Thursday, January 22, 2015

A fun and intriguing new scifi book from John Scalzi

John Scalzi’s newest novel, Lock In, seizes on the common science fiction premise of a mass epidemic and shows that there are far more nuanced and interesting places to go with that than the usual apocalypse or outbreak of zombie-ism.

Rookie FBI Agent Shane has grown up as the poster child for Hadens, who are those afflicted with locked-in syndrome as a result of that epidemic. Hadens cannot access their voluntary nervous systems, and would spend their lives trapped in uncommunicative, unmoving bodies were it not for the outpouring of technological developments in the wake of the disease. Shane’s rich and influential parents had the intent and the means to publicly normalize their son’s use of the new technologies, which allow him to navigate the physical world by means of a mentally controlled android.

The androids have been made accessible to all Hadens through government subsidy and have had a divisive effect on society. A vocal and growing minority is resentful of Hadens, feeling that they receive special rights and treatment. And a faction of the Hadens, some of whom have been locked-in since early childhood or even birth, are resentful of all the effort being poured into finding a “cure,” and of being considered victims, when they are perfectly happy in their current state.

Shane’s first day on the job coincides with the passage of a law ending government subsidies for the Hadens. A walk out and demonstration cause tensions to rise, leading to attacks on androids. To cap it off, a peculiar murder and a terrorist style bombing, both involving prominent figures in Haden rights and research, ensure that Shane won’t have time to catch up on his paperwork for quite a while.

In Lock In, Scalzi’s writing is masterfully deft and without frills—it’s all about the ideas and the deep exploration of the intersection of his fascinating premise with the vagaries of human nature.

Monday, January 19, 2015

How you can nominate books for 2016 Oregon Readers Choice Awards (ORCA)

The ORCA awards are intended to be a fun and exciting way for Oregon youth in grades 4-12 to become enthusiastic and discriminating readers.  During the month of March, Oregon students will choose their favorite book for 2015 in a real-life democratic process.

It’s time now to nominate titles for the 2016 Oregon Readers Choice Award (ORCA) titles at the ORCA blog. Here is a general timeline of how the process works and what you can do.

Which titles can be nominated? Titles for the 2016 ORCA need a 2013 copyright date. This delay ensures that the title will be readily available in paperback during the voting year. Categories are Upper Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8), and High School (grades 9-12).

Who can nominate titles? Oregon students, this is your chance to nominate your favorites. Oregon teachers and librarians are also eligible to nominate titles.

How long is the nomination link open? The link is open from January 1 until February 28, 2015.

What happens next? The nominations are reviewed by a committee of librarians and educators. The committee selects the final titles based upon a number of criteria, including literary quality, creativity, reading enjoyment, reading level, and regional interest.

When are the winners announced? 2016 titles will be announced at the Oregon Library Association Convention in April and then posted on the ORCA website and blog.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Whew! We have been busy! Things have been in a constant state of flux here as our library facelift continues! There is lots more to do, but here are a few shots of the changes.

Ted, the fearless Library Director, dons his trusty bandanna and gets to work moving the music shelves

New public internet computer desks downstairs with Yaquina Bay Bridge dividers
The whole library received a new coat of paint

The YA section has been subdivided into genres to help teens find what they like

Stop by the library to see the changes in person, and tell us what you think!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Poetry Party

Three prize-winning poets will debut their new works at the library on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to meet the poets and hear them read selections from their books. Copies will also be available for sale and signing.

Ruth F. Harrison of Waldport presents among the cat tales, illustrated by Anita Sue Andrews. Of this volume Jean Esteve says, “Real poems! About real cats! . . . a charming litter of rhyme, rhythm and whimsy, . . . gorgeous lines, quiet philosophy of acceptance of life’s uninvited surprises, and the extraordinary insight into the heart of the feline Other . . . clearly the work of a mature and accomplished poet.” Harrison is author of three chapbooks and four poetry collections, including her most recent West of 101 and How Singular and Fine.

