Learn A Language, With a Little Help From Your Library

Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.”
Rumi, Persian Poet

 

There are plenty of reasons to learn a new language. Plans for a trip abroad, communicating with a new friend or family member, making yourself more valuable at work, even boosting brain health! Studies have shown that bilingual people process information more efficiently, and learning a second language as an adult can help stave off cognitive decline.

Though Covid might have delayed your travel plans, right now is an excellent time to learn a language. Whether you’re brushing up on your skills, or starting from scratch,  your library is a great place to start!

Our world language resources include books, audiobooks and an online language learning platform called Mango.

Our world language print collection includes study guides for popular European, Asian, South American and Middle Eastern languages, American Sign Language, plus books to help you learn Latin, Hebrew, Old English and even decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

We offer dictionaries, pocket-sized, visual and comprehensive, and also phrasebooks to help you learn the language as it’s spoken in casual or business settings.

Language learning is a natural fit for audiobooks, and our collection of audio courses include Berlitz, Living Language, Fodors and Drive Time. Turn commuting, housework, or treadmill time into a daily language class, that’s both fun and productive.

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If you prefer working with an online resource or an app, Mango is for you! Mango offers lessons in over 70 languages, and English As A Second Language lessons for speakers of 20 different languages. Each language has multiple lessons divided into categories, some have bonus listening and reading lessons, and there is also a collection of world-language films with breakdowns of each line of dialogue. You’ll find these under Mango’s EXPLORE tab.

To get started, download the free Mango app from your favorite app store, or log-in through our website and create an account using your AAPLD library card number. Not an AAPLD cardholder? Check with your home library to see if they subscribe to Mango. But our print and audio materials are available to reciprocal borrowers, so please stop in and browse, place a hold online, or give us a call. ¡Nos encanta ayudar!

 

Oh, the Horror! (03/30/2021): Bird Box

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Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Written with the narrative tension of The Road and the exquisite terror of classic Stephen King, Bird Box is a propulsive, edge-of-your-seat horror thriller, set in an apocalyptic near-future world—a masterpiece of suspense from the brilliantly imaginative Josh Malerman.

Something is out there . . .

Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.

Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, she has dreamed of fleeing to a place where they might be safe. Now, that the boy and girl are four, it is time to go. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but her wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?

Engulfed in darkness, surrounded by sounds both familiar and frightening, Malorie embarks on a harrowing odyssey—a trip that takes her into an unseen world and back into the past, to the companions who once saved her. Under the guidance of the stalwart Tom, a motely group of strangers banded together against the unseen terror, creating order from the chaos. But when supplies ran low, they were forced to venture outside—and confront the ultimate question: in a world gone mad, who can really be trusted?

Interweaving past and present, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking debut is a horrific and gripping snapshot of a world unraveled that will have you racing to the final page.


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March 30th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Library Reads (03/18/2021): The Library of Lost and Found

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The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick

A librarian’s discovery of a mysterious book sparks the journey of a lifetime in the delightful new novel from the international bestselling author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
Librarian Martha Storm has always found it easier to connect with books than people—though not for lack of trying. She keeps careful lists of how to help others in her superhero-themed notebook. And yet, sometimes it feels like she’s invisible.
All of that changes when a book of fairy tales arrives on her doorstep. Inside, Martha finds a dedication written to her by her best friend—her grandmother Zelda—who died under mysterious circumstances years earlier. When Martha discovers a clue within the book that her grandmother may still be alive, she becomes determined to discover the truth. As she delves deeper into Zelda’s past, she unwittingly reveals a family secret that will change her life forever.
Filled with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and vivid characters, The Library of Lost and Found is a heartwarming and poignant tale of how one woman must take control of her destiny to write her own happy ending.


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March 18th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Enjoying the Classics (03/17/2021): Lucky Jim

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

Regarded by many as the finest, and funniest, comic novel of the twentieth century, Lucky Jim remains as trenchant, withering, and eloquently misanthropic as when it first scandalized readers in 1953. This is the story of Jim Dixon, a hapless lecturer in medieval history at a provincial university who knows better than most that “there was no end to the ways in which nice things are nicer than nasty ones.” Kingsley Amis’s scabrous debut leads the reader through a gallery of emphatically English bores, cranks, frauds, and neurotics with whom Dixon must contend in one way or another in order to hold on to his cushy academic perch and win the girl of his fancy.


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March 17th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Black History Month- By the Book

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions and history of Black Americans, past and present.

The celebration dates back to 1926, when it was created by African American historian, educator and publisher Carter G. Woodson as a one week observance. It expanded to a month-long celebration in 1976. The month of February was chosen to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and abolitionist Frederick Douglas (Feb. 14).

