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Posted by annetteb on 05/06/18
Enjoy exceptional clarity and stabilization in your video recordings by using the Canon HD Camcorer.
 
The camera comes in a travel bag, along with its battery, USB cable, charger, and 32 GB SD card. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, the Canon HD Camcorder is an excellent tool to use to document your memorable moments. 
 
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Posted by SherriT on 05/05/18
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Kick off your summer reading list with The Husband Hour by Jamie Brenner.

Lauren is the widow of NHL hockey star Rory Kincaid who leaves it all to fight as a US Ranger overseas. After he is killed in combat, Lauren is caught in web of grief that she has not been able to let go of for four years. When a filmmaker approaches her and her family to produce a documentary about Rory’s life, she fights him every step of the way. Lauren is determined to keep the memory of Rory high on a pedestal and in her heart. However, the secrets that Matt's documentary are uncovering are not what she wants to face.

While this book is truly Lauren’s story, it is also a story about the other women in her immediate family, her mom Beth and her sister Stephanie. I love nothing more than a story about a family of strong women with complex lives.

So many themes covered in this book: professional sports, celebrity status, the military, love, grief, betrayal, traumatic brain injury, documentary filmmaking, and some yummy baking thrown in! Love the way it all ties together to make The Husband Hour a favorite 2018 beach read.
Posted by annetteb on 05/05/18
As you take on video projects this season, consider capturing high-quality audio with the Rode VideoMic Pro.
 
The Rode VideoMic Pro is a shotgun microphone designated for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio. It is a broadcast recording-quality condenser microphone featuring a lightweight, compact design, perfect for traveling to any filming location. 
 
To learn more, contact or visit the Tech Learning Center. 
 
Posted by jonf on 05/01/18
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The new John Wells thriller by Alex Berenson is a timely look at Russia's attempt to influence U.S politics. A large explosion at the American Airlines arena in Dallas kills 398 people. President Vinny Duto calls in Wells to investigate. The Islamic State has taken credit, but Wells finds aspects that suggest a larger plot. Later, after a famous evangelical minister and the Cardinal of Chicago are killed by a sniper, Wells finds evidence leading to Moscow.
The Kremlin is behind the terror attacks and is trying to help the rise of a radical right-wing senator from Tennessee. Wells and his marine partner Coyle, track a trail of money to South America which leads back to Dallas. This is the 12th in the series and is another intelligent and fast paced tale.
 
Posted by annetteb on 04/25/18
With warm weather on its way, it's time to capture fun moments and memories on the Canon PowerShot S95 Digital Camera!
 
The Canon PowerShot S95 is equipped with a 10.0 megapixel sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor. It is able to capture 720 pixel HD video in stereo sound and can be played back on any HDTV through the HDMI output. The camera also features 3.8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, perfect for taking photos and videos.
 
For more information, contact or visit the Tech Learning Center.
Posted by BARB W on 04/25/18
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Witness another entry in the already crowded canon of dystopian literature. Out in the Open, by Jesús Carrasco, has somehow managed to distinguish itself and move to the front of the pack.
 
Carrasco’s prose is sharp and precise, and like Cormac McCarthy, he does not litter his story with unnecessary distractions.  A minimum of characters, fully realized, enter our consciousness and consideration.
 
However, the story also belongs to the parched landscape the boy and the goatherd desperately maneuver in their effort to survive. The magnitude and urgency created by the absence of water terrifies with greater potency than zombies or fictitious viruses. This exquisitely written story, translated from the original Spanish, will not disappoint.
Posted by Lucy S on 04/19/18
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Impressed by author/poet Rudy Francisco when I recently saw him perform on a television talk show, I immediately sought out a print edition of his work. At only 95 pages long, Helium exhibits a lot of impact in a spare amount of words. It is an observation of life, of what he sees around him and of what he has personally experienced. Some topics are painful, some are humorous, some I can relate to, and some I gained insight into a different perspective. Helium is a showcase of words and language.

I recommend this title for those who like poetry and may be looking for a new voice or for someone who might like to try reading poetry again with a smaller work in honor of National Poetry Month. 
Posted by Katie M on 04/16/18
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Hari Kunzru is the award-winning author of five novels and a short story collection; his most recent book, White Tears, was a PEN/Jean Stein Book Award finalist and listed on many Best of 2017 lists. I picked it up after seeing it on the list of finalists for the community read for New York City and found it to be compelling, haunting and original.

Described by the publisher as “a literary thriller and a meditation on art–who owns it, who can consume it, and who profits from it,” it centers around two college friends, Seth and Carter, who start a music production business, with a focus on serving artists who want their music to sound authentically timeworn, like the old blues vinyl Carter obsessively collects. One day, Seth discovers he’s recorded an unknown blues singer in a park and Carter puts the file online, where he claims it’s an old recording by a made-up musician named Charlie Shaw. In action-packed and dramatic fashion, both young men find themselves in over their heads, to great consequence, after a music collector tells them their recording is genuine.

The book has a strong start, becomes confusing and a bit muddled at its climax, only to finish in a shocking, if not completely unexpected, manner.  Overall, this is a well-written, thought-provoking and timely novel that looks at cultural appropriation and power in American culture head-on. I recommend it to those interested in modern literary fiction or noir mysteries.
Posted by Katie M on 03/19/18
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Dorie’s Cookies, by Dorie Greenspan, was the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award-winner for Baking and Dessert, and for good reason. The book is full of Greenspan’s delicious, well-tested recipes, with loads of pictures, detailed instructions, and preparation tips, to turnout the best cookies, even if you’re a novice baker. The book contains both standard classics and some very special recipes, like a variety of savory cookies and cookies like the Puffed Grain and Miso Cookies.
 
I have tried the cover’s World Peace Cookies, a memorable cookie that is both sandy and chewy, and that lives up to its name; as Dorie has said, “If everyone had it, peace would reign o’er the planet.”  I have made it on multiple occasions, and it always turns out perfectly, despite the inconsistent dough, just as she says it will. Another cookie I tried are the Goat Cheese and Chive Cookies, a savory shortbread, perfect for an appetizer tray or cocktail party.
 
There are so many recipes in this huge book to try, like the Lemon Sugar Cookies, Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, Hamantaschen with homemade jam, French Snacklettes in a pyramid shape, Blueberry Buttermilk Pie Bars, and Coffee Cardamom Cookies, to name a few. Whether you are looking for an everyday treat, or like to test and plan in advance for your annual cookie swap, this book has a little something for any cookie maker.
Posted by SherriT on 03/16/18
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The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen is an angst driven, clever, gripping, suspenseful and not your typical domestic psychological thriller novel.
 
The book starts readers off by introducing them to Vanessa, the wife that was. Vanessa is struggling to recover after her marriage and losing all that she once had all the while worrying and wondering what her husband is now doing. Then we meet Nellie, the wife that will be. Whom do we root for? Whom do we hate? As we dive into these characters feelings will form and thoughts on how the story will go will pop into your head but whatever you think you know, think again. With so many twists, it  keeps readers on their toes and guessing until the very end.

That is about all I can say without introducing spoilers. Believe me; you do not want to know what is coming. Just start reading and enjoy the ride, and try to keep up. Nothing is obvious. You will say "Whoa!" aloud and go back several pages to try to figure out why you did not see that coming.

This is a well-written, fast-paced story that will keep you guessing all the way to the epilogue. Fans of the psychological thriller – you do not want to miss this one!
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04/27/2011
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