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This month’s 2nd Saturday Bookclub Title is “The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri. Come join us on December 13 from 11 am to 12:30 pm in the Community Room to discuss this fantastic title.

“Two brothers bound by tragedy; a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past; a country torn by revolution. A powerful new novel–set in both India and America–that explores the price of idealism and a love that can last long past death.

Growing up in Calcutta, born just fifteen months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead of them. It is the 1960s, and Udayan–charismatic and impulsive–finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty: he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

But when Subhash learns what happened to his brother in the lowland outside their family’s home, he comes back to India, hoping to pick up the pieces of a shattered family, and to heal the wounds Udayan left behind–including those seared in the heart of his brother’s wife.

Suspenseful, sweeping, piercingly intimate, The Lowland expands the range of one of our most dazzling storytellers, seamlessly interweaving the historical and the personal across generations and geographies. This masterly novel of fate and will, exile and return, is a tour de force and an instant classic.”– Taken from Goodreads.com

Limited copies available at the Reference Desk.  For more information about bookclubs and bookclub kits at FTPL please visit: bookclubs.

Bookclub is just one of our many great programs, don’t forget to check out our calendars for everything happening at your library!

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Franklin Township Public Library supports the Books to Keep initiative run by the Libraries of Middlesex County.  We have a book donation bin and addressed envelopes you can take home and mail a donation.  These items are located at the Circulation Desk, next to the Staff Pick bookmarks.  If you wish to donate a book, please donate only new children’s books.

Since 1990, Books to Keep has been connecting children with books in a unique way. As an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex, Books to Keep raises funds to purchase thousands of new books to distribute to children throughout the county at holiday time. Working in partnership with day care centers, shelters, Head Start, soup kitchens, and over 40 other social programs and service clubs, over 10,000 books were distributed this past year alone.

Books to Keep is preparing for another successful year. The joy of having books of our own is so much a part of our lives and the lives of our children. We all have our favorite titles which may have become dog-eared and practically memorized. Not having any books in the home at all is the reality of many children in Middlesex County. Books to Keep is committed to changing that reality.

Our participating Middlesex County librarians personally encourage reading and library use with story programs in English and Spanish at over 25 county wide distribution locations. After the story program the children receive a new book to begin their home libraries and encourage their love of reading.

 

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A new policy is being initiated for January 2015.   Please be advised that beginning January 2, 2015, there will be a $1.00 fee for each expired available hold request.   Patrons wishing to avoid being charged this fee will need to cancel their hold request(s) before the pickup date.

What this means is that if you do not pick up your hold within 3 days of being notified of your hold (4 days in total) you will be charged $1.00 per expired hold. So if you are notified you have a hold on Monday, you have until the end of day Thursday to pick up you hold.  Friday, you would be fined if you did not pick up the hold, cancel the hold, or ask for extended time Monday – Thursday.

We will be providing further explanatory handouts and memos as the month progresses.

You can call to cancel their holds or do so online using the MY ACCOUNT feature available on our website.  Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you need instructions on how to access your account online.

You may call to request additional time to pick up their holds if they cannot make it to the library in time.

Somerset location — 732-873-8700, option 2

Franklin Park location — 732-873-8700, option 5

From our website, it is easy to cancel a hold.  Here are the steps:

1. Visit franklintwp.org, and select the “My Account” feature – in the Blue header box next to our logo.

2. This brings you to the catalog screen.

3.  Next, select “Review My Account” to view account summary.

4.  Login using your User ID number and PIN. (Your User ID is 14-digit barcode found on the back of your library card.  Enter without spaces.  If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset it or call the Circulation Desk for assistance.)

5. Under “Holds” select the hold requests that you wish to cancel then click on “Cancel selected holds.”

 

This does NOT take effect until January 2, 2015.  Please contact Circulation with any questions.

 

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This week’s staff pick is The Alienist by Caleb Carr.  Mystery, murder, mayhem, grit… If you like shows like Gotham, give this a go.  It has a sequel as well, The Angel of Darkness.

“The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or “alienist.” On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan’s infamous brothels.

The newly appointed police commissioner, Theodore Roosevelt, in a highly unorthodox move, enlists the two men in the murder investigation, counting on the reserved Kreizler’s intellect and Moore’s knowledge of New York’s vast criminal underworld. They are joined by Sara Howard, a brave and determined woman who works as a secretary in the police department. Laboring in secret (for alienists, and the emerging discipline of psychology, are viewed by the public with skepticism at best), the unlikely team embarks on what is a revolutionary effort in criminology– amassing a psychological profile of the man they’re looking for based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who has killed before, and will kill again before the hunt is over.

Fast-paced and gripping, infused with a historian’s exactitude, The Alienist conjures up the Gilded Age and its untarnished underside: verminous tenements and opulent mansions, corrupt cops and flamboyant gangsters, shining opera houses and seamy gin mills. Here is a New York during an age when questioning society’s belief that all killers are born, not made, could have unexpected and mortal consequences.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Check it out from the library (and here is the sequel).

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Thanksgiving is this week, which means our schedule is different than usual.  We still have our normal programs on Monday and Tuesday this week.

Please keep in mind that we are closing at 5 on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and that we will be closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will reopen Saturday at 10 am.  As always, you can use our online catalog system or the Bookmyne app to place holds, renew items, etc.

Just for fun, why not test your literary knowledge and see if you can match the first lines of these novels with their titles?

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