Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Digital Books from the State Library Collections



Here are a few recent additions to our statewide 3M Cloud Library ebooks service. To learn how to access 3M: http://kslib.info/3M


Cold Days – Jim Butcher. After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry Dresden (Chicago’s only professional wizard) realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-aghuhr9 The entire Dresden series is now available—start with “Storm Front” if you’ve never read them!


The Cold Dish – Craig Johnson. With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all. Recently available to purchase, the library now has up to book #8 in this series. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-d4rmr9


Damnation Road – Max McCoy. It's the last chance for Jacob Gamble, outlaw and man of a few principles. Nearing 50 and flat broke, Jacob bends his own rule about robbing trains. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-dk4fz9


Italian Grill -- Mario Batali. Grilling techniques and 80 recipes from chef Mario Batali. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-2xhr9 Didn’t know the ebooks library had cookbooks? Best way to find them on 3M is to go into Categories (subject browse) and scroll down to “Cooking.”


Footprints in the Sand – Mary Jane Clark. Piper Donovan is thrilled to be in Sarasota for her cousin’s wedding, but soon a bridesmaid disappears, a neighbor’s car is run off the road, and a body is found on the beach. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-ub4m89


Magic Tree House: Earthquake in the Early Morning – Mary Pope Osbourne. Jack and Annie travel back to the morning of the great San Francisco earthquake. While they are there, they meet a reporter and help get some kids to safety. The library has a large number of the Magic Tree House books. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-g5og9


Summer Sisters – Judy Blume. Victoria Leonard’s world changes when privileged Caitlin Somers chooses her as a friend. Now, years later, the friendship has faded but Caitlin begs Victoria to be her maid of honor. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-fzrr9


A Summer in Sonoma – Robyn Carr. Cassie, Julie, Marty, and Beth have been friends since 7th grade. But this summer, on the threshold of thirty, they are going to need each other more than ever. Life can change in an instant…or a summer. And having friends to lean on can only up the chances of happily ever after. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-bx2rg9


Waiting to Be Heard – Amanda Knox. (Non-fiction). In November 2007, Amanda Knox was twenty years old and had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, for only a few weeks when her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was brutally murdered. The investigation made headlines around the world, and Amanda's arrest placed her at the center of a media firestorm. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-anezwz9


A Week in Summer – Maeve Binchy. (Short story). After many happy years of marriage and raising a family, Brian and Kathleen suddenly find themselves a bit lost in life. Never having traveled, they take an Ireland vacation to research Kathleen’s family history. http://ebook.3m.com/library/kansas-document_id-gofz9


Here are a few recent additions to our statewide OneClickdigital audiobooks library. To learn how to register for an audiobooks account: http://kslib.info/oneclick


And the Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini. Following a family through generations and around the world, the story of how families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another. From the author of the Kite Runner. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=40536


The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown. Non-fiction. The story of the underdog U.S. rowing team as they head for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.comProducts
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The Broken Places – Ace Atkins. Sheriff Quinn Colson is dealing with a rash of unwelcome visitors in his county, from an infamous murderer to a tornado. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=41380


Dead Ever After – Charlaine Harris. This final and thirteenth installation in the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampires series came out in May. It was highly anticipated! http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=40261 Always meant to read the series, or want to re-listen to it? We have the entire series on OneClickdigital, start with Dead Until Dark.


The Kill Room – Jeffery Deaver. When a U.S. citizen is assassinated in the Bahamas, forensic investigator Lincoln Rhyme takes on the case. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=42853


Matt Jensen: Eyes of Texas –William Johnstone, J.A. Johnstone. In the Texas town of Shady Rest, Jensen guns down a ruthless killer in self-defense. Sticking around to collect the bounty becomes more attractive when Annabel O’Callahan steps up to be the new marshal. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=32271


A Serpent’s Tooth – Craig Johnson. Walt, Vic, and Henry run up against the leader of a polygamy group while searching for the mother of a teenage boy. A new addition to the Walt Longmire series (the Longmire TV series is currently running on A&E). http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=39806


Trains and Lovers – Alexander McCall Smith. While traveling by rail from Edinburgh to London, four strangers meet and begin to regale each other with stories of unexpected love and passion. This is a standalone novel, not a part of other series by the author. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=40170


The Wanderer – Robyn Carr. First in a new series by the author of Virgin River. Hank Cooper isn’t the type to settle down, but quickly becomes involved in the future of Thunder Point, Oregon, after being left property there. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=21153


The Winnowing Season – Cindy Woodsmall. After a tornado tears through Kings' Orchard, Rhoda, Samuel and Jacob hope to reestablish their Old Order Amish community in Maine. http://statelibraryofks.oneclickdigital.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?skuid=34171 Second in a series—look for Season for Tending for the beginning of this story.



