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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Image result for mlk day 2019 day of service merrimack valleyMartin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Initiated by Congress in 1994, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a nationwide effort to transform the federal holiday into a day of community service in order to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a beloved community. Visit MLKDay.Gov to learn more about MLK Day nationally.

courtesy of Massachusetts Service Alliance

 

Get involved, or participate, in the following celebrations/service projects on Monday January 21st:

Emmaus, Inc will have their 6th Annual MLK Day of Service event, “MLK’s Legacy: Unity through Performance Arts”, at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Haverhill from 10am – 2pm.   This family-friendly event will feature performances from local groups, resource information, and a free breakfast and hot lunch.

Boston Cares will organize 600 volunteers at the Boston Latin School, to support local immigrants and refugees through the creation of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learning tools for community organizations and schools throughout the city of Boston.

Click here for other MLK Day of Service Grantees and their special events.

 

 

 

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One Thousand!

1000 what you ask.

Here at the Nevins Library we don’t just have this awesome blog from which you can get book (and more) recommendations. We also have a Tumblr Blog called A Book A Day

And, on A Book a Day we just hit 1000 books/movies/podcasts/albums and more recommended!!!

Here’s just a taste of what sorts of books you can get recommendations for on it.

Mystery/Thriller Monday

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When it comes to Mysteries I have read a lot, and I love recommending them. I’ve recommended everything from Police Procedurals to Cozies, to very very Thrillers.

Totally Random Non-Fiction Tuesday

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I’m a sucker for prose random non-fiction (i.e. non-fiction meant to be consumed by those who don’t know anything about a topic). Here’s one of my favorite books, but, I’ve also recommended everything from books about space to World War II to all about the DC Universe. (There have also been some changes to Tuesday in the new year, but, have no fear, Non-Fiction will still be recommended).

Weird & Wonderful Wednesday

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Science Fiction and Fantasy get their own day. This particular book isn’t totally indicative of what is usually recommended, but it’s one of my favorites. I’ve also recommended everything from Zombies, to Speculative Fiction, and everything in between.

Youthful Thursday

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Who doesn’t like children’s books. And, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t still read them either. I mean, I liked it as a kid, I like it now. Honestly, there could be so many different favorite ‘Youthful’ tomes that I’ve read since it covers both children’s books as well as middle readers, middle grade, and young adult books. But, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub and he won’t get out is my favorite picture book repeating phrase. Go Page!!! (Like Totally Random Non-Fiction Tuesday, this particular day is going through some changes in 2019).

Not A Book Friday

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I mean, we’re all here for books right, but, sometimes you just want to sit around and watch something, or listen to something. This here is the day for you then. Everything from an underrated classic (with a librarian protagonist) like The Mummy to Die Hard (the non-christmas Christmas movie), and sometimes a great Soundtrack or Podcast as well. (And one amazing website).

Comic Book Saturday

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Comic books are my Kryptonite. And I’ve read a lot of them. (They really help up my books read per year too *shifty eyes* Shhh… don’t tell anyone). But, in all seriousness. Whether you’ve been reading Superman and Batman and X-Men all your lives, or you want to know about some amazing non-cape wearing graphic novels. I recommend graphic memoirs, and from all genres (there’s mysteries, so so many fantasies, some science fiction, and basically, if you can find it in a prose book, someone has written a graphic novel in that genre too).

 

So, come visit us at A Book A Day. You don’t have to have a Tumblr account, and if you still use an RSS feeder you can even get updates every day that way.

I will say that you’ll probably want to have some scrap paper nearby though, for all the additions to your TBR.


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2019 Friends Mini Golf Tournament

2019 Friends Mini Golf Tournament

Sunday January 20, 2019 from 10am to 4pm

 

Come enjoy a day of fun and play on our 18 hole course.  See the library on a Sunday as you go to the holes that are located throughout the building.

Tickets can be purchased prior to the event at the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor. And will be available at the door too.

