Audio books: 77
Music CDs: 43
They have an accumulated value of more than $14,000 (and that's very conservative) None of them cost the taxpayers a cent. How many one person libraries can make such a claim?
If you follow this blog or did follow the old newspaper column in the SV Weekly, you know we're very active in the statewide interlibrary loan process. Every time we receive an ILL request from a new library, we create a card for them. Yesterday, I looked at the cumulative number of cards issued. We've created 163 cards for other Maine libraries. I suspect that puts us near the top in terms of how many other libraries we share stuff with.
On to this weekend. I'm heading to Massachusetts to be part of my first New England Crime Bake. This is something I've been thinking about attending for several years, but never had the time and the $$ together. I'm really excited about going for several reasons.
1-it will be fun.
2-I'm going to a couple really good workshops, Writing YA mysteries by Peter Abrahams and Pacing taught by Paul Doiron.
3-All of us who have stories in this year's Level Best anthology Stone Cold will be doing a joint book signing Saturday morning, followed by a group photo shoot.
4-I have 5 minutes to shop one of my books to an agent.
5-There's a tacky Hawaiian shirt contest on Friday night and I got the perfect one at the Newport Salvation Army store on Monday.
6-I'll meet a lot of interesting people as well as make some potentially useful connections.
7-Did I mention that it will be fun?
Here's a link to the Crime Bake website http://www.crimebake.org/index.htm
Another facet of my OCD librarianship is my willingness to go and get library book sale leftovers. I am committed to picking up the remainders for three other libraries on a regular basis.
Before I had a chance to catch my breath, another of the three librarians I work with called. Could I come on Friday and get the leftovers from her sale? So, off I went with my little Chevy Sonic right after work. Fortunately this library is close enough to be a reasonable pickup, but it took three trips to get all but the two older dictionaries I left behind. That was nine days ago. There remains less than one box that hasn't been triaged out of almost 120. My two ladies who volunteer regularly, Briana and Deana, are really good at running stuff through Betterworld Books and enjoy the fun of finding treasures. Briana is working her way through our science fiction collection and is learning to cook. She went home with close to 50 books in these categories to add to her personal collection. Plenty of patrons found books they remembered from years past as well as new ones that looked intriguing. Giving them away is a great public relations tool because the ones I offer have little sale value. One man took a truckload to the low income housing complex where his mother lives because every time he's done so in the past the books have been devoured by a bunch of folks who seldom get to a library.
Sure, it's a lot of extra work, but the intangible rewards are well worth the effort and when I get a bunch of kids books to fill our free easy reader box or the hot red chapter bookcase, I know many of them will end up in the hands of local kids whose parents can't afford trips to a book store.
On a related note, the fourth grade teacher at the Elm Street School emailed a group of people, asking for mystery reader volunteers to come in on Fridays and read to her class. I love reading to kids, so I replied immediately. Last Friday, I took Parents Keep Out by Ogden Nash and My Father's Dragon by Ruth Styles Gannett with me and went to have some fun. More than half the kids have been in the library at one time or another. Several commented on the books they got when they came for our summer programs this year. (We gave out almost 500 kids books in July and August). I told them how my sisters and I used to memorize and recite Ogden Nash poems when we were their age and how my daughter had me do an Ogden Nash reading at her wedding last July. I then told them about how the dragon book came to be a family favorite when I was a kid and how Dr. Rudy Koster, my mother's boss at Hoffman LaRoche in New Jersey, used to make wooden Christmas ornaments and send them to us every year. I still have some of the ones representing the characters from My Father's Dragon and the two other books in the series. Since the book was written in 1948, the same year I was born, I wasn't sure how it would be received, nor, at 70 pages, how long the kids would remain engaged. Big surprise, by asking questions about what Elmer Elevator might have in his backpack to help him get out of tricky situations, the kids sat through the entire book and asked a bunch of questions afterwards. I hope they had as much fun as I did.
1-The first three seasons of Duck Dynasty will be added to the collection this week.
2-So will Supernatural: Season 8.
