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April 2013

Kay, Golden Library

In this wonderfully imaginative “memoir” by Matthew Dicks, Budo tells the story of his life with Max, an eight-year old boy on the Autism spectrum. Budo is Max’s imaginary friend and not only is he is clever in a way that Max is not; he has his own internal sense of self. He helps Max navigate home and school but lives in fear of the day Max no longer needs him. When a trusted adult takes advantage of Max’s naiveté, Budo knows he must step in to save Max at any cost.

Budo is a delightful narrator. One reviewer likened Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Room. I think if you like the worlds created by Jasper Fforde and J.K. Rowling, you might also enjoy Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend.

Rene, Evergreen Library

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann is an interesting read. The main character, Emil Larsson, works in customs as a "sekretaire." In his private life, he becomes involved in card games at Mrs. Sofia Sparrow’s house. Sparrow runs gaming out of her home for the town's influential people. But are there more to the games? Mrs. Sparrow convinces Emil to let her do a prediction through her fortunetelling cards, drawing a set of eight cards called the Octavo. The goal of Emil’s Octavo is for him to find someone to love and marry. Mrs. Sparrow also draws an Octavo for herself. The characters bound to Emil and Mrs. Sparrow's Octavos intertwine with each other and with historical events. If you are looking for a novel that is a bit different, this may be the one for you!

Sean, Standley Lake Library

Did you know the Jefferson County Public Library subscribes to 99 digital magazines that you can read for free on your computer or have sent to your Kindle Fire, iPad, or just about any other mobile device?

You can start accessing the collection here. Zinio is a little more complicated than other JCPL digital downloads because it makes you create two separate accounts. When you click on the link, you’ll be asked to create a user name and password that will let you see the titles JCPL has purchased. Before you can read those titles, however, you’ll be asked to create an account with itself. You’ll use the same user name and password both times, but some may find the need to make duplicate accounts a little confusing.

Once both accounts are created, you’ll be able to access and read popular titles like 5280, Consumer Reports, Cooking Light, Men’s Health, Maxim, Everyday Food, and Esquire. With 99 titles, our digital magazine collection is bound to have something you’ll like. Best of all, there’s never a wait. The current issue of each title is available whenever you wish.

While you can read every magazine right off your computer screen, Zinio gets really neat if you happen to have a tablet PC such as an iPad or Kindle Fire (Nook users currently cannot use Zinio do to restrictions from Barnes and Noble). The magazines look absolutely awesome on these devices. You’ll need to download the free Zinio app and register it using the same user name and password you created for your account. Titles you select will be beamed to the app whenever each new issue becomes available. Zinio will also give a few free issues of non-library magazines to try out too.

If you’d like to learn more about the Zinio collection or need help with the app or creating your account, please stop by the Information Desk at any library location. We’ll be happy to assist!