What A Wonderful World: April

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and April’s is daffodil yellow. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!

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Lots of Exciting News at the Berryville Public Library . . . No Foolin’!

Yesterday (April 1) at 2 p.m., the Berryville Public Library hosted a press conference outside the building to make several significant announcements. It may have been April Fool’s Day, but we weren’t fooling, and we were so excited to share our good news with our community!

So, what is the big news?

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Readers’ Advisory: OPAC

One of the services we provide our patrons as a library is readers’ advisory, which is just a fancy way of saying we help people find new books to read. (And just personally speaking as the person responsible for readers’ advisory, it is one of my favorite things to do at work!) We have worked to provide a number of readers’ advisory resources on this blog and at the library, but you might not be aware of a newish tool we have that will let you help yourself.

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: March

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

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Book Buzz: Neuroscience Researchers, Strange Train Encounters, Magical Boarding Schools (No–Not That One), and Naval Military History

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For March, we’re looking at a searing fictional examination of addiction and grief, a suspenseful new thriller, a new series about magic school shenanigans, and an audiobook history of how Allied forces defeated the German navy during WWII.

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TV Review: All Creatures Great and Small (2020)

James Herriot is a newly qualified Scottish veterinarian who is having trouble finding work during the lean 1930s. His family thinks he may have to join his father on the docks, but he finally gets an opportunity in rural Yorkshire. Upon arrival, he soon learns that his new employer–Siegfried Farnon–is a bit eccentric, to put it mildly, and that practicing veterinary medicine in a rural farming community is quite different from what he learned in the classroom.

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What a Wonderful World: March

This year, our theme at the library is What A Wonderful World. We’re focusing on a different color for each month, and March’s is chill blue. To that end, we’re highlighting books at the library with that color (or something close to it) on the cover!

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Penelope’s Poetry Parlor: February

Our theme for the library this year is What a Wonderful World, and to that end, we’re focusing on seeing the wonder in our world. Usually, every month at the desk, we have an article available for patrons to read and discuss with Julie, our library director, but this year, we’re handing out poems instead. Our trusty library goose is also helping us pen a monthly column that focuses on some of the gems in our poetry collection.

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Book Buzz: Pulp Fiction, Globe Trekkers, Spies, and Wagon Trains

Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For February, we’re looking at a new short story collection from a classic author, a lighthearted romantic romp around the world, a tale of WWII-era espionage, and historical fiction set on a wagon train.

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Melanie Benjamin’s The Children’s Blizzard

One of the most infamous blizzards in American history occurred in January 1888 on the Northern Plains. Part of what made it so infamous was just how unusual it was from a meteorological perspective. The blizzard struck without warning in the middle of an unusually warm day. The unseasonable weather had lured many outside after weeks of cold temperatures and bad weather.

Unfortunately, the timing also meant the blizzard occurred just as children were being released from their one-room schoolhouses, leaving schoolteachers (many of whom were teenagers barely much older than their students) to make an impossible decision. Shelter in place with their students in a flimsy building with inadequate fuel or send their students on their way home in the hopes they could beat the storm’s advance.

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