Greece Public Library Blogs
St. Patrick's Day is coming up in less than a week on Thursday, March 17th! Here are some Irish themed books to get you in the Irish spirit.
An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor - this is the first in a series about a doctor in rural Ireland.
Brooklyn by Colm Toibin - set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the 1950's, this is a novel about a young woman who moves from small-town Ireland to Brooklyn.
In the Woods by Tana French - this is the first in the Dublin Murder Squad mystery series.
The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor - a young Irish woman travels on the Titanic.
The Lace Makers of Glenmara by Heather Barbieri - a young woman looking for a fresh start moves to Ireland.
The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley by Jeremy Massey - a Dublin man finds himself in trouble with the Irish mob.
Dubliners by James Joyce - a classic collection of short stories about life in Dublin published in 1914.
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - a memoir about the author's childhood in Ireland, living in poverty.
Here are some of the new books being released Tuesday, February 9, 2015. If you'd like to place any of these titles on hold, please call us at 225-8951.
Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets
Find Her by Lisa Gardner
The Heart by Maylis de Kerangal
I'll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable
The Other Child by Lucy Atkins
The Ramblers by Aidan Donnelley Rowley
Runaway by Peter May
Shutter Man by Richard Montanari
Violent Crimes by Phillip Margolin
Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore
To search for these books or any others, take a look at our online catalog!
We've got some great programs lined up in February for adults (and other ages, too)! Below is a selection of some of the fun and interesting programs you may be interested in attending if you're 13 and up. Feel free to call us at 225-8951 or register on our calendar. We hope to see you this winter!
If you're artistic and enjoy painting, try the Watercolor Snow Scene class on February 1st at 6:30. We provide the materials, you provide the creativity!
If you love candles, home décor, and being creative, come to our Valentine Mason Jar Candle Holder class where you will transform a plain mason jar into a beautiful candle holder. This class is held on February 9th at 2:00.
If you're interested in the latest technology, stop by our lobby for our Cool Tech Gadgets on February 18th anytime between 4:30 and 7. These are recurring informal demonstrations of new gadgets and technology. In February, we will be featuring Ozobots, tiny programmable robots. You know you're intrigued!
If you'd like to unwind, join us for Creative Coloring for Adults! This is a low-key coloring program where you can relax and express your creativity by coloring on provided pages. Join us on February 24th at 6:30.
Hopefully you saw our recent blog post about teen books that are being made into movies in 2016. Well, we've rounded up some of the adult books that are becoming movies this year, too! Check it out.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (March 4th, 2016): A bestseller about a young woman who forms a unique relationship with a paralyzed young man she has been hired to take care of.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (October 7th, 2016): A bestselling psychological thriller about a woman who witnesses and becomes involved in a sinister crime.
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (February 5th, 2016): Another Nicholas Sparks romance, this is the story of young love and its challenges.
The Finest Hours by Michael Tougias and Casey Sherman (January 29th, 2016): A true story about a rescue after two ships broke in half on the sea during a brutal winter.
How to Be Single by Liz Tuccillo (February 12th, 2016): The story of a single thirty-something who quits her job and travels the world.
Inferno by Dan Brown (October 14th, 2016): A return to the world of the DaVinci Code, this is an international thriller set in Italy.
Want to know what your favorite librarians at GPL have been reading and loving?
Each year, I like to survey our library staff about what their favorite book of the year was. This can be anything... newly published or older, fiction or nonfiction... anything is fair game! Below are some of our favorite reads of the year:
All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
Wolf Winter by Cecelia Ekback
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod
Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey
Bliss House by Laura Benedict
The Universe Within by Neil Shubin
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas
The Dog Master by W. Bruce Cameron
The holidays are upon us! Are any of you seasonal readers who enjoy reading Christmas books leading up to the big day? If so, here are some of the Christmas books that have been released this year for you to check out. Which ones are you looking forward to reading?
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans
Christmas in Mustang Creek by Linda Lael Miller
Rest Ye Murdered Gentlemen by Vicki Delany
Do You Believe in Santa? By Sierra Donovan
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery
Christmas at the Vicarage by Rebecca Boxall
Here is a selection of some of the books being released today.
A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Dark Turns by Cate Holahan
Home by Nightfall by Charles Finch
Hotels of North America by Rick Moody
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom
November 9 by Colleen Hoover
The Promise by Robert Crais
Sidney Sheldon's Reckless
Untimely Death by Elizabeth Duncan
Here are some of the titles that are currently on the New York Times Best Seller list. The majority of the books on the list are not surprising because they are written by some of the mega authors we're familiar with; there are a couple of surprising titles though, which is always exciting! Which of these books have you read? Which ones do you plan on reading?
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham - another book by the ever-popular Grisham who is known for his legal thrillers.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith - AKA J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author, so there is no surprise here! This is book three in a crime series for adults.
See Me by Nicholas Sparks - the master of romance! Most of his books get turned into movies and all of his books turn out to be huge sellers.
The Martian by Andy Weir - this book was actually published in 2011, but with the movie recently released, it is back on the best seller lists again!
