Gardiner Public Library is currently CLOSED due to the COVID-19 virus. As of Monday March 23rd, we have removed our drop boxes. No fines will accrue, please hold library items until we re-open.

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TV/MOVIES

Crackle

Crackle is a free to use video entertainment network featuring full-length movies, TV shows, and original programming. Crackle is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: www.crackle.com

FilmRise

Filmrise offers a great selection of movie and TV entertainment. Enjoy hit shots, popular movies, riveting documentaries, kids shows, world cinema and more. Pluto is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, YouTube, video game consoles, or online at: www.filmrise.com

HappyKids.tv

HappyKids.tv provides safe entertainment for children ages 1-10. Kids can watch non-stop rhymes, music, popular shows, stories, and movies. HappyKids.tv is available on: Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles or online at: https://happykids.tv/

Hoopla

Hoopla is a web and mobile library media streaming platform for TV, movies, music, magazines, audio books, comics, and e-book. Hoopla allows Gardiner Public Library patrons to download or stream media content. Hoopla is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

PBS KIDS

PBS Kids features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KID TV series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur, Train, Sesame Street and more! PBS KIDS is available on: Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles or online at: https://pbskids.org/

(The also website offers Apps, Albums, E-books, and more.)

Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers 250+ live TV channels & 1000s of movies on-demand. Enjoy news, sports, lifestyle, reality shows, movies, documentaries, and much more. Pluto is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: www.pluto.tv

Tubi

Tubi is a free to use video entertainment network featuring the largest free library of popular movies and TV Shows. Tubi is available on: Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles or online at: www.tubitv.com

EDUCATIONAL

batteryPOP: 

batteryPOP features the best fun, kid safe educational videos for math, science, health, animals, reading, computers, and more! batteryPOP is available on: Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or online at: https://www.batterypop.com

The British Museum – Virtual Tour (https://www.britishmuseum.org/)

The British Museum, in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence. Visit their touring page here: https://britishmuseum.withgoogle.com/

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden – Daily Videos (http://cincinnatizoo.org/)

The mission and vision of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is dedicated to creating adventure, conveying knowledge, conserving nature, and serving the community. The Zoo is currently holding daily Home Safaris on their Facebook page. Visit their page here: https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/

Georgia Aquarium – Animal Cams (https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/)

The Georgia Aquarium is a public aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Georgia Aquarium is home to hundreds of species. The aquarium currently has webcams set up in 9 different animal areas including Beluga Whales, Sea Otters, Penguins, and more! Visit their cams here: https://www.georgiaaquarium.org/webcam/beluga-whale-webcam/

The Houston Zoo – Animal Cams (https://www.houstonzoo.org/)

The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston, Texas. The Zoo prides itself on connecting communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife. The zoo currently has webcams set up in 6 different animal areas including chimps, giraffes, elephants, and more! Visit their cams here: https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/ or visit their Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/houstonzoo/

The Louvre – Virtual Tour (https://www.louvre.fr/en)

The Louvre, or the Louvre Museum, is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. The museum currently has virtual tours of 4 famous exhibits. Visit their touring page here: www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Virtual Tour (https://www.metmuseum.org/)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City, colloquially “the Met”, is the largest art museum in the United States. “Viewers can experience the magic of standing in an empty gallery after-hours, witnessing a bustling space in time-lapse, or floating high above The Met Cloisters for a bird’s-eye view.” Visit their touring page here: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project

The Museum of Modern Art – Virtual Tour (https://www.moma.org/)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Visit their touring page here: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/sophie-taeuber-arp/swKioHNhYqZoLw?hl=en

NASA – Virtual Tour (https://www.nasa.gov/)

NASA Glenn Research Center (https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/home/index.html) is a NASA center, located in Cleveland, Ohio. The center designs game-changing technology for spaceflight that enables further exploration of the universe. Visit their touring page here: https://www.nasa.gov/glennvirtualtours

Langley Research Center (https://www.nasa.gov/langley) located in Hampton, Virginia is the oldest of NASA’s field centers. NASA’s Langley Research Center is working to make revolutionary improvements in aviation, conducting comprehensive studies of Earth’s atmosphere, and developing concepts and technologies needed for the journey to the Moon, Mars and solar system. Visit their touring page here: https://oh.larc.nasa.gov/oh/

The San Diego Zoo – Animal Cams (https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/)

The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary which is home to over 3,700 rare and endangered animals from over 650 species and subspecies, and over 700,000 exotic plants. The zoo currently has webcams set up in 11 different animal areas including tigers, polar bears, pandas, and more! Visit their cams here: https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos

The Shedd Aquarium – Daily Videos (https://www.sheddaquarium.org/)

Shedd Aquarium is an indoor public aquarium in Chicago, Illinois, The aquarium is currently holding daily animal videos on their Facebook page. Visit today to experience unbelievable animals from around the globe, including sea otters, dolphins, penguins and more! Visit their page here: https://www.facebook.com/sheddaquarium/

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Virtual Tour (https://naturalhistory.si.edu/)

The National Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum administered by the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – The Smithsonian has created a room-by-room 360-degree view of the entire museum. Visit their touring page here: https://naturalhistory2.si.edu/vt3/NMNH/

The Smithsonian – Streaming App

The Smithsonian also offers streaming videos. Stream free award-winning entertainment from Smithsonian Channel and explore worlds of history, mystery, science, and pop culture. The Smithsonian streaming app is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: https://watch.smithsonianchannel.com/

Scholastic – Daily Projects

Children’s book publishers Scholastic has launched Learn at Home, a website offering daily enrichment projects for kids stuck at home, sorted by grade level. Some of the lessons for younger kids use Scholastic’s BookFlix service, but Scholastic has created a generic login and password (username: Learning20, password: Clifford) to unlock access. Visit this website at: https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

Ted Talks – Streaming App

Ted Talks streaming allows users to browse more than 2,000 Ted Talks from remarkable people, by topic, and mood, from tech and science, to the surprises of your own psychology. The Ted Talks streaming app is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: https://www.ted.com/

The Vatican Museums – Virtual Tour (http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en.html)

The Vatican Museums are the public art and sculpture museums in the Vatican City – Rome, Italy. The museum currently has 7 site tours including Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, and Raphael’s Room, Visit their virtual tour here: http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.1.html

WeAreTeachers – Website

WeAreTeachers is a website that has tons of resources for learning at home. The website will point users in the direction of fun websites, games, app, and hands-on activities to assist and extend the distance learning for student’s K-5. Visit this website at: www.weareteachers.com/resources-learning-home   *The WeAreTeachers website also provides a great list of Children’s Authors doing online read-alouds & activities. You can view their list here: www.weareteachers.com/virtual-author-activities

 NEWS

ABC News – Streaming App

The ABC News app offers coverage of the most important news stories of the day, breaking news, live streams, and clips covering events at home and worldwide from Good Morning America, World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline, 20/20, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. ABC News App is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: https://abcnews.go.com/

CBSNews Live 24/7 – Streaming App

The CBS News app features CBSN, the 24/7 digital streaming news network from CBS News, as well as on demand video from CBS’s award-winning news programs such as CBS Evening News, CBS The Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation. Find on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles, or online at: https://www.cbsnews.com/mobile/

Haystacktv – Streaming App

Watch 200+ Local and World News TV channels suchs as CBS Interactive, Newsy, C|Net, and more. The perfect channel or screensaver for those that like to be in the know! The NewsON app is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or online at: www.haystack.tv

NBCNews – Streaming App

Explore world-class video from NBC News and MSNBC. Get the latest clops about the most important news from shows such as Nightly News, TODAY, Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and The Rachel Maddow Show. The NBC App is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, video game consoles and online at: https://apps.nbcnews.com/mobile/

NewsON – Streaming App

Watch live, local newscasts from 200+ local news stations for free. Live news, previous newscasts (up to 48 hours), or news clips from your favorite stations. The NewsON app is available on Roku, Amazon Devices, Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or online at: https://newson.us

E-BOOKS/AUDIOBOOKS

Audible Stories

For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open. Kids (from little listeners to teens) everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet. Visit this website at: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

  

CloudLibrary

The CloudLibrary is an easy-to-use digital lending service which hosts a collection of downloadable audiobooks and e-books supported by public, academic, and school libraries from around the state of Maine. The app is compatible with tablets, laptops, smart phones, Kobo eReaders, Nook Readers, Kindle Fires, and Desktops. The CloudLibrary App is available in Google Play Store, The Apple App Store, The Kindle App Store, or online at: https://www.yourcloudlibrary.com/

LibriVox

LibriVox is a group of worldwide volunteers who read and record public domain texts creating free public domain audiobooks for download from their website and other digital library hosting sites on the internet. Visit this website at: https://librivox.org/

ManyBooks

ManyBooks was established in 2004 with the vision to provide an extensive library of books in digital format for free on the Internet. Their library currently has 50,000+ ebooks in genres such as: Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Classic, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure, Biography, and many more! New books are uploaded daily! (ManyBooks has also become a platform where self-publishing authors have the opportunity to introduce their work to our community) Visit this website at: www.manybooks.net/

Open Library

Open Library is an online project (of Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization) intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”. Open Library currently provides online access to 1.7 million public domain books public domain and out-of-print books in PDF, ePub, Daisy, DjVu and ASCII text. Visit this website at: www.openlibrary.org/

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. Users can borrow from a library of over 60,000 ebooks (mostly older literary works), and either download them or read them straight from the website. https://www.gutenberg.org/

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a free literacy resource for home use. Storyline Online, streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. For each book, supplemental curriculum developed by a literacy specialist is provided, aiming to strengthen comprehension and verbal and written skills for English-language learners worldwide. You can access Storyline Online via their YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/StorylineOnline or Website: www.storylineonline.net

Gardiner Library – Temporary Closure

The Gardiner Public Library is temporarily closed. This decision was made by the Gardiner City Council.  We are sorry, but, at this point, we have no concrete idea when we will reopen.  We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess as more information becomes available.

The decision to close was, and is an incredibly difficult decision.  We are following the directive of the Gardiner City Council, as they are concerned about our patrons and the staff of the City of Gardiner. Early actions to increase social distancing are the best way to contain the spread of COVID-19, according to the CDC. Closing the library, and City Hall, is the best way to protect the health of our community at this time.

While we are closed, we will carry out extra cleaning and disinfecting of the building. We will stop charging all overdue fines.

Our professional librarians will be available during normal business hours via email and telephone to help navigate our digital lending services and resources, and to provide answers to reference questions and readers’ advisory for all the eBooks you’ll be checking out!

We also encourage you to continue to use the Gardiner Public Library by:
Downloading eBooks and audiobooks
Streaming movies and TV shows
Take advantage of Digital Maine Library resources with your Gardiner card
•Browse our website for helpful links, book lists, and resources
•Stay connected with us on Facebook. We will be posting on Facebook each day with helpful information, links, and conversations to keep you engaged and informed during this time.

Additionally, we also recommend the following resources free without a library card:

Scholastic’s Learn at Home website: classroommagazines.scholastic.com
Biblioboard: library.biblioboard.com, collections of e-books, classics from world literature, items from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, articles, images, books, etc. spanning a wide range of topics.

It is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate information from trusted sources is critical to combat misinformation.

Find reliable and up-to-date information about the outbreak from the following vetted resources:
Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention; key information from the State of Maine on COVID-19 updates, including preparation and response measures.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; updates on the federal response to COVID-19, including travel advisories and national infection numbers.
World Health Organization; information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, including daily situation reports with international infection numbers.

We look forward to seeing you online and in person again soon!

 

 

Online Stories & Activities

Some ideas for online stories and activities for young children to middle-schoolers.

Online Story Resources

Storyline Online – Books read by celebrities

https://www.storylineonline.net/

Kate Messner Website – A list of resources for lessons and authors reading their books

https://www.katemessner.com/read-wonder-and-learn-favorite-authors-illustrators-share-resources-for-learning-anywhere-spring-2020/?fbclid=IwAR1wKRNHVL7CVzdTrK9ghhW-VyILR-JO93_MGj3O3CwwcVR3CGmzc2jdASs

Jarrett Lerner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k015s03zEBYhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWXnfEeuyO4

Comic for kids on the coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Authors Activities

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=authors+everywhere

Oxford Owl – Sign up for a free account

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home

CDC Washing Hands Posters

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html

Take & Make Kits

These “kits” are activities geared to various ages that are simple, easy, and inexpensive. They can be used as take-home projects (instructions and materials inside a plastic bag), a passive program at your library, or an additional activity for a library program.

Balloon Rocket instructions
Coffee Filter Butterfly instructions
Finger Knitting instructions
Friendship Bracelet instructions
Greenhouse instructions
Kazoo instructions
Origami Heart instructions
Pom Pom instructions
Snowflake instructions
Tangram instructions | Tangram template

Hope these are helpful.

 

 

New Items ~ March 2020

FICTION

The authenticity project by Clare Pooley.  The story of a solitary green notebook that brings together six strangers and leads to unexpected friendship…and even love.

A beautiful crime by Christopher Bollen.  A twisty story of deception, set in contemporary Venice and featuring a young American couple who have set their sights on a high-stakes con.

