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Bookish Confessions: No awkward pauses between books!

I noticed recently that my husband is nearing the end of a book he’s been enjoying.  Watching closely as the unread pages quickly dwindled down, I anxiously asked him what book was next in line to read.  He didn’t know.  “BUT, but, you have to have a book ready and waiting for you,” I exclaimed!  “What would you DO during that awful, dreadful, awkward pause between books?”  Wanting to save him from that fearful state, I explained my simple but effective way of always having a book at hand.

First, since I work at a library, books, book reviews, and book lists come across my hands often.  I quickly add all those titles that catch my eye onto my  “suspended holds” list on my library card account.  With a constant count of over 80 items, I have a book on the list for every mood!  So, that is my backup reading list.  My reading schedule works like this:  I have a book for  quick 15-minute break times, usually a YA/teen read, or a book that is broken down into short chapters.  For lunch, I have another book that I can read at a more leisurely pace.  On the way home from work, I listen to an audio book. The audio book alternates between being a classic and a more contemporary, soothing pick.    When I am home, I want to leave work behind, so of course I need a new fresh book that stays at home and can be read while curled up on the couch with a dog on my lap.  That brings us to bedtime… No dark, pessimistic book can enter this peaceful domain, so I go for children’s middle grade books that may have serious themes, but always with a ray of hope for the future.  That’s it–no problems, no awkward pauses between books!

Hmmm, after explaining my wonderful book schedule to him, my husband is looking at me with concern, pity and a little fear.  Oh well, I guess this system isn’t for everyone…

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Program: Open Source Software!

Try Free, Open Source Software!

Saturday, November 4thOpen Source symbol

10:00 – 11:00 AM

If you’re not familiar with the Open Source movement, then prepare to be amazed! Some of the best software is available for free, including LibreOffice, a clone of Microsoft Office; Gimp, which is similar to Photoshop; and Linux, the Internet’s alternative operating system. These programs are the brainchildren of off-duty engineers who work together to make software accessible to everyone.

Stop by to try some of their most successful projects!

To register for this program, click here.  For more information, contact Anna at 978.686.4080 x12 or agoodingcall@nevinslibrary.org

 


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Upcycled Plastic Bag Crochet

Upcycled Plastic Bag Crochet

with Fe Estevez

Thursday, November 2nd 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Do you have bags and bags of plastic bags lying around waiting to be reused or recycled? Have you ever heard of Upcycling?

Join us as we all learn from Fe Estevez how to put these plastic bags to good use as crochet “yarn”, and make amazing things!

To register for this neat program, click HERE.  For more information, contact Kathleen at 978.686.4080 x32 or kkenny@nevinslibrary.org

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Adulting @ the Nevins Library

Help! Will someone please teach me how to be an adult?!

No worries, the Nevins Library is here!

adulting

“To ‘adult’ is to behave like an adult, specifically to do the things—often mundane—that an adult is expected to do.

It’s also common as a gerund—that is, in the form adulting as a noun, as in “Adulting is hard” or “I’m not very good at adulting.”

To adult is to behave like an adult, to do the things that adults regularly have to do. This includes things like having a job and living independently, sure, but also such mundanities as taking clothes to the dry cleaners (and remembering to pick them up), making and keeping dental appointments, getting your car registered, doing yardwork.”

from Merriam-Webster

Luckily, the Nevins Library is offering an “adulting” series to help you learn the basics of cooking, financial literacy, applying for college and sewing.  Click on the links above to check out the description of the programs, the dates, and to register.


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Program: Be Happy! The science of happiness & how to be happier

Be Happy! The Science of Happiness and How to be Happier

Monday October 23rd, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Do you ever find yourself wishing you could feel happier?  Many of us do and we think we will feel happier as a result of something – such as finding a new job, finishing a project, losing 10 pounds, etc.  However, psychologists and neurologists are now realizing that happiness can be more readily achieved through changing the way we think.

Lizzie Linn Casanave, professor of philosophy at Northern Essex Community College, will explain this revolutionary concept and provide you with practical tools for achieving this new mindset.

This program is brought to you through the NECC Speakers Bureau.

To register, CLICK HERE.  For more information, contact Sarah at 978.686.4080 x20 or
ssullivan@nevinslibrary.org

 


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LibraryReads October 2017: top ten books librarians love!

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October 2017  LibraryReads List

Seven Days of Us: A Novel

by Francesca Hornak

Published:10/17/2017 by Berkley
ISBN: 9780451488756

“The Birch family will be spending the Christmas holiday in quarantine, thanks to eldest daughter Olivia’s recent relief work in a disease-infested Liberia. She has returned to England but must be in quarantine for seven days. This family has not ever spent that much time in each other’s company. Each person has secrets that are slowly revealed over the course of the seven days. It is particularly interesting to watch them become the family that they should have been all along: supportive and loving. An enjoyable read.”

