Column: Book Business

     The Solstice has passed and the days are officially growing shorter! On average, we have one to two minutes less of sunlight each day meaning pumpkin spice season is just around the corner. However, it is still a long way away and knowing the days are growing shorter certainly doesn’t cool the temperatures. Our best advice is to stay in and read! 

     Speaking of pumpkin spice, I am personally not a fan, but a local unnamed coffee shop has a new blend available. My usual order is the Lavender Latte, but this week I tried their Cardamom Rose Latte. All I can say is I am glad I work in another town as I would have to have a portion of my paychecks directly deposited in their account to fuel what could very easily become an addiction. As it is, what a treat for the days I have to detour before work. Shop local and you might be surprised what you will find. Their drinks beat the chain stores any day!

     As libraries are the best kept secret around, I’ll let you in on another offering that beats the big names. We have FREE audio books and e-books and magazines for your reading pleasure. Now, sometimes there is a waiting list, but you will get that inside the library. Waiting for a couple of weeks beats shelling out a monthly membership fee plus paying for a title if you want to read more than one a month. 

     Because it is simply too hot to stay out for any great length of time, we have had a lot of kiddos in to pick up a few titles for company. Sometimes their grown-ups are limiting screen time (we love to hear that!) and sometimes they are just sick of devices (we know that feeling too!) Whatever the reason, we love to see people of all ages reading. We have a treasure chest full of prizes for those participating with our reading logs. 

     We have gotten so accustomed to instant gratification that it hurts our feelings to have to wait for anything. Don’t you remember the anticipation of a special event? Reading a great book can be like that too, as you keep reading long past your bedtime or time to leave for work because you HAVE to know what happened. Use your local library card to access nearly a hundred thousand online titles for free! You can even apply for a card online.

     This week, we have some new titles guaranteed to grab your attention. I had the pleasure of reading “Red on the River” by Christine Feehan ahead of publication. It is a loose sequel to “Murder at Sunrise Lake” and a one-sitting-read for me. I could not put it down. 

     We have three more new thrillers by some of your favorites. Everybody’s hero, James Patterson gives us “Escape” the third in the Billy Harney series. Bily is dealing with a millionaire, a jail break, and a cryptic message. Kathy Reichs gives us the twenty-first title in the Temperance Brennan series with “Cold, Cold Bones.” Ugh! After reading the blurb, I don’t even want to tell you about it! I know it will be great, but it is a bit gory, so fasten your seatbelt! The last of our new thrillers is “The Girl Who Survived” by Lisa Jackson and eew, it’s another creepy read. The orphaned survivor of a family massacre has the past coming back to haunt her as people around her begin to die leaving her to believe she is the ultimate target. 

     We are staying in and reading. Mary Cate has moved on to “Finlay Donovan is Killing It” by Elle Cosimano. It is a hilarious read. I gave up on Anita Blake and “Dead Wednesday” by Jerry Spinelli is the latest book for young readers I’ve picked up. It was a one-sitting book and I highly recommend it for all ages. It was a delight. 

     We still need legos, so clean out those toy boxes and bring them to us. We can’t wait to show you what we have planned with them! We have wonderful programs for all ages this fall with registrations to come soon. Book club is coming up, so get that book read. And, be safe! Our county Covid numbers are going up, so be a little extra cautious. We can’t wait to see you!