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Gardiner Public Library Update

Are you a regular library user?

We certainly hope so!!!

And also, we welcome you back to the library.

As EVERY public space/business/event center/etc. etc. etc. in Maine has done, our plans of operation have changed, morphed, shortened, closed, opened again, etc. etc. etc.

Currently we are open five days a week – Monday thru Friday from 10am – 5pm for folks to enter the building and browse our collections.

Masks – masks – masks!  What do we do about the MASKS!?!?!?  As long as our visitors have been vaccinated, we welcome you to come in without your mask.  What a concept – we can see the smiles, and entire faces!!!

The Archives and the Children’s Room are both open, however, they are open by appointment only at this time.  Both spaces are asking visitors to wear masks as this time.  Each of these spaces are small enough and or working with visitors that currently are not able to be vaccinated.

One of the wonderful changes – NO MORE FINES!!!  Yes, we do indeed want our items back, we will still send out reminders of when items are due and/or late, but as long as the items are returned to the library, our patrons will not be charged late fees!  Color us excited!!!

Recently we had our first in person event.  Mr. Drew And His Animals Too entertained, and educated about fifty folks in our Children’s Room.  For various reasons, we required folks to reserve space to attend, and we had a full house.  Very exciting from our end!

There are some staff changes as well.  Our amazing Assistant Director, Scott Handville, is retiring after more than 40 years at the Gardiner Public Library!  What a truly remarkable legacy.  The things that have changed in that amount of time would probably fill several books!  We wish Scott a wonderful, relaxing “stress free” retirement!

A second imminent retirement is our extraordinary Director Anne Davis.  Anne has been at the library more than 30 years, and is currently searching for her replacement.  Anne is now, and has been several times during her tenure in Gardiner, the Acting City Manager.  She will be missed by everyone – library staff, and patrons, as well as every person employed by the City of Gardiner,

We will miss both of these key players at the library, but I’m sure we’ll meet them somewhere in Gardiner!  Perhaps we can play “Where are the library staff?” rather than “Where’s Waldo?”

Internally, we have shifted and morphed some positions as well.

Archivist, Dawn Thistle is our new Assistant Director.  Dawn hopes to be able to continue working in the Archives as well as spending a bit more time on the adult floor of the library.

Jess Betit is our new Young Adult Librarian.  Jess began as a volunteer five or six years ago, became paid staff about three years ago, and will now take over running the YA Area of the library. 

Ann Russell will continue as the Technology Librarian, adding cataloging to her current duties.

So far, Ginni Nichols, Bob Fagan and Marlene Patten have not changed their titles and/or duties, but with a new director joining us, we’ll just have to wait and see!

digitalmainelibrary – Books and Authors

It’s been quite a while since we had a Blog post discussing any of the Digital Maine Library databases, so I think it’s time for me to poke around a bit.

For those of us who are unaware, we can access many incredible databases that have been provided to all residents of Maine, with a valid library card.

From our (Gardiner Public Library) home page you can access the Digital Maine Library by clicking on the word DOWNLOADS on the bar beneath the library picture.

This next page (DOWNLOADS) shows the various databases that the Gardiner Public Library subscribes to.  Click on digitalmainelibrary.

From there scroll down the page to see what types of databases are available.

My choice today is BOOKS AND AUTHORS (GALE).

Clicking on this brings me to a new page – GALE BOOKS AND AUTHORS.

I see the page title, and below that is a search box.  I can search by TITLE, AUTHOR, SERIES or KEYWORD.  There is also a choice of ADVANCED SEARCH.

I admit it, I’m all about scrolling the entire home page first, looking at the book covers, noticing there are three carousels of book covers.  Currently, the carousel lists are – New and Updated Books and Season Picks: Books by Contemporary French Authors in Honor of Bastille Day (July 14, 2021) and Spotlight On: Ghost Stories for Teens to Read by the Campfire.

Along the left side of the page, I see Select A Genre.  If I’m looking for Horror Stories, or perhaps Biographies, this looks like a good place to start.

Below the picture of the open book and the book covers there is a bar with choices on the right side.  These include Browse Genres ; Author Search ;  Book Lists ; Search History and Get Link.

Hmmm . . . I click on the Browse Genres icon.  This takes me to a new page.  I see more colorful book covers, as well as several filters.

Along the left side the Select A Genre column has changed a bit.  I’m now given options.  The first being Fiction or Non-Fiction.  Below that option box are the same choices from the previous page, select a genre.  At this point the default is Fantasy Fiction.  Below that is an (all?) encompassing list of various Fantasy Fiction Genres.

I play around a little with changing the primary genre and each of these have an incredible number of secondary or sub genres. 

Very interesting!

Back to the Author Search choice.  This is located between Browse Genre and Book Lists. 

This takes me to a new page.  I see an Author Search bar.  Below this are limiters.  In the search bar I type King, Stephen (I am in Maine, and he is one of ours).  Clicking the search icon takes me to a new page.  There are three King, Stephens – a Novelist, an Economist and an Illustrator.  I also see birth and possible death dates of these individuals.

Each of the names is a click-able link.  Stephen King the novelist shows other names he is know by, or pseudonyms he has used in the past.

I click on Stephen King (American Novelist).  This new page gives me a list of his works, in chronological order from the most recent to his earliest titles.  On the right side of the page, there are several ways to filter my search.  Something to play with another time.

Back to the Book Lists choice.  This is located between Author Search and Get Link.

This takes me to a page of Award Winners.  WOW!  Every year I look for different book awards – and I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such an all-encompassing list!  The site tells me there are 495 Awards listed.