Sue Parman of Hillsboro will read from The Carnivorous Gaze, which is, according to Brian Doyle (author of Mink River), “Thorny, witty, braided and woven and webbed, startling; dark and sweet and sad and funny; lines and passages that will haunt you for days; and behind it all a wry sharp intelligence and large open bruised heart. A terrific read.” Parman’s previous collection is The Thin Monster House from Finishing Line.

Sandra Mason of Seal Rock will share work from Lost and Found. Oregon book award finalist Toni Hanner remarks that these poems “display the poet's deep scholarship and her command of formal constraint, while at the same time they sing a wild love song to the body and the world of nature, jazz, lovers and loved ones. Mason's spirituality is woven through this diverse collection, culminating in the lovely, wry 'Taoist' poems. Her humor is never far from the surface in these poems, leading us easily from loss to light and back to inevitable loss. Lost and Found is an impressive collection.” Mason’s collection of poems based on the Chinese masters, Poems Along the Way, was released in 2012.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Newport Library's Annual Magazine Giveaway!!

Newport Library's annual magazine giveaway will take place Thursday, January 8, 2015 between 10 AM and 6 PM in the McEntee meeting room.

This is a great opportunity for crafters, artists, teachers and students to pick up a variety of recent edition titles in a wide variety of topics, from general interest and news magazines, to arts and crafts, gardening and religious titles.

Magazines are available on a first come, first serve basis. And please bring your own bags and/or boxes. There is no limit to the number of magazines you may take.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Consumer Reports: Free Online!

Did you know you don't have to rifle through paper copies of Consumer Reports to find the product review you're looking for? It's all available for free online with a Newport Library card! You'll need to enter the barcode number on the back of your card and your PIN. Call the library at 265-2153 to set up a PIN or come to library to get in-person help.

Simply go to our databases page, accessible from the library's home page: 

Select Consumer Reports, enter your info, and you're in!

Find a product by selecting from the drop down menu, index, or using the search box at the top of the page.

Take advantage of Newport Library's free online access to Consumer Reports and other databases! After all, the library and all its resources are here for YOU!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Resolve to Learn!

At the start of each year we tend to take stock of our lives and consider areas we can improve upon. Have you had a yen to study a language? Did you get a new tablet or computer for Christmas, and need help learning to use it? Would you like to learn how to download eBooks and audiobooks from Library2Go?

If so, you're in luck!  During the month of January, we are offering the following free classes:

  • On Friday, January 9, Online classes with LearningExpress Library and Mango will be offered at 9:00 a.m. This class will introduce students to signing up for online lessons in Microsoft Office products, Adobe software, and over 60 languages. 
Photoshop Tutorial in LearningExpress Library
  •  Introduction to Library2Go will be taught on Monday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. This class shows how to log in, search, and borrow ebooks and audiobooks from Library2Go. Students may bring their own devices if they have specific questions.
  • On Friday, January 16, Beginning Excel will be taught at 9:00 a.m. This class teaches the basics of creating a spreadsheet and adding rows and columns. Intermediate Excel will be offered at 10:00 a.m. This class teaches how to balance a checkbook, use multiple worksheets, and create charts. 
  • Beginning Word will be taught on January 23 at 9:00 a.m. This class introduces people to the basic commands to create a word processing document. Intermediate Word will be taught at 10:00 a.m. This class builds on the previous one, and teaches how to insert photographs, create lists using bullets and numbers, and set margins, tabs, and line spacing. 
  •  On Friday, January 30 at 9:00 a.m., we’ll teach Introduction to Tablets and iPads. Students are encouraged to bring their own devices, along with any questions they may have.
  • On Saturday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m., Introduction to Computers will be taught. This class covers the basic concepts of using a PC, such as learning to use a mouse, opening programs, and scrolling.
All classes are free and last one hour. Registration is required. For more information, please call (541) 265-2153 or check the library website,