It has been business as usual at the Washington Island Library this winter. Approximately 4,500 books, magazines and movies have been circulated so far this year and we are soon moving into our busy season.
The children’s Summer Reading Program will begin in June. The theme this year is “Dig Into Reading” and six special programs and story times are planned in June and July including the popular grand finale: Story Time on the Cherry Train. Reading records and incentives will be given to children ages three through 12 who sign up and “Dig Into Reading” this summer.
Many new books have been added to our collection since the first of the year. We try to purchase at least one copy of all the best sellers—James Patterson and Clive Cussler seem to come up with a new title every six weeks or so-–and there are many others to choose from on our new book shelf.
A sample of some of the titles that are either already on our shelves or on order are:
“News from Heaven” by Jennifer Haigh
“Benediction” by Kent Haruf
“Night Moves” by Randy Wayne White
“Lifesaving Lessons” by Linda Greenlaw
“The River Swimmer” by Jim Harrison
“Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger
“Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson
“Breaking Point” by C. J. Box
“The Burgess Boys” by Elizabeth Strout
“The Redeemer” by Jo Nesbo
“Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult
“Six Years” by Harlan Coben
“Damascus Countdown” by Joel C. Rosenberg
“Inferno” by Dan Brown
“The Golden Egg” by Donna Leon
“Maya’s Notebook” by Isabel Allende
“The Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseine
There are many more titles that have been ordered, too many to list in this article. Please come into the library and browse our new book shelf to see what is available.
If we don’t have what you are looking for, we would be happy to borrow it from another library for you. We receive deliveries from other libraries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A book that has been requested from another library will often arrive on the Island the following day.
Carol Amadio has donated many DVDs from her personal collection to the Washington Island Library. Some of the titles that we selected from her wonderful collection are replacements for movies that the library owned, but were scratched or damaged; however, many new titles have been added to the library shelves also.
A large collection of BBC productions now grace our shelves including “Doc Martin” sets 1 -5, “Hamish MacBeth” sets 1 – 3, “Doctor Finlay” sets 1 – 5, “Rosemary and Thyme,” “Downton Abbey” sets 1 – 3, and “Keeping up Appearances.” We also now have a full collection of BBC productions of books by Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.
Several complete sets of popular television shows are now part of our collection including “Criminal Minds,” “Seinfeld” and “The Sopranos” as well as a set of Marilyn Monroe movies and the “Best of Saturday Night Live” collection which includes Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Gilda Radner, Chris Farley, John Belushi and Chris Roc.
There are also many stand alone titles that I’m sure will appeal to many of our customers. Thank you Carol for this extremely generous donation to our community library.
Newly released movies are purchased weekly, and while the most popular titles often have lengthy waiting lists, the Island Library does own copies of new releases and they will eventually be on our library shelves. So plan a visit to the Island Library. There are many good things waiting for you to take home and enjoy.
By Marcia Carr
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