From the Director's Desk- August 2014

Greetings from the Library, where we are very busy developing and delivering services, collections and improved spaces for our members to enjoy. Our ever broadening range of events and programs are designed to stimulate your curiosity and augment your lifelong learning opportunities, such as: 3 season gardening; a Frozen Party for library members 4-6 years of age; and a performance by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Vijay Seshadri as well as many more.
Our collections of books in all formats are carefully selected and managed to both anticipate and respond to community demand, and we continue to make improvements to our spaces to ensure the greatest comfort for the most people. We recently took possession of the Pop Up Park in town and were just delighted with the fantastic turnout! While the outdoor story times were a hit with the younger crowd, we also had a wide range of people who stopped by to learn how to download books, magazines and audio books onto their phones and tablets as well as to learn about CAD design and 3D printing.
In the park or in the library, we are always happy to help our members learn how to access all this great material. If you aren’t already enjoying these great collections, stop by the Information desk and one of our very capable Adult Services team will walk you through the process of getting your next digital book or magazine or audio book at your fingertips – whenever or wherever you are.
I had the privilege of attending a course earlier this week in Cambridge: ‘The Planning and Design of Public Libraries’. Before I left – I downloaded a digital audio book to listen to on the drive out and back to Boston. Listening to The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown as I drove made even the drive rewarding. The course itself was incredibly informative and inspirational and I look forward to applying my learning as we explore future possibilities for our library.

What is new in the Library?
We’ve added a second 3D printer this month – thanks once again to the generosity of a local library lover. The MakerBot Replicator Mini has joined our existing printer to help us keep up with the demand for this new technology.
Meanwhile Checking out E-books just got even easier through our online catalogue. Now when searching for a book, you can choose print or eBook format from the same screen and if digital is your preference, you can enter the download interface directly from the catalog. Also, we have now have enriched content on our catalog entries for many titles. Bring up a title in the catalog, and then scroll down past the available copies to see reviews, recommendations, read alikes and much more.
You’ll also see several new faces in the library. We’ve welcomed three friendly and helpful new staff members in the past 10 days. Say hello to Alexa, Laura and Suraj next time you are in the Library.

What are we all reading?
Last month we highlighted the top 5 titles that New Canaanites were borrowing by different Formats. This month Collection Manager Lauren has again provided us with New Canaan’s top titles.

Print Books Top 10

  1. The Heist, by Daniel Silva
  2. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
  3. All Fall Down, by Jennifer Weiner
  4. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr
  5. One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes
  6. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
  7. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  8. Blood Feud: the Clintons vs. the Obamas, by Edward Klein
  9. Act of War, by Brad Thor
  10. Terminal City, by Linda Fairstein

E-Books Top 5 – Adult Fiction

  1. The Vacationers, by Emma Straub
  2. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn
  3. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  4. Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
  5. The Husband’s Secret, by Liane Moriarty

E-Book Top 5 Adult Non-Fiction

  1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
  2. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
  3. David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The Monuments Men, by Robert Edsel
  5. Empty Mansions, by Bill Dedman

Top 5 Teen E-books

  1. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
  2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  3. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth
  4. If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
  5. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher

Top 5 Children’s E-books

  1. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio
  2. Miss Small is Off the Wall, by Dan Gutman
  3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
  4. The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart
  5. The Secret Zoo, by Bryan Chick

Downloadable Audio Books

  1. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
  2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt
  3. Field of Prey, by John Sandford
  4. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
  5. If the Shoe Fits, by Sarah Mlynowski

Top 5 Digital Magazine Titles from Zinio

  1. Us Weekly
  2. OK! Magazine
  3. Star Magazine
  4. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
  5. Bloomberg Businessweek

For all our members heading off on holiday in August, don’t forget to stock up on books, audio and more before you go – or – from your iPad or phone through the website for digital content from wherever you are!