I’m very pleased to tell you that the library is now offering coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for $1.00 a cup.
“The addition of coffee and tea for patrons makes the library an even more welcoming place to peruse books and magazines or access wireless internet,” said Marci Bailey, chairman of the Library Trustees. “We hope patrons see the library as an oasis of calm in their busy days. A few minutes with a cup of coffee and a good book in the Reading Room can be a real respite.”
A portion of each dollar goes to the Friends, so each time you savor a cup you’re supporting the library. Look for the table with the coin-operated Keurig, provided by Lowell Vending, right near the Circulation Desk, on the first floor.
Wondering what to read while you’re in the library, with your coffee? Or over the summer? Here are some new books, recommended by the staff:
The Right-Hand Shore by Christopher Tilghman, one of our best and most serious novelists, addresses family allegiances, race, and class, on a tidewater plantation on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, after the Civil War. This book is a “pre-quel” to Mason’s Retreat, published 16 years ago and now available in a revised edition. Both novels are highly recommended.
Robert B. Parker’s Lullabye by Ace Atkins. Robert Parker fans are grateful that Atkins, a Mississippi native, was chosen by the Estate of Robert Parker to continue to chronicle Spenser’s Boston exploits. In Atkins’ first outing, 14-year-old-Mattie, from South Boston, asks Spenser to find her mother’s killers.
The Singles by Meredith Goldstein. In her first novel, Goldstein –whose name may be familiar as the Love Letters columnist in the Boston Globe’s “G” section-- turns a witty, and observant eye on five young people attending a wedding.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson. This young adult novel is Book I one of a trilogy about Elisa, a princess, the one person in a century chosen for greatness, although she seems at first like a surprising choice. People enjoy trilogies these days and this one will be no exception.
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen. In this memoir, Quindlen, novelist and former Newsweek columnist, popular with Baby Boomers, considers life from the vantage of middle age.
To search for these and other titles, visit the online Evergreen catalog.
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