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Children's Room Programing

Story Hour
Baby & Me Tuesdays @ 10 am
Toddler Time Wednesdays @ 10 am
Busy Bears Friday 8/22 @ 10 am & 8/28 @ 2 pm

Miss Rumphius Story Time 8/21 @ 1:00 pm
Pajama Story Hour 8/21 @ 6:30 pm

August's Artist of the Month: Artsakh Freedom Movement Children's Art Exhibition Series
Mountainous Flowers
     In celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Artsakh freedom movement of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, the Artsakh Fermata Arts Foundation and the Ministry of Youth and Culture of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Artsakh are happy to announce a traveling exhibit of children's drawings. There are four schools represented in this display: Astgashen Art School, Togh Art School, Village Mets Taxer, and Stepanarkt Teenage and Children's Creativity Center. The artists are 7 to 15 years old.
     The Nagorno-Karabakh Republic is a land-locked area in Azerbaijan. Please enjoy this amazing artwork on display here at the Plaistow Public Library through August!

Book Chat

We had a wonderful book chat on Wednesday, August 6th. Some of the books we discussed were:

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Hounded by David Rosenfelt
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Alphabet Mysteries by Sue Grafton
There Was an Old Woman by Hallie Ephron
Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron
The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression by John Kasson
High Tide at Noon by Elisabeth Oglivie
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

We hope to see you at our next Book Chat on Wednesday, September 24 th at 10:30 am!

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.

New Museum Pass!

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

Raven Gregg, our cataloging librarian, is now a commissioned Notary Public, offering free notary services on a limited basis.

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