By Angie Georgeff
Memorial Day is past and summer is on our doorstep. Get ready to read! Our Summer Reading Program for adults will begin on Monday, June 3. When you check out books, audiobooks or DVDs at the circulation desk, be sure to pick up several entry forms for the prize drawing while you are here. The three prize baskets will be displayed on top of the Spanish-language bookcases near the front door.
Since space is our theme for Summer Reading 2019, the Starry, Starry Night Basket has binoculars, Sunoculars for safely viewing the sun, a moon map, constellation finder, telescope observer’s guide and red LED minilight. If you are interested in observing the stars, moon, sunspots and other astronomical phenomena and celestial events, then this basket is perfect for you. Remember, another total solar eclipse is coming up in 2024.
Our Starry Night at the Movies Basket is a decorative popcorn bowl filled with microwave popcorn, movie theater candy and four DVDs chosen to celebrate our space theme. Whether the weather is rain or meteor showers, almost everyone enjoys a night at the movies. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
The third of our prize baskets will encourage its winner to take a picnic out in the wild “Where the Crawdads Sing.” It consists of an insulated picnic “basket” with plates, wine glasses, napkins and utensils for two, a star-spangled picnic blanket and Delia Owen’s bestselling book “Where the Crawdads Sing.”
When I opened Sarah Blake’s “The Guest Book” this afternoon, and read the first two sentences, I was immediately hooked. “‘It’s the usual story,’ the man at the tiller reflected, regarding the beautiful derelict on the hill. ‘At the end of old money there is real estate.’” A house, a family, a history and a little philosophy: I was itching to settle in for a cozy read.
In 1935, socialite Kitty Milton is the wife of a New York investment banker and the mother of three children. Her life appears to be charmed until her son Neddy dies in an accident. To soothe his wife’s pain, Ogden Milton buys Crockett’s Island off the coast of Maine and builds a grand estate which becomes the family’s summer retreat. Life goes on, but the world is changing, and the title guest book reflects its evolution.
Moss and Joan, Kitty and Ogden’s surviving children, are a new generation. By 1959, not all the names in the guest book are white, Anglo-Saxon and Protestant. Secrecy, however, remains a family trait, and the family’s third generation will unearth a trove as they decide what to do with their legacy.