These Violent Delights – Staff Review – Cherise

These violent delights by Chloe Gong

This book was one of those books I was super excited about. I’m not a fan of Romeo and Juliet, but a retelling set in Shanghai in the 1920s? PLUS a supernatural mystery? I was extremely here for this book. This story did start out strong, however I felt that the book dragged on in the end and could have ended a 100 pages sooner, much of the plot repeated again and again. I fell in love with the characters. Juliette is a character that you instantly love because she’s strong and doesn’t care about being nice. You realize there’s a lot behind this, a lot of trauma that made her become cold and ruthless. Roma on the other hand I didn’t care for that much. He fell flat. He was technically the same as Juliette, but with a softer tone to him. He was a gangster unwilling to kill. There were times I liked him, I liked what he stood for, but by the end he felt like he got in the way more than anything. I loved the representation in this book, Kathleen being a transwoman and Marshall a gay man. The author wrote them both well, not letting those things rule their characters and be their sole trait. Did it play a big part in both of them? Kathleen at least, yes. Marshall, not so much. Being part of both the gay and trans community, I did love seeing this inclusion in a book set in the 1920s, when people like to pretend that no one was gay back then. As for the plot, it did suck me in at first. Two rival gangs, a madness spreading through their city, members of the gang dropping quickly. That the two ex lovers now must work together to solve it. I do love a good enemies to lovers. And this book took it a step further, from enemies, to lovers, to enemies, to dealing with each other, and finally lovers again only for it to sour once more. Personally I would have preferred if the romance had held out a little longer. It just didn’t fit with the fact the two of them. It felt a little forced.

So my final thoughts. It’s an enjoyable story, though it didn’t fully live up to the hype I had for it. It fell flat in a few places, but I am interested to see what book two gives us.

3 Stars

APL will move to curbside pickup only starting December 2.

Curbside Pickup Program

The Auburn Public Library has moved to a curbside pickup only service. This means that we will no longer offer the option to browse in person for books. We have limited computer availability by appointment only, and limited (one person at a time) Copy/Fax/Scan service.

To borrow items through our curbside service:

Place holds online through our online catalog, or by calling or emailing us (333-6640 ext. 2 or request@auburnpubliclibrary.org).  We will try to pull requests frequently, but it may take 1-2 days for us to prepare your items. If you are not sure what you want, please call, and we will be happy to make suggestions.

When your holds are ready you will be notified by email or phone, depending on how your account is set up.

Stop by anytime during curbside hours (M-F 10-6; SAT 9-1) to pick up holds. Call us from the Library Ave. parking lot (333-6640 ext. 2) and we will bring your items out. You do not need to call ahead, but if we know when you are coming, we will have your items already checked out.

Fees for borrowing movies and audiobooks will be waived while the library is open for curbside service only.

Returns

All returns should be placed in the drop boxes, located at the Library Ave. and Spring St. entrances. Items will be quarantined for 3-5 days. Late fees will be waived during the time we are open for curbside service only.

Make an appointment to use the computer

Computers are available by appointment only. Call the reference desk (333-6640 ext. 4) to schedule a time. We cannot accommodate walk in computer use at this time. Appointments are available Monday-Friday, 10-5:30PM.

Use the Library Ave. entrance for computer appointments.

Fall Reading Challenge: Eastern Europe prt 2

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 5: A book set in the Eastern Europe Region #2 or an author from the Eastern Europe Region #2. Notable authors of recent years include Julia Kristeva, Sándor Márai, and Carmen Bugan. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Position available: Director of Engagement

The Auburn Public Library is a non-profit public library that includes all of the elements of a 21st century library while maintaining the grandeur of its original 1904 Carnegie building. A gifted library staff provides a remarkable array of services to Auburn, Minot, and the surrounding communities. The Library stresses outstanding customer service, community collaboration and responsiveness to the needs of its customers. The Library is funded primarily by the City of Auburn and is expected to provide a significant percentage of its annual revenue. The mission of the Library is to engage, enrich and enlighten.

Position

APL seeks a highly motivated individual, who will represent and promote the Library, reporting to the Library Director in partnership with the Board of Trustees and the staff. The Director of Engagement will support strategic initiatives to reach out and engage the community to build broad public awareness of and support for the Library This position is full-time and comes with benefits. The complete job description can be found at www.auburnpubliclibrary.org

Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development and execution of Auburn Public Library’s annual fundraising plan.
  • Assist in securing financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations.
  • Assist in the maintenance of ongoing relationships with major donors.
  • Assist in the organization of special events, such as the Library’s Spring online auction.
  • Assist in the management of our fundraising software, data entry, gift processing, report generation and record keeping related to the development function.
  • Assist in the preparation, submission and tracking of grant requests.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Nonprofit experience
  • Experience in development and marketing, including major gifts
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, communications (written and oral) and managerial skills
  • Experience with social media, the internet, Microsoft and Adobe platforms.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Desired Attributes

  • Understanding of and appreciation for public libraries
  • Appreciation of literature and cultural programming
  • Ability and desire to work as a member of a team
  • Strong work ethic and positive attitude
  • Out-going personality and ease with public speaking
  • Sense of humor

The full job description is available here.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to personnel@auburnpubliclibrary.org, or send by mail to Personnel, Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring St., Auburn, ME. 04210.  The position will remain open until filled.

No phone calls.

10.2020

Fall Reading Challenge: Eastern Europe prt 1

Our Fall Reading Challenge focus this week is on Category 5: A book set in the Western Europe Region or an author from the Western Europe Region. Notable authors of recent years include Olga Tokarczuk, Maryna and Serhiy Dyachenko, and Andrzej Sapkowski. Find some suggestions for titles that fit this category in our online newsletter.

 Some online resources to help you find authors and titles:

About the Fall Reading Challenge:

This year, take a virtual trip around the world with our Fall Reading Challenge! The categories this year represent regions of the world. Read a book set in the region or by an author from that region. Each category you fill in will give you one entry into the final drawing, for the Grand Prize of four new books of your choice! (Some restrictions apply). Complete four categories and pick up a small gift. Contact the Lending Desk for more info.

This year’s reading challenge will run between September 14th – November 30th.

Drop by the Lending Desk to pick up a reading log or enter online through Beanstack!

Click Here for BeanStack (Our Online Challenge Page)

Click here for the Map and Regions (Each Region then has CloudLibrary book suggestions!)

Llama Weaving kits to-go!

Llama Weaving kits to-go. They are available at the lending desk for anyone. The kits come with five different kinds of yarn, a darning needle, a llama loom, and directions. Recommended for older users due to complicated directions, but younger users can do with help from a parent/guardian.

We still have some bee embroidery kits as well at the lending desk. Ask for them at the lending desk while supplies last!

Craft Bags To-Go 2020

Looking for a fun, simple project? Pick up one of these kits and create!

We are offering craft bags to take home and make some crafts for anyone of any age. Please see the lending desk for craft bags. They are available to pick up from the desk while browsing the library or available for curbside pick up, please email us at request@auburpubliclibrary.org for curbside pickups, by phone, 207-333-6640 ex 2, or simply by stopping at the lending desk . Get them while supplies last!

ADULT PAPER CRAFTS

Fruity Bookmarks

Paper Poppies

Pressing Flowers How-To

Kusudama Flowers

DIY TWEEN CRAFTS–Pick up a kit and check out our how to videos on Facebook!

Tangram Puzzles

Friendship Bracelets

Coloring Sheets

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