popular-a-memoir-by-maya-van-wagenenRegular Reader’s Corner followers know that I love spy novels and baseball books, but lately I have read and enjoyed several memoirs.  My favorite so far was written by an 8th grader.  Maya Van Wagenen wanted to be popular (she wasn’t), so her mother suggested that she follow the advice in a book that was published in 1951 called Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide.  Maya followed the advice for a year and wrote about the reaction of her peers and what she learned. Her book is called Popular, and it is at times both hilarious and touching, while being genuinely thought provoking throughout.

Here is Maya being interviewed on The Today Show.

Speaking of popular memoirs, Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black, which has become a #1 Netflix original hit show, will be a guest here at the library on Monday, September 22 at 7:00. You can register here beginning on August 2nd.


July BookpageDisappointed you didn’t get a copy of the latest BookPage? You can read the same book reviews, interviews and features online!  The link is just to the right of where you’re reading right now under Find a Good Read or you can click here to read the latest issue.

The next time you’re in the Library, if the BookPage holder is empty, why not take a moment to look at our Readers’ Bookshelf filled with bookmarks and other reading suggestions? They are also available on our website

Last, but not least, you can always stop at the Ask-A-Librarian desk and ask for a good book recommendation!

Book Discussion Group

Are you in a reading rut?! Have you considered coming to the Library’s monthly Book Discussion Group? All of our book selections for the year have been recommended by your friends and neighbors.

We meet once a month on Tuesday evening at 7pm, and we read a mix of fiction and non-fiction titles.

On May 13th we’ll be discussion the non-fiction book, “After Visiting Friends: A Son’s Story” by Michael Hainey.

BlackOn June 10th we’ll be trying something new! We’re going to be discussing, “Life Drawing” by Robin Black, a first novel for this author. The book won’t be published until July 15, 2014. We are going to read a pre-publication copy and Skype with the author on June 10th. Interested in joining us? Stop at the Ask-A-Librarian Desk for more information about checking out this book and then join us in June. All are welcome!

Spring has Sprung!

In Spring, a young – and young at heart – gardener’s fancy turns to thoughts of bumper crops and colorful blooms. To get your garden off to a good start, here’s a few recent books to check out:

speedyvegetable The Speedy Vegetable Garden by Mark Diacono and Lia Leendertz (Timber Press, 2013)will help you make up for lost time this season. The authors focus on the quickest varieties of each crop, such as cherry tomatoes and other best-when- eaten-young veggies like sprouted clover and other seeds, and baby salad leaves.

powerhouse plantsPowerhouse Plants : 510 Top Performers for Multi-Season Beauty by Graham Rice (Timber Press, 2013) is a guide to creating a garden with year-round interest.”The title is organized alphabetically by genera (a group of species, e.g., Acer for Maples) and Rice broadly examines each genus, then provides more detailed species information emphasizing what each plant group offers for different seasons. Readers get an overview of plant groups and particular species. Overall, this is a handy A-to-Z overview of a variety of plants from grasses to trees. Each entry includes a sidebar of “Essentials” as well as numerous color photographs.” – Library Journal

touchbutterflyWant to attract birds and butterflies to the garden?  Whether you have young children or not, Touch a Butterfly: Wildlife Gardening with Kids by April Pulley Sayre (Roost Books 2013) will show you how. “In our digitally driven age, many experts bemoan the loss of connection with nature that’s afflicting our populace, particularly children. By creating a wildlife garden, Sayre believes, anyone can create that connection without having to take a vacation or trek to the woods.” – ForeWord Magazine

Happy Gardening!

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