Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What We're Reading: John Harvey



Good bait by John Harvey (M HARVEY) 

I’d forgotten how much I liked John Harvey until I picked up Good bait. 

Two cases intersect for DCI Karen Shields in London and DI Trevor Cordon in Cornwall although they never meet. Harvey lays out the connection between the body of a dead teenager from Moldova found frozen on Hampstead Heath and a missing young woman with past history to DI Cordon. He tells a good story as always-Eastern European thugs, money laundering, organized crime and the vicious crime of murder all come together.



Darkness, Darkness by John Harvey (M HARVEY) 

Charley Resnick’s final case: a body turns up during excavation. Charley is retired from the police, but a colleague asks him to help her officially investigate it. The victim is a woman who disappeared during the Miner’s Strike thirty years earlier, and Charley knew her. He remembers the violence and double dealing on both sides during the Strike- hard feelings still remain. Was the victim collateral damage to the Strike or was there another reason? 

John Harvey created a wonderful character in Charley Resnick of the Nottingham police. I’m really sorry that he’s decided Charley has come to the end of the road. If you haven’t read the others in the series (and his other books), do so. They are excellent.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

eBooks, eBooks - What’s it all about?



September 14-20 is eBook week at the library!

What’s the advantage of reading an eBook? They're great for trips-you can download many books on one device and really lighten your load.  If you like to read in bed, some eReaders have their own light - no need to use that flashlight under the covers. They can be checked out from anywhere in the world, at any time! There are no late fees with eBooks - they virtually return themselves. And some readers find they just prefer eBooks over the traditional paper book.

Next week you can learn the ins and outs of library ebooks, whether you're new to the format, or just want to know more about what we offer. Join an eBook tour to be amazed and delighted by the wide world of our eBook collections.

Tours will take place in the Second Floor Training Center:

  • Monday September 15, 2 pm 
  • Tuesday September 16, Noon 
  • Wednesday September 17, 7 pm 
  • Friday Sept 19, 10:30 am 


The Library is going on the road to the Senior Center, Tuesday September 16, 7 pm for a special presentation on eBooks for readers with visual impairments.

Thursday September 18 is Read an eBook Day. Join others across the nation and try it out! The Library will have a dedicated computer for patrons to read a portion of an eBook.

Drop in on the eReader Fair on Saturday, September 20, between 11:30 and 12:30. If you’re in the market for a reader or tablet, you can try out different devices-we’ll have versions of Nooks, Kindles, Ipads and we'll have the Nexus7, which we also lend (the Library has these for checkout).  Library staff members and some special guests will be on hand to answer questions as you explore.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Happy Birthday, ESL club


Happy birthday to you! Happy birthday to you!

Did you know that the tune is the same in other languages? I heard it in Russian, Chinese, Thai, English and Spanish as the Library marked the first full year of the drop-in ESL Conversation Club on Wednesday, August 27, with a birthday cake and other treats. We don’t always have food, but we always have fun learning about other cultures.

There are usually about forty people at our ESL Conversation Club every Wednesday, 5-6 pm in the Community Room. We use different formats to spark conversation.  On special occasions, we have a party.  Sometimes we have a "speed dating" style meeting, where we have seven minute conversations with lots of different people.

And sometimes we sit in small conversation groups - one native English speaker per table and then four or five non-native speakers with different levels of English. Last week, my table had citizens of Japan, Thailand, Iran, Turkey and Argentina eager to improve their conversational English. Every week is a different topic; sometimes we stay on topic, other times we digress. I’ve gotten some great tips from my table mates on good restaurants to try featuring their cuisines.

