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Coyotes in the Suburbs

Coyotes in the Suburbs with Dr. Jon Way

Saturday March 3rd, 1-2pm

Have you seen a coyote in your backyard? Maybe you’ve seen a coywolf! Join us for a lively talk from Dr. Jon Way exploring humankind’s old companion, the wily coyote, and its new sibling, the coyote-wolf hybrid.

Dr. Way is the author of the books Suburban Howls (available through MVLC) and My Yellowstone Experience. A Cape Cod native, Dr. Way earned a Ph.D. at Boston College in the study of coyotes and is the founder of Eastern Coyote Research.

To register for the program, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Anna at 978-686-4080 or agoodingcall@nevinslibrary.org

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A Valentine for President Lincoln

Lincoln:  a photobiography by Russell Freedman Cover image for Lincoln : a photobiography

Many years ago when I was a student pursuing my Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, I was introduced to Russell Freedman’s stellar non-fiction and biographical accounts for young people.  One of Freedman’s books that made a lasting impression on  me was his Newbery award-winning photobiography of President Lincoln.  Freedman presents a well-rounded portrait of Abraham Lincoln, the very real and complicated man, not just the legends and myths previously spun for children’s literature.  Lincoln was a man of great contrasts:  he had a rollicking wit and sense of humor as well as terrible bouts of depression; he had little formal “eddication” but became an eloquent public speaker and a great writer whose words continue to live on; even though he is venerated and honored today as a hero, he was vilified during the war years.

With clear prose and with photographs and other primary documents, Freedman takes the reader through Lincoln’s tumultuous life from his humble beginnings,  to his presidential ambitions, the complex issues surrounding the Civil War, and finally, to his assassination.  One touching part among many shows four portraits taken of Lincoln during the war years.  You can see how the pressure and anxieties of that terrible time become etched into his craggy visage.  Freeman concludes with a “Lincoln Sampler” of quotations and letter excerpts, a listing of historic sites, a bibliography and an index.

Although published 20 years ago, this title still remains a very relevant, well-organized, and thoughtful biography that both children and adults may enjoy.


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Clutter – the new four letter word

On a recent snow day when our library was closed, I had a chance to get back to de-cluttering my house.  In the fall I had started to seriously think about how my clutter was affecting my life.  Does physical clutter make for mental clutter?  Would I be able to clear my head and focus more if my house looked like a clean, bright magazine spread?  Being a librarian I immediately looked for a book on the subject to read.  Clutterers tend to procrastinate so maybe this was a stall before actually doing the dirty deed of getting rid of stuff?… At any rate, I became fascinated with the psychology of hoarding and found the below two books most instructive on the reasons why one clutters and how to address the underlying issues of it to guard against the accumulation of more stuff while clearing the present detritus.

For a more personal account on dealing with the mess in our lives, I started reading Barry Yourgrau’s account of his struggle.  Uh, oh! I, too, have a bag (or two) of plastic bags I acquired from trips abroad that I am quite sentimental over…
In his memoir, Yourgrau refers to Randy Frost’s book for the science and psychology of hoarding. The Frost book is in our library stacks, so now that’s on my “to be read list”.
Well, since I already have a “to be read” list, there’s no harm in adding one more title to the collection… That’s not “hoarding” talk, is it???

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Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Showing and Discussion

The Nevins Library Presents

Alice’s Ordinary People: Film Showing and Discussion

with Filmmaker Craig Dudnick

Saturday February 24th, 1-4:30pm

 

Though national leaders of the Civil Rights Movement may loom large, the everyday activists working at the ground level were no less important. Alice Tregay and other members of the Chicago Freedom Movement played an integral role in the national struggle for Civil Rights. And though they may not appear in many history textbooks, their accomplishments changed the course of American history.

Join us to view “Alice’s Ordinary People,” a documentary by filmmaker Craig Dudnick that details the extraordinary things that can be accomplished through grassroots community activism. Craig Dudnick will also be present to discuss the film and the way that ordinary activists influenced the course of history during the struggle for equality in the 1960s.

To register for this program, CLICK HERE.  For further information, contact Anna at 978-686-4080 x12  or  agoodingcall@nevinslibrary.org


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LibraryReads February 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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February 2018 LibraryReads List

The Great Alone: A Novel

by Kristin Hannah

Published:2/6/2018 by St. Martin’s Press

ISBN: 9780312577230

“Leni and her troubled family embark on a new way of life in Alaska’s wilderness in 1974 – hoping this is finally the solution for her troubled, POW father. In Alaska, Leni and her family are tested and when change comes to their small community her father’s anger threatens to explode and divide the town. This is a beautifully written novel, descriptive and engaging with well-developed characters and a strong sense of place.”

Alissa Williams, Morton Public Library, Morton, IL


An American Marriage

by Tayari Jones

Published: 2/6/2018 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616201340

“Celestial and Roy are newly married professionals leaning in to a bright future when Roy is convicted of a crime he did not commit. This is not a heroes vs. villains tale with a tidy resolution. It is a complicated, messy, moving, and thought-provoking story about love, family, and the wide-reaching effects of incarceration. Book clubs get ready!”

