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Congratulations to Our Adult Summer Reading Program Winners

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As another Troy Library Adult Summer Reading Program comes to a close, we congratulate our eight weekly prize winners of $25 Somerset Collection gift cards, and the winner of our Grand Prize, a Kindle Paperwhite eReader and case (Jim Jackson, pictured). Almost 200 participants logged 631 reviews, a new record for the Library. Here is the list of winners:

Week 1 - Christine Worrel
Week 2 - Dana Wingblade
Week 3 - Arlene MacEachran
Week 4 - Jill Kelly
Week 5 - Janeen Miller
Week 6 - Tyler MacEachran
Week 7 - Cindy Stewart
Week 8 - Eva Duller
Grand Prize - Jim Jackson

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to the Friends of the Troy Public Library for providing these terrific prizes. If you enjoyed this program, stay tuned for information about the Adult Winter Reading Program, which starts in January. There will be more chances to win prizes for reading great books and logging reviews. In the meantime, keep on reading and listening, and stop by the Adult Information Services Department for book suggestions.

Always-Available Classic eBooks

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How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents coverartWhether for pleasure or required reading, many classic novels are available in digital format for Troy residents with a valid library card. These classic eBooks from Freading are available for download to your eReader, smartphone, tablet, or other portable device, and are always available with no waiting required.

Offerings range from Greek and Roman classics such as The Odyssey by Homer and The Metamorphoses by Ovid to more modern titles, including How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.

Also available are Jane Austen's novels, works by Charlotte Bronte and her sisters, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Many titles from Charles Dickens are also listed for download, as well as those by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Willa Cather. Poetry selections include The Collected Poems of Emily DickensonPocket Posh 100 Classic Poems, and The Road not Taken and Other Poems by Robert Frost.

For a wider selection, from poetry to fiction classics, check out Freading today. For instructions on how to use Freading, click here.

Getting the Most Out of Your Personal Reading Lists

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Lists that you have created on your Troy Public Library account can be viewed by logging in to your account, then following these steps:

- Click on Search (located in the light blue bar across the top of the page)change list

- Select My Lists from the dropdown menu

- You will see the lists you have created in the box called My Lists under the heading Saved Title Lists on the left of the screen. Click on the title of the list you wish to view. 

- Change the list you are viewing by clicking on the dropdown menu under Show List and selecting a different list title.list format

- Change the format in which your list if viewed by cllicking on the dropdown menu under Format and selecting the desired display.

Happy Anniversary, Jane Austen

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cover of "Pride & Prejudice" graphic novelThis year celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publishing of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice. Although Austen wrote many other favorites, Pride and Prejudice continues to spark the interest fans new and old.

Come to the Adult Information Department of Troy Public Library to check out a display highlighting all things Jane Austen. Are you an Austen fan looking for a classic read? You will find copies of all of Jane's works along with their film interpretations on this display.

Interested in a fresh take on an Austen story? Look for spinoffs in genres ranging from mystery to zombie, including Death Comes to Pemberley and Pride & Prejudice and Zombies. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy: a Novel is a must for fans of the dreamy Mr. Darcy! Click here to browse these great titles.

Self-Publishing for Beginners

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Printing PressAre you considering publishing a book outside the traditional publishing path? Join Gerald Rice on Monday, July 22, at 6:30 pm, for this program on how to self-publish eBooks. Gerald will discuss publishing for Kindle, Nook, and Smashwords, as well as setting up accounts and uploading files for publication.

He will also explain the Kindle Select Program how to enter reviews for Nook when you’re uploading a new title, social media marketing, and soliciting for reviews.

Check out these books about self-publishing before or after the program, and make sure to reserve your seat for the program here or by calling 248.524.3542 during library hours.

Mighty Girls

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Super GirlBilled as "The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls," A Mighty Girl is a website devoted to providing information and material for girls of all ages. While adventure books focusing on male characters have been popular for years, A Mighty Girl aims to provide resources that show female characters in lead and confident roles.

Promoting strength and courage in all children at a young age can build a more confident young adult. The Troy Public Library has many resources that highlight strong female characters, including books, magazines, music, DVDs, and more. Check them out and show young readers they can be just as mighty!

(Image: Emily Balsley)

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