Afternoon Book Club on 11/17

It’s not too late to join us for our Afternoon Book Club next Monday, November 17 at 1:00 PM. We will be discussing The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure.  I hope to see you then.

2014 National Book Awards

Have you read any of the books on the 2014 National Book Award Shortlist? It contains some great reads and the winners will be announced on November 18.

2014 Fiction Finalists

Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See
Phil Klay, Redeployment
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven
Marilynne Robinson, Lila

2014 Non-Fiction Finalists

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living
John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
Evan Osnos, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China
Edward O. Wilson, The Meaning of Human Existence

I highly recommend two books from these lists. For fiction, All the Light We Cannot See is a fine novel about a blind girl, a German boy and a secret stone during World War II. The author does an amazing job of detailing the emotional and physical torture of war, yet he also finds pockets of tenderness. Wonderful storytelling!

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, is a hysterically funny, sometimes sad, always honest memoir of caring for her two aging parents until their death. The cartoon format enhances each emotion the reader feels.

Happy reading!


Welcome to our new and improved library website! Even easier to navigate than before, I encourage you to explore the site and discover something new.  For the crafty, we have card making classes once a month, a knitting (craft) club that meets every Wednesday morning from 10:00 – 12:00, and a special program in December where Master Gardner, Sharon Gross, will teach you how to make a mosaic pot worthy of a holiday gift. In addition, meditation and yoga classes meet twice weekly. Looking ahead to January we will have a Travel Program as well as a special program from The Philadelphia Art Museum.   Come join us for one or more of these exciting, enriching programs.

Children and their caregivers are invited to attend our more than seven classes offered each week. Start your children early to love the library!

For the literary minded, we have a monthly day and evening book club. For those interested in Historical Fiction, Mysteries and Classics, there are recommended title sheets for you to review when considering what to read next. You will find these lists near the 7 Day book display. As always, stop by the reference desk and let me know what you are reading – I would love to hear about a favorite book of yours.


Barbara Loewengart
Reference and Adult Services