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December 17, 2007

To Kill a Mockingbird is our 2008 community-wide book

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This year the Library received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts Big Read program for a community-wide read of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. We are partnered with UMass Boston’s Healey Library and WUMB-FM, Newburyport Literary Association, and the Silver Lake School and Gallery in the grant. Our events will include a visit by Charles Shields, author of Mockingbird, the biography of Harper Lee. We will also focus on North Attleboro in the ’30s with a music of the ’30s event. Other activities are still in the works.

We are encouraging groups around town to participate in book discussions. We will provide guides courtesy of the NEA. If anyone has ideas for other programs, please contact Maggie at the library.

Visit our Books Open Doors home page to keep up with the latest.

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December 5, 2007

Romance suggestions

Filed under: Favorite Books,romance books — rmlblog @ 3:58 pm
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There are new romance writers and romance genres coming along every year. We don’t have the space to collect or even store all authors so we would like your help in deciding which authors and genres are the most popular. Do you like contemporary like Jennifer Cruisie? Historical like Jane Feather? Vampire romance? Western romance? Gentle romances?

Audiobook Reviews

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Audiobooks are a growing part of our circulation. Which books have you found particularly good? Who are your favorite readers?

Best of Masterpiece Theater

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In February ’07 Masterpiece Theater had a show that showed the most popular series they’ve ever run. Here is a clickable list for you to place holds throught the system. (Thanks to Susan for writing down the titles!)


Upstairs Downstairs
Forsyte Saga
I Claudius
Bleak House
Prime Suspect especially the last show which isn’t available yet
Jewel in the Crown
Poldark (at least 2 series are in the system)
House of Cards
Reckless
Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders
Wives and Daughters
Jeeves and Wooster

Music Suggestions

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We have a growing selection of music cds in a variety of styles and categories. If there is a particular artist or title you would like us to purchase, please leave a comment or call Maggie at the Library.

Looking for Program Ideas

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We are always looking for new programs that our patrons would like to attend. If you have any particular program in mind, or know of a speaker/presenter that you would like the library to sponsor, please leave a comment or call Maggie at the library.

Playaway: Listen while you work, or play, or travel, or wait

Filed under: audiobooks,travel — rmlblog @ 3:32 pm

The newest technology in audiobooks is a system called Playaway. Essentially it is a small — think tic-tac box–electronic gadget that has an entire book stored in its memory. Just plug in your own earphones and put the gadget in your pocket and you’re ready to listen while you work, travel, wait in line, do the dishes — whatever. Our circulation director, Ellen, is finding them perfect to listen to as she does her chores at home. With two busy children, it’s hard to fit in time to read, so this way she can listen to new books.

The easiest way to see which titles are available in playaway format is to search in iBistro by typing in playaway.

December 4, 2007

Jane Austen Books and Discussion

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Jane Austen is my “comfort” read, listen-to, and watch! And I know I’m not the only one. There has been a slew of new Jane Austen related books as well as the new Being Jane movie (which I, for one, am boycotting — but we will probably buy for the library.)

Library Journal just published an article about the Jane Austen phenomenon.

And I’ve updated our list of Jane Austen sequels and spin-offs into a brochure with descriptions. I’m including a linkable list here. I’d love to hear from people about which versions they have liked. The Pamela Aiden series is quite good (although it needs a good proofreader) and I’ve already read it twice. I did not care for the Alexandra Potter book, but I did finish it which is more than I can say about Darcy’s diary. I just re-listened to Sense and Sensibility and realized that I don’t really like it. The secondary characters aren’t as fun as those in Pride and Prejudice or Emma. Which is your favorite Austen?

Pride and Prejudice Sequels and Spinoffs

Sense and Sensibility Sequels and Spinoffs

Emma Sequels and Spinoffs

  • A Visit to Highbury: Another View of Emma by Joan Austen-Leigh Also Later Days at Highbury.
  • Jane Fairfax: Jane Austen’s Emma, Through Another’s Eyes by Joan Aiken

Mansfield Park Sequels and Spinoffs

Persuasion Sequels and Spinoffs

Featuring Jane Austen

Other Austen-related novels

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