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An Audiobook Review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Alyssa Johnson is a children's librarian at the Wallingford Public Library. She started working at the library as a college intern in 2011, and she fell in love with the children's library and its programs and services. After she graduated from college, she went on to get her master's degree in Library and Information Science with a focus on children's librarianship so that she could come back and work at the library full time. She reads almost all genres: children's, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, contemporary, classics, mystery, biography, you name it, but historical fiction is her mainstay. The breadth of  her reading interests is on full display in the North Main Book Nook this spring, because Alyssa is one of the four staff members stocking the Staff Picks display through June. She recently finished listening to the audiobook of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, a book that was first published in May of last year and will be released in paperback on May 22nd. …

Thursday Night Book Club -- April, 2018

The Thursday Night Book Club has been reading some serious, weighty, dark and occasionally depressing novels lately. So it was with genuine glee and something approaching relief that we gathered on Thursday, April 19th to discuss Jonas Jonasson's worldwide bestselling novel The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. Allan Karlsson, the hero of The 100-Year-Old Man who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, climbs out the window of his nursing home bedroom on the day of his 100th birthday and embarks on an unplanned, unexpected and frequently hilarious journey involving, among other surprises, a suitcase filled with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly and well-educated hot-dog stand operator and an elephant named Sonya. For most people, this would be the adventure of a lifetime. But it turns out that Allan has already had an extraordinary life. Not only has he witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, he has played a role in mo…

The Right Book at the Right Time

April means many things. It means the start of baseball season. It means spring: spring gardening, spring cleaning, spring hay fever. It means warmer temperatures (or at least it's supposed to) and more light. In the Wallingford Public Library, it also means a changing of the guard on the Staff Picks Display in the North Main Book Nook. Effective April 1, we have four new staffers filling the display with their favorites books, movies and CDs. One of the librarians stocking the display this spring is Amy Humphries, the library's Assistant Director. Amy is a library institution and a treasure. She has worked at the library since she graduated from college. She started as a page, then moved to the Circulation Desk before becoming first a Reference Librarian in the library's Yalesville Branch and then Assistant Director. Amy says that libraries have always made sense to her because she likes order in her life. She also says that she evaluates a book the same way she drinks w…

Matthew Quick Visits Wallingford

Photo by Ross Mortensen: Choate Rosemary Hall
In the December 2017 issue of the library's monthly newsletter WORDS, which arrived in library members' mailboxes and email inboxes on December 1, the library announced that it was launching the first ever One Book One Wallingford event. That was followed by the weekly release of a series of hints about the 2018 One Book One Wallingford book and its author. On January 10th, a large crowd (which included Mayor Dickinson) gathered in the library for the Big Reveal of our 2018 One Book One Wallingford selection, The Reason You're Alive by Matthew Quick. Since then, a lot has been going on. Groups have gathered to learn about both the political and the military history of the Vietnam War. Five local Vietnam vets spoke in a panel setting about their experiences in and after the war. There was a discussion about PTSD at the Andrew Mellon Library at Choate Rosemary Hall. Wallingford pastor Rev. Mike Brunjes hosted two discussion sessi…