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20 10, 2016

Staff Picks: Dear Mr. M

By |October 20th, 2016|

You might recognize Herman Koch’s name from his bestselling 2012 novel The Dinner. A Dutch writer, Koch is a master at creating unnerving literary thrillers. Dear Mr. M is Koch’s third novel to be translated into English, and like The Dinner, and his last novel, Summer House with Swimming Pool,

30 06, 2016

Staff Picks: Race, Slavery, and Mysteries of Imagination

By |June 30th, 2016|

Earlier in June I had the great fortune of attending Book Expo America (BEA) in Chicago. BEA is a librarian’s dream. We were able to meet authors, hear about upcoming book releases, and even snag advance copies of some of the titles. I picked up many titles that I’m excited

10 03, 2016

Read of the Week: The Year of Living Danishly

By |March 10th, 2016|

Do you ever think about where you would live if you didn’t live here? Would you ever consider moving to a foreign country? (I usually play this game every winter when the cold and snow get to be too much.)   I often read about these studies rating the happiest countries

29 09, 2015

Library Resources: Books for Adults of All Reading Levels

By |September 29th, 2015|

Like many avid readers, I got my love of reading from my family. My parents and grandparents were all big readers, my grandmother especially. She was always reading the latest thriller or political book. But when she got older and developed dementia, reading became more difficult for her. She had

20 08, 2015

Read of the Week: The Underwriting

By |August 20th, 2015|

Described as “The Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street”,  Michelle Miller’s debut novel The Underwriting, sounded like the perfect summer read. I really have no understanding of how things work on Wall Street, so I thought I might gain a little insight while enjoying a juicy read. I

28 05, 2015

Read of the Week: The Last Town on Earth

By |May 28th, 2015|

This winter the Library held a Cozy Blanket Bingo contest, which was a great hit with patrons and staff. It challenged participants to read something they might not normally read. My goal was to finish every square on the Bingo card, which I did and it helped me cross a

7 01, 2015

Read of the Week: Station Eleven

By |January 7th, 2015|

I started reading Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven right at the height of the Ebola scare, which given its premise, probably wasn’t the best timing, but I quickly became immersed in this wonderful, multi-layered novel. Hollywood actor Arthur Leander is performing in King Lear one snowy night when he

18 12, 2014

Best Fiction Books of 2014

By |December 18th, 2014|

The end of every year heralds the inevitable arrival of the “Best Of” book lists. From the New York Times, to NPR, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Amazon and countless others, everybody has list. Usually they just serve as a reminder of how many books I didn’t get to this

28 10, 2014

Secrets to being a trivia champion!

By |October 28th, 2014|

If you haven’t attended one of the Library’s Thinks and Drinks Trivia Night at Trax Tavern and Grill, you are missing out on a great time! We’ve been hosting trivia for over a year and it’s always one of our most popular events. We have five rounds of trivia with

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