“The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah This story is an homage to the incredible courage and endurance of French women during World War II. It tells the story of two sisters Viane and Isabelle and is such an engrossing read I was hard-pressed to do much else until I finished the book. It divides the time…

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Have You Heard a Good Book Lately?

Have You Heard a Good Book Lately? I love to read.  If I didn’t have all of the usual obligations of work, home, family and hobbies, I would read all the time.  I would read fiction and nonfiction, adult and children’s books, classics and contemporary literature.  As a librarian, I am constantly exposed to new…

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“A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay

“A Head Full of Ghosts” by Paul Tremblay At the age of fourteen, Marjorie Barret undergoes a harrowing descent into acute mental illness, witnessed with horror and confusion by her eight-year-old sister Meredith, with whom she is extremely close.  While Marjorie’s mother believes that her daughter’s problems are ultimately psychological in nature and therefore medically…

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“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson. Bryan Stevenson is the executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, and a professor of law at New York University Law School. His book is a deeply moving, powerful read about the death penalty that asks “ Do we deserve to kill?” Stevenson works on social justice issues and…

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If you are a regular library patron, you may have noticed shelf markers with information about eBooks throughout the five branches of Alamance County Public Library (ACPL). ACPL has an extensive digital collection of over 1,500 eBooks available for checkout, along with digital magazines, newspaper archives and eAudiobooks. With a web-capable device and a library…

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“Mosquitoland” by David Arnold

“Mosquitoland” by David Arnold 2015 Penguin Books, 342 pages Mary Iris Malone’s life has been turned upside down. Her family has fallen apart, and her father has, in a very short amount of time, remarried and relocated Mim and her new stepmother from northern Ohio to Jacksonville, Mississippi. When Mim inadvertently learns that her mother…

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“Us” by David Nicholls

“Us” by David Nicholls Douglas Petersen is the odd man out in his family. His wife and seventeen year old son are free-spirited, risk-taking artists while he is a scientist that prefers the safety of order and predictability. In Us, the latest novel by British author, David Nicholls, we witness Douglas’ struggle to keep his…

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“I’ll Give You The Sun” by Jandy Nelson

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 371 pages, 2014, Dial Books At thirteen, twins Jude and Noah Sweetwine are completely entangled in each other’s lives. They are very different people. Jude is a daredevil who loves surfing and cliff diving. She is a social butterfly, outgoing, pretty and popular, with a great eye…

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Summer Reading Program 2015

So, what are you doing this summer? I hope your summer plans include visits to your library. Our library staff has planned a variety of fun and informative events for kids, teens, adults and families. Are your school-aged children singing the, “I’m bored” chorus yet? ACPL is coming to the rescue with “Every Hero Has…

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The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child

The Forgotten Room by Lincoln Child Doubleday Publishing, 2015 290 pages A self-designated ‘enigmalogist,’ Professor at Yale University and empath, Jeremy Logan, is invited back to Lux, one of the oldest and most respected think tanks in America, to investigate the gruesome, self-inflicted death of one of its most distinguished doctors, Dr. Willard Strachey.   Strachey…

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