Wednesday, June 6, 2018

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Summer Reading Lists!


Lazy days of summer bring long daylight hours to sit outside, soak up the sun, and read. The television and computers are switched off and we awaken our imagination, knowledge, and dreams. Do you have a favorite author you like to read over the summer? Maybe you enjoy reading old classics or eagerly anticipate the "Hot Summer Reads" Duxbury Free Library orders each year from a list of favorites identified throughout the year.

The beginning of summer also brings "Summer Reading Lists": from schools, newspapers/magazines, and bloggers. I pour through the reading lists marking the ones that interest me, never worrying about the time it will actually take to read them all.

I've gathered a number of lists that have made it into my inbox. Access to the "Duxbury Free Library Hot Summer Reading" list will be available all summer on my blog and highlighted just right of the blog post.

Are you a patron of the Duxbury Library? Credit yourself with all those books you will read this summer by signing up for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge where you will be entered into a gift certificate raffle drawing for each book you read and log over the summer. Also, if you read the most books you will win a gift certificate. This summer there are fun programs for all ages at the Duxbury Library.

Enjoy these lazy days of summer! I hope to hear about your favorite summer reads through the comments on this post or Facebook.

Here are some great summer reading ideas:




From "Read It Forward": author Taylor Jenkins Reid ("The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo") shares her summer poolside recommendations.




"Stellar Reads for the Dog Days Ahead" :  shared by LivingTheSecondAct.com - a new blog of real stories by women jumping in with both feet and tackling it all. One of the co-editors is based in the Boston area.


My favorite source for summer reading for grades 2 - 12. Connecticut Nutmeg Award Winners (4 age ranges of books nominated by librarians and winners chosen by the kids who read them throughout the year)

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Planning or about to take a trip? Check out our many vacation resources.

This time of year many of us our planning or preparing for summer vacation travels. Whether you are exploring the many vacations spots in the United States or around the world, brushing up or learning a language before a foreign country visit, or researching the history and culture of a place, you can find resources at the Duxbury Library.

Recently returned from a trip to France, I checked out the many travel books about the area. My favorites were the Rick Steves' and Lonely Planet guides and World Travel Adapter that was a useful in charging both my phone and camera at the same time.
a unique travel book called "Sundays in Paris.". Families will enjoy the DK Eyewitness travel books and there are a number of children's books on traveling to popular destinations. I also checked out the

Do you prefer ebooks? You can login to Hoopla or Overdrive and access many travel resources.

Want to learn a little of the language of where you are visiting? We have a subscription to Mango Languages, as well as, online and audio cd language resources (search for the language you are interested, ex. French

Packing for the trip? In addition to travel adapters, you can borrow cameras? We have a GoPro and Polaroid Cubes for loan.

Planning a day trip around the Boston area, Rhode Island, or Connecticut? In addition to travel guides, don't forget to reserve the variety of museum passes we have available for the surrounding areas. For families visiting in the summer there are are number of books about Duxbury you can borrow.

Renting a house or planning a long car ride? Visit the library before you leave and check out an audio book, children's or adult puzzle, or game to take with you. Note: Looking for puzzles in the catalog: Search for Title:Puzzle or Game with Format : 3-d object.

 Enjoy your summer trips and we look forward to seeing you at the library.


Monday, April 23, 2018

Never too old for a magical read

It has been about a decade since my kids were in middle school and they took me on the magical journey through "Harry Potter", led me through a dystopian world and adventure in "The Hunger Games", and the fantasy romance of the "Twilight Series". However, once they were on to high school their reading marathons were often replaced by music and sporting activities or homework, so I was no longer exposed to the books beloved by our youth. Working in circulation I once again have the advantage of seeing what the teenagers and young adults are checking in and out.


Captioned "A Harry Potter-esque adventure." by Time Magazine, I recently was intrigued by a young adult book "The Trials of Morrigan Crow" by Jessica Townsend. The last rainy weekend I put down my historical fictions and family sagas and delved into Morrigan Crow's world of "Nevermoor". Reminding me a lot of Harry Potter, I was quickly enthralled and taken into innocent world of imagination, where a cursed girl escapes death and is transported into a magical world finding friendship and mentors to help her discover her "true self". I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read and escape from our current realities. Surprisingly, although I was attracted to the book because of the similarities to the "Harry Potter" theme, those similarities took some of the charm away from the story.  However, young "Harry Potter" fans will find those similarities engaging. 

I encourage you to explore our "Young Adult" section as well as our Children's library for reads that will allow you to recapture our innocence as well as our imagination. Popular series authors include Sarah Maas, Cassandra Clare,Veronica Roth. Rick Riordan continues to have a number of series popular with middle school age kids. I remember enjoying his first the "Percy Jackson" series. 

I hope you enjoy "magical" reading in your near future.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Library "News"

Reading
Spring is in the air, well almost, and planning is in full force for our summer events. In Circulation we are busy preparing this year's "Hot Summer Reads", books for the summer "Book Breeze Events" and in the Children's Library they are working on the much anticipated "Summer Reading Program".

New items come into circulation almost daily. This week, we received a number of patron requests  and  New Non-Fiction,  Don't miss out of what's coming out next for books, movies, and cds by signing up for one or more of our emails. From the email place holds and get in line early for new and popular reads and movies.

In addition to the New York Time's bestsellers hottest holds, popular books in Duxbury include Anna Quindlen's newest "Alternate Side" and Lisa Genova's "Every Note Played".  Elin Hildebrand's "The Perfect Couple" won't be released until June 19 and it is already on our hottest holds list. 

Duxbury Library's newsletter "Library Lore" will keep you up to date on upcoming events. It is published quarterly. Ask us about our new "Book Club Card", "Junior Friends", and new book delivery program through the Senior Center meal delivery service. 


Hope you have enjoyed these last cold days in a cozy place with a good book. 
We look forward to seeing you at the Circ. Desk.


Monday, March 26, 2018

What are you reading? Check out popular author's new releases and what others have recently enjoyed.

What have you been reading this winter?  Have you found your favorite book of the year? I have two so far, "My Absolute Darling" by Gabriel Tallent and "The Good Daughter" by Karen Slaughter. Both are not for the faint of heart, but the main heroines will engage and endear you through to the end.

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Popular authors Clive Cussler, Kristin Hannah, and Brad Meltzer shine again with their newest releases and top the New York Times Best Seller list. British author Rachel Joyce, author of a Duxbury favorite "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry", has released a charming story,  "The Music Shop"based on another engaging eccentric male character. Author JoJo Moyes has released "Still Me", her third installment of the story of heroine, Louisa Clark. Patrons have told us that "Still Me" is more reminiscent of the best seller "Me Before You" than JoJo Moyes 2015 release "After You"Chris Bohjalian's new release "The Flight Attendant" is one of our library network's hottest holds. The other hottest holds include the newest of favorite authors James Patterson, Lisa Scottoline, and Mary Higgins Clark, all whom regularly churn out popular reads.

If you enjoyed "The First Daughter" by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie, put your request in now for "My Dear Hamilton".  To be released on April 3, it is the story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton and her struggles as a revolutionary woman who "shaped an American legacy", written from the research of thousands of letters and original sources. 

Many patrons are raving about "Beneath a Scarlet Sky" by Mark Sullivan. This popular historical fiction is based on the true story of Pino Lella, a 17 year-old Italian boy who led Jews escaping the Nazis over the Alps, became a spy inside the German High Command, and fell in love with a woman who would haunt him the rest of his life". Patrons say that, although there are at times too many historic details, the story is enthralling.  

We have also had many patrons, including me, who have enjoyed the historical fiction  and New York Times bestseller by Lisa Wingate, "Before We Were Yours", based on the 1940s stories surrounding the children of Georgia Tann's Memphis, Tennessee Children's Home. 

Did you see Matt Jennings on Chronicle last week? His book "Homegrown" is one of our new non-fiction books. Finally, 'tis the season for gardening books to be checked out.  Even through there's still snow on the ground, there sure are a lot of books on vegetable gardening and landscaping coming off the shelves. If you find the gardening section a little sparse due to the number of motivated gardener's ready for  the spring thaw, a popular New England Gardening book, "The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Northeast", is now available for download via Hoopla (no holds necessary). 

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I hope this gave you some ideas for your next read. Based on repeated patron recommendations, I've put a 2017 bestseller I never read, "The One In A Million Boy" by Monica Wood, on the top of my list.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

With a Single Check Out - Watch 2018 Oscar Best Picture Nominees and Previous Oscar Winners

AND THE WINNER IS.......

Interested in viewing the 2018 Oscar Best Picture selections?   "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri",  "Darkest Hour", "Lady Bird" have been loaded on our ROKU disc sets and the DVDs are being added to the collection as they are released.  "Dunkirk" has arrived on BluRay and DVD.   

What is ROKU?  The library has purchased three ROKUs and loaded them with available digital copies of our newest BluRay/DVDs.    All you have to do is plug in the ROKU to your TV, using the provided HDMI cord, and you will have access to over 140 movies as well as some TV series.  A complete list of what is on each ROKU is available on our website and updated periodically.



ROKUs are great for people who are recovering from surgery
or in vacation homes. 

When you look up the ROKUs on our catalog you will search for "ROKU" in "Duxbury". "ROKU Set 1" is a set of G and PG movies appropriate for children. We have two "ROKU Set 2" boxes and one "ROKU Set 3". "ROKU Set 2" and "ROKU Set 3" each have different collections of  moviesWhen you select to "PLACE HOLD" you will be able to select DISC 1 (SET 1 Childrens), DISC 2 (Set 2), or DISC 3 (Set 3).

We have many the previous year's Oscar winners loaded on "ROKU Set 2"and "ROKU Set 3" as well as on BluRay & DVD.  Also, find a lot of older Oscar winners in our Classic DVD collection.
 Enjoy your movie watching 
and let us know which one you'd vote for Best Picture Award.








Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Find Road Trip Entertainment at the Library


School vacation week brings in many families checking out entertainment options for long car rides. Our audiobook section has an extension selection of fiction and non-fiction favorites on cd as well as loaded on an mp3 player called a "Playaway". 

Our children's library collection also includes books on video, "Playaway Views", as well as, interactive video books ,"Playaway Launchpads". The Young Adult section upstairs has an additional collection of audiobook selections.

In addition to the audiobooks on cd, accessing Duxbury Library's Old Library Network catalog you will find an assortment of downloadable audiobooks. You will also find video streaming options in the network's online collection. With your smartphone or tablet you can access the catalog as well as download and listen to your audiobook via the Libby app

Want to browse more selections? Download the Hoopla app and enter your library card information on your smartphone or tablet for access to an another catalog of audiobooks, videos, music and ebooks. Hoopla often highlights seasonal choices as well as award winners.

Features of the Libby and Hoopla apps give you the ability change the listening speed of the voice, quickly review with a 30 second rewind, as well as,  setting sleep timers.

the audiobook had Hold list
 on our Old Colony Network,
but I found available on the
Sails Network - see link on right
Recently, I've enjoyed listening to 
"The Husband's Secret", by Liane Moriarty. (Found on Hoopla) Narrated by Caroline Lee. Her Australian accent brought the setting and Aussie characters to life. Liane Moriarty's "Big, Little, Lies" and "Truly, Madly, Guilty" are also read by Caroline Lee. I have also enjoyed "Small Great Things", by Jodi Picoult, narrated by three people portraying their strong differences of the perceptions and points of view reinforcing the author's style of relating a story from different "voices".

A popular patron audiobook recommendation is "Lincoln In the Bardo", by George Saunders, adapted into a "cinematic" audiobook with a cast of 166 narrators, including the author George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, Megan Mullaly, and Keegan-Michael Key.

In addition to browsing audiobooks by genre, try searching for a popular celebrity reader through "Novelist" (available through our website). For example, try Claire Danes, who narrates "The Handmaid's Tale"(Note: You will need your library card number to search in Novelist.)  Novelist also has a great selection of audiobook recommendations under "Famous Voices:Celebrity Readers" and "Audiobooks for Road Trips"

Note: Unfortunately, there is not a direct link from Novelist to the catalog for borrowing the audiobook selection so make sure you note the books of interest then search for them in the our catalog for availability.

I hope you enjoy expanding your "reading" and entertainment options and perhaps share a great read with the whole family during that next long car ride.  

As always - we are available to provide any assistance in Circulation, Children's, or Reference.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Online "Shopping" for Books - Where Everything is Free!


How about saving time and money by reserving your next read online?

Join readers who reserve books and other items online and receive an email when the item is available to be picked up at the circulation desk.  Favorite authors? 

Reading a series or want to read a bestseller?  

Placing a hold will ensure the book will be available to you sooner then waiting for it to appear on the shelf.

New Releases for February 
Popular authors Kristin Hannah, JoJo Moyes have new books out this month. Reserve the newest 2018 releases or  that book so many people have been talking aboutDo you find the book you want to read is never available on the shelf or don't have time to browse the shelves - save time today by having your next book waiting for you at the circulation desk.


Reserve books (or as we call it "placing a hold") through the "Old Colony Network Catalog" accessed from the Duxbury Library Website or on via the BOOKMYNE app on your Apple or Android smartphones or tablets.  

Reserving a book is simple. Search by title, author, or subject. Once you've found the item, click "Place Hold" and the system will ask you to login using your library card number and login password ("OCLN" if you haven't changed it ).  Once you've logged in your book will be reserved.

"Placing a Hold" places you on a waiting list. Duxbury library card holders get priority on Duxbury circulation items. If there are a number of copies owned by the Duxbury library, your wait will most likely be shorter. Daily, the system determines what items are coming available in the network and begins allocating them based on the waitlist to patrons throughout the network. Libraries receive the list of items located at their library, pull them off the shelf, and send them through the network to their requested destination. For items moving between libraries, it usually takes a couple of days before the item is ready for pickup. If the item is "available" in Duxbury and you place a hold, the item will be pulled the following day. Do not place a hold if you want to pick up the book that day.  Call us instead and we will pull the book and reserve it for immediate pickup.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Perfect Day for a "Cozy" Detective Mystery

It is a snowy day here in Duxbury and, as winter often affords us, perhaps a little more time for reading. During the winter months I often reach for books that are "heftier" than the selections I choose for beach reads or lazy summer afternoons. On my winter reading stack I try to catch up with the next in a series by my one of my favorite authors Daniel Silva (author of a spy thriller series) or the latest historical non-fiction by authors Doris Kearns-Goodwin or Erik Larson, who are great at weaving an interesting story around historical events. This season I have found myself browsing the mystery section of our library and intrigued by the "themed" titles and quicker reads of some of the series. Perfect for a wintry evening.

Our Mystery Section 
Browsing through the mysteries in our library you will notice a lot of themed titles such as, "The Body in the..." series by popular author Katherine Hall Page, culinary themed series by Johanne Fluke or Laura Childs, or "The Cat who.." series by Lillian Jackson Braun.  As you browse you will be amused by some of the titles, but don't be mislead. These detective mystery genres often called "cozy mysteries" are read by patrons who are looking for something that want to engage them intellectually, but not filled with explicit violence, profanity or the more violent sexual abuse often found in popular thrillers. 


I have especially enjoyed and recommend "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Series" by Alexander McCall Smith set in Botswana.  The first of 18 novels in this series, I was intrigued by the Botswana culture and the main character in this series is full of joy.

Exploring the "cozy mystery" genre I looked up the most popular authors and read "The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lillian Jackson Braun . The title makes you think the story is based on a cat, however, the "intelligent" siamese Koko provides just another colorful character in this successful 16 book series with a journalist-detective as the main character. The "cozy  mystery" genre are written with character and setting developments first and then you uncover the "mystery" along with the characters.  This is drastically different from thrillers like "The Good Daughter" by Karen Slaughter (also highly recommended), which immediately begins with heart-pounding, "edge of your seat" action.  Alternatively, the writers of "cozy mysteries" engage you for the long-run involving you in a community of people that are relatable and likable, weaving a story with different themes that attract us through our hobbies, interests or maybe just amusement.  You are drawn to the often small, idyllic village setting and the characters engage you to read more of the series.

One of the most popular series in our Mystery section is Louise Penny's "Chief Inspector Armand Gamache" series. Her 2017 release "Glass Houses" as well as many of her previous releases have been New York Times Bestsellers.  "Still Life" is the first book of the series. I would recommend starting with the first book of any "cozy mystery" series, because the characters often refer to previous cases in the earlier books. In "Still Life" I was engaged by the Canadian setting, the interesting characters and their relationships and friendships. The story was a well crafted mystery and the book was filled with fabulous quotes.

For another well loved classic in this genre and regaining popularity due to the release of the movie "Murder on the Orient Express"Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple series continue to entertain.  Patrons have enjoyed comparing the books with the TV DVD series found on Hoopla and in our DVD collection.

Looking for your next read on a cozy wintry day?   Come in and browse our mysteries.

Note: The Duxbury Library separates detective mystery books from thrillers and shelves them as Mysteries. All Fiction books are on our main floor that has the circulation desk and are alphabetized by author.  Mysteries are in a separate section found after general Fiction.  Most of the series have been numbered so you can easily identify which book is the first in a series. If you are not sure, ask us at the circulation or reference desk or look up the author in Fantastic Fiction.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

"Check Out" the 10 Ten Most Popular Books in Duxbury


This year's most popular book with Duxbury readers will not surprise anyone who visited Duxbury Library this summer - "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles. Mr. Towles was Duxbury's Friends of the Library featured event in August and he gave an informative and entertaining book talk to a sold out crowd.  It was my favorite historical fiction book of the year.  

The 2017 Top 10 Adult Books (combining hardcover, paperback, and large print) Checked Out in Duxbury were .....  "drumroll please"
  1. "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles
    Be transported to Russia in the 1920s with the character Alexander Rostov who has been sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol grand hotel in the center of Moscow. Journey with this man and his hotel family and friends through 40 years of change in the Russia culture and perspectives. You'll enjoy the stories that unfold regarding many of the characters while immersed in historical events that occured during those decades.
  2. "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman: This book is a surprising delight for readers. Focused on an bitter curmudgeon who endears you through his story and his relationships while demonstrating a great deal of kindness and love. Fredrik Backman's other books, such as, "Beartown", are quickly becoming equally as popular.
  3. "The Whistler" by John Grishom: Duxbury patrons continue to be entertained with this bestselling author's legal thrillers.  His newest release "The Rooster Bar" has already made it to the top 20 popular books.
  4. "Into The Water" by Paula Hawkens: Goodreads Reader's Choice award winner for Mystery. One reviewer reported "This book keeps the reader off balance".  It is nothing like the other popular thriller by this author, "The Girl on the Train", but it has definitely sparked our interest with its popularity amongst readers.
  5. "Ma Speaks Up: And a First Generation Daughter Talks Back by Marianne Leone":
    Local author and actress Marianne Leone shares her memoir full of wit and humor. This was another popular and well received Bookbreeze author talk this summer.
  6. "Hillbilly Elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis" by J.D. Vance: 51 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, this timely book by the author offers a part memoir of his experience growing up in a poor Appalachian town and an analysis pertaining to our current political climate of the struggles of the people who live and work there. This book has remained popular with Duxbury readers through the start of 2018.
  7. "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult: This popular author tackles the difficult subject of race through a story of a nurse who is asked not to treat a child by the parents based on her race, but she is placed in a medical situation that demands her action. Jodi Picoult shares, "It's really about these three characters facing their own beliefs about privilege, power and race. Hopefully their journey will encourage readers to do the same".
  8. "A Piece of This World" by Christina Baker Kline: Another popular read by the author of "Orphan Train", this book set in Maine and inspired by the story of the girl in the Andrew Wythe painting "Christina's World".
  9. "The Dinner" by Herman Koch: We have heard readers either absolutely love or hate this book filled with tension and reportedly unlikeable characters. Obviously quite popular so I recommend the read before you watch the movie.  I've kept it on my list of books to read.
  10. "Anything is Possible" by Elizabeth Strout: This is another author that continues to be popular with Duxbury readers.  This book catches up after a decade with the character Lucy Barton in her previous book "My Name is Lucy Barton".
We encourage you to visit us periodically and check out our different book displays highlighting popular authors, new books, and books that are popular with our staff and patrons. Often new and popular books have long waitlists so, while you are waiting for a requested book, come in and browse other books by the author or ask the us at the circulation desk for recommendations based on books you have previously enjoyed reading.

Here's to more great reading selections in 2018!

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