On this page, I click Expert Picks.  Another WOW – 222 lists of books.  These lists are in alphabetical order, but with list titles like – “New Adult” Romance Titles ; The Cold, Snowy Breath of Winter ; Ten Recommended Christian Western Romance Series and Holiday Sparkler! I’m not completely sure how useful this is, but lots of fun to browse!

The last choice here is Librarian Favorites.  More lists – 234 this time.  Another fun place to browse but not really usable, in my opinion.

The next choice beside Book Lists is Search History.  Clicking on this one shows me where and what I have actually typed into the search bar.  A great way to get back to something I “know I saw that – somewhere” when I don’t remember what search term I used on a website.

The last choice in the bar with Browse Genres and Book Lists is Get Link.  This is exactly what it means.  If you creating a webpage/Blog post the link has been created and you can pop it into your post.

As I have done here — Gale Books and Authors

 

New Items ~ July 2021

FICTION

The damage by Caitlin Wahrer.  When a small town family is pushed to the brink, how far will they go to protect one of their own?  An edgy, propulsive read about what we will do in the name of love and blood.

The devil my dance by Jake Tapper.  A couple is asked by the Attorney General to look into a threat, which brings them into contact with the Rat Pack and the Church of Scientology.

The Drummers by Tricia Fields.  Police Chief Josie Gray’s life is complicated when sparks and bullets begin to fly after her small town in Texas is overrun by a community wishing to live “off grid”.

Finding Ashley by Danielle Steel.  Two estranged sisters, one a former best-selling author, the other a nun, reconnect as one searches for the child the other gave up.

For the wolf by Hannah Whitten.  Here is a fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom.  But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.

Golden girl by Elin Hilderbrand.  A Nantucket novelist has one final summer to protect her secrets while her loved ones on earth learn to live without their golden girl.

A good mother by Lara Bazelon.  A thriller about two young mothers, one shocking murder, and a court case that puts them both on trial. 

The guncle by Steven Rowley.  A warm and funny novel about a once-famous gay sitcom star whose unexpected family tragedy leaves him with his niece and nephew for the summer.

Hang the moon by Alexandria Bellefleur.  A rom-com about a homeless romantic who vows to show his childhood crush that romance isn’t dead by recreating iconic dates from his favorite films.

Katharine Parr by Alison Weir.  A novel of Henry VIII’s sixth wife who manages to survive him and remarry, only to be thrown into a romantic intrigue that threatens the very throne of England.

The Kingdoms by Natasha Pulley.  A genre-bending, time twisting alternative history that asks whether it’s worth changing the past to save the future, even if it costs you everyone you’ve ever loved.

The lady has a past by Amanda Quick.  An unlikely duo falls down a rabbit hole of twisted rumors and missing socialites, discovering that a health spa is a facade for something far darker than they imagined.

Legacy by Nora Roberts.  A novel of a mother and a daughter, of ambition and romance, and of a traumatic past reawakened by a terrifying threat.

The maidens by Alex Michaelides.  A tale of psychological suspense, this weaves together Greek mythology, murder, and obsession.

Mary Jane by Jessica Blau.  A tender story about a 14 year old girl’s coming of age in 1970s Baltimore, caught between her straight-laced family and the progressive family she nannies for – who happen to be secretly hiding a famous rock star and his movie star wife for the summer.

The other Black girl by Zakiya Harris.  All about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City publishing.

The plot by Jean Korelitz.  A propulsive read about a story too good NOT to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Revival season by Monica West.  The daughter of one of the South’s most famous Baptist preachers discovers a shocking secret about her father that puts her at odds with both her faith and her family.

The seed keeper by Diane Wilson.  Spanning several generations, this follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most.

The siren by Katherine St. John.  When a Hollywood heartthrob hires his ex-wife to act in his son’s film, he sparks a firestorm on an isolated island that will unearth long-buried secrets and unravel years of lies.

Something unbelievable by Maria Kuznetsova.  An overwhelmed new mom discovers unexpected parallels between life in 21st century America and her grandmother’s account of their family’s escape from the Nazis.

The sweetness of water by Nathan Harris.  Two brothers freed by the Emancipation Proclamation hope to reunite with their mother while the forbidden romance between 2 Confederate soldiers causes chaos.

That summer by Jennifer Weiner.  Daisy receives emails intended for a woman leading a more glamorous life and finds there was more to this accident.

Wendy, darling by A.C. Wise.  Neverland is more nightmare than dream.  This rich tale of memory and magic is sure to resonate with fans of re imagined children’s stories.

While justice sleeps by Stacey Abrams.  A gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court.

NEW DVDs

The father (2020) starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman

Another round (2020) starring Mads Mikkelsen

Minari (2020) starring Steven Yeun

Judas and the Black Messiah (2020) starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield

The Rose Tattoo (1955) starring Anna Magnani and Burt Lancaster

NONFICTION

The Appalachian Trail by Philip D’Anieri.  The history and fascinating backstory of the dreamers and builders who helped bring the Appalachian Trail to life over the past century.

Beyond by Catherine Wolff.  How humankind thinks about heaven.

The bomber mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.  A look at the key players and outcomes of precision bombing during World War II.

The divine language of coincidence by Sophia Demas.  Sophia examines the events in her life that at first seemed to be a series of coincidences, but upon further consideration were building blocks of the miraculous.

Downeast by Gigi Georges.  This follows 5 Maine girls as they come of age in one of the most challenging and geographically isolated regions on the Eastern seaboard – Washington County.

Facing the mountain by Daniel Brown.  This highlights the contributions and sacrifices that Japanese immigrants and their American-born children made for the sake of the nation during World War II:  the Japanese-American army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe; their families incarcerated back home; and a young man who refused to surrender his constitutional rights, even if it meant imprisonment.

Finding the mother tree by Suzanne Simard.  An ecologist describes ways trees communicate, cooperate, and compete.

How the word is passed by Clint Smith.  A powerful and diligent exploration of the realities and ongoing consequences of slavery in America.

Killing the mob by Bill O’Reilly.  The author turns legendary criminals and their true-life escapades into a read that rivals the most riveting crime novel.

111 Places in Boston that you must not miss by Kim Windyka.  A fun tour guide to some unexpected sites.

Persist by Elizabeth Warren.  The senior senator from Massachusetts shares six influential perspectives that shaped her life and advocacy.

Total Olympics by Jeremy Fuchs.  Every obscure, hilarious, dramatic and inspiring tale worth knowing.

What happened to you? by Bruce Perry.  An approach to dealing with trauma that shifts an essential question used to investigate it.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington

The most beautiful thing by Kao Kalia Yang

Every color of light by Hiroshi Osada

Ritu weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar

A stopwatch from Grampa by Loretta Garbutt

We are the gardeners by Joanna Gaines

Be who you are by Todd Parr

Out of nowhere by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros

Peace by Margaret McNamara

This way, Charlie by Caron Levis

Balloons for Papa by Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia

Trying by Kobi Yamada

Big feelings by Alexandra Penfold

The world made a rainbow by Michelle Robinson

My day with the panye by Tami Charles

NON-FICTION

Most wanted : the revolutionary partnership of John Hancock & Samuel Adams by Sarah Jane Marsh

Gone to the woods : surviving a lost childhood by Gary Paulsen

Becoming a good creature by Sy Montgomery

Race through the skies : the week the world learned to fly by Martin W Sandler

World of glass : the art of Dale Chihuly by Jan Greenberg

A small history of a disagreement by Claudio Fuentes

Explore Native American cultures! with 25 great projects by Anita Yasuda

Exquisite : the poetry and life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

The everything kids’ basketball book : the all-time greats, legendary teams, today’s superstars — and tips on playing like a pro by Bob Schaller

This book is anti-racist : 20 lessons on how to wake up, take action, and do the work by Tiffany Jewell

Jim Trelease’s read-aloud handbook Edited and Revised by Cyndi Giorgis

Making a difference : using your talents and passions to change the world by Melissa Seymour

Wow in the world : the how and wow of the human body : from your tongue to your toes and all the guts in between by Mindy Thomas

Rainbow revolutionaries : 50 LGBTQ + people who made history by Sarah Prager

Who Is RuPaul? by Nico Medina

Hello, Earth! : poems to our planet by Joyce Sidman

Little people, big dreams : RuPaul by Maria Vegara

Little people, big dreams : Zaha Hadid by Maria Vegara

When Cloud became a cloud by Rob Hodgson

Osnat and her dove : the true story of the world’s first female rabbi by Sigal Samuel

Little libraries, big heroes by Miranda Paul

DVD’s

Elmo’s world : things Elmo loves by Sesame Street

The magic school bus rides again. All about Earth! a Netflix Series

The magic school bus rides again. Blast off! Featuring Kate McKinnon

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood : Mister Rogers meets new friends collection 30 classic episodes from 1979-2000

Paw patrol. Dino rescue : roar to the rescue by Nickelodeon

Soul by Disney Pixar

Tom & Jerry : the movie by Warner Brothers

Raya and the last dragons by Disney

The Croods : a new age by Dreamworks

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

Travel New England

T ~ There Goes Maine!
R ~ Rhode Island
A ~ Apples Of Maine
V ~ Vermont Atlas & Gazetteer
E ~ Eat Local Cookbook
L ~ Life And Death In The North Woods

N ~ New Hampshire Facts And Symbols
E ~ Eastern Wildflowers
W ~ Weatherbeaten

E ~ Edible And Medicinal Mushrooms Of New England And Eastern Canada
N ~ Northern Frights
G ~ Gardening Month By Month In New England
L ~ Little-known Mysteries Of New England
A ~ Along The Rails
N ~ Night The Sky Turned Red
D ~ Detective In The Dooryard



Margaret C. (Peg) Shaw Memorial Garden

The next few weeks would be a great time to take a short stroll through the Margaret C. (Peg) Shaw Memorial Garden. 

The bank of peonies in front of the steps are fully budded and should open for a colorful display within the week.  

The vintage white rose to the left of the steps is covered in blossoms and buds, and the mountain laurel on the opposite side is in full bloom. 

One of the original plantings, a small blossom single petal pink rose is covered in tiny blooms that will leave clusters of lovely orange/pink rose hips later in the season. 

Across the path and abutting the parking lot are some of the newer plantings: budded climbing roses, astilbe, red huechera, and assorted hosta. 

Just ahead, as the path turns are bleeding heart and blue hosta in front of the abor vitae. 

Of course, the rose garden centerpiece in front of the armillary sphere will hopefully bloom repeatedly through the summer. .

Later this summer look for the tree hydrangea, bush hydrangeas, hibiscus, and the three Rose of Sharon bushes to provide late season color . 

All are a work in progress as we try to hold true to the original garden plan as it grows and changes light and space.

Margaret Barter and Joan Vining

Caretakers

 

New Items ~ June 2021

FICTION

Basil’s war by Stephen Hunter.  A swashbuckling British agent goes behind enemy lines to search for a religious text that might hold the key to ending the Second World War

Breakout by Paul Herron.  A corrections officer and an ex-cop are fleeing a hurricane, but their only hope of survival is a maximum-security prison where they face new untold dangers.

The devil’s hand by Jack Carr.  James Reece is given a top-secret CIA mission.

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto.  This story is filled with mistaken identity, a gaggle of intoxicated groomsmen, five lovably hilarious sisters, and slapstick humor that is full of absurd hi-jinks.

Fast ice by Clive Cussler.  Kurt Austin races to Antarctica to stop a chilling plot that imperils the entire planet.

Good company by Cynthia Sweeney.  The foundation of a marriage between actors is shaken when they reunite with an old friend who is now a TV star.

The good sister by Sally Hepworth.  Past secrets come up when Fern decides to pay back her twin sister, Rose, by having a baby for her.

Great circle by Maggie Shipstead.  The story of a daredevil female aviator determined to chart her own course in life – at any cost.

The happiest girl in the world by Alena Dillon.  A gripping novel about a young woman’s dreams of Olympic gymnastics gold – and what it takes to reach the top.

Hour of the witch by Chris Bohjalian.  A young Puritan woman – faithful, resourceful, but afraid of the demons that dog her soul – plots her escape from a violent marriage.

The man who lived underground by Richard Wright.  This resonates deeply as a story about race and the struggle to envision a different, better world.

Margreete’s Harbor by Eleanor Morse.  This is a novel set on the coast of Maine during the 1960s, tracing the life of a family and its matriarch as they negotiate sharing a home.

Northern spy by Flynn Berry.  The sister of a BBC producer may have joined the Irish Republican Army.

Ocean Prey by John Sandford.  Fan favorite heroes Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers join forces on a deadly maritime case.

Oslo, Maine by Marcia Butler.  A moose walks into a rural Maine town.  At the same time, Pierre, a brilliant 12 year old, loses his memory in an accident. 

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir.  A lone astronaut is on a desperate, last-chance mission to save the earth from disaster.

Raft of stars by Andre Graff.  Two young boys think they’ve committed a crime, so they flee into the woods of Wisconsin.  Will the adults trying to find and protect them reach them before it’s too late?

The Russian by James Patterson.  Investigating a trio of murders in 3 major US cities against a backdrop of his impending nuptials, Michael Bennett risks getting caught in a deadly trap set by a particularly elusive killer.

Secrets of happiness by Joan Silber.  When a man discovers his father in NY has long had another secret family, the interlocking fates of both families lead to surprise loyalties, love triangles, and a reservoir of inner strength.

Sergeant Salinger by Jerome Charyn.  Grounded in biographical fact, this is a portrait of a young man devastated by World War II on his way to becoming the mythic figure behind a novel that has marked generations.

Sooley by John Grisham.  Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a civil war-ravaged South Sudan.

Sunflower sisters by Martha Kelly.  During the Civil War, two sisters join the war effort together while two other sisters are enslaved on separate plantations.

2034 by Elliot Ackerman.  A chilling thriller that imagines a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea in 2034 – and the path from there to a nightmarish global conflagration.

Win by Harlan Coben.  Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the FBI for decades.

NONFICTION

At any cost by Rebecca Rosenberg.  Here is unraveled the twisted story of Rod Covlin, whose unrepentant greed drove him to an unspeakable act of murder and betrayal that rocked New York City.

Broken horses by Brandy Carlile.  The Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter recounts difficulties during her formative years and her hard-won success.

Come fly the world by Julia Cooke.  The jet-age story of the women of Pan Am; women who wanted out and wanted up.

Don’t call it a cult by Sarah Berman.  This is the definitive look at the NXIVM cult, which victimized dozens of women for more than a decade.

Finding Freedom by Erin French.  From the owner of the critically acclaimed The Lost Kitchen, this is a life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal, and finding a community to lift her up.

Get good with money by Tiffany Aliche.  Ten simple steps to becoming financially whole.

The gospels: a new translation by Sarah Ruden.  A remarkable and accessible new translation of the Gospels.

The haunting of Alma Fielding by Kate Summerscale.  A true ghost story that happened in England.

I’m in Seattle, where are you?  by Mortada Gzar.  An exquisite story of life and love lost.  This conveys the author’s deep desire to reunite with his lover.  It’s hard to put down and difficult to forget.

Learning to pray by James Martin.  With his guidance, interested readers may see prayer as both the most natural yet transcendent thing in the world.

Little and often by Trent Preszler.  The founder of Preszler Woodshop discusses his long-time estrangement from his father and how he overcame the grief and loss of his father’s death through a carpentry project completed with inherited tools.

Nuclear folly by Serhii Plokhy.  A harrowing account of the Cuban missile crisis and how the US and USSR came to the brink of nuclear apocalypse.

Rock me on the water by Ronald Brownstein.  1974 – the year Los Angeles transformed movies, music, television, and politics.

This is the fire by Don Lemon.  In this vital book for these times, a reporter for CNN brings his experience to today’s most urgent questions:  How can we end racism in America in our lifetime?

Three ordinary girls by Tim Brady.  The true story of 3 fearless female resisters during WW II whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.  It also made them the underground’s most invaluable commodity.

The triumph of Nancy Reagan by Karen Tumulty.  The definitive bio of the fiercely vigilant and politically astute First Lady who shaped one of the most consequential presidencies of the 20th century.

Wild + free nature by Ainsley Arment.  25 outdoor adventures for kids to explore, discover, and awaken their curiosity.

World travel by Anthony Bourdain.  A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by the writer, TV host, and relentlessly curious traveler.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review.