Jennifer Alexander, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO


The French Girl

by Lexie Elliott

Published: 2/20/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399586934

“Six friends from Oxford University spend an idyllic week in the French countryside that ends with a missing neighbor, the enigmatic Severine. Fast forward ten years and Severine turns up. Or rather her skeleton does in a well on the property. All six friends are suspects. Will the loyalties hold and who put Severine in the well? This is a fun, taut thriller.”

Jennifer Dayton, Darien Library, Darien, CT


Force of Nature: A Novel

by Jane Harper

Published: 2/6/2018 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250105639

“When Detective Falk learns that an informant went missing during a corporate team building exercise in the bush, he realizes that she tried to call him in the middle of the night. Harper once again creates a compelling, fast-paced, and atmospheric mystery set in a remote wilderness area of Australia. Perfect for fans of Nevada Barr and Paul Doiron. Highly recommended.”

Vicki Nesting, St.Charles Parish Library, Destrehan, LA


Surprise Me: A Novel

by Sophie Kinsella

Published: 2/13/2018 by The Dial Press
ISBN: 9780399592881

“Kinsella’s newest heroine has met and married Mr. Right – now how to spend the next 68 years? When Sylvie launches Project Surprise Me, she just might find that there’s always more to learn about the ones you love. Told in Kinsella’s trademark charming, relatable style.”

Ariel Kurst, Great River Regional Library, St. Cloud, MN


Tarnished City

by Vic James

Published: 2/6/2018 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780425284124

Tarnished City, a contemporary fantasy with a healthy dose of world-building, is just as disturbing as its predecessor, Gilded Cage. I couldn’t resist diving deeper into the dark world of Equals and Slaves. James has pushed the characters in new ways, which makes the story riveting, intense, dark, and completely entrancing.”

Monicah Fraterna, La Porte Public Library, La Porte, IN


As Bright As Heaven

by Susan Meissner

Published: 2/6/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399585968

“Beautifully written, heartbreaking story of four women in Philadelphia in 1918 during the Spanish Flu. I loved this book, as I have other books by Meissner and would highly recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction.”

Cathy Branciforte, Ramsey Free Public Library, Ramsey, NJ

 


How to Stop Time

by Matt Haig
Published: 2/6/2018 by Viking
ISBN: 9780525522874

“Even though there is something extraordinary about Tom Hazard and his aging process the problems and insights he experiences as he goes through life, are universal. Love, memory, and time play tricks on us all as this novel illustrates so exquisitely. This is an engaging,sweeping love story with all the elements of a great historical/time travel novel. For fans of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Life After Life.”

Mary Coe, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT


Summer Hours at the Robbers Library: A Novel

by Sue Halpern

Published: 2/27/2018 by Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780062678966

“Kit is a librarian who closes herself off from emotions and people until she meets Sunny, assigned to the library for community service. Add in a group of regulars in the library and the result is an absorbing story of developing friendships and the unveiling of secrets. Kit’s story unfolds as we meet many quirky characters in this story of love, loss, and hope.”

Ellen Firer, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY


Educated: A Memoir

by Tara Westover

Published: 2/20/2018 by Random House
ISBN: 9780399590504

“In her memoir, Westover recounts her childhood growing up in a strict Mormon family, ruled by an erratic father, and living off the grid in Idaho. Westover compellingly sketches her years growing up, her relationships with siblings, encounters in the town nearby, and the events that eventually drove her to leave and pursue formal education. For fans of Jeannette Walls’ The Glass Castle.”

Andrea Gough, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

 Courtesy of LibraryReads.org


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Oscar movie series @ NL

Watch an Oscar Nominated Movie with us!  

It is time for our annual Oscar Movie Series.  This year we will screen FIVE Oscar nominated films – one a week – leading up to the Oscar Award Ceremony on Sunday, March 4th.

Monday 1/29  6:30pm  GET OUT (R) 

 It’s time for a young African-American to meet with his white girlfriend’s parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.  This movie has been nominated for Best Picture, Lead Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), Director (Jordan Peele) and Original Screenplay.

Tuesday 2/6 6:30pm  DUNKIRK (PG-13) 

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.  This movie has been nominated for Best Picture, Director (Christopher Nolan), Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Production Design, and Original Score.

Thursday 2/15 6:30pm  ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ (PG-13)

Roman J. Israel, Esq., a driven, idealistic defense attorney, finds himself in a tumultuous series of events that lead to a crisis and the necessity for extreme action.  Denzel Washington has been nominated for Lead Actor in this film.

 

Wednesday 2/21 6:30pm  THE BIG SICK (R) 

Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family’s expectations, and his true feelings.  This film has been nominated for Original Screenplay.

Wednesday 2/28 6:30pm THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (R) 

A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder when they fail to catch the culprit.  This film has been nominated for Best Picture, Lead Actress (Frances McDormand), Supporting Actor (Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell), Original Screenplay, Film Editing, and Original Score.

Refreshments will be served.  Free! 

 

For further information, contact Sarah  at 978-686-4080 x20  or  ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org.  To register for these movie showings CLICK HERE for our calendar of events.