Monthly Archives: July 2014

How our garden grows….

 This little petunia took root at the base of our front steps. (click on the image for a full-size view). How it got to be there?  Anyone’s guess.

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In Defense of Libraries

In 1921, playwright and man of letters George Bernard Shaw penned this defense of public libraries for The New Republic (typically of Shaw, it is both serious and arch):  “The importance of public libraries can hardly be exaggerated; yet it is seldom … Continue reading

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Fascinating Lives

On our new book cart this week is an interesting selection of personal reflections and life stories.  These lives take you from the streets of Philadelphia to Pacific rain forests, while characters range from urban Italian to southern Gothic.

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A Feast for Civil War Buffs

 “The Civil War, a Narrative” by Shelby Foote is a feast for history buffs. Often requested from other libraries, we have at last our own copy.  Foote had a novelist’s feeling for character and setting, and sense of drama.  Yet … Continue reading

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New on our Kindle

Here’s what’s new on our circulating Kindle eReader:   The Goldfinch by Donna Tart, last fall’s tour de force that folks are still talking about and The Orphan Train by Christina Kline, in demand by book groups statewide.  Also recently added:  … Continue reading

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The Latest in Crime Fiction

Mysteries, procedurals, noirs and suspense–lots of suspense. C J. Box is back with “Shots Fired,’ a new selection of Joe Pike stories. Regional writer Paul Doiron continues his Maine crime series with “The Bone Orchard.” In this one, retired Maine warden … Continue reading

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Something on the Dark Side

Here are some new selections featuring taut psychological drama, alternate realities and a whiff of suspense.  This is just the thing for readers who need some chills with their reading to beat the summer heat.  Clink on the link for details.

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Remembering Sandy

  Friends of the Nichols Library will be saddened to know that Sandra Pickel, librarian of the Nichols Library from 1993-2004, passed away last week.  Sandy was much beloved by library patrons, her co-workers and fellow librarians in the region. … Continue reading

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July MVSB Books of the Month

Our MVSB Books of the Month for July are “The Vacationers” by Emma Straub, in which an anticipated trip becomes a trauma, and “Tibetan Peach Pie” by Tom Robbins, in which the noted raconteur takes himself for his subject.  Our … Continue reading

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Liberties

Recently added titles pertaining to discussions of rights and liberties. “Uncertain Justice” by Laurence Tribe talks about the impact the Roberts Court is making on American law and life. In No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald talks about breaking the … Continue reading

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