Friday, August 28, 2015

Your vote counts! Vote for your choice for Hopkinton READS! by the end of August

Before you know Kindness by Chris Bohjalian. Bestselling author of Midwives, Bohjalian presents his most ambitious and multi-layered novel to date--examining wildly divisive issues in today's America with his trademark emotional heft and spellbinding storytelling skill. On a balmy July night in New Hampshire a shot rings out in a garden, and a man falls to the ground, terribly wounded. The wounded man is Spencer McCullough, the shot that hit him was fired "accidentally?" by his adolescent daughter Charlotte. With this shattering moment of violence, Chris Bohjalian launches the best kind of literate page-turner: suspenseful, wryly funny, and humane. (Goodreads) 429 pages 2006 Fiction  
The Martian by Andy Weir. A 2014 “Goodreads Best Book” this is a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”--Associated Press. Astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next.(Goodreads) 369 pages 2014 Fiction
Redeployment by Phil Klay. 2014 National Book Award winner, Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the tradition of war writing. . (Penguin Random House website) 291 pages March 2014 Fiction
Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam. The NY Times bestselling memoir that inspired the film October Sky, Rocket Boys is a uniquely American memoir—a powerful, luminous story of coming of age at the dawn of the 1960s, of a mother's love and a father's fears, of a group of young men who dreamed of launching rockets into outer space . . . and who made those dreams come true. With the grace of a natural storyteller, NASA engineer Homer Hickam paints a warm, vivid portrait of the harsh West Virginia mining town of his youth, evoking a time of innocence and promise, when anything was possible. (Goodreads) 368 pages 1998. Non Fiction
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Winner of the 1960 Pulitzer Prize, this is a first-person narrative recounting two years in the life of Scout Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel of personal growth, social justice (and injustice), and friendship. While the writing employs generous amounts of humor, the core of the book is essentially concerned with the problems of prejudice and cultural bias in the 1930s American South. (enotes) 323 pages 1960. Fiction
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom. Sports writer Albom reconnects with a college professor who is now dying of ALS deciding to spend Tuesday afternoons with him discussing life. Their dialogue is the subject of this moving book in which Morrie Schwartz discourses on life, self-pity, regrets, aging, love and death, offering aphorisms about each e.g., "After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left." Far from being awash in sentiment, the dying man retains a firm grasp on reality. An emotionally rich book and a deeply affecting memorial to a wise mentor. (Publisher’s Weekly) 224 pages 2006 Non Fiction

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Laura F. Keyes as Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura F. Keyes as Laura Ingalls Wilder
(from the Little House books)
Friday July 31 from 6-7pm  Grades 1 and up

It’s Moving Day for Laura Ingalls Wilder!
In this presentation Laura is preparing to move her family from South Dakota to Missouri in the Spring of 1894. This program displays the challenges and some of the fun aspects of life on the frontier in 1870s and 1880s. Come and learn about the extraordinary adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and how they did differ from the (fictional) books. Children will learn that Laura had a rather ordinary life, just like them!
Part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program.
Register online here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Lindsay & her Puppet Pals - Wednesday at 6pm!!

Filled with silliness, crowd participation, and  unique memorable characters, this series of charming and positive short stories will delight the young and the young at heart!

Wednesday July 8th  6-7pm
Ideal for ages 3 to 8, siblings welcome! 


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy July 4th!

We are open regular hours on Friday July 3rd 10am to 5pm. We will be closed on Saturday July 4th. Have a safe and fun fourth!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Overdrive Big Library Read!

Eyes on You by Kate White is the new Big Library Read from New Hampshire Downloadable Books. Borrow an Always Available copy of the eBook or Audiobook now until June 23!

Eyes on You is a breathless and terrifying psychological thriller full of twists that will leave readers guessing until the final pages. Enter the world of Robin Trainer, a popular cohost of a nightly television show and bestselling author who discovers that her success has come with danger and an adversary with a dark agenda. This book is sure to have you reading late into the night as Robin desperately tries to unmask her enemy before it’s too late. - Courtesy of OverDrive publicity materials

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Calling all volunteers!!

