BPL Blog

Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 09
directorsnotebook: Director’s Notebook April, 2009 There are few events in history that have generated so much writing, analysis, film, and commentary as World War II, and in particular that horrific event known as the Holocaust.  It is very painful to read of the struggles of Jews and others caught up in the maelstrom of Nazi propoganda and violence, yet often books on WWII and the Holocaust are inspiring rather than depressing. Such is the case of Suite Francaise by Irene...
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Apr 07
April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate by reading, listening to, or writing a poem! Here’s a great place to get started: Poetry Everywhere, featuring Garrison Keiller and a host of wonderful poets reading their work.
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Apr 02
Our library subscribes to over 150 periodicals, many of which may be checked out so they can be enjoyed at home.  Whatever your interest, you will likely find a magazine that suits it.  For example, do-it-yourselfers may like ‘This Old House’, 'Home Power’, 'Fine Woodworking’ or 'Family Handyman’.  Cooks might check out issues of 'Bon Appetit’, 'Cook’s Illustrated’, 'Everyday Food’, 'Fine Cooking’, or 'Food and Wine’. Lots...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Mar 26
Catch the wave - free wireless access at the Barrington Public Library through the Tsunami wireless network.  Most laptops are compatible, so come and do some e-coasting any time the Library is open: Monday - Thursday 9 AM-9 PM; Friday and Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM and Sundays 1 - 5 during the school year. 
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Mar 24
Event NotebookMarch 2009Did We Say More Movies?Oh, yes, we did. I hope to see you there all summer long.Wil GregersenCommunity Services Librarian
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Mar 19
                                                                     NEW WOMEN’S FICTION BOOKLIST A short definition of women’s fiction might be: stories about women’s lives, for women readers, and (with a handful of exceptions) by women authors. In general, the books most frequently considered women’s fiction feature a woman protagonist on an emotional journey of self-discovery and/or empowerment. Very occasionally, this relationship-centered story features a man or a boy as the...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Mar 16
Wanted:  book collectors who will volunteer to help the Friends of the Barrington Library sell some of their more valuable donations online.  All proceeds will benefit the library.  For more information, contact the library director at 247-1920, ext. 305 or email director@barringtonlibrary.org
Posted by JDavanza on Fri, Mar 13
Now starring in the book stacks - flyers describing free databases library patrons can access at home.  These include Auto Repair, Home Improvement, Small Engine Repair, Health, Heritage Quest, databases for Magazines, Newspapers and General Information, as well as a database that helps readers find fiction and nonfiction titles to read for enjoyment.  To locate these flyers, ask at the Reference Desk or go to your favorite area in the collection and take a look. 
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Mar 10
Wil Gregersen and I have just completed our first discussion group for Reading Across Rhode Island (RARI) on Ron Carlson’s book “Five Skies”.  For those who are interested in learning some of what author Ron Carlson thinks about when he sits  down to write his books, follow the link below. It will connect you to a streaming video of a recent interview I had with Ron for the RI Library cable show,  LTV.   I think you will find it offers a very intriguing peek into a gifted writer’s mind!   ...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Mar 09
ComicsMarch 2009Weird DiscoveryIt was quite the surprise. I was reading Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan by Chip Kidd, and again, I ran into the Monkey King!Bat-Manga! is a collection of Batman comics from 1966-67 that were written and drawn by Jiro Kuwata, a manga master according to book’s dust jacket. I read about the book in The New York Times Book Review and thought it would be a good addition to the Library’s graphic fiction collection because it shows...


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