National Book Award Winners

Are you looking for a new book to read? The National Book Award winners were announced this week. The winners were:



Fiction: Redeployment by Phil Klay

Nonfiction: Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China by Evan Osnos

Poetry: Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Glück

Young people’s literature: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Tidying Up

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is a slim book about the virtues of simplifying and organizing your home.  Some of this book comes off as hokey but much of the author’s information is intriguing.  Rolling you socks and clothing instead of piling things on top of each other, purging by category instead of physical area and getting rid of most paper, are just a few of her many dictates.  She is not without sentiment though and acknowledges we all have something dear to us we should cherish, whether it be a book, or drawing, or even a t-shirt. Marie does stress to remember we live in the present, so not to hang onto things because they have given us pleasure in the past. “Thank” the gift for the happiness it gave you then let it go.  She also suggests you “thank” your house, wallet and other practical items you use each day.  Her overall message is if an item doesn’t spark joy in you get rid of it!  Even gifts that loved ones have given us that we don’t enjoy we need to discard.

There must be a worldwide desire to purge and organize as this book has been an international bestseller with more than 2 million copies sold.  If you want to be happier, read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, put your home in order and declutter.


Barbara Loewengart
Reference and Adult Services


Recently, my son had an assignment to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  I have picked this Newbery Honor Medal book up dozens of times, yet never got around to reading it.  Well, don’t I feel silly for not having read it sooner. Hatchet is the powerful story of Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old boy stranded in the wilderness with nothing but a hatchet and the power of his thoughts.  He struggles to overcome his fears while at the same time becoming emotionally and physically stronger.  Brian’s appreciation for his surroundings grows as he realizes the many ways nature can help him survive.  This is a terrific book for a reluctant reader.  On the surface it is a tale of survival but a bit deeper is the realization that in growing up we lose something – an innocence that there is only one way to see things.

Find Hatchet by Gary Paulsen in our YA collection.


Barbara Loewengart
Reference and Adult Services

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