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Library Extension

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Hey everyone, It is Mandi, your Technical Services Librarian!  I was surfing my regular Librarian Tech pages when I ran across this handy extension for Firefox and Chrome internet browsers.
The extension is appropriately named “Library Extension”. You can download this extension at, https://www.libraryextension.com/.
Once you download this extension, it will link to various websites such as Amazon and Goodreads to let you know if a book you are thinking about buying or putting on your “to be read” list
is in the Belmond Public Library’s catalog. There will be an icon on your toolbar where you can change permissions, add certain libraries and websites.
While you can always look up a book on our online catalog (https://beacon.lib.ia.us:8480/?config=0007#section=home) this conveniently reminds you what the library currently has.
Below you will find photos, using the internet browser Firefox, you to help navigate this extension.
I feel it is very user friendly, once the extension and library have been added…it does all the work for you!


 


As you can see, the stack of books is where you can locate your settings for Library Extension.
Make sure to select Belmond Public Library.

 

 


Here you can select what websites you would like notifcations on. 

 


Here is an example of the Library Extension doing the work for you on Amazon. 


Here is an example of the Library Extension doing the work for you on Goodreads. 


Please contact Mandi at the Belmond Public Library at 641-444-4160 for any questions. 

 

Recommended by the Librarians

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Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager
 


Genre: Thriller

Synopsis: The zoo is nearly empty and getting ready to close as Joan and her son, Lincoln, play in the dinosaur pit. Their perfect play day turns to terror as they make their way to the exit. Shots ring out through the park and Joan soon discovers the gravity of the situation. She and her son must run and survive if they will make it out alive.

My Impressions: I really enjoyed this intense nail biter of a book. From the beginning, I felt an attachment to Joan as a mother. I felt her frustration, anger and most of all fear all of which she felt for the situation, herself and her son. The novel reads very much like an action flick. The author introduces the reader to the main characters in the beginning and then offers up a disastrous situation. The author then takes the reader on an action-filled ride for survival. I found myself eagerly turning each page to find out what would happen next. I am a fast reader, but the energy with which I devoured this book surprised me. I read the entire novel in three hours! I just could not stop until I finished this book.

 

After by Anna Todd
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink


Tessa is a cliché nice, innocent woman attending her first year of college when she runs into British bad boy, Hardin Scott. Hardin is more than a bad boy, he is cruel to Tessa. One day Tessa is beautiful to Hardin and the next day he ignores her and belittles her. Tessa cannot understand why she has such an attraction to him, especially when she has a perfect boyfriend waiting back home for her. During this push and pulling match, Tessa must admit to herself, she is falling desperately in love with Hardin. Does Hardin feel the same?

I started “After” by Anna Todd because I knew everyone would be asking my opinion on the book with the movie coming out soon. This book highlights how very little experience Tessa and Hardin have with relationships as new adults. I did not expect to like this book. I honestly felt a bit sheepish admitting that I did! I felt that way not because it is a romance novel for mature adults, I felt guilty admitting that I enjoyed it because it is a very problematic introduction to a series. As a culture, we tend to romanticize controlling and borderline abusive men. Hardin Scott is a very stereotypical bad boy in the sense that he is a young man who has many romantic connections, drinks, has an uncontrollable temper, troubled past, and does not seem to care about university but does exceptionally well. I am sure this is all sounding very familiar to you. There is a constant tension between Hardin Scott and Tessa Young. At the end of the book, you find out why Hardin was so controlling to Tessa. Honestly, though, finding out why he was controlling makes his behavior even worse.
Since the first book ends in such a cliffhanger, I had to continue to read the series. I was so invested in this damaged couple. There were times I screamed at Tessa to leave Hardin because of his abusive nature. The character development that happens in the third and fourth installments is absolutely this series’ redeeming quality. Women do not have a respsonsibility to fix damaged men and this series highlights that. Reading these books as a mature adult with the life experience to see this theme, and to know that Hardin’s, and sometimes Tessa’s, behavior is deplorable, is key to appreciating the emotional roller coaster Anna Todd takes you on. After finishing the last book in this series, I was able to express I enjoyed the story and no longer felt embarrassed for it. I recommend this book not as a learning tool for relationships but to highlight that there is always light at the end of a dark time.

