Monthly Archives: August 2020

Read to Your Heart’s Content

For a limited time, patrons get free access, courtesy of the Kentucky Virtual Library.

RomanceBookCloud offers unlimited and unrestricted access to a core collection of over 1700 Romance ebooks.

You can read anytime and anywhere. All you need is an internet connection. Just log into RomanceBookCloud and choose your book.

Clicking on one of the covers brings you to the “Book detail page”. This page shows you basic information about the book like the author, publisher, page count, and reviews.

When you’re ready, click on the “Read Online” button. The book will open in a new browser tab. RomanceBookCloud is compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Please be aware that the site utilizes more advanced features that are not currently supported in other browsers such as IE/Edge.

Books are not downloadable.

Book Bundles for All Readers

Book Bundles are a collection of books that you can check out for your family or yourself.

Each bundle will be checked out to your library card for 21 days. When your book bundle is ready for pickup, a library staff person will call to schedule a curbside pickup appointment.

  • Teen or Adult Book Bundles contain FOUR titles.
  • Child Book Bundles contain TEN titles.

Please allow at least one week for staff to get your Book Bundle ready.

Click here to request your Book Bundle.

Stay Connected with the Library at this Time!

Our mission is to provide the people of Louisville and Jefferson County with the broadest possible access to knowledge, ideas and information, and to support them in their pursuit of learning.

 

  • Curbside pickup of library materials is available at all 17 locations. For more information, visit org/curbside
  • New Library cards will be granted virtually – follow directions at org/getcard
  • Restrictions due to overdue fines and replacement fees have been lifted for digital access.
  • Recently expired and soon-to-be expired library cards are extended until December 31st.
  • Late fees are suspended at this time. Return materials during operational hours.
  • In-person computer use is available by appointment only. For more information, visit org/appointment

For up-to-date information on the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, go to kycovid19.ky.gov.

For info on community assistance and other resources, go to https://www.lfpl.org/coronavirus.html

Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay

Growing Things and Other Stories is the eighth book published by Paul Tremblay, winner of the Bram Stoker, British Fantasy, and Massachusetts Book awards.  Growing Things is a page-turning collection of nineteen short stories with strong character development and psychological suspense. Tremblay is acclaimed for his previous work, the bestselling The Cabin at the End of the World.

While all the stories are new, some blend past moments or use characters from Tremblay’s previous works with the current tale. I identified with several of the protagonists throughout. The piece which I enjoyed most is called “Her Red Right Hand,” which pays homage to popular comic book and movie character Hellboy. At the end of the collection, he has a list of notes discussing the thought process coming up with each story. 

This particular book reminds me of Stephen King‘s works with a little more thought-provoking “what if” scenarios. I appreciate how Tremblay makes me want to read more and more until no end. I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a good read during the fall season, specifically Halloween or Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Tremblay has just released his latest novel, a tale about a rapidly-spreading disease, called Survivor Song, which seems eerily on point for the current pandemic. It was released on July 7, 2020.

For similar reads, I suggest the following titles:
Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King
Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk
Full Throttle by Joe Hill

Review by Micah, St Matthews Branch

Editor’s Note: We have a review of Paul Tremblay’s A Head Full of Ghosts by Calliope Woods.