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HelpNow offers a lot of great tools for all ages to help you in and out of the school year.
All these are available FREE OF CHARGE to all library patrons.


Live Tutoring: HelpNow offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation where after taking a quiz, the user can connect directly to a live tutor from the test center without having to return to the main page. Because HelpNow is personalized, both the student and the tutor can access quiz questions to do an intensive test prep which may include loading lessons on the whiteboard. All live sessions are saved and can be replayed as well as shared with friends and teachers by email.  Using the CloudPack feature, students can store and upload MS Word, Excel, JPG, and other accepted file types directly onto the whiteboard.
 

Asynchronous Services: The Writing Lab and the 24/7 Center options give users the freedom to receive assistance at any time of the day without connecting with a live tutor.  Users can submit papers through the Writing Lab for a detailed feedback.  24/7 Center is for non-writing assignments such as math or science.  All reviews and comments from our tutors are found and stored in the Message Center which is found on the student homepage.


Study Tools: LEAP helps patrons build academic skills through targeted lessons, quizzes, and live, online tutoring. LEAP creates a learning plan based on a skills assessment that is taken at the beginning of the course. Flashbulb is a robust, learning resource where you can find flashcards or create your own. There are many ways this can be used.  Brainfuse students have created sets to use with their friends and teachers have created sets for their students to use.
 

Collaboration tools: For students who prefer to work independently and   form their own online study group, HelpNow offers a set of collaborative tools – MEET and Brainwave. MEET allows students to schedule their own online sessions using the Brainfuse MEET whiteboard which is specifically designed for a group setting.  Brainwave is a recordable whiteboard where students can draw, write on the whiteboard and chat then save and email it to others for feedback.   


Adult Learning Center
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Trivia Night

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Join us for a quizzical evening as our game master, Dawn, regales us with 6 rounds of questions to make you think! Bring a team of up to five or come on your own and join a group. Winners take home a travelling trophy to boast to all their friends and family. We hope to see you there!

The fun begins at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 17th. Refreshments provided. 

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Have you heard that Overdrive App will be retired in 2022? Have no fear!
Download the Libby app today to continue borrowing ebooks and audiobooks from the online library.
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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an
association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts,
and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community. 
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.
If you are already a Friend of the library, please stop by today to renew your membership. 

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

Book Reviews from the Librarians

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Beartown by Fredrik Backman
General Fiction

Beartown tells the story of a small town and their junior league hockey team. The boys have had a successful season and is on their way to the semifinals. A lot rides of the team and what it can do for the town. When an act of violence throws everything into turmoil dividing the players and the towns people. Beartown explores the dynamics of a small town, the sports culture, and the upsetting truths. It's also a story of coming together, redemption and the courage to stand up for what is right. 

Wow! This book had me raging at the characters, the situation, and all the drama. Emotionally I was pretty much at level 10 for this whole book. The town is so filled with broken people who hang the chance of a moment of happiness and rightness on the outcome of a group of kids and the hockey club season. Is the book predictable? Yes! Even though I had an idea of where it was going, I still had all these intense feelings of frustration towards the people and the situation. What makes matters worse is that the story is pretty genuine and spot on in regards to the sports culture. This legitimately happens. There is just so. much. drama. Even a day later, I'm still left with a very intense feeling towards the whole thing.

This is the first book I've read by Backman. I really had no idea what I was going into. I have heard of his other books, but other than a general synopsis, I went in pretty open. The story had a lot of characters and the book jumps quickly between all of them. It's an odd thing to be impressed with, but the transitions were really good. I had no issue figuring out the narration and point of view despite it's fast movement. I was impressed at how Backman had such a good grasp on the characters and their nature. The interactions, relationships and observations were really done well. Backman is a very astute author. He seems to have a very good grasp of the nature of things. I will admit that given the genuine nature of the story, it can be a little triggering. I think this is why reading it created such a visceral anger/frustration in me.

Overall, even though I hated the way I felt and how involved I got in the story line, I can't ignore the fact that it made me feel that way. A part of me wants me to toss it aside because I hated that it made me feel all sorts of ways, but I definitely have to give it a big thumbs up simply because it made me feel all sorts of ways! I really recommend this book. It may tear you apart emotionally, but it's definitely worth a read.

 

 

Suburban Hell by Maureen Kilmer
Horror

Suburban Hell is a fun jaunt into dark comedic horror. The story is told from the point of view of Amy, one of a group of four friends and neighbors who get together for movie night. Well, it's not so much a movie night as it is drinking wine and talking. Liz, one of the group, decides the group needs a dedicated space away from all the responsibilities of being a mom, wife, and just life in general. Once construction begins on a future She Shed, hell is unleashed.

The story is a fun read. Is it scary? Not entirely, but I think the humor of it all tempers any fear factors there may be. The characters are fun. Amy and her friends are genuine in their failures and strengths. There is a real camaraderie between them despite being very different people. This book is as much about friendship as it is surviving the hells of suburbia, literally and figuratively.

I really liked this book. Fans of The Southern Book Clubs Guide to Slaying Vampires will really enjoy this book. A dark playful read and one I would definitely recommend.

 

Upgrade by Blake Crouch
Science Fiction Thriller

The first book I read by Crouch was Dark Matter. I've been looking for something that challenges my preconceived notions and completely surprised me just like that novel. Upgrade was just that! It is a wonderful sci-fi thriller. I was instantly engaged in the story. What is great is that despite the scientific nature of the story, it's wonderfully accessible. Crouch is incredibly insightful in his approach to the science and questions that are proposed through the story. In addition, I think the themes regarding improvements at the cost of humanity is a real issue and something that hugely applies to our world today.

