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  • Posted on 12/12/2011 - 6:39pm

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    Shine begins with a newspaper clipping about a teenage boy, Patrick, who was beaten and left for dead - apparently the victim of a violent hate crime. Sixteen-year-old Cat, appalled at the lackluster attempts of the Black Creek, North Carolina law enforcement officials to solve the crime, is determined to find Patrick’s assailant herself – despite having barely spoken to Patrick, or any of her old friends, for the past three years. As Cat digs into the mystery, she begins to overcome a traumatic event in her own past and make connections with her brother and her friends again, realizing that she can’t do it alone. However, Shine is more than just a mystery: it’s a deep examination of a small town and many of the people in it, and an exploration of people’s motivations – why do they do what they do? Cat learns to look past “people’s outsides” and “think about their insides, too” – in other words, she learns appearances can be deceiving, and learns to question some long-held assumptions.

  • Posted on 12/12/2011 - 1:57pm

    This fall a group of creative kids ages 8 and up have been working on Star Mag, a quarterly magazine made by and for kids.  At our monthly meetings,  participants used markers, crayons, pencils, and latops to create artwork, stories and activities like word searches and puzzles. Click here to read Star Mag.  Printed copies are available in the Children's Room.  Our next meeting will be January 4 at 3:45 pm.   We would love to have more kids join us.  If you have any questions about Star Mag, please contact Barbara Raab either at 978 694-2098 or

  • Posted on 12/10/2011 - 4:33pm

    Did you miss out on our recent Food Gifts for the Holidays cooking demonstrations?  It's not too late to get some great ideas - click here to see the recipes.

  • Posted on 12/07/2011 - 12:15pm

    TitleArtistRelease Date
    Fire & IceKaskade11/8/2011
    Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2Glee Cast11/15/2011
    50 Words for SnowBush, Kate11/21/2011
    Beg For MercyLambert, Adam11/21/2011
    Lioness: Hidden TreasuresWinehouse, Amy12/6/2011

  • Posted on 12/07/2011 - 11:21am

    If you are considering purchasing an e-reader this holiday season, here are a few things to consider:

    Basic e-readers
    The Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook Simple Touch are simple devices for reading e-books. A basic e-reader is light, compact, and affordable, and has a black and white screen with a long battery life. Sony has a variety of Sony Readers that are comparable to the Kindle and Nook Simple Touch.

    If you want to surf the web, watch videos, and listen to music in addition to reading e-books, consider a tablet such as the Amazon Kindle Fire, B&N Color Nook, B&N Nook Tablet, or Apple iPad. Tablets feature full-color LCD screens but have considerably shorter battery life than basic e-readers.

    Purchasing content
    Generally, content must be purchased from the manufacturer of the device. Kindle e-books must be bought from Amazon, Nook e-books must be bought from Barnes & Noble, and so on. Check the selection of e-books and apps from different manufacturers before making a purchase.

    Most e-readers have wi-fi capability which allows you to purchase and download books directly from your device. Some devices also have 3G access which extends wireless internet access to anywhere you can get a cell phone signal (note that 3G service often requires an additional monthly fee). Once you load books onto your device, you do not need wireless access to read books.

    Library compatability
    All of the above-mentioned e-readers are compatable with library Overdrive e-books. A full list of compatable devices is here.

    We can help!
    Stop by the library, email us, or give us a call at (978) 658-2967 if you have additional questions about e-readers, e-books, and library downloads.

  • Posted on 12/06/2011 - 10:38am

    TitleRelease Date
    Cowboys & Aliens12/6/2011
    The Debt12/6/2011
    The Hangover Part II12/6/2011
    Fright Night12/13/2011
    Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes12/13/2011
    Julia's Eyes12/20/2011
    Margin Call12/20/2011
    Midnight in Paris12/20/2011
    Straw Dogs12/20/2011
    The Tempest12/20/2011
    Apollo 1812/27/2011
    Final Destination 512/27/2011
    Love Crime12/27/2011
    Tuesday, After Christmas12/27/2011

  • Posted on 12/06/2011 - 9:52am

    The Annual Appeal Letter from Peggy Kane notes that "A great library begins with Friends."

  • Posted on 12/02/2011 - 7:33pm

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    At exactly seven minutes past midnight, the monster comes to Conor's room. There's been a monster in his nightmares, but it's not this one: this is the yew tree from the backyard, come walking to tell him three stories. After three stories, Conor has to tell one in return, and it has to be the truth. It has to be his truth. And it's seven minutes past midnight.

  • Posted on 12/02/2011 - 10:23am

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    This book is really two stories in one, both set around the time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair: the narration alternates between the story of the architects who built the fair – especially Daniel H. Burnham – and that of serial killer H.H. Holmes. While Burnham and his fellow architects build the “White City” (so called because all of the buildings were painted white), Holmes operates in the “Black City” – the underside of Chicago in the 1890s. This book is superbly well-researched and filled with interesting tidbits (the Ferris Wheel was conceived and first build for the Chicago World’s Fair), but facts are only part of what makes Devil in the White City such a gripping and fascinating read; Erik Larson’s writing brings both stories to life in a way that is vividly real.

  • Posted on 12/01/2011 - 5:36pm

    A real quick way to print is to hold down the CTRL key on the keyboard and then press the letter "P" which opens up the print box.