Two of our staffers read this book, and they loved it. It has secret societies, an unsolvable puzzle (supposedly), and characters you’ll absolutely adore. Once you get involved in Clay’s story, you won’t want to put it down. We definitely recommend this winner of the Alex Award, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, and named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. A perfect summer read, or something to help distract you from the fact that no, it’s not vacation time yet for you, check it out from the Library today! We have it in regular and large type.
“The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan’s Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.”– Taken from Amazon.com
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Father’s Day is around the corner. Do you have a plan to celebrate? Maybe you’ll make breakfast with your kid(s) that morning. We have lots of great children’s cookbooks, so you can find lots of easy, kid-friendly recipes. Check out the call number E 641 in the Children’s Room, our selection covers two shelves! We also have plenty of craft books if your kids want to make something special, explore the E 745.5 section. Let a librarian know if you need help.
Whatever you do, don’t forget that replicating what Dad did for Mom is fair game.
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Are you entering 1st-4th grade and can read independently? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy! The program is very nearly full, so get your application in fast.
This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th). Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading. Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills. Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.
Please visit the Reading Buddies page for more information.
Applications are available now (please find on the Reading Buddies webpage above). Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014! Teens are accepted on a first come, first serve basis so get your application in early!
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This week’s staff pick isn’t an individual work, but the entire collection of Maya Angelou, who passed on this week. Maya was a strong civil rights supporter and voice, and her work has affected millions. She was a truly great literary voice, and will be missed.
We have several of her works if you’d like to bring some home via book, ebook, or audiobook.
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Join us on Saturday, June 14th at 1:30 pm in the Community Room for a discussion of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin. New members are always welcome and this will be our final meeting before we break for the summer.
Set against the rugged beauty of Washington State at the turn of the twentieth century, Amanda Coplin’s debut novel, The Orchardist, introduces readers to recluse William Talmadge and his lovingly cultivated orchards of apples and apricots. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit at the market; they later return to his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge’s land and indulge in his compassion. Just as the girls begin to trust him, men arrive in the orchard with guns, and the shattering tragedy that follows will set Talmadge on a irrevocable course not only to save and protect them but also to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.