Thursday, November 16, 2017


Once again, we don't want our Non-fiction readers to think we've forgotten them. Here is a list of some of our new titles just in:

Becoming the Math Teacher You Wished You'd Had by T. J. Zager

The Metaphysics of the Pythagorean Theory by Robert Hahn

All the World's Primates by Rowe, Myers and Goodall

Protestants:The Faith that made the Modern World by Alec Ryrie 

End of Days: An Encyclopedia of the Apocalypse in World Religion
by Wendell G. Johnson, ed.

Ants Among the Elephants: 
an Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India
by Sujatha Gidla

Death in the Air: the true story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog 
and the strangling of a city by Kate W. Dawson 

Drunks and American History by Christopher M. Finan

Suzanne's Children, a Daring Rescue in Nazi Germany by Anne Nelson

The Makeup Artist Handbook by Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall

The Art of Mesoamerica from Olmec to Aztec by Mary Ellen Miller

Destroying a Nation, The Civil War in Syria by Nikolaos Van Dam

True Gentlemen, The Broken Pledge of America's Fraternities by John Hechinger

Muslims and the Making of America by Amir Hussain

Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949 by David Cesarani

New in Fiction:
The Lease Book Collection is provided by the 
generosity of the Brandon SGA

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

Mind Game by Iris Johansen

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Killing Season: A Thriller by Faye Kellerman

In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende; translated from the Spanish by Nick Castor 

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Typhoon Fury: A Novel of the Oregon Files by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

End Game by David Baldacci

Monday, November 13, 2017

Foster Angel Tree

The Foster Angel Tree is Up!

Awww come on, Laurie!  It’s not even Thanksgiving yet! I know but there are less than six weeks of shopping before the pick up deadline of December 14th. And, of course, we have to make sure to take everyone can take advantage of the post-Thanksgiving sales! You can take one tag, or more than one.  Buy one gift, or more than one gift. Buy toys they want, or clothing needs.  Or both. (We noted one request for a "Live Hamster."  It's tempting, but please, no!)

Some of the children in the Foster system are able to go back with their parents, but most are not.  If they’re lucky they stay in one home throughout their time in foster care. But most are moved around.  Most of the volunteers in this program are Foster Parents and many of those adopt the children they care for, despite having children of their own. Our contribution at this time of year helps make all this a bit easier. Daily necessities are priority, Christmas presents are a luxury we can make possible. Why is this important? Because it’s your money going directly to a child and insures a better holiday season, right here in Hillsborough County.

Thank you, 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

New Fiction TItles

New Best Seller titles are in! Have a look for your favorite authors 
or stop by the BLRC and browse the collection!

The Lease Book collection is made possible by the
HCC Brandon SGA

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman

The Store by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta

Don't Let Go by Harlan Coben

Deadfall by Linda Fairstein

Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution by Bernie Sanders

This Fight is our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class by Elizabeth Warren

The Cuban Affair: A Novel by Nelson DeMille

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

New books for your reading needs

New titles have arrived for the last of summer reading!

The Lease Book Collection is made possible
by the generosity of the HCC Brandon SGA

Any Day Now by Robyn Carr
The Black Book by James Patterson and David Ellis
The Fix / David by Baldacci
Finding Gideon by Eric Jerome Dickey
I Found You by Lisa Jewell
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
Two from the Heart by James Patterson and Co.
Little White Lies by Ace Atkins
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child
Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
Fallout by Sara Paretsky
The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
A Hiss Before Dying: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
by Rita Mae Brown
The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand
The Switch by Joseph Finder

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Non-Fiction

We don't want our non-fiction readers to feel left out, so here's a sampling of the some of the new titles in the permanent collection. Many more are now on display in the BLRC! ~ Laurie

