Want to be a better Reader?

When you’re making your New Year’s Resolutions, think about your reading habit.  Whether you are analog (love the feel of regular books) or digital (can’t give up my device), these will pertain to you.  Thanks to the blog Book Riot.

1. 3 Steps to Reading Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: http://bookriot.com/2013/12/26/3-steps-reading-harder-better-faster-stronger/  I like the suggestion to carve out your reading time.  Schedule it as part of your day.  I once read a manners suggestion not to read at meals.  Well, forget that!  Unless there’s company, go ahead and prop the book up in front of your plate.

2. Go from Zero to Well-Read in 100 Books: http://bookriot.com/2013/12/26/go-zero-well-read-100-books/  OK, this list is not bad as a start (though what Fifty Shades of Grey is doing on it I don’t know).  I’ve read a bunch of them, and try to read at least one classic during the summer, so will reference this list for next year’s.

3. Read Outside of Your Comfort Zone: http://bookriot.com/2013/12/26/reading-outside-comfort-zone/ For me, that would be romances.  Or maybe biographies.  What would that mean for you?  If it’s science fiction or fantasy, as us for a recommendation.

Don’t forget that if you received a new device, such as an iPad, Nook, Kindle, etc., as a gift, we can help you set it up with Overdrive.  Call us!!  Or email info@plumblibrary.com and ask for an appointment.  When you come to your session, be sure to bring your library card, we cannot proceed without it.  If you have a Kindle, bring your Amazon login info. If you have a password with Adobe Digital Editions, bring that too.  We can also set you up to download free music from Freegal, and magazines from Zinio.  And don’t forget the BookMyne app.  It’s an easy way to access your SAILS account, search, reserve, and renew books and other materials.  Ask us for a demonstration.

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Plumb Library Staff Top Ten Books for 2013

Here is our annual list.  Not much duplication this year, and the page’s selections put ours to shame.  Gail and Lisa lean toward sci-fi and fantasy, as usual.


1. Drowned Cities, by Paolo Bacigalupi

2. Code Name: Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

3. Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

4. The Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty

5. Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian

6. Dust Girl, by Sarah Zettel

7. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

8. The Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor

9. Boxers and Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

10. The Last Policeman, by Ben Winters


1. The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells, by Andrew Greer

2. A Treacherous Paradise, by Henning Mankell

3. The Girl You Left Behind, by Jojo Moyes

4. The Ghost Bride, by Yangsze Choo

5. The  Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell, by William Klaber

6. Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

7. Amity and Sorrow, by Peggy Riley

8. Benjamin Franklin’s Bastard, by Sally Cabot

9. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Fowler

10. The Kings and Queens of Roam, by Daniel Wallace


1. Kinsey and Me, by Sue Grafton

2. The Art Forger, by Barbara Shapiro

3. The Book of Someday, by Dianne Dixon

4. The Rithamtist, by Brandon Sanderson

5. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot

6. Wonder, by RJ Palacio

7. The Valley of Amazement, by Amy Tan

8. Prisoner 88, by Leah Pileggi

9. Dodger, by Terry Pratchett

10. Twerp, by Mark Goldblatt

Emily (the Page)

1. The Screwtape Letter, by CS Lewis

2. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles

3. Wonder, by RJ Palacio

4. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

5. The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester

6. Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe

7. Code Name: Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

8. Plunkitt of Tammany Hall, by William Riordan

9. Martyr’s Fire, by Sigmund Brouwer

10. Crankee Doodle, by Tom Angleberger

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December newsletter

Here’s your December newsletter.  In it you’ll find the Holiday Open House announcement, the wreath order form (due Wednesday!), the staff Top Ten (which will be repeated here later), Junior Friends news, how to keep up with Plumb Library events, and the book group selections.http://library.booksite.com/7092/nl/?list=CNL11

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Dear Reader: Did you know…?

That the original Thanksgiving, the one started by Abraham Lincoln, was not to celebrate the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, or Plymouth?  It was to create a day of calm and peace during the Civil War.  Here is an article from the Bowery Boys podcast website:


This details the first national Thanksgiving celebrated in New York City, shortly after the Draft Riots.

And here’s a fun Thanksgiving trivia quiz that you can share with your company:


We here at Plumb hope you have a great Thanksgiving.  And don’t forget: we close Wednesday (that’s today) at 2:00, and reopen Saturday at 10:00.  Regular hours resume next week.

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Welcome Back!

