Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Books for Summer Reading!

                                                         How about a nice beach read about New England?
  Perhaps something quaint about the Carolina Low Countries? 

      Or maybe you'd just rather stay home 

  and be creeped out.......

  Whatever your preference, 
we have something for your summer reading:
           A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
·         Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
·         Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes
·         Those Who Wish me Dead by Michael Koryta
·         Above the East China Sea by Sarah Bird
·         The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
·         The Arsonist by Sue Miller
·         Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer
·         Terminal City by Linda Fairstein
·         Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
·         Earth Awakens: The First Formic War 
by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
·         The Red Room by Ridley Pearson
·         Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
·         Field of Prey by John Sandford
·         All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
·         The Keeper by John Lescroart
·         The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
·         A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren
·         The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons
·         A Perfect Life by Danielle Stee

 Atonement of Blood: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland 
by Peter Tremayne

The lease book collection is made possible 
by the generosity of the HCC Brandon SGA 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New in Summer Reading!

 Therese O'Connell, our BLRC Tech, has prepared a list of the new arrivals in the Lease Book Collection, and the selection runs the full gamut of the wild and humorous from Tim Dorsey (Tiger Shrimp Tango), a slew of mysteries that examine family drama ( Casebook ), historical tragedy (Ghost of the Mary Celeste), the metaphysical (The First Phone Call from Heaven) and the Southern Gothic (Natchez Burning).

Please stop in for your summer reading! ~Laurie

The Lease Book Collection is sponsored by the HCC Brandon SGA

Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey
Ripper by Isabel Allende 
Concealed in Death by J. D. Robb
Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin
Andrew's Brain by E.L. Doctorow
After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman
The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom
A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias
A King's Ransom by Sharon Kay Penman
Bone Deep by Randy Wayne White
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs
The Lie by Hesh Kestin
NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp
Destroyer Angel by Nevada Barr
By its Cover by Donna Leon
Frog Music by Emma Donoghue
In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen
The Collector by Nora Roberts
The Winter King by Alys Clare
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
Casebook by Mona Simpson
Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell
Transhuman by Ben Bova
Live To See Tomorrow by Iris Johansen
The Axe Factor by Colin Cotterill
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Fallout by Sadie Jones
Cavendon Hall by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Debbie Doesn't Do it Anymore by Walter Mosley
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes


Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, etc., 
and a Bike Ride Across America by Bruce Weber

Plenty of Time When We Get Home: 
Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War by Kayla Williams

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Days of Remembrance

 Both of these images are of children surviving in the streets. 
However, they're taken 75  years apart.  Can you tell which is from current news 
and which is from 1939?*

April 27- to May 4

The Holocaust and Days of Remembrance: 

The mass killings of 1938-1945 remain the most heinous crime of modern history, but we also need to consider the world shattering effect of a potential Nazi victory. Hitler's plans for the entire western world were well planned, and due to great sacrifice, unsuccessful:

 Central and Eastern Europe, allied with the Japanese against the West.
Capture Asia and Africa with the aid of Italy and Japan.

·         Deportation and Extermination:
Deport Jews and exterminate those left behind and those in occupied territories. Murder  
 'unproductive' people, starting with the handicapped, mentally ill disabled German veterans of World War I, and those disabled in current wars as they progressed, to avoid a 'burden' to society. Exterminate the Slavs as they're conquered.

·         Birth Control
Sterilize those who might produce 'inferior progeny' and those in forced labor, increasing 
Europe’s Aryan population while weakening occupied Eastern European populations.

·         Ethnic Control: 
 New laws determined who could be married, 
and children in other territories that looked German 
would be stolen by the thousands and raised by German families.

·         Maintain desirable populations
Laws to allow for polygamy as male numbers decreased in
 the wars of conquest and were needed for future wars. Monetary 
awards to those reproducing 'desirable' offspring.

All Religion, as it would oppose such practices and clash with Nazism.

·         New World Order: 
Europe and Great Britain would be under German rule, with Berlin re-named Germania, 
as a seat of power like Rome. Scandinavians would be assimilated as 'Germanic.' 
Asia and Africa would be divided three ways, with a share to Italy and Japan. 
The “racially inferior” Americas, would be economically exploited.

The Result: 
Hitler would completely re-order the governments 
and races of the world, for the singular purpose of Nazi Rule. 

The cost of preventing a Nazi Victory?

                                                       10 Million Exterminated
                                                       11-20 Million Displaced
                                                   70-80 Million Killed by the War
                                                  78,000 Americans still Missing 

The stakes were higher than anytime in history, and many events in today's news often echo those years.  So now, more than ever, we must remember the Second World War and the Holocaust, so that we do not repeat them. 

"Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it," 
George Santayana, The Life of Reason Volume I

*The Photos: Top photo is from Poland's Warsaw Ghetto in World War II. 
The bottom photo is from Kiev, Ukraine 2013

Monday, February 3, 2014

New Titles!

Doomed by Chuck Palahniuk
Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding
Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul by Bob Shacochis
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
Accused by Lisa Scottoline
Winners by Danielle Steel
No Man's Nightingale by Ruth Rendell
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
The Circle by Dave Eggers
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Innocence by Dean Koontz
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Carthage by Joyce Carol Oates
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz
Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner


New Non-Fiction 

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
A Story Lately Told: Coming of Age in Ireland, London, and New York by Anjelica Huston
The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat by Charlie Crist & Ellis Henican

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

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Attention eBooks/Audiobooks Users!

Are you a NetLibrary eBook or Audiobook user?

Your eBooks and Audiobooks are moving to EBSCOhost in July 2011!

Please read these important instructions regarding your favorites, checkouts, holds, and notes before we move.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


David Hockney, British artist of the Pop Movement, (now 73 years of age) is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, and he's found a way to paint without paint, paint brushes....or getting out of bed. In 2008 he discovered his iPhone's Brushes Application. Now, using only his right thumb he creates about 10 to 20 images a week and e-mails them to friends and relatives. (Sometimes he forgets it's digital and wipes his thumb on his clothes). So far he has created about 1,000 images, which went on display this October in Paris. All are shown on iPad and iPhone screens. The images could eventually be streamed to museums or collected into apps for everyone with the technology at hand. So, if you've been thinking about engaging in some more creative activities and you're in line at the grocery store, sitting in the airport or chilling on the beach you might look to Mr. Hockney for inspiration.~Laurie

It's an iHockney! Image Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Hell's Corner by David Baldacci

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane

Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King

Our Kind of Traitor by John Le Carre

Getting to Happy by Terry McMillian

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

Friday, September 24, 2010

New in the Library

We're now one month into the Fall semester and our SGA sponsored Lease Collection is adding new titles each week. The new items now in include Ken Follett, Daniel Silva and Florida favorite, Carl Hiaasen. Since last Spring the LRC has aquired a large screen television, which is used to post important campus information as well as bring attention to upcoming observations such as Labor Day, the various holidays in September and Banned Books Week. So please stop by, pick out a book for the predicted rainy week ahead and find out why someone was always trying to ban Lolita or Catch-22. Laurie~

Burn by Nevada Barr

Scarlet Nights by Jude Devereaux

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Red Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Star Island by Carl Hiaasen

Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva

Fall of Giants ar Island by Carl Hiaasen

Search by Nora Roberts

The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett

Painted Ladies by Robert B. Parker

Trials of Zion by Allen M. Dershowitz

Grace of Silence: A Memoir by Michele Norris

Three Stations by Martin Cruz-Smith

Legacy a Novel by Danielle Steel

Monday, June 7, 2010

Animal Cruelty Prevention Month/ New Books

In the midst of the present environmental crisis and other events world wide it is difficult to see the point in worrying about one dog or another cat. However, the Humane Society of the United States estimates that animal shelters care for 6-8 million dogs and cats every year in the United States, of whom some 3-4 million are euthanized. If those numbers were applied to humans we’d call it a Holocaust, every year. No, dogs and cats are not endangered. They’re not exotic. Their environment is not threatened and they do not require special foods to survive. But they also cannot speak out, and they did not bring this misery upon themselves, and like so much of the suffering in the world, it can be avoided. It’s true that you cannot personally stop the oil leak in the gulf now threatening animal life. You can't always hop on a boat and stop dolphin slaughter in Japan, or stand down hunters killing baby seal, but you can do something about this, while improving conditions in your neighborhood. Prevent animal cruelty and over population. Spay, neuter and care for your pets. Report cruelty and neglect when you see it. Donate when you can. Inform and educate others. Free the resources for those other battles, and make a difference for you, your community and animals in need. ~ Laurie

For a $20 special on spaying and neutering your feline go to and click on "specials and grants."

New Books, Courtesy of SGA:

Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
BedWetter By Sarah Silverman
Private Life by Jane Smiley
Blue-eyed Devil by Robert B. Parker
The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King
61 hours by Lee Child
Secret Affair by Mary Blough
The Girl Who Kicked a Hornets Nest by Stieg Larsson

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The library goes Mobile!

Now you can access the library site from any mobile device. This site optimized for most mobile phones and is accessible from the library website or directly at:

If you have a smartphone (such as iPhone, Droid or Blackberry) you shouldn't have problems accessing the main library website.