Monthly Archives: December 2013

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:  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:  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: 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 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.

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