National Poetry Month

Enrich your lives with poetry during April, which is National Poetry Month, and during this time of collective hibernation. You can enjoy the magic of poetry from a variety of online resources!

You can sign up to receive A Poem a Day to be delivered to your email from Knopf Poetry here.

Poets.org also has the option for a poem-a-day sent to your email account if you sign up, or, you can read the daily poem on their website found here. Poets.org is sponsored by The Academy of American poets and has lots of poetry to browse and listen to in addition to the Poem a Day program.

The Poetry Foundation is “an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.” As such, they have a large collection of searchable poetry, as well as browseable by theme or era.

The Library of Congress celebrated National Poetry Month in 2015 by launching their Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature, and have continued to grow their collection since.

Open Culture has a large collection of free, downloadable eBooks which includes poetry classics.

Poet’s House is a poetry library in lower Manhattan, and “is a comfortable, accessible place for poetry—a library and meeting place which invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry.” They are now offering many of their programs online.

We hope you’ll celebrate with us by enjoying some poetry this month.

 

Resources for Educators

Dog in glasses in front of magazine

Updated 5/7/20

 

We will be updating this post regularly as new resources become available that may be of use to educators, including those parents who have recently had to take on the role of educator in their own home. We will be posting only those resources offered for free during this crisis. However, these resources are provided by sources outside of the library, and may change according to the providers wishes. We hope that this list will be helpful to educators and parents during these difficult times. You may also like to check out our post on resources geared towards kids, or this one geared towards adults, both of which include more educational as well as entertainment resources.

 

Our History & Genealogy Center collects primary and secondary sources that document New Jersey and American history, including photographs, postcards, maps, archival material, rare books, and prints. Thousands of items are available online for use by educators, students, and others. Those researching their family histories can also access many genealogical databases from home; some require a current library card, which Morristown & Morris Township residents may apply for here.  


Brightly

From Brightly: “Life is full of new and unexpected changes right now—and if you’re a parent or caregiver, those changes can include suddenly having to homeschool and provide childcare. To help you navigate your day-to-day, our friends at Brightly have put together educational resources and engaging activities so there’s always something to keep your kids occupied. Whether you’re looking to keep them focused on learning, just need some peace and quiet, or a little of both, we’re here for you. And together, we’ll get through this.” Outside Provider.


Infobase

Infobase is currently offering free access to its products for our patrons through 6/30/20. These include a wide range of educational resources, including Mailbox School & District, which is described as: “With The Mailbox® School & District, your entire institution has unlimited, simultaneous access to this trusted classroom and activity resource. Make learning fun while teaching core skills with thousands of worksheets, crafts, forms, songs, games, graphic organizers, patterns, clip art, cards, and more for prekindergarten to grade 6. All content is created by teachers for teachers and is editor-reviewed, and new content is added regularly.” 

You can access all of these resources through 6/30/20 by logging in: the Username and Password to log in are both MAINlib.


Khan Academy is a nonprofit, with a digital library created by experts which provides trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons that cover math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Outside Provider.

 


Learning Revolution is hosting a series of webinars running through April and May that are free to attend, and focus on the changing aspects of online learning. You do need to register for a free account with them to attend. You can read more about their goals and interests on their home page, and see if their webinars could help you out in this world of rapidly changing education techniques. From their website: “The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping when, where, and from whom we learn–and even how we think about learning. As the boundaries of these learning worlds increasingly overlap, we believe these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.” Outside Provider.

 


MacKids for Schools & Library

MacKids is working to help you and your readers transition to working and learning from home. Their website includes teacher guides and a plethora of resources, such as activity and discussion guides, book recommendations and presentations, author interviews, and more!

Macmillan also released this statement: “Want to read-aloud to your readers over video on social media? Please do! Macmillan wants to support teachers, librarians, and parents as they work to keep their students and children engaged with reading and learning via virtual classrooms and other forms of remote learning. During this emergency and when their schools are closed, we have no objection to: (1) teachers and librarians live streaming or posting videos reading our children’s books to their students, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis and (2) authors live streaming or posting videos reading their children’s books, provided it is done on a noncommercial basis. We ask that all educators, librarians and booksellers please notify us when you post or stream a story time or read-aloud video or live event. Please follow the official guidelines for using Macmillan content in media here.” Outside Provider.


NCFL logo The National Center for Families Learning has “developed a collection of free online learning resources for families to engage with together at home.” You can view their free resources here. Outside Provider.