We took a blogging break, and now we’re back! Before we get to the fun stuff, some announcements:
1. The Friends are taking orders for wreaths. Check our website for the order form, or stop by the library. Pick up your wreaths at the Holiday Open House on Dec. 7.wreath
2. The Holiday Open House is from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. If you have something to donate to the Silent Auction, please bring it to the library no later than Wednesday, Dec. 5. We also have a signup sheet at the desk for the Bake Sale. The Brownies will be caroling, the Junior Friends will have their Kid’s Table, and there will be coffee, tea, and cider.
3. Starting Dec.1, we will have our annual Food for Fines collection drive. Donate a non-perishable food item for Damien’s Pantry, or cat food for It’s All About the Animals cat shelter, or dog food for the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, drop them by the library between Dec. 1 and Dec. 26. If you donate an item, we will waive your fines. This does not cover lost books, lost library cards, or copying fees.
4. On Saturday, Dec. 14, we will hold a marathon reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. We have readers, but we’re looking for another understudy. If you’re interested, contact us at the library. The reading starts at 11:00 a.m, and should last until 3:00, with a break and a short discussion after. Plan to take a break from the holiday madness.fezziwigs
5. Our holiday hours: we will close next week on Wednesday, 11/27 at 2:00 so our carpets can be cleaned. We will be closed for Thanksgiving, and for the day after, 11/28 & 11/29. Our regular hours will resume on Saturday, 11/30 at 10:00.
6. The Cafe Parlez book group will meet this coming Monday, 11/25, at 6:30, since the last Thursday of the month is Thanksgiving. They’re reading 22 Britannia Road. Jen is assembling the list for 2014, and it looks good.

Now a couple of fun items. First, the National Book Awards were awarded last night. Check their website HERE to see the titles.

Watch this space for the Plumb Library staff’s annual Top Ten Books that We Read lists. Jen is making a bulletin board displaying the titles. Oddly this year, none of us liked the same books. More later!

Lastly, here is a fun little video from those merry pranksters at Improv Everywhere. They’ve been doing things like having someone acting and dressed like Gandalf challenging people crossing a bridge in Central Park. This time, they’ve got Harry Potter at Penn Station looking for Platform 9 3/4. Check it out from Bookshelves of Doom.HP at PS

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Getting Caught up

1. We will be presenting “Coffee with the Candidates” this Saturday, March 23 from 10:00 – 11:30. Meet the candidates for local office in an informal setting. Coffee and pastries provided by the Friends of Plumb Library.

2. If you got an account with Library Elf through SAILS, you may have received an email stating that SAILS is no longer providing this service, since they themselves provide the same services. In case you didn’t know, you can get your overdue and/or hold notices by phone, text message or email. If you have a portable device, such as an iPad, iPhone, iPod, Xoom, or other Android device, you can download the Bookmyne app from the app store. bookmyneBookmyne lets you see your accounts, search, place holds, and renew your items. If you’d like to continue with Library Elf, you can, but only with a limited subscription. If you have any questions about this, or about Bookmyne, ask the staff. We all use Bookmyne.

3. April is Poetry Month, and we will be posting examples of Book Spine Poetry here and on our Facebook page. Try some Book Spine poetry with your books, and send us the pictures. We’ll post them on Facebook. Look HERE for some examples.

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Dear Reader: Some interesting literary news

1. Here is an article from ABC News detailing how Mary Ingalls became blind. If you remember the books, Laura Ingalls Wilder says that scarlet fever caused Mary to go blind. New research says that the cause was a form of viral meningitis. Read the article HERE.

2. The skeleton of Richard III was found under a car park in England. Read the full article HERE.RichardIII If you’ve ever read Josephine Tey’s Daughter of Time, or The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters, or the book by Antonia Fraser about the death of the “little princes in the Tower”, you’ll be interested in this. If you’ve never read any of those books, now is a good time to do so. In other words, don’t just take Shakespeare’s word for it!

3. The Children’s Literature Media awards were given out last week. not my hatOne of our favorites, This is Not My Hat, by Jon Klassen, won the Caldecott Award. HERE is a complete list. I am assured that The One and Only Ivan is not as sad as it seems from the cover.

4. Pride and Prejudice is 200 years old! Read about it HERE.

5. On Saturday, Feb. 9 at 1:00, we will host Kathleen Brunelle, teacher at ORRHS and author of Bellamy’s Bride: The Search for Maria Hallett of Cape Cod. Books will be available for sale and signing.bellamys bride

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