Longview Library News: Freedom to Read – Love to Read

There is a sign-up sheet in the library for a proposed Toddlers Group, to be held in the library from 10:15 to 11am on Thursdays. Focus will be on age appropriate stories for children 1-3 years. Older children will be welcome, but there will be a small charge for them.

Freedom to Read Week is February 24th to March 2nd. It is a week to celebrate those books, many of them classics, that have been banned. Some will be on display in the library.

We have 2 dozen beautiful young adult French language books new to the library.

Other new books at the library are, An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison. Published in 1995, it has remained a very much treasured book in the literature of manic-depression. Its bravery, brilliance and beauty are unforgettable. Another is, We Are Displaced: My Journey And Stories From Refugee Girls Around The World by Malala Yousafzai. And, Living Reiki: Heal Yourself and Transform Your Life, by Melissa Tipton.

We also have The Architectural Digest, The International Magazine of Interior Design, among other current magazines.

Recommended for the children in your family: Dolphin S.O.S by Roy Meki. It is a fictionalized account of how local children saved 3 dolphins in the ice in Newfoundland. For the adults, we have The Kingfisher Secret , by an anonymous author. The novel mirrors the current climate of the political atmosphere in Washington, D.C. It is a conspiracy thriller, and was shrouded in secrecy while it was being written, but has now been printed in 11 different countries. It’s an important read.

Another is Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, an award winning Canadian author and author of Half-Blood Blues. It is an absorbing story of an eleven year slave, named George Washington Black, living on a plantation in the Barbados. The story follows him through to adulthood and is beautifully written.

For those of you who have loved Jennifer Robson and her books, Somewhere in France and After the War, you  will be happy to hear she has a new one out. It is called The Gown, and  is the story of postwar austerity and royal pomp and ceremony. It tells of the lives of the young working class women employed in the workshop of the leading fashion designer of the day, Norman Hartnell. It is historical fiction at its best.

Happy Reading.