Q: Do you have the local newspapers to read? If so, which ones?
A: Yes we have many newspapers that you may read in the library. We have the Bristol Phoenix, Warren and Barrington Times as well as Providence Business News and Barron’s. We also have the big five – New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Providence and Wall Street Journals. All newspapers are located in the reading room (a.k.a the old building). You may read the newspapers anywhere in the building, but please return them to their racks. Thanks and enjoy!
Do you love puzzles? Did you receive some new puzzles for Christmas and already finished them? Feel free to bring your old puzzles here! Place them on our puzzle shelf on the main floor. Others will take them home to enjoy! Perhaps you will find a new puzzle to take home as well! While you are here, stop by our puzzle table and connect a few puzzle pieces and maybe make a new friend!
Let me tell you, as a 90s child, I have been thoroughly enjoying the Disney movie remakes! However, I was incredibly skeptical of the 2019 Lion King remake. Very rarely am I ever impressed by computer animation, and watching an entire film made up of computer generated animals sounded awful. But, the film was great. It took me a while to get used to the animals because there was something a little too real about them. But a few moments into the movie I was hooked. The new film followed the old film storyline pretty closely, which was nice. I really loved the new personalities of Timon and Pumbaa. Made for some laugh out loud moments. And, the soundtrack was great as well!
Here’s a book for my fellow 90s kids. I don’t read many celebrity biographies. I am not crazy about celebrities. I am skeptical that they’re always trying to sell their brand or product and they’ll tailor their biography around the aforementioned. I have, however, read all the books put out by the cast of the television show Full House. I just love that show! And while I enjoyed most of the biographies, Barber’s was the best. Barber is real, honest and funny. She also writes well, which helps! I plowed through the book in two sittings. It felt like talking with a close, down-to-earth friend. Kudos to her for keeping it real throughout the whole book. No subject was off limits yet, she remained respectful while sharing very personal stories about her relationships. She shares lots of inside information about her acting days on set and also her personal journey with anxiety. Kudos to her. – Kristin
My Lady’s Choosing
by Kitty Curran and Larissa Zageris
In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I would mix it up by trying something completely different. By different I mean a choose-your-own-romance novel that resembles Jane Austen on steroids. Normally I am not enraptured by this sort of work, but what I found interesting was the format. Typically narratives with branching pathways are reserved for adventure tales and not deciding who the heroine rides off into the sunset with. Essentially it takes a staple of childhood and updates it for a more mature audience and it proves to be fun.
There are four main love interest options (a few more if you count some of the side characters that are thrown in here and there.) You are the plucky but poor attendant of a noblewoman until your life takes a turn for the better and you are freed from her service. There’s the bitingly witty Sir Benedict Granville, the absurdly manly horseman Captain Angus McTaggert, the bad boy Lord Garraway Craven, and the charming explorer Lady Evangeline. Each plot line has their own little intrigue to entice the reader. The path you choose depends largely on whether you’re into Darcy and Elizabeth style banter, teaching war orphans, being a governess to the children of a house with a dark secret, or egyptology.
While this book is not going to win any awards based on literary merit, it’s short and sweet. Like a lot of choose-your-own books and games, the decisions that you make are often reflective of you as a person. When I read My Lady’s Choosing, I was specifically aiming to go to Egypt with Lady Evangeline and found myself ending up with an outcome that was completely unexpected. –Katie
My name is Jackie Katz. I have been married to the love of my life, Steve, for 35 years!! We were engaged after dating for only 5 days. I look forward to our weekends and spending time together. I enjoy knitting, reading, working in my garden, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I have three grown sons that make me proud every day. They live in New York City and Southern California. Our time together is the highlight of my life!
Steve and I moved to Rhode Island from California ten years ago. We love living in beautiful Bristol. I love the four seasons and the calm and quiet of living in a small town. My favorite season is fall. I actually love winter and even enjoy a massive snow storm.
Libraries have always been my happy place. I have worked in academic libraries for over 25 years. I worked in an elementary school library for 18 years in California. When we moved to Rhode Island I worked in the Portsmouth High School Library. I currently work in the Main Library at Rogers Williams University. I love working with our students, faculty, and staff to help them with their research, studies, and library needs.
I am honored to be one of the newer Board of Trustee members. I am excited to help continue making Rogers Free Library the heart and soul of Bristol. I enjoy spending Thursday evenings doing my Mrs. Katz and Her Hats Storytime in the children’s room. Interacting with the children and their families warms my heart and reminds me how important libraries are to our families as well as our community.
I admire an author who writes a children’s book that works both as a great read-aloud while also appealing to youngsters just graduating from the easier beginning reader books. Local author Jamie Michalak has one such book with Frank and Bean.
In less than 50 pages and four short chapters we meet Frank, an introverted fellow who craves the peace and quiet required to write in his secret notebook, and Bean, who arrives on the scene with seemingly every instrument known to man. Not surprisingly, Frank (who if you haven’t already guessed is a frankfurter), is not happy about the intrusion. Bean (yes, the musical fruit) honks and toots and vrooms, loudly. (He’s also brought his motorcycle.) This is not auspicious for a workable relationship. And yet.
Bean is on a quest. And it turns out that Frank has the poetry that Bean is seeking to turn his (loud) musical musings into song. The humorous illustrations of Bob Kolar enhance this humorous yet warm story of the beginnings of friendship.
A sure winner with a gentle message.
By Nancy Kellner