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Durham, