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YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
Laura is in the middle of reading Jo Walton’s My Real Children. “I am reading a novel that has been classified as a science fiction novel, but I am not convinced that it is sci-fi. Jo Walton’s My Real Children begins in 2015, in a hospital where the elderly protagonist Patty is suffering from memory loss. Then 100 plus pages into the book, the story revolves around two story lines of Patty’s character during World War II. One is a loving, youthful and promising courtship turned depressing marriage. The other life is free of the traditional bounds of the era raising three children with her lesbian lover, and openly living between sunny Italy and England. The time frame and the use of switching the protagonist’s story lines is very similar to Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which I truly loved reading. My Real Children is easy to read, so I am not going to give up on it.”
You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ

Laura is in the middle of reading Jo Walton’s My Real Children. “I am reading a novel that has been classified as a science fiction novel, but I am not convinced that it is sci-fi. Jo Walton’s My Real Children begins in 2015, in a hospital where the elderly protagonist Patty is suffering from memory loss. Then 100 plus pages into the book, the story revolves around two story lines of Patty’s character during World War II. One is a loving, youthful and promising courtship turned depressing marriage. The other life is free of the traditional bounds of the era raising three children with her lesbian lover, and openly living between sunny Italy and England. The time frame and the use of switching the protagonist’s story lines is very similar to Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, which I truly loved reading. My Real Children is easy to read, so I am not going to give up on it.”

You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

Some of the birds dropped birdseed around the library resulting in ROGUE CORN. Today, I harvested some.  (at Darien Library)

Some of the birds dropped birdseed around the library resulting in ROGUE CORN. Today, I harvested some. (at Darien Library)

Outreach at the beach! Yes that is cornhole.  (at Weed Beach)

Outreach at the beach! Yes that is cornhole. (at Weed Beach)

Appy Hour: Yonder
Price: Free
I saw this app advertised on facebook and was like, “Hmmm I like the outdoors. Let me check this out.” It allows you to post photos from your outdoor adventures and browse photos that other users have taken and geo-tagged around the world. While there are not a lot of photos in my area yet, there were a lot from Northern Minnesota where my grandmother grew up and I experienced a wonderful wave of nostalgia browsing through those. If you’d like to look at some beautiful outdoor photos that will inspire you to hoist up your backpack and lace up your boots, this app is for you.
More information can be found here.
Every Thursday afternoon, we feature an app handpicked by our staff.

Appy Hour: Yonder

Price: Free

I saw this app advertised on facebook and was like, “Hmmm I like the outdoors. Let me check this out.” It allows you to post photos from your outdoor adventures and browse photos that other users have taken and geo-tagged around the world. While there are not a lot of photos in my area yet, there were a lot from Northern Minnesota where my grandmother grew up and I experienced a wonderful wave of nostalgia browsing through those. If you’d like to look at some beautiful outdoor photos that will inspire you to hoist up your backpack and lace up your boots, this app is for you.

More information can be found here.

Every Thursday afternoon, we feature an app handpicked by our staff.

First ever woman wins the world's most prestigious math prize

arlingtonvalib:

Ah well, I guess she can be an awesome award winning mathematician instead.

(Source: codeorg)

Robin Williams doing a series of comedic riffs for the opening of the new San Francisco Main Public Library in 1996. Really enjoying this.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
The Ever Delightful Pat S. had finished one of my favorites and here is her take on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth. “A debut novel, Flying Shoes is nothing short of being an unpolished jewel. Set in a small, insular university town in Mississippi, the story revolves around the unsolved murder of the nine-year-old brother of the main character Mary Byrd Thornton. Thirty five years later, new information comes to light requiring Mary Byrd to find her way to Richmond to meet with her remaining family and the detectives re-opening this cold case-in the midst of a devastating winter ice storm-and we’re off to the races! In true Southern literary tradition, Howorth richly describes small town university life in the south with a cast of memorable characters reinforcing the unpredictability and sheer absurdity of living. It was hard to close the last page on Mary Byrd, Teever, Ernest and Foote-and I am missing them still. Cannot wait to see what this author does next!”
You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ

The Ever Delightful Pat S. had finished one of my favorites and here is her take on Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth. “A debut novel, Flying Shoes is nothing short of being an unpolished jewel. Set in a small, insular university town in Mississippi, the story revolves around the unsolved murder of the nine-year-old brother of the main character Mary Byrd Thornton. Thirty five years later, new information comes to light requiring Mary Byrd to find her way to Richmond to meet with her remaining family and the detectives re-opening this cold case-in the midst of a devastating winter ice storm-and we’re off to the races! In true Southern literary tradition, Howorth richly describes small town university life in the south with a cast of memorable characters reinforcing the unpredictability and sheer absurdity of living. It was hard to close the last page on Mary Byrd, Teever, Ernest and Foote-and I am missing them still. Cannot wait to see what this author does next!”

You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

librarianwardrobe:

Readers Advisory Public LibraryIllinois

Just really feelin’ this guy’s jive today.

librarianwardrobe:

Readers Advisory
Public Library
Illinois

Just really feelin’ this guy’s jive today.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ
This week we welcome our new McGraw Fellow Miss Lisa! She can be found in the Children’s Library and here is her take on a staff favorite. “I’ve been reading Code Name Verity by Jennifer Wein and want to advocate for it, though it’s older and already been buzzed about, as a book for adults who have been curious about YA fiction. Code Name Verity takes place during WWII, and tells a story of friendship, sacrifice, and some kickbutt women. The novel begins as a written confession by one of the women, who is locked in Gestapo headquarters in occupied France, and alternates between her current situation in prison and the story of how she made it to France in her friend Maddie’s airplane on a semi-legal mission. If you’re into military history, you’ll be excited to learn about women in the military, British pilot training, and spy training in the form of an exciting story. If you’re just into a story and want one that tugs on your emotions, I can attest to this book’s power: I’ve just moved to a new place far away from my family and friends and this story helped unlock a much needed cry. It also has it all - spies, Resistance fighters, Scottish castles, fighter planes, women soldiers, and an incredible friendship, and because it’s YA, it reads quickly. You know how the children’s movie Frozen made such a splash because instead of being about a prince and princess falling in love it’s about the deep bond between two sisters? This book should inspire similar enjoyment of a refreshing (and tear-inducing) relationship. I haven’t yet read the sequel, Rose Under Fire, but am looking forward to it. You’ll find this book in the YA section - don’t be afraid, go check one out (or send a teenage spy to do your dirty work for you).”
You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!

YOU ARE WHAT YOU READ

This week we welcome our new McGraw Fellow Miss Lisa! She can be found in the Children’s Library and here is her take on a staff favorite. “I’ve been reading Code Name Verity by Jennifer Wein and want to advocate for it, though it’s older and already been buzzed about, as a book for adults who have been curious about YA fiction. Code Name Verity takes place during WWII, and tells a story of friendship, sacrifice, and some kickbutt women. The novel begins as a written confession by one of the women, who is locked in Gestapo headquarters in occupied France, and alternates between her current situation in prison and the story of how she made it to France in her friend Maddie’s airplane on a semi-legal mission. If you’re into military history, you’ll be excited to learn about women in the military, British pilot training, and spy training in the form of an exciting story. If you’re just into a story and want one that tugs on your emotions, I can attest to this book’s power: I’ve just moved to a new place far away from my family and friends and this story helped unlock a much needed cry. It also has it all - spies, Resistance fighters, Scottish castles, fighter planes, women soldiers, and an incredible friendship, and because it’s YA, it reads quickly. You know how the children’s movie Frozen made such a splash because instead of being about a prince and princess falling in love it’s about the deep bond between two sisters? This book should inspire similar enjoyment of a refreshing (and tear-inducing) relationship. I haven’t yet read the sequel, Rose Under Fire, but am looking forward to it. You’ll find this book in the YA section - don’t be afraid, go check one out (or send a teenage spy to do your dirty work for you).”

You Are What You Read is our “Staff Recommends” GONE WILD and features recommendations from Darien Library staff members. And you don’t have to live in Darien to receive an email with our top picks!