Children's Room Now Open!
The installation of the new carpet in the Children's Library has been completed, and the room and Lower Level are now open.
Please note: computer access in the Children's Room and our puppet collection are unavailable at this time as we continue to finalize the room's arrangement.
We took the opportunity to redesign a portion of the Children's Room to better accommodate our users' needs and maximize our space. Come see what we've done!
With so many new books coming out each year you're bound to miss some gems. From time-to-time the Middleborough Public Library will list a few of these "Hidden Gems" for your consideration.
My Foreign Cities, by Elizabeth Scarboro
This week’s Hidden Gem is winner of the 2014 Chautauqua Prize. Library Journal writes, "…this entrancing story of a woman’s marriage to a man living with cystic fibrosis (CF), should not be written off as merely a memoir of disease. When Scarboro met her future husband at 17, she struggled to make a life for herself while faced with the challenge of loving someone with a constantly looming expiration date. While Scarboro, her husband, and CF are the three main characters, the story truly shines as the two try to navigate their twenties bouncing between the Bay Area, Boulder, and Boston during the 1990s. ...This book squeezes a soul-encompassing marriage into the events of just one decade, and Scarboro manages to tell—with strength and grace—her all-too-short love story...."
The Possibilities, by Kaui Hart Hemmings
Although Hemmings may not be an author whose name is on the tip of your tongue, you’ll probably remember it after reading this week’s Hidden Gem. (Hemmings is also the author of The Descendants, a book that was made into the Oscar-winning film of the same name starring George Clooney.)
As the story opens, a single mother in Breckenridge, Colorado, mourns the loss of her 22-year-old son and tries to return to a broadcasting job she now finds silly and somewhat pointless. Without becoming maudlin, Hemmings does a touching job of portraying Sarah and the supporting cast in her life as they grieve for Cully. Humorous touches paint a rich picture of Cully’s life as his family and friends come together in missing him. His grandfather binge-orders quirky products from QVC; Sarah’s best friend, Suzanne, thinks nothing of buying pot from her lawn guy; and Kit, a mysterious young woman from Cully’s past, shows up one afternoon offering snow-shoveling services when there’s nothing on the ground but a little ice. They all help Sarah uncover secrets about her son, some unsettling and others that bring the potential for life-changing joy.
The San Francisco Chronicle writes, "The characters are so real, so warm and sympathetic, that you'd be happy to follow them to and from the grocery store just for the pure pleasure of their company. The language is frisky and funny … A gorgeous, smart book about letting go, and seeing all that remains, and then learning to cherish all the possibilities left to you with gratitude and grace."