Cesare by Jerome Charyn.  Beginning in 1937 Germany, this is a literary thriller and love story born of the horrors of a country whose culture has died, whose history has been warped, and whose soul has disappeared.

The chill by Scott Carson.  A century after an early 20th century New York community is intentionally flooded to redistribute water downstate, an inspector overseeing a dangerously neglected damn uncovers a prophecy that warns of additional sacrifices.

Dead to her by Sarah Pinborough.  A twisty psychological thriller about a savvy second wife who will do almost anything to come out on top.

Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.  A 12 year old boy tries to start over after becoming the sole survivor of a plane crash in which he lost his immediate family.

Golden in death by J.D. Robb.  Homicide detective Eve Dallas investigates a murder with a mysterious motive – and a terrifying weapon.

Long bright river by Liz Moore.  Mickey risks her job with the Philadelphia police force by going after a murderer and searching for her missing sister.

The mercies by Kiran Hargrave.  On an icy, dark island, men hunt witches…and women fight back.  This chilling tale of religious persecution is served up with a feminist bite.

Mercy House by Alena Dillon.  Inside a century-old row house in Brooklyn, Sister Evelyn and her fellow nuns preside over a safe haven for the abused and abandoned.

The recipe for revolution by Carolyn Chute.  A blistering book about the Settlement, a radical, politically incorrect collective of the disorderly and disaffected in rural Maine.

The regrets by Amy Bonnaffons.  Reality and dream collide in this darkly playful novel about a love affair between the living and the dead.

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart.  The unforgettable story of a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980 childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland, where Thatcher’s policies have put people out of work and where the city’s drug epidemic is around the corner.

A view to a kilt by Kaitlyn Dunnett.  A series of blizzards have kept tourists away from Moosetookalook, Maine, and shoppers out of Liss MacCrimmmon’s Scottish Emporium.  But as warmer weather brings promises of tartan sales and new faces, melting snow reveals cold-blooded murder.

NEW DVDs

A beautiful day in the neighborhood (2019)  starring Matthew Rhys and Tom Hanks

The farewell (2019)  starring Awkwafina

Harriet (2019) starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr.

Parasite (2019) starring Kang Ho Song and Sun Kyun Lee

Taboo: Season 1 (2017) starring Tom Hardy

Once upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt

NONFICTION

Aftershock: the human toll of war by Richard Cahan.  Haunting World War II images by America’s soldier photographers.

The book you wish your parents had read by Philippa Perry.  Definitive guide for any parent looking to navigate their past, avoid repeating their own parents’ mistakes, and ensure they don’t land their own kids in therapy.

By chance alone by Max Eisen. More than 70 years after the Nazi camps where liberated by the Allies, this details the author’s story of survival:  the back-breaking slave labor in Auschwitz, the infamous “death march”, the painful aftermath of liberation, and his journey of physical and psychological healing.

Decoding boys by Cara Natterson.  Comforting … a common-sensical and gently humorous exploration of male puberty’s many trials.

Esquire dress code.  A man’s guide to personal style as seen by Esquire magazine.

Gay like me: a father writes to his son by Richie Jackson.  This is a celebration of gay identity and parenting, and a powerful warning to the author’s son, other gay men, and the world.  He looks back on his own journey as a gay man coming of age through decades of political and cultural turmoil.

How to do nothing by Jenny Odell.  An argument for unplugging from technology in order to potentially focus attention of important matters.

Last stop Auschwitz by Eddy de Wind.  Written in Auschwitz itself, this one-of-a-kind, minute-by-minute true account is a crucial historical testament to a survivor’s fight for his life.

Something that may shock and discredit you by Daniel Ortberg.  A witty and clever collection of essays and cultural observations spanning pop culture – from the endearingly popular to the staggeringly obscure.

Very stable genius by Philip Rucker.  The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists use firsthand accounts to chart patterns of behavior within the Trump administration.

When my time comes by Diane Rehm.  Conversations about whether those who are dying should have the right to determine when life should end.

When time stopped by Ariana Neumann.  In this remarkable memoir, the author dives into the secrets of her father’s past years spent hiding in plain sight in war-torn Berlin, the annihilation of dozens of family members in the Holocaust, and the courageous choice to build anew.

Why we can’t sleep by Ada Calhoun.  The cultural and political contexts of the crises that Generation X face.