We can always use more native speakers –please drop in any Wednesday for some great conversation.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Anyone But You


maggie the reader rabbit

Our Adult Summer Reading program is petering out, but Maggie is still hopping along with her reading. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:


Anyone but You

By Jennifer Crusie
Fiction Crusie


This light-hearted, feel-good novel is a perfect summer read.  Divorcee Nina Askew celebrates her newly acquired freedom by adopting a dog.  While Fred is not the bouncy puppy she's been dreaming of, he's got character - slow and smelly basset hound character.  Through Fred, Nina meets the handsome (and ten-years younger) doctor downstairs.  Their growing relationship is a great story.  Crusie writes funny, endearing characters, both animal and human.  Anyone but You is very enjoyable.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Pack of Two


maggie the reader rabbit

Our Adult Summer Reading program is petering out, but Maggie is still hopping along with her reading. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:


Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs

By Caroline Knapp
LT 636.7088 Knapp

“Pack of two” by Caroline Knapp (LT 636.7088 Knapp) Author Caroline Knapp had reached a crossroads in her life: both parents died within a year of each other and she stopped drinking alcohol. To fill the void, she became the proud owner of a eight-week-old puppy from the shelter, whom she named Lucille. She gave Lucille a home, but Lucille gave her so much more: love, companionship, a way to live beyond alcohol. 
I almost never feel lonely when I’m in the company of the dog…Out in the world with her, I have found a path to others. At home with her, I have found a way to be alone without the ache. 
When she realized the impact Lucille had on her life, she began to interview other dog owners about their experiences and researched the owner-pet bond as well. With this book, she ably captured the joys, frustrations, missteps, fantasies and successes which are part of the learning curve for humans and canines alike.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: War Horse


maggie the reader rabbit

Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:



War Horse

By Michael Morpurgo
J Fiction Morpungo




I haven’t read a book about a horse since I read Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty when I was eight but I was drawn to Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse after I saw the adaptation in play form in San Francisco a few years ago.War Horse is an autobiography, just like Black Beauty.  It’s 1914-Joey is a red bay colt, sold at auction to a drunken farmer. Albert, the farmer’s son, bonds with Joey, sees all Joey’s promise and does his best to train him, limiting contact between his father and his horse.Summer ends: Europe is at war.  Albert’s father sells Joey to the army as a mount for the cavalry, but Albert is too young to go to war with Joey. As a war horse, Joey serves many masters-an English captain, a battle-worn young trooper, German stretcher cases, a French farmer and his granddaughter-before Albert joins the veterinary service and finds Joey in France. The story makes clear war’s horror and its resulting carnage (human and animal) but it is balanced by moments of great tenderness.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reader Rabbit Recommends: Following Atticus


maggie the reader rabbit

Join our Adult Summer Reading program, and Paws to Read along with Maggie. Maggie is not only a wonderful pet, she loves to sink her teeth into a good book.  

This week Maggie (our Reader Rabbit) recommends:



Following Atticus: Forty-Eight High Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship

By Tom Ryan
Non-Fiction, 2nd floor, 796.522 Ryan



This is an uplifting book to add to your summer reading! Tom writes the true story of himself, his little dog and their shared passion for mountain climbing.  Tom was the owner/writer of a small town newspaper in Massachusetts when he adopted a miniature schnauzer puppy and gave him the name Atticus M. Finch.  After one hike in the mountains, Tom and Atticus discovered their passion to climb mountains together.  This unlikely pair of hikers, a self-described middle-aged, overweight man and his little dog, climbed all forty-eight of New Hampshire’s four-thousand-foot peaks in their first summer, often climbing two or three peaks a day.  Then they attempted to climb all forty-eight mountains in the winter, not once but twice, to raise money for charity.  But this book isn’t as much a mountain climbing adventure book as it is a charming sketch of the funny, obstinate puppy, who becomes Tom’s best friend.  Showing incredible stamina for such a small dog, Atticus is always twenty feet ahead on the trail, leading the way up mountain peaks.  When they reach each peak, Atticus becomes “Little Buddha”, sitting and gazing at the view for almost an hour.  Tom describes their hikes as solitary walking meditations.  The book is infused with quotes from Emerson, Thoreau and others.  This book will make you laugh and cry.  It will uplift you and remind you that it is time spent in the natural world that heals the soul.