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Celebrate Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month with some e-selections!

May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. In observance, here is a sampling of fiction and non-fiction books, all downloadable through Overdrive, compiled by our reference librarian Pam.  The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap by Gish Jen. A provocative non-fiction book by one of my favorite novelists. ebook: https://mvlc.overdrive.com/media/2939584…
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Exceeding their limits – Athletes who inspire us.

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month People play and watch sports for different reasons—the adrenaline that comes with competition, the camaraderie among teammates and groups of fans, and the escape from everyday life. But sport is more than what happens on a field, a track, or a trail. The stories of athletes—the people…
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Enjoy Baseball Season with a Book! as suggested by Alison

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month One of the disappointments of social distancing is the cancellation of sports. Officially, the first day of spring is around March 20 each year. However, baseball, from Little League parades to Opening Day at the Major League stadiums, lets us know that spring is here. We hear…
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It’s Time for Garden Therapy by Pam

April in the Merrimack Valley this year was typical: flowers and birds everywhere, but not a lot of warmth. Now that it's May, many of us are itching to finally get out in the garden. It’s the perfect way to enjoy being outdoors while social distancing. Even if you are limited to a balcony or…
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It's Time for Garden Therapy

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

COVID-19 has changed our lives, and it can be stressful. One of the best ways to alleviate that stress is to do physical activity. Our sports are cancelled, but there are plenty of things we can do to stay active while social distancing.  I have been running, walking, and biking in my neighborhood, making sure…
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Doug’s Recommendations for Speculative Fiction

This is a small selection of Latino and African-American authors who write Speculative Fiction, which is just a fancy term for science fiction and fantasy. Doug learned about this while reading up on science fiction from the comfort of his home during Covid19. Please note that some of the links are for other partner libraries…
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Read a Twist on the Classics

For National Library Week, Library Assistant Falicia is highlighting some classic myths and stories given new life through dramatization and retelling. Please note that some of the links are for other partner libraries in the state of Massachusetts. Did you know that you can borrow from any consortium in the state of Massachusetts? You just need…
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Read or Listen to Banned Books!

In recognition of National Library Week and the announcement later today about the Most Challenged Books of 2019 by the American Library Association, our library assistant, Doug, has created a list of previously challenged or banned books that are available through Overdrive and the Libby app. Did you know that you can borrow from any…
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Staff Selections – Maria

Non-Fiction Selection: Available in eBook - Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life. I just finished Carrie Underwood's newest book. She talks about her life growing up on a farm, a life filled with singing and her experience on her rise from American Idol to country music…
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Staff Selections Spring

Anastasia’s Book Review – Marmee and Louisa

I just finished a wonderful book, which I highly recommend.  It is Marmee and Louisa by Eve LaPlante, which is a story of the Alcotts, focusing on Louisa May Alcott and her mother Abigail.  The book gives credence to the author's belief that it was her mother, much more than her father Bronson, who inspired Louisa's  independence,…
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All ages can celebrate Arab American Heritage Month with these e- & audio-book selections by Katelyn

Adult Fiction by Arab American Authors The Prophet, & the Wanderer By Khalil Gibran  Audiobook available on OverDrive Listen The Other Americans  By Laila Lalami  eBook available on Overdrive or Audiobook available on OverDrive Listen The Woman Upstairs  By Claire Messud eBook available on Overdrive When the World Was Steady  By Claire Messud eBook available on Overdrive A Good Country  By Laleh Khadivi eBook available on…
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Staff Selections – Meghan

Recommended Read : The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. It is available to borrow on the Overdrive for digital download under the Boston Public Library Consortium. I just finished reading The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner. As someone who has a love for historical fiction, especially about WWII, this is a must read.…
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Staff Selections Spring

Alison’s book review – Kinship of Secrets

I recently read and enjoyed The Kinship of Secrets by Eugenia Kim. The book tells the story of Miran and Inja, sisters who were raised on opposite sides of the globe. When Calvin and Najin Cho move to America for Calvin’s job, they bring their older daughter, Miran, with them and leave their younger daughter,…
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