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Library Happenings – Great American Read begins May 22 on PBS

By Angie Georgeff

Get ready to read! If the excitement generated by our annual Summer Reading Programs is not adequate incentive to get you reading, this summer PBS will be encouraging Americans to read and vote in order to determine the country’s best-loved novel. An eight-part television and online series, The Great American Read will kick off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. A list of 100 fiction titles spanning a range of diverse themes will be announced in advance of the premiere. Viewers will be encouraged to read books on the list, vote for their favorite and share what those books mean to them. Voting will commence when the first episode airs and will remain open through the autumn broadcasts.

Which novels would you put on that list? When it is released, we’ll post it in the library. I hope I will already be familiar with many of the titles, but even more so, I hope I will learn about a book that will become a new favorite.  It’s just one more reason to look forward to summer!

Teen Scene

The last teen party of the school year is scheduled for Friday, April 27. Two hours of food and fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. And don’t forget the resume class designed especially for teens that will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 30. If you have questions or want to register for either of these events, call us at 743-6533.

Spotlight Book

We placed a large book order last week, so be sure to check out our “New Books” shelves the next time you come into the library. If you are eagerly awaiting a particular book, you may give us a call to place a hold on it for you.

“After Anna” is bestselling author Lisa Scottoline’s latest domestic thriller. Six months after the birth of her daughter Anna, Maggie Ippolliti is hospitalized with postpartum psychosis. Her husband Florian divorces her and takes sole custody of their daughter. For a grieving Maggie, happiness is elusive until she meets and marries pediatric allergist Noah Alderman. Noah and his son Caleb fill her world, yet there is still a place in her heart reserved for Anna.

Maggie’s joy seems complete when Anna, now a high school student, calls her mother out of the blue and wants to leave her boarding school and come live with her. Noah is willing to welcome Anna, but the teenager proves difficult to live with. When Anna is murdered, Noah is convicted of the crime. He maintains his innocence, but Maggie does not believe him – not until she gets a call from Anna’s former therapist. With her eyes opened, she seeks the truth, which is all too often a slippery quarry.