New Items ~ May 2021

FICTION

Act your age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert.  The flightiest of the Brown sisters crashes into the life of an uptight B & B owner and has him falling hard – literally!

The Affair by Danielle Steel.  A French author’s extramarital affair affects various member of his wife’s family.

All the cowboys ain’t gone by John Jacobson.  The main character is an old fashioned hero worth rooting for with much Indiana Jones-style derring-do as he travels from Texas at the turn of the century to join the French Foreign Legion.

Cloudmaker by Malcolm Brooks.  A soaring novel set during the summer of Amelia Earhart’s final flight, a tale of American ingenuity and optimism set against the backdrop of a deepening Great Depression.

The consequences of fear by Jacqueline Winspear.  Maisie Dobbs uncovers a conspiracy with devastating implications for Britain’s war effort during the Nazi occupation of Europe.

Danger in numbers by Heather Graham.  Deep in the Everglades, an eerie crime scene sets off an investigation that sends two agents deep into a world of corrupted faith, greed, and deadly secrets.

The drowning kind by Jennifer McMahon.  A chilling novel about a woman who returns to the old family home after her sister mysteriously drowns in its swimming pool…but she’s not the pool’s only victim.

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline.  Three people involved in a love triangle find everything they hold dear is tested as Mussolini’s power grows and laws change in Rome.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel.  A story of a family occupying two different countries, Columbia and the United States.

The Kaiser’s web by Steve Berry.  A newly discovered dossier from World War II might change the course of Germany’s upcoming elections.

Klara and the sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.  An “Artificial Friend” named Klara is purchased to serve as a companion to an ailing 14 year old girl.

The ladies of the secret circus by Constance Sayers.  A magical story spanning from the jazz age in Paris to modern-day America of family secrets, sacrifice, and lost love set against the backdrop of a mysterious circus.

The lamplighters by Emma Stonex.  A gorgeous and atmospheric novel about the mysterious disappearance of three lighthouse keepers from a remote tower miles from the Cornish coast – and about the wives who were left behind.

The last bookshop in London by Madeline Martin.  Through blackouts and air raids as the Blitz intensifies, a woman discovers the power of storytelling to unite her community in ways she never dreamed – a force that triumphs over even the darkest night of the war.

The lost apothecary by Sarah Penner.  An aspiring historian in London finds a clue that might put to rest unsolved apothecary murders from 200 years ago.

The lost village by Camilla Sten.  In 1959, 900 villagers disappeared without a trace.  How can an entire village full of people just…vanish?  This delivers maximum dread with remarkable restraint.   As the situation goes from bad to worse to terrifying, readers will revel in the chills.

Meet me in Paradise by Libby Hubscher.  Marin Cole has never:  seen the ocean, climbed mountains, taken a risk in her life.  But if her sister’s plan works, she just might do all three.

Never far away by Michael Koryta.  Placed in witness protection in remote northern Maine, Leah risks exposing herself to the dangerous forces of her past when her homesick children run away.

The nine lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas.  This explores 9 possible outcomes when a woman who has never wanted children marries a man who gradually decides he does.

Of women and salt by Gabriela Garcia.  The daughter of a Cuban immigrant take sin the daughter of a neighbor detained by ICE and seeks to learn about her own family history.

The other Emily by Dean Koontz.  Haunted by the unsolved disappearance of the love of his life a decade earlier, a writer visits her suspected killer in prison before meeting a woman who uncannily resembles the person he lost.

Other people’s children by R.J. Hoffmann.  A riveting novel about a couple whose dream of adopting a baby is shattered when the teenage mother reclaims her child.

The phone booth at the edge of the world by Laura Messina.  Two bereft people find themselves seeking a garden at the top of a hill in Japan, where a disconnected phone allows the grief-stricken to send their voice into the wind as they talk to those they have lost.

The red book by James Patterson.  This puts the characters through hell in a story that’s top-drawer crime fiction.

Serpentine by Jonathan Kellerman.  Alex Delaware is traversing the forbidding place known as L.A. and exhuming the past in order to bring a vicious killer to justice.

What’s mine and yours by Naima Coster.  The integration of a North Carolina school ties together a pair of seemingly unconnected families for two decades.

NEW DVDs

Wonder Woman 1984  (2020) starring Gail Gadot and Chris Pine

News of the world (2020) starring Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel

The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) starring Shia LaBeouf and Dakota Johnson

The snake pit (1948) starring Olivia de Havilland

The enchanted cottage (1945) starring Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young

NONFICTION

Birds of Maine by Peter Vickery.  This offers a detailed look at the state’s birds – from the Wild Turkey to the Arctic Tern – with info on migration patterns and how Maine’s geography and shifting climate mold its birdlife.

Fears of a setting sun by Dennis Rasmussen.  The surprising story of how the Founding Fathers came to despair for the future of the nation they had created.

Fourteen (talks) by (age) fourteen by Michelle Icard.  The 14 essential conversations to have with your tween and early teenager to prepare them for the emotional, physical, and social challenges ahead.

The hill we climb by Amanda Gorman.  The poem read on President Biden’s Inauguration Day by the youngest poet to write and perform an inaugural poem.

Lady Bird Johnson by Julia Sweig.  A look at the policy initiatives and the leadership style of the first lady during her time in the East Wing.

Restoring your historic house by Scott Hanson.  The complete comprehensive guide for homeowners on how to accommodate contemporary life in a historical house.

Sensitive is the new strong by Anita Moorjani.  The power of empaths in an increasingly harsh world.

Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel.  The history of the controversial 1969 Oscar-winning film that signaled a dramatic shift in American popular culture.