These books are new or newly-notable on Freading. Please realize that due to the way we sign in to Freading, a direct link cannot be provided to each book. Learn to use Freading: http://kslib.info/freading


Seven Years to Sin – Sylvia Day. Sylvia Day’s newer erotic fiction books have been hitting the bestseller lists, and Freading has recently added her older titles. A quote from the author about this story: "The idea for “Bared to You” came to me shortly after writing “Seven Years to Sin,” which also deals with a couple recovering from difficult pasts. In some ways, Bared to You” feels like an extension of “Seven Years to Sin” to me, even though they're set 200 years apart."


Bacon Nation – Peter Kaminsky & Marie Rama. Everything tastes better with bacon. A collection of 125 smoky, savory, crispy, meaty, salty, and sweetly sensuous recipes for every spot on your menu. Find the rest of the cookbooks on Freading through Categories->Cooking.


The Brides of Lancaster County – Wanda Brunstetter. Follow four young Amish women as they explore their places in the world, while finding love in the process. This file contains all 4 books in the series. Collections like this are a great way to spend your weekly Freading tokens, because renewals are either free or cost only one token. If you can’t read the whole thing in 14 days, just renew it and download it again!


Guilty by Popular Demand: a Story of Small-Town Injustice – Bill Osinsky. (Independent Publishers Book Award Silver for true crime). Logan, Ohio, 1982. Dale Johnston is convicted and sent to death row for the murders of his step-daughter and her boyfriend. Osinsky (a reporter) follows the story from the beginning of the original trial, appeals, and the eventual arrest of two other men in 2008.


The Boy Kings of Texas – Domingo Martinez. (National Book Award Finalist; Independent Publishers Books Award Gold for memoir/autobiography; and more). Recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history.

Walking into the Ocean – David Whellams. (Independent Publishers Book Award Gold for mystery). Introducing veteran Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Peter Cammon, this novel finds Cammon journeying to the Jurassic Coast to solve a seemingly ordinary domestic crime. At first glance, the perpetrator appears to have murdered his wife before drowning in the English Channel, but Cammon soon learns that his case is merely a sideshow.


The Gift – Andrea Buchanan. (Young Adult). Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power.


The Firebird – Susanna Kearsley. Two women separated by centuries. One mysterious relic. Nicola Marter was born with a gift so rare and dangerous, she kept it buried deep. When she encounters a desperate woman trying to sell a small wooden carving called "The Firebird," claiming it belonged to Russia's Empress Catherine, it's a problem. There's no proof. But Nicola's held the object. She knows the woman is telling the truth.


Pip and the Wood Witch Curse – Chris Mould. (A popular kids’ checkout). The great walled city of Hangman’s Hollow is at war with the forest outside. Into this war, one dreadful night, fate delivers a skinny, helpless boy. But maybe Pip isn’t as helpless as he seems. Maybe he is the one who will defeat the wood witches and rescue the children of Hangman’s Hollow.


The Good Life Lab – Wendy J. Tremayne. The Tremaynes ditched their careers and high-pressure life in New York City to move to rural New Mexico, where they made, built, invented, foraged, and grew all they needed to live self-sufficiently, discovering a new sense of value and abundance in the process. Alongside their personal story are tips and tutorials to guide readers in the discovery of a fulfilling new lifestyle that relies less on money.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Butler Visits with 3 Presidential Candidates in June

And this article from League Connections has some excellent points on what's needed for leadership in the community colleges historically as well and now and in the future:

Leadership Abstracts
Community College Presidents: What Does It Take? by Patricia Konovalov and Roberta C. Teahen

...Evolution of the Community College Presidency

Exploring how the community college presidency has developed over the years will illustrate how roles have changed. Sullivan (2001) succinctly categorized the history of the community college presidency into four generations. He characterized the first generation as that of the Founding Fathers, who built the earliest colleges. The Founding Fathers were known as creative, daring, and unrestricted. He describes the second generation of presidents as the Good Manager presidents.
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Based on current trends, we propose that fifth-generation presidents (2010 and beyond) will be recognized as Adaptive Presidents, as they are challenged to guide colleges through economic, political, social, and global uncertainties that are far more complex than those earlier generations experienced and that may require colleges to embrace entirely new models.

View the rest of the article here.


President Frances Willard, first female president of an American college, 1871