News & Updates

“Ragtime” Jack Radcliffe in Concert

April 30, 2019

‘Ragtime’ Jack has been performing for more than 30 years. He is a master of traditional country blues and ragtime & stride piano, and a powerful singer/songwriter, as well as songs from the “Great American songbook.” He also accompanies himself on the guitar and fiddle. Jack was inducted into the Old-Time Music Association Hall of […]

Library Laser Tag!

December 12, 2016

On Saturday, January 25, the Teen Library Council is sponsoring a night of library laser tag.  This is your chance to shake off the post holiday blues!   Up to 20 people can play during each 20-minute slot, between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.  The cost is $6 per person, or $10 for two people. The event […]

Book Review: “Thirsty Mermaids” by Kat Leyh

April 16, 2021

Thirsty Mermaids is an adult graphic novel that took me by surprise. When I put this book on hold I was expecting it to be full of cutesy mermaids and silly summer adventures. What I got was much more refreshing. The merpeople in this book come in all shapes and sizes and their motivation to […]

Book Review: “The Tender Bar” by J.R. Moehringer

April 9, 2021

This critically acclaimed memoir has been on my “to read” pile for years.  The recent news that George Clooney is directing an Oscar-bait adaptation starring Ben Affleck made me finally crack it open.  I devoured it, and I’m truly sad that I didn’t get to it earlier. At its core, this is a story about […]

Book Review: “Witch Hat Atelier” by Kamome Shirahama

April 2, 2021

Witch Hat Atelier is an eight-volume Japanese manga series about Coco, a young tailor’s daughter who dreams of being a witch. In this series, magic is kept a well-guarded secret that only a select few are allowed to practice. Coco’s dreams become a reality, however, when a master witch comes to town and Coco finds […]

Book Review: “A Swim in a Pond in the Rain” by George Saunders

March 26, 2021

George Saunders has been teaching a graduate level course about short stories in Russian literature at Syracuse for twenty years and his new book encapsulates this course. He includes seven stories by four writers (Chekov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Gogol) and then goes into a discussion and afterthought to help us process them and become better […]

Women’s History Month in the History Room

March 25, 2021

March is Women’s History Month! We shared items and collections from the History Room that illuminate women’s history in our communities in each issue of the library’s email newsletter (sign up here). See each week’s story below! Old Ladies’ Home The Old Ladies’ Home collection (MC 009), includes information about how the charitable institution was […]

Book Review: “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue” by V.E. Schwab

March 19, 2021

Addie LaRue is stuck in a loop. For the pandemic reader, Addie’s loop is a delicious escape from our own daily repetitions. She isn’t tied to her cell phone, the indoors, a demanding family, or a mind-numbing work-from-home job. Addie isn’t tied to anything at all—at least, no thing we would consider real. She has […]

Book Review: “Shuggie Bain” by Douglas Stuart

March 12, 2021

This is a book that was on almost every “Top Ten” list for last year, and won the 2020 Booker Prize.  I loved it, but I have hesitated to review the book because it is sad, gritty, and difficult. Reading a long book that recounts the many horrors of a poor family splintered by alcoholism […]

Book Review: “The Daughters of Ys” by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux

March 5, 2021

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux is a stunningly illustrated mythical graphic novel fantasy about two sisters descended from a faerie mother and a prince. The beautiful illustrations are a lovely and stark contrast to the dark and sinister tale they tell.  The story is a retelling of a classic Breton […]