 New Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

The Cottingley fairies by Ana Sender

Growing season by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

How to catch a unicorn by Adam Wallace

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Lana Lynn howls at the moon by Rebecca van Slyke

Listen by Holly McGhee

Look, it’s raining by Mathieu Pierloot

No more naps! by Chris Grabenstein

Not quite narwhal by Jessie Sima

One fox : a counting book thriller by Kate Read

CHAPTER BOOKS

Homerooms & hall passes by Tom O’Donnell

Peg + Cat : Peg up a tree by Jennifer Oxley

Weird little robots by Carolyn Crimi

NON-FICTION

Antibiotics by Tamra Orr

Art Sparks: Draw, Paint, Make, and get Creative by Marlon Abrams

Egg to chicken by Rachel Tonkin

Egg to frog by Rachel Tonkin

Good night stories for rebel girls by Elena Favilli

It started with a big bang by Floor Bal

Life by the river by Holly Duhig

Life in the forest by Holly Duhig

Save the crash-test dummies by Jennifer Swanson

The speed of starlight by Colin Stuart

Stitch camp: 18 crafty projects for kids & tweens by Nicole Blum

Yes, I can listen! by Steve Metzger

DVDS

Abominable with Chloe Bennet

The angry birds movie 2 with Josh Gad

Great Yellowstone thaw by BBC Earth with Kirk Johnson

How to train your dragon. Homecoming with Jay Baruchel

Thomas & friends : Tale of the brave with Olivia Colman

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

 

 

 

 

Maine Bicentennial

M ~ The moose with loose poops

A ~ A is for Acadia

I ~ In Peppermint peril

N ~ Nautilus

E ~ Emmeline

 

B ~ Bag of bones

I ~ Interrupted forest

C ~ Cousins Maine Lobster

E ~ Eagle flies at night

T ~ Take heart

E ~ Enjoying Maine birds

N ~ Now that you mention it

N ~ No news is bad news

I ~ Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe

A ~ Answer in the tide

L ~ Lighthouse dog to the rescue

February Events ~ 2020

Children’s Events ~ February 2020

Just letting you know some of the upcoming events in

February.

Story & Craft Time Tuesday, Feb. 18th & 25th

We will have a story, songs and a craft at

10:00 am for preschoolers.

 

Free Movie night at the Gardiner Public Library

Born in China

Thursday, February 20th

Movie starts at 6:00 pm

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Hosted by the Gardiner Library Association.

 

Art @ the Library will be presented by

Upstream

Tuesday, Feb. 25th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.

Paint a wooden fish for exhibit in our lovely river city.

 

Babies Love Toddlers on Fridays at 10:00 am.

Adults and children are welcome to attend these events.

New Items ~ February 2020

FICTION

American dirt by Jeanine Cummins.  Intensely suspenseful and deeply humane, this novel makes migrants seeking to cross the southern US border indelibly individual.

The bells of hell by Michael Kurland.  A counter-intelligence agent recruits a number of civilians to help foil a suspected terrorist attack by German spies in New York in 1938.

The better liar by Tanen Jones.  When a woman conceals her sister’s death to claim their joint inheritance, her deception exposes a web of dangerous secrets.

The blaze by Chad Dundas.  One man knows the connection between two extraordinary acts of arson, fifteen years apart, in his Montana hometown – if only he could remember it.

Hindsight by Iris Johansen.  Investigator Kendra Michaels whose former blindness has left her with uniquely insightful observation skills – must put her life on the line to catch a murderer setting his sights on some of society’s most vulnerable.

House on fire by Joseph Finder.  Private investigator Nick Heller infiltrates a powerful and wealthy pharmaceutical family hiding something sinister.

The long petal of the sea by Isabel Allende.  This epic spans decades and crosses continents following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

The poison garden by Alex Marwood.  Insidious secrets and chilling revelations surround a mysterious cult.

Recipe for a perfect wife by Karma Brown.  A modern-day woman finds inspiration in hidden notes left by her home’s previous owner, a quintessential 1950s housewife.

Such a fun age by Kiley Reid.  A story of race and privilege, this is set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

To the edge of sorrow by Aharon Appelfeld.  A haunting novel about an unforgettable group of Jewish partisans fighting the Nazis during World War II.

 Trouble in mind by Michael Wiley.  As a result of being shot in the head while working undercover, Sam Kelson suffers from two unusual brain conditions:  disinhibition, causing him to speak only the truth, and autopagnosia which makes him unable to recognize himself in a mirror.

The vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz.  Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gasses.  The residents slept for 2 days.  When they woke up they discovered that things had changed – they had changed.

