Do you or other library staff
want to help shape the shared enki collection?
Smashwords, an aggregator of
ebooks by indie-authors, has been a huge proponent of working directly with
public libraries to make independently published materials are available to
Califa has been provided a very
large list of titles available for possible purchase for the enki platform and
has put aside a good amount of money to spend on these materials.
In order to help shape this
collection, we are seeking staff with the following skills from participating
• Strong understanding of reading trends and
• Collection development experience
• Fluency with Excel spreadsheets
• An interest in selecting materials for which
no professional review information exists
If you are interested and you
can devote about eight to twelve hours to this project over the next six weeks,
please contact Elliot Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 927-3220. He will
then work with you to find a collection area that meets your expertise,
interests and schedule.
We have added over 1400 new
titles in the past week. Marc records will be up soon for loading into your
New Harbinger Publications
New Harbinger Publications is an East Bay
based publisher of high quality self-help and psychology books. They specialize
in books that cover the topics of anxiety, anger, self-esteem, depression and
other common mental health issues. Due to New
Harbinger's history of publishing authoritative works on popular topics,
and its presence here in the SF Bay Area, Califa and Contra Costa County Library
staff identified this publisher as a potential key partner at
the very beginning of the enki project, and we are happy to now be able to
offer titles from this publisher via enki.
Here are some examples of New Harbinger
Publications titles now available for check-out in enki:
Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to
show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper
spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided
meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain
states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most
importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally
change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book offers meditations, mindfulness
practices, self-inquiry exercises, and yoga poses that soothe anxious feelings
and develop mental clarity. Before long, you'll free yourself from the anxiety
and fears that hold you back and learn to live with a more open heart and
resilient mind. Just as yoga helps you feel more at home in your body, the
mental and physical practices in Yoga for Anxiety help you increase your sense
of contentment in life.
Written by a supervising psychologist who
specializes in child behavioral issues, Parenting Your Child with ADHD presents
a groundbreaking program for parents seeking to reduce their child's
inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and strengthen his or her capacity
for self-reliance and cooperation.
Abdo Publishing is a leader in the field
of educational, nonfiction juvenile publications, and Library users now have
access to over 1,100 Abdo ebook titles through enki. This is a
significant opportunity to provide both homework-help support and fun reading
for library patrons throughout California. Like most other publishers of
juvenile nonfiction materials, Abdo has invested a huge amount of energy
into helping to satisfy common core curriculum while also providing fun,
interesting reading for kids.
For the enki collection, Librarians from
Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area selected titles they believe
best match children's informational and recreational reading needs. Coverage is
broad and includes such topics as astronomy, animals, values, states,
countries, continents, and a whole lot more. It also includes
a significant collection of phonics readers, graphic novels
and Spanish language materials. Here are some good examples of Abdo
titles that were recently added to enki:
The science projects in Super Simple Things to
Do with Bubbles: Fun and Easy Science for Kids are easy and fun! Young readers
can find the common household elements around the house and then complete the
projects at home. No laboratory required! Each simple activity includes how-to
photos, easy instructions, and short explanations. Readers will be thinking
like scientists in no time! Besides adhering to science standards, this title
also includes beginning math principles.
Dive into the underwater world of the great
white shark! This book's large, up-close photographs will impress readers as
they learn about the great white's size, appearance, and special features, such
as its powerful jaws and sharp teeth. A labeled diagram gives readers a
full-body view of this huge predator. The great white's diet, life cycle, and
habitat are also introduced, and a colorful map shows where great whites live.
Readers will also learn about the great white's special senses such as its
lateral line, and how this fearsome fish uses them to outlast humans and other
threats. A facts page, bolded glossary terms, and an index supplement the
easy-to-read chapter text.
Find out what goes on every day inside of the
human body! This title offers children an exciting voyage through the brain.
Detailed illustrations, color photos, and simple text combine to make a fun and
easy introduction to how the brain works. This book also includes simple
activities and crafts like Reaction Action, Thinking Cap and how to make a
Brain with how-to photos to further engage young learners.