 

 


New York City School Library Services LogoThe New York City School Library System has created a libguide focusing on Children’s eBooks that discuss and teach about the COVID-19 virus. There are books in both English and Spanish. You can view their libguide here. Outside Provider.

 


OpenCulture has compiled a wide variety of free online resources. They have a collection of free audiobooks, ebooks, and educational lessons ranging across the spectrum including language learning. Their resources span a wide variety of interests, from entertaining to educational, from indie movies to art and image resources.  Whether you are a student looking for online resources, or just looking for free content you can watch or read from home, check them out! Outside Provider.

 


Quirkbooks

Quirkbooks has released guidelines for using their books to read to children via online platforms during this crisis. Outside Provider.

 


Scholastic

Scholastic is providing many resources for free during this time, some are perpetually free and others are currently free, with free access set to expire on April 20th, 2020. For a full list of their resources and login credentials, please see this PDF released by Scholastic. Outside Provider.

 


Simon Kids

From Simon Kids: “As you navigate learning at home with your children, we are pleased to share our resources with you. Simon & Schuster has many curriculum guides and reading group guides for educators, as well as kid-friendly activities, that may prove useful to you at this time.” Outside Provider.

Kids Resources to Use From Home

Latest update: 5/7/20

The Library subscribes to resources you can use from the comfort of your own home, and many of them are also working with us to bring you more remote resources during these difficult times. Below are some of our resources to help keep you and your family entertained while the Library is closed to the public. We will be updating this list as necessary. You can also always check out the Kids Educational Games page for more resources to entertain your little ones.

There are various additional although temporary resources becoming available from outside providers during this difficult and largely home-bound time. While we will list those resources that may be of interest to our patrons on this page, we will also note that they are an “outside provider” at the end of the description so you will be able to tell which resources are of this temporary variety, and not controlled by the Library itself.

 

Our very own Children’s staff is releasing online story time videos on our brand new YouTube channel! To start us off, we have Miss Arlene in a Butterfly Story Time (featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek) and an Owl Story Time (featuring Whoops! written by Suzi Moore and illustrated by Russell Ayto and Good Night Owl written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli), as well as Miss Rachel in a continuing series of The Hobbit Read Aloud. All Story Time videos also include a craft that we hope you can enjoy at home! We will continue adding to this channel while we remain closed, and hope that they will provide some comfort and entertainment! We are very thankful to all the Publishers who are generously allowing their titles to be used in video and streaming format during this time of quarantine.

 


Brightly Storytime has a collection of YouTube storytime videos for kids, as well as a live storytime every day at 2pm EST on their Instagram page. Listen along as Ms. Linda reads some of your favorite stories like The Snowy Day and Uni the Unicorn. From a beloved llama who’s learning to read to the trouble-making Dylan the Villain, these episodes introduce a host of new characters, familiar faces, loveable animals and more. Made for bite-sized listening anytime you and your little one have a few minutes to spare for a great story. Outside Provider.

 


Infobase Video on Demand: For Kids

Infobase is currently offering free access to its products for our patrons through 6/30/20. These include The World Almanac for Kids and the aforementioned Video on Demand Just for Kids.

You can access all of these resources through 6/30/20 by logging in: the Username and Password to log in are both MAINlib.


Junior Library Guild eBooks

Junior Library Guild (JLG) is now offering their Elementary, Middle School and High school ebooks free for your use. Your home-bound students can click to their hearts’ content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available. To use this resource, visit this login screen, and enter one of the following login credentials, based on the reading level you would like to view. Outside Provider.

Elementary Level
Username: JLGELM
Password: JLGFREE

Middle Grade Level
Username: JLGMID
Password: JLGFREE

High School Level
Username: JLGHI
Password: JLGFREE


Kanopy Kids

Kanopy is a digital streaming service that includes feature films, TV shows, documentaries, and collections for kids. You can sign up with your library card and get started right from home. Our patrons receive 6 “play credits” a month.

 


Khan Academy is a nonprofit, with a digital library created by experts which provides trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons that cover math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. It’s all free for learners and teachers. Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Outside Provider.

 


NCFL logo The National Center for Families Learning has “developed a collection of free online learning resources for families to engage with together at home.” You can view their free resources here. Outside Provider.

 

 


New York City School Library Services LogoThe New York City School Library System has created a libguide focusing on Children’s eBooks that discuss and teach about the COVID-19 virus. There are books in both English and Spanish. You can view their libguide here. Outside Provider.

 


 
PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. Choose from over 1,000 articles across 5 subjects: animals, biographies, science, social studies, and dinosaurs. Outside Provider.
To log in, visit www.pebblego.com  and click “Sign In” and use the following credentials:
  • Username: engaged
  • Password: learning
 
PebbleGoNext is the next step in research for students in grades 3-6. PebbleGoNext is carefully aligned curriculum objectives in its science, social studies, biographies modules. The database is simple to navigate and offers a variety of downloadables to inspire critical thinking. Outside Provider.
To log in, visit www.pebblegonext.com and click “Log In” and use the following credentials:
  • Username: engaged
  • Password: learning
 
The perfect Capstone Interactive eBook is waiting for you! Choose from different subjects, genres and levels to find just the right book. And every title is supported by audio recorded by professional voice-over artists! Outside Provider.
To log in, visit www.mycapstonelibrary.com and click “Log In” and use the following credentials:
  • Username: continue
  • Password: reading

Scholastic Learn at Home

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys. Every day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. Kids can do them on their own, with their families, or with their teachers. Just find your grade level and let the learning begin! Outside Provider.


Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more. Outside Provider.

 


Sesame Street Caring

In response to the unprecedented uncertainty facing young children and families, Sesame Workshop’s Caring for Each Other initiative marks the beginning of a commitment to support families during the COVID-19 health crisis with a broad variety of free resources. This site provides content and resources you can use with your family to offer comfort and spark playful learning activities. Children thrive with structure in their lives and they learn best through play, even in everyday moments like mealtimes and morning and evening routines. We hope the content and resources help you and your family breathe, laugh, and play together! Outside Provider.

 


TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of ebooks for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! Access is unlimited – you can read 24/7, from the comfort and safety of your home! There are over 1100 titles, including 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features graphic novels, read-along chapter books, and non-fiction books. TumbleBooks resources are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. TumbleBooks also offers the following resources, free to our patrons through 8/31/2020:

 

 

 

World Book Online

Make learning fun with World Book! World Book Online is offering their databases available for free through April 30th for students and their families. Play educational games, read an e-book, make a timeline, or learn some new facts. They also have available Distance Learning Resources for Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers. Outside Provider.

 

Resources to Use From Home

Latest update: 4/24/20

The Library subscribes to many resources you can use from the comfort of your own home, and many of them are also working with us to bring you more remote resources during these difficult times. Below are some of our resources to help keep you and your family entertained and informed while the Library is closed to the public.

There are also various additional although temporary resources becoming available from outside providers during this difficult and largely home-bound time. While we will list those resources that may be of interest to our patrons on this page, we will also note that they are an “outside provider” at the end of the description so you will be able to tell which resources are of this temporary variety, and not controlled by the Library itself.

We will be updating this list as necessary. You can also always check out our Research Database page for a list of many more resources available to you from the comfort of your home. We also have a post for resources geared towards educators, as well as one for resources geared towards children, and another for teens.

 

Entertainment

Cloud Library

Cloud Library is a platform for reading ebooks and listening to digital audiobooks. Our collection is always growing, and though our physical location is closed we are doing our best to keep up with your reading needs remotely! Visit the Cloud Library page for information on how to download the app to a variety of devices, and then check out this blog post to help us grow our collection to suit your reading wish list.

We are also creating eBook Booklists to help in your selection, take a look at them here.

 

Outside providers with always free ebooks:

Project Gutenberg transcribe public domain books into ebook format and make them available for the widest number of reading devices.

LibriVox is a collection of public domain digital audiobooks, read by volunteers from all over the world.

Standard eBooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, and free.

 


Infobase Video on Demand

Infobase is currently offering free access to its products for our patrons through 6/30/20. These include a wide range of educational resources, as well as a Writer’s Reference Center and the aforementioned Video on Demand which also has a portal Just for Kids.

You can access all of these resources through 6/30/20 by logging in: the Username and Password to log in are both MAINlib.

 


Kanopy

Kanopy is a digital streaming service that includes feature films, TV shows, documentaries, and collections for kids. You can sign up with your library card and get started right from home. Our patrons usually receive 6 “play credits” a month, but right now, to help us all stay entertained during these difficult times, Kanopy is offering a playlist with a variety of videos that will not deduct from your play credits. There is also a collection of Kids Videos on Kanopy for any young ones you have at home! 

 


Virtual Arts Resources brought to you by MPAC

The Morristown Performing Arts Center has put together a list of resources for us to experience the arts from home, including streaming concerts, Broadway shows, virtual tours, and much more. Outside Provider.

 


OpenCulture has compiled a wide variety of free online resources. They have a collection of free audiobooks, ebooks, and educational lessons ranging across the spectrum including language learning. Their resources span a wide variety of interests, from entertaining to educational, from indie movies to art and image resources.  Whether you are a student looking for online resources, or just looking for free content you can watch or read from home, check them out! Outside Provider.

 


Scribd is offering free 30-day trials to anyone who would like to sign up using their email, Facebook, or Google account. They are not requiring a credit card to sign up, and are used and trusted by libraries throughout the U.S., including the New York Public Library. Scribd offers a collection of eBooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines. They may contact you after the 30 days asking for you to sign up. Please be aware that fees may be involved at that point. Outside provider.

 


TumbleBooks

Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! TumbleBooks has something for all ages. TumbleBooks Library is an online collection of ebooks for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! Access is unlimited – you can read 24/7, from the comfort and safety of your home! There are over 1100 titles, including 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features graphic novels, read-along chapter books, and non-fiction books. TumbleBooks resources are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. TumbleBooks also offers the following resources, free to our patrons through 8/31/2020:

 


RBDigital

RBDigital is a browser and app-based platform that includes both a large selection of current magazines on many topics, and a large collection of digital Marvel comics (strange bedfellows, you may say, but at least we’ve got variety!). 

 

 

 

 

Education, Research, & Information

 

Many of TumbleBooks resources are both educational and entertaining! Check their information in the “Entertainment” section.


Our History & Genealogy Center collects primary and secondary sources that document New Jersey and American history, including photographs, postcards, maps, archival material, rare books, and prints. Thousands of items are available online for use by educators, students, and others. Those researching their family histories can also access many genealogical databases from home; some require a current library card, which Morristown & Morris Township residents may apply for here.  

 

 


GCFLearnFree.org

“For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.” Outside Provider.

 


JSTOR

JSTOR is an online database and has opened up it’s collection of over e-books and scholarly journals for free during this time of wide-spread closures to Universities and Libraries. JSTOR is working with publishers to make more of its content freely available, so if you don’t see what you need today, it might be worth trying again tomorrow! Outside Provider.

 


Mometrix

Test-prep and study database.

 

 

 


Scholarly Content Free on Project Muse 

In response to the challenges created by the global public health crisis of COVID-19, Project MUSE is pleased to support its participating publishers in making scholarly content temporarily available for free on our platform. With many higher education institutions moving into an exclusively online learning environment for the foreseeable future, we hope that easy access to vetted research in the humanities and social sciences, from a variety of distinguished university presses, societies, and related not-for-profit publishers, will help to support teaching, learning, and knowledge discovery for users worldwide. Outside Provider.

 


Gale COVID-19 Support

The Gale Database has put together an online resource center that includes:

  • Interdisciplinary, curriculum aligned resources to support online learning from pre-K through undergraduate
  • Live and on-demand training materials
  • Professional development eBooks to help transition to and strengthen virtual learning
  • Authoritative Gale resources on health-related topics and global issues

 

Suggestions for Purchase Through the Cloud Library App!

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Cloud Library Brochure

While the Library is closed, we hope you’ll be enjoying our many resources you can use from home! One of those is Cloud Library, a platform for reading ebooks and listening to digital audiobooks. Our collection is always growing, and though our physical location is closed we are doing our best to keep up with your reading needs remotely! To that end, we wanted to let you know about a feature in Cloud Library that allows you to suggest we purchase a digital title if we do not already own it.

Before we get to that, if you do not already have the Cloud Library app, you can download it to your computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can download our brochure by clicking the thumbnail to the left, or check out Cloud Library’s website which is full of great how-to’s and answers to your Frequently Asked Questions. 

One update to our brochure, effective during the COVID-19 closing: Patron Check-outs have been increased to 10 items at a time, and holds have increased to 5 items at a time.

Once you have the Cloud Library App installed, it’s time to turn on Suggestions, which will allow you to tell us what you’d like us to purchase! And we would love to hear your suggestions, so please use them! Each patron can suggest up to 5 titles for purchase per month.

Now, how to turn on Suggestions! You can see what the steps look like on an iPhone in the images below the post.

