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New Picture Books 2017

2017 has been a great year so far for picture books. Here are a few that you can check out now from the Children’s Room of the Nevins Memorial Library:

 

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin

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The much anticipated Dragons Love Tacos 2 is finally here! The world has run out of tacos and the emergency supplies have been depleted. Our protagonist must travel back in time with the dragons to procure some tacos to bring back to the present and plant taco trees. But like last time, he needs to watch out for that spicy salsa that will give the dragons the tummy rumblies.

 

Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

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The newest from the creator of The Dot encourages the reader to be a dreamer. When the world tells you to be quiet and stay still, keep on dreaming! With gorgeous color illustrations, discover what type of dreamer you are and persevere even if you feel boxed in by outside expectations.

 

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

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Previously available only in audiobook format, Neil Gaiman’s text Cinnamon becomes vibrant with Divya Srinivasan’s illustrations. Set in ancient India, a young princess is blind and refuses to talk. When a tiger offers to help her family is suspicious, but he may be their only hope.

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio’s novel Wonder was the inspiration for this picture book. Auggie knows that he looks different than most kids and it hurts when people don’t accept him. He wants everyone to know that he is a wonder and they are too. We’re all wonders and just need to see each other with kindness.


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Author Event: Randy Susan Meyers

Nevins Library Presents:

 Randy Susan Meyers

Wednesday May 31st, 6:30-7:30pm

We are thrilled to welcome back the delightful, funny and engaging Bestselling Author, Randy Susan Meyers.  She will be here to talk about her latest book, The Widow of Wall Street, a provocative novel about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall.

About the book:

Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce’s belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation–unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception. When Phoebe learns her husband’s triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake’s crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice? While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father’s side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible. From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, this novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life and marriage as everything she thought she knew crumbles around her.

Meyers is also known for her novels The Murderer’s Daughter, The Comfort of Liesand Accidents of Marriage.

Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing.  Refreshments will be available.

 To register for this program, click here.

For more information, contact Sarah   978-686-4080 x20   ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org


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Start U Reading @ Nevins Library

Start U Reading! with Governor Charlie Baker and a visit from Winnie the Pooh

The Nevins Library will host a Start U Reading! Event — May 30 at 10:00 am — in the Great Hall.

Families are invited to participate in this special storytime and related activities with our guest reader Governor Charlie Baker. At the end of storytime all participants will have an opportunity to meet Winnie the Pooh and have their photo taken together. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras for photos of their children with Winnie the Pooh. Families will also receive a fun goody bag to bring home while supplies last. Please register online to attend this event.

Start U Reading! is provided FREE of charge by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). The Start U Reading Series is one of MEFA’s statewide early college planning initiatives designed to introduce young students to the joy of reading and literacy through interdisciplinary activities.

To register for this event, click here.  For more information, call the Children’s Department at 978-686-4080 x26.


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New Symphony Catalog: Music to Our Ears!

When you think of a symphony, an auditory extravaganza probably rises to the top of your mind. Personally, I think of Schubert’s 8th Unfinished Symphony and Megadeth’s haunting Symphony of Destruction. Coincidentally, those are both pieces of music that you’ll be able to order through our new Online Public Access Catalog, which is also called Symphony, later this month.

What’s a catalog and why do you have one?

A catalog is a list of all the items that our library system, the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (or MVLC for short) lends. Every time you look up a book on our website, you’re accessing our catalog. Unlike other lists, a library catalog includes a lot of detail about each entry, including title, author, subject, and location information. Libraries use these to keep track of, and check out, their items.

Why are you changing to a new catalog?

That’s a great question, reader! Well, until now we’ve used a catalog system called Evergreen. This was an open source system, meaning that we didn’t pay a company to engineer it for us, but rather used a free system that had been created by library employees. Our group of affiliated libraries, which is called the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC,) installed this system and hired people to fine-tune and maintain it about five years ago.

Evergreen worked pretty well, but there were some important things that it couldn’t do. For example, if you spelled something wrong while searching the catalog, Evergreen wasn’t smart enough to correct you. Instead of knowing that “Alise in Wonderland” was supposed to be “Alice in Wonderland,” it would just search for the incorrect entry and that would be that. Symphony is a lot smarter. If you make a mistake while you’re searching, the new catalog will catch it. Symphony will also tie in to Google results so that you’ll see library books pop up next to Amazon results when you’re looking for something to read on the Internet.

There are a lot of other neat things that Symphony will do, although most of the changes will only impact librarians. The biggest change you’ll see is that your service will get faster and more efficient.

What will happen to the links in this blog?

Sadly, the links in our old blog posts won’t translate to the new catalog. Happily, the new catalog website will be much easier to search.

What about my holds?

They’ll still be there!

What about my fines?

They’ll be there too.

Will there be any interruption of service?

Currently, our member libraries can’t order or receive any items through the Commonwealth Catalog, our statewide library catalog. This service will resume on May 22.

Between May 15th and May 17th, the library will still be checking out books, but there are a few things that won’t happen:

  • You won’t accrue fines. Hooray!
  • Holds won’t come in. Unfortunately, this is just part of the process of switching to a new catalog. They should arrive after the 17th just like normal.
  • New patrons will have to wait and register library cards on the 17th.
  • Dinosaurs will not return to rule the Earth. This is just nuts. I wish people would stop asking me about the dinosaurs. I assure you: they’re not coming back.

Anything else I need to know?

Just that change is good, and this change is going to be fantastic. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (978)686-4080. We’re ready to answer all your questions during and after this switchover.

Thanks for sticking with us!

True Stories on the Big Screen!

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You’ve seen it on the big screen,

now read the book it was based on!

 

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One Minute Book Review: 84, Charing Cross Road

 One Minute Book Review:   84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff  (Non-fiction) c. 1970  

Image of itemHelene Hanff, a freelance writer living in New York City and searching for rare classics, strikes up a correspondence with a used book dealer in London during the 1950’s.  What results is an utterly charming and hilarious correspondence, lasting over two decades and spanning two countries.  Even though Helene and bookseller Frank Doel never meet in person, their exchanges create an enduring friendship based on their mutual love of books — one that soon blossoms out to other members of the bookshop and their extended families.

Hanff is a what I would call a real “fire cracker”; she’s a colorful character — brash, kind and teasing — and it all comes out in her letters to the more staid, unfailingly polite Englishman, Doel. Their banter is fun and warm-hearted, making the reader wish to be part of their delightful round robin.

Peeping through the upbeat correspondence, we get a glimpse of how London in the 1950’s was struggling to regain its footing after the horrendous bombings of WWII.  I was surprised to learn that many years after the end of the war, Londoners still had strict rations for food and other items.   I wonder if the family-like atmosphere at the Marks & Co. book dealership was in part due to the collective ‘stick-togetherness’ of war’s aftermath?

If you need a little kindness in your life, or revere the lost art of letter writing, or simply remember the joy of mailing/receiving a personal letter, this little gem of a book may just be what you were waiting for…

There’s even a follow-up book, The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street, in which Helene is finally able to travel to England!