Deep Thoughts

Whatcha Readin' This Month?

Edelweiss logoEach month we receive reports about which of our titles are being downloaded on Edelweiss. Naturally, we're curious to see what you've been reading and we thought you might be interested, too!
Here are the top e-galley downloads for March 2014:

1) LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell
2) TAKEN by Lora Leigh
3) THE SNOW QUEEN by Michael Cunningham
4) SIXTH GRAVE ON THE EDGE by Darynda Jones
5) LILA by Marilynne Robinson
6) THAT SUMMER by Lauren Willig

Keep reading and remember to nominate the books you love for LibraryReads!
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March Madness!

We've barely recovered from a fantastic PLA 2014, but we've got our green on for St. Patrick's Day, and our pencils are ready to fill in our NCAA Tournament brackets! Talia and Anne will be rooting for the UNC Tar Heels and the Arizona Wildcats, respectively, but there's one thing they both agree on:
These two UNC grads who host the “Tar Heel Bred, Tar Heel Dead” podcast tell you why no team in sports is as uniquely hated as those smug, entitled, floor-slapping, fist-pumping, insufferable Blue Devils.


And here are a few more titles for your March Madness fans:

WHEN MARCH WENT MAD by Seth Davis
Davis's book charts the rise of the championship as we know it today through the epic rivalry between two exceptional players: Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird's Indiana State Sycamores.

THE PERFECT GAME: How Villanova’s Shocking 1985 Upset of Mighty Georgetown Changed the Landscape of College Hoops Forever by Frank Fitzpatrick
Critically acclaimed veteran sportswriter Frank Fitzpatrick takes readers courtside for one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history, the 1985 Villanova/Georgetown national championship showdown.

LUTE! The Seasons of My Life by Lute Olson and David Fisher
Olson’s career told in fifty seasons, from working as a high school coach up to the top of the basketball world, winning national and world championship games and eventually being enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame. (Fun fact: Anne met Lute in college!)

WOODEN: A Coach's Life by Seth Davis
A provocative and revelatory new biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden that draws on archival research and more than two hundred interviews with players, opponents, coaches, and even Wooden himself.

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Top eBook Lends for Libraries

Happy Monday everyone! As Talia mentioned on Friday, the ELEANOR & PARK eBook is now available for lending! HUZZAH!

Here are some other newly available eBooks your patrons might be interested in:

BAD BLOOD by Dana Stabenow
ILLICIT by Opal Carew
THE FOURTH ESTATE by Jeffrey Archer
EVE OF CHAOS by Sylvia Day
THE POWER TRIP by Jackie Collins
CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler
THE FUN PARTS by Sam Lipsyte
THE SUNSHINE WHEN SHE'S GONE by Thea Goodman
DEATH, DOOM, AND DETENTION by Darynda Jones
IF YOU FIND ME by Emily Murdoch
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler
THE SHELL SEEKERS by Rosamunde Pilcher


Want to know what patrons have been checking out? Here are the top Macmillan e-lending titles* to date:

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
MINE TILL MIDNIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
KILLING KENNEDY by Bill O'Reilly
KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O'Reilly
RAINSHADOW ROAD by Lisa Kleypas
THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY by Louise Penny
THE BEEKEEPER'S APPRENTICE by Laurie R. King |
CHRISTMAS EVE AT FRIDAY HARBOR by Lisa Kleypas
TELL ME LIES by Jennifer Crusie
COME HOME by Lisa Scottoline
A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS by Lisa Kleypas
MARRIED BY MORNING by Lisa Kleypas
"A" IS FOR ALIBI by Sue Grafton
SWORN TO SILENCE by Linda Castillo
TEMPT ME AT TWILIGHT by Lisa Kleypas
SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD by Orson Scott Card
THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
LOVE IN A NUTSHELL by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON by Lisa Kleypas
SEDUCE ME AT SUNRISE by Lisa Kleypas
WHERE WE BELONG by Emily Giffin
A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Louise Penny
BLUE HEAVEN by C.J. Box
WICKED APPETITE by Janet Evanovich

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ELEANOR & PARK E-BOOK NOW IN LIBRARIES

Umm... Hello. This is Talia. Anne has the day off today, but I just had to tell you that ELEANOR & PARK is now available as an e-book in LIBRARIES. Happy e-book birthday to Rainbow Rowell.

Happy Valentine's Day 2014!

Talia, Anne (and her oven), Shmackies (seen left, trying to eat Talia's brownie), and Louie (right) wish all of you a Happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for all the love you give to our books (and us!). XOXO!

Valentine

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Super KITTEN Bowl!

On Sunday, many of you will be watching to see whether the Seattle Seahawks can top the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. Even the Seattle and Denver libraries are duking it out on Twitter in the #ReadingBowl! (Tweet what you're reading with the hashtags #ReadingBowl and #SEAReads or #DENreads to play along.)

But some of us don't care about sports. We only care about cute things and have finally been rewarded with THE KITTEN BOWL!!!

Ferrell Owens Catnip Patches Brett Furve
Airing at 12:00 noon/11am Central on the Hallmark Channel, the Kitten Bowl has four adorably furry teams competing on an obstacle course of hurdles, tunnels, hoops, jumps, weave poles, lasers, lures and toys on strings!

Check out the lineup
and pick your favorite kitten now! We're loving Feline Manning, Troy Paw-Lamalau, Ferrell Owens, and Catnip. Plus, there's a live Kitten Cam feed on the website so you don't have to miss a minute of feline fun! Meow.