  • In your app, look for the “Search” button at the bottom of the screen, it will have a magnifying glass icon. Click “Search”
  • In the next screen, look for a “Filter” icon in the top-right of the screen. Click the “Filter” icon
  • The next screen is your preferences for what you would like to see when you search in the app. It’s first section, “Format,” allows you to choose if you want to see either ebooks or audiobooks, or both. The second section, “Availability” will allow you to choose one of its three options. Those are:
    • Available Now: for when you want a book right now and aren’t that picky which one it is
    • All Library Titles: for when you want to see everything we currently own, both available right now and those that you’d have to put a hold on and wait a bit for
    • Suggestions for library: for when you want to see everything we currently own, and items we can purchase. A great way to let us know what you’d like from us!
  • Once you’ve made your selections, click the “Save” button in the top right corner. You can always change these options, so if you turn on “Suggestions” and later want a book right now you can switch your preferences around.
  • If you’ve turned on Suggestions and you search for a book we don’t own yet, it will have an orange “Suggest” button instead of a green “Borrow” or blue “Hold” button. Simply click the orange “Suggest” button and your suggestion will be sent to us! When we purchase a title you have suggested, you will get a notification that it is now on “Hold” for you!

While we are closed, we hope to build our Cloud Library collection so more patrons can enjoy it from the safety of their homes. We will be monitoring the suggestions and purchasing new titles on a regular basis, to get you what you want as close to when you want it as we can. 

TumbleBooks From Home

TumbleBooks Library, Tumble Math, Teen Book Cloud

TumbleBooks is an online collection of ebooks for children. They are a great way to encourage tech-savvy kids to enjoy reading! Access is unlimited – you can read 24/7, from the comfort and safety of your home! There are over 1100 titles, including 350 animated, talking picture books! The site also features graphic novels, read-along chapter books, and non-fiction books. TumbleBooks resources are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! You can read as many books as you want, when you want, on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Access TumbleBooks here.

TumbleBooks is also offering the following resources, free to our patrons through 8/31/2020:

Contact Us During the COVID-19 Closing

While we are closed due to the novel coronavirus, we will be monitoring emails to answer your questions.

 

Circulation Questions: circ-mmt@mainlib.org

 

Reference Questions: info@jfpl.org

 

History Center Questions: njhgc@jfpl.org

 

Children’s Department Questions: mmtsummerreading@gmail.com

 

The NJ State Library is also offering remote services, including answering reference, research, and law questions. For reference or research service, contact the State Library by email at refdesk@njstatelib.org or by calling (609) 278-2640 x 103.  For legal research email reflaw@njstatelib.org or call (609) 278-2640 x 102.

MMT Library COVID-19 Outbreak Update April 6, 2020

Updated April 6th, 2020

The Library closed to the public on Sunday, March 15. 

The Library closed to the public at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 14. By Governor’s Order libraries are one of many businesses and gathering places to remain closed until further notice.  All Library programs, classes and events are also cancelled including any scheduled public meetings.   For additional information, please follow updates on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org

All library materials that are currently checked out by patrons will receive auto-renewals and no fines will be charged. We are instructing our patrons to hold onto any checked out Library materials for now and return them once the Library has reopened.  Book drops are locked and cannot accept materials during this time. Again, no late fees will be charged.  Holds on all physical items such as books and DVDs are being frozen, so patrons do not lose their spot in the Holds queue when we reopen. Patrons are not able to place any additional holds at this time.  Our Friends of the Library will not accept book/media donations during this period.  Please do not leave any returns or donations outside of the Library building.

The Library’s mission is to remain a resource for our residents.  We appreciate our patrons’ patience and understanding during this difficult time. If you have any further questions, please email the Library at info@jfpl.org.  Any updates will be on the Library’s website at: https://MMTLibrary.org.  We also post information and updates on our Facebook  and Twitter accounts. 

As a reminder, the best ways to reduce risk of getting sick, as with seasonal colds or the flu, still applies to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Try alternatives to shaking hands, like an elbow bump or wave.
  • If you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.
  • Vulnerable individuals, which is defined as 60+ years or who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. 
  • There is no recommendation to wear masks at this time to prevent yourself from getting sick.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.

