You Are What You Read!

If you were in the library this week you may have been aware of a sort of restlessness. A weird sort of amped up energy, perhaps?  Did you notice lots of staff running up and down stairs, walking willingly (and still necessarily, shame on you Nissan) in the road  in the arctic freezing cold to and fro from Station to Library and back again?  You were most correct in thinking something was going down. My friend Merry M from Fairfield Public Library thought it would be fun to throw down the gauntlet and challenge us to a Fitbit Work Week Challenge.  What the what, you say?  Fitbits are personal tracking devices that measure steps. Fairfield had done an in-house challenge that I was involved with and we had such a good time with it, we thought it would be fun to have our libraries face off.  But first this week, we had an in-house challenge with 4 teams of staff members facing off against each other.  The top seven steppers from these teams will be the ones to go up against our Fairfield Friends.  The loser of the challenge has to post a sign on their Front Desk declaring that they are the losers and are either ‘ashamed’ (our wording for Fairfield) or ‘sad pandas’ (Fairfield wording for us).  Hey, in the end?  Know who’s going to win? Our pants.  That’s who’s going to win. This winter has been rough, rough,rough.  This week we have some Brits, a boy, and a new girl with a rose.

And what’s a workout without a playlist? Not much fun I can tell you that!

Let us begin!

Pat T. is going to tell us what she thinks about our most coveted title. “Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins is currently one of our most popular library books and I just finished listening to this thriller on audio and I have to say my commute was much more enjoyable because of this book. The three narrators and their British accents add more intrigue to the story.  The story is told by three characters, Rachel, Megan and Anna. Rachel's life has unraveled because of her divorce, alcoholism and unemployment and as she rides the train each day from home to Euston she makes up stories about the lives of the people she sees through the passing train window. She is envious of a young couple, whom she has named Jess & Jason and despises her ex-husband Tom's new wife Anna. One day she sees Jess, (real name Megan) from the train window with someone other than her husband Jason, (real name Scott). Shortly after this encounter she finds out that Megan has disappeared and begins to involve herself in the disappearance to the annoyance of her ex-husband Tom, Megan's husband, Scott and the police. Because of her blackouts she cannot always remember what she actually witnessed, or is that because others are telling her she is unreliable? The story is a roller coaster of emotions - deceptions, lies and betrayals and makes you question do you ever actually know someone!”

Abby occupied herself with Oscar this week. “Over the weekend I finally had time to watch the movie Boyhood. Written and directed by Richard Linklater, Boyhood follows Mason as a little boy up until the time he leaves for college. The movie was filmed over 12 years with the cast reuniting every few years to film the next chapter. The film opens with young Mason and his older sister Sam living with their divorced mom played by Patricia Arquette, who won the Oscar for the role. With her ex-husband out of the picture, she moves her family so she can attend college to make a better life for them. At the next phase, we get reacquainted with the family a few years down the road as mom is attending school and the children are adjusting to their new life with their dad back in their lives, determined to be a good father. As the film continues, Linklater show us aging characters in new stages of life without introduction or fanfare. I found the transitions to the different stages of life to be astounding. Too often, we let important moments slip by where we don’t pay attention and when we turn around, things have altered in some slight but significant way. Life is made up of major events and small moments and Boyhood quietly portrays both, beautifully and seamlessly.” 

Introducing Reed!  Hello Reed!  Reed is our new Money person and we could not be happier to have her here with us.  I for one am delighted to have a fellow Deadhead on staff.  It can be a little lonely.  Here is what Reed has recently enjoyed.  Or not. Welcome Reed! “I recently finished The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly, having inherited it from my visiting mother.  I must say, I read it out of sheer desperation, but was completely drawn into the story even if it was somewhat predictable. I enjoyed her ability to create very vivid and identifiable characters.  I am already waiting on Mom to pass on The Winter Rose, which is next in the series!”

Virginia the Tall Cool Texan is here with the end of the road for a journey she has thoroughly enjoyed.  “Apparently, its true…all good things do have to come to an end.  And so I start my review of the final book in Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy. In the last installment of the series, The Magician’s Land, we find Quentin kicked out of his beloved Fillery and back at Brakebills, secret elite magical school, where he is working as a teacher’s assistant and trying to lead a quiet life.  But no matter how hard he tries for normalcy, Quentin inevitably ends up in a conspiracy that leads to a great magical discovery that can help save an endangered Fillery. This is an epic ending to a wonderful series.  Grossman does a masterful job of introducing new characters while interweaving favorites from previous novels and tying all of the loose ends up. Even if you are not a fan of fantasy, I think readers will enjoy the series for its intricate plot, darkly humorous tone, rich characters and vivid imagery.” 

DJ Patty McC is here from The State Which Shall Not Be Named.  Where it is still cold, still miserable and sadly still February.  What’s good Pats?   “The temperature is still in the single digits every morning here. I recently read an article about how our health would be better if we lowered the temperature inside our houses to 60 degrees. So while the other parents wait in the running car with their kids, I’m taking this recent research to the extreme by standing in single digit temps waiting for the bus with my son. I’ll let you know how our health fares. In honor of all those folks getting up and moving I think I’ll share a little workout playlist I created for our Miss Amy in the Children’s Library. So get up, brave the cold and cheer on all those walking librarians.”

GO AMY! NOW WORK IT OUT!

