Archive for December, 2011

2011 Staff Favorites

Before we finish off 2011 (and dive headfirst into 2012), the staff at TFPL would like to share our favorite books with everyone. Pick up one of these to read during the holiday week. And have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Books published in 2011:

Caleb’s Crossing – Geraldine Brooks (Jennifer)

Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel – Susan Vreeland (Susan)

Cold Vengeance – Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Haley)

Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India – Joseph Lelyveld (Nirmala)

Hammered – Kevin Hearne (Kathleen)

Hell Is Empty – Craig Johnson (Barbara)

Hexed – Kevin Hearne (Kathleen)

Hounded – Kevin Hearne (Kathleen)

Lethal – Sandra Brown (Barbara)

Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins (Erica)

The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides (Nirmala)

The Matchmaker of Kenmare – Frank Delaney (Kate)

Murder Under the Microscope – Jane Bennett Munro (Mareda)

The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson (Erica)

Now You See Me – S.J. Bolton (Beth)

The Paris Wife – Paula McLain (Susan)

The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared – Alice Ozma (Susan)

The Return of Captain John Emmett – Elizabeth Speller (Jennifer)

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles (Jennifer)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand (Amy)

The Woman Who Heard Color – Kelly Jones (Mareda)


Older Books:

Crank – Ellen Hopkins (Erica)

Cross Bones – Kathy Reichs (Haley)

Free Fire – C. J. Box (Barbara)

The Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin (Kate)

The Good Times Are All Gone Now: Life, Death, and Rebirth in an Idaho Mining Town – Julie W. Weston (Susan)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J. K. Rowling (Amy)

The Iron Duke – Meljean Brook (Beth)

Learning Joy from Dogs Without Collars: A Memoir – Lauralee Summer (Susan)

Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned – Judd Winick (Beth)

Rapunzel’s Revenge – Shannon and Dean Hale (Erica)

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine – Lauren Willig (Jo)

Term Limits – Vince Flynn (Barbara)

Through Wolf’s Eyes – Jane Lindskold (Stephanie)

Vida – Patricia Engel (Nirmala)

Lord of the Far Island – Victoria Holt (Nirmala)

N is for Noel

The word “noel” comes from the Latin natalis, which means birthday – which is definitely appropriate for the occasion. Although you see it in a few English language songs (The First Noel), we usually think of it as a French word – “Joyeux Noel”. Outside of Christmas, it’s also used as a name; it was most popular as an American boy name in 1938.

In the spirit of the season, here are a few books written by authors with “Noel” in their names. Enjoy(eux Noel)!


Noel Alexandre

Noel Barber

Noel Thomas Boaz

Noel-Anne Brennan

Noel Falk

Noel Riley Fitch

Noel B Gerson

Noel Grove

Noel T Holley

Noel Hynd

Jean Noel Jeanneney

Noel Kingsbury

Noel M Loomis

Noel Malcolm

Alyson Noel

Katharine Noel

Noel Perrin

Noel M Tichy

Noel Whittall

Noel F Snyder


Lots of excitement here at TFPL, as we’ve just added eBooks to our collection! We’re working with a group of 7 other libraries in our consortium, and we’ve just opened up the platform. Click here, or click on the tab marked eBooks in our catalog.

There are about 200 books so far available – fiction, nonfiction, and kids – and we’ll be adding more titles monthly. You’ll be able to download to read on a computer, a mobile device, or an eReader (including all the big ones, like the Kindle, the Nook, or the Sony). There’s also a great help section, but if you have any questions, you can always call a Reference Librarian for additional help.

The system works just like our in-house system. Ebooks can only be checked out to one person at a time, but you can have two items checked out and three on hold. When you check out an item, you can choose a 7 or 14 day checkout.You can also return items early or wait until they “disappear”.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Best Books of 2011

Besides the holidays, December almost always brings the end-of-the-year wrap-ups. So, in keeping with our traditions, we’ve compiled the “Best Books” lists of three of our favorite review organizations. We chose each one for a different reason – because their editors usually highlight the popular titles, Publishers Weekly because they emphasize titles from different genres, and the New York Times because they focus on the more literary titles.

Whatever your preference, check the lists for a book you may have missed – and send 2011 off with a bang!

The Best Books of

Best Books 2011Publishers Weekly

100 Notable Books of 2011The New York Times


And for a title that is highly recommended, check out one of the books that made all three lists:

Look for Staff favorites coming later this month!