 

 

No Exit by Taylor Adams

Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink
 

Darby Thorne is on her way to see her dying mother in the middle of a snowstorm when the interstate closes and she has no choice but to stay at a rest stop for the rest of the night. While trying to make a phone call, she spots a little girl locked in a cage, in a van.  Someone at this rest stop has kidnapped this girl. Darby must fight for this child’s life, and her own. She will learn the ultimate lesson in only being able to rely on herself.
After finishing this book, I had to recommend it to all of my friends. It was the wildest ride an author has taken me on in a very long time. This was the first book I have read by Taylor Adams and I have no doubt I will pick up another one of his as soon as I can. This book is one plot twist after another. Your heart will be racing, your mind will be speculating, right until the last paragraph. Half ‘who-dun-it’, half thriller, with a little dash of horror… equals five stars to this librarian.

 

 

 


Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Thriller

Synopsis: Jason Dessen, husband and father to a teenage son, is kidnapped one night. He wakes to a place surrounded by strangers, but they all seem to know him. He desperately searches out parts of his life. The search does not go as planned. Soon he discovers that things are not as they seem. 
Can he get back to his life and find his way back to his wife and son? Jason embarks on a thrilling and mind bending adventure home. Blake Crouch is the bestselling author of the Wayward Pines trilogy.

Review: Two words easily describes this thriller: MIND BLOWING. Crouch hooks the reader immediately as throws the reader directly into the action and Jason’s thrilling search for his ‘normal’ life. The book does have a science element, which added greatly to the story. Dark Matter is the BEST BOOK I have read so far this year! It ranks up there with my top 10 favorite books of all time. If you love a good thriller, drop what you are doing, and get yourself this book!

 


 

 

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis: (excerpt is taken from Goodreads) When her daughter, Bee, claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. After a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces--which is exactly what Bee does. Bee and her father set out on a trip to find Bernadette to gain answers and closure.

My Impression: When tasked with giving my impression of the book, I struggle. After finishing, I had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for having read the book. The story actually evoked emotions from me that I have not experienced in many books I have recently read. I felt genuine anger and frustration at the actions of various characters, hope and sorrow for Bernadette, and compassion for Bee. I think this is one of those books where the mindset, background, and the personality of the reader really has a large effect on what the reader gets out of it. I enjoyed the novel immensely, but I am unsure that I enjoyed it enough to read it more than once. I really recommend this for people who enjoy personal narratives, fiction that takes a creative format, young adult fiction, or even “chick lit”. For the most part, I think anyone could read this book and get something from it, even if it’s only gratitude for having read it.

 

 

 

The Disasters by M.K England
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

 

Books reviews tote this as a great book for people who are fans of the TV show, "Firefly". I have to agree completely! I truly think that the author might be a fan of the show, especially given the author introduced a planet by the name of “Serenity” to the plot.
 

Synopsis: Nax Hall, hotshot pilot, is kicked out of the Ellis Station Academy. While waiting at the station to leave the academy and return to Earth, Nax meets up with three other Academy washouts. The four end up in the middle of a terrorist attack on the academy and make a quick escape only to find themselves as suspects. The four have been witness to one of the largest crimes and conspiracies in history. Nax and his friends work to spread the truth of the incident and clear their own names.
 

My impression: I love young adult novels and have a fondness for Sci-fi. This book fell comfortably onto my “must read” list. I was not disappointed. This book was a lot of fun to read. The story pacing was great and kept moving along. The action and humor kept me entertained. If you are looking for a deep, meaningful read, this is probably not the book for you. If you want a lighthearted space adventure, jump right in! Definitely a coming of age story worth reading.

