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The Friends’ Annual Book Sale is scheduled for June 24-26. The big news this year is that we’re having it at the Civic Center. Last year’s sale didn’t happen because of Covid, so we have a huge assortment of books, DVDs and CDs for sale and we’re grateful for the big space we’ll have at the Civic Center. Donations are still welcome, and if you have gently used materials, drop them by the library. Please don’t leave them outside. Give us a call and we’ll help you get them into the building.
Five Hall of Fame authors are listed in May’s Library Reads list. Among them is Chris Bohjalian’s Hour of the Witch. “In Puritan New England, Mary Deerfield is trapped in a marriage with a violent man. She has the audacity to file for divorce in a time where women were accused of witchcraft for any perceived slight or behavior. This book is filled with strong women and speaks to the witch hunts of today.” (5-4) Lisa Casper
Alyssa Cole’s latest is How to Find a Princess. “Billed as a retelling of Anastasia, a long-lost princess falls for the investigator who tracks her down. This full-length romance from Cole, the latest in her delightful Runaway Royals series, makes for a fun read.” (5-25) Annabelle Mortensen
Local Woman Missing is by Mary Kubica. “A kidnapped child, two dead women, affairs, secrets, and a malpractice suit seem like a lot to pack into one book, but Kubica skillfully weaves the plot to create a perfect level of intrigue in this twisty suspense novel.” (5-18) Sandra Woodbury
In Andy Weir’s Hail Mary, “Ryland Grace wakes up alone on a spaceship with amnesia. Gradually he remembers being on a one-way journey to save Earth from a dying sun. Then he encounters Rocky, an engineer on a similar mission. Hard to put down and impossible to forget, this is ingenious science fiction to celebrate and share.” (5-4) Brenda O’Brien
“A statistician and a geneticist are an unlikely match in a DNA-based dating app in Soulmate Equation, the latest breezy romance from Christina Lauren. What follows is sure to pull on readers’ heartstrings and even get them interested in the science of genetics.” (5-18) Melissa Stumpe
Gaylon and I were stuck in the car for several hours this past weekend, so we began listening to Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen. Paulsen is best known as a children’s author, but his books appeal to adults as well. This one, written in third person, is actually autobiographical and deals with his early years. Most of his books deal with surviving in nature. As a school librarian, I could always hand his book, Hatchett, to a non-reader and he would come back asking for more. If you’re a dog lover, check out My Life in Dog Years. Gary Paulsen is a treasure.
I did finish The Consequences of Fear by Jaqueline Winspear and it was just as good as I knew it would be. Let me encourage you to start with Maisie Dobbs and give this series a try. You won’t be disappointed. If you’re more of a listener, the audio version is very well done.
If you’d like to join our Zoom Book Club, send me your email address. We’ll meet Thursday, May 20, at 6 p.m. May’s book is The Chanel Sisters by Judithe Little. We’d love for you to join in the discussion.
The garden is currently closed, but the wait will be worth it! Jeanette and Natalie, with help from other City employees, are transforming the space into something really special for our children. It’s hard for me not to spill the beans, but you and your kids will love what’s in store.
Speaking of what’s in store, Summer Programs are right around the corner. We’re planning “take and makes”, programs in the park and programs in the library. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in the library this summer.
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Public Library