New/Featured books:

08/09/12.

08/02/12.

07/27/12.

07/18/12.

07/03/12.

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Reading material for 07/17/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

RIP Donald J. Sobol, creator of Encyclopedia Brown.

The juiciest tidbits from this year’s Comic-con.

Predicting crime before it happens.

The FDA has approved the first drug to prevent HIV infection.

Roswell really happened, says former CIA agent.

A list of the most impactful TV moments.

Lifting weights slows down memory loss.

from here.

A lot of teens are reading the Fifty Shades Of Grey books.

Is a national digital library possible?

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is fighting for its survival.

Great opening sentences from classic fantasy novels.

Italo Calvino on why you should read the classics.

10 famous literary characters based on real people.

Neil Gaiman has signed a 5 book deal to write YA novels.

Science would like to ruin Batman for you.

They are definitely making The Hangover, Part 3.

Johnny Depp will be in Wes Anderson’s next movie.

Check out this really interesting fan film for Y The Last Man.

Darren Aronofsky is building an actual ark for his movie about Noah and his ark.

31 bizarre foreign titles for American movies.

from here.

10 reasons why the number 13 is so unlucky.

Women have higher IQs than men.

Meet the “rightful heir” to the British throne.

Crisis-struck Athens is a tough draw for tourists.

The inside story of Netflix’s really bad year.

The guinea worm is near extinction.

A survey of awkward couples in art history.

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Previous online reading material:

07/09/12.

07/02/12.

06/25/12.

06/18/12.

06/11/12.

Reading material for 06/18/12:

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Some reading material from around the internet:

New domain names are coming!

15 dad facts for Father’s Day.

How to make science fun.

The 50 year battle to entomb our toxic waste.

Revealed: the dirtiest things in a hotel room.

Betty White and Sarah Michelle Gellar handle a giant snake.

Twitter’s new office has skee ball.

The pictures in this post are by Guy Laramee. As you can see, he carves gorgeous landscape sculptures into old books, turning them from one form of art into another. His work is currently on display at the Expression museum in Saint-Hyacinthe, Canada, from now until August 12.

Pictures from here and here.

The many, many things that Ray Bradbury predicted.

Sadly, we missed Bloomsday, but here’s 25 writers, artists, and critics talking about James Joyce.

10 facts about James Joyce.

Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash to be adapted into a film by the writer/director of Attack Of The Block.

10 books that were taboo for their time.

5 favorite fictional fathers.

Famous novelists talk about symbolism in their work.

The color palettes of Wes Anderson films.

20 set photos that will change the way you see these films.

An interview with Emma Stone.

Steven Spielberg was all set to direct an episode of Twin Peaks, but David Lynch wanted it for himself.

David Foster Wallace talks about David Lynch’s Dune.

Is Lionsgate already planning to remake/reboot the Twilight movies?

The best grins, grimaces, and reaction shots from this past season of Mad Men.

Take a look at this: a Bill Murray coloring book.

The Necronomicon made in pizza.

Why are traffic lights red and green?

How to tempt China’s shoppers.

June is an important month for the North American bird breeding survey.

5 misconceptions about extraterrestrial life.

The nerd weddings of Facebook’s big shots.

Seven decades of San Quentin state prison in photos.

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Previous online reading material:

06/11/12.

06/04/12.

04/30/12.

04/23/12.

04/16/12.

04/09/12.

Soaring.

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Don’t forget that this weekend is the Air Show!

The gates open tomorrow and Sunday at 10 AM and the show starts at 11:15 AM each day. You can find more information at the link above.

And here’s something that’s extremely overdue with us…

We wanted to congratulate Ms. Sherriann Tilley for winning our Trivia/Survey contest!

We really enjoyed her entry, and especially wanted to thank her for coming in to pick up on her prize on her birthday and letting us wish her a happy birthday.

And we would also like to thank everyone else who entered. There were a lot of great entries that were a pleasure to read.

Whether you’re going to the Air Show or not, and of course we would strongly encourage you to do so, we hope everyone has an extremely fun and safe time.

Don’t forget to enter our Trivia/Survey CONTEST.

