Tag Archives: Books

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.


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!

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!


More gift book ideas for children

5 Dec

By Ann Lattinville

Small and Tall Tales of Extinct Animals by Helene Rajcak and Damien Laverdunt
This book is a quintessential gift book: it’s over-sized, it’s beautiful, and it’s a topic that perennially fascinates budding scientists.  Extinct animals from all over the globe are featured in this book as the author presents scientific facts alongside myths about each one. Adults and children alike will enjoy spending time examining the details of the drawings as they learn about the passenger pigeon and the giant moa, among other animals.
A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson
From the author and illustrator pair who brought you Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo comes a new and equally wonderful book: A Gold Star for Zog.  Zog tries really hard at all his endeavors at dragon school but he always manages to get a bump or bruise. Lucky for him, each time he needs help, a young girl appears and knows just what to do. You have to read it to find out if Zog gets his gold star– and to find out more about the helpful girl!  Told in rhyme, this one is sure to delight a variety of youngsters.

Need a gift for a special kid in your life?

3 Dec

By Ann Lattinville

Try one of these great books!

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick

Imagine having enough siblings to form your own baseball team! That was exactly the case for the amazing members of the Acerra family. Twelve of the sixteen children formed a winning semi-pro baseball team and played throughout the 1930s, 1940s and into the 1950s.  This true story,  told by author Audrey Vernick, is beautifully illustrated by Stephen Salerno with vintage-inspired artwork.  Perfect for a family story time read aloud, Vernick’s prose is warm and engaging. This book is sure to delight baseball fans in any sized family!


Becoming a Ballerina: a Nutcracker Story by Lise Friedman

Do you know someone who loves to dance? Then this book with its splendid photography is for that child. Becoming a Ballerina focuses on a young dancer playing the role of Clara for the first time. While the topical focus is the Nutcracker, making it perfect for the holidays, the glimpse into the backstage world a ballet production also makes it a perfect choice for year round enjoyment. I know I would have loved this book as a young dancer myself.