The Town of Johnsburg Library’s StoryWalk® Aug 21 – Oct 13

Take a walk to view the Town of Johnsburg Library’s Sheep Take a Hike StoryWalk®–on this short walk, on a portion of the Carol A. Thomas Memorial Walking Trail in North Creek, NY, you can enjoy a story and the outdoors together. Start the StoryWalk® on the trail beside the gazebo near the back entrance of the library. Follow the numbered displays along the trail to read the story. There are fun activities with each page. The StoryWalk® will be up from Saturday, August 21 until Wednesday, October 13. Stay tuned for more StoryWalk® events throughout the year.

Check out this article North Creek’s ‘StoryWalk’ offers a new family activity for the area about the The StoryWalk® appearing in the Sun Community News.

Let us know what you think about the Town of Johnsburg Library’s STORYWALK® by taking our short STORYWALK® survey

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

This project is generously supported by the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region at Adirondack Foundation, the community foundation serving the Adirondack Region. The Foundation works to enhance the lives of the people in the Adirondacks through philanthropy.

Celebrating 25 Years!

The Town of Johnsburg Library is celebrating 25 Years! This year, 2021, marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Town of Johnsburg Library in 1996. Stay tuned for more news on celebrating this milestone in our library’s history.

Museum Passes

Museum passes are family admission passes for area museums.  They have a 3 day loan. 

Current passes:

Hyde Collection, Glens Falls

The Wild Center (seasonal), Tupper Lake

Reading Around – Beverly Cleary & YA Reads

The recent passing of the beloved author Beverly Cleary (1916-2021) brought to mind some of my favorite Cleary reads, such as Cleary’s YA classics Fifteen (1956), The Luckiest Girl (1958), Jean and Johnny (1959), and Sister of the Bride (1963)–I recently reread these gems. This quartet of novels, sometimes called malt shop novels, are all set in California and revolve around first romances. In the deft hands of Cleary, these books rise above the pack. Still, there are new YA books to consider. Below are listed a few new YA arrivals at TOJL.

Happily Ever Afters (2021) by Elise Bryant is surely in the vein of Cleary’s Fifteen. It is contemporary and smart, and the romance narrative is set within the context of today’s issues. Budding romance writer Tessa struggles to find her place in a new town and a new school and encounters real-life romance as well. This is Bryant’s debut novel.

Another recent YA novel at the library is You Have a Match (2021) by Emma Lord. In this novel of “romance, sisterhood, and friendship” we meet Abby who signs up for a DNA service on a lark only to find a secret sister. Lord is also the author of Tweet Cute (2020).

Also recently published is Lore (2021) by Alexandra Brackman. According to Publishers Weekly, this tale, set in New York City, “blends Greek mythology and modern-day Manhattan.” Bracken is New York Times best-selling author of The Darkest Minds series of books.

–K.E.

Reading Around – New Books, Recent Reads

All the new thinking is about loss.

In this it resembles all the old thinking.

               –Robert Hass from Meditation at Lagunitas

Loss

These lines from poet Robert Hass came to mind while reading Ann Napolitano’s 2020 novel Dear Edward. The novel follows Edward, a twelve-year-old boy en route to a new life with his family—from New York to California—when the plane crashes leaving him as the sole survivor. Dear Edward is certainly about loss, unfathomable loss for most of us, but it’s also about surviving and moving forward in the most tragic of situations and with the help of compassionate strangers–which made the novel, in the end, joyful and hopeful. I highly recommend it. Napolitano’s other works include A Good Hard Look and Within Arm’s Reach.

Another “Ann”

Ann Patchett had me at the title. Although the Dutch house in Patchett’s novel is outside Philadelphia, in New York Dutch domestic architecture is part of the air we breathe. This latest Patchett work, The Dutch House, begins in midcentury America and follows the story of a brother and sister over five decades. Similar to Dear Edward, this novel also examines loss—loss of a house and much more—but is also about healing. The portraits of the brother and sister are well wrought and compelling.

Literary Fiction

Several new literary fiction titles have arrived at the library, including Chang-rae Lee’s My Year Abroad, which I am currently reading and enjoying, and Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. Also, just in, Jennifer Ryan’s novel The Kitchen Front set in WWII around a BBC radio cooking contest. Check out NPR’s review. You might also want to consider Ghanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom and, if you like fantasy, the best-selling The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab.

Mysteries

A patron recommended the works of recently deceased mystery author Margaret Maron. We have many of her titles, so we created a display of her works in the library. Maron’s works include two series both of which feature female sleuths.

New mysteries/thrillers in the library include works by Jonathan Kellerman, C.J Box, and J.A. Jance.

–K.E.