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.....

Visit www.duxburyfreelibrary.org.

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 Lynda.com. 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 Lynda.com 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!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

It is beginning to look a lot like ....

Thank you to the Duxbury Girl Scouts for setting up
and decorating our tree.
'Tis the season of family and friends gathering around celebrations, attending concerts, shopping, and sometimes being overwhelmed with that holiday "cheer".  Here in the Duxbury Library we hope you will find respite from the holiday hustle and bustle.   You'll find joy in the holiday music, videos and books, comfort in a cozy read, inspiration in the books full of traditions, meditations, cooking and decorations, and escape in the many wonderful novels, fantasy, and mysteries. 

We have gathered many of the favorite holiday reads, music, and videos in displays around the library. You'll find many more available in the shelves and even more browsing from home or through Hoopla.   

Our holiday music cd collection will fill you with the holiday spirit.  Find an old favorite or try out something new. 

We are looking forward to spreading our cheer with you during the holidays.   


Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Break Entertainment and Reading

Hosting out of town family and friends, in need of an alternative to Black Friday shopping or ready for post-turkey entertainment?  Come to the library to check out Museum Passes for discounts, Boston guidebooks, entertaining reads that will bring our local history and cultures to life. You can browse our "Recommended Read" section for a selection from popular and our favorite books, try out a new game, or bring home a movie. Children can check out our games, puzzles, kits and assortment of DVDs that will bring hours of entertainment.

Share with your guests these books with a local flavor:

Duxbury Past and Present ,as well as many more historical books about our region.

Massachusetts Settings by Popular Massachusetts Authors
"The Boston Girl" by Anita Diamond
"Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks
"Back Bay" or "Harvard" by William Martin
"Mystic River" by Dennis LeHane
"The Other Woman" and other suspense novels by Hank Phillipi Ryan

New England cooking
"The New England Kitchen"   by Jeremy Sewell

Have a favorite book set in Massachusetts or about Massachusetts culture?   Share it with us.