The semester is coming to a close and, for the students reading this, that means that ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE MAY 6TH so be sure to return your borrowed items no later than Friday.
That having been said, we do have some new books coming out to end the semester with! We have everything from origami and Arduino books (which you can find in our makerspace) to Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction and riveting autobiographies. Have a look at our latest titles:
The Big Showdown by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins Caleb York has made up his mind and packed his bags. He’ll be on the next stage, bound for San Diego and a new life as a Pinkerton man. But before Caleb can say a proper goodbye to his sweetheart, Willa, a peaceful morning erupts into blazing gunfire.
Someone has to bring law and order to the wild little town of Trinidad, even as a band of outlaw brothers rides the vengeance trail and a new cattle baron sets his sights on more land . . . and on Willa, too. Looks like Caleb will be staying on for a while.
With his Colt loaded for justice, and a sheriff’s badge on his chest, Caleb York emerges as a classic Western hero who knows just how to stand up to the deadliest of enemies – and win.
Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches by Simon Monk Using clear, easy-to-follow examples, Programming Arduino: Getting Started with Sketches reveals the software side of Arduino and explains how to write well-crafted sketches using the modified C language of Arduino. No prior programming experience is required! The downloadable sample programs featured in the book can be used as-is or modified to suit your purposes.
Exploring Arduino by Jeremy Blum Arduino can take you anywhere. This book is the roadmap. Exploring Arduino shows how to use the world’s most popular microcontroller to create cool, practical, artistic, and educational projects. Through lessons in electrical engineering, programming, and human-computer interaction, this book walks you through specific, increasingly complex projects, all the while providing best practices that can apply to your own projects once you’ve mastered these. You’ll acquire valuable skills – and have a whole lot of fun.
- Explore the features of several commonly used Arduino boards
- Use the Arduino to control very simple tasks or complex electronics
- Learn principles of system design, programming, and electrical engineering
- Discover code snippets, best practices, and system schematics you can apply to your original projects
- Master skills you can use for engineering endeavors in other fields and with different platforms
Find schematics, tutorial videos, code downloads, and more at the companion website: www.exploringarduino.com.
Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami by Meher McArthur and Robert J. Lang Asian art historian Meher McArthur offers an engaging view of contemporary origami and places the works in an art historical context. She traces the development of paper folding in both the East and the West, recognizing the global influences on this international art form. In Japan, paper folding began centuries ago, probably rooted in religious rituals. By the seventeenth century, origami had become a popular practice among the general population, who folded cranes, animals, decorative wrappers and boxes. Meanwhile in Europe, a a paper folding tradition was simultaneously developing, and converged with its Eastern counterpart in late nineteenth century Japan. For the net 50 years, origami was primarily a children’s craft and hobby for adults. In the hands of Japan’s first professional origami artist, Akira Yoshizawa (1911-2005), origami began its transformation into art. Now, in the early twenty-first century, origami is a sophisticated fine art form consisting of many different styles, from representational to geometric, abstract, and even conceptual. It has also become a symbol of peace, an inspiration for engineers, and a conduit for scientific advancement.
Origami artist and physicist Dr. Robert J. Lang explores the intersection of art and science in origami. Akira Yoshizawa elevated origami to an art form, but the art changed qualitatively around the turn of the twenty-first century via the introduction of mathematical and geometric techniques into origami design. These techniques vastly expanded the tools available to origami artists, who used them to realize new artistic visions and to push the limits of the folding arts. Some of these techniques turned out to have practical applications in technological fields ranging from medicine to space structures. Lang weaves together a description of origami’s advances, applications, and his own personal journey along the boundaries and meetings between art and science.
As visionary artists and scientists continue to push the limits of paper folding, it seems there is nothing that origami cannot become.
Kusudama Origami by Ekaterina Lukasheva Discover kusudama, a traditional Japanese paper sphere formed by modular origami consturction techniques. Kusudama, meaning “medicine ball,” originally served as holders for incense or potpourri. Today, origami kusudama are used as decorations or gifts.
