Library Column for November 25, 2020

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I am thankful for great books to read. This past year my reading has been a bit different than recent years. I’ve either been reading about some pretty heavy issues or light fluff, nothing in between. One of the latest that I really enjoyed was Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostokovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson. The book was part biography, part history, part musical theory and overall wonderful. I really enjoyed learning more about Soviet history in World War II through the eyes of someone who lived it.

Three elementary aged fiction that I read at the end of October were delightful, lighthearted reads to restore my sanity. They included Catalyst by Sarah Beth Durst for a tale of house sized cats and flying poodles. The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman for a tale of wonder, magic and trains and The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay for a British tale of magical realism and family dynamics.

I finished the Robin LeFevers series, the last book being Igniting Darkness, about a fantastical Brittany in the late 1400’s. The series is bloody, graphic and violent but tells of a particularly violent period of French history. This series is primarily told from the point of view of a variety of women, who are strong and determined to have a say in their future. I also really enjoyed Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross set in an imaginary world and again the women are strong in different ways and have to figure out how to support one another.

Snapdragon by Kat Leyh and Catstronauts: Digital Disaster by Drew Brockinton are both graphic novels for elementary aged kids. They are fun and made me laugh.

I have ready several books by authors of color including Becoming by Michelle Obama, Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique DuBois Gilliard, both of which provided different perspectives on life, justice and the American life.

I am very thankful for access to lots of reading material and for authors who make me ponder, consider and think about new ideas, new views and learn new things. I enjoyed reading The New Homemade Kitchen by Joseph Shuldiner, Growing Perennial Foods by Acadia Tucker and A Game of Birds and Wolves: the ingenious young womenwhose secret board game helped win World War II by Simon Parkin. Humble Pi: a comedy of math errors by Matt Parker made me cringe and laugh and be glad I didn’t pursue a life as a scientist or mathematician.

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but open regular hours on Friday, November 27, 10am – 6pm and Saturday, November 28, 10am – 3pm. Visit us with your mask on and borrow some holiday books and movies for your weekend pleasure. Regular library hours are Monday – Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm, Thursday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 10 am – 3 pm. And don’t forget our website, internationalfallslibrary.us with lots of information about free digital resources is available 24/7.

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