Posts Categorized: Staff Picks

2018 Book Lists

I have primed the staff at Topsham Public Library to get their Staff Picks of 2018 list done. Dave has already submitted his to me with the caveat that he may add one or two titles before the midnight on December 31 deadline. But below I have added a few lesser known sources (wink, wink)… Read more »

Great American Read Reveal

Did you watch it?!? On Tuesday, October 23 PBS aired the final episode of The Great American Read and revealed America’s favorite book. And the winner is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee! Lee’s book took and kept the lead right from the beginning. There were a few close calls: Rebecca by Daphne du… Read more »

TV Shows Set in Maine

Castle Rock. Emma gets practically giddy when it is mentioned, and then when you get her together with  Dale and Lynne (outside of work time, of course) the chatter is non-stop. The three of them are either talking all things Castle Rock or one or the other is shushing the others because they are an episode or two… Read more »

High School Reading Assignments

At Topsham Public Library, when we start getting requests for Tess of the D’Ubervilles by Thomas Hardy, we know school is soon beginning. Students who enroll in AP English classes have summer reading assignments, and, as in true student form, they tend to wait until the last minute to get it done. (Who can blame… Read more »

I goofed.

  I totally dropped the ball and forgot to include Linda’s Top Picks of 2017! So without further adieu and with my sincerest apologies, here are Linda’s top picks:     Glass Houses by Louise Penny: Once again Ms. Penny is number 1! Her use of historical knowledge and classical literature build a frame for… Read more »

Top Picks of 2017, Part 3

  And last, but not least!     Lynne’s Top Picks:   Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is the first in a Young Adult series. Six outcasts and a heist. What more do you need?   Replica by Lauren Oliver is told from two different points of view. Haven is a peaceful looking island… Read more »

Top Picks of 2017, Part 2

And the hits just keep on coming!     Julie’s Top Picks of 2017 are:   Determined to rid herself of the family curse that has doomed her family, Esther encounters a new phobia that is the worst one of them all: the fear of loving. Read all about it in A Semi-Definitive List of… Read more »

Top Picks of 2017

Here we go! As promised, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing Topsham Public Library Staff’s Top Picks of 2017.     I will get things rolling! Here are my Top Picks of 2017: Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig is at the top of my Top Picks of 2017 list. Ivan… Read more »

Should You Mess With a Classic?

Recently I borrowed the audiobook Huck Out West by Robert Coover, and I chose it because it is a sequel to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I was intrigued to discover how Coover envisioned the continuation of Huckleberry Finn’s life. All the pertinent characters are there, Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Jim, plus… Read more »

Banned Books Week Recap

In honor of Banned Books Week (which is next week) we take a look back at past Banned Book Week blog posts. Banned Books Week It’s Banned Book Week!!   The Banned Book I Bought at the Book Sale by Emma   The most frequently challenged book of the decade by Lynne   My Favorite… Read more »