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Brainfuse, JobNow and VetNow

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Belmond Public Library is pleased to announce the launch of Brainfuse,Jobnow and VetNow -
support for your community's veterans and their families with navigating the VA bureaucracy, providing academic tutoring, and employment transition assistance.
Brainfuse and Vetnow will be available to all patrons from any computer or mobile device at  
This link is located under the "Online Resources" tab on our home page.  

Brainfuse includes the following features:

COLLEGE SKILLS: Users build academic skills and prepare for college with VetNow's array of tools, including:
• Interaction with live tutors in a wide range of college level subjects
• Live skills  tutoring  and  an  extensive  library of lessons, video tutorials, and practice tests including SAT, ACT, TEAS, HESI,  GRE, GMAT and more
• Live or asynchronous expert analysis of writing, complete with constructive comments
• Asynchronous 24/7 help with academic questions
• Live help for language  learners
• Create and share flashcards, tests, and educational games

JOB TOOLS: Designed to help with all stages of the job hunting process, the VetNow Job Tools feature career coaching, expert resume assistance, live interview preparation, and more. With the Job Tools patrons are able to:
• Use the career resources to discover their best career fit based on education, experience,  and personality
• Search for a job with nationwide and local resources
• Download template for the most common resume types
• Receive resume and cover letter assistance from  trained experts
• Brush up on interview techniques or get live online interview practice from trained job coaches
VetNow includes the following features:  

LIVE ONLINE NAVIGATORS: VetNow Navigators are trained to help veterans and families connect with valuable benefits and resources:
• Answer questions related to  benefits eligibility
• Refer patrons to applicable community resources for housing, healthcare and education benefits
• Assist patrons with locating accredited claims agents

About Brainfuse™
Brainfuse is one of the nation's leading online tutoring providers, serving a diversified client base of libraries, school districts and colleges/universities for over 18 years. With Brainfuse, users receive real-time tutoring from instructors via our proprietary online classroom. We serve hundreds of library systems throughout the country, including the New Mexico State Library, the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, the San Francisco Public Library, the Sacramento Public Library, The Free Library of Philadelphia, and North America's largest homework help program through the Chicago Public Library.
For more information about Brainfuse services, please contact us at

Recommended by the Librarians

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Library Clerk, Sonya Trager

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Synopsis: (excerpt is taken from Goodreads) When her daughter, Bee, claims a family trip to Antarctica as a reward for perfect grades, Bernadette, a fiercely intelligent shut-in, throws herself into preparations for the trip. After a school fundraiser goes disastrously awry at her hands, she disappears, leaving her family to pick up the pieces--which is exactly what Bee does. Bee and her father set out on a trip to find Bernadette to gain answers and closure.

My Impression: When tasked with giving my impression of the book, I struggle. After finishing, I had an overwhelming sense of gratitude for having read the book. The story actually evoked emotions from me that I have not experienced in many books I have recently read. I felt genuine anger and frustration at the actions of various characters, hope and sorrow for Bernadette, and compassion for Bee. I think this is one of those books where the mindset, background, and the personality of the reader really has a large effect on what the reader gets out of it. I enjoyed the novel immensely, but I am unsure that I enjoyed it enough to read it more than once. I really recommend this for people who enjoy personal narratives, fiction that takes a creative format, young adult fiction, or even “chick lit”. For the most part, I think anyone could read this book and get something from it, even if it’s only gratitude for having read it.




The Disasters by M.K England
Library Clerk, Sonya Trager


Books reviews tote this as a great book for people who are fans of the TV show, "Firefly". I have to agree completely! I truly think that the author might be a fan of the show, especially given the author introduced a planet by the name of “Serenity” to the plot.

Synopsis: Nax Hall, hotshot pilot, is kicked out of the Ellis Station Academy. While waiting at the station to leave the academy and return to Earth, Nax meets up with three other Academy washouts. The four end up in the middle of a terrorist attack on the academy and make a quick escape only to find themselves as suspects. The four have been witness to one of the largest crimes and conspiracies in history. Nax and his friends work to spread the truth of the incident and clear their own names.

My impression: I love young adult novels and have a fondness for Sci-fi. This book fell comfortably onto my “must read” list. I was not disappointed. This book was a lot of fun to read. The story pacing was great and kept moving along. The action and humor kept me entertained. If you are looking for a deep, meaningful read, this is probably not the book for you. If you want a lighthearted space adventure, jump right in! Definitely a coming of age story worth reading.





Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink

I really enjoyed Hendricks’ and Pekkanen’s book, “The Wife Between Us”, so it was really a no brainer that I would pick up and devour their latest book, “The Anonymous Girl”. I liked that the book got right into the guts. The authors do an amazing job at keeping the reader guessing. You really do not know what is going to happen until it does. Most books in the thriller category these days tend to be alike, or at the very least predicable. “The Anonymous Girl” will not fall into the category predicable or like others.
The book starts with the main character, Jess, finishing up her day working as a makeup artist. She overhears her two clients talking about entering a study about ethics. The study will pay participants just to answer a few questions. Jess ends up fooling her way into the study and soon forms a relationship with Dr. Shields unlike one she has ever had before. She is able to talk with Dr. Shields and reveals a lot about herself. Soon the ethical tests Dr. Shields sends Jess on seem odd. Jess does a bit of digging and finds Dr. Shields is not who she puts herself out to be. Is Jess being paranoid or should she trust her instincts?
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books with a bit of mystery with a thriller aspect. 
The authors are perfectly paired to each other and I am already looking forward to their next book, let’s hope they announce it soon.

Trigger Warning: Suicide, sexual assault, death and drug use.

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
Technical Services Librarian, Mandi Rink


Irene Steel is a sixty something magazine editor, recently demoted, mother of two boys and a loving wife, living in Iowa City. Her life seems idyllic and uncomplicated. She is shocked to get a phone call that her husband, Russel Steel, has passed away unexpectedly and tragically in a helicopter crash over the Caribbean islands. She is even more shocked to find that her husband had a woman with him in the helicopter, who is later found out to be his lover. Irene and her two adult sons fly out to the Caribbean for more information while they wait for Russ’ remains to be delivered to Russ’ villa. While at St. John’s Island, the brothers fight, secrets are exposed, and Irene begins to question her entire life. It sounds like a very cliché, predictable book when you read the synopsis, but it is not. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much and that I am actually looking forward to the next two in the trilogy. If you enjoy a good mystery with plenty of romance and humor, I recommend this. The characters are relatable and written in third person allowing you to see into all their heads. At the end of this book, you will no longer think Irene Steel lives an uncomplicated, idyllic life. You, I believe, will want to know more about the complicated life she has uncovered after her husband’s death.



Tech Thursday

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If you need help with a basic technology problem stop by for some help during our Thursday Tech Hour 2 to 3 PM. 

Belmond's Book Club

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Belmond's Online Book Club

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Introducing Belmond Public Library's first Online Book Club! Registration is ongoing.

If you have any other questions please contact the Belmond Public Library at 641-444-4160.

beTWEEN The Pages Book Club

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January - Break
Febuary - 28 
March- 28 
All meetings will be held from 6:30PM - 7:30 PM

Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts, and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community.  You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

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