Sidelined by Julie DiCaro.  This is a sweeping takedown of misogyny in America’s sports media and professional leagues.  It’s all about sports, culture, and being a woman in America.

Wait, I’m working with who?  by Peter Economy.  The essential guide to dealing with difficult coworkers, annoying managers, and other toxic personalities.

Where we find ourselves: the photographs of Hugh Mangum, 1897-1922.  These are interesting on so many levels and is Americana at its most compelling, real buried treasure brought to life.

Winter pasture by Li Juan.  A warm portrait of stark, strenuous lives in remote China as a woman journeys with a family of herders in winter.  It’s a rare look at a disappearing world.

The women of the Bible speak by Shannon Bream.  They lived timeless stories – by examining them, we can understand what it means to be a woman of faith.

Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

Birdsong by Julie Flett

Curious George goes swimming by Margret Rey

Granddaddy’s turn : a journey to the ballot box by Michael S. Bandy

I am perfectly designed by Karamo Brown

I promise by LeBron James

Love you forever by Robert Munsch

Northbound : a train ride out of segregation by Michael S. Bandy

Spring stinks by Ryan Higgins

V is for voting by Kate Farrell

Vote for our future! by Margaret McNamara

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your house, my house by Marianne Dubuc

CHAPTER BOOKS

Alone in the woods by Rebecca Behrens

Ancestor approved : intertribal stories for kids edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Clean getaway by Nic Stone

Loretta Little looks back : three voices go tell it! by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

Wings of fire : the dangerous gift by Tui Sutherland

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Great bunk bed battle by Tina Kugler

Hilo. Book 7, Gina the girl who broke the world by Judd Winick

History Comics. The Challenger disaster : tragedy in the skies by Pranas Naujokaitis

History Comics. The Great Chicago fire : rising from the ashes by Kate Hannigan

History Comics. The Roanoke Colony : America’s first mystery by Chris Schweizer

NON-FICTION

Beginner’s world atlas by National Geographic Kids

Buzzing with questions : the inquisitive mind of Charles Henry Turner by Janice N. Harrington

Dinosaur lady : the daring discoveries of Mary Anning, the first paleontologist by Linda Skeers

The great bear rescue : saving the Gobi bears by Sandra Markle

Heartbeat by Doe Boyle

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Insects by the numbers : a book of infographics by Steve Jenkins

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean : Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea by Josie James

Student World Atlas by National Geographic

National parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber

The national parks : discover all 62 parks of the United States by Stefanie Payne

Space : a visual encyclopedia by DK

Whoosh! : Lonnie Johnson’s super-soaking stream of inventions by Chris Barton

William Still and his freedom stories : the father of the underground railroad by Don Tate

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review

New Items ~ April 2021

FICTION

Across the green grass fields by Seanan McGuire.  In this fantasy, a young girl discovers a portal to a land filled with centaurs and unicorns.

A bright ray of darkness by Ethan Hawke.  The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV, just as his marriage implodes – an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak.

The burning girls by C.J. Tudor.  An unconventional vicar must exorcise the dark past of a remote village haunted by death and disappearances in this unsettling thriller.

Dark sky by C.J. Box.  Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must accompany a Silicon Valley CEO on a hunting trip – but soon learns that he himself may be the hunted.

Death by chocolate snickerdoodle by Sarah Graves.  When a cunning killer and a devastating fire threaten to ravage Eastport, Jacobia Tiptree must go into action before all she loves goes up in smoke.

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn.  In the first book of the Bridgerton series, Daphne Bridgerton’s reputation soars when she colludes with the Duke of Hastings.

Enjoy the view by Sarah Morgenthaler.  A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet, and miles of untamed wilderness.  What could possibly go wrong in this rom-com?

Faithless in death by J.D. Robb.  Eve Dallas investigates the murder of a young sculptor in the West Village.

The kitchen front by Jennifer Ryan.  A BBC-sponsored wartime cooking competition gives the four women who enter a chance to better their lives.

Landslide by Susan Conley.  The author is at her best capturing Maine’s coastal terrain as well as her character’s emotional turmoil.  Through her disarming family portrait, she speaks volumes about changing ways of life.

Later by Stephen King.  With echoes of his classic novel, It, this is a powerful, haunting, unforgettable exploration of what it takes to stand up to evil in all the faces it wears.

The lowering days by Gregory Brown.  Set in 1980s Maine, this explores family love, the power of myths and storytelling, survival and environmental exploitation, and the ties between cultural identity and the land we live on.

The midnight library by Matt Haig.  Nora Seed finds a library beyond the edge of the universe that contains books with multiple possibilities of the lives on could have lived.

Minus me by Mameve Medwed.  Her life turned upside down by a grim diagnosis, a small-town Maine woman sets about writing a “How To” life manual for her handsome yet hapless husband.

Missing and endangered by J.A. Jance.  The Cochise Country Sheriff’s daughter becomes involved in a missing persons case.

The northern reach by W.S. Winslow.  Set in Maine, this is a novel about the power of place and family ties, the weight of the stories we choose to tell, and the burden of those stories we hide.

Our Italian summer by Jennifer Probst.  Three generations of women must heal the broken pieces of their lives on a trip of a lifetime through picturesque Italy.

The Paris Library by Janet Charles.  A teenager in Montana discovers that her elderly neighbor worked decades earlier at the American Library in Paris and was part of the Resistance.

The Plague Court murders by John Dickson Carr.  When a spiritual medium is murdered in a locked hut on a haunted estate, Sir Henry Merrivale seeks a logical solution to a ghostly crime.