In all, Upgrade had me thinking and in a magnificent brain hurt kind of way. Well done. I absolutely loved it!

 

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center
Genre: Romance

Dare I say, this is quite possibly one of my favorite books by Katherine Center?!? I loved The Bodyguard. It's just an all around fun read. The characters are likable, believable and certainly there is definite chemistry. The plot is pretty straight forward. Jack is a Hollywood superstar. Hannah is an executive protection agent hired to guard him. Much like Center's other books, there is a lot beneath the surface. The subplots, Jack's relationship with his family and Hannah's professional and romantic issues, add a lot of flavor to the story. There is romance and conflict all mixed in with some really heartfelt moments.

The dialogue between Hannah and Jack is deliciously fun. Even more, it's genuine and flows so easily. And Robby, or should I say Bobby. had me feeling all sorts of bad ways about the character and I love it! His abusive and dismissive demeanor got under my skin. I love when an author can make you feel not only the good about the characters but the bad feelings as well.

I did have a few issues with the story overall, but honestly, they were so insignificant that it didn't change how much I enjoyed reading the book. Overall, a great rom-com. It's fun, sweet, and definitely one I would recommend.

 

 

The Measure by Nikki Erlick
Genre: Fiction/SciFi

Imagine being over the age of 22 and waking in the morning to find a small box. Inside that box beneath a thin piece of cloth is a string. Now you find out that everyone has received one, and furthermore the length of the string tells you how much longer you will live.

So this one left me a bit unsettled. Not so much in an awful way but more in an introspective contemplative sort of way. First is the idea of fate. Regardless of the actions of the people in this book, their string length is the end all be all. There is no hint as to how it will happen, only that it will happen. So faced with this, what do you do? Do you hold up and make the most of your time? Do you lose yourself in the idea that you know how much you have of your life? Do you seek out others like you with similar string lengths to find support? Do you continue in denial? Do you simply not open the box at all? Do you use the situation to your advantage? These are a lot of the same questions that the characters have to deal with. It really is an uncomfortable thought, and one I don’t think I really know the answer for myself.

Erlick explores these ideas while moving through various characters and how they feel when faced with the certainty of their life span. She presents us with the fear and heart break of a couple who find that one of their strings is much longer than the other. We go through the fear, love, and uncertainty of these characters. We are also introduced to other characters whose strings are very short. They have found their way to a support group to help them deal with their future. Long string individuals resent the shorter stringed. Some toss their box and string away unable to deal with the reality. Erlick really explores how each character really deals with what has happened.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s been some time since I’ve read a book that really made me contemplate the various themes. It really made me think. I think this is a great title that would lead to a lot of discussion with fellow readers or even a book group.

The characters are very life-like and I found myself following along with them, feeling their emotions. I felt sadness, fear, and the overall confusion that was expressed. Interspersed with the fear and confusion is also hope. The point of view jumps around several characters and while I normally have difficulty following or enjoying multiple point of view books, I found that it didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. Like I pointed out, the book really makes you think.

My only difficulty with this book is there really isn’t a concrete answer, if at all, to how these boxes came to be. While it doesn’t really seem necessary to the overall intention of the plot, I think it would have been really nice to have closure in that area.

Overall, a really good read and one I would recommend.

 

This is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan
Genre: Non-Fiction

In This is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch Tabitha Carvan examines her fandom and exploration of accepting and celebrating interests. She further looks at what happens to these inerrests over time and why women so easly abandom them as they get older. Carvan does a wonderful job of making her experiences approachable. Her writing includes a lot of witty self examination while approaching the passions of women that might not match with traditional socially accepted interests. I think it is a intimate look through her personal experiences and examination of how some women abandon their own passions out of embarrassment, shame, because life gets in the way, or to approach more logical and traditional interests. She reveals how places in our life, such as career and motherhood, can chip away at our passions. I am not sure that all readers will feel quite a kinship with Carvan. As someone with interests and fandoms that might not be traditionally 'female', I felt connected and almost as if I finally had permission to embrace and explore those things that bring me joy. Carvan addresses her readers in a way that tels them it's okay to love the things we do. We have permission to feel joy and embrace the things we love that might seem silly to others. If it makes you happy and it is harmless, fandom on!

 

Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Genre: Contemporary Romance

You know those cozy romance books and movies where the city guy goes off to a small town, falls in love with a girl, and leaves the mean city girl behind? Nora Stephens is that city girl. This is how she introduces herself at the beginning of Book Lovers by Emily Henry. After 4 breakups following the same pattern, Nora's sister, Libby, drags her off for a month long vacation to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina. With a check list in hand, they set forth to have that experience for Nora. Quickly things turn a bit sideways as she coincidently keeps running into her nemesis and book publisher Charlie Lastra.

From the beginning I was hooked. There is plenty of romantic tension between Charlie and Nora. Equally, I loved the interactions between Nora and her sister, Libby. Each of them taking a different approach to life despite their family history. Henry's writing is great as well. Her verbal exchanges between Charlie and Nora had me laughing while equally smiling at their flirtatious behavior. I may have even snort laughed at the mention of Bigfoot erotica in the story. If you know, you know.

Overall, a great read. The pages are filled with plenty of sexual tension, laughable moments, and thoughtful introspection on behalf of the main character to make this the book I needed to read at this moment. I highly recommend this romantic read.

 

 

 

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