We are working on a brand new website! Until that website is unveiled (May 1, 2012) please excuse us using this blog to keep you up to date on all the great events happening here at the Falmouth Memorial Library.
Coming next week, our first of hopefully many, Money Smart Week @ Your Library! Money Smart Week (MSW) is a series of free classes and other activities designed to help consumers better manager their personal finances. This year, the American Library Association is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for Money Smart Week @ Your Library during the week of April 21 through April 28, 2012.
We have four events happening next week during Money Smart Week @ Your Library. Three of the events are co-hosted by Gorham Savings Bank and the Friends of the Falmouth Memorial Library:
Tuesday, April 24th 12-1 pm: Healthy Skepticism: Tips for Keeping Your Identity Safe. Presented by Kate Carney, Gorham Savings Bank Security Officer
Wednesday, April 25th 6-8 pm: Your Money in the Media: Keeping up with the right news at the right time. A talk by Stefan Willimann, founder of Maine News Simply.
Thursday, April 26th 6-8 pm: It’s Not About the Money! Change your thinking, change your life. A presentation by Jane Honeck, a local Falmouth money coach and published author.
In addition on Wednesday, April 25th, noon to 2:30 pm Elizabeth Schoch will be presenting Getting Back to Work. This workshop is designed for women and men who wish to re-enter the workforce after time spent out of the job market. Schoch will offer tips on writing resumes and cover letters, interviewing, searching for work online, networking online and in person, and developing confidence to land your dream job.
All of these events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at all four MSW events. Please join us!
We’ve heard from several of our library patrons that you’d like an evening book group. Well here is your chance! There is a soon to be released (June 26, 2012) book, “The Age of Miracles” by Karen Thompson Walker that has been getting a lot of buzz in the book world.
A coming of age story, this apocalyptic novel is told from the point of view of an eleven year girl as the earth’s rotation begins to slow. The story is described as both literary fiction and sci-fi/fantasy.
Publishers Weekly, in the first pre-pub review, says,
A triumph of vision, language, and terrifying momentum, the story also feels eerily plausible, as if the problems weve been worrying about all along pale in comparison to what might actually bring our end.
We were given twenty-five (25) copies of the advanced readers copy of the title. If you would like to read the book before it’s released AND want participate in the book discussion group on Tuesday, May 22nd 6pm to 7:30pm please let us know. You may contact Andi at 781-2351 or @ email@example.com to join the group. We do ask that you take a copy only if you are willing to participate in the group discussion. Since the book has not been released yet, we are unable to obtain additional copies.
Another fun fact. We will be chatting with the author, Karen Thompson Walker @ 6:30pm during our discussion. Karen will be chatting with us via Skype. More information to follow…..
One of the new titles on our shelves is “Among Others” by Jo Walton, (a World Fantasy Award winner) a story about libraries and magic told in the form of a young girl’s diary.
Ellen brought the following quote from this book to our attention this morning. We wanted to share it with others who just love our interlibrary loan service!
Young Morwenna Phelps states in one diary entry: “Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization. Libraries really are wonderful. They’re better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.” from “Among Others” by Jo Walton (page 59).
|Snarky The unofficial mascot of the Paranormal Book Group|
It’s spring in Maine. The sun is out, the birds are singing and your library is busying cleaning up! We’ve spruced up the Children’s Room and the Adult Collection is not far behind. So if you joined us in our Resolve to Read New Year’s Resolution, really push the envelope and pick a genre you don’t usually read! Get in the mix with some new young adult/paranormal fiction. Check out yesterday’s posting for young adult titles or adult books that young adults are reading. This is a great way to connect with another generation by providing books to talk about with your kids or grandchildren.
Our Administrative Librarian, Jeannie Madden, has started a Paranormal Book Group that meets the first Saturday of every month. Join Jeannie at the library on Saturday, April 7th at 10am to discuss “The Hunger Games: movie which will be released March 23. This book group is for anyone–adults and kids–who has read the book AND seen the movie so they can compare the two without spoiling it for those who have not. Refreshments will be available.
Have you been reading “The Hunger Games” Series? This is just one of the popular young adult series that adults have been clamoring for at our library. You might want to try one of the following from our young adult section:
Feed by M.T. Anderson. Think computer chip…implanted in your head. This title is also recommended as a great audio “read” since it lends itself well to the non-stop commercial experience the characters in the book have to deal with.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. The first in the Mortal Instrument series, there is a world full of demons and Shadow-hunters that normal people can’t see. Clary Fray is the fifteen-year-old heroine who thought she was normal, but is she?
The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson. What do illegal synthetic bodies and brains have to do with a seventeen-year old accident victim? What is the terrible secret she discovers?
Looking for more great reads? Switch it up and read some award winning books written for adults that have a special appeal for the young adult reader. The Alex Awards are given to ten books, each year, written for the adult audience but that have special appeal for the young adult reader.
The 2012 Alex Award Winners are:
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Robopocalypse A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston
The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
The library staff has just been hopping these past few months! We are working hard to find authors and illustrators to present to our community. Please let us know who you would like to see/hear talk about their books, art work and/or work process. We’ve had several delightful presentations by authors Kate Shaffer of Black Dinah Chocolatiers and Jane Honeck of Falmouth. We are currently working on bringing several more Maine authors to you! If you’d like to keep up to date with our new programming, please check our website and/or sign up for our new programming newsletter. All we need from you is a current email address. Please either call us at 781-2351 or drop us a note @ firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have copies of the newsletter available here in the library. Our newsletter is now published monthly and provides information on new and ongoing programming here in our library community. In the meantime, what books are you reading? Let’s chat!
There is still time to add “read more” to your annual New Year’s resolution list. The staff of the Falmouth Memorial Library is here to help you Resolve to Read! Let us know how we can help. That’s what we are here for. Ask for read-a-likes for your favorite author, genre or subject. We are working behind the scenes on creating more lists for you to choose from, so let us know what you like to read.
Meanwhile, check back for lists, websites and other suggestions to help you as you Resolve to Read in 2012!