Refreshments will be available for purchase as well.

All the proceeds benefit Phase II of our Garden Project

For more information call 978-686-4080 ext. 33

Please note that while the library will be open, we will not be able to check in or check out books to you.


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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Sherlock Holmes

That’s right, kids: it’s Sherlock time! The world’s greatest detective (other than Batman) was born on January 6, 1854. He is now 165 years young and still the most filmed fictional character in the world. Here’s a little Sherlock trivia for true fans and movie nights.

1. He’s been on screen more than 254 times

As of 2012, Holmes had been portrayed on film an average of three times per year since his TV debut in 1938. This statistic comes to us courtesy of the good people at Guinness Book of World Records, who must have spent an awfully long time counting up Holmes appearances. That figure doesn’t even count more modern Holmes portrayals, such as the spoof that currently stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.

In case you’re dying to see some obscure Holmes on screen, then the MVLC library system can connect you with such wonders as Young Sherlock Holmes, where Sherlock is a hip teen; The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, where Gene Wilder tries desperately and hilariously to live up to the real deal; and Sherlock Gnomes, which only gets away with that pun because it’s for kids. See the whole list here!

2. Holmes claimed he used drugs because he got bored between cases

Sherlock was addicted to both cocaine and morphine, which were technically legal in Victorian England. That said, their adverse health effects were well known to the medical community. Holmes’ friend, the medical doctor Watson, wasn’t anywhere near as bumbling in the books as he’s generally portrayed on-screen, and he voiced considerable alarm at Holmes’ drug use. In return, his friend shot him down with one of the lamest excuses in literature: he was bored. Here’s what he had to say in Chapter 1 of The Sign of the Four:

“My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession,—or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.”

Maybe do a puzzle instead?

3. The TV show House was based on Sherlock Holmes

Suspend your disbelief for a minute and consider that Gregory House solved unsolvable medical mysteries through deduction, had a drug problem, and had a friend named Wilson. House is a close match for Home, which sounds like Holmes. Wilson and Watson are also close. House even lives at an address numbered 221b. Best of all, Hugh Laurie himself confirms that the surly doc was modeled on the Victorian detective.

4. Sherlock has never been played by a woman…until now!

It’s not surprising that a male detective from the Victorian era is generally played by guys. At the same time, there’s been a female Watson, a female Doctor Who, and lots of modernized adaptations of Sherlock Holmes himself. If Holmes can be a grumpy doctor, a garden ornament, and a New Yorker. Why not a lady?

In fact, a female Sherlock, who lives in Japan, is set to release on HBO Asia.

There’s one caveat that needs pointing out, however. Holmes hasn’t been played on-screen by a woman, but literature is a completely different story. In the Eleanor Arnason story Holmes Sherlock, an alien woman studying Earth literature adopts the stylistic peculiarities of Sherlock Holmes when she becomes enchanted by Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysteries. Incidentally, this alien’s people are universally homosexual and female-led. You can read the entire story here!

 


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LibraryReads January 2019: top ten books librarians love!

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January 2019  LibraryReads List

Once Upon a River:  A Novel

by Diane Setterfield

Published: 12/4/2018 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
ISBN: 9780743298070

“A wonderfully dark and mysterious read. Something happens one stormy winter solstice evening that triggers a chain of events that changes the lives of all the main characters. Moody and mystical. For readers who love gothic fiction like The Death of Mrs. Westaway and The Clockmaker’s Daughter. ”

Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT


An Anonymous Girl

by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Published: 1/8/2019 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250133731

“Struggling to stay afloat with a job as a makeup artist, Jessica signs up for a study, thinking she will earn some easy money. After the first two parts of the study, she gets invited to the professor’s house for more questions and more compensation. Fans of psychological thrillers won’t want to miss this one as Jessica is a compelling character and the novel will keep you reading long into the night.”

