Teen Book Review – The Last Magician – Lisa Maxwell

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The Last Magician

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a brilliantly woven time-traveling, magical heist book and I didn’t even know how much I wanted it in my life. The book is written from multiple perspectives, which took a couple of chapters to get used to (as I was listening to the audiobook and there weren’t multiple narrators) but soon I recognized each character’s unique voice and fell into the story. In general, the plot was not fast paced but Maxwell vibrantly painted the world our main character finds herself in.

Esta is an orphan and a thief who is tasked with going back in time to alter the events of a heist that occurred in 1904 New York City. New York City is a world of mages, people will unique affinities, like Esta’s ability to manipulate the fabric of time. Esta herself is a…

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Teen Grand Opening

The Rogers Free Library celebrated the opening of its new Teen Space Sunday, February 23, with a ribbon cutting and open house. Doing the honors were (from left) Aditi Mehta, Shivani Mehta, Isabella McAdam and Dylan Barone. The space – ideal for studying, gaming, crafting and socializing – was designed and furnished with input from teens. 

The $325,000 Library renovation also included an additional 24-seat conference room for community use and quiet study spaces on the Library’s third floor. The six-month building project was handled by Middletown-based JPS Construction and Design.

The space renovation came about as a response to the public’s input during the Strategic Planning process.  The  greater Bristol community requested meeting space and a more teen friendly space. A grant from the Friends of the Rogers Free Library, a 501(c)(3) foundation, funded the project. The Friends support many of the library programs, including children’s reading programs and Lynda.com, which makes more than 14,000 video courses available to Library patrons.

 

Staff Review – Little Women

Sometimes, I am so grateful for movies. I know some of us loathe the fact that books are frequently made into movies. I get it. But for me, it is incentive to pick up (or revisit) a book. And in this case, the book is Little Women.

My friend and I went to the theater to see the latest release of Little Women directed by Greta Geriwig, starring Emma Watson (of Harry Potter) and Saoirse Ronan (of Brooklyn). I was skeptical, as Little Women has been adapted several times and my loyalty remains to the 1933 version starring Katharine Hepburn. But I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable this latest version was, even though there was a change at the end (which was quite satisfactory).

That got me thinking about the book. I remember reading it for school and I just loathed it, probably because I had to analyze it so much in class. As is the case with most novels I read in school. But let me tell you, I have enjoyed it immensely as an adult. I forgot how absolutely charming the girls were. As an adult I recognize and understand the themes and empathize with every character. What strikes me though, is how Alcott was able to develop such strong characters at such young ages!  And all of them are likable in their own way.  I laughed, I cried and I rejoiced for all the girls throughout the book.  How perfect! Makes me wish I had a sister! Well, not when they burn my written pages. Please do borrow Little Women from us today!

-Kristin

 

Meet the Staff – Board of Trustees

Hello! My name is Magdalen Chianese. My friends call me Madge and I have been involved with the library all my life. When I was young, I loved reading all the Nancy Drew Mysteries series that were at Rogers Free Library!  As an elementary teacher I started a program with my school and the library. Each week a different class (grades 1 -4) would walk to the library, hear a story, and then check out books for themselves. This program became very popular with the students and lasted many years.

I have been a Trustee since 1995 and I have been happy to serve in that capacity. It was exciting to be part of the process and decision making when the new library expansion was constructed. The director and library staff have always been so courteous and helpful. We are blessed to have such wonderful staff.

I have two grandchildren and I look forward to taking them to story hour and getting them involved in the summer program as my own children did when they were young.

 

Frequently Asked Questions – Paperback Section

Question: I realize the library allows a couple of renewals on books, but what if I am a slow reader? I am afraid to be late with a book. I need more time! What can I do?

Answer: Some of you may not be aware that we have a modest paperback section on the main floor. This collection is comprised of mass market books which have been donated. These items are on the honor system. They are not barcoded therefore, are not attached to your library record. We keep these so you may take your time and read at your own pace. Enjoy!

Staff Review – The Hollywood Book Club

The Hollywood Book Club: reading with the stars
By Steven Rea

Once in a while, I need a quick and easy read. This was the perfect one for me.  Hollywood Book Club is a good book for folks who still dream of old Hollywood and black & white pictures.  Every page features a photograph of a movie star with a book in their hands. The opposite page includes a brief passage about the celebrity’s filmography along with the title of the book they are reading in the photograph. It was a neat little book!