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Come on, Spring! Hurry up!

21 Mar

By Mary Jo McNally

Tired of the snow and mud? Dreaming of spring?  Come into the library and look at the spring magazines.  Birds and Blooms, Country Gardens, Organic Gardening and Horticulture are all featuring spring flowers, gardening ideas and hope for days of warmth and sunshine.  The newest copies of these magazines must be enjoyed in the library, but older copies can be checked out.
Or check out our on line magazines through the Old Colony Library Network’s new digital magazine downloading service called Zinio! Get more information on Zinio here.  Organic Gardening and Country Gardens are there, as well as Garden Design and Natural Home & Garden. If you have trouble getting set up with Zinio, stop into the library and one of will help you. Once you do the initial set up, the selection and reading of magazines is all you have to do! You can read magazines on your tablet, smart phone, or computer.
Also, check out our many marvelous gardening books in the non-fiction section of the library– under the number 635. Ask any of us for help locating just what you want.

News from the Perkins School for the Blind!

20 Mar

By Toni Snee

A new digital talking book player and cassettes are available from the Braille & Talking Book Library.

The Scituate Town Library has one of the new machines and several titles available for short term loans.

The equipment is free of charge to any resident of Massachusetts who is unable to read traditional print materials.  Apply for one of the new players by calling the library at 1-800-852-3133 (TTY 617-972-7690) or email the library at:  library@perkins.org

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My favorite book of all time…

1 Mar

By Peter Struzziero

The 1st first true gothic novel ever written.  A tale of horror written 197 years ago, usually given credit as the story that gave birth to the Science Fiction genre: Frankenstein.

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Where did we come from? Where are we going? Can one person change the fate of all? Where science meets philosophy, and ethics meets imagination… dreams can meet nightmares. The mysteries of life are met, challenged, and resolved in this tale of the true horror of the humanity that can come from within. All in search of an answer to that lingering question… WHY?

Get familiar with the book that invented horror as we know it. Forget Boris Karloff, and you know that “Igor” wasn’t even a character in the book at all right? They invented that guy for the movies.

Meet Victor Frankenstein. (He almost doomed us all).

Come in and check out your copy of Frankenstein at the Scituate Town Library.

Try One of These International Mystery Authors

1 Feb

 By Susan Pope

Did you love The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? The mystery genre has been inundated with many authors from distant shores. Check out one of these authors for a new twist on intrigue.

  • Kjell Eriksson
  • Karin Fossum
  • Benjamin Black
  • Garry Disher
  • Philip Kerr

And by the way, there’s a new Mystery Book Club at the Scituate Town Library: Scituate Sleuths! Do you love a good whodunit? Need new suggestions for suspenseful authors? Join us the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., starting March 6th. To register, come in or call 781-545-8727 and ask for the Reference Desk. All are welcome!

How can I find a great book to read?

25 Jan

By Mary Jo McNally

Looking for your next great book to read?  Want to try a new author or genre?  The library has some great options to help you!

First is the magazine BookMarks: for everyone who hasn’t read everything.  They review new books, but also older books you might have missed.  Books are rated from one star (poor) to five starts (classic).  There are also authors featured with many of their works reviewed.  This title is found in the Scituate Town Library’s magazine section and back issues can be checked out.

Second is a free magazine called Book Page. This magazine reviews new books and has a few author interviews.  Book Page is published monthly and is FREE to patrons.  To find this month’s issue, and maybe last month’s if you missed it, look in the new book room.  And the new book room is always full of interesting books– no matter what your interest is.

Another source is NoveList Plus. NoveList Plus is a database where you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles. You can also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more! To use this database from outside the library, you’ll need your library card number. You can find NoveList Plus by following this link and clicking on the “N” for databases in alphabetical listing.

And last, look for the new Staff Picks display in the library! There you will find reviews of books read by the Scituate library staff and either a copy of the book or a place-keeper that you can take to the circulation desk and use to put the book on hold. Nearby is a shelf of books-you-might-have missed, selected by library staff as well!

Good luck in finding your new classic!

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

12 Jan

By Ann Lattinville

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth

Risking your life for plants and flowers? Encountering dangerous animals, deadly diseases, remote and rugged terrain? Why on Earth…? That’s just the question Anita Silvey’s book seeks to answer. Reading more like an adventure novel than a history of botanical specimen collection, this title grabs you in the very first paragraph and delivers on the promise of answering that ubiquitous question of why– why anyone would risk their life in search, of all things, plants! With its intrigue and gritty detail, this book is sure to appeal to readers young and old, whether you’re a gardener or a budding scientist. I couldn’t put it down!

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Peter’s Picks

8 Jan

By Peter Struzziero

I’m proud to announce, the official unveiling of my very own FAVORITES display. I will now (and for the foreseeable future) keep a collection of all my favorite stuff, right next to my desk. I have a cart which will display “Peters Picks”.

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2012 has come to a close, and I was less than 100 checkouts away from breaking the all time YA Record.  2013 is a whole other story though.  New YA Non-Fiction will be on display for a few months in the New Book Room when it arrives at our door. All new YA Fiction will have a chance to be on display as well, on a table next to the seating in the YA Department. Come on in and check out the new layout.

In addition to these changes, yes, my favorite stuff will be on display, and I won’t discriminate. I’ll have Books, Movies, XBOX Games, Graphic Novels, Manga, Audio Books…… you name it, all types of items will have a spot on Peter’s Picks.

Come in and check a few out today, lets start early and break the record in 2013.

Any suggestions on new things I should buy? Hey…. make a list. No seriously, make a list and bring it in. If you can make a decent argument for popular YA Materials that deserve a home in Scituate, I’ll more than likely take your advice.