Library Connections Notes

Hi everyone, we are working hard in Library Land to connect with our patrons through Digital Collections and materials, streaming story times, cooking and crafting programs and new series called Library Connections which is presented via Zoom.

The idea behind Library Connections, is to share information regarding books, videos and other at home, or nearby home activities people are enjoying during the Corona Crisis.

Our first gathering was a small one, less than five people, and was held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28; and we came up with quite a few video and book suggestions, which are listed below for your entertainment pleasure!

And it may be, that people would prefer a short on demand video series that contains information on new books and recommended videos each week, instead of a program that requires them to sign up and/or install an app and click a Zoom link.

So, the Library Connections series may be transitioning to a on demand video series that you’ll be able to access by clicking on a link at your convenience. For today, May 5, 2020, however, there will be a Library Connections program from 1 to about 1:40 p.m. and you can sign up by clicking the following link

And without further ado, here are the recommend books and videos we discussed at the April 28 gathering.


New Releases:

Camino Islands by John Grisham (April 28)

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler (April 7)

Walk The Wire by David Baldacci (April 20)

And FYI, The New York Times Bestseller list for fiction and non-fiction is posted on this blog weekly with the links to the items in the Digital Catalog.

Other Books:

The Bitter River by Julia Keller: Bell Elkins, a county prosecutor, is awoken before dawn to news that a pregnant teenager has been murdered. Elkins works to discover who-done-it while coping with her daughter living with her ex and the strange behavior of the local sheriff. Keller is a Pulitzer Prize winner author.

Charming Series by Elliott James:  A series reminiscent of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, this humorous urban fantasy series follows John Charming, a member of a modern, monster hunting version of the Knights Templar and one of their best agents, until a werewolf curse is activated and then a new chapter in his life begins.

1. Charming (2013)
2. Daring (2014)
3. Fearless (2015)
4. In Shining Armor (2016)
5. Legend Has It (2017)

Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir by Madeline Albright: Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright reflects on her on her post government career and her passion to make every stage of her life productive. This is read especially if you’re over a certain age, say 40. And the author narrated the audiobook version which is super cool – check it out!

Poldark Series by Winston Graham –historical fiction series set in 18th and early 19th century England the series focuses on Ross Poldark and his family from the early 1783 through 1820.

1. Ross Poldark (1945)
2. Demelza (1953)
3. Jeremy Poldark (1953)
4. Warleggan (1953)
5. The Black Moon (1973)
6. The Four Swans (1976)
7. The Angry Tide (1977)
8. The Stranger From The Sea (1981)
9. The Miller’s Dance (1982)
10. The Loving Cup (1984)
11. The Twisted Sword (1990)
12. Bella Poldark (2002)

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Book of Dust Series, book 2 – book 1 is The Book of Dust)
The Book of Dust series is a sequel series to the Philip Pullman His Dark Materials series; both relay the story of Malcolm Polstea and a baby that grows up to become a heroine, Lyra of the His Dark Materials series.

The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson: This new non-fiction book offers an in-depth look at Winston Churchill’s life during the early days of World War II, the story of his exemplary leadership and his domestic life are woven together in a neat narrative.

General suggestions traditional jazz and easy listening favorites.

Beforeigners (HBO): Set in Oslo, a police detective to assistance from a group of party-goers hanging out by the shore who pull a bunch of strangely dressed people out of the water. The water logged people came from the Viking Era and in short order, it is found that groups of people from three different time period are being transported to the present through the water – people from the Viking Age, the Iron Age and the 19th Century.

Dark (Netflix): Dark is a super cool series set in a small town in Germany that features an ensemble cast. High school student Jonas is recovering from the shock of his father’s suicide. He returns to school and that night meets some friends in the forest. Two of the friends are siblings and bring along their younger brother Mikel. A loud and frightening sound come from a nearby cave and they all run. Mikel vanishes without a trace, and later Jonas finds a mysterious map of the cave in the woods in in his father’s studio. A supernatural mystery, as in what-on-earth-happened, ensues.

Lock & Key (Netflix): After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death.

October Faction (Netflix): October Faction follows the Allen family, the parents work for an FBI monster hunter type organization and their teenage children discover there is more to the family story then they ever imagined.

Unorthodox (Netflix): Unorthodox tells the tale of a young Hasidic Jewish woman who flees her community, and arranged marriage, and goes to Germany.

The Valhalla Murders (Netflix): Set in Iceland, the series follows a female detective working to solve a series of murders while simmering at being passed over for promotion.

(Herman Wouk’s) The Winds of War & War and Remembrance (YouTube, Amazon Video): A lengthy set, originally shown on TV as a mini-series, in three installments. The story follows the family of naval officer Victor “Pug” Henry and his family across the globe during the maelstrom of World War II.

World on Fire (PBS site & app, Amazon Video): Word on Fire follows several characters from the same town through the early days of World War II.

Have good day!

Linda Reimer, SSCL

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