We’ve created a display highlighting the work of Black authors, non-fiction titles by prominent Black voices, and films centered on Black stories. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find in our collection:

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke –  A Black Texas Ranger investigates a murder in a small town in East Texas, and uncovers a shocking secret. Steeped in the culture, music and atmosphere of the East Texas bayou country, the novel creates a vivid portrait of contemporary Black life in rural America.

No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts – A successful man returns to his North Carolina hometown to build his hillside dream home and win back the love of his high school sweetheart. But his success, contrasted with the town’s decline, forces everyone to consider what they really want from life, and how they might go about finding it.

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – When a Los Angeles writer goes to a Dodgers game with an actor she’s casually dating, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. After she refuses, she’s trailed by a camera crew, until a handsome fan comes to her rescue. When what begins as another casual affair unexpectedly blossoms into love, can she find the courage to follow her heart?

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid – An influential businesswoman tries to help her babysitter, who was falsely accused of kidnapping a child. But when a viral video reveals unwelcome aspects of the businesswoman’s past, both she and the babysitter are forced to confront what they think about themselves and each other.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – An enslaved young woman escapes from a plantation in Georgia, via the Underground Railroad, which Whitehead reimagines as a literal railroad of tracks and tunnels running beneath the ground of the Civil War-era South.

 When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole – A psychological thriller set in a gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood. A young woman investigating the neighborhood’s vanishing history, with the help of a new arrival, begin to uncover the deadly secret of what really happened to the departed residents.

Find these books, and lots more, in our Black History Month featured collection. Click here for more titles.

 

 

 

 

 

Happily Ever After (03/15/2021): A Bollywood Affair

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A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev

In the tradition of Shobhan Bantwal’s successful Indian American novels, Sonali Dev’s debut captures the colorful spirit and fascinating details of Indian and Bollywood culture—including a lavish wedding—while delivering an emotionally layered and accessible story. Mili Rathod has been bound by marriage since she was four years old. But when her husband shows no sign of claiming her after twenty years of waiting, Mili grabs the chance to leave India and come to America on a scholarship. Playboy filmmaker Samir “Sam” Rathod is Bollywood’s favorite bad boy. He’ll do anything for his big brother—even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the “wife” who just crawled out of his brother’s past. Yet Mili isn’t the simple village girl Sam expected. She’s a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate’s elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes. And though Mili fancies herself in love with his big brother, the husband she has never met, Sam is hoping for a very different ending.


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March 15th @ 7:00 PM at Virtual Library

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Book Wizards (03/09/2021): The Fellowship of the Ring

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

After discovering the true nature of the one ring, Bilbo Baggins entrusts it to the care of his young cousin, Frodo, who is charged with bringing about its destruction and thus foiling the plans of the Dark Lord.


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March 9th @ 6:30 PM at Virtual Library

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Your February Reading Resolution…And The Winner Is…

February is awards month. It’s time for the Golden Globes, and the Oscars, and also a great month to read  an award-winning book!

In the book world, major awards don’t correspond neatly to one month, but AAPLD’s print and digital collections include winners of all the major literary and genre fiction awards, from 2020 through many previous years.

To help you decide which award winner you might enjoy for your February Reading Resolutions read, here is a list of the book awards represented in our collection and a little about each one:

National Book Award – Presented by the National Book Foundation, whose mission is to “celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture.” National Book Award winners in our collection include: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, There, There by Tommy Orange and Leave The World Behind by Ruuman Alam.

Man Booker Prize – One of the two Booker prizes for literature, the Man Booker Prize considers a writer’s body of work rather than a single novel. Man Booker Prize winners and finalists in our collection include This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangeremba, and The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel.

National Book Critics Circle – Each year, the National Book Critics Circle presents awards for the finest books published in English in six categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Autobiography, Poetry, and Criticism. NBCC winners/finalists in our collection include Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat, Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg, Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Kirkus Prize – The awards in fiction, nonfiction, and young readers’ literature are given annually by Kirkus Reviews, and each award comes with a $50,000 cash prize, making the Kirkus Prize among the most lucrative in the world. Kirkus winners/finalists in our collection include Luster by Raven Leilani, Black Sunday by Tola Rotimi Abraham, Fiebre Tropical by Juliana Delgado Lopera and the Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante.

Pulitzer Prize – Established in 1907 by publisher Joseph Pultizer to recognize excellent in literature and journalism. Pulitzer prize winners and finalists in our collection include The Nickel Boys by Colin Whitehead, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, The Topeka School by Ben Lerner.

Women’s Prize For Fiction – one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious literary prizes, and annually awarded to a female author of any nationality for the best original full-length novel written in English, and published in the United Kingdom. Winners and Finalists in our collection include Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell, Domincana by Angie Cruz, Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo, A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes, The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, and Weather by Jill Offill.

