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We’re planning to see you next week. Our doors open at 9 a.m. Tuesday and here’s what you’ll find when you visit: We have hand sanitizer for you at the door. We’ll check your temperature and make sure you are wearing a mask. You can’t come in without a mask. There is a one-hour limit in the library, including computer use. You’ll find hand sanitizer throughout the building, so feel free to use it. Library hours are 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. We aren’t crazy about the changes we’ve had to make, but we’re doing our best for everyone.
If you’re happy with the noon and five p.m. curbside service, please keep using it. We plan to continue that as long as it’s needed. Just call or email us with your book, CD or DVD needs and we’ll have them ready for you to pick up.
Better times are ahead! Jeanette and Natalie are busy modifying summer programs. A couple of things you can look forward to will take place in Caldwell Park. Beginning Tuesday, June 16, Natalie will lead Preschool Story Time there, much like we’ve always done in the building. That begins at 11 a.m. There will also be a Book Walk for the whole family to enjoy.
I always look forward to the Library Reads list which arrives monthly with recommendations on brand new books. The books listed will all come out in June.
The top pick for the month is Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and it is “a perfect gothic mystery with an updated sensibility that will appeal to the modern reader. Noemi is a Mexico City socialite in the 1950s. When her father receives a disturbing letter from his niece, he sends Noemi to check on her cousin at the remote house where she is living—a grotesque and rotting English-style mansion, built on dirt imported from England by the colonialist family she has married into. Lush descriptions and the creepy atmosphere make this a good choice for readers who liked The Witch Elm, The Little Stranger, or The Haunting of Hill House.” (6-30) Lorena Neal
Five authors made the Hall of Fame author list with Library Reads. The fist one is Nalini Singh and her book is Alpha Night. “This continuation of the Psy-Changeling series features the shapeshifting wolves of Moscow and their pack alpha, Selenka. It also brings back many characters from previous books. This is another enjoyable fast-paced paranormal romance from Singh.” (6-9) Cathy Shields
Dance Away with Me by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is “a slow-burn romance that centers around a grieving young idow who is drawn into the life of a frustrated artist. The story’s darker turns are lightened by humor drawn from the small-town Tennessee setting. This one is highly recommended.” (6-9) Rose Miller
“If you knew something that was certain to change everything, would you keep it a secret to hold on to tranquility for one more day? B.A. Paris’s driving narrative in The Dilemma alternates between the perspectives of a husband and wife, and guarantees your book club will be divided over this very question.” (6-30) Lorri Steinbacher
In Home Before Dark by Riley Sager, “Maggie’s father wrote a famous book about the family’s paranormal experiences when she was a child living at Baneberry Hall. Twenty-six years later she returns to the house to finally face what happened long ago. This suspenseful and compelling book keeps you guessing to the very end.” (6-30) Ashley Borer
The fifth Hall of Fame author is Jasmine Guillory and her book is Party of Two. “In the fifth book of the Wedding Date series, sparks fly between a smart, independent lawyer and a charming, impulsive senator. Guillory thoughtfully incorporates serious issues into her books while keeping the tone light and uplifting. This is sweet, sexy, and a lot of fun.” (6-23) Jayme Hughes-Gartin
I’m smack dab in the middle of The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson. I’ve decided that Winston Churchill is my hero! This is a fabulous nonfiction book that reads just like a novel. Larson’s research is incredible, thanks to the extensive notes people around Churchill took. If you want to put a face on history and see it come alive, read this book.
Take care of yourself, be kind and read a good book.
Helen Thompson, Director | Mount Pleasant Library