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We want to keep you all up on what’s going on in the library and what we expect to happen. We are continuing curbside service and waiting for the governor’s talk on May 18. So, I can’t tell you when the building will open. I can, however, tell you more about the plans we have for reopening. Last week we shared part of the plan with you. This is all new for us, too, so things may change from day to day.
First, we will continue curbside service even after the building opens. We know that many of you won’t feel comfortable coming in and we want you to be able to get materials. Please continue to call or email us and let us know what you would like to check out.
Second, when the building opens you will be required to wear a mask inside the building. We will have some available, but if you have one of your own, please wear it so that our supply will last. You’ll be greeted by one of our folks who will have hand sanitizer to spray on your hands.
Everyone will have a one hour time limit in the library. Please make plans to come and go in that time period. Parents, if you drop off a child age 10 and older, you must pick them up within an hour. If a child is left longer, you’ll be called and you can pick your child up at the police station. As always, if your child is under 10, he must be accompanied by an adult. Believe me, I know this sounds harsh and I absolutely hate it, but we are just doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy. We’re looking forward to the time when we can resume all of our activities. We just don’t know when that will happen.
Now, back to a happy place. . .books. I can’t believe it took me so long to find The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. It’s World War II in Guernsey and the story is told through letters. Read the book first and then watch the Netflix adaptation. They are both very, very good.
Some years ago, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells was a well-deserved hit. It explores the relationship of a mother and daughter through the eyes of the mother’s friends. This is a wonderful book about friendship among women and broken and mended family ties. Read the book and skip the movie.
Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is a sweet, sweet story of a child trying to “raise” her mentally ill mother. Cee Cee is rescued by a relative from the South. The sweetness and southern charm really get to you in this one.
Lisa See’s series that begins with Shanghai Girls is outstanding. The book opens just before World War II begins. Pearl and Mae are sisters living privileged lives in Shanghai. The story sees them through great loss in Shanghai to new beginnings in the United States.
I think that Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is Jamie Ford’s first book. It’s set in World War II and involves the Japanese-American interment. It’s a lovely story of friendship between a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl who lose touch when she is sent to one of the camps. It’s a great read. All of Ford’s books are good. This just happens to be my favorite.
In The Storied Life of AJ Fikrey by Gabriella Zevin, Fikrey is a grumpy man who happens to own a bookstore. One day he finds an abandoned toddler among the stacks. This child transforms Fikrey and the story of their life together is touching.
Lisa Wingate is a delight. A couple of years ago her thirtieth novel, Before We Were Yours, became a New York Times bestseller. It stayed on the list for months. Most of her books are wonderful. When we met, I told her that her first series, Tending Roses, was still my favorite. Believe it or not, she agreed and said that those books were more hers than the ones that followed. I also recommend her series Blue Sky Hill. Jeanette just finished her latest, The Book of Lost Friends, and she said that it’s a winner.
I would love to share some of your reviews. Email them to me at email@example.com.
Check on your neighbor and read a good book. Happy reading!
Helen Thompson | Director, Mount Pleasant Public Library