The Friends of the Hopkinton Town Library Annual Book Sale will be held
Saturday, June 27
from 9:00 - 3:00 at the Library.

Volunteers are needed to help us get ready for this major event.  Sign-up sheets are at the circulation desk.  Any time you can give is appreciated.

Volunteers are needed:
1.  to help sort book donations ( June 16 - 25th, 2 hour shifts throughout the day and Wednesday evenings.)​​ Orientation is provided.  Volunteer sorters may take 5 free books if you work a complete 2 hour shift!

2.  Sale Day (June 27) 1.5 - 2 hour shifts as cashiers, assistant cashiers, floaters (helping out as needed).  Refreshments provided for all volunteers!

3.  Bag Sale (Sunday June 28 1:00 - 3:00) cashiers, clean up

4.  Clean up (Monday June 29) 9:00 - 12:00 "restoring order to the community room"

Friday, May 29, 2015

There's still time to honor your Hopkinton hero!

Honor Your Hopkinton Hero
Here’s your chance to say “thank you” to someone in town who has been your hero. It could be a friend who helped you when you were sick, a child who offered to shovel your front walk, or someone at a local business who went out of their way to do something nice for you. Think of the possibilities! People of all ages are invited to submit names and a few sentences explaining WHY this person is your hero. (You may be asked for a picture at a later date.)
Sixteen names will be selected and will be featured this summer on our Story Walk™, which is on the path behind the Slusser Center and playground. ALL names will be posted in the library with the reason they were chosen.
Please return this form to the Hopkinton Town Library by Friday, June 5.
This project is part of Hopkinton Town Library’s
2015 Summer Reading Program
“Every Hero Has a Story.”

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

News from Leigh!

Look at all you can do here this week!
Emma will be here this Thursday (14th) from 4-5 PM and Saturday (16th) from 10-11 AM. Come read with her...she's such a good listener and is always quiet in the library...a no barking zone! Reply to sign up.
Friday night is the Teen Book Party at 6 PM! We'll have informal converstions about books, see what's new here, have pizza, and watch a movie! (I'm open to your suggestions. Let me know when you sign up.)
We're still looking for helpers for the Summer Reading Program. Let me know if you'd like additional information. (for students entering 6th grade and up)
BIG NEWS! Emilie Burack's book comes out TODAY! Join her here this Thursday at 7 PM, for a reading and behind the scenes look at her debut middle grade novel, The Runaway's Gold. Books will be available from MainStreet BookEnds for sale and signing. Suggested ages: 8 and older.
This is the last week that The Mitten by Jan Brett will be posted on the Story Walk. Coming next week, we'll have OX-Cart Man by Donald Hall in honor of Hopkinton's 250th!
Enjoy your day and hope you make it to the library this week!
Leigh Maynard

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Meet the author!

Meet Local Author
Emilie Burack
A behind the scenes look at
writing a first novel
Thursday May 14th 7pm
Hopkinton Town Library

For the writer in us all (young, old, or somewhere in between), join Hopkinton author Emilie Christie Burack for a reading and behind the scenes look at her debut middle grade novel The Runaway's Gold. Books will be available from MainStreet BookEnds for sale and signing."  Ages 8 to adult.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

This week at the library

Our Town (1977, starring Hal Holbrook) will be shown this Thursday May 7th at 6:30 pm in the Community Room at the library as part of our Spring Hopkinton READS! program. This program is in conjunction with the town-wide production of “Our Town” to be directed by Christine Hamm to celebrate the Town of Hopkinton’s 250th anniversary (July 17th and 19th) and in partnership with the Hopkinton Historical Society, the Hopkinton Town Library will celebrate Wilder’s quintessential New England story.
Chris will also be leading two book discussions of the play on Wednesday May 27th at 1pm and 7pm at the library.  Copies of the play are available to check out at the Library's Reference Desk. Pick up your copy today!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Looking for adventure?

Looking for adventure? Come to the library

Read “The Hat” by Jan Brett on the Story Walk™ path.

 Come inside and look for heroes in our scavenger hunt.
 Find four in a row on the Bingo card and
 choose a prize from our book basket.

Bring your lunch and have a picnic!

Stop in to say hello!

Have a great vacation week,