Library Column for August 22, 2018

@ Your Library

    Summer Reading final celebration today at the library. Join library staff for ice cream with toppings and family games on the lawn outside the library all day. Then join us for the final seasonal sculpture unveiling at 6:00 pm.

    Friends of the Library book sale will be Friday, August 24th from noon – 4pm. All sales are by donation with proceeds benefiting the Friends support of library programming.

    Summer is drawing to a close and thoughts are turning to the routines of the school year. Commit to making reading part of that routine. Routines can be a very good way to maximize our time. People that develop routines get things done, creating routines and positive habits that allows us to become more efficient and effective as people. A reading routine of even fifteen minutes a day is over 90 hours of reading a year. Just think of what you could discover and learn in that time.

    I am tackling Alan Jacobs How to Think: A survival guide for a world at odds in which Mr. Jacobs outlines why we aren’t as good at thinking as we think we are and how thinking can rescue our inner lives from the chaos of modern life. I definitely hope that is true, I’d love to be rescued from modern life.

    Imagine a place where old writers could go to live out their days, who would you want to visit, would old authors get into trouble or be compliant residents. While the authors in The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers (and their muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino doesn’t include any actual authors, it did make me ponder and consider which authors I’d like to have in one place to talk to. And imagine establishing a retirement home specifically for writers, makes me laugh to think about it.

    A great August read would be The Summer List by Amy Mason Doan for a trip down memory lane venturing into days with family, first love and the lasting friendship formed between young girls. Laura and Casey were once inseparable but a shocking betrayal sent Laura into a new life. Seventeen years later she is drawn back to a reunion with Casey and one last scavenger hunt with ten clues and one more secret that could drive them back apart.

    Eternal Life by Dara Horn celebrates the ‘bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death and the reason for being alive’ as told by Rachel, a woman who made a spiritual bargain to save the spiritual life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem over 2,000 years ago. She desperately wants to find a way to free herself but how?

    Derek B. Miller has released a second book with the dry-witted detective Sigrid in American by Day to accompany Norwegian by Night the first book in the series. Sigrid is on a quest to find her missing brother in the United States, who has been implicated in the mysterious death of a prominent African American academic.