First day of school!

Last week was the last of our extended summer hours. I am declaring it a smash hit. Attendance averaged 24 people coming to the Library over 12 Sundays. It ranged from 10 people on 6/19 to 42 on 8/21. This is roughly comparable to the traffic we see on Wednesdays or Fridays when we are open the same hours as those Sundays. And with that we move on to the next season.
I dropped my baby off at a new school today. She was so excited to join the ranks of BIG kids. I was a bit of an anxious mess, but I tried not to let it show and now I am soothing myself by finalizing my book order for this month. We have gotten some terrific donations in as well.

  • New Fiction
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. The sequel to the popular Six of Crows. Find it at YA F BAR.
  • Night of the animals by Bill Broun. I did a semester in London during my sophomore year of college and every morning I jogged by the fences behind the London Zoo. I could not resist this novel set there. Find it at F BRO.
  • Deadline by Sandra Brown. Published in 2014, but new to us. Find it at F BRO.
  • New to-us Series! In 2004 Bernard Cornwell began what was originally called the Saxon Stories, but later became the Last Kingdom Series. He set out to write a series about the dawning of England. We just got the first six books. The tenth will be released in October so if these circulate, I’ll consider buying that one next month. These will live on the New Books shelf under F COR for the month of September.
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. She wrote Room. This one is released 9/20. Find it at F DON.
  • Leave me by Gayle Forman. Released September 6th. Find it at F FOR.
  • Good as gone by Amy Gentry. I’ve read lots of comparisons to Gone Girl. It’s about a 13 year old kidnapping victim who returns home, but family becomes suspicious that she may be an imposter. Find it at F GEN.
  • Elizabeth I by Margaret George. Having added a lot of Elizabeth books, I almost passed on this, but the reviews were so excellent I had to do it. Find it at F GEO.
  • Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham. Find it at F GRI.
  • Razor girl by Carl Hiaasen. Released September 6th. Find it at F HIA.
  • Ghost talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal. I am a sucker for a ghost book and, unfortunately, based upon the circulation when I buy them, I am alone in this in Jackson. This one is about the ‘Spirit Corps.’ They are a group of mediums during WWI. War books and mysteries do circulate, so I’m hoping that will attract. Find it at F KOW.
  • Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger. We have borrowed this series for at least three of you so I thought I would break down and buy the newest one. It releases on September 6th so get your holds in now! Find it at F KRU.
  • Northwest angle by William Kent Krueger. Published in 2011, but it’s new to us. We will keep it on the New Books Shelf for the month. Find it at F KRU.
  • Several Donna Leon books belonging to her Commissario Guido Brunetti Series. They are paperbacks and labeled NEWish under F LEO on the New Books Shelf.
  • The Queen’s Accomplice by Susan Elia Macneal. This is the sixth in the popular Maggie Hope mysteries. It will be released on October 4th, but I ordered it now so we would be sure to have it on the very first day. Find it at F MAC Bk.6.
  • How to hang a witch by Adriana Mather. Written by a descendant of Cotton Mather who was tried as a witch. Find it at YA F MAT.
  • Behold the dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Follows how the recent economic collapse affects a family of immigrants. I read the review on NPR. Find it at F MBU.
  • The forever girl by Alexander McCall Smith. Large Print. Published in 2014. Find it at F MCC.
  • Nutshell by Ian McEwan. Released September 13. Find it at F MCE.
  • The last days of night by Graham Moore. I am really looking forward to this one – the buzz is all over the librarian reviews and popular reviews as well. Edison vs. Westinghouse in a courtroom drama over who owns the copyright to the lightbulb. The hold list has already begun. Find it at F MOO.
  • Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar. Large print. Originally released in 2014. Find it at F PAR.
  • Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Released September 13. Find it at F PAT.
  • Power play by Danielle Steel. Large Print. Find it at F STE.
  • Black list by Brad Thor. Published in 2012, but new to us. It’s labeled NEWish and will be on the New Books Shelf for the month of September. Find it at F THO.
  • Hunting shadows by Charles Todd. An Inspector Ian Rutledge mystery from 2014. Find it at F TOD.
  • New Nonfiction
  • The big thing : how to complete your creative project even if you’re a lazy, self-doubting procrastinator like me by Phyllis Korkki. Find it at 153 KOR.
  • My name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody. Memoir of the daughter in Not Without My Daughter. Find it at 362.88 MAH.
  • Seeds on Ice by Cary Fowler. There is a giant global seedbank buried under a mountain in Norway. This is the nonfiction section, folks! Isn’t that fascinating? Find it at 635 FOW.
  • The Great Zentangle Book by Beate Winkler. Find it at 741.2 WIN.
  • The knitting answer book by Margaret Radcliffe. Find it at 746.43 RAD.
  • The Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The gentleman who donated it raved. He said it was a revelation and led him to a deeper understanding of what’s happening in Russia now. How could I pass? Find it at 947 SEB.
  • New in the Children’s Room
  • Little Elliot, Big Fun by Mike Curato. Find it at E CUR.
  • Lucy & Company by Marianne Dubuc. Find it at E DUB.
  • When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike by Michelle Houts. Find it at E HOU.
  • Put me in the zoo by Robert Lopshire. An oldie but a goodie! Find it at ER LOP.
  • Waylon! by Sara Pennypacker. Find it at jF PEN.
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Graphic novel. Releases September 13th. Find it at GN TEL.
  • New for Young Adults
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Find it at YA F BAR.
  • How to hang a witch by Adriana Mather. Find it at YA F MAT.
  • New Movies
  • The Congressman. Find it at DVD CON.
  • Genius. Find it at DVD GEN.
  • A hologram for the king. Find it at DVD HOL.
  • Legend. An 80s classic. Find it at DVD LEG.
  • The lobster. Find it at DVD LOB.
  • Me before you. Find it at DVD ME.
  • Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries. Find it at DVD MIS S.1.
  • Newsies. A high school favorite of mine. Find it at DVD NEW.
  • Night of the Living Deb. Set in Portland! Find it at DVD NIG.
  • New Audios
  • Area 51 by Annie Jacobsen. In addition to ghosts, I love conspiracies and government secrets. Who doesn’t? Find it at CD 358 JAC.
  • Dear Mr You by Mary-Louise Parker. The actress is also a very fine writer. I’ve ben listening in my car and finding this beautiful and honest, funny and strange. I like it. Find it at CD BIO PAR.
  • Surrender, New York by Caleb Carr. Find it at CD F CAR.
  • The whispering city by Sara Moliner. Find it at CD F MOL.
  • We Are Unprepared by Meg Little Reilly. Find it at CD F REI.

We have a few storytime faithfuls who will be going off to school instead of hanging out with Ms. Meredith. To them and to all of our students we are wishing you the very best of the school year. We hope you’ll visit the Library and let us help you on your way.

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