Library Column for December 23, 2022

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Merry Christmas from your local library! May your holidays be filled with wonderful books and cozy time to read. It can be hard to find time and energy to focus on complicated plots in a long book during the holidays. Try short stories. We have several new story collections including Marple, twelve new mysteries by well-known authors including Elly Griffiths, Leigh Bardugo and Ruth Ware. Leigh Newman’s collection of stories are all set in her home state of Alaska and the title is Nobody Gets Out Alive.

World War II histories continue to feature prominently among the new non-fiction. A few years ago, WWI histories were prolific. The Island of Extraordinary Captives by Simon Parkin looks at Hutchinson camp on the Isle of Man which housed ‘enemy aliens’ for the duration of the war. Many were amazing elites including professors, composers, painters, and journalists. The epic story of a ranger battalion and the battle that defined WWII is told in The Last Hill by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin.

Jenny Colgan continues to set her novels in the lovely village of Cornwall. She has now written two books School by the Sea and Rule at the School by the Sea about a girls boarding school told from the point of view of now second year teacher Maggie Adair. We also have lots of titles, especially for kids and teens about schools.

Books about books, libraries, book shops and more are definitely popular with many readers. We have lots of titles that explore the book world. Hell of a Book by Jason Mott took over ten years to write and twists and turns as an author sets out on a cross-country book tour. The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks by Shauna Robinson is about Maggie taking over running her best friend’s struggling bookstore. But the town hasn’t embraced the store as they have a bookish history to uphold and ban her from selling anything written in this century. Maggie isn’t a very good rule follower and starts an underground book club and selling books that readers actually love out of the basement of the store. Can she keep the club quiet, sell forbidden books and dodge the literary society, especially after she unearths a town secret? See me if you want more novels about books, libraries or bookstores. I’ve read lots and enjoyed many.

The library will be closed December 24 – 26 for the Christmas holiday. We will be open regular hours Tuesday December 27 – Saturday, December 31 and then closed on Monday, January 2, 2023, in observance of the New Year. Visit our Winter story stations for fun and silly activities for children ages seven and under.

Happy New Year! Resolve to make visiting your local public library a habit in the New Year. There will not be a column next week. See you back in this space Friday, January 6th with information about our upcoming plans and programs. Storytime will resume on Thursday, January 5th at 10:30 am.

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