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North Main Book Nook Staff Picks Display

In this second blog post describing the themed displays in the North Main Book Nook, we turn to the Staff Picks display.  Unlike the earlier "Staff Favorites" display which used to be located between the main computer area and the teen area, and which was filled by all Wallingford Public Library staff members as the mood struck, this Staff Picks display is filled with books chosen by four specific WPL staffers on a rotating three-month basis.  

Each of the four is responsible for keeping one quadrant of the octagonal display fully stocked with reading favorites.  Here is a blog message from Programming Librarian Julie Rio, one of the four library staffers in the current Staff Picks rotation:
Greetings and Salutations! My name is JulieRio and I am the Adult Programming and Community Services Librarian at the Wallingford Public Library. During this quarter of the year, I am one of the staff members whose favorite books are being highlighted in the Staff Picks display in the L…

Thursday Night Book Club -- April, 2017

On April 20th, the Wallingford Public Library Thursday Night Book Club met to discuss our April book, Colm Toibin's Brooklyn. Set in the early 1950s, Brooklyn is the story of Eilis (pronounced AY-lish) Lacey, a young woman who immigrates to New York City from Enniscorthy, Ireland.  In elegant, unadorned prose, the novel describes the struggles Eilis faces and the small, quiet ways she comes into her own.

We spent most of the meeting talking about Eilis herself, about her sheltered life in Ireland and about how each of us felt about her experiences in Brooklyn, both the choices she made, and the ones that were made for her.  Many people were struck by how naive Eilis was when she first arrived, and we talked a fair bit about the subtle ways Toibin shows us Eilis' slow and steady growth. Several of the book club participants have parents or grandparents who immigrated to New York from Ireland or from Italy, where Eilis' boyfriend Tony and his family are from, and they share…

Agatha Christie

No, Agatha Christie did not just publish a new book!  Even for her, that would be quite a feat.  But those who love mysteries, especially classic who-done-its, understand that Agatha Christie is the queen of the genre.  On Friday, the New York Times published this article by Radhika Jones, who writes with affection about her reading and re-reading of many of the Agatha Christie classics. Reading the article made me think about my own love of Agatha Christie and about how much I remain in awe of  her talent and creativity.

Agatha Christie was born on September 15th, 1890 and died on January 12th, 1976. She wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections.  She also wrote The Mousetrap, the world's longest running play, and six romance novels under the name Mary Westmacott.  In 1971 she was made a Dame for her contributions to literature.

According to Guinness World Records, Agatha Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. It is estimated that over 2 billion copie…

North Main Book Nook #Trending Display

The North Main Book Nook currently has five themed book displays.  This blog post is about one of the five displays, which we've called #Trending.  The purpose of this display is to highlights books in our collection that speak to an issue that is trending in our community, in our state, in our country or in the world.

What's fun about this display is that the topic can change on a dime.  Given the attention paid last week to the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, we decided that our first #Trending display would be filled with books relating to the Supreme Court.  The display contained biographies of several Supreme Court Justices, as well as novels with a focus on the Supreme Court and other books providing insight into the workings of the Court.

But as the outcome of the deliberations on Gorsuch became clear, and we learned about the bombings in Syria, the contents of the #Trending display shifted rapidly.

The current display focuses on Syria and includes books touching on Syr…

Spring New Releases

New books are released every Tuesday of the year, more or less.  Some Tuesdays have bigger new releases than others, but each week, a stack of new books hits the shelves.  There are numerous resources for tracking new releases by week, or by month, or by genre, or by topic (some of which are highlighted on the Your Next Read bulletin board in the North Main Book Nook, which will be the subject of a future blog post).  But often, articles lump new book releases together by season.  And as it is spring, there are several pieces highlighting the most exciting or most discussed new books coming out over the course of the next three months.

On April 1st, The Washington Post provided one such list.  Entitled "38 Books We Can's Wait to Read This Spring," it is a wonderful list that covers both non-fiction and fiction, across a wide range of genres.  Take a look and tell us which of these books you're most excited to read!

North Main Book Nook

The next time you visit the library, come check out our new North Main Book Nook!  We've redesigned the space where the Express Books and Express DVDs used to sit into a series of book displays across different themes and reading interests.  Every book in the display is available to be checked out and enjoyed.  Books currently on display cover current topics, featured authors, book club favorites, popular books from the recent and not-so-recent past and piles of favorites books chosen by individual members of our library staff.  Future blog posts will discuss each of these themed displays in more detail, but for now, we're just excited to have this new space where we can share some of our favorite books and get ideas from you about books you'd like to see in future North Main Book Nook displays.

Express Books are now housed in the New Book section of the library, and Express DVDs are on the countertop to the right of Circulation.

Take a look and let us know what you think…