Additional recommended resources regarding COVID-19 include:

 

You can also access the Library from Home

The Library’s digital services give resident card holders 24/7 free access to many resources:

  • eBooks and electronic audiobooks purchased by the entire MAIN consortium through the Library’s CloudLibrary
  • Magazines and comic books from the Library’s RB Digital
  • Streaming video movies and documentaries through our Kanopy
  • Children’s eBooks, games, Facts on File database and streaming video for kids via the Children’s Resource page on the Library website.
  • Research databases available through the Library from the Library website.
  • As more resources from home become available, we will be updating this blog post with information on them and how to access them.
  • Various online programming is being offered by the Library staff.  Check the Library website for updates on scheduled programming.

 

 

Book Lovers Recommendations March 2020

Recommendations by Susan Lipstein
 
All My Mothers Lovers by Ilana Masad
The Girls With No Names by Serena Burdick
Golden Child by Claire Adam
House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon
The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda
Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau By Michael Zapata
Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman
The Sacrament by Olaf Olafsson
Why Meadow Died by Andrew Pollack and Max Eden
 
All My Mother’s Lovers
By Ilana Masad
 A debut novel.  When Maggie’s mother dies in a car crash, Maggie returns home, and  when she finds five envelopes addressed to five men along with her mother’s will, Maggie sets out to hand deliver the envelopes.  She discovers secrets about her mother which change Maggie’s life. Pub date: 5/26/2020
 
The Girls With No Names
By Serena Burdick
Young women who don’t conform to norms in the early part of the twentieth century in New York City might find themselves committed to the House of Mercy.  When Effie believes her parents have committed her sister there, she gets herself admitted-only to find that her sister is not there and now Effie has to figure out a way to get herself out of the House of Mercy, which is filled with unsavory secrets.
 
The Golden Child
By Claire Adam
Hard-working Clyde lives in rural Trinidad.  He has 13 year old twins, which are the lights of his life.  He has great plans for one son, Peter, whom he believes is a genius;  the “golden child,” while his other son, Paul, is a mystery.  When Paul is kidnapped and held for ransom, Clyde is forced to decide between two children-a choice no parent should ever have to make.
 
House on Endless Waters
By Emuna Elon
Israeli author Yoel Blum is asked by his publisher to go to Amsterdam, which he does, violating the promise he made to his mother never to return to his birthplace. When he sees a film clip at the Jewish Historical Museum of his family, taken during pre-war days, he realizes that he needs to find out the reasons why his mother was so secretive about the past. 
 
The Last House Guest
By Megan Miranda
The small Maine town of Littleport is a resort during the summer and a hard place to make a living for the year round residents, who rarely form friendships with the summer people.  Saide and Avery were the exceptions, and when Sadie is found dead of suicide, Avery vows to find out the truth about her death.  Lots of twists and turns
 
 
Late Migrations: a natural history of love and loss
By Margaret Renkl
Renkl, who is an opinion writer for the New York Times, has written her first book-which is really a collection of short stories and essays about her life growing up in Alabama leading into her current life as a parent in suburban Nashville.  The essays reveal a beautiful poetic and sensitive look at growing up and growing older.
 
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
By Michael Zapata
Adana Moreau wrote a novel that was never published.  Fifty years later, a young man finds her manuscript in his deceased grandfather’s possessions and sets out to deliver it to whom is was originally addressed-Adana’s son.  The novel is a mix of science fiction and mystery, and gets its power from it genre mix and great character development.
 
Mr. Nobody
By Catherine Steadman
Neuropsychiatrist Emma Lewis is called to evaluate a man found wandering on a British beach with no ID and  who is mute.  He becomes a  media sensation, and her handling of the case could make her career.  However, to treat him, she needs to return to the town she left 14 years before, and as she treats Mr. Nobody, she discovers that not only does her know  her, but he knows the secrets she has been hiding.
 
The Sacrament
By Olaf Olafsson
The story is told in the voice of a nun from France who is asked by the Vatican to re-investigate an incident she originally investigated years before in Iceland.  The book may be slow moving as the story quietly unfolds, and you will need to concentrate on the characters to figure out the time line in the book, but it is worthwhile in the end.  A  story that will keep ou thinking  emerges that will be worth the wait.
 
Why Meadow Died
By Andrew Pollack and Max Eden
Pollack’s daughter, Meadow, died in the Parkland shooting.  Pollack went out on a mission to find out what went wrong, and during his investigations, he finds lots of concerns.  The shooter fell through the cracks in the education system.  The safety protocols set into place were not followed.  So many things went wrong.  You may not agree with  all his solutions, but he wanted his voice to be heard on behalf of the young people in our country. 

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