Pretty Things – Haley – Staff Review

Pretty Things By Janelle Brown

In Pretty Things a grifter sets into action her biggest scam yet, against an heiress turned social media influencer with ties to her past.

Brown delivers a thriller based on our current social media obsession. I found it fascinating to realize how easily a con artist could infiltrate someone’s life based on their constant posting of daily activities. This was a new concept to me. The book was topsy turvy with twists I never expected and truly enjoyed to the very end. Neither of the female lead characters are very likeable, but you didn’t need to be rooting for either of them to enjoy the novel. At almost 500 pages it is a longer book but for me it flew by.

4 Stars

The Great Penguin Rescue – Maddy – Staff Review

The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil spill and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue by Dyan deNapoli

Dyan worked at the Boston Aquarium as a penguin specialist, but when a call for help came from Cape Town, South Africa for help rescuing oiled penguins, she and her coworker, flew down as fast as they could. Joined by penguin specialists from around the world and hundreds of volunteers, she and others worked tirelessly to rescue, clean, rehabilitate and release thousands of penguins who were oiled in when the ship Treasure sank. After months of hard work and long days, all the penguins were released back into the wild with minimal losses. This experience is unfortunately all too common and as a result, more and more penguin species are becoming endangered.

Both heartwarming and saddening at times, Dyan’s story tells readers about what it really takes to work with and clean oiled-slicked penguins (spoiler-alert: its a lot harder than you think) and educates readers about the ever-increasing occurrences of oil-spills. This was both an enjoyable and educational read for anyone who likes penguins. As a bonus, it counts towards the South African region of the reading challenge.

3 Stars

Venus in the Blind Spot – Terry- Staff Review

Venus in the Blind Spot by Junji Ito

Junji Itō’s Venus in the Blind Spot is a compilation manga of several Japanese horror stories, all illustrated and most written by Junji Itō. They all have a central theme of obsession of some kind and many have to do with unrequited love, making for a read that is both thrilling and true to the style of Itō, quite disturbing and unsettling. A great read for anyone looking for a good thrill.

5 Stars.

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!)

Clean Getaway – Maddy – Staff Review

Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

11 year old Scoob was looking forward to his Spring break trip until it got cancelled because of some trouble at school, which he thinks is totally unfair because it wasn’t his fault. So when his grandma (G’ma as he calls her) shows up in an RV inviting him on a cross-country road trip, he grabs his suitcase, leaves his phone and hops in. But as Scoob soon finds out, this isn’t a conventional road-trip. Using G’ma’s trusted greenbook, the two trek across the southern states and Scoob learns that the South hasn’t always been kind and welcoming to people with his skin color and that not everything is as it seems, including his G’ma.

Clean Getaway is a fun middle grade book about a road-trip adventure that also touches upon heavier subjects like segregation and the Civil Rights movement. 

4 stars

Fall Reading Challenge: Western Europe

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 Nina George, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Leila Slimani. 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!)

The German House – Maddy – Staff Review

The German House by Annette Hess

Eva Bruhns doesn’t really remember WWII as it ended when she was a small child and no one in her family likes to discuss what happened in great detail. Her father served in the war, but now and her mom run a successful restaurant. Eva works as a translator and is hired to translate for the 1963 Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, which are war crime trials in which former Nazi officers are being tried for their crimes. As Eva becomes more involved in the trials, she begins to question her family’s silence about the war and her father’s service. She also tries to come to terms with what she learns at the trials and what she has learned/ heard in the past.

Though the German House is a work of fiction, it is based on real events and the real trial of Nazi officers. Annette Hess does a wonderful job of capturing the mood during this time and bringing in different perspectives. For anyone looking for a good historical fiction, I recommend this book. It also counts towards the Fall reading challenge (West or East Europe categories)

4 stars

Tales from the Ant World – Terry – Staff Review

Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson

Tales from the Ant World by Edward O. Wilson is an engaging and entertaining read on the world of ants and ecology. The writing is scientific and educated, however with use of everyday language and explanation that talks to the reader in a tone that is as much for an expert as for someone new to the field of entomology. Included are a number of scientific drawings to illustrate a few of the species, as well as a glimpse into fieldwork in the world of ant scientists.

5 stars

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