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Leonardo da Vinci was one of humanity’s most creative thinkers. His artistic masterworks helped define the Renaissance.

Lady with an Ermine

Summertime is for reading! We all know that. After all, as of the posting of this blog, the 6,176 registered participants in the Mayor's Summer Reading Challenge have already read for 1,710,638 minutes this summer.

But that doesn't mean we can't relax with a good movie or TV show from time to time, so here are 10 titles we're watching this summer.

Kim Fenneman, author of Corn-fed with Rice on the Side: a light-hearted view of daily life as a Korean Adoptee, visited Frisco Library. She spoke about experiences growing up as an adoptee from Korea growing up in northeast Iowa.


Q. Why did you write the book and why do you think it is important to tell this story?

Literacy, the ability to read and write, is something that most of us take for granted.


But you may be surprised to learn that, according to the Collin County Adult Literacy Council, the illiteracy rate in Collin County is approximately 11%, 18% of residents do not speak English at home, and 13% of residents are foreign born.

Looking for your next eBook read? It's easy...


Start with the catalog on the Library website. Why? It has more advanced search technology than any of our apps - you can search ALL of our eBooks from ALL of our vendors with a single search. When using the apps, you have to search each separately since each offers different titles.


On the catalog, change the Search "Everything" drop down menu to "Digital Catalog." This searches only our eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Summertime is the perfect time to read lots of books -- and take a vacation. So why not combine the two? Here are our recommendations of great books in which to take a vacation.


1. Around the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin


Many of you who shared your thoughts with us as part of the Master Plan process commented on eBooks. You want "more eBooks" -- and you would like them to be more convenient. (You like convenience -- the convenience of not having to visit the Library building to download them is one of the things you told us you appreciate!)


School’s out and you’re looking for activities to keep your kiddos busy.


Maybe you’re lucky, and like Joshua Trejo, your family just wants to spend time at home relaxing.



Or maybe like Casey and Joey Osgood, you're looking forward to reading lots of books, but also enjoying the summer sun at Hawaiian Falls and the beach.

We can't express how much we value the 1800 of you who have contributed your voice to your Library's Master Plan process in the past few months. We greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. Thank you!


Long commutes, workout motivation, or just a preference for auditory learning... there are lots of reasons to listen to a book (or some music). Here are a few staff picks for your next great listen.


Audiobooks


David:


We all love to fill up our smart phones with the latest apps available. But it pays to be careful! In our 30 Apps in 30 Minutes classes, we talk about Hackers, Scams, and Bad App Developers who are out there just waiting to get you.



So, before you download, make sure to do your homework:

Are you trying to raise a self-confident child? In The Secrets of Happy Families Bruce Feiler discusses research demonstrating that children who know their family history handle stress better than those who don't.

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