This guide presents instructions for over 40 elaborate modular origami figures that range in shape from stars and flowers to kusudama. Beginning and experienced folders of all ages will appreciate these unusual and eye-catching models.
Origami Design Secrets by Robert J. Lang The magnum opus of one of the world’s leading origami artists, the second edition of Origami Design Secrets reveals the underlying concepts of origami and how to create original origami designs. Containing step-by-step instructions for 26 models, this book is not just an origami cookbook or list of instructions – it introduces the fundamental building blocks of origami, building up to advanced methods such as the combination of uniaxial bases, the circle/river method, and tree theory. With corrections and improved illustrations, this new expanded edition also covers uniaxial box pleating, introduces the new design technique of hex pleating, and describes methods of generalizing polygon packing to arbitrary angles.
With coverage spanning the foundations of origami construction and advanced methods using both paper and pencil and custom-built free software, Origami Design Secrets helps readers cultivate the intuition and skills necessary to develop their own designs. It takes them beyond merely following a recipe to crafting a work of art.
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?
In this breakneck tale of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight brilliantly chronicles a fateful journey that begins with a single decision – and ends up changing everything.
True Born by L.E. Sterling Welcome to Dominion City. After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated . . . and their genetics damaged beyond repair.
The Lasters wait hopelessly fro their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared . . .
And then there’s Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests. no one wants to reveal what they are.
When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, including the charismatic leader, Nolan Storm, and the beautiful but deadly Jared, who tempts her as much as he infuriates her. As Lucy and the true Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?
As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.
The Trials of Apollo My father’s voice still rings in my ears.
Can you believe Zeus blamed me for the gods’ battle with Gaea? Just because the earth goddess duped one of my progeny – Octavian – into plunging the Greek and Roman demigods into a civil war that nearly destroyed human civilization. I ask you, how was that my fault?
Now I’m cast out of the Olympus in the form of a sixteen-year-old mortal boy, acne and all! Sadly, I’ve been punished this way before. I know I will face many trials and hardships. I can only hope that if I suffer through them and prove myself worthy, Father will forgive me and allow me to become a god again.
But this time my situation seems much more dangerous. One of my ancient adversaries knows I am here and his having me followed. The Oracle of Delphi remains dark, unable to issue prophecies. Most embarrassing of all, I am bound to serve a demigod street urchin who defends herself by throwing rotten fruit.
Zeus could not possibly expect me to fix the Oracle problem by myself. Not in my present weak condition. It’s time for me to drop in on Camp Half-Blood, where I might find some talented fodder . . . er, I mean heroes to help. No doubt they will welcome me as a celebrity! They will bring me holy offerings, like peeled grapes, Oreos, and – oh, gods – perhaps even bacon!
Mmm. Yes. If I survive this, I really must write an ode to the power of bacon . . .
Red Platoon by Clinton Romesha “‘It doesn’t get better.’ To us, that phrase nailed one of the essential truths, maybe even the essential truth, about being stuck at an outpost whose strategic and tactical vulnerabilities were so glaringly obvious to every soldier who had ever set foot in that place that the name itself – Keating – had become a kind of backhanded joke.”
In 2009, Clinton Romesha of Red Platoon and the rest of Black Knight Troop were preparing to shut down Command Outpost (COP) Keating, the most remote and inaccessible in a string of bases built by the US military in Nuristan and Kunar in the hope of preventing Taliban insurgents from moving freely back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Three years after its construction, the army was finally ready to concede what the men on the ground had known immediately: it was simply too isolated and too dangerous to defend.
On October 3, 2009, after years of constant smaller attacks, the Taliban finally decided to throw everything they had at Keating. The ensuing fourteen-hour battle – and eventual victory – cost eight Americans their lives.
Red Platoon is the riveting firsthand account of the Battle for COP Keating, told by Romesha, who spearheaded both the defense of the outpost and the counter-attack that drove the Taliban back beyond the wire and received the Medal of Honor for his actions.