Cheryl Braud, Iberia Public Library, New Iberia, LA


The Last Mrs. Parrish: A Novel

by Liv Constantine

Published: 10/17/2017 by Harper
ISBN: 9780062667571

“Daphne seems to have hit the jackpot by marrying Jackson Parrish. They live in a lovely Connecticut mansion and travel around the world, all the while raising two beautiful daughters. When Mrs. Parrish meets Amber, a kindred spirit, Daphne instantly feels a connection, perhaps someone to fill the endless void of sorrow that has plagued her since her sister’s death. We learn that nothing is what it appears to be. The author sets an atmospheric pace for this story, leading up to its dramatic conclusion.”

KC Davis, Fairfield Woods Branch Library, Fairfield, CT


The Last Ballad: A Novel

by Wiley Cash

Published: 10/3/2017 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062313119

“The story of little-known union hero Ella May Wiggins is central to this look at unionization during the late 1920s. Once she sings her first song at a union rally, she becomes a beacon for others. As her story becomes intertwined with the violence and fear of the clash between owners and workers, we are swept up in a powerful novel that exposes the prejudice and hatred among races, genders, and economic classes. The stories of Ella, her children, and friends woven throughout cement Cash’s place among our great living writers. This one will be a huge book discussion hit!”

Ron Block Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, Ohio


From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death

by Caitlin Doughty

Published: 10/3/2017 by W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393249897

“America’s favorite mortician takes you on a tour of death cultures around the world in her latest book. Sharing what she’s learned, Doughty presents everything from composting bodies to ma’nene’, a ritual of periodically exhuming corpses to clean and redress them as a sign of respect. She encourages us to consider our options and become less distant from physically caring for the deceased and ultimately our own mortality. We’ve all got it coming. Honest, yet gentle and with the appropriate amount of humor, Doughty makes the morbid very readable.”

PJ Gardiner, Wake County Public Libraries, Raleigh, NC


The Rules of Magic: A Novel

by Alice Hoffman

Published: 10/10/2017 by Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501137471

The Rules of Magic is the prequel to Hoffman’s Practical Magic. Here we learn the background of sisters Franny, Jet, and their brother Vincent. The story begins with all three as teens, ostracized for being witches. Their mother sets up rules designed to suppress their natural ability. When the siblings are sent to visit their aunt they learn family secrets and find out who they truly are. I was enraptured by this fabulous book, which is filled with magic and charm.”

Terri Smith, Cornelia Habersham County Library, Cornelia, GA


The Stolen Marriage: A Novel

by Diane Chamberlain

Published: 10/3/2017 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250087270

“Interracial marriage, money fraud, and adultery are just a few elements of this historical fiction. Set during WWII, sweet Tess has dreamed of marrying Vincent Russo since she was a teenager. Plans have been made and a date has been set, but several decisions made in the course of the engagement will cause a detour in both Vincent’s and Tess’s lives. Will they be able to find their way back to one another?”

Debbie Frizzell, Johnson County Library, Overland Park, KS


Uncommon Type: Some Stories

by Tom Hanks

Published: 10/17/2017 by Knopf
ISBN: 9781101946152

“Hanks writes about characters that he would love to play in the movies, had they been written. This collection of stories holds a myriad of emotions, settings, and time periods with two common threads: the typewriter and uncommonly normal men and women. You love the characters because you have something in common with all of them – some win, some lose, some are heroic and some timid, but they are all borne of the human existence and go largely unnoticed. Hank’s charm and wit come through.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX


We’re Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

by Gabrielle Union
Published: 10/17/2017 by Dey Street Books
ISBN: 9780062693983

“Union writes with such heart and energy that it really does feel like she’s talking to you while you share one (or several) bottles of wine. She touches on so many topics, including infidelity, women’s sexual health, and teaching young black men to protect themselves in a world that fears them. She also manages to talk about multiple famous people without sounding fawning, with the exception of Prince, which makes sense because…it’s Prince. I thoroughly enjoyed this title and can’t wait to put it in the hands of others.”

Lisa Hoffman, Bloomfield Public Library, Bloomfield, NJ


Strange Weather: Four Short Novels

by Joe Hill

Published: 10/24/2017 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062663115

“Hill’s four short novels expose the individual and societal pressures that motivate our sometimes fateful decisions. The first story is a coming-of-age tale with an added bit of horror. The second story is an unflinching look at what has become a common tragedy: mass shooting. The third story is an unrequited-love-meets-the-Twilight-Zone story that touches on loneliness. The final story is poignant and introspective. All four tales often gave me pause and made me think. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of character-driven works of horror and/or drama.”

Jennifer Wilson, Delphi Public Library, Delphi, IN


Manhattan Beach: A Novel

by Jennifer Egan

Published: 10/3/2017 by Scribner
ISBN: 9781476716732

“Anna and her father Eddie arrive at the home of Dexter Styles on Manhattan Beach searching for a job during the Depression. After Eddie goes missing five years later, Anna supports her mother and sister by working at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. One night, Anna approaches Styles for information about her father. They become involved, but he is still marked by his past relationship with Eddie. Egan’s description of New York in the 30s and 40s is so immersive that you feel like you’re waking up when you have to put the book down.”

Barbara Birenbaum, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA

 

 Courtesy of LibraryReads.org