Thursday, January 30, 2014

Staff Pick: "Six Years" by Harlan Coben

Six Years by Harlan Coben 2013
In Six Years, a masterpiece of modern suspense, Harlan Coben explores the depth and passion of lost love…and the secrets and lies at its heart.
Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out. As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.
Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love, and the secrets and lies that such love can hide. – Amazon.
Praise for Harlan Coben and SIX YEARS:
  • "[Harlan Coben] delivers another amazing novel that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned.The narrative is immersive, and the well-drawn characters and twisting plotting are stellar. With such a cool hook and a surprising and satisfying payoff, don’t wait six years to read what might be Coben’s best since Tell No One. "—Library Journal (starred review)
  • "SIX YEARS is a mind blowing, brain twisting, knuckle biter where nothing is as it seems. Coben never fails to deliver on his promise to keep readers riveted to their seats until the final page. Whether you're a devoted fan of Coben or you've never read a single book of his, don't miss this page turner! You'll be come an instant fan."
  • "[Harlan Coben's] best book yet....This is one of those reads that will have you turning off your phone and keeping you up until the wee hours of the morning." —Suspense Magazine

Other titles by Harlan Coben:
  • Stay Close (2012) Available format: Standard and Large print books and Audio CD.
  • Live Wire (2011) Available format: Standard and Large print books, Audio CD, eBook and eAudio
  • Caught (2010) Available format: Standard and Large print books, Audio CD, eBook and eAudio

Post written by C. Ford, staff member in the Collection Services Division of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library System.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Library Closure: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

CPPL Patrons:

All Calcasieu Parish Public Library Branches will be closed on Monday, January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Please note that on that day, some Library services & resources will be intermittently unavailable  as we install new equipment. We apologize for the inconvenience

We appreciate your continued patronage of the Calcasieu Parish Public Library.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest)

Dr Martin Luther King . Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 13 Jan 2014.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Soup's On!

Did you know that January is National Soup Month?

Well we do, and we'll be celebrating this delicious occasion with a SOUPS ON! program at the DeQuincy branch this Friday, January 17th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Come in and enjoy a bit of soup with us. While you're at it, check out the library's collection of soup cook books before the temperature heats up again.

I'm partial to a good potato soup. Do you have a favorite soup? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credit: Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest

Potato Soup. Photography. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 15 Jan 2014.

Friday, January 10, 2014

FOUND: Notes in a Library Book

From Roxanna Asgarian at LibraryJournal:

Have you ever come across a note in a library book? Sharon McKellar has, dozens of times over. The librarian at the Oakland Public Library has found so many over the years that she has begun sharing them on her library's website.

Interested in the kinds of notes left behind in the volumes of James Patterson or Dr. Seuss? Check out McKellar's Found in the Library posts on the Oakland Public Library site. Or, have a laugh at the blog that served as McKellar's inspiration: Found in a Library Book.

Wondering what we've found here in Calcasieu Parish? Don't forget that we once discovered a book review by one of our own staff members when she was a teen!

Book review by CPPL staffer, age 13
Have you found any notes in a library book? Let us know in the comments.

Asgarian, Roxanna. "Oakland Librarian Documents Notes Found in Library Books." Library Journal. Web. 10 January 2014.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Cold? Check out a Book!

So says this sign posted outside a library in the northeast and shared on ShortList Magazine's Twitter account.

 Now that's some good advice!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Remarkable Libraries Across America"

Library of Congress
 (Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest)
Today The Los Angeles Times presents a view of some of America's remarkable libraries through the lens of renowned photographer Carol M. Highsmith.

Click here to check out the libraries everyone should know, from the cute to the quirky to the downright breathtaking.

Are any of your favorite libraries featured? Let us know in the comments.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Advocate: Big Things in Store for La. Libraries in 2014

In an article from January 5th, the Baton Rouge Advocate’s columnists declare 2014 a year for libraries. With new builds and renovations underway in the southeastern part of the state, the paper’s outlook is positive.

Louisiana needs libraries more than ever,” it says, particularly now with more and more demand for the resources provided by them.
Interested in what is going on in libraries across the state this year? Check out “Our Views: Libraries set for 2014” here.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Mashable's 15 Reads for 2014

Wondering which of 2013’s best books you missed? Mashable’s Molly Horan has compiled 15 of the best 2013 books to catch up on in 2014. The best part? You can get them all at your library!
1. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

3. Reality Boy by A.S. King

4. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

5. If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan
6. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

7. red doc > by Anne Carson

8. The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

9. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

10. Ostrich by Matt Greene

11. Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton
12. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

13. Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

14. To the End of June:The Intimate Life of American Foster Care by Cris Beam

15. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones

Have you read any of these? Let us know how you liked them in the comments!

Descriptions and covers can be found in the online catalog or at

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Now that's a lot of GOODREADS!

Interested in tracking the books you read throughout 2014? How about finding new authors and titles to check out? If so, make sure to checkout