While it feels like everything has been a blur since March, it definitely seems like Summer is flying by even faster than usual. While leaving for my walk yesterday, I noticed to my great disappointment that it was already getting darker earlier. While the season officially lasts awhile longer, the Library’s Summer Reading program does end this week on Friday, August 7th. But don’t worry, because you still have time to register and read books for a chance to win some great prizes. You can register at our Summer Reading page here. You have the chance to win a gift card to local book stores, restaurants, and coffee shops! For every book you read, just fill out a short book review as a raffle entry and submit it online here. We’ll be notifying the winners early next week.
If you’re unsure of what to read next, our Librarians have created a wonderful Summer Reading list. You can use a free Library eBook or audiobook service like Hoopla, OverDrive, or Axis 360 to get library material instantly on your smart device or computer. You can also place holds on physical library material in our online catalog and a Library staff member will call you to schedule a contactless curbside appointment to pick it up! You can also call the Library at (412) 531-1912 if you’re having difficulty placing books on hold online. Remember, any book you read or listen to counts! If you want another fun activity to try, download our book bingo card and see if you can hit Bingo and then let us know. Participants will be entered in a special raffle.
Remember to take some time to enjoy the little things and focus on the positives, despite how challenging this year has been. There’s still plenty of time to visit a park, go for a picnic, or take a hike. Bring a book with you and enjoy the nice weather outside and take a break from everything. I hope you all have a happy and safe rest of your Summer.
Want a popular title with a long wait list in Overdrive/Libby check out our own AXIS 360 for shorter wait lists and faster access to the books you want now!
Leah Hager Cohen will join us virtually via Zoom to discuss Strangers and Cousins.
Leah was born in Manhattan and raised at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens and later in Nyack, New York. She attended Hampshire College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The author of six novels and five works of nonfiction, she is the Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross.
Strangers and Cousins is a novel about what happens when an already sprawling family hosts an even larger and more chaotic wedding: an entertaining story about family, culture, memory, and community.
In the seemingly idyllic town of Rundle Junction, Bennie and Walter are preparing to host the wedding of their eldest daughter Clem. A marriage ceremony at their beloved, rambling home should be the happiest of occasions, but Walter and Bennie have a secret. A new community has moved to Rundle Junction, threatening the social order and forcing Bennie and Walter to confront uncomfortable truths about the lengths they would go to to maintain harmony.
Meanwhile, Aunt Glad, the oldest member of the family, arrives for the wedding plagued by long-buried memories of a scarring event that occurred when she was a girl in Rundle Junction. As she uncovers details about her role in this event, the family begins to realize that Clem’s wedding may not be exactly what it seemed. Clever, passionate, artistic Clem has her own agenda. What she doesn’t know is that by the end, everyone will have roles to play in this richly imagined ceremony of familial connection-a brood of quirky relatives, effervescent college friends, ghosts emerging from the past, a determined little mouse, and even the very group of new neighbors whose presence has shaken Rundle Junction to its core.