Meet Us On Main Street

Valerie and Melissa from Materials Management, the heart of the library, presented some old, some new, some surprisingly funny, some yummy recipes ideas, some movies and one vintage title that not many knew about.  The last two entires are favorite titles that the group really enjoyed. The list begins below:

New DVD Releases

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Nice New Book Goodness

Here is what you can find on the shelves that is new next week. Come in and visit us, or put your items on hold from home! We will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up!

Dust to Dust

This never-ending winter of 2015 might not be the best time to revisit Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl...but then again, maybe it is. We've endured months of bitter cold and snow. The Dust Bowl residents of the 30s and 40s endured a decade of apocalyptic conditions, a perfect storm of human nature and Mother Nature's worst. 

It's astonishing to think of FDR wiping Oklahoma dust off his White House desk. The dirt clouds even reached American warships hundreds of miles off the eastern coast. The sheer scale of the disaster has been forgotten over the years, and when Burns started this project, he wasn't even sure he could find survivors to tell their stories. The good news is that he found plenty, and they add a personal element to this historic disaster that makes it unforgettable. 

There's only a week left in February, baseball's spring training has already begun, and we can all be hopeful that winter's grip will loosen soon. Meanwhile, The Dust Bowl brings back a time when hope was not enough...and reminds us that we live in a precarious balance with the land and sky. 

What's the Hoopla?

How about some of our most popular physical  titles on audio for your back-to-work commute?

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What are my neighbors up to?

Here is a list of the most popular items this week.

You Are What You Read!

Happy End of Week!  I don’t think I am wishing my life away when I say that every week down is another week I am farther away from the evil being wrought by the PA Rodent (I am looking at you Phil.  Still not a fan.) and that much closer to a cooler full of contraband, a dishy beach read and toes in the sand. We had Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year to help while away the week and ease the pain.  Notice please, that both of these have some serious carbs attached to them.  You have King Cake (burning question: who got the baby this year?), although some people believe more in the Doughnut, Pancake or Paczki for Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year is all about the noodles and the dumplings. I know that for myself I have been carbo loading like a champ.  In fact, if I had to write a bio on myself, I would have to put under interests: reading really good books, eating pasta, celebrating beautifully crusty baguettes loaded with cheese or butter and sleeping through the winter.  I may want to reconsider this approach to life as beach season approaches.  Watch this space for an event that we have coming up that will be announced next Friday.  Suffice to say that a gauntlet has been thrown and we accept.  And there is a certain library up the line that is going to be very, very sorry that they poked this hornet’s nest. This week we have some young women and some young men. And don’t you worry!  We have not given up The Playlist for Lent.  I think the only thing we have put on a 40 day hold is the bare leg! Phil! This is your doing!


Let us begin!


Sweet Ann has just finished Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar.  “This engaging novel is told in diary entries and letters from the different characters commenting on their small social group as well as what is happening in the world at the time.  The main story is told in the voice of Vanessa Stephen, whose sister will become the famous author, Virginia Woolf.  It is an intriguing story about jealousy between sisters and their relationship with their brothers as well as the group of artists they spend much of their time with. As the reader, you are exposed to their advanced ideas for the time as well as examples of their well-known works. The format took me a minute to get into but then I really enjoyed it a great deal. “


Steph is here with some what sounds like some pretty heavy lifting.  I know we can count on her to tell us if it’s worth it. “I can’t stop thinking about A Little Life, by Hanya Yanigihara, which comes out next month. I really enjoyed her debut novel, the ambitious and surprising The People in the Trees, but with this even more ambitious book, she’s done something truly incredible. The best shorthand I have for this book is that it’s a cross between The Goldfinch and The Interestings, but much darker. Four young men meet at a small college, become best friends, and move to New York full of hope, to pursue careers and exciting lives. The book follows them over the next few decades as their relationships grow, wither, change, and bloom, but keeps coming back to Jude, whose past was unthinkably miserable and haunts him throughout. As the book progresses, Jude’s life is opened up to the reader and some characters, going to darker places than most fiction will go. Incredibly, though, the darkness of the book is not the point—the compassion and love that follows it is. Yanagihara has made two choices that make this book addictive—first, many of the most momentous scenes of the books take place off the page, and second, the point of view changes abruptly, often in the middle of dramatic scenes. The effect, when combined with her incredible gift for building real characters on the page, is that I lost hours of my life to this book without realizing it. I was devastated by the ending. Not a light read, but probably one of the best books you’ll read this year. “

DJ Jazzy Patty McC is in da house from The State Which Shall Not Be Named with The Playlist and some really interesting gossip that I think you all will be intrigued by.  What’s good Pats? “My paranoid weather-tracking friend has given me some news. She said there’s another email circulating from the rogue band of rodents. Apparently it details Phil’s Valentine’s Day misadventures. She said Phil has been dating a sweet little groundhog named Eula and that this was their first Valentine’s Day together. Since Eula is a vegan, Phil made reservations at the swankiest vegan restaurant he could find. It wasn’t local. There was a bit of travel involved but he promised Eula that it would be worth it. When they arrived the Maitre‘d informed them that they did not have a reservation and furthermore he couldn’t possibly seat them as they were fully booked. Phil pleaded. He tried using money, his influence, and his good name but all to no avail. The Maitre’d would not budge. They were turned away hungry and disappointed and headed back towards home. Phil stopped at the local pizza joint on the way back and presented Eula with a heart-shaped vegan pizza. She dumped him the next day via text. Since then Phil has been holed up in his burrow, heartbroken, depressed and despondent all the while muttering that he’ll show everyone a winter they’ll not soon forget.”


DL LOVE DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE 2015

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