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Marjay's Blog- The "Can't Let Go" Bookshelf

This week I am reading Chris Bohjalian’s new book, Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.  I have to say that it is creepy, scary, poignant and wonderful all at once.  I like his books; because of all the information and care he takes with his characters.  Often, at the beginning of the book, you think you believe one thing. You hear from everyone and by the end of the story when you have seen all sides you realize everything is gray.  Just shades of gray.  No black. No white. Some darker, some lighter, but all still gray. 

The reason I like this book so much is that is shows the simultaneously pain of cutting, homelessness, nuclear accidents and the starkness of the poetry by Emily Dickinson.  How he melded the four items together is what makes him so good at his craft. I have to admit as I have read further into the novel I have slowed down.  I am afraid for the conclusion.  The main character is in trouble and it is getting deeper. If she is writing, you think she may be okay, but it is still pretty murky. Sometimes I like Chris Bohjalian’s books just because they make me feel. Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale and Hillary Jordan’s book, When She Woke gave me the same feelings as Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands.  All mixed up inside, all jumbled and all emotional. Perhaps it is because they all are dystopic.

But I have not finished the book, so I guess I cannot safely draw that conclusion – yet.   But no matter how it ends, I already know it is a book that is going to stick with me for sometime.  I can already add it to the "can’t let go” bookshelf.  There are other authors are on this shelf too.  Jodi Piccoult, Kristen Hannah, and Diane Chamberlain to name a few.  Each has their own way of bringing you into a story and allowing you to live in the characters so that you are all mixed up inside with them. I will now add Chris Bohjalian’s new book is Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands to them.

Some of my "can’t let go” books:

Chris Bohjalian’s books - The Double Bind and The Sandcastle Girls

Jodi Piccoult’s books - My Sister’s Keeper and Nineteen Minutes

Kristen Hannah’s books – Home Front and Winter Garden

Diane Chamberlain’s books – Necessary Lies and The Midwife’s Confession

Karen White’s books – Learning to Breathe and The Lost Hours

Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale

Hillary Jordan’s book, When She Woke

Dianne Dixon’s book,  The Language of Secrets

* Jodi Piccoult has a new book coming out this year too called Leaving Time.


Critters and Creatures
Tuesday, July 22 @ 4:00 PM
We're getting "WILD" in the library!

Join us for an exciting and engaging visit from Critters and Creatures
on Tuesday, July 22nd @ 4:00 p.m.

Mona will bring some "special" animal friends for a"Wild" show called "Element of Surprise: Animal Defenses". Find out about quills, bristles, stinky glands, camouflage and more! Come join the fun!!
All Ages.  Guests invited!

Please register for this program.

**Earn 1 raffle ticket for participating in this program

Book Bunch
Monday, July 21 @ 3:30 PM

Join Miss Jenn for Book Bunch on Monday, July 21st.  This book club is for children in grades 3-4.  We will share the  heartwarming story about a gorilla named, Ivan.  Discussion, Activities, and a snack

**Earn a raffle ticket for participating in this program

New Museum Pass!

July Artist of the Month- Jessica Henry Davis


July's artist of the month is Jessica Henry Davis! Jessica's paintings are described as "Classically Impressionistic," maintaining the discipline of her classical training while embracing the fun and excitement of contemporary impressions, splashing, and scraping. Jessica's technique is truly interesting as she will often have music echoing throughout her studio as she splashes and whips the brushes full of color in carefully planned sections of the canvas, creating unique expressions.

Her experience spans over twenty-five years and exhibits the life and vitality of a relaxed and laid-back style while not sacrificing integrity or discipline. Jessica's work is shown and sold from coast to coast. She is a nationally award-winning artist and is sought after as an artist as well as an instructor.


Check out Jessica's artwork on display through July!


This program is for adults too!


Book Chat

We had a great book chat today! We discussed our favorite books and authors from our childhood. Our favorite books were:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Silver Chief Dog of the North by Jack O'Brien
Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein
Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
The Tower Treasure by Franklin W. Dixon
Our favorite authors were:
Anna Quindlin
Maeve Binchy
Jacqueline Mitchard
Elisabeth Ogilve
Herman Wouk

We hope to see you at our next Book Chat on Wednesday, July 23rd at 10:30 am!


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NEW Museum Pass Policy

Patrons from Plaistow can check out museum passes from the Atkinson Public Library and the Sandown Public Library . However, patrons cannot reserve museum passes from these libraries ahead of time. Plaistow patrons are allowed to pick-up passes in-person after 10AM on the same day of use.



Library Now Offering Notary Services

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Please call (382-6011) prior to your visit to confirm that she will be available.
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