Westering women by Sandra Dallas.  This focuses on a motley group of women who form a bond traveling to California on the Overland Trail.  Readers will enjoy this modern take on the journey West that’s rife with girl power.

The wife and the widow by Christian White.  Set against the backdrop of an eerie island town in the dead of winter, this takes you to a cliff edge and asks the question: how well do we really know the people we love?

MUSIC CDs

2020 Grammy Nominees

100 Hits: the best 60s.

The Real ‘70s.

100 hits: the best 80s.

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John

DVDs

Downton Abbey (2019) starring Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Jim Carter

Judy (2019) starring Renee Zellweger

The Rainmaker (1956) starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn

The Ring (2002) starring Naomi Watts

The talk of the town (1942) starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Coleman

Tales from the Crypt / Vault of Horror (1972) starring Ralph Richardson and Joan Collins

NONFICTION

The baby decision by Merle Bombardieri.  This is a clear, compassionate guide to making a parenting or childfree decision with confidence.

Boys and sex by Peggy Orenstein.  The author interviews young men on hookups, love, porn, consent, and navigating the new masculinity, offering both an examination of sexual culture and a guide on how to improve it.

Falling into joy by Conni Ponturo.  This is a book about joy and how to get it and keep it in our lives.  It is all simpler than we are making it out to be.  We just need to take the small steps towards it.

The in-betweens by Mira Ptacin.  A young writer travels to Etna, Maine to tell the unusual story of America’s longest running camp devoted to mysticism and the world beyond.

Lands of lost borders by Kate Harris.  She and a friend covered 10 countries during a 10 month bike journey from Istanbul to India.  While retracing the path of the ancient Silk Road trade route, they contend with Himalayan-sized hill climbs, unforgiving landscapes, and surly officials.

Life in medieval Europe by Daniele Cybulskie.  Fact and fiction:  what did people actually eat?  Were they really filthy?  And did they ever get to marry for love?  All this and more.

Llewellyn’s complete book of lucid dreaming by Clare Johnson.  A comprehensive guide to promote creativity, overcome sleep disturbances & enhance health and wellness.

Modern flexitarian.  Plant-inspired recipes you can flex to add fish, meat, or dairy.

Never get angry again by David Lieberman.  A comprehensive and holistic look at the underlying emotional, physical, and spiritual causes of anger, and what the reader can do to gain perspective, allowing them to never get angry again.

Nothing fancy by Alison Roman.  This helps you nail dinner with unfussy food, unstuffy vibes, and the permission to be imperfect.

Quit like a woman by Holly Whitaker.  The radical choice to not drink in a culture obsessed with alcohol.

The third rainbow girl by Emma Eisenberg.  An investigation of the murder of two young women – showing how a violent crime casts a shadow over an entire community.  It follows this crime through the complex history of Appalachia, forming a searing portrait of America – its divisions of gender and class, and of its violence.

Tightrope: Americans reaching for hope by Nicholas Kristof.  This issues a plea – deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans – to address the crisis in working class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure.

Tiny habits by B.J. Fogg.  The expert on habit formations show how you can have a happier, healthier life – by starting small.

Travels with myself and another by Martha Gellhorn.  Dry wit and plenty of whiskey buoyed Gellhorn during terrifying flights, insect-infested hotel rooms, and tropical disease as she chased stories across the globe.

The unique states of America.  This takes us on a journey across the states to discover the country’s most iconic – and unique – destinations and experiences.

The valleys of the assassins by Freya Stark.  She blazed across the Middle East in the 1920s and 1930s searching for the legendary mountain home of the Assassins, a warrior sect that defied both crusaders and caliphs.

Welcome to the goddamn ice cube by Blair Braverman.  Chasing adventure, the author left her California hometown at 19 for dogsledding school in the Norwegian Arctic.  Her vivid account offers plenty of thrills and high-flying danger from Norwegian snowdrifts to Alaskan glaciers.

The yellow house by Sarah Broom.  An unforgettable memoir about the inexorable pull of home and family, set in a shotgun house in New Orleans East.