Annice Sevett, Albert Lea Public Library, Albert Lea, MN


The Au Pair

by Emma Rous

Published: 1/8/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780440000457

“After giving birth to Seraphine and her twin brother Danny, their mother throws herself from a cliff. 25 years later, Seraphine finds a picture that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her childhood. For fans of compelling suspense novels and family secrets.”

Selena Swink, Lake Public Library, Lake, MS


The Current: A Novel

by Tim Johnston

Published: 1/22/2019 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616206772

“When two girls, trapped in a RAV4, fall into an icy river one dies and the other barely survives. Unanswered questions and old accusations resurface as the small Minnesota town recalls another incident ten years earlier where a girl died in the same river. For readers who love small town suspense.”

Shellie Taylor, Iredell County Public Library, Statesville, NC


The Dreamers: A Novel

by Karen Thompson Walker

Published: 1/15/2019 by Random House
ISBN: 9780812994162

“A virus appears in the small town of Santa Lora that causes its victims to fall into a deep sleep from which they cannot wake up. While this story is about a pandemic apocalypse, it also reminds us of our humanity and how we are all connected. For fans of The Country of Ice Cream Star and The Water Knife.”

Cari Dubiel, Twinsburg Public Library, Twinsburg, OH


My Favorite Half-Night Stand

by Christina Lauren

Published: 12/4/2018 by Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781501197406

“Another delightful contemporary rom-com from the author of Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating. Millie and her four male friends decide to jump into the pool of online dating together. When Millie matches with one of the friends, chaos ensues. For fans of The Kiss Quotient and The Wedding Date.”

Kelsey Hudson, Middleton Public Library, Middleton, WI


The Red Address Book

by Sofia Lundberg

Published: 1/8/2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781328473011

“A ninety-six-year-old Swedish woman reflects on her life, paging through a long-kept address book. A compelling, charming, and ultimately heartwarming read. For fans of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk and The Japanese Lover.”

Brenda O’Brien, Woodridge Public Library, Woodridge, IL

 


The Suspect

by Fiona Barton

Published: 1/22/2019 by Berkley
ISBN: 9781101990513

“Reporter Kate Waters pursues the story of two 18-year-olds who have gone missing in Thailand. The case takes a turn when the main suspect is Kate’s estranged son. For fans of twisty psychological suspense.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ

 


Unmarriageable: A Novel

by Soniah Kamal

Published: 1/15/2019 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781524799717

“A thoroughly enjoyable retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan. The characters, storyline, and dialogue are true to the original while being completely fresh. For readers who enjoy a comedy of manners.”

Kristen Gramer, Lewes Public Library, Lewes, DE

 


Watching You: A Novel

by Lisa Jewell

Published: 12/26/2018 by Atria Books
ISBN: 9781501190070

“Set in an upscale English neighborhood where everyone knows everyone and someone is always watching. When one of the residents is found murdered, the police investigation turns up long buried secrets. Told from multiple viewpoints and alternating between past and present.”

Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT

 

Courtesy of LibraryReads.org


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Ready for a Game?

Come join the Nevins Library for:

Game Time!

on the first Wednesday of every month

This Wednesday, January 2nd, join us for a friendly game of American Mahjongg.   Feel free to bring your own game, or use one of the library’s.  We have a limited amount of Official standard hand cards to lend as well.  Beginner or advanced, come and join the fun!

Remember, the library will host a game on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am.

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


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NPR’s Book Concierge 2018

2019 is right around the corner, so this is my last chance to sneak in another Best Book’s of 2018.  The Book Concierge is NPR’s annual, interactive, year-end reading guide. You can use their descriptive filters to explore more than 300 titles NPR staff and critics loved this year.  To find my next read, I combined the filters “Comics & Graphic Novels” and “Tales From Around the World”.  Thanks to this nifty matrix, I found what will be my first read of 2019: Belonging: A German Reckons With History And Home by Nora Krug.  Always nice to have my next read lined-up!

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