The Survivor by Vince Flynn and Kyle Mills - the late Vince Flynn has always been a big seller of political thrillers. This is the first book in his popular series to be released after his death and was written by Kyle Mills.
Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis - yet another book co-written by James Patterson. His books always hit the best seller lists.
Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor - this one might have you puzzled. Night Vale is a very popular "podcast" radio show about a town with supernatural elements. This is the first book written about Night Vale!
Here is a selection of some of the books that were released today and last Tuesday. Which ones are you most looking forward to reading?
All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
The Big Chili by Julia Buckley
Bliss by Shay Mitchell
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
The Dead Student by John Katzenbach
Everything She Forgot by Lisa Ballantyne
Foreign Affairs by Stuart Woods
Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart
An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor
Just Killing Time by Julianne Holmes
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
Pop Goes the Weasel by M.J. Arlidge
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain
Saturn Run by John Sandford
The Survivor by Vince Flynn
Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
There are SO many great books being released today. Here are just a few of the titles. Which ones are you looking forward to reading?
After You by Jojo Moyes
The Bark Before Christmas by Laurien Berenson
Christmas Chocolat by Kate Defrise
Early One Morning by Virginia Baily
The Hidden by Heather Graham
In Bitter Chill by Sarah Ward
A Knights Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers
The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas
A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson
Long, Tall Christmas by Janet Dailey
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Shadow Play by Iris Johansen
A Song of Shadows by John Connolly
Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods
Here are some of the big new releases for Tuesday, 9/15/15. Which ones are you most looking forward to reading?
Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
Dishing the Dirt by M.C. Beaton
Driving Heat by Richard Castle
The End Game by Catherine Coulter
The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
We have a lot of exciting things going on at the library right now! We hope you'll participate in as many as possible.
- September is National Library Card Sign-up Month! We encourage everyone to sign up for a card this month if they don't already have one! We have Snoopy bookmarks and stickers for those who sign up for one this month. The following events are also in honor of this occasion:
- We have a Snoopy photo station where you can stop in and take some fun photos this month! Please share your photos on our Facebook page if you'd like!
- We're having a library card "selfie" contest! The most interesting selfie submitted will win a Kindle from our Friends group! Enter here. Take a selfie with your card in an interesting place, with an interesting person... whatever you'd like to do!
- We have a new exciting partnership with local businesses. More info is here. If you visit one of these businesses in the month of September, you can receive an exciting giveaway or discount by showing your library card:
Even though it isn't officially fall yet, the end of August and the start of September usually signify the start of fall for me... and what better to read than spooky, suspense, or mystery titles in the fall? Here are a few that I've enjoyed over the years and some of my thoughts on them.
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - people either love it or hate it and I love it! This crazy mystery had so many twists and shocking turn of events. It kept me up late into the night reading!
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich - a mystery series on the lighter side. This one is funny and easy, and there are MANY books in the series now so you'll be reading for awhile!
The Bodies Left Behind by Jeffery Deaver - a suspenseful and terrifying chase through the woods! So scary and thrilling!
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion - this is a comical zombie story that actually has heart! A fun and engaging read and unique take on zombies.
Death on Eat Street by J.J. Cook - this is a fun series, perfect for fans of the cozy mystery genre and foodie fiction! Cozy mysteries are fun and light mysteries that feature amateur sleuths and all of the graphic parts of the mystery take place "off script;" in other words, you're not getting any of the gore - just the fun detective work.
Those are just a few of my fall selections in the mystery and suspense genres! Hope you've found a title or two that you may decide to pick up!
Even though the summer is ending soon, there is a lot to look forward to in the world of books this fall! Here are some of the big fall releases that will be out in September - a lot of great ones, including some continuations of series and the long-awaited sequel to Me Before You! Any that you're looking forward to in particular? Let us know with a comment below!
After You by Jojo Moyes (9/29/15)
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson (9/1/15)
Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (9/22/15)
Dance of the Bones by J.A. Jance (9/8/15)
Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb (9/15/15)
Driving Heat by Richard Castle (9/15/15)
The End Game by Catherine Coulter (9/15/15)
Injustice by Lee Goodman (9/15/15)
Make Me by Lee Child (9/8/15)
The Murder House by James Patterson and David Ellis (9/28/15)
The Photograph by Beverly Lewis (9/8/15)
The Scam by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg (9/15/15)
Shadow Play by Iris Johansen (9/29/15)
Undercover by Danielle Steel (9/1/15)
Willow Brook Road by Sherryl Woods (9/29/15)
Last week was the final week of our 2015 summer reading program! We hope everyone had as much fun as we did! Be sure to pick up any remaining prizes by the end of this week.
Below are some of our week six reviews from our Barnard Crossing Branch patrons. Thank you for your reviews!
All That's True by Jackie Lee Miles (review by Susan W.)
"This is the story of Andi, a young teen girl growing up and trying to find her way amid many challenges: death, affairs, friendships, first love and much more. Written from a teen's point of view. At times it's serious and at times quite funny and a real revelation into the world of self discovery. Would be a good must read for teen girls and their moms also." 8.5/10
Poison Flower by Thomas Perry (review by Donna M.)
"I love this author's character 'Jane.' She certainly has an ability to help people in trouble disappear. I also enjoy the descriptions of both the Niagara Falls/Buffalo Indian tribes and Maplewood area of Rochester." 7/10
Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish by John Hargrove (review by Jen R.)
"Great insight as to how the Orcas are really treated behind the scenes at SeaWorld. Very sad." 8/10
15 Two-Block Quilts by Claudia Olson (review by Hope L.)
"A technique that expands the use of 2 traditional blocks." 10+/10
My Hero by Debbie Macomber (review by Donna S.)
"Plot is about two budding romance writers. It is a little far-fetched at the beginning as the main character chases an unknown man who she believes will serve as a model for the hero in her book." 7/10
Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star by Brandon Mull (review by Michael S.)
"The author does a great job continuing the series by adding great new characters. Highly recommended." 9/10
The English Spy by Daniel Silva (review by Donna M.)
"One of my favorite authors; another great story. His stories are all very topical. I like that the same characters appear in the 'Gabriel Allon' stories. These stories seem to inform me of current world events very well." 10/10
Thank you to our Barnard Crossing Branch patrons for submitting their summer reading reviews! Below are just a few of the reviews we received for week five!
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler (review by Patricia M.)
"I loved this book. It is part fantasy, part reality, part past, part present. The writing is excellent and the characters are wonderful. I would buy this book." 10/10
The Prayer Box by Lisa Wingate (review by Diane H.)
"Nice, simple story of a family on Hatteras Island, N.C., anchored by the notes of a 91 year old former resident in a prayer box." 9/10
Hard Choices by Hillary R. Clinton (review by Donna S.)
"Interesting views about foreign policy and how Hillary and Obama came together to work for the country. Slow in some places where it seems to be just a list of famous people." 8/10
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza (review by Kim T.)
"Inside look at the fashion magazine business and the tactics used to get to the top." 9/10
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand (review by Susan W.)
"Friends, both young and older, find out how quickly rumors can get started in a small town. The consequences of gossiping can get out of hand easily and have far reaching effects. Interesting characters and story line but not my favorite by this author." 8/10
Thank you to our Barnard Crossing patrons for submitting their reviews for the summer reading program! Below are just a few of the great reviews we received in week four!
I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (review by Carolyn S.)
"Woman who fought in the Civil War, disguised as a man, to be able to be at her husband's side. Heart-wrenching story. Well-written!" 10/10
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (review by Ann W.)
"A true story of life in war torn Sierra Leone. Life of a young boy who lost his family to war, became a child soldier, and finally became rehabilitated." 10/10
As Night Falls by Jenny Milchman (review by Susan W.)
"In an isolated area of the Adirondacks, escaped convicts turn a family's life upside down. Edge of your seat thriller with plot twists and insightful characterization. Lock your doors and windows and read it!" 10/10
Long Man by Amy Greene (review by Carolyn S.)
"Interesting story of how lives were affected so long ago in Tennessee because of the flooding of their land. Quite sad really." 9/10
Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeannette Wells (review by Shirley L.)
"The true story of the author's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith, a strong, resourceful woman from a frontier town and her influence on her granddaughter. A hard to put down novel." 10/10
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan (review by Jane B.)
"Egan has the ability to bring real historical people to life in different periods of American history. This time it is Edward Curtis, who spent his lifetime capturing last moments of the American Indian by taking photographs. WOW! For anyone who loves American history." 10/10
Code of Conduct by Brad Thor (review by Donna M.)
"Really enjoy the Scott Harvath character and feel the plots are very topical now. It helps me to understand the actual workings of the White House and CIA a little better." 9/10
Thank you to our Barnard Crossing Branch patrons for submitting their book reviews for week three of our summer reading program!
The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King (review by Lisa C.)
"Interesting premise of teenage girl becoming Sherlock Holmes' apprentice, then colleague and friend. Not completely enamored of the reworking of Sherlock Holmes but the story kept me interested. A very entertaining read." 8/10
Fillet of Murder by Linda Reilly (review by Wilson B.)
"A nice cozy mystery to pass the time. Parts were a bit slow to develop but the ending is unpredictable. This is the first in a series, so it will be interesting to see how the story continues." 8/10
Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel (review by Lauren R.)
"Could have been a little shorter but was a very sweet story." 5/10
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (review by Kim T.)
"LOVED this story of the Royal Prince of England and an American girl falling in love. Hope there's a sequel." 10/10
Hexagon Happenings: 15 Quilts and Projects by Carolyn Forster (nonfiction) (review by Hope L.)
"New ways and techniques for making the ever popular hexies. Great read." 10/10
Family Trees by Kerstin March (review by Ann W.)
"Light reading. A romantic story of a young lady rooted in her family's apple orchard, and a young man whose family lives the life of high society in Chicago." 8/10
Support us at our book fair on May 9th from 1-4 PM, or shop online anytime between the 9th and 13th and put in our code. There will be a fun celebration with demonstrations, stories, crafts, cheesecake, and Curious George!
Thank you for your support!
Please find additional details here.