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We just wanted to remind you…

Don’t forget to enter our Trivia/Survey contest. Saturday is the last day to enter. All you have to do is answer 50 extremely short and fun questions and email us those answers for a prize. What could be easier than that?

We’ve already gotten some very, ah, interesting answers from several patrons. The only thing we’re missing now is yours.

About Us/About You, and a: CONTEST!

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Here’s a little bit about us…

We’re the Robins Air Force Base Library, located in Building 905 on – where else? – Robins Air Force Base, in Warner Robins, Georgia. You are currently reading our blog, and you can find our hours of operations here. We have over 52,000 items in our collection, including books, audiobooks, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, research databases, foreign language help, and downloadable materials. We specialize in knowledge and entertainment, and lots and lots of both.

Our turn offs include: Inconsiderate people, rainy days, patrons who are somehow louder than us (which is a feat, we assure you), people are who are not curious, people who don’t use coasters or who do use too many napkins, being late, dirty keyboards, finding used chewing gum, not being able to find the second sock to your pair, especially when you’re already late, and… Well, our list of pet peeves could go on and on and on…

And besides:

Our turn ons include: CONTESTS!

Okay, that’s us. And now we would like to know a little about you…

And what better way to do that then a survey. A survey and a CONTEST. Prize: A $20 gift card from Best Buy. All you have to do is fill out the 50 questions below (which are short, simple, and easy, and will honestly take you very little time at all), and email us the answers at:

robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com.

It could not be any simpler than that, could it?

Well, we’re going to find out. But, without further ado, the questions…

01. How often do you use the library on base?

02. Would you say that you check out books and/or movies from the library on base more than any other service that we provide?

03. Would you say that you come in to enjoy our comfy chairs and couches and relax for a few moments glancing at one of our magazine subscriptions more so than any other service that we provide?

04. Or, would you say that you use our computers more than any other service that we provide?

05. Please give yourself an extra 10 points if you’re filling out this survey while using one of our computers right now.

06. How many books would you read in a given year? We’re talking about fiction and non-fiction, including anthologies or short story collections.

07. How many books would you say that you claim to read to strangers to look smarter? (It’s cool, we all do it.)

Edited to add: The specific wording of this question has proved problematic for some of our patrons taking this quiz. We meant to ask how many books have you told strangers that you read in order to look smarter and/or cooler. We didn’t mean to ask how many books have you physically read to a person who is a stranger to you. Although, if you have an answer to that question, we’d

08. Do you believe in love at first sight?

09. What is your favorite novel?

10. What is your favorite film adaptation of a novel?

11. What was the last movie that you saw in a movie theater?

12. Would you say that mankind in inherently good or evil, or neither and it doesn’t really matter?

13. If there was an apartment building or an office building that actually had a 13th floor, and your apartment or office was one of those un/lucky enough to be on that 13th floor, would you be okay with that?

14. The quick brown fox jumps over the _________?

15. Who is your favorite author?

16. Why?

17. What is the last book that you ever read by that author?

18. What is your favorite Michael Crichton book and/or movie?

19. What is your favorite Stephen King book and/or movie?

20. When was the last time a machine or a piece of technology really let you down?

21. Have you ever read any books by James Patterson?

22. Did you know that James Patterson has written or “written” (his name appears along side that of a co-author on the cover, but the co-author may or may not have done the actual “writing” contained within the book) books in the adult fiction, adult non-fiction areas, as well as fiction and non-fiction for young adults?

23. If you answered “Yes” to both questions #21 and possibly #22 as well, then how many books by James Patterson have you read?

24. How many of those books, if you don’t mind us asking, were checked out from the Robins AFB Library?

25. Why have you read so many James Patterson books?

26. The same question as question #21, but with Clive Cussler instead of James Patterson.

27. We have a puzzle set out in the library for our patrons to come and help us put together. Once completed, the puzzle will reveal itself to be a depiction of a famous work of art by a famous post-Impressionist artist. If you wanted to tell us the name of that work of art or the name of the artist, that would be great, but what we really want to know is: What is the one and only work of art that this artist sold in their lifetime?

28. Name one or more actors who have portrayed that artist in film or television.

29. Referring back to question #03, you did know that we have comfy chairs and couches, right?

30. Referring back to question #28, you did know that we have a wide variety of magazine subscriptions for you to peruse through, right?

31. If you win this contest, do you want the $20 gift card that is listed above as the prize?

32. Or, for your prize awarded for your hard work, would you rather instead win the chance to take a picture with your favorite library worker?

33. It’s a tempting offer, isn’t it?

34. What was the most played song on American radio in the 20th century and how many times was it played?

35. Now that you’ve found our blog, and we are so glad that you have, what kind of things would you like to see on our blog?

36. Can you cook?

37. And regardless of your answer to question #36, do you like to cook?

38. If you answered “yes” to question #36, or even if you didn’t, and regardless of your answer to question #37, do you like to read cook books or watch cooking shows on TV?

39. Count carefully: What number post is this on our blog? And, for an extra point, how many posts are there on our blog at the time of you answering this survey?

40. This is a funny picture:

Please write a funny caption for that picture.

41. We respectfully request that you do not fail to notice that that dog is wearing a top hat and a monocle, and is smoking a pipe. This is not a question.

But bonus points will be awarded if you can tell us what an appropriately funny name would be for this dog.

Further bonus points will be awarded if the name you choose starts with either Mr. or Mrs. i.e. “Mr. Bigglesworth.” Please do not submit “Mr. Bigglesworth” as your answer for this question.

42. What is, according to Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, the meaning of life? Or, put more simply, what is the answer to “the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe, and Everything?”

43. What is a group of crows known as?

44. What is a group of frogs known as?

45. What is a group of unicorns known as?

46. Animals are not allowed to use human language in China. Seriously. It’s against the rules. This rule caused what famous book by a famous author to be banned in China?

Hint: This book is widely considered to be a work for children. You’ve seen movies made of it, some live action and some animated. Songs have been written about this book.

47. Other than the Robins AFB Library, what other FSS/Services facilities would you say that you frequent the most on Robins Air Force Base?

Also, check out the new FSS website: http://www.robinsfss.com

48. What was the last book you read that you’d really recommend to a stranger if you had to, or if you were asked to in a survey much like this one?

49. How did you first discover our blog?

50. Make up a question and give us the answer. We’re not so concerned with the question, but we’d really like to know the answer…

Okay, that’s our survey! And again, all you have to do to enter our contest is to answer these questions, #s 1 thru 50, and email those answers to us at robinsbaselibrary@gmail.com. Please put some variation of “Survey” or “Survey Answers” or “CONTEST!” in the subject line. The contest closes on 04/01/12 at midnight, and we’ll announce the winners the following week.

Wait, did that say “winners” and not just “winner” on it? That’s right, it did. Not only will we be giving out our award to the person who gets the most answers right, but we’ll also pick a random entry, or perhaps the person who’s answers amuse us the most, and make them a winner too. Gotta love those odds.

When you send us your questions, please include your name, your email address (of course), and possibly your phone number. And your phone number, especially if you don’t check your email that often. Please be at least 16 years old, or older, or have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate (regardless of how old you are). If you win, we ask that you please come in and pick up your prize and let us take a picture of you to share with the world here on our blog, and perhaps interview you about how you got to be so smart.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 03/06/2012:

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Come and check out these and some of the other new books and materials (or at least new to us) for Young Adults added to our library collection…

FICTION:

Goddess Of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

Gyakushu! vol. 1, written and illustrated by Dan Hipp

Saint Louis Armstrong Beach by Brenda Woods

Historical fiction about how Hurricane Katrina effects an 11 year old boy, dealing with the struggles of evacuation and the strength of a people determined to survive in their city. The review from Kirkus Reviews sums it up nicely: “A small gem that sparkles with hope, resilience and the Crescent City’s unique, jazz-infused spirit.”

Hooked by Catherine Greenman

The River by Gary Paulsen

Girl Parts by John M. Cusick

Flawless by Sara Shepard

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Nation by Terry Pratchett

Re-Gifters by Mike Carey and illustrated by Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel

Saving Zoë by Alyson Noël

Angry Management by Chris Crutcher

What They Found: Love On 145th Street by Walter Dean Myers

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green

Another novel from author and vlogger, John Green, and his second book. As I’ve said before, Green is extremely popular with our young adult (and adult) readers, and it’s not hard to understand why when you read one of his books. They’re sweet, but they’re quirky and unique, and they’re smart, and the characters are memorable, especially the characters in this book, which is about a boy with an affinity for girls with the name Katherine, and his friend who accompanies him on a road trip. Check out reviews for the novel done by The Young Folks and The New York Times.

My Boyfriend Is A Monster, vol. 1: I Love Him To Pieces by Evonne Tsang and illustrated by Janina Görrissen

Great tagline: “Can love survive the zombie apocalypse?” This is a fun graphic novel. It’s boy meets girl, and of course they come from two different worlds: she’s a jock, and he’s a nerd. And then the zombie outbreak happens. It’s got horror, romance, and the art by Janina Görrissen is just wonderful. Here’s a review from The Ninja Librarian.

NON-FICTION:

Web Design For Teens by Maneesh Sethi

The Brave Escape Of Edith Wharton by Connie Nordheilm Wooldridge

A fine biography of Edith Wharton, author of books like Ethan Frome and The House Of Mirth, who was born into a priveleged, wealthy New York City family during the Gilded Age, and her escape into a more creative life. Connie Nordheilm Wooldridge‘s book is very interesting in that it focuses much more on the life of Wharton, rather than her works, which makes it very insightful for anyone who’s read her books or is looking to discover them. Check out The New York Times‘ review.

Cool Tech: Gadgets, Games, Robots, And The Digital World by Clive Gifford, with consulting by Mike Goldsmith

How Cool Is This? An Up-Close Inside Look At How Things Work

Tattoos And Secret Societies by Jason Porterfield

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On The Media by Brooke Gladstone and illustrated by Josh Neufeld

Brooke Gladstone is a journalist and media analyst, and an expert on trends in the media, and she hosts NPR’s On The Media. She has called this book, a graphic novel illustrated by cartoonist Josh Neufeld to be a “a treatise on the relationship between us and the news media,” and the story utilizes an illustrated version of Gladstone herself taking the reader through the history of the American press. It is a very interesting book. You can find reviews at Slate and NPR, and an interview with Gladstone at Newsarama. Check out the trailer below:

Wild At Heart: The Story Of Joy Adamson, Author Of Born Free by Anne E. Neimark

Come Back To Afghanistan: A California Teenager’s Story by Said Hyder Akbar

The Big Idea Science Book: The Incredible Concepts That Show How Science Works In The World

Georgia O’Keeffe: The “Widenss And Wonder” Of Her World by Beverly Gherman

Wheels Of Change: How Women Rode The Bicycle To Freedom (With A Few Flat Tires Along The Way) by Sue Macy

Very interesting. Features a brief memoir section of author Sue Macy‘s childhood reminiscences of bicycle riding and then moves into a very informative history of the bicycle and how women were able to use it as innovative technology to cycle out of repressive conditions in the past and closer to independence. There’s also a nice foreword by Leah Missback Day, the founder of World Bicycle Relief. Check out reviews from Booklist and Read Kiddo Read.

Pre-Algebra And Algebra Smarts! by Lucille Caron and Philip M. St. Jacques

Celebrating A Quinceanera: A Latina’s 15th Birthday Celebration by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith and with photographs by Lawrence Migdale

Tricky Mindtrap Puzzles: Challenges The Way You Think & See by Detective Shadow

Raggin’ Jazzin’ Rockin’: A History Of American Musical Instrument Makers by Susan VanHecke

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Please note that books could be checked out between the time they end up on the blog and when you come to check them out. If you don’t see the items you’re looking for then please come up to the front desk and we’ll put your name on the reserve list for when the item returns.

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And please don’t forget to check back here tomorrow to find out more about our Survey/Trivia contest.

And for info on other future contests we’ll be doing, you can always check out our CONTESTS page.

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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

01/31/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

02/16/12.

01/28/12.