Library Corner April 2011

This week we present a week in the life of Brechin Library, as follows:-

Monday – The start of the MS Word course, with two sessions of six attending each session in the learning centre. Some of these keen students have just graduated from the Equal Skills course so they are keen to keep up their studies!

Tuesday: Storytime with seven children listening to stories rad by Gavin. Bookbug with 34 children and adults. Karen and Yvonne led the group in some songs and rhymes accompanied by the children with their various musical instruments, resulting in great fun for everyone.

Yvonne visited Maisondieu School for their lunch club Books Rock, discussing with the 30 children books they had read.

In the afternoon the Reminiscence group met for the second time, when 22 members discussed Brechin as a shopping centre - a fascinating insight into the Brechin of not so very long ago.

Later on in the afternoon the teenage reading group met and, over a hot chocolate, they discussed the latest book they had read, which was Forget Me Not by Anne Cassidy.

Wednesday: a much quieter day with no extra activities.

Thursday: In the afternoon the Jackanory group met, with parents and children enjoying storytelling, crafts and sharing some toys.

Friday: staff delivered 168 books to 14 housebound readers within Brechin who are unable to come along to the library and choose their own books. They receive a box of books chosen by the library staff every month.

All week the book sale has been running - and many a bargain has been snapped up.

Last month staff issued a grand total of 4331 books. Last week there were over 1010 visitors to the library and staff dealt with 112 enquiries.

It’s a wonder with all that going on in the library that the staff had time to read any books themselves, but they have and here are some they recommend:-

Monica McInerney – Those Faraday Girls: This is the tale of the five Faraday sisters who live in Tasmania and their niece Maggie.

They are a close-knit family since the tragically early death of their mother and have strong family traditions that their late mother started and they have faithfully upheld each year, such as two Christmases, one in the usual December and one in the Australian winter in July which is when the ex-pats feel they should be celebrating Christmas.

The sisters made a pact when the youngest, Clementine, was expecting Maggie that they would all stay in the family home and help bring Maggie up until the day she started school.

Each sister, however, is hiding a secret from her siblings and as time goes by they start to go off and lead their own very different lives.

The book then jumps forward twenty years, with Maggie grown up and leading her own very successful life. The family traditions are still being upheld but the traditions and Maggie seem to be the only thin strings that are keeping this family together.

This July as the family gather with their father for their traditional Christmas the lies that have been spun throughout the years slowly begin to unravel and the girls learn more about their pasts than they had bargained for.

Other titles by Monica McInerney that are available in Angus libraries are The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage & At home with the Templetons.

Dorothy Koomson – The woman he loved before: Libby has a nice life by the sea with Jack her gorgeous husband, but she starts to wonder if he loves her as much as his first wife Eve who died in a tragic accident.

When Libby & Jack are involved in a motor accident, she decides she needs to find out as much as she can about Eve the beautiful & perfect first Mrs Britcham.

She uncovers a set of diaries belonging to Eve and from then on Eve’s story & Libby’s life start to wind around each other, but Libby finds out more than she really wanted to know about Eve and can she cope with the truth? A brilliant read with a dark secret that I certainly did not expect. Highly recommended!

Jodi Picoult -Second Glance: For anyone who is a fan of Jodi Picoult and for those who still haven’t discovered her we thoroughly recommend you pop in to the library and request this book. It’s not a new one, in fact it came out in 2007 but Ia member of staff has just had the good fortune to read it. This book has everything; a great ghost story, love and friendship and the classic Picoult twist at the end we all love.

Set in Vermont this book is set in present day and in the 1930s. Ross Wakeman is a man who has loved and lost his soul mate when she died in a car accident.

He desperately wants to be with her again but to do so would mean ending his own life and although he has tried he has never been successful.

He is also a ghost hunter and hopes one day to make contact with his lost love but in going to Vermont finds himself on the trail of another ghost when he is asked to find proof that a property has been built on an Indian burial ground. Ross finds a spirit, but it is one who will inadvertently capture his heart and tear his whole life apart with grief.

Lia Pike lived in the 30s, her husband was a eugenics scientist whose aim was to clean up the state by means of sterilizing or hospitalising the Abenaki Indians, the Pirates and the Gypsies who lived there and proving them second or third rate citizens. An expectant mother, she hides a dark secret that threatens everything.

Be prepared to be wrung out emotionally throughout this book.