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Welcome to StoryWalk 2018!

Welcome to StoryWalk 2018!

The Children’s Department has once again created a “Story Time Walk” for young children around our lovely library grounds.  The big colorful pages from Jarrett Krosoczka’s storybook Punk Farm, with its band of rockin’ farm animals, will have kids cheering and singing along as they make their way from page to page.

Nature lovers of all ages may also enjoy strolling the grounds to view the blooming day lilies and the beautifully landscaped trees and shrubs from around the world.  These were planted here by Henry Nevins when he and his family established the library in memory of his father, David Nevins Sr, in 1883.  Maps including the names and locations of the Library trees are available at the Reference Desk.

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Summer and the TBR List

Finally, it’s summer!  For the most part, all of our library book groups are on hiatus over the summer.  That means that librarians now have more time to read titles according to their whims and can start to tackle their toppling TBR (To Be Read) lists or piles.  Here are a few titles librarians at the Nevins Library can’t wait to read this summer:

Cover image for The crow trapEllen, Readers’ Services:

The Crow Trap by Ann Cleeves

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

Kirsten, Head of Reference:  Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

 

Cover image for Number one Chinese restaurant : a novelCynthia, Readers’ Services:

Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (sequel to A Rising Man)

Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li

 

Cover image for Killers of the Flower Moon : the Osage murders and the birth of the FBIAnne, Children’s Services:  One Summer:  America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Tracy, Readers’ Services:  By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benson Frank

Samm, Library Page:  The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Tatjana, Reference Services:  Killers of the Flower Moon

What are you looking forward to reading this summer?

 

 

 


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LibraryReads July 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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July 2018 LibraryReads List

Spinning Silver

by Naomi Novik

Published: 7/10/2018 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780399180989

“A wonderful reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story. A tale of love, family, magic, and destiny, told from the perspective of three strong female characters.”

Melanie Liechty, Logan Library, Logan, UT

 


Clock Dance: A Novel

by Anne Tyler

Published: 7/10/2018 by Knopf
ISBN: 9780525521228

“Willa Drake gets a second act when she steps in to care for a nine-year-old in a complicated situation. Character driven fiction and a sweeping storyline.”

Mary Anne Quinn, Warwick Public Library, Warwick, RI

 


Dear Mrs. Bird: A Novel

by AJ Pearce

Published: 7/3/2018 by Scribner
ISBN: 9781501170065

“In 1940s London, Emmy takes a job as a typist that evolves into answering rejected letters sent to an advice columnist.”

Judy Hartman, Mechanicsville Public Library, Mechanicsville, IA

 


Baby Teeth: A Novel

by Zoje Stage

Published: 7/17/2018 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250170750

“A fragile woman struggles against her mute daughter’s schemes for her father’s undivided attention. Dark, creepy, and downright scary.”

Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK

 


Give Me Your Hand

by Megan Abbott

Published: 7/17/2018 by Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 9780316547185

“Kit competes for her dream job with a rival who was once her closest friend. Gripping psychological suspense.”

Kristy Gates, Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Jonesboro, AR

 


Believe Me: A Novel

by JP Delaney

Published: 7/24/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781101966310

“An unemployed actress works for a divorce lawyer entrapping unsuspecting husbands until she finds herself ensnared in a murder investigation. This roller-coaster ride of a book will keep you guessing with an unreliable narrator and and a twisty plot.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

 


Caught In Time: A Novel

by Julie McElwain

Published: 7/3/2018 by Pegasus Books
ISBN: 9781681777665

“The third book in the Kendra Donovan series finds our protagonist investigating the murder of a mill owner against the the backdrop of the Industrial Revolution.”

Melissa Barber, Lubbock Public Library, Lubbock, TX

 


Somebody’s Daughter

by David Bell

Published: 7/10/2018 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780399584466

“Michael Frazier is searching for the missing daughter he never knew he had. A multi-layered plot with so many compelling, complex characters, this book grabbed me from the first sentences.”

Evelyn Cunningham, Norwalk Public Library, Norwalk, CT

 


The Romanov Empress: A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna

by C. W. Gortner

Published: 7/10/2018 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780425286166

“A look at Maria, Empress of Russia, and her trials before and after becoming the Russian Empress. Well written historical fiction.”

Janette McMahon, Fremont County Library System, WY

 


Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel

by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Published: 7/31/2018 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385542722

“Set against the violence of 1990s Columbia, a young girl and a maid form an unlikely and dangerous relationship. Equal parts heartwrenching and beautiful.”

Alejandra Rodriguez, Osceola County Library, FL

 

 

 

 Courtesy of LibraryReads.org


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2018 Free Fun Fridays!

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Ack, no school, now what to do???  No worries, once again the Highland Street Foundation is offering Free Fun Fridays this summer so everyone may enjoy all the cultural treasures Massachusetts has to offer for free.

Each Friday during the summer months there are several museums and outdoor activities that you can visit free of charge. That’s right I said FREE so check it out!  You can pick up a schedule of the 100 participating museums and cultural venues that are participating in the Free Fun Fridays at any of the public service desks at the library.

The gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo, Old Sturbridge Village, the Hall at Patriot Place, and the Telephone Museum (!) are on my to-see list this summer.  What’s on yours?

 

 

Gender, Sexuality and Identity in Non-Fiction

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Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser 2018

Krispy Kreme Donut Fundraiser 2018

The Donuts have returned!!!  Come on in and place your order at the Main Desk from now until June 22.

Cost per dozen is $10.00, and please note that this year all orders must be pre-paid.  All the proceeds from this event will be put toward Phase II of our Nevins Garden!! (Can you believe it’s going to be even more amazing?)

Donuts will arrive at approximately 1:00PM on June 27th. So, if you feel you didn’t pre-order enough, we will have additional dozens on hand for just those situations. Bon appétit!!


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Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger Revealed

Author Event:

Chappaquiddick Tragedy: Kennedy’s Second Passenger Revealed

Wednesday June 20th at 7:00 PM

On July 19, 1969 Sen. Ted Kennedy reported an accident he had been in the previous night. No one believed the story he wrote in his police report, but, what really happened?

Join us as Donald F. Nelson talks about his book and presents his new theory of what really happened that night.

A research physicist at Bell Labs for twenty-eight years with a PhD from the University of Michigan, Don Nelson has had a distinguished scientific career that has included basic research, teaching at Michigan, Southern Cal, Princeton, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the publication of a book based on his research, Electric, Optic, and Acoustic Interactions in Dielectrics. Don lives in Worcester, Massachusetts, and Martha’s Vineyard with Margaret (Fuerstenau) Nelson, his wife of sixty-three years. They have two daughters and five grandsons.

To register for this event, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Danielle at 978-686-4080×12 or dkimerer@nevinslibrary.org