Summer Reads for Adults Contest

Remember our ongoing Summer Reads for Adults contest. Submit a list of the books that you have read from Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 31 – Sept. 6) with any interesting comments or recommendations on September 7. We will post as many entries as possible to illustrate the diversity of our summer reading. Again, the winner will receive a free book plus a book journal!

NB The Book Whisperer has been disqualified from entry so you have a good chance at winning!

Volunteers Wanted!

The Rochester Public Library and the Friends of RPL are looking for creative volunteers who would be interested in archiving/scrapbooking newspaper articles for our historical records. This is a great opportunity for you to use your talents and really help us out! It would require perhaps once a month to keep us up to date, after the initial catch up.
And there are great people to work with!
Did we mention the free parking?

Please see Gail or Marilyn in the administration office.

Friends’ Bookstore PB article

Carlie Ruffalo, in her Teen Voices column (Library ‘Friends’ enrich the community) in the Post Bulletin wrote a delightful story about the Friends of the Rochester Public Library in the July 21, 2010 edition. She highlighted our Second Saturday Sales, volunteering in the bookstore and the wonderful donations which contribute to the library and to the Friends’ sales. In addition, she discusses the RACE exhibition and many of the benefits of volunteering. Check out this article!

Book Clubs

One of my ‘other’ / ‘many’ book clubs met today, during which our primary goal was to discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal Vegetable Miracle, (2007) about her year of living off the land, their farm in southern Appalachia. We had a good discussion about our local attempts at healthy eating, good food, sources, farmers markets, our own gardens, but also awareness and the role that each of us plays in influencing others. This was the second time reading AVM for me and I enjoyed it more than the first perusal. I was disappointed then that her facts were out of date (2000 instead of 2005 or 7), that so many people wouldn’t relate (would you grow 1000lbs of tomatoes?) and with comparison to Michael Pollan’s book Omnivore’s Dilemma it seemed lacking. I liked the personal style, adored her youngest daughter’s chicken affair, admired her oldest daughter’s columns, recipes and advice. I hoped then and now that teenagers would relate to these aspects as well. I love almost all of Kingsolver’s books, especially Small Wonder and Prodigal Summer. Just discovered I had missed one, a nonfiction book about virgin lands in the USA. I will have to find that and was disappointed to learn our library doesn’t have it. The hunt is on.

AVM stands the test of time now too – five year later and I read it for its history, descriptions, curiousities, and for reading my notes/stars from my first reading! There are so many laugh out loud moments, but a number of “I wonder if they are still doing that? I wonder if that restaurant is still in business, I wonder if the food coop is still going, I wonder how the chickens are doing, how the ‘children’ have grown?”…. This is more of a memoir for me, a time capsule. She was also just awarded the Orange Prize for Literature in Britain (June 2010) for her latest novel Lacuna. I haven’t had a chance to read that, but know it is in the pile awaiting another free moment. Her interviews on NPR recently have also been delightful.

I am grateful that this book is still being read, that the discussions are being furthered, that awareness continues. We have such along way to go in our global consciousness. I highly recommend all of Michael Pollan’s books – the botany of desire, second nature, omnivore’s dilemma and food rules. Enjoy! See you at the Farmer’s Market.

A Celtic Evening – Fundraiser for Rochester Public Library

Save the Date! A Celtic Evening/Whisky Tasting event is planned for November 30, 2010. This event is a fund-raiser for the Rochester Public Library  through the Foundation and Friends. For more information or to register, visit the Foundation web page.

For our online registrants only, further incentive to sign up for the early bird registrations. In July, the first 25 people to register will be included in a random draw to win a bottle of Tomatin Highland whisky.

Book Clubs

Bluestocking Monarda in my garden

Please send in your comments about your bookclub (s) of what you are reading now. One of my book clubs (the BBC – for Bluestocking Book Club, or Bas Bleu Club, or Brunch Book Club, depending on origin) met yesterday (at Jaspers so someone else does the cooking and cleaning, but it is a delightful atmosphere with good food), and as always we discussed books. Not just any books, but books that you finish reading and simply MUST share with someone. Especially someone you know likes that author or that genre.
I loved seeing a Friends’ face when I laid my copy of The Whisperer by John Connolly on her place setting. She was in need of the next good read, and travelling soon. She was also the person who introduced me to Harlan Coban, in the Friends’ Bookstore, as we exchanged if you like him, read this! We passed around multiple copies of the Ariana Franklin Mistress of the Art of Death series. There was much discussion about the new Alexander McCall Smith series, while some were also catching up on his previous novels and series. New poetry suggestions, one of our friends is on the COVER of a new book, as her husband did a stunning photograph. It is rather mysterious but very beautiful. Now I need to buy that book too!
I am into reading nonfiction at the moment, with historical writing in New England my next work topic. As I was trying to sleep last night I was thinking I really needed something lighter to read, to ease the sleep process!
So = any and all book recommendations will be appreciated. I will be in the Bookstore today to have a look at new titles/acquisitions and will describe some of the best for you later!
Continue that Summer Reading and remember the Friends Reading Contest, creating alist of what you are reading – free books!

NPR Mystery list

Helen McIver thought you would be interested in this NPR story: Killer Thrillers Finalists: The Complete List
(this was an email from their website).
I just had to share this list of 100 mysteries that are being voted on for the top 10mysteries! OK, they are missing a few of my all time favourites (where is John Connolly, Thomas Perry, Robert Louis Stevenson?!!) but this list has sent me to the library with great anticipation! Hope you enjoy the reading!
I have returned from weeks away and have two boxes of books waiting for me (thank heavens for shipping!) as well as a camera full of photos (many of book titles, reading ideas, literary possibilities)and so much more. This will be a busy blog week as I sort through everything, with internet access to share!

Summer reads, John Connolly

Read nine of the books on my Kindle list and loved them. Now heading for the John Connolly new book The Whisperers…can’t recommend unless you have read the others in this Charlie Parker PI series. I have thoroughly enjoyed them all, shared them with many, and have had reciprication, with the arrival of this new book in my post box!!! A dear friend sent this to me, to read while I was in New England. I was actually avoiding reading it here because it is bound to be scary, I would have to have all the lights on in the house, and would probably end up depressed (Well, the book would be finished until the next one, another year or two, and the human race doesn’t always come off well, e.g. these are all too real books.). I am about to start reading though! It is a dilemma, as I can’t finish it tonight and do I really want nightmares? He writes about places I love, with people I recognize. And there are a few restaurants that he comments on, that really ARE worth finding! My mouth is watering for those lobster rolls, and a good pint.