A Different Kind of Daughter by Maria Toorpakai with Katharine Holstein Maria Toorpakai hails from Pakistan’s violently oppressive northwest tribal region, where the idea of women playing sports is considered haram-un-Islamic – forbidden – and girls rarely leave their homes. But she did, passing as a boy in order to play the sports she loved, thus becoming a lightning rod of freedom in her country’s fierce battle over women’s rights.
This riveting book tells of Maria’s harrowing journey to play the sport she knew was her destiny, first living as a boy and roaming the violent back alleys of of the frontier city of Peshawar, rising to become the number one female squash player in Pakistan. For Maria, squash was more than liberation – it was salvation. But it was also a death sentence, thrusting her into the national spotlight and the crosshairs of the Taliban, who wanted Maria and her family dead. Maria knew her only chance of survival was to flee the country.
Enter Jonathon Power, the first North American to earn the title of top squash player in the world, and the only person to heed Maria’s plea for help. Recognizing her determination and talent, Jonathon invited Maria to train and compete internationally in Canada. After years of living on the run from the Taliban, Maria packed up and left the only place she had ever known to move halfway across the globe and pursue her dream. Now Maria is well on her way to becoming a world champion as she continues to be a voice for oppressed women everywhere.
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo The irresistible Sully, who in the intervening years has come by some unexpected good fortune, is staring down a VA cardiologist’s estimate that he has only a year or two left, and it’s hard work trying to keep this news from the most important people in his life: Ruth, the married woman he carried on with for years . . . the ultra-hapless Rub Squeers, who worries that he and Sully aren’t still best friends . . . Sully’s son and grandson, for whom he was mostly an absentee figure (and now a regretful one). We also enjoy the company of Doug Raymer, the chief of police who’s obsessing primarily over the identity of the man his wife might’ve been about to run off with, before dying in a freak accident . . . Bath’s mayor, the former academic Gus Moynihan, whose wife problems are, if anything, even more pressing . . . and then there’s Carl Roebuck, whose lifelong run of failing upward might now come to ruin. And finally, there’s Charice Bond – a light at the end of the tunnel that is Chief Raymer’s office – as well as her brother, Jerome, who might well be the train barreling into the station.
Everybody’s Fool is filled with humor, heart, hard times and people you can’t help but love, possibly because their various faults make them so stridently human. This is classic Russo – and a crowning achievement from one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
Night Shift by Charlaine Harris At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves – only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.
Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.
And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose – which just might happen – it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be . . .
Five Presidents by Clint Hill with Lisa McCubbin As he did in the New York Times bestselling books Mrs. Kennedy and Me and Five Days in November, retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history to life with Five Presidents, a rare and fascinating portrait of the American presidency.
Clint Hill Delivers a stunning perspective from the eyes of an everyman who saw the most historic moments of the twenty-first century during his seventeen years protecting the most powerful office in the nation, Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era: the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.
With a unique insider’s perspective and a moving touch, Hill sheds new light on the character and personality of these five presidents, revealing their humanity in the face of grave decisions.
The Crown by Kiera Cass When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illea to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days untils he could send htem all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.
Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairy-tale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you . . . and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible – and more important – than she ever imagined.
The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux Enter Elizabeth Bennet. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous D.C. restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.
Enter Mr. Darcy. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home i s a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Mistaking Casey for a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of her own house. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. Hollywood he may be, but he’s no sweetheart to Casey – and she lets him know it!
The plot thickens. Sparks fly – literally – when Casey is recruited to play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Tate’s Mr. Darcy in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Just brushing past Tate makes Casey’s whole body hum. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to think she’s been too quick to judge. Tate is more down-to-earth than Casey expected, and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. But then Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law, Devlin Haines, who is playing Wickham, tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know: Is the intense, undeniable chemistry between them real, or is this just a performance that ends when the curtain falls?
Geometric Origami by Faye E. Goldman Build a gorgeous array of origami ornaments – all inspired by geometry – with the specially designed paper strips included with this kit. Beautifully detailed illustrations provide step-by-step instructions for fifteen unique creations.
We’ll see you soon! 🙂