Oct 26, 2011

Story Time Stuff

Well, after the Halloween Party mob, the library is still standing--but I apparently misplaced my brain. Story times start up again next week! Eeek! But before I get into that, there's a special program for little kids.

Friday, Oct. 28 at 11am--No Nightmares Story Time for Little Monsters. Halloween-themed, but not even a little bit scary. And of course, a craft afterwards. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

Ok, now into the big long drone about regular Story Times. First off: PLEASE SIGN UP. If anyone asks you about story times, tell them to SIGN UP. Just call 474-2044 or email I need to know how many crafts to prepare and it's important that each child has a seat at the table.

Story Times will run Nov. 1-25 but NO STORY TIMES ON NOV. 11 or 24--If your group is either of those days, please feel free to join the next closest age group's storytime instead for that week.

Tuesday, 10:30am. Toddlers: 1-2 year olds.
Wednesday, 3:30pm. 4-6s On Their Own: 4-6 year olds.
Thursday, 11:00am. 2s and 3s With Parents: 2-3 year olds.
Friday, 11:00am. 3s and 4s On Their Own: 3-4 year olds.

Each Story Time is different: The Toddlers group will have mostly songs and fingerplays or rhymes, with a very simple book, maybe two. Then the little ones will play while the grown-ups have coffee and tea and a little time to socialize. The 2s and 3s With Parents Story Time is slightly more advanced, with some songs and fingerplays, but we’ll also read picture books and ask a few simple questions. Instead of play time, this group will make a small craft at the end. 3s and 4s On Their Own will follow the same format, but while they’re in story time, their parents will have a chance to find their own library books or just relax. The 4-6s On Their Own group will have a couple songs or fingerplays, but most of the time will be spent reading and talking about the stories while their parents have a chance to find their own things or relax. They will also have a craft at the end.

There. I think that about covers it. See our Facebook page or click on the little pictures beside the blog for Halloween party pictures!

Great Stone Face and Turkeys!

Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6pm--Great Stone Face and Turkeys!

4th, 5th and 6th graders--come talk about the new Great Stone Face books. Have you read any of them? What did you think: junk or treasure? Diary of a Wimpy Kid prizes will be given for book reviews. You'll also get to make and eat a flock of turkeys :)

new teen books

Oct 25, 2011

Next Book Group Discussion - Blame

The Seabrook Library's Adult Book Discussion Group meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the library. November' book selection is Blame by Michelle Huneven.


Michelle Huneven, Richard Russo once wrote, is “a writer of extraordinary and thrilling talent.” That talent explodes with her third book, Blame, a spellbinding novel of guilt and love, family and shame, sobriety and the lack of it, and the moral ambiguities that ensnare us all.
The story: Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties with a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak, wakes up in jail—yet again—after another epic alcoholic blackout. “Okay, what’d I do?” she asks her lawyer and jailers. “I really don’t remember.” She adds, jokingly: “Did I kill someone?”
In fact, two Jehovah’s Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy’s driveway. Patsy, who was driving with a revoked license, will spend the rest of her life—in prison, getting sober, finding a new community (and a husband) in AA—trying to atone for this unpardonable act.
Then, decades later, another unimaginable piece of information turns up.
For the reader, it is an electrifying moment, a joyous, fall-off-the-couch-with-surprise moment. For Patsy, it is more complicated. Blame must be reapportioned, her life reassessed. What does it mean that her life has been based on wrong assumptions? What can she cleave to? What must be relinquished?
When Huneven’s first novel, Round Rock, was published, Valerie Miner, in the Los Angeles Times Book Review, celebrated Huneven’s “moral nerve, sharp wit and uncommon generosity.” The same spirit electrifies Blame. The novel crackles with life—and, like life, can leave you breathless.

new large print

Halloween Party Pictures!

Halloween Party pictures are up on the library's Flickr account and our Facebook page. My photographer (my dad!) tried to get pictures of everyone, so there's a lot to see. But if you're under five feet tall, chances are you're in there somewhere, so check them out!

new fiction

new movies

new biographies

new nonfiction