Born to Run / Bruce Springsteen

Stealing Fire / Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

Bedlam's Door /True Tales of Madness and Hope  Mark Rubenstein, MD

Medieval and Renaissance Art / Carl Becker

Renaissance / Manfred Wundram

Vermeer The Complete Works / Karl Schultz

Black Elk The Life of an American Visionary / Joe Jackson

Secondhand Time:The Last of the Soviets / Svetlana Alexievich

Unlocking the Past,How Archaeologists 
are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA / Martin Jones

Women in Imperial China / Bret Hinsch

The Plague of War: Athens, Sparta and the Struggle for Ancient Greece / Jennifer T Roberts

The Chosen Few A Company of Paratroopers and its Heroic Strugge to Survive in the Mountains of Afghanistan / Gregg Zoroya

Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us About Evolution / Michael Ruse

The Making of the Oxford Dictionary / Peter Gilliver

The Dragon Behind the Glass: A True Story of Power, 
Obsession, and the World's Most Coveted Fish / Emily Voight

The Case Against Sugar / Gary Taubes

Thursday, May 4, 2017

New books!

Best sellers are in for summer reading!
Tim Dorsey leads the pack with Clownfish Blues
guaranteed to help us find the humor in Florida life.

New In Fiction
Courtesy of the Brandon SGA

    The Prisoner / Alex Berenson
     The Sleepwalker / Chris Bohjalian
    The Wrong Side of Goodbye/ Michael Connelly
    The Girl Before / JP Delaney
    Expecting to Die / Lisa Jackson
  Lord of the Privateers / Stephanie Laurens
  Fatal / John Lescroart
   The Obsidian Chamber: A Pendergast Novel / 
Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
   Escape Clause / John Sandford
  Sex, Lies & Serious Money / Stuart Woods
  The Most Dangerous Place on Earth / Lindsey Lee Johnson
   Clownfish Blues / Tim Dorsey
  Power Game / Christine Feehan
  Never Never / James Patterson and Candice Fox
  Bone Box: A Decker Lazarus novel / Faye Kellerman
   My (Not So) Perfect Life / Sophie Kinsella
Rather be the Devil / Ian Rankin
   Right Behind You / Lisa Gardner
  Below the Belt / Stuart Woods
Baxter Family Christmas / Karen Kingsbury

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Florida Nature Program

James Moran, Florida nature photographer, will present his spectacular program "A Journal of Light: a Photographer's Search for the Soul of Florida, on Wed. Feb. 24, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. to noon, in the Brandon Student Services Building Auditorium.

"For twenty years, John Moran has traveled the Sunshine State with his cameras, capturing natural Florida as it must have appeared to Ponce de Leon and other early strangers in paradise. Narrating a slide show of his remarkable collection of landscape and wildlife photography, Moran reflects on his quest to capture the soul of one of the most photographed states in the country."

The program is sponsored by the Hillsborough Community College's Brandon Speakers Committee and is supported by the Hillsborough Community Brandon Student Government Assn.

The program is free and open to the public. Professors who wish to bring their classes should rsvp Wendy Foley at 813-253-7803 or For more information, please also contact Wendy Foley.

Monday, October 5, 2009

New Books/ Halloween

2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France the Celtic tribes observed the New Year on November 1 with the festival of Samhain. Marking the end of summer and the beginning of winter this time of year was associated with death, and the Celts believed that on the night before the new year the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory and in the course of the four hundred years that they ruled there, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebrations. First there was Feralia, a day in late October, when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. Second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees who's symbol is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain may explain the tradition of "bobbing" for apples practiced today. As Christianity spread the celebration called All-hallowmas ( meaning All Saints' Day) and the night before, the night of Samhain, came to be called All-hallows Eve and, eventually, Halloween. Later, in A.D. 1000, the Catholic Church would make November 2 All Souls' Day, a day to honor the dead. It was celebrated similarly to Samhain, with big bonfires, parades, and dressing up in costumes. So, this year, as you spend your share of the estimated 5 billion dollars spent in the US each year on Halloween costumes and tooth decaying snacks for your neighbor’s kids, go ahead, feel part of a very ancient tradition, because you are~ Laurie

The Lease Plan is sponsored by the Student Government Association.


