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The Fourth of July has passed, and that means summer has truly started.  You may already be sick of the pool, although we doubt it, but just in case you want to vary your routine a bit, why not try one of the “Free and Almost Free Places” for fun in New Jersey (and some in nearby states)?  This site has 50 places/activities listed, and there are more in the comments.  Check it out and see what other places or lists you find on your own!

Don’t forget to take advantage of our great free summer programs too… check out our adultyoung adult and children’s calendars!

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This week (and every week this summer) we have tons of great programs both at the main library and the Franklin Park branch!

In the Children’s department we have puppet shows (every Monday at 2:30 PM this summer), learn to play chess (every Monday at 6:30 pm this summer), legos, a magic show, scrapbooking, the Muppets from Space movie, and much more!  Our Children’s department has two programs a day, every day, Monday – Friday throughout the summer.  Come enjoy!

Young Adults aren’t left out.  This week “what’s an abacus?” and “young adult book bingo” are happening with great activities and prizes! The YA Yarn Club at the Franklin Park branch also starts this week, so break out the knitting and crochet!

Our adults have chess club, bobbin lacemaking, the Summer Concert series, free movies (Lone Survivor and The Grand Budapest Hotel for July), computer classes on Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, and more this month!

Get all the details on these great programs and find out if you need to register at the appropriate calendar (links above).  You’ll also be able to see where the event is held, at the Main or Franklin Park branch.

Come in, engage in one of our fantastic programs, and let us know what you think!

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Summer is here! Celebrate with our summer reading program. If you’re lost on what to read, we have some summer reading themed titles for you to check out! Come in and grab one of our new Literary Elements bookmarks. They’re located at the Circulation Desk where the Staff Pick bookmarks are usually located or in our current Adult Summer Reading Display, in the Fiction section.

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We Never Talk About My Brother by Peter S. Beagle (best known for The Last Unicorn which was also made an animated film) is a collection of short stories about a myriad of topics.  Beagle is a master of short stories, and if you haven’t read him, you should (according to the staff member who recommends his work).  If you don’t want a short story, try Tamsin or The Last Unicorn, also by Beagle.

“Modern parables of love, death, and transformation are peppered with melancholy in this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy. Each short story cultivates a whimsical sense of imagination and reveals a mature, darker voice than previously experienced from this legendary author. 

In one tale the Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while moonlighting as an anchorman on the network news, while in another the shortsighted ruler of a gentle realm betrays himself in dreaming of a “manageable war.” Further storylines include an American librarian who discovers that, much to his surprise and sadness, he is the last living Frenchman, and rivals in a supernatural battle who decide to forgo pistols at dawn, choosing instead to duel with dramatic recitations of terrible poetry. 

Featuring several previously unpublished stories alongside a bevy of recently released works, this haunting compilation is appealing to both genre readers and mainstream literature lovers.

Includes “By Moonlight,” Locus Award-winner for Best Novelette.”–Taken from Goodreads.com .


We Never Talk about My Brother

Peter S Beagle

Published: Mar 15, 2009 by Tachyon Publications
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See other titles by Peter S. Beagle here.

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Today marks the 238th anniversary of the United States of America’s independence!  We hope you have a wonderful holiday!

Thank you to all the men and women who’ve served our country.

If you’d like to learn more about Independence Day, check out the History Channel’s webpage all about the holiday.  You could also watch the John Adams HBO special, or check our some of our books on Independence Day or the Declaration of Independence.

 

The Library is closed today, but we open at our normal business hours tomorrow.