 New Children’s Books

PICTURE BOOKS

Between us and Abuela: a family story from the border by Mitali Perkins

Frida Kahlo and her animalitos by Monica Brown

I’m not Millie! by Mark Pett

Ida and the whale by Rebecca Gugger

The Invisible Leash by Patrice Karst

Moth by Isabel Thomas

Skulls! by Blair Thornburgh

The way I act  by Steve Metzger

CHAPTER BOOKS

Spies: James Armistead Lafayette by Kyandreia Jones

Spies: Mata Hari by Katherine Factor

Talking leaves by Joseph Bruchac

Terror on the Titanic by Jim Wallace

GRAPHIC NOVELS

The brain: the ultimate thinking machine by Tory Woollcott

Cats: nature and nurture by Andy Hirsch

Flying machines: how the Wright brothers soared by Alison Wilgus

Polar bears: survival on the ice by Jason Viola

Rockets: defying gravity by Anne Drozd

Skyscrapers: the heights of engineering by John Kerschbaum

Wild weather: storms, meteorology, and climate by M.K. Reed

Wings of fire: the hidden kingdom by Tui Sutherland

NONFICTION

2020 Maine summer camps: real kids – real camps – real Maine! by Maine Youth Camping Foundation

Animal by Smithsonian

Animals up close by DK

Are you what you eat? by DK

The Bermuda Triangle by Elizabeth Noll

Bigfoot by Elizabeth Noll

Cells : an owner’s handbook by Carolyn Fisher

Cooking class global feast!: 44 recipes that celebrate the world’s cultures by Deanna Cook

Do all Indians live in tipis? by Smithsonian Books

ESP by Elizabeth Noll

Ghosts by Elizabeth Noll

Haunted places by Elizabeth Noll

How did I get here? by Philip Bunting

Human body by Smithsonian

Human body: [a book with guts!] by Dan Green

Science by Smithsonian

The science of poop and farts by Alex Woolf

The science of scabs and pus by Ian Graham

The science of snot and phlegm by Fiona Macdonald

UFOs by Elizabeth Noll

Wait, rest, pause: dormancy in nature by Marcie Atkins

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

January Weather

      January rides the wind

      Annie and Snowball and the magical house

N       Name of the wind

U       Uncommon appeal of clouds

A       After the snow

R        Rising storm

       Young snowboarder

 

W      Winter storms

       Energy from wind

      And the wind blows free

      Tracks in the snow

      Hello snow!

       Eye of the storm

R        Really good snowman

New Items ~ January 2020

FICTION

Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin.  Set in a small Nova Scotia Town settled by former slaves, this depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate.

After Kilimanjaro by Gayle Woodson.  Medical fiction of this kind is rare – it’s not a thriller or tearjerker, but a thoughtful novel about doctors, the work they do, and the impact that has on their patients.

The Andromeda evolution by Michael Crichton.  In this sequel to the techno-thriller that started it all, the threat returns in a gripping sequel that is terrifyingly realistic and resonant.  The Evolution is coming.

Arapaho summer by Kinley Roby.  In 1867 two Union veterans and two Arapaho women they rescue from a Lakota war party set off on the Oregon Trail in search of a new beginning.

Bloody genius by John Sandford.  Virgil Flowers will have to watch his back – and his mouth – as he investigates a college culture war turned deadly.

The confession club by Elizabeth Berg.  An uplifting novel about friendship, surprising revelations, and a second chance at love.

Crossroad by Bill Cameron.  On a desolate road in the Oregon high desert, an apprentice mortician stumbles upon a horrific crash – and into a vortex of treachery, long-buried secrets, and growing menace.

Dread journey by Dorothy Hughes.  On a transcontinental train, a starlet fears her director may be trying to kill her.

The family upstairs by Lisa Jewell.  Libby Learns the identity of her parents and inherits a London mansion, but this comes with a mystery of multiple murders.

Genesis by Robin Cook.  This takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of harnessing DNA from ancestry websites to catch a killer.

Guilty, not guilty by Felix Francis.  The husband and brother of an unstable woman who’s been strangled get into a battle royal over which of them will get the other convicted of her murder.

The innocents by Michel Crummey.  Orphaned and alone in 1800s Newfoundland, a young brother and sister contend with the dire hazards of their coastal surroundings.

The kill club by Wendy Heard.  A desperate woman at the end of her rope is drawn into an intriguing, but deadly, scheme.  Just try to put this one down.

A minute to midnight by David Baldacci.  When Atlee Pine returns to her hometown to investigate her sister’s kidnapping from 30 years ago, she winds up tracking a potential serial killer.

Nothing more dangerous by Allen Eskens.  In a small Southern town where loyalty to family and to “your people” carries the weight of a sacred oath, defying those unspoken rules can be a deadly proposition.

The off-islander by Peter Colt.  A Boston-born Vietnam vet and P.I. is hired to find a missing father – but my find far more than he bargained for…

The rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts.  This closes out the trilogy “Chronicles of the One”.

Swede Hollow by Ola Larsmo.  A riveting family saga immersed in the gritty, dark side of Swedish immigrant life in America in the early 20th century.

Stuck in Manistique by Dennis Cuesta.  Two troubled lives intersect in a novel combining cozy mystery, comedy, and reflections on fractured relationships.  A hypnotic tale of family secrets that also features delightfully silly humor.

NEW DVDs

The Crown: the complete second season (2019) starring Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton, Vanessa Kirby, and John Lithgow

It: Chapter two (2019) starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy

Never too late (1965) starring Paul Ford and Connie Stevens

NONFICTION

A Bookshop in Berlin by Francoise Frenkel.  A rediscovered, prize-winning memoir of a fearless Jewish bookseller on a harrowing fight for survival across Nazi-occupied Europe.

Dynamic dames by Sloan De Forest.  Celebrate 50 of the most empowering and unforgettable female characters ever to grace the silver screen, as well as the artists who brought them to vibrant life!

Eightysomethings by Katharine Esty.  A practical guide to letting go, aging well, and finding unexpected happiness over the age of 80.

Finding Chika by Mitch Albom.  A moving memoir of love and loss.  You can’t help but fall for Chika.  A page-turner that will not doubt become a classic.

Here all along by Sarah Hurwitz.  Finding meaning, spirituality, and a deeper connection to life – in Judaism (after finally choosing to look there).

Hymns of the Republic by S.C. Gwynne.  An engrossing history of the final gasps of the Civil War, a year in which Americans mourned their fathers and brothers and sons but also the way their lives used to be, the people they used to be, the innocence they had lost.

If you tell by Gregg Oslen.  A shocking and empowering true-crime story of three sisters determined to survive their mother’s house of horrors.  A story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood.

Letters from an astrophysicist by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  This is like a scientific Dear Abby advice column that talks about black holes, extraterrestrial sightings, and human predicaments.

The lie by William Dameron.  A candid memoir of denial, stolen identities, betrayal, faking it, and coming out.

On flowers by Amy Merrick.  Lessons from an accidental florist.  Merrick is a rare and special kind of artist who uses flowers to help us see the familiar in a completely new way.

On the plain of snakes by Paul Theroux.  Legendary travel writer Theroux drives the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland on the back roads to uncover the rich, layered world behind today’s brutal headlines.

Unexplained by Richard Smith.  Real-life supernatural stories for uncertain times and not for the easily frightened.

A warning by Anonymous.  A senior official in the Trump administration offers an assessment of the president and makes a moral appeal.

What we will become by Mimi Lemay.  A mother’s memoir of her transgender child’s odyssey, and HER journey outside the boundaries of the faith and culture that shaped her.

The witches are coming by Lindy West.  In this wickedly funny cultural critique, the author exposes misogyny in the #MeToo era.

You are awesome by Neil Pasricha.  How to navigate change, wrestle with failure, and live an intentional life.

 NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS

PICTURE BOOKS

Aalfred and Aalbert by Morag Hood

Around the table that grandad built  by Melanie Heuiser Hill

Astro girl by Ken Wilson-Max

A big bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin

The Christmas tree who loved trains by Anne Silvestro

A day for skating by Sarah Sullivan

Freedom soup by Tami Charles

Good morning, snowplow! by Deborah Bruss

How to hide a lion at Christmas by Helen Stephens

Just in case you want to fly by Julie Fogliano

Little fox in the snow by Jonathan London

Making a friend by Tammi Sauer

The serious goose by Jimmy Kimmel

Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick

The snowflake mistake by Lou Treleaven

Sofia Valdez, future prez by Andrea Beaty

Telling time by David Adler

This is not that kind of book by Christopher Healy

CHAPTER BOOKS

Beverly, right here by Kate DiCamillo

The forgotten girl by India Hill Brown

Night of the new magicians by Mary Pope Osborne

The Princess in Black and the bathtime battle by Shannon Hale

Two dogs in a trench coat go on a class trip by Julie Falatko

Wings of Fire: the poison jungle by Tui Sutherland

GRAPHIC NOVELS

Dog Man. Fetch 22 by Dav Pilkey

Sunny rolls the dice by Jennifer Holm

Welcome to Wanderland by Jackie Ball

NON-FICTION

Can I eat a mammoth? by Madeline King

Do penguins have emotions? by World Book

Greek myths and mazes by Jan Bajtlik

Why are monkeys so flexible? by World Book

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