3-We have a printed list of Christian fiction added in 2013 available.
4-We have two new TV series that were just added to the collection. #1-The Mind of a Married Man: the Complete Season 1. #2-Fringe: The Complete First Season.
5-We have a new work of fiction by Susan Wittig Albert: A Wilder Rose. Here's a description. "In 1928, Rose Wilder Lane—world traveler, journalist, highly-paid magazine writer—returned from an Albanian sojourn to her parents’ Ozark farm. Almanzo Wilder was 71 and Laura 61, and Rose felt obligated to stay and help. Then came the Crash. Rose’s investments vanished and the magazine market dried up. That’s when Laura wrote “Pioneer Girl,” her story of growing up in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, on the Kansas prairie, and by the shores of Silver Lake. The rest is literary history. But it isn’t the history we thought we knew. Based on the unpublished diaries of Rose Wilder Lane and other documentary evidence, A Wilder Rose tells the surprising true story of the often strained collaboration that produced the Little House books—a collaboration that Rose and her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, concealed from their agent, editors, reviewers, and readers."
6-We added a two book set to the YA collection that reminded me very favorably of Lisa Bergren's terrific time travel trilogy-The Waterfall of Time series. These two are written by Rachel Harris. They are My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century and A Tale of Two Centuries. Told by cousins in the first person, they're impossible to put down.
We're experiencing changes here at the library as well. Because we're constantly squeezed for space, I decided it was time to delete the audio books on cassette that were in storage. I can't justify locking up ten feet of shelf space for items that have circulated once in total during the past year. I'm going to address movies on VHS next. They take up an enormous amount of room and because most of them are in boxes, they are a bear to locate when we get an interlibrary loan request. Time permitting, I'll keep those not owned by another library in MaineCat and put the rest in our free section. Given the space crunch upstairs in adult and juvenile fiction as well as a growing audio book on Cd collection, we're going to need to move more items to storage pretty soon.
What's happening in terms of additions to the collection? Several things are in process. I've had a mid-term goal of offering 200 juvenile and young adult audio books on CD with accompanying print editions. This is very helpful for kids and teens with dealing problems because it alows them to see as they hear. We have a very impressive YA audio collection and a smaller, but promising juvenile audio collection. The challenge is to find time enough to search the catalog and create a list of books where both flavors are represented so we can share it with our local school system.
In addition to this project, we continue to add foreign movies with English subtitles. Most of them come from a fellow swapper at the Indianapolis Public Library and are Indian, Pakistani and Thai movies. We are continuing to add new books to the Young Adult and Juvenile collections. I'm buying some, swapping for others and donating a bunch I'm getting because of my online book reviewing activities. I want to create the best YA fiction collection in Maine. It won't happen, but I'm having fun trying.
While many Maine libraries are moving to downloadable audio books, we're unable to do so because of the cost. Instead, we're continuing to add to our audio book on CD collection because the interest (both here and via ILL) is strong. I use PaperbackSwap to get most of them and concentrate on trading for titles that are not owned by other libraries or are held by only one or two. We have over 700 titles in this collection.
Finally, we're creating one of the biggest and most eclectic music collections in Maine. It's approaching 3000 CDS with a big sub-collection of New Age titles.
We're looking for new blood. It's not always easy to get useful criticism and feedback when the same people hear your stuff at every meeting. As far as we're concerned, the only requirement for membership is a desire to write and get better at it. If you fit that description and are (or think you might be) comfortable reading in front of a small group of people then we'd love to have you join us. If you have any questions, feel free to call the library at 938-4702 or email me at berek at tds.net
SCHEDULE for 2013-14: (we start at 7 PM)
Beth and I just finished a week of short trips. We took a photo drive through southern Aroostook County. we hit a movie and a play at Lakewood and just finished a weekend at sister Kate's cottage in Harpswell. Kate has been talking up the Orrs Island Library book sale for several years. This time we hit the last day and there were still tons of great books available. In addition to ones I'll sell online, I have around 20 to catalog and add to the library collection. Sandwiched around those will be two book orders for brand new stuff. There's a box in the hall behind me as I write with 20 new titles and below is a summary of each of the 11 books I ordered today. Now I just have to find time to catalog all this stuff...and wipe out the wasp nest above the front door.
Title Author Publisher ISBN-13
1. Rise Carey, Anna Harpercollins 9780062048578
When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America—and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser—Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started. Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand. Will Eve be able to bring about a new, free world when she's called upon to perform the ultimate act of rebellion—killing her father?
In Rise, Eve must choose who to leave behind, who to save, and who to fight as Anna Carey's epic tale of romance and sacrifice in the chilling dystopia of The New America comes to a stunning conclusion.
2. Night of the Comet Bishop, George Random House 9780345516008
For his fourteenth birthday, Alan Broussard, Jr., receives a telescope from his father, a science teacher at the local high school who's anxiously awaiting what he promises will be the astronomical event of the century: the coming of Comet Kohoutek. For Alan Broussard, Sr.--frustrated in his job, remote from his family--the comet is a connection to his past and a bridge to his son, with whom he's eager to share his love for the stars. But the only heavenly body Junior has any interest in is his captivating new neighbor and classmate, Gabriella Martello, whose bedroom sits within eyeshot of his telescope's lens. Meanwhile, his mother Lydia sees the comet--and her husband's obsession with it--as one more thing that keeps her from the bigger, brighter life she once imagined for herself far from the swampy environs of Terrebonne, Louisiana. With Kohoutek drawing ever closer, the family begins to crumble under the weight of expectations, and a startling turn of events will leave both father and son much less certain about the laws that govern their universe.
3. Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death) Griffin, Bethany Harpercollins 9780062107824
Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death. In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city. Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero. With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.
4. Steelheart Sanderson, Brandon Random House 9780385743563
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
5. Her Dark Curiosity Shepherd, Megan Harpercollins 9780062128058 (to be published in January 2014)
Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her. As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again. As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive. With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.
6. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Tucholke, April Penguin Group 9780803738898
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White's sleepy, seaside town...until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet's crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet's grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet's already so knee-deep in love, she can't see straight. And that's just how River likes it. A gothic thriller romance with shades of Stephen King and F. Scott Fitzgerald, set against a creepy summertime backdrop--a must-read for fans of Beautiful Creatures, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Anna Dressed in Blood.
7. More Scenes from the Rural Life Klinkenborg, Verlyn Chronicle Books 9781616891565
Verlyn Klinkenborg's regular column, The Rural Life, is one of the most read and beloved in the New York Times. Since 1997, he has written eloquently on every aspect, large and small, of life on his upstate New York farm, including his animals, the weather and landscape, and the trials and rewards of physical labor, as well as broader issues about agriculture and land use behind farming today. Klinkenborg's pieces are admired as much for their poetic writing as for their insight: peonies are "the sheepdog of flowers," dry snow "tumbles off the angled end of the plow-blade as if each crystal were completely independent, almost charged with static electricity," and land is most valuable "for its silence, its freedom from language." Klinkenborg writes with a grace and understanding that makes us more aware of the world around us, whether we live on a farm or in the middle of a city. More Scenes from the Rural Life gathers together 150 of his best pieces since his last collection, The Rural Life, was published a decade ago. For anybody with an appreciation of nature, language, or both, this book is certain to delight.
8. if you could see what I See Lamb, Cathy Kensington Publishing 9780758259400
In this moving, insightful new novel, acclaimed author Cathy Lamb delves into the heart of going home again, the challenge of facing loss--and the freedom of finally letting go. . .For decades, the women in Meggie O'Rourke's family have run Lace, Satin, and Baubles, a lingerie business that specializes in creations as exquisitely pretty as they are practical. The dynamic in Meggie's family, however, is perpetually dysfunctional. In fact, if Meggie weren't being summoned back to Portland, Oregon, by her grandmother, she'd be inclined to stay away all together. Since her husband's death a year ago, Meggie's emotions have been in constant flux, and so has her career as a documentary film maker. Finding ways to keep the family business afloat--and dealing with her squabbling sister and cousin--will at least give her a temporary focus. To draw customers to their website, Meggie decides to interview relatives and employees about their first bras and favorite lingerie. She envisions something flip and funny, but the confessions that emerge are unexpectedly poignant. There are stories of first loves and aching regrets, passionate mistakes and surprising rendezvous. And as the revelations illuminate her family's past, Meggie begins to find her own way forward. With warmth and unflinching humor, If You Could See What I See explores the tender truths we keep close--and what can happen when we find the courage to bare them to the world.
9. Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island by Regina Calcaterra
Regina’s Calcaterra memoir, Etched in Sand, is an inspiring and triumphant coming-of-age story of tenacity and hope. Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Her painful early life, however, was quite different. Regina and her four siblings survived an abusive and painful childhood only to find themselves faced with the challenges of the foster-care system and intermittent homelessness in the shadows of Manhattan and the Hamptons. A true-life rags-to-riches story, Etched in Sand chronicles Regina’s rising above her past, while fighting to keep her brother and three sisters together through it all. Beautifully written, with heartbreaking honesty, Etched in Sand is an unforgettable reminder that regardless of social status, the American Dream is still within reach for those who have the desire and the determination to succeed.
10. Golem and the Jinni Wecker, Helene HarperCollins 9780062110831
In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free. Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker's debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.
11. Texting the Underworld Booraem, Ellen. Dial Press 9780803737044
Perpetual scaredy-cat Conor O'Neill has the fright of his life when a banshee girl named Ashling shows up in his bedroom. Ashling is--as all banshees are--a harbinger of death, but she's new at this banshee business, and first she insists on going to middle school. As Conor attempts to hide her identity from his teachers, he realizes he's going to have to pay a visit to the underworld if he wants to keep his family safe.
Thursday, July 11th at 11 am
Mad Scientist Program
Dig Into Science
Prepare to be amazed as we simulate a geyser and learn why Stalagmites are so cool, you may even watch some grow before your eyes. We guarantee that you are going to discover some amazing things as we dig deep into the world of science!
Wednesday, July 17th at 10:30am
Narrated by author and former
Waterway Supervisor Tim Caverly,
the show includes music,
scenic and historic photographs as well as stories detailing Tim's personal
experiences while living in the woods.
Canoeing down the river, people will experience the Allagash in a whole new way.
Thurday, July 25th 10 am
L.C Bates Museum
Rocks In Your Life -
Explore rocks and minerals and how we use them in our daily lives. Try out rock experiments like floating rocks, drawing with rocks, and rocks under a black light!
Wednesday, July 31st 10 am
L.C. Bates Museum
Find out how fossils form, examine different kinds of fossils and learn what fossils tell us about our
earth’s history and evolution. See the Maine state fossil as well as trilobites, dinosaurs, plants, insects and more.
Thursday, August 1st 10 am
(At the Newport Cultural Center)
Story Hour and book signing
Connie and Peter Roop, authors of Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, will tell us the story of Abbie Burgess who manned the light on Matinicus Island for four weeks while her father the lighthouse keeper was stuck on shore during a storm.
Join us afterwards for a book signing
Thursday, August 8th 10am
Boston Museum of Science
Super Cold Science
Amazing things happen when matter changes temperature. With the help of a Museum educator and an intensely cold liquid, participants experience the remarkable changes in size, form, and behavior that occur when a variety of objects and substances are
Dare You To by Katie McGarry, May 2013. ISBN 9780373210633
Don't let the cover fool you, there's an incredible story inside this book that grabbed me when I read the first four chapters online. The minute I finished reading them, I ordered the book. The minute the book arrived, everything else went on hold and I read until 2:30 the following morning.
Ryan's not only a talented baseball player, he's an all-around nice guy, loyal to his friends, funny, has a decent value system and an unrealized talent for creative writing. He's bothered by the recent breakdown of his family, more by what's not said these days than what is. The break was precipitated by his older brother coming out, a reality his mother and father can't accept. This, however is just one part of what's happening in his life just before the beginning of his senior year. When he and teammates Chris and Logan are at a Louisville Taco Bell, engaged in one of their dares (in this case collecting girls' phone numbers), an amazing and probably untouchable girl enters. It's Ryan's turn to score a phone number. Cool Girl blows him off, but not before Ryan senses something between them.
Fast forward to the beginning of school. Former bad boy, Scott Risk, who defied odds and became a major league baseball star has moved back to the small town where he grew up and quietly bought the farm next to the one owned by Ryan's parents. Scott had a tough childhood and one thing he's always regretted is that he didn't do more to protect his niece Beth from her abusive father (Scott's brother) and her alcoholic mother. After Beth takes the fall for her mother when Mom trashes her scuzzy boyfriend's car, Scott steps in and forces Mom to sign over custody of Beth to him.
When Scott meets Ryan and his dad at a ball game, he asks Ryan if he would be willing to help his niece get oriented at school. Ryan agrees to do so and is floored when he discovers that Beth is Cool Girl, complete with nose ring and lower back tattoo. Beth is totally spooked. Spooked by not being able to save her mother, spooked by the loss of her only friends, Noah and Isaiah, spooked by the conflicted feelings she's having for Ryan, spooked by her unresolved anger at Scott for bailing when she was little, spooked by the knowledge that there are things in her past that eventually some kids at the high school will find out that happened when she lived there years ago.
Beth wants nothing to do with Ryan. Ryan realizes he wants everything to do with Beth. How they manage to meet in the middle, despite her inability to accept the possibility that such a cool guy could really love someone like her is at the heart of this book. Her guilt over not being able to save her mother is a huge part of what keeps her frozen emotionally and ready to run at the drop of a hat. Hers is an interesting journey, replete with endless emotional pitfalls and bad judgment calls that test Scott, Ryan and pretty much everyone who cares about her.
The budding romance between Ryan and Beth is crafted so nicely that you can't help but root for it to be successful. The supporting cast of characters are equally well fleshed out. Ryan's parents are not particularly likable, but you can understand why they act as they do. Ryan's brother Mark, Beth's uncle Scott and his wife Allison are crafted nicely, but what really comes through for me are how good the friendships between Ryan and his two teammates, Chris and Logan are as well as Chris' girlfriend Lacy, who is perhaps the most important reason Beth starts to look at things differently, especially when Lacy opens up about how important their friendship was when they were little.
When I worked in mental health, I did a lot with adolescents from unbelievably screwed up families. More often than not, the kids would assume responsibility for the impossible task of fixing an unfixable parent or family. It was heartbreaking to see and heartwarming when we realized they 'got' it and started their journey from scapegoat to healthy kid. Katie McGarry does an amazing job of depicting Beth on this path. Her twisted journey, as well as her guilt, self-doubt and impulsive behavior are dead on.
This is a meaty, wonderful, painful and immensely rewarding read, not only for teens who like gritty realism and romance, but for anyone who likes rooting for the underdog and a feel-good ending. Beth reminded me of Cassie, Lisa Burstein's vulnerable, but defiant protagonist in Dear Cassie released earlier this year. Both are steel on the outside, marshmallow on the inside and incredibly likable.
The Randlett Scholarship is awarded in Memory of Berger & Juliana Swanson and Linwood & Ada Randlett
Erica Randlett Habarta and Lisa Randlett Bergman are pleased to announce the three recipients of this years scholarship. It was by no means an easy decision as there was an abundance of qualified and promising applicants. We invite you to join us in the presentation of the scholarship checks at the Hartland Public Library, 16 Mill Street, Hartland, Maine 04943 on Wedneday, July 3rd at 3 PM.
This years winners are:
Ms. Kestrel D'Antilio who will be attending the University of Maine, majoring in accounting.
Mr. Dylan Mills Rappleyea who will be attending Northern Maine Community College and major in automotive technology and collision repair.
Ms. Ashley Malmquist who will be attending Eastern Maine Community College and major in Construction management