Hugo Award– Selected by popular vote of the World Science Fiction Society to recognize excellence in writing, art and publishing. Since 2009, the Hugos have also recognized Science Fiction and Fantasy graphic novels. Winners and finalists in our collection include Monstress (volumes 1-3) by Marjorie M. Liu, Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson (Hugo for Best Graphic Story), A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Edgar Award– Awarded by the Mystery Writers of America and named for Edgar Allen Poe, the Edgar recognizes excellence in the mystery, thriller and true crime genres. Edgar winners and finalists in our collection include The Devil In White City by Erik Larson, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole, and Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel.

RITA Award – Selected by the members of the Romance Writers of America, this award recognizes excellence in multiple genres of romance fiction. In 2021, the RITA will be replaced by the Vivian, to better reflect the diversity of romance readers and authors. RITA award winners in our collection include Lady In Waiting by Marie Tremayne, A Duke In The Night by Kelly Bowen, How to Keep A Secret by Sarah Morgan, My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma, Then There Was You by Kara Isaac, Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins.

Stonewall Award – Awarded by the American Library Association’s LGBTQ roundtable to recognize excellence in fiction and non-fiction related to the LGBTQ experience. Winners in our collection include Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, The Gods of Tango by Carolina De Robertis, The Hours by Michael Cunningham.

YALSA Notable Book Lists– Fiction titles that exemplify quality literature with appeal to young adults, awarded by the American Library Association, and nominated by readers, librarians and publishers. Winners in our collection include Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker, The Cruel Prince by Ashley Herring Blake

Nebula Award– Recognizes the best works of science fiction and fantasy, selected by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Winners in our collection include The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by Michael Chabon, The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi, Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Agatha Award – A relatively new award devoted to the cozy mystery genre and named for author Agatha Christy. Agatha Winners in our collection include Mardi Gras Murder by Ellen Byron, Glass Houses by Louis Penny.

Christy Award – Awarded by Christian publishers to recognize excellence within several genres of Christian fiction. Books in our collection include No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, Life After by Katie Ganshert, The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry, The Sea Keeper’s Daughter by Lisa Wingate, The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate, Home to Harmony by Philip Gulley

 

Find the “Award Winners” activity badge in Beanstack. Read a book, answer a question to turn it into color.

 

Want to see more of our Award Winning books? Click here to watch the latest edition of the Adult Services New Release Round-Up, and here to access the Reading Resolutions February online catalog.

Once you’ve read your selection, go to the 2021 Reading Resolutions Challenge in Beanstack, select the February Activity Badge (shown above), answer the question. When your badge changes from gray to color, you’re entered in our monthly drawing.

Yes, we know that February is the shortest month, so if you can’t finish your book by the end of the month, no problem. Once a badge is active, it remains active all year. While you’ll miss the monthly drawing, you’ll still earn the badge, which counts toward the Grand Prize drawing at the end of the year.

Forever Young (03/08/2021): Crying Laughing

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Crying Laughing by Lance Rubin

A tragicomic story of bad dates, bad news, bad performances, and one girl’s determination to find the funny in high school from the author of Denton Little’s Deathdate.
Winnie Friedman has been waiting for the world to catch on to what she already knows: she’s hilarious.
It might be a long wait, though. After bombing a stand-up set at her own bat mitzvah, Winnie has kept her jokes to herself. Well, to herself and her dad, a former comedian and her inspiration.
Then, on the second day of tenth grade, the funniest guy in school actually laughs at a comment she makes in the lunch line and asks her to join the improv troupe. Maybe he’s even . . . flirting?
Just when Winnie’s ready to say yes to comedy again, her father reveals that he’s been diagnosed with ALS. That is . . . not funny. Her dad’s still making jokes, though, which feels like a good thing. And Winnie’s prepared to be his straight man if that’s what he wants. But is it what he needs?
Caught up in a spiral of epically bad dates, bad news, and bad performances, Winnie’s struggling to see the humor in it all. But finding a way to laugh is exactly what will see her through.


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Spinecrackers (03/05/2021): The Bromance Book Club

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The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The first rule of book club:
You don’t talk about book club.
Nashville Legends second baseman Gavin Scott’s marriage is in major league trouble. He’s recently discovered a humiliating secret: his wife Thea has always faked the Big O. When he loses his cool at the revelation, it’s the final straw on their already strained relationship. Thea asks for a divorce, and Gavin realizes he’s let his pride and fear get the better of him.
Welcome to the Bromance Book Club.
Distraught and desperate, Gavin finds help from an unlikely source: a secret romance book club made up of Nashville’s top alpha men. With the help of their current read, a steamy Regency titled Courting the Countess, the guys coach Gavin on saving his marriage. But it’ll take a lot more than flowery words and grand gestures for this hapless Romeo to find his inner hero and win back the trust of his wife.


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