BPL Blog

Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jan 09
Noah and his grandfather share a love of mathematics, fishing and other adventures, but to Grandpa, the world lately is somehow getting smaller and more confusing. His son tries to calm him when he's frustrated, but their relationship is complicated. Grandmother sometimes speaks to Grandpa with a cloud of hyacinth perfume surrounding her, but this too confuses the old man who realizes she has died, but then how..? In this novella, Backman has created a beautiful story about memory, family, love...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Jan 09
In this carefully crafted collection of short stories, Smith has created a tribute to the public library as an institution which must be carefully protected. Her first story, entitled Library, describes a writer and editor looking for a quiet place to talk, and come upon a quaint library which has been turned into a fancy restaurant. Book shelves have been replaced by chairs and tables, and the only volume is the level of conversation among diners. Her stories are interspersed with writers’ and...
Posted by JGranatino on Sun, Jan 08
  Hyperbole and a Half is a charming memoir filled with a collection of iconic comics drawn by Allie Brosh using Paintbrush giving them a poorly drawn look which was the idea. Brosh talks about pivotal events in her life and memories she has growing up in an honest and clever way. While a lot of the stories are hilarious and light she also tackles issues of depression and feeling social inept and does so in a very realistic way....
Posted by JGranatino on Fri, Dec 30
Teddy, a rescued dog, comes upon two children, Nickel and Flora, lost in the woods during a blizzard. Their mother had gone for help after their car went off the road but when she fails to return, the children venture into the storm. Teddy brings them to a secluded cabin he had shared with the Poet, Sylvan, who taught him about words. This knowledge enabled Teddy to speak, with the understanding that only poets and children would hear him. Over the next several days Teddy, Nickel and Flora...
Posted by DBarchi on Wed, Dec 28
A New Chapter Upstairs: 2nd Floor Renovation Blog December 28, 2016 A new year is fast approaching!  We are making great progress on the library construction project.  We still seem to be on target for the project to be completed in May, 2017. I am very impressed with the construction company and crew.  Where most construction sites tend to have loud radios blaring and workers often shouting back and forth to each other, the workers on our library project seem...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Dec 19
  Everything You Want Me To Be is full of twists and turns and will be the first page-turner you want to read in the new year. Hattie lives in a small town and as she comes close to the end of her high school her friends and family finally understand why she wants to leave but before she is able to pursue her dreams she is murdered. As the investigation into her death begins it is evident that Hattie was a chameleon and actress not only on stage but off as well. The story is also told...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Dec 19
Josie has had enough. Her ex-partner, more of a man-child, is getting married and wants their two kids to join him in Florida, she’s lost her dental practice and is getting sued, she grieves for the life of a young man who used to babysit her exuberant kids and later became a war casualty, not to mention dealing with the lack of support from parents from whom she liberated herself at the age of 16. Josie flees her life in Ohio, headed to Alaska in a rickety rented RV with Paul and Anna in an...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Dec 08
On October 24, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with three cookbooks by Joanne Chang. They included:       Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe (2010) Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for The Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories (2013) ...
Posted by DBarchi on Wed, Dec 07
A New Chapter Upstairs: 2nd Floor Renovation Blog December 6, 2016 The renovation is progressing smoothly. Several office areas have been framed, including the administrative offices, technical services department, and staff room. There was a nice article about the building project in the November 30, 2016 Barrington Times that covered many aspects of the project. The article emphasized how pleased we are with the work of our contractor, ADS. We are in the...
Posted by JGranatino on Mon, Nov 28
The KonMarie Method of discarding possessions and then organizing effectively what remains has received enthusiastic testimonials worldwide. Kondo is convinced that her radical approach to tidying one's home can have transformative effects upon one's life and general outlook. She advocates making discarding a dramatic "event" rather than a gradual process and gives detailed and sometimes surprising advice on storage methods and one's "relationship" with possessions. For Kondo, the ultimate...

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