The Return of Inter-library Loan!

The statewide interlibrary van service is back in business!  Libraries began taking and sending requests on September 15t.  Van delivery of those requests started on Monday, September 21st.  The first delivery at the Nichols Library will be on Friday, September 25th.   We already have several requests pending for books and DVDs that we do not own.  Is there something you like to borrow that isn’t in our catalog? Send us your requests and we will try to get them from another library.

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What to read? Classics!

F. Scott Fitzgergald (9.24.25). So maybe you read Gatsby in HS and know all about East Egg and careless people, but what about Tender is the Night, the story of a complex romantic triangle and This Side of Paradise, which captures the mood of the Roaring Twenties?

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What to read? Stephen King!

If you enjoy stories that makes the skin tighten in the back of your neck, then King (9/21/47) is your man. From nearly throwing away an uncompleted draft of Carrie, he has gone one to be a household name for stories dealing with dread and the supernatural. His production ranges from story collections (Just after Sunset) to novels (11/22/63) to series (Mr Mercedes). Dig in…if you dare!

Also trending: native poet and essayist Donald Hall (9/20), muckraking novelist Upton Sinclair (9/20), science fiction pioneer H.G. Wells. and coming-if-age novelist Fannie Flagg,

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Weekend music minute: gone country

Hank Williams (9/17) and Jimmie Rodgers (9/18) mixed old-time hillbilly music blues, and swing to make what we now call Country. Want more? Ken Burn’s film Country, available on Kanopy, has chapters on Rodgers (“The Rub”) and Hank (“Hillbilly Shakespeare”). You can borrow their biographies, America’s Blue Yodeler and I Saw the Light, thru inter-library loan. You can also stream their music on Hoopla.

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Who to read? Ken Kesey

Kesey, born 9/16/1925, bridged the 50’s beats and the 60’s counter culture. He penned the critically-acclaimed One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1960). The novel was inspired while working in a veterans hospital, sometimes while taking psychedelics. He became convinced that the patients were not insane but failed to fit conventional ideas of how to act. A movie version with Jack Nicholson won five Oscars. After a second novel, Sometimes a Great Notion, Kesey stepped away from writing and became a cultural gadfly and creator of happenings, some which featured the Grateful Dead. Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test chronicles Kesey’s writing career and travels with his merry pranksters.

There are also new books to download at NHDB.

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Sunset serenade: B. B. King

Remembering Riley “Blues Boy” King (9/16/1925). The thrill is never gone….

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What to read? Agatha Christie

British mystery writer extraordinaire, Dame Agatha Christie (b. 9/15/1890) created intricate puzzles based on closed locations, interlocking cvlues and hidden motives. Match wits with Christie and other golden age of mystery favorites like Dorothy Sayers, Josephine Tey, Goerges Simonen, and Ngaio Marsh. Or try present day revivalists like Sophie Hannah and Kerry Greenwald.

On DVD, the golden age style is live and well in Maigret, Death in Paradise, Father Brown, Miss Fisher and Midsummer Murders.

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Talking curbside and author(s) of the day

The Nichols Library is taking requests today for curbside pickup. Not sure what to read? Check our pro tips for browsing the catalog, ask your librarian for suggestions. or read something by author(s) of the day, Sherwood Anderson, whose stories exposed the dark side of small town life, and Roald Dahl, the beloved children’s story teller.

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Who to read? Michael Ondaatje

Ondaatje is the author of The English Patient, Anil’s Ghost and well-regarded stories. The English Patient was made into a (mostly) popular movie. Line up one for Monday pickup or download one this weekend from NH Downloadable Books (NHDB). You can also take a peek at the latest titles and hottest reads on our catalog home page. If you don’t have a card, you can register today.

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Who to read? Mary Oliver

Oliver (9/10/35) was a prize winning poet and essayist, and a go-to source for inspiration, Borrow one of her collections for curbside pickup Friday.

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