Last time I gave you a list of 12 ways to save money with a free Juniata County Library card. I had to shorten this list because I was going to run out of column space! Today, I’m giving you the rest of the list: 12 More Ways to Save Money with a Free Juniata County Library Card:
1. Let us get you a book from another library: If we are unable to purchase a book for our collection, we can look to borrow it from another library. You can submit your requests in person or on our website.
2. Borrow print and digital reference books: We still have print reference books, but many more are now available for you to read online for free anytime. The online format allows us to continue to obtain the latest editions more easily.
3. Borrow Audiobooks: Do you like listening to books? Borrow books on CD from the library for your next family trip or just to play around the house. You can also get eAudio books on your smart device.
4. Fill a Bag at our $5 Book Sale: Our Friends of the Library hold book sales throughout the year and for just $5 you can fill a bag full of books, magazines, DVDs, Music CDs, CD books and puzzles. Their next sale will be the week of October 17. Visit our website for all the details.
5. Youth Programs: Offered by United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, you and your little ones can attend story times, math and book clubs, and more throughout the year!
6. Youth play area: Speaking of your little ones, we have a big play area in our kids room. It includes lots of toys as well as a new touchscreen computer that lets your little ones play educational games. Plus, there’s a comfy chair for you, the adult, to sit in while you watch your little ones have fun!
7. Borrow a Chromebook: Need a full computer screen to view something online? Borrow a free Chromebook from the library. A Chromebook is an easy-to-use laptop ideal for accessing content such as websites or documents that are too large to display on a small phone screen.
8. One-on-one tech support: Bought a new phone, computer, camera, or other tech gadget and you don’t know how it works? Or do you want to learn more about using your current device? Contact the library and ask Vince to schedule a free one-on-one appointment so you can familiarize yourself with your device. Feel free to give the library what you think the time was worth to you! We plan to run classes this fall on using Microsoft Word and iPhones. Stay tuned for dates and times.
9. Scan a document: we can scan your documents and save them on a USB key or send them as an attachment to an e-mail address. Both options are free.
10. Book Club Kits: Want to start a book club? We lend book club kits which include a bag of multiple copies of the same book. Visit our website to see a list of all the book club kits we offer.
11. Lamination: need to laminate certain pages? We do it for $1 per page!
12. Disk Cleanup: Do you have scratched CDs or DVDs that don’t play properly? We can clean them for $1 per disc. Note: We cannot guarantee that they will play normally, but we will do our best.
book of the week
If you must read a book, try this one:
Heat 2 by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner (released August 9, 2022)
(New Adult Fiction, Thriller, Detective, Movie Link)
One of my favorite films of all time is Heat, which came out in 1995 and has a star-studded cast that includes Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd and more.
Like Batman and the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008), Heat introduces the viewer to an unstoppable force encountering an immovable object: Los Angeles Police Detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino) tracking high-level robber Neil McCauley (De Niro) and his crew.
There have been recurring talks for years of Mann releasing a movie, TV show, and/or book that would serve as a prequel, providing readers with background on the characters. After all these years, we’re finally given a book (Mann’s first mystery novel) that sheds light on what happened before (and after) the iconic film.
A little background: The men in the movie Heat are addicted to their lives. There’s a scene where the thieves basically have all the money they need. They can retire. McCauley even has a chosen location in New Zealand.
But another job presents itself, and they cannot resist it: “It’s the juice. It is action. says one of McCauley’s crew robbers. The film opens with a complicated armored car theft involving stolen tractor-trailers and tow trucks. It continues with a meticulously engineered bank heist. McCauley is the mastermind. Hanna is the guy in charge of guessing her next move.
In Heat 2, the reader learns how McCauley ended up leading a heist squad as well as how Hanna became such a focused cop. Heat 2 takes the reader through the 7 years leading up to Heat and introduces a new cast that shaped what is shown in the film.
The opening of Heat 2 provides the reader with details about Heat, so it is not necessary to have watched the movie. However, the reader will certainly want to see (or re-watch) the film afterwards.
Final verdict: I can’t wait to read this book and see the movie again!
Vince Giordano has served as Librarian and Director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.