The Albert Church Brown Memorial Library, on Main Street in China Village, has a number of new books – and many older ones – to lend to area residents. The library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. There is no charge for a borrower’s card.
Several authors of series popular with our patrons had new books published late in 2018 and early in 2019, just in time for our first 2019 book order. Among them: The New Iberia Blues, by James Lee Burke ( number 22 in the Dave Robicheaux series); A Gathering Of Secrets, by Linda Castillo (Kate Burkholder, number 10); Past Tense, by Lee Child (Jack Reacher, number 23); Tundra Kill and The Big Empty, by Stan Jones (Nathan Active, numbers 5 and 6); Residue, by Michael McGarrity (Kevin Kerney, number 13); Bury the Lead, by Archer Mayor (Joe Gunther, number 21); Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny (Inspector Gamache, number 14); Tear It Down by Nick Petrie (Peter Ash, number 4); Careless Love, by Peter Robinson (DCI Alan Banks, number 25); and Holy Ghost, by John Sandford (Virgil Flowers, number 11).
We have other new fiction, including Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg, billed as a follow-up to The Story of Arthur Trulove, a well-received novel; John Grisham’s The Reckoning; and Barbara Kingsolver’s Unsheltered. Recent experiments with new (to the library) authors like Jon Cohen (Harry’s Trees) and Esi Edugyan (Washington Black) were well-received; others new to our patrons include Elizabeth Brooks (The Orphan of Salt Winds) and Delia Owens (Where the Crawdads Sing, a novel one reviewer compared to Kingsolver’s work).
In the Maine Room upstairs we’ve added Bimini Twist, the fourth in Linda Greenlaw’s Jane Bunker mystery series (we have the first three, and several of the non-fiction books, starting with The Hungry Ocean, that first brought her to readers’ attention) and Elevation, an unusually short novel by Stephen King. A patron recently donated a copy of May Sarton’s The Small Room; we have many other Sarton works, novels, poetry and essays. Recently people have been rereading Susan Kenney’s mysteries and Kenneth Roberts’ historical novels.
New books for children and young adults include Thanks to the Animals, a picture book by the late Passamaquoddy storyteller Allen Sockabasin; Saving Winslow, by Sharon Creech, who won Newbery awards for two earlier books, Walk Two Moons and The Wanderer (our library has both); Pay Attention, Carter Jones, by Gary D. Schmidt, whose other works for young people include Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, set on the real Maine island called Malaga; and Holly Black’s young-adult fantasy The Wicked King, a sequel to The Cruel Prince.
On Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., the library will host one of China town officials’ planned introductions to the 2019-2020 budget. Another presentation is scheduled for 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, in the town office meeting room. Voters will act on the budget at the annual town business meeting, which will be Saturday morning, April 6, starting at 9 a.m. if a quorum is present by then.
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