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New and Coming Soon to the Library...

Our purchasing meeting was pushed back a couple of weeks, so here are some of the books we will be considering. Should we order them or pass? Let us know at library@thomastonmaine.gov or vote here!

The Dirty South by John Connolly

It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young women in Burdon County, Arkansas.

But no one in the Dirty South wants to admit it.

In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. Obsessed with avenging his lost family, his life is about to take a shocking turn.

Witness the dawning of a conscience.

Witness the birth of a hunter.

Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

A murder on the high seas. A remarkable detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

The extraordinary new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the bestselling The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in Alix E. Harrow’s powerful novel of magic and the suffragette movement.

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters — James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna — join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote — and perhaps not even to live — the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

A hacktivist and a cat café owner decode the friend zone in this romantic comedy from the author of Undercover Bromance.

Alexis Carlisle and her cat café, ToeBeans, have shot to fame after she came forward as a victim of a celebrity chef’s sexual harassment. When a new customer approaches to confide in her, the last thing Alexis expects is for the woman to claim they’re sisters. Unsure what to do, Alexis turns to the only man she trusts—her best friend, Noah Logan.

Computer genius Noah left his rebellious teenage hacker past behind to become a computer security expert. Now he only uses his old skills for the right cause. But Noah’s got a secret: He’s madly in love with Alexis. When she asks for his help, he wonders if the timing will ever be right to confess his crush.

Noah’s pals in The Bromance Book Club are more than willing to share their beloved “manuals” to help him go from bud to boyfriend. But he must decide if telling the truth is worth risking the best friendship he’s ever had.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

The highly anticipated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player Onethe “ridiculously fun and large-hearted” (NPR) near-future adventure that inspired the blockbuster Steven Spielberg film.

Chili & Chowder, Books & Bakes a Success!

 

Saturday, September 19 was an absolutely beautiful day, and we were delighted to be able to put on our fall fundraiser safely on the lawn of the library. Diane made delicious chili and fish chowder, which sold out BEFORE noon! We also had an array of amazing baked goods for sale, with many thanks to Lynda Friedrichs, Janet Dwelley, Patty McDonald, Alice Dashiell, and Janet Bosworth for donating such scrummy treats, as the Great British Bake-Off hosts would say! Oh, and let's not forget the BOOKS! So many books found loving new homes and are no longer sitting forlornly in our storage. 

We are grateful to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day with us for one of our most successful fundraisers ever!   

Time to Request Your Absentee Ballot!

 

Our most important duty as citizens is to VOTE! Many of us are planning to vote absentee this year, and the deadline to request your absentee ballot online is approaching - 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 29. Did you know you can also now check the status of your absentee ballot online? Visit here to find out more information!

New Hours Starting October 1

 

Starting October 1, we are delighted to be inching back towards our normal, pre-COVID hours and will be open to the public for the following:

Monday - Thursday: 11 AM to 5 PM
Friday: 11 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 1 PM

Curbside pickup will still be available during our open hours, and if you need to pick up your items before 11 AM, you can now request a pickup appointment between 9 AM and 11 AM, Monday through Friday! Contact us at library@thomastonmaine.gov or (207) 354-2453 for more info. Please allow at least 24 hours' notice for a morning curbside pickup appointment. 

Please note that our COVID-19 precautions, including mask-wearing while in the library and 30-minute visit limitations, remain in place. 

Library Closed Monday, October 12

 

Thomaston Public Library will be closed on Monday, October 12 in observance of Indigenous Peoples' Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, October 13 at 11 AM.

Virtual Book Clubs

Our book clubs are continuing to meet over Zoom! Email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov to be added to the email list and receive a meeting link for any of the virtual book clubs.
 

Mystery Book Club

The Mystery Book Club took a break last month because during August's meeting they were struggling to decide what to read next, and facilitator Lee Heffner supplied resources to help broaden the pool of possible authors to try and inform future discussions. The book club will meet as usual at 11 am on October 1 to discuss literary and mystery podcasts and how authors and books will be chosen for future discussions. For the November 5 meeting, they will be reading The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan. Make sure to get your interlibrary loan request in today!

 

Let's Talk About It Book Club

Let's Talk About It is continuing their new series about book-to-film adaptations with Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith and the film by Alfred HitchcockThe discussion will be at 11 am on Tuesday, October 13. Please note that because this is not an official series through the Maine Humanities Council, books will need to be requested individually through interlibrary loan. The links above will take you to MaineCat listings to request the book or film, or you can email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov for assistance. 

 

Intergenerational Book Club


IGBC will meet at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, October 20 to discuss Curious Toys by Elizabeth Hand. Also, we're continuing to gather book recommendations for next year's reading list! Email Caroline at cwardnesbit@thomastonmaine.gov for more information. 

Diane's New Additions to the Family!

On a personal note, Diane wishes to share her joy at finding these two adorable senior girls to add to her family! These sisters are 15 years old, and Puggy is on the smaller one on left and Rosie is on the right. She says they are absolutely voracious eaters, very sweet, and her other three dogs (yes, that means she now has five!) are...adjusting. 

On Display at the Library


Spooks for Every Age!


It's October, so it is time to dig in to the spooky reads! On display in the main room we have books for every age and comfort level, from the just a bit hair-raising middle grade up to the most horrifying horror for adults. Ghosts and goblins galore!


Haven't Read It, but LOVE the Cover!


We like to geek out over book cover art around here. Of course we know we're not supposed to judge the books by it (ask us about the books we love with covers that we, well, don't), but an amazing cover can certainly draw us in. In the Reading Room, we've collected a few books that we haven't gotten around to reading yet -- so many books, so little time! -- but the covers are just gorgeous! Tell us which ones you love. 

  

What We're Reading & Recommending

Diane has been getting lots of recommendations from the podcast Red Hot Chilli Writers, which has her reading more British crime fiction than ever, including this one by A. A. Dhand, Streets of Darkness. It is the first in the DI Harry Virdee series, and the publisher describes it as Luther meets The Wire. Sound intriguing? Request it today!
Caitlin just finished Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, which she says was "quirky and a fascinating commentary on the service industry." This novella was the English-language debut of one of Japan's most talented contemporary writers, who was herself once a part-time convenience store worker. She has a new book coming out in the US this month, titled Earthlings. Request Convenience Store Woman here!
Missy has been long anticipating last book in Elin Hilderbrand's Paradise series, Troubles in Paradise, which finally comes out on October 6! Join the Steeles in the Virgin Islands for the page-turning conclusion to this popular trilogy. Need to catch up? Request the first book, Winter in Paradise, or the second, What Happens in Paradise, today! Already read the first two and need your name added to the reserve list for Troubles in Paradise? Email us at library@thomastonmaine.gov!
Caroline hasn't finished her advance copy of this book yet, but the writing is SO superb and beautiful that she wanted to include it anyway since it will be officially released on October 6. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab is about a young French woman in the 18th century who makes a bargain with a devil to escape a marriage she doesn't want and live forever. The catch? She will be forgotten by everyone she meets. If you enjoyed Life After Life by Kate Atkinson or The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, you'll want to add this to your TBR. Sound good? Email us to be added to the reserve list! 
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