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Happy and Healthy for Summer 2013!

16 Apr
Swim suit season is just around the corner! Yikes!  Before you panic check out some of the library’s magazines that will help get you in shape and eating healthier.– If you would like to catch up on what new in some sports we have Bicycling*, Golf Magazine, Runners World* and Yoga Journal*
Looking to get healthier try Health, Men’s Health*, Prevention* or Self.
Also for healthier cooking try Cooking Light or Vegetarian Times*
Then enjoy the beaches here in Scituate!  We also have paperback books for $1 inside the library that would be perfect to take to the beach!
* Denotes magazines that are available digitally through the library.

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.

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!

New Picture Books for Sharing!

31 Dec

By Toni Snee

This year I found selecting books for my 7-year old nephew a somewhat daunting task– what does a 7 year old like?  My nieces at this age were easy — Jan Brett and Alexandra Day– but boys are so different.  I listed to how much Ann Lattinville, the Children’s Librarian, laughed out loud as she cataloged some children’s book a few weeks before Christmas.  The following 4 books made the biggest impact, so I purchased copies for my nephew.

Unfortunately there was a bug going around my nephew’s school and he managed to catch it right before Christmas.  The nice thing about him being sick is he’s quiet and just wants to snuggle with anyone who’ll read to him.  In three days’ time, I had these stories memorized!

Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin

Dragons love tacos

Did you know that dragons LOVE tacos?  They love all kinds of tacos: chicken, beef, cheese, any kind.  But dragons don’t like salsa– any way, shape or form.  Read this story to see what happens when you mix dinosaurs + tacos + salsa.

I Loathe You, by David Slonim

I Loathe You

Did you know that monsters loathe each other?  Find out what happens when a young monster worries that his parents don’t loathe him enough.  According to Amazon, “unconditional loathing is monsterly love in this sweetly humorous picture book.”

Christmas Wombat,  by Jackie French

christmas wombat

In the second wombat book by Jackie French, the wombat thinks Christmas is just like any other day until she smells carrots.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, can come between this wombat and carrots–  including Santa’s reindeer.  Exhausted from fighting with the reindeer, wombat finds a cozy spot for a nap–  in the back of Santa’s sleigh– and learns that carrots are available all around the world.

I am so Handsome,  by Mario Ramos

I am so handsome 2

He’s back– the wolf from “I am so strong”–  now he wants to know who is the most handsome creature in the forest.  Apparently he didn’t learn his lesson the last time.

Each of these books is available in hardcover from the Scituate Town Library. Stop by and check one out! Or place a hold and we’ll call you when it’s available and then you can come and pick it up! Visit the online catalog to place your hold.

Best of 2012: Children’s Books Display

27 Dec

By Ann Lattinville

As you enter the children’s room, we have a small book case with a rotating display.  Sometimes we shelve craft and activity books– which we like to call “boredom busters”– and sometimes we shelve “staff picks”, or summer reading suggestions, or other thematic groupings. The list of ideas for featuring the collection is virtually endless.

We have decided that for the next few weeks the display will contain a mix of picture books, easy readers, and chapter books in fiction and nonfiction. What these books all have in common is that they have each appeared on “Best of 2012” book lists.

Best of 2012 Display 2

Not surprisingly, each of these titles are also books we have checked out to patrons and re-shelved over and over again. From Z is for Moose, by Kelly Bingham, (a perennial favorite at pre-school story time) to The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World, by Mary Losure, a fantastic work of nonfiction that reads like a mystery novel, there’s something that is sure to appeal to every one.

Both books mentioned in this post are available through the Old Colony Library Network. Scituate Town Library owns both as hardcover editions.  Abington Public Library owns The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World on audio CD! You can request it through the Old Colony Library Network by placing a hold. You can pick it up at the Scituate Town Library and return it to the Scituate Town Library when you’re done.

For a look at some of the “Best of 2012” book lists, follow these links to: School Library Journal, Booklist, or the New York Times.

Best of 2012 Display 1

Wonder, by R. J. Palacio

27 Dec

By Ann Lattinville

If you’re looking for a great book for a child in Grade 4-7, you might consider Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  The story’s central character is Auggie Pullman, an ordinary kid who has overcome some extraordinary circumstances. Born with genetic facial abnormalities, he’s had over 27 surgeries by they time the reader meets him at the beginning of the book. Auggie doesn’t dwell on that though and tells the reader up front that he’s not going to describe his birth defects, so don’t bother asking.  Instead, he moves the reader right past that to his more immediate problem: he’s been home-schooled up until the present day but his parents have decided it’s time for him to start Grade 5 at Beecher Prep!

Now he’s got to navigate the social minefield that is middle school. As you might expect, there are issues with being the kid who is “different.”  But with patient, humorous parents and a few good friends who have his back, Auggie’s story of his first year in school with other kids unfolds to a satisfying conclusion.

When I went to the schools to talk to students about summer reading ideas last spring, I brought this book. Kids immediately gravitated toward its striking cover and asked about it. At one school, a student was simply unable to contain his enthusiasm for this novel and impressed upon his peers that everyone should read this book, including grown-ups. Now that’s high praise from the fourth grade! And I heartily agree with that student.

auggie

For excellent parental observations about the book, see Maria Russo’s review in the New York Times.