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  • Beanstack
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    Participate in the library's reading programs using Beanstack.

  • Critical Insights: Authors

      This series focuses on an author’s entire body of work, providing literary criticism and biographical information. Authors included are: William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Barbara Kingsolver, Cormac McCarthy, Alice Walker, and Tennessee Williams.

    • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: History, Theme, & Technique

        Essays covering themes and concepts of graphic novels, including genres, time periods, foreign language traditions, social relevance, and craftsmanship such as penciling and inking.

      • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics

          In-depth insight for over 215 of the most popular and studied graphic novels. Researchers will be familiar with the characters and stories included in this collection, yet will gain a deeper understanding, as the literary nature of the stories is presented in critical format by leading writers in the field.

        • Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga

            In-depth insight for over 55 of the most popular manga graphic novels, ranging from metaseries to stand-alone books; focusing on translated works that have been particularly influential in the development of the manga tradition.

          • Gale Books and Authors

              Gale Books and Authors brings ease, authority and fun to the question of "what do I read next?" This resource can also be used to enhance the experience of the book you are reading; dig deeper into its themes and origins; or learn how the author's life and times contributed to the work.

            • Gale Literature
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              Perfect for students and literary researchers, Gale Literature allows you to discover literary connections with a traditional search as well as a visual search, bringing new insights to literature study.

            • Gale Literature: LitFinder

                Find Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech or poetry by Issa Kobayashi of Japan. Spanning history and geography, LitFinder delivers an extensive, ever-growing selection of full-text online poems, short stories, essays, speeches and plays. These works represent more than 80,000 authors, 660 nationalities and virtually every time period. Extra features include a glossary of poetry terms, dictionary search, hundreds of explanations on the most-studied contemporary poems and stories, and author biographies and illustrations. This research tool is suitable for students, book clubs and general readers.

              • Novelist Plus

                   Looking for a book? Want to know what title is next in a series? Like an author and want to read something similar? Need a recommendation for your book club? NoveList has information on over 200,000 fiction and non-fiction titles, including popular author Read-a-likes, book discussion guides, award lists and much more. With over 45,000 subjects to explore, your next book is only waiting to be discovered.

                • Online Book Clubs powered by DearReader
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                  Introduce yourself to new authors and books each week by reading daily short excerpts sent to your email. Choose from a variety of genres. Sign-up is easy and free.

                • WorldCat
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                  OCLC catalog of books, Web resources, and other material worldwide.

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                Presidential Preference Primary Election Early Voting at Select Library Locations

                Ten OCLS Branch locations will host early voting for the 2024 Early Voting Primary Election from Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 17 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.): Alafaya, Chickasaw, Fairview Shores, Hiawassee, South Creek, Southeast, Southwest, Washington Park, West Oaks, and Winter Garden. Learn more about early voting at select library locations >