Traveling with Pomegranates by Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Seven Days of Rage by Paul La Rosa
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! by Ralph Nader
A Change in Altitude by Anita Shreve
Little Bird of Heaven by Joyce Carol Oates
The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson
Rough Country by John Sandford
The Defector by Daniel Silva
The Help by Kathryn Stockard
The Spire by Richard North Patterson
Hothouse Orchid by Stuart Woods
Hardball by Sara Peretsky

Half Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls

Image: "Black Domestic Cat Silhouetted Against Sunset Sky, Eyes
Reflecting the Light, UK by Jane Burton

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Talking Heads

We see them every day on the internet, on television, in magazines and newspapers, or hear them on the radio. They are Talking Heads* broadcasting on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, PBS, the BBC and all the other media outlets. They’re liberal, conservative, moderate, extreme right or left and they all talk, talk and talk, about what they think. They agree with us, annoy us, anger us, entertain us and sometimes change our opinions. But how do we know if any of them are right? Written over 220 years ago the US Constitution is the foundation of our government and remains under daily scrutiny by lawmakers, representatives and the public. Our voice and our freedoms are guaranteed by this piece of paper, but do we remain familiar with its content? When a politician makes a campaign promise do we know if he has the power keep that promise? If a law is challenged do we have a grasp of the reasoning behind the challenge? If an editorialist claims to know what a politician can or cannot achieve do we know if they’re right? If we want to insure that we think freely for ourselves do we have the tools? We're all keen to be familiar with our bank statement, insurance policies, work contracts and our wills, but how much do we remember from school about the US Constitution? Take a little time this upcoming Constitution Week of September 14th and become reacquainted with the most important document in your life, The United States Constitution. Go beyond the beauty of the preamble and review the structure of our government, its powers and limits. Because after all, we are the government, it says so, right at the top of the page……. ~Laurie

Related Links:
Constitution Overview
Constitution Day Facts
Observing Constitution Day
Constitution of the United States
Primary Documents in American History -- Constitution
Constitutional law
Constitution Center
Federalist Papers
Anti-Federalist Papers

* "Talking Heads" are in no way affiliated with
David Byrne and the rest of the boys in the
band, who are TheTalking Heads.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hurricane: The Bright Side

"The danger is that if you say there's a beneficial effect, you come off sounding like a nut.” Sidney Maddock, Environmental Analyst for The Center of Biological Diversity

Today is the start of Hurricane season, but there's more to a storm of this kind than just damage.

Aquifer: We've all been hearing about it due to the state drought. Enough rain and it will be replenished, maybe this year. One hurricane storm could take care of the problem in a matter of days. Frank Marks, research Meteorologist for the hurricane research division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains: "A hurricane can dump 5 to 15 inches of fresh water on a place that desperately needs it, replenishing the aquifer. It also can clean out clogged-up and polluted bodies of water."It flushes out all the garbage."
Reefs: Hurricanes even help some things they're accused of hurting, such as the coral reefs in Florida's Biscayne Bay. "In Hurricane Andrew, people worried about reef damage," Marks said. "And the reefs were damaged. Pieces of the reefs were broken off. But they looked later and saw that the pieces of the reef that broke off were starting new reefs."
Cute guy in the picture:
The Piping Plover is a seashore bird. It makes its nest in sandy stretches of beach. If too much vegetation grows on the beach, the piping plover can't nest there. If they can't nest, they can't mate. And the piping plover already is classified as a "threatened" species. "A storm like this is so powerful," says Sidney Maddox, "that it will push massive amounts of sand and water across the island and you'll have large areas of open sand without vegetation, and those are the areas where next summer the shore birds will breed."
So as you purchase your supplies, pack your car, learn your routes and hope the house is there when you get back, try to look on the bright side. Maybe one or two eco-system problems were worked out while you were riding out the storm. ~Laurie

Pack, prepare, tune to news, and take an evacuation order seriously.

National Hurricane Center: