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  • Posted on 01/05/2012 - 10:22am

    At the end of each year, newspapers and children’s review journals publish lists of the best children’s books of the year.  With thousands of children’s books published each year, it’s no surprise that there is not a consensus between the lists as to which the best books of the year are. 

     Here are three nonfiction books that appear on multiple lists.

    Amelia Lost:  The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
    by Candace Fleming

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    This engaging biography contains photos, maps, and handwritten notes that make the story of Amelia Earhart come alive. (Grades 4-7)

    Heart and Soul: The story of America and African Americans
    by Kadir Nelson

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    Narrated by a fictional woman who recounts the history of African Americans from colonial times through the last presidential election by telling personal stories, this beautiful book is illustrated with portraits of famous and forgotten people. (Grades 4 and up).

    Can We Save the Tiger?
    by Martin Jenkins

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    Geared toward younger children, this description of endangered species and the impact that humans have on animals features illustrations of tigers and 27 other species. (Preschool-Grade 2)

  • Posted on 01/04/2012 - 4:00pm

    TitleRelease Date
    Boardwalk Empire: Complete First Season1/10/2012
    Higher Ground (Combo)1/10/2012
    Killer Elite1/10/2012
    The Hellstrom Chronicle1/10/2012
    Bombay Beach1/17/2012
    Ides of March1/17/2012
    Mysteries of Lisbon1/17/2012
    Happy Happy1/24/2012
    Hell and Back Again1/24/2012
    Real Steel1/24/2012
    Dream House1/31/2012
    The Thing1/31/2012

  • Posted on 01/04/2012 - 10:34am

    View Bossypants in the catalog.

    View Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in the catalog.

    If you’re looking for a light, quick, and laugh-out-loud funny read, one of these (or both!) is up your alley – especially for fans of Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and The Office. Fey and Kaling both write about growing up, how they got into comedy and show business, and their experiences working in the business. Both books are full of funny stories from childhood and the teen years, the authors’ struggles to break into comedy, and stories about their professional and personal lives. Both books are organized more or less chronologically as a series of brief essays; the chapters are short and sometimes unrelated to the chapters before or after. Fey and Kaling write with voices that are personal, witty, conversational, and down-to-earth – Bossypants and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? are hard not to like.

  • Posted on 12/29/2011 - 12:44pm
  • Posted on 12/27/2011 - 8:50pm

    If your New Year's resolutions include getting in shape, stop by the library and check out our selection of health and fitness books and DVDs.

  • Posted on 12/23/2011 - 12:39pm

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    Young adult author David Levithan transitions into adult fiction with a slender, beautifully crafted novel written with a unique structure: each page begins with a word and its part of speech, followed by a “definition” of anywhere from a sentence to a few pages. These definitions tell the story of a relationship between two people, from the first stages of meeting, dating, and moving in together to their perseverance through each other’s mistakes. Levithan transitions effortlessly between tenderness (“yearning, n. and adj.: At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect”) and humor (“flagrant, adj.: I would be standing right there, and you would walk out of the bathroom without putting the cap back on the toothpaste”).  Under “love, n.,” however, he is smart enough to offer only, “I’m not even going to try.”

  • Posted on 12/21/2011 - 3:52pm

    Just a reminder that the library will be closed Saturday December 24 through Monday December 26.  Stop by the library to stock up with books, dvds, music, etc. before the long holiday weekend.  The library staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

  • Posted on 12/20/2011 - 3:56pm

    The Book Store Next Door will be closed Saturday, December 24th and Saturday, December 31st.

  • Posted on 12/16/2011 - 5:54pm

    Congratulations to Richard Steen, the winner of the Friends of the Library Boston Bruins Gift Basket! Thank you to everyone who bought a ticket. The gift basket made over $1600 in proceeds which will help support the many wonderful programs paid for by the Friends of the Library.

  • Posted on 12/15/2011 - 11:31am

    Celebrate Jane Austen's birthday by stopping by the library and checking out one of her books: Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park.