Library Column for March 4, 2022

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March may come in like a lion, so I definitely expect it to go out like a lamb. I am ready for spring! I am ready to wear fewer clothes and sit outside. In the meantime, I guess I will continue reading.

I really enjoyed Martian by Andy Weir and am currently reading Artemis and not enjoying it as much, but wanted to read it before tackling Project Hail Mary. I like science fiction that could take place in the very near future.

Recent events have reminded me of the Politics of Place series by Tim Marshall I read a couple of years ago. Prisoners of Geography, Worth Dying For and Divided all look at world politics through a window of history, geography and tribalism. A great overview of the world and how we got to where we are and where we might be going. The first focuses on geography, the second on identity and the third on walls, but all look at politics through a lens of history.

I recently finished the juvenile novel Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Fodi. It is a cute story about a school for magicians. Cara has been accepted into the school, but seems to have failed and been relegated to sweeping up the magical residue left behind after magicians do their work. But has she really failed or does she have other skills that make her invaluable to the magical realm.

I also read the sequel to Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper, Out of My Heart in which Melody gets to go to camp! I love the realism of Melody and her blossoming. She goes from being stuck inside her own body, to being able to communicate with her tablet to finding a camp for those with disabilities and attending. She just needed a little extra assistance.

I just finished the latest Garth Nix book in the his long running Sabriel series, Terciel and Elinor which we don’t own as I haven’t convinced many to read this series, even if it is one of my favorites. I love the world and the main characters of the novels are always seeking more knowledge. But the main characters are also necromancers who use bells to return the dead to the realm of death, which makes it a hard series to sell.

An open book club is meeting every other Tuesday at noon in the library meeting room. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 8. Bring a lunch if you’d like and what you like to read. The group shares what they are reading, what they found good, and what they didn’t like. If you are in need of some new recommendations, this is a good group to join.

Stop by and pick up our new take-out craft projects for teens and adults. Elementary students can also pick up our weekly STEAM bags for a fun, educational activity to explore. Young kids and their caregivers can attend storytime on Thursday mornings at 10:30.

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