Best of all, each kitten is guaranteed to be adopted into a loving home (no, we didn't adopt ALL of them, as much as we'd like to...).

Enjoy! And if you need more cuteness, there's always that other bowl game...

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Cooking & Crafting 2013 - Pie Pops

Looking for something fun to bring to your next holiday potluck gathering? How about pie pops?

finished pie popsThey're easy to make thanks to pre-made pie crusts and will get you tons of compliments, both for flavor and presentation–seriously, they're adorable. Andrea Smetona's EASY AS PIE POPS has tons of recipes perfect for the season, including Peppermint Pudding, Mint Fudge, and Pumpkin Cheesecake, not to mention brunch-inspired savory pops such as Breakfast Casserole and Hot Ham & Cheese.

Anne whipped up a batch of Honeyed Fig pie pops to bring to a white elephant party last weekend and they were a huge hit. Read on for the how-to and don't forget that this Sunday, December 15 is the last day to enter to win a copy of EASY AS PIE POPS and other cooking and crafting books (details after the break).


INGREDIENTS:

pie pops ingredients1 recipe Homemade Pie Pop Crust (p. 13 in the book) or 4 unbaked store-bought or homemade 9" diameter pie crusts

For filling:
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened (Anne used Neufchatel)
1/2 cup whipping cream (Anne substituted Half and Half)
1 large egg, plus the white of another for basting
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
5 cups brown or black figs, chopped small

Olive oil, for garnish
Fresh rosemary, for garnish

Other tools needed:
Basting brush (silicone is recommended)
Cookie sticks


DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a large baking sheet, or line with parchment paper (Anne's note: wax paper and parchment paper are not the same! Wax paper will melt, so make sure you're using the correct one).

baked pie filling

Prepare the filling by mixing together the cream cheese, cream, egg, brown sugar, flour, salt and honey. Toss in the chopped figs and stir. Pour into a 9" diameter pie dish and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature before using in pie pops.

Increase the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.

star pieFlour both sides of the pie crusts you're using, then roll flat with a rolling pin. Using a 3-inch cookie cutter, cut out 24 rounds from the dough–12 for the bottom and 12 for the top. Get creative with your shapes! Anne used a star cutter.



Lay out the 12 bottom crusts on the prepared baking sheet. Using a basting brush, coat each bottom crust with egg white. Press the cookie stick firmly into the center of each bottom crust.

filled pie popsDollop a 1-1/2 inch bit of the cooled fig mixture in the center of each bottom crust. Place a top crust over the filling and press firmly around the sides to seal the pie pop, making sure to start by firmly crimping the edges around the cookie stick to ensure it stays in place.

After all the pops are sealed and pressed, brush olive oil on each top crust and sprinkle with fresh rosemary.

Bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes, until the crust is nice and golden. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. Try your best not to eat all the pie pops before you get to the party/brunch/potluck (Anne highly recommends eating one or two for quality control purposes).

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Gifts for the Library Lover

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The shopping season is upon us! Whether you're looking for gifts for fellow book-lovers or need to give family some helpful hints about what you want, we've found the goods:

Kate Spade "Boys Make Passes At Girls in Glasses" bangle

Library Due Date Card iPhone Case

Doctor Who 10th Doctor Library Quote Print

"Never Forget" Catalog Card T-Shirt

"Keep Calm and Ask a Librarian" Mug

DIY Library Tote Bag

Children's Books Onesies

Unusual e-Reader Cases & Covers

Books!
Let's not overlook the obvious—books make great gifts. Need ideas? Check out #libfaves13 to find out what your colleagues think are the best books of the year.

Sadly, it's sold out but we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the Tommy Hilfiger Book Dress. Perfect for every day wear. (Truly. We kind of really do want to wear it EVERY DAY!)

Happy Shopping!
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#Libfaves13 - Your Favorite Books of 2013

This week, librarians everywhere are sharing their favorite 10 reads from 2013, counting down from #10 to #1 on Twitter with the hashtag #libfaves13. Join them or sit back and watch the fireworks!

UPDATE 12/11/13: The votes are in and Macmillan has 4 books on the Librarian Favorite 2013 list!

1. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
2. FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell (also the September #1 LibraryReads pick!)
8. HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN by Louise Penny (also the September #2 LibraryReads pick!)
10. (tied) THE HUMAN DIVISION by John Scalzi

Rowell FTW

View the full list of winners here. Thank you to everyone who voted!


Here's a look at some of the Macmillan-nominated favorites throughout the week:

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If you’re a mere marketer (like us) join us by listing your 2013 faves on Twitter using hashtag #libmktgfaves13.

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Happy reading and happy sharing!

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Cooking & Crafting 2013 - WRAPAGAMI

wrapagami 5Who's going shopping this weekend? We are, too. If you don't have a good hiding spot for your gifts, why not wrap them right away? Better yet, wrap them creatively without paper or tape! In WRAPAGAMI, Jennifer Playford shows you how to wrap boxes, bottles and even odd-shaped items like dishes and cookie tins (Anne's excited about that one). It's eco-friendly and depending on the fabric you use, can serve as two gifts in one (ex: a scarf wrapped around a jewelry box).

Today, Anne's going to demonstrate a wrap that most of us should find very useful: the Single Book Wrap. She didn't have extra fabric lying around the house but found that a dish towel worked perfectly well for this example (Gift idea: kitchen gadgets wrapped in a dish towel! See how easy that two-in-one idea is?).

Read on for the step-by-step instructions and don't forget that you can enter for a chance to win WRAPAGAMI and other crafting and cookbooks!
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