The rebel nun by Marj Charlier.  Based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a 6th century king who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.

The sanatorium by Sarah Pearse.  Elin Warner must find her estranged brother’s fiancée, who goes missing as a storm approaches a hotel that was once a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.

Who is Maud Dixon?  by Alexandra Andrews.  Identity theft takes on a new meaning in this arresting thriller.

Winter’s orbit by Everina Maxwell.  A famously disappointing minor royal and the Emperor’s least favorite grandchild, Prince Kiem commanded by the Emperor to renew the empire’s bonds with its newest vassal planet.  The prince must marry Count Jainan, the recent widower of another royal prince of the empire.

NEW DVDs

Jojo Rabbit (2019) starring Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Taika Waititi, and Sam Rockwell

The old maid (1939) starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

Foreign Correspondent (1940) starring Joel McCrea

The Sunshine Boys (1975) starring Walter Matthau and George Burns

NEW MUSIC CDs

Fetch the bolt cutters by Fiona Apple

Women in Music, Pt. III by HAIM

Black Pumas by Black Pumas

The new Abnormal by The Strokes

Fine line by Harry Styles

NONFICTION

Can’t slow down by Michaelangelo Matos.  How 1984 became pop’s blockbuster year – the definitive account of pop music in the mid-80s from Prince and Madonna to the underground hip-hop, indie rock, and club scenes.

The crown in crisis by Alexander Larman.  A juicy account of the events leading up to and following British monarch King Edward VIII’s abdication…even royal watcher will learn something new from this comprehensive account of one of the biggest scandals in the history of the British monarchy.

Dress codes by Richard Ford.  A revelatory exploration of fashion through the ages that asks what our clothing reveals about ourselves and our society.

Every conversation counts by Riaz Meghji.  Readers looking to have more meaningful interactions would do well to pick this up due to significant consideration as to how the pandemic era has changed relationships.

Girlhood by Masuma Ahuja.  Full of pictures and the unique voices of teenage girls in a variety of situations and cultures, this provides a snapshot of teens’ lives around the world.

The soul of a woman by Isabel Allende.  A passionate and inspiriting meditation on what it means to be a woman.

To raise a boy by Emma Brown.  A journalist’s searing investigation into how we teach boys to be men – and how we can do better.  Insightful and sometimes disturbing.

Walk in my combat boots by James Patterson.  A collection of interviews with troops who fought overseas.  The most moving and powerful war stories ever told, by the men and women who lived them.

Walking with ghosts by Gabriel Byrne.  Bryne channels his fellow countrymen and Ireland’s literary masters as he reveals his struggle with alcoholism, aching passion for the Ireland of his youth, and is piercingly frank about his acting life.

We need to hang out by Billy Baker.  In this comic adventure through the loneliness epidemic, a middle-aged everyman looks around one day and realizes that he seems to have misplaced his friends, inspiring him to set out on a hilarious and moving quest to revive old tribes and build new ones, in his own ridiculous way.

What they don’t teach teens by Jonathan Cristall.  Life safety skills for teens and the adults who care for them.

The witch of eye by Kathryn Nuernberger.  Essays concerning the history of women who saw things differently and dared not to be silent and silenced by power structures.  Women such as Titiba, Marie Laveau, and Hildegard of Bingen.

World of wonders by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.  A collection of essays about the natural world and the way its inhabitants can teach, support, and inspire us.

You’re leaving when? by Annabelle Gurwitch.  Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical and often laugh-out-loud take on our modern malaise.

Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

The camping trip by Jennifer K Mann

Champ and Major: first dogs by Joy McCullough

Cow boy is not a cowboy by Gregory Barrington

Eyes that kiss in the corners by Joanna Ho

Idea jar by Adam Lehrhaupt

Look! I wrote a book! (and you can too!) by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Time for Kenny by J. Brian Pinkney

Welcome to the party by Gabrielle Union

Your name is a song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

CHAPTER BOOKS

Clean getaway By Nic Stone

Sofia Valdez and the vanishing vote by Andrea Beaty

Two roads by Joseph Bruchac

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The baby-sitter’s club: Claudia and the new girl by Ann Martin

Baby-sitters little sister: Karen’s worst day by Ann Martin

The Challenger disaster by Pranas Naujokaitis

The great Chicago fire by Kate Hannigan

The Roanoke Colony by Christ Schweizer

NON-FICTION

Free press and censorship by Susan Brophy Down

Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Hello neighbor! : the kind and caring world of Mister Rogers by Matthew Cordell

Kamala Harris : rooted in justice by Nikki Grimes

Marie’s Ocean: Marie Tharp maps the mountains under the sea  by Josie James

Memorial Day by Emma Carlson Berne

Memory superpowers: an adventurous guide to remembering what you don’t want to forget by Nelson Dellis

Monarch butterfly by Gail Gibbons

The truth about butterflies by Maxwell Eaton III

Visual guide to grammar and punctuation by Sheila Digmen

DVDS

Bill Nye the science guy: Patterns

Bill Nye the science guy: Reptiles

Bill Nye the science guy: Wetlands

Jetsons, the movie

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review

New Items ~ March 2021

FICTION

Beneficence by Meredith Hall.  In the years after World War II, the Senter family built a wonderful life on their isolated dairy farm in rural Maine.  After tragedy strikes, each must fight the isolation of their own grief and guilt to reclaim their old life – if they can.

Blood grove by Walter Mosley.  A continuation of the Easy Rawlins saga, in which the iconic detective’s loyalties are tested on the sun-soaked streets of Southern California.

