The Black Mage is a fun but thought provoking foray into the subject of white privilege especially in the area of private academics. Set in a wizarding school the book has an action based plot without being predictable, there are a few nice plot twists that the reader will not feel led into while still linking back enough to the previous parts of the story that will have you thinking “I should have seen that coming”. Overall, a great read and has a message, one that can resonate with all ages of readers.
Set in a city that is reminiscent of post-WWI London, noble families possess magic to rule nations and control the weather. A former military surgeon turned psychiatrist works hard to live an anonymous life of his own, but marked by magic his fate lies between either enslavement to his family or imprisonment in a witches’ asylum. Using the war as an escape from his family’s control, Dr. Miles Singer returns, in hiding, to work in the psychiatric wing of a hospital. With his gift of healing magic, Miles begins to see a mysterious pattern amongst his patients who have returned from war that calls on him to sacrifice the anonymity he has worked hard to build. When the mystery of his patients’ condition begins to intertwine with current political tensions and his own unique family drama, Miles begins to rely on the help of a gorgeous gentleman who’s path he keeps crossing in his attempt to get to the bottom of it all.
Witchmark will rope you in from the very first page and leave you wanting more. If you love compelling stories with complex yet likable characters, this could be the next book for you. I especially enjoyed this novel for the way in which it effortlessly combines fantasy, mystery, and romance. Despite a more historical setting, Witchmark gets you thinking about how the issues of Polk’s fantasy world are eerily representative of our own.
Can’t get enough of Witchmark? Check out the sequel: Stormsong.
The Last Book on the Left: Stories of Murder and Mayhem from History’s Most Notorious Serial Killers
by Ben Kissel
This book is written by the members of a well-known true crime/mystery podcast known as Last Podcast on the Left and is written in a similar style to the show. The stories within are a good mix of true crime serial killer stories and a look into their mindset but in a light enough fare for a quick read. The book does get into some visceral details from written police reports and testimony but does not actually contain any photographs or illustrations of the actual acts of the subjects being studied within. A nice foray into the macabre as well as true crime related to murder, with a nice dark comedic twist from the quips and jokes that are inserted by the writers between the information.
The Library has reopened with limited services.Here’s what you need to know:
The Library will be open Monday, 10AM-7PM; Tuesday-Friday, 10AM-6PM
Health and Safety Precautions
What we are doing to keep you safe:
Offering contactless holds pickup
Maintaining 6 feet of distance between each other
Wearing face coverings while inside the library.
Following cleaning and disinfecting protocols.
What we are asking you to do:
Do not enter the library if you currently have or recently have had a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or are feeling unwell.
Keep your hands clean. Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the library.
Maintain 6 feet of distance from others
Wear a face covering while inside the library.
Follow all directional signs and floor markings.
To enable distancing and to keep customers and staff safe, we will have some limits in place
Limited Capacity. Entry is limited to 10 customers at a time, not including those who have appointments to use the Children’s Room or the library computers. Please limit your visit to thirty minutes. Most furniture, including chairs and tables, have been removed. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
Children’s Room. Appointments are strongly recommended for children to use the Children’s Room. Use of the Children’s Room is limited to two families at a time. To make an appointment, please call the Children’s Department, 333-6640, ext. 3. Toys and furniture have been removed and computers are unavailable. Parents are welcome to select material for their children. We cannot accommodate groups or other meetings at this time.
Computer Use. Computers have been spaced 6 feet apart and will be disinfected between each use. Computer use is by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call the reference desk at 333-6640, ext.4. We cannot supply headphones at this time.
Please note that the Reciprocal Borrowing Program is still suspended.
Returning items and due dates
Our book drops are now open for you to return your checked out library items. Please return items to the book drop and do not bring them into the library.
Returned items will be quarantined for 3 days before getting checked in. We will back date when we check in. Be aware that items may appear on your record for up to a week after return. We have extended loan periods for one week if you wish to return items early to avoid temporary overdues.