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink


I really enjoyed Hendricks’ and Pekkanen’s book, “The Wife Between Us”, so it was really a no brainer that I would pick up and devour their latest book, “The Anonymous Girl”. I liked that the book got right into the guts. The authors do an amazing job at keeping the reader guessing. You really do not know what is going to happen until it does. Most books in the thriller category these days tend to be alike, or at the very least predicable. “The Anonymous Girl” will not fall into the category predicable or like others.
The book starts with the main character, Jess, finishing up her day working as a makeup artist. She overhears her two clients talking about entering a study about ethics. The study will pay participants just to answer a few questions. Jess ends up fooling her way into the study and soon forms a relationship with Dr. Shields unlike one she has ever had before. She is able to talk with Dr. Shields and reveals a lot about herself. Soon the ethical tests Dr. Shields sends Jess on seem odd. Jess does a bit of digging and finds Dr. Shields is not who she puts herself out to be. Is Jess being paranoid or should she trust her instincts?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books with a bit of mystery with a thriller aspect. 
The authors are perfectly paired to each other and I am already looking forward to their next book, let’s hope they announce it soon.

Trigger Warning: Suicide, sexual assault, death and drug use.




Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

 

Irene Steel is a sixty something magazine editor, recently demoted, mother of two boys and a loving wife, living in Iowa City. Her life seems idyllic and uncomplicated. She is shocked to get a phone call that her husband, Russel Steel, has passed away unexpectedly and tragically in a helicopter crash over the Caribbean islands. She is even more shocked to find that her husband had a woman with him in the helicopter, who is later found out to be his lover. Irene and her two adult sons fly out to the Caribbean for more information while they wait for Russ’ remains to be delivered to Russ’ villa. While at St. John’s Island, the brothers fight, secrets are exposed, and Irene begins to question her entire life. It sounds like a very cliché, predictable book when you read the synopsis, but it is not. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much and that I am actually looking forward to the next two in the trilogy. If you enjoy a good mystery with plenty of romance and humor, I recommend this. The characters are relatable and written in third person allowing you to see into all their heads. At the end of this book, you will no longer think Irene Steel lives an uncomplicated, idyllic life. You, I believe, will want to know more about the complicated life she has uncovered after her husband’s death.

 

 

Brainfuse, JobNow and VetNow

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Belmond Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse,Jobnow and VetNow -
support for your community's veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance.
Brainfuse and Vetnow will be available to all patrons from any computer or mobile device at
 https://www.brainfuse.com/highed/home.asp?a_id=ED0F9CD2&ss=&r=  
This link is located under the "Online Resources" tab on our home page.  

Brainfuse includes the following features:

COLLEGE SKILLS: Users build academic skills and prepare for college with VetNow's array of tools, including:
• Interaction with live tutors in a wide range of college level subjects
• Live skills  tutoring  and  an  extensive  library of lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including SAT, ACT, TEAS, HESI,  GRE, GMAT and more
• Live or asynchronous expert analysis of writing, complete with constructive comments
• Asynchronous 24/7 help with academic questions
• Live help for language  learners
• Create and share flashcards, tests, and educational games

JOB TOOLS: Designed to help with all stages of the job hunting process, the VetNow Job Tools feature career coaching, expert resume assistance, live interview preparation, and more. With the Job Tools patrons are able to:
• Use the career resources to discover their best career fit based on education, experience,  and personality
• Search for a job with nationwide and local resources
• Download template for the most common resume types
• Receive resume and cover letter assistance from  trained experts
• Brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches
VetNow includes the following features:  

LIVE ONLINE NAVIGATORS: VetNow Navigators are trained to help veterans and families connect with valuable benefits and resources:
• Answer questions related to  benefits eligibility
• Refer patrons to applicable community resources for housing, healthcare and education benefits
• Assist patrons with locating accredited claims agents

About Brainfuse™
Brainfuse is one of the nation's leading online tutoring providers, serving a diversified client base of libraries, school districts and colleges/universities for over 18 years. With Brainfuse, users receive real-time tutoring from instructors via our proprietary online classroom. We serve hundreds of library systems throughout the country, including the New Mexico State Library, the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, the San Francisco Public Library, the Sacramento Public Library, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and North America's largest homework help program through the Chicago Public Library.
For more information about Brainfuse services, please contact us at info@brainfuse.com.

Belmond's Book Club

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Belmond's Online Book Club

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Introducing Belmond Public Library's first Online Book Club! Registration is ongoing.

If you have any other questions please contact the Belmond Public Library at 641-444-4160.

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