The bride wore black by Cornell Woolrich.  A police detective seeks the rationale between seemingly-unrelated murders, connected only by the appearance of a beautiful woman each time.

The children’s blizzard by Melanie Benjamin.  A story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially school children.

A deadly fortune by Stacie Murphy.  A historical mystery in the vein of “The Alienist”, in which a young woman in Gilded Age New York must use a special talent to unravel a deadly conspiracy.

The ex talk by Rachel Solomon.  To save their jobs, rival public radio co-workers pretend to be exes for a new show and end up getting much more than they bargained for.

Faithless in death by J.D. Robb.  Gwen is wealthy, elegant, and comforted by her fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding a body.  But why did it take an hour to report it?  And why is she lying about little things?

The four winds by Kristin Hannah.  An epic novel of love and heroism and hopes, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras – The Great Depression.

The frozen crown by Greta Kelly.  A princess with a powerful and dangerous secret must find a way to save her country from ruthless invaders in this exciting fantasy.

Girl A by Abigail Dean.  An absorbing and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity – but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.

A heart of blood and ashes by Milla Vane.  The fun thing about romance is that it encompasses all other genres too.  If you are a fantasy fan, looking for a happy-ever-after, this could be the ticket.

If I disappear by Eliza Brazier.  When a true-crime podcaster disappears, her biggest fan sets out to find her.

A lie someone told you about yourself by Peter Davies.  A truthful examination of fatherhood that explores the fallout from an abortion and the difficulties that follow a second pregnancy.  This will strike a resonant chord with parents everywhere.

Lone stars by Justin Deabler.  This follows the arc of four generations of a Texan family in a changing America and in doing so shows the hope that by uncloseting ourselves – as immigrants, smart women, gay people –we find power in empathy.

Meet me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft.  United by love.  Separated by war.  Will they find their way back to each other?

Milk fed by Melissa Broder.  This explores the difficulties of loving oneself in a world that prizes thinness above all else.  This poignant exploration of desire, religion, and daughterhood is hard to resist.

Murder by numbers by Eric Brown.  A British detective battles to unmask a killer before his wife becomes victim No. 6.  A classic English mystery with plenty of unexpected plot twists.

Nick by Michael Smith.  This is a look into the life of Nick Carraway before Gatsby entered his life.

People like her by Ellery Lloyd.  A razor-sharp, wickedly smart suspense novel about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family’s safety.

The perfect guests by Emma Rous.  A grand estate with many secrets; an orphan caught in a web of lies; and a young woman playing a sinister game.

Perfect little children by Sophie Hannah.  Beth had a falling out with her best friend, Flora, and hasn’t been in contact since.  She drives by Flora’s house many years later and sees Flora, who looks the same, only older, by 12 years.  Flora calls to her children to get out of the car.  They emerge…exactly as Beth last saw them 12 years ago, aged 5 and 3.  How can that be?

The push by Ashley Audrain.  A devastating event forces a mother who questions her child’s behavior – and her own sanity – to confront the truth.

The scorpion’s tail by Douglas Preston.  An FBI agent and an archaeologist identity a mummified corpse and its gruesome cause of death.

Trio by William Boyd.  A rollicking novel with a dark undertow, set around three unforgettable individuals and a doomed movie set.

Tsarina by Ellen Alpsten.  Before Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right.  This is the story of her rise to power from serf to murderess, to empress.

The wife upstairs by Rachel Hawkins.  A recently arrived dog walker in a Southern gated community falls for a mysterious widower.

The yellow wife by Sadeqa Johnson.  This harrowing story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

NEW DVDS

The King of Staten Island (2020) starring Pete Davidson and Marisa Tomei

The Godfather, Coda: the death of Michael Corleone (2020) starring Al Pacino

Slap shot (1977) starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean

Mulan (2020) starring Yifei Liu and Donnie Yen

Only when I laugh (1981) starring Marsha Mason, Joan Hackett, and Kristy McNichol

 NEW MUSIC CDs

Folklore by Taylor Swift

Disco by Kylie Minogue

Punisher by Phoebe Bridgers

Wildflowers and all the rest by Tom Petty

NONFICTION

Coming back by Fawn Germer.  How to win the job you want when you’ve lost the job you need.

Fright favorites by David Skal.  31 movies to haunt your Halloween and beyond from Turner Classic movies.

Frontier Follies by Ree Drummond.  A down-to-earth, hilarious collection of stories and musings on marriage, motherhood, and country life from the star of the TV show The Pioneer Woman.

How to start and run a successful home daycare business by Christina Kamp.

Just as I am by Cicely Tyson.  An icon in film, TV, and fashion, Tyson here tells the story of her remarkable life.

The secret life of Dorothy Soames by Justine Cowan.  A memoir about the unearthing of her deceased mother’s secret past and a generations-long cycle of family trauma.  This frank account of a real-life Dickensian dystopia captivates at every turn.

We came, we saw, we left by Charles Wheelan.  In a pre-CoVid 19 world, the Wheelans decided to leave behind work, school, and even the family dogs to travel the world on a modest budget.  Equal parts “how-to” and “how-not-to”, this is an insightful and often hilarious account of one family’s gap-year experiment. 

Where I come from by Rick Bragg.  Bragg brings us an ode to the stories and history of the Deep South, filled with eclectic nuggets about places and people he knows well.

What becomes a legend most by Philip Gefter.  Biography of Richard Avedon, a monumental photographer of the 20th century, who captured the iconic figures of his era in his starkly bold, intimately minimal, and forensic visual style.

What cats want by Yuki Hattori.  An illustrated guide for truly understanding your cat.

Notes from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and New York Times Book Review