Fifty Books for Our Times
Newsweek has an interesting feature on What to Read Now. And Why. They say “The fact is, no one needs another best-of list telling you how great The Great Gatsby is.” These books “open a window on the times we live in, … help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways.” The list of 50 titles starts with Anthony Trollope’s 1875 book The Way we Live Now, and includes books by William Faulkner, Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and Mary …
Pember Presents for Kids: This is America
Pember presents a series of eight programs about America. This is intended for elementary school age children. Books, videos and and an activity will accompany each program. The Great Inventors The Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk The Building of the Transcontinental Railroad The Mayflower Voyagers The NASA Space Station The Birth of the Constitution The Smithsonian and the Presidency The Music and Heroes of America
Pember Presents: The Independence Trail
Join us at the Pember Library July 15 at 6 PM to learn about the New York State Independence Trail. It will be a virtual tour of some of the most important sites of the French and Indian war and Revolutionary war — from restored forts and historic battlefields to grand government buildings and period homes. The New York State Independence Trail is a not-for-profit organization headquartered in Lake George, NY. The trail starts at Fort Chambly in Quebec and …
Story Time
Linda will be taking the week off from the Summer Reading Program but we will still be having a Story Time.
Dear Reader Online Book Club
What do you think of DearReader so far? If you have a Pember Library card you can reply to this post or send me an email and be entered into a drawing for a copy of the new Dean Koontz book Relentless. The books that will be featured next week are : Criminal Paradise by Steven M. Thomas    audio The Contrarian Effect : Why It Pays (Big) to Take Typical Sales Advice and Do the Opposite by Michael Port, Elizabeth …
Best Selling Books of the Twentieth Century
The third installment of best selling books of the Twentieth Century as detailed in Publisher’s Weekly: * 1920 The Man of the Forest, Zane Grey * 1921 Main Street, Sinclair Lewis * 1922 If Winter Comes, A.S.M. Hutchinson * 1923 Black Oxen, Gertrude Atherton * 1924 So Big, Edna Ferber * 1925 Soundings, A. Hamilton Gibbs * 1926 The Private Life of Helen of Troy, John Erskine * 1927 Elmer Gantry, Sinclair Lewis * 1928 The Bridge of San Luis …
Summer Reading
Saturday is the summer reading program kick-off. This year’s theme is Be Creative @ Your Library. A storyteller on July 2 is also part of the summer program.  See the post about Karen Pillsworth and Stone Soup. Children and teens can sign up at either of these programs or come in to the library during regular hours to sign up. Linda has programs planned through July and a party in August for those who participated.  The teen program will be …
Pember Presents: a Storyteller
Stories from Stones…Stone Soup and a Little Bit More A “Be Creative @ Your Library” program. Children and teens will be able to sign up for summer reading after the performance. Karen says: “Listen…and you will hear stories from long ago and far away, and stories from today, as we go on an adventure into a world where friends are made and magic abounds. Some stories will find us in magical places and some will happen right in your backyard. …
Best Selling Books of the Twentieth Century
Here’s a continuation of the best seller list I found last week (it’s from Publisher’s Weekly). Best sellers for the second decade of the twentieth century were: * 1910 The Rosary, Florence Barclay * 1911 The Broad Highway, Jeffrey Farnol * 1912 The Harvester, Gene Stratton Porter * 1913 The Inside of the Cup, Winston Churchill * 1914 The Eyes of the World, Harold Bell Wright * 1915 The Turmoil, Booth Tarkington * 1916 Seventeen, Booth Tarkington * 1917 Mr. …
OnLine Book Club
I have been reading with the DearReader online book club for several years. Recently, the Friends of the Library agreed to sponsor the club through the Pember Library website / blog. I just finished reading the nonfiction selection for the week, Write it when I’m gone : remarkable off-the-record conversations with Gerald R. Ford by Thomas M. DeFrank. Over five days, I was able to read the first 19 pages of the book and get a feel for whether or …