Thursday, March 1, 2018

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


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!


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Check out what's Fresh and New in 2018.....


As most of us find ourselves hunkered down for the first Nor'easter of 2018 it is wonderful to be able to share with you our new website.   Looking for something to read on these stormy days it will be easy to find in the new interface.   

BORROW provides selections for our ebooks, downloadable or streaming audiobooks and videos, as well as access to place hold on any item with in the Old Colony Library Network (OCLN). 

ATTEND provides selections for finding out what events and and programs are happening out our library.   

LEARN not only gives you information on accessing our online courses and education offerings, but provides information on technology and researching (like family history) offerings available in the library. It also has access to news and information generated by our Library Staff, such as this blog. 
GET TO KNOW US  will answer the most inquiring minds questions about how to contact us, policies, and the history of our wonderful facility and town. Duxbury History has access to Town Reports, School Yearbooks and more.  

HOW DO I? Will answer any questions and provide a wealth of information about checking out and finding the books, videos, magazines, kits and the wealth of offerings the Library has to offer.    If you are new to the library take a moment and browse these selections and you will find how easy it is to access these FREE resources. 

Hope you stay warm, enjoy browsing and checking out a new book or video from the comfort of your  couch, and make plans to come in and see us soon!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Need help with that new device you received during the holidays or just want to learn more?

In addition to the wealth of information contained in the books, The Duxbury Library has resources that can help you fully utilize the new phone, computer, or other device you received during the holidays.

Did you get a new Phone, Ipad or computer? We offer device help through our Reference desk or online training through Come in for device advice on Wednesday mornings or you can call our Reference desk to schedule another time based on availability.

There is a great selection of  training through that you can access from home with your library card. They have overviews of MacOS High Sierra as well as use of the Photos app  or try "Tips and tricks using MacOS High Sierra". Enjoying a new Microsoft Surface Pro? Brush up on Windows 10 Essential Training . Want to learn how to take great pictures with your new Iphone or Ipad?  Photography with IOS 11 will help you. For Android Phone and Table you can find Essentials Training or even app development for advanced users.

Looking for books to help you with your devices?  Author David Pogue, personal technology columnist for Yahoo Tech and formally technology consultant for the New York Times, has a number of books that provide great information.

We recently had a patron come in and borrow the "Macbook USB Superdrive" to download  to Itunes new cds he received for Christmas.  It will connect to your MacBook Pro with Retina display, MacBook Air, iMac, or Mac mini and allow you to watch DVDs, backup your photos to a DVD or CD, install software that you have on CD. or create backup discs.

Need to scan in old receipts or other documents for tax season or to clean out files? Borrow our "ScanSnap Scanner Kit".  For more information about this handy portable scanner check out their website. 

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Storytelling and Reaching Out Through Letter Writing

During the holidays we receive and often write letters to loved ones and friends. How many of us have found it more difficult to write eloquent enclosures in cards this year? It seems that in the days of texting, tweets, emails, and photo cards we take less time and opportunities to express ourselves through a written letter.

A recent popular historical fiction I've listened to is "Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I" , by Hazel Gaynor.  It is a collection of letters written between friends and family members who live in England and are serving in France.   The letter writing of two of the characters Evelyn and Thomas is engaging and full of life.  They rekindle a relationship as well as provide support for each other during very difficult times. Evelyn remarks in one letter, "Letters make one uncomfortably honest." Their writings provide inspiration for an almost lost art.

Another wonderful result of letter writing is the archival quality of that moment in time. Have you have enjoyed rereading a box of old letters or post card? I recently found a box of letters written by my mother to my father before they were married. What a wonderful gift to "hear her voice" as a nineteen year old experiencing life and love.

The library has a treasure trove of books written in many different styles and offering reflections and inspiration. Epistolary novels (books written using documents, such as letters or diary entries) engage us in an almost voyeuristic manner and we become part of the story as we read them.

Another popular epistolary novel, written as letters, is "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer. For a wonderful book series written as diary entries, "The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.", by Sandra Gulland, presents a historical fiction of Josephine Bonaparte relating an "intimate portrait" of life with Napoleon. A popular read among young adults is "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower" by Stephen Chbosky or try an old favorite, "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes. "Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I" is available as an audiobook via Hoopla today or place a hold today on this popular read.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Best Of 2017" Books In Circulation

We are always looking for the "next good read". Patrons come in and gravitate toward the "New Book" section. Since many of the "just released"/popular books often have long holds lists, I'm sharing popular books becoming more available to our patrons and now often found in the fiction shelves. I am looking forward to reading a number of these highly recommended books. How many have been on your lists?

Lilac Girls", by debut author Martha Kelly, was one of the top contenders for Best Fiction in 2016 . It is "inspired by the life of a real world war II heroine... this novel reveals the power of unsung women to change history in their quest for love, freedom, and second chances". 

"The Underground Railroad", by Colson Whitehead and voted Best Historical Fiction in 2016, "chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South".

"Into the Water" is a page-turner psychological thriller by the author of "Girl on a Train", Paula Hawkins.  This book was voted Best Mystery and Thriller" in 2017 by the Goodreads' readers.  

"A Great Reckoning", by Louise Penny, is her very popular 2016 release for her Chief Inspector Armand Ganache series. This book is finally becoming more readily available. The next in the series, "Glass Houses", was released earlier this year and has retained a fairly large hold list.

"The Whistler", by John Grisham is another more readily available book now that  his 2017 New York Times Bestseller, "The Rooster Bar"  , has been released.

Author Fredrik Backman is a Swedish author whose books have recently become bestsellers in the United States. "A Man Called Ove" was a favorite in 2016 and early 2017. "Beartown" is his 2017 release, on a number of "Best of" lists, and we have a number of copies in circulation.

Popular authors David Balducci's ("The Fix") and  John Sanford's ("Golden Prey") , as well as, Harlan Corben, Lee Child, Daniel Silva and Michael Connelly continue to release books annually for their series and people place holds on them as soon as the record is entered in the catalogue (often before the book is actually available in circulation).  If you like fast-paced thrillers and are waiting on a hold for your favorite, any of these authors will be good alternatives.

For the Best of 2017 reads there are many sources. My "go to" for recommendations and reviews is Goodreads, where a 4.0 or over rating by more than 10,000 readers have proven to be entertaining books. We have a display at the library that contain many of the the available Best of 2017 voted on by Goodread's readers. The "Best Fiction in 2017" voted on by readers is "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng and a number of patrons have told us they agree. Here are some other lists for ideas:

We hope you come in and check out our "Best of 2017" or "Lucky Star"  display that contain many of the books on the "Best of 2017" lists and "New York Times Bestseller" lists. "Lucky Star" copies are not cycled through the "hold list" and are available for check out to patrons for 2 weeks (no renewals). Also, the Large Print section often has the more popular books available earlier..  Duxbury is lucky to often have multiple copies in circulation of the most popular reads.  For books with holds Duxbury patrons have highest priority of the Duxbury Free Library owned books.

Let us know what was your favorite read of 2017!