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July 2014

PUTTING FOOD BY – PRESERVING THE HARVEST

is the title of the July display and booklist(s). This is a topic of increasing interest among the residents of Alaska’s Interior – and it’s really a pretty broad topic. However, you’ll find that the library has quite a bit of useful information on its shelves. So whether you hunt, fish, garden, forage, or shop in quantity, you’ll find something here. Food preservation means canning, freezing, drying, fermenting, pickling, smoking, sugaring, brewing, cellaring, etc. So, see if you can find just what you need to help you stock your larder with some summertime bounty before winter’s cold returns. Putting Food By Listings

May 2014

Desert Island Book Display

This month’s display is devoted to good things to read if one happens to be stranded on a desert island for a year or so…

There is NO list of all the books on the display – it’s a conglomeration of several Desert Island lists gleaned from assorted library web pages and includes adult, YA, & juvvies titles………..

However, there is a SHORT booklist on the display listing titles that library staff would pack just in case they are stranded on a desert island.

Library users also have the opportunity to submit their three personal Desert Island lists between now and June 15. This is for a similar display next May – featuring Fairbanksans’ choices. Submission forms and brief how-to’s are HERE.

March 2014

    100 MUST-READS for KIDS 9-14 is the Noel Wien Library book display for March. Last summer, more than 2,000 National Public Radio listeners sent in their nominations for the best books for young readers. NPR’s expert panel combined audience favorites with their own choices to come up with a list of 100 must-reads. No matter your age, there are ‘great reads’ on this list. It’s a nice mix of ‘old favorites’ and titles that will be new to almost every one of us. So grab a few to read for the first time or to enjoy revisiting once again. The books (or series) are listed alphabetically by author, so there is no hierarchy here – just an overall elite group of good things to read. All are shelved in the Berry Room unless it’s noted otherwise on the list. Enjoy – and just in time for Spring Break, too!

February 2014

    This month the library is highlighting a loooong booklist of titles that are about ‘Special Interest Travel‘. Whether it’s adventure, wine, the arts, natural wonders, wildlife, gardens, unique hotels, historical significance, traveling alone or with children – the library has many titles to help you plan that special trip! If you save this list to use for planning at some undefined future date, please remember that the library’s system for shelving books is based on SUBJECT. So, if the items on the list are not on the shelf, the basic Call Number will get you to the right part of the collection. Happy planning – AND Bon Voyage, whenever or wherever it might be…

January 2014

  • This past autumn, Georgine Olson taught a five-part class on “Good Reads” in Alaskana Fiction for Fairbanks OLLI – with the hopes that the reading list for the class would also make a good display for Noel Wien Library. So it has! Here’s the combined list of the books presented during the OLLI class sessions.

Please note:

  • The list is separated – as were the classes – into standard popular adult fiction genres. The books are ‘good reads’, not classics or high literature.
  • The books present a reasonably accurate and recognizable picture of Alaska and Alaskan lifestyles as suited to its time, place, and genre.
  • The list leans heavily to newer (2000 and later) titles – with a few standard older titles included.
  • Some titles have been cataloged as ‘legends’ and ‘graphic literature’ – but everything on the list IS fiction.
  • A handful of books not housed in the Alaskana collection were selected because they have a strong and important Alaska component even though they do not meet the FNSB Libraries’ definition of Alaskana.
  • Alaskana series are represented by series name and/or the first title in the series. However, sometimes only a single title in a series takes place in Alaska; for these, only the Alaska-specific title appears on the list.
  • Not all titles are owned by the FNSB Public Libraries. However, all are available through Interlibrary Loan. Please ask.

November 2013

In 1998, towards the end of the 20th century, librarians across the country were asked to select the most influential fiction of the century. Here’s a list of the top 100 titles – with brief annotations to help you remember whether or not these are books you DID read or entice you to try some that slipped past you all those years ago! The full list of 150 titles was published in Library Journal magazine in November 1998.

October 2013

The list is drawn from more than 75,000 ballots cast in National Public Radio’s annual summer reader’s survey in 2012. The list is a mix of individual titles and series and is 100% fiction. It’s multigenerational, with top 100 “winners” harking back to the teen years of the parents and grandparents of today’s teens. It includes old favorites that are now assigned reading in schools – as well as newer titles and authors that are quite unfamiliar to many a 21st century grandparent. Oh, yes, stop on by and pick up something teen-ish to read the 13th to the 19th; it’s Teen Read Week.

Top 100 Best Ever Teen Books

September 2013

September is harvest time in Alaska, so it’s a good time to celebrate a harvest – and the use thereof – grapes and the resulting wine!

We have two lists for your pleasure:
Uncorking Facts about Wine – complex, with earthy overtones
Decanting (some) Wine Fiction – smooth, rich, and mysterious

July 2013

Selected fiction with a strong sense of place for all 50 states…

Can you remember reading a book – or a series of books – that made you feel like you were “there”? A book where the author made the time and location so real that you could almost smell the pizza, hear the screech of the sea gulls, feel the heat radiating off the sidewalk, or see the craggy mountains rising in front of you… Readers call that a ‘strong sense of place’ – and this list offers you three opportunities to experience some of the uniqueness of each of our fifty states. Happy reading!

Reading Across The United States

June 2013

Yep! Summer is really, truly here. Solstice is just a few weeks away, and we’re at just about full daylight. Here are three booklists to help you get the most out of this short, glorious season: Cooking & Entertaining; Yard & Garden; and, the most important – Enjoy It!

Summer in your Garden

Summer – Enjoy It

Summer Cooking and Entertainment

May 2013

  • Many a fine fiction author has taken a look at past historical events and reinterpreted them or even “solved” some long-time puzzles. This blending of historical fact and authorial fiction is sometimes called FACTION. May’s booklist offers up a broad sampling of Crime Faction – fiction based on well-known crimes. Read a few – and see if you can figure out where the facts end, and the writer’s imagination takes over!

April 2013

  • Someone suggested that the library had some really good books about wilderness survival and that it would be a good subject for a monthly display. She was right! So, with the help of a couple of library selectors, we have THREE new bibliographies highlighting Wilderness Survival. They are: Narratives and Memoirs (Mary Ellen Baker), How-To (Patty Kunz), and Fiction (Georgine Olson). Enjoy!

March 2013

  • Here’s a list of what’s available at FNSB libraries – from time-honored favorites to more recent titles. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in Biblical fiction. Authors have responded, and there’s now quite a bit of enjoyable fiction set in the land and times of the Old and New Testament.

February 2013

  • It’s Chocolate! Cooking, Facts, and Fiction. February is still cold – and nice, rich chocolate goodies will help warm us up. Also, February is the month of Valentine’s Day – and love and chocolate seem to go together (though there are a goodly number of many murder mysteries on the Chocolaty Fiction list!)

January 2013

  • “Series with Quirky Characters” Here’s some light reading for days that are still short and dark. Here you will find some evidence that we Alaskans cannot lay claim to ALL of the quirky, unusual, and intriguing personalities around. These authors MUST have based their characters on some sort of reality, right? Right….

December 2012

November 2012

  • 100 Most Celebrated Travel Books of All Time – Compiled by World Hum in 2010, and edited for FNSB libraries in October 2012. Celebrated Travel Books

October 2012

September 2012

  • Fahrenheit 451 If authorities were burning all books, everywhere – here’s a list of books some Fairbanksans would want to memorize and save for future generations.

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Library Contact: Georgine Olson – 459-1063 or golson@fnsblibrary.us

updated June 10, 2014