We are now charging our normal overdue fees. Items will be backdated to date of return when checked in. You will not be charged overdue fees for items in quarantine.
Place items on hold and pick them up when you’re notified that they are ready.
What you need to know:
Place your holds online, by phone or by email to email@example.com.
Need help deciding what you want? Call us for help.
Wait until you are notified that your items are ready for pick up.
If you would like to pick up items in the library, you may pick up within 7 days.
If you would like curbside service, please call to make arrangements.
We are looking forward to seeing you again! The safety of our customers and staff is very important to us. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition. Please contact us if you have any questions.
This year things will be very different as we can’t have you in the library just yet for safety reasons. We will be using a digital Summer reading program through a program called Beanstack. You can download the free Beanstack app on your devices to get started, or you can go to our Beanstack site at auburnpubliclibrary.beanstack.org This site will allow you to register for summer reading from home, track your progress, and earn fun badges during the summer.
For those children who do not have regular access to a computer we have a paper log that can be requested from the library and picked up by a parent or guardian. There is also a link to the paper log at the bottom of the summer reading page.
Just like our past summer programs we will have a free gift book for kids who read or listen to books for at least 10 hours this summer. This summer, because of COVID-19, we are still deciding the best way to distribute the gift books to participants throughout the summer. Please check our website and Facebook pages to find out how to get your free book in August.
We miss you all and hope you can have some fun with our virtual program!
Check out this video on YouTube for information about this year’s program!
Registration is requested; to do so either email or call Donna — firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-333-6640, ext. 4 — with your name, grade (entering in September), age and contact information (email or phone number).
As part of our Teen Summer Library Program, we will host our summer Book Club. We will be reading and discussing “The Princess Bride” by William Goldman via Google Meet. If you are interested in this program, please contact Donna (as above). The book will be available June 22, and our first introductory meeting will be Wednesday, June 24. When registering, be sure to give your email address.
When safe to do so, we will gather together for a pizza party and a viewing of the movie!
For those looking for a quick read or that enjoy spy and espionage novels, give the Moroccan Girl a read. The story focuses on Kit Carradine, a writer of spy novels who is suddenly drawn into a real life spy scenario in which he is tasked by MI6 to look for a woman, Lara Bartok who has ties to the Resurrection, an international revolutionary group targeting political figures. Initially, all he has to do is make contact with Lara while at a literary festival in Morocco. However, Kit soon realizes he is in over his head and the situation is much more complicated. Kit must choose between aiding his country or keeping Lara Bartok alive at his own risk.
As I said, the Moroccan Girl is a quick easy read that transports readers into the world of spies and secrets, if only for a few days.
Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination by Brain Jay Jones
Everyone knows and probably read books by Dr. Seuss growing up, but who is the man behind the legacy? Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel. Before he was known as a children’s author, Geisel drew political cartoons and catchy ads for materials such as bug repellant and education materials for soldiers during World War two. You may be surprised to learn how Dr. Seuss came to write childrens’ books or how he got his name, but I won’t tell. One thing is for sure, Dr. Seuss created a legacy and changed the way people thought about children’s literature for the better. Brian Jones did a great job with this biography, capturing all the details of Dr. Seuss’ life that made him the man he was while keeping readers engaged.
Checkpoint Charlie: The Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Ian MacGregor
During the Cold War, Checkpoint Charlie was one of the three entry points in the Berlin wall to cross West Germany into East Germany. Checkpoint Charlie was the gate specifically used by military personnel and gaining access from one side to the other was not easy, especially for East Berliners. MacGregor details the history of the military checkpoint and how dangerous relations were for all sides involved in guarding the barriers and access across the wall. He also uses first hand accounts from military personnel and civilians from the East and West. MacGregor does a great job in detailing all aspects of life during this time and showing readers how the story wasn’t black and white. For anyone interested in the Cold War, Berlin wall, or Germany immediately after World War Two, I recommend reading this book as it gives a good history of Checkpoint Charlie and an introduction to how the Berlin Wall affected life on both sides.