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New and Featured Books for 05/09/2013:

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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:

A House Divided by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Angora Alibi by Sally Goldenbaum

An absolute master of the thriller, says Dean Koontz.

Murder As A Fine Art by David Morrell

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead, White, And Blue by Carolyn Hart

Spenser in Wonderland.

Robert B. Parker’s Wonderland by Ace Atkins

Wonder Woman, vol. 2: Guts by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Cliff Chiang

Superman – Action Comics, vol. 2: Bulletproof by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Rags Morales, Gene Ha, Cully Hamner, and Ryan Sook

Batman: Detective Comics, volume 2: Scare Tactics, written and illustrated by Tony S. Daniel

Avengers: Season One by Peter David and illustrated by various artists

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo: A Graphic Novel, Book 2 by Stieg Larsson, adapted by Denise Mina and illustrated by Leonardo Manco and Andrea Mutti

The fine art of strange crimes.

Red Handed: The Fine Art Of Strange Crimes by Matt Kindt

Long Live The King by Fay Weldon

Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi – Into The Void by Tim Lebbon

The return of Mike Hammer.

Complex 90 by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

NON-FICTION:

American Phoenix: John Quincy And Louisa Adams, The War Of 1812, And The Exile THat Saved American Independence by Jane Hampton Cook

Believe it or not!

A Curious Man: The Strange And Brilliant Life Of Robert “Believe It Or Not” Ripley by Neal Thompson

Six weeks that saved the nation.

Through The Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved The Nation by Steve Vogel

Picasso To Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters by Jodi Hauptman, with essays by Samantha Friedman and Michael Rooks

Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through The Gerat Economic Power Shift by Ram Charan with Geri Willigan and Charles Burck

Tourettes, faith, strength, power, family.

The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir Of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, And The Power Of Family by Josh Hanagarne

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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 for Adults:

04/29/13.

04/22/13.

04/17/13.

02/28/13.

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Homework Help: Language & Writing.

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Need a little help finding what you’re looking for? The Robins AFB Library would like to provide you with a few resources suitable for students of all ages to help you get started.

Here are some links, resources, and interesting sites pertaining to the Language and Writing…

Language:

Google Translate – Translate any text by copying and pasting or any webpage to and from a wide variety of languages including Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Catalan, Welsh, Greek, German, Tamil, French, Hebrew, Italian, Thai, and many more.

U.S.A. Learns – A great site from the U.S. Dept. of Education to help American’s learn some basic skills, but geared towards those acquiring English as a second language.

WordChamp – The Language Learning Network, which features an open database with user-generated content to help learn over 100 languages.

Free Language – Links to language lessons and courses, podcasts, study guides, and other learning
materials.

Free Translation – A nice, quick resource for translating shorter text bursts to and from a variety of languages.

Mashable – A nice article with links about how to use social media to learn and practice languages.

And…

Don’t forget that in addition to several audio materials, DVDs, books, and other printed materials on foreign languages and different cultures, we also offer Transparent Languages as an online resource to our patrons, which is available for all USAF Active Duty, Air National Guard, AF Reservists, AF retirees and the family members of anyone in any of these categories as well as AF civilian employees and contractors who are eligible to use the USAF libraries.

Transparent Languages can be accessed online from anywhere but initial registration must be done in the RAFB Library.

Culture:

The CIA World Factbook – Providing info on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Library PressDisplay – Access to over 1700 newspaper and magazine titles from more than 92 countries in 48 different languages.

eDiplomat – Learn about cultural etiquette from around the globe.

The Air Force Culture & Language Center – A nice collection of resources to help accumulate the required combination of language skills, regional expertise and cultural capabilities to meet current and projected needs.

International Newspapers – A directory of thousands of newspapers from around the world, listed by country and region.

Words & Literature:

Dictionary.com  – One of the best references out there.

Grammar 101 – A nice series from Daily Writing Tips.

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations – Over 11,000 famous and popular quotations, indexed by author, subject, and keyword.

The Ryming Dictionary – Includes thesaurus and dictionary.

And don’t forget to check out our Homework Help page on Art, Music, and Literature.

Writing:

A step by step approach to writing a research paper – As provided by the Internet Public Library, this is a nice and simple guide to picking a topic/subject, accessing relevant and necessary information, analyzing issues, organizing thoughts/arguments, and executing your research paper.

How to write a research paper – a nice layout and guide from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

How to write a five paragraph essay – from About.com

Common proofreading symbols – Based on the MLA Handbook.

And if you’re interested in writing for fun or as a profession…

How To Become A Writer – Simple, easy steps from WikiHow.

How To Become A Writer – A nice little pep talk from Daily Writing Tips.

How to break into the comics industry as a writer – A segment in a regular video series called “Between The Pages” featuring host Grace Randolph, herself a freelance comic book writer, talking with former DC/Vertigo editor turned freelance writer, Brandon Montclare, and sharing tips and suggestions for how to break into the comic book industry as a writer.

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Are we missing something? Please let us know!

For other subjects and resources please see our main Homework Help page.

New and Featured Books for 08/02/2012:

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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:

Line Of Fire by Stephen White

The Spymasters: A Men At War Novel by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth IV

Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood

The Last Victim by Karen Robards

Sneaky Pie For President by Rita Mae Brown

Radioactive Man: A Radioactive Repository, Volume One

Madame Xanadu, vol. 1: Disenchanted by Matt Wagner and illustrated by Amy Reeder Hadley

Shunning Sarah by Julie Kramer

Off The Grid by P. J. Tracy

NON-FICTION:

The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide To The Constitution by Linda R. Monk

The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, And The Middle Class Got Shafted by Mike Lofgren

Freedom Flyers: The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II by J. Todd Moye

The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

A Country Of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, The Mexican War, And The Conquest Of The American Continent by Robert W. Merry

The Party Is Over: The Secret World Of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor

Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming The Middle East by Isobel Coleman

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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 for Adults:

07/27/12.

07/18/12.

07/03/12.

06/27/12.

06/14/12.

New and Featured Books for Young Adults for 04/03/2012:

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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:

Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

95 Pounds Of Hope by Anna Gavalda

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan

Avalon High: Coronation, vol. 1 – The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot and illustrated by Jinky Coronado

Pandemonium by Chris Wooding and Cassandra Diaz

The Catastrophic History Of You And Me by Jess Rothenberg

Fat Vampire: A Never Coming Of Age Story by Adam Rex

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria and illustrated by Warren Pleece

Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood by Tony Lee and illustrated by Sam Hart

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and illustrated by Jm Ken Nimura

NON-FICTION:

Computer Programming For Teens by Mary Farrell

Evolution: The Story Of Life On Earth by Jay Hosler and illustrated by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon

Algebra I And Algebra II Smarts! by Rebecca Wingard-Nelson

How To Understand Israel In 60 Days Or Less by Sarah Glidden

A very interesting and dynamically illustrated book, and well worth the read. Part memoir, and travelogue, the author took a “Birthright Israel” tour, thinking she knew what she was getting herself in for, eventually discovered that like a lot of us, she didn’t know a lot about Israel at all. The book is already ending up on quite a few lists of best graphic novels for teens from this year. Check out interviews with the author at Comic Book Resources and Time magazine.

Egyptian Mythology A to Z: A Young Reader’s Companion by Pat Remler

Norse Mythology A to Z: A Young Reader’s Companion by Kathleen N. Daly

Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America by Deborah Hopkinson

Why People Get Tattoos And Other Body Art by Jeanne Nagle

BMX Racers by Ellen C. Labrecque

The Stock Market by Charles North and Charles Caes

The Word Snoop: A Wild And Witty Tour Of The English Language by Ursula Dubosarsky and illustrated by Tohby Riddle

Philosophy For Teens: Questioning Life’s Big Ideas by Sharon M. Kaye and Paul Thomson and illustrated by Jon Compton

Eating Disorders by Tammy Laser and Stephanie Watson

Plastic Pollution by Geof Knight

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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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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/29/12.

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

03/20/12.

03/06/12.

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

03/27/12.

03/13/12.

02/28/12.

02/23/12.

New and Featured Books for 03/29/2012:

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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:

State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

This is the novel that was adapted into the Oscar nominated film (the screenplay adaption won an Oscar) directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney. The movie is very good, and we’d definitely recommend the book to anyone who likes funny and poignant character-driven stories, and who likes to read the book before the movie. Check out a review of the book in The New York Times, and the author’s website.

Paradise by Toni Morrison

Red Inferno: 1945 by Robert Conroy

The Fallen Angels by Bernard Cornwell and Susannah Kells

The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter

100 Bullets: The Deluxe Edition, Book 1 by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso

Like the cover blurb says, Azzarello and Risso’s long running comic book series from DC/Vertigo comics was “one of the greatest works of crime fiction in any medium,” telling some very hard-boiled pulp/noir stories in a very modern way. And this is where it began with it’s very simple initial premise: A mysterious man named Graves would visit people who had been the victim of a serious wrong and present them with evidence of who it was that was responsible for their plight. In the vein of revenge he’d then offer them a handgun and the eponymous 100 bullets, all untraceable by the police. And a lot of very interesting and very dark and very complex stories would spin out of that. Here are reviews of the series at Wired, The Comics Journal, and Pop Matters, and an interview with writer Brian Azzarello at The Onion AV Club.

The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke

NON-FICTION:

Women Pilots Of World War II by Jean Hascall Cole

Playing With Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale by Sam Posey

Forged: Writing In The Name Of God – Why The Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are by Bart D. Ehrman

Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, And History by Milton C. Sernett

Marie Antoinette by Antonia Fraser

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

This is a very fun and informative look at history by journalism, essayist, social commentator, and This American Life contributor Vowell, who looks at America’s imperialist desires and manifest destiny ideals at the end of the 19th century, and which lead to America annexing Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and invading Cuba and the Philippines. Vowell also talks about the culture clash as Christian missionaries swiftly moved in and tried to convert the far more laid back native Hawaiians to the American way of life. Here’s an interview with the author, and you can find interesting reviews of the book at The Los Angeles Times and in The New York Times.

And here’s an odd fun fact for you: Sarah Vowell, seen above, voiced the character Violet in Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles.

This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science Of A Human Obsession by Daniel J. Levitin

Raw Basics: Incorporating Raw Living Foods Into Your Diet Using Easy And Delicious Recipes by Jenny Ross

The Intimate Lives Of The Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming

The Reading Promise: My Father And The Books We Shared by Alice Ozma

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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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Previous New/Featured books for Adults:

03/01/12.

02/02/11.

01/27/12.

12/27/11.

And for Young Adults:

03/20/12.

03/06/12.

02/21/12.

02/09/12.

And for Kids/Juvenile Readers:

03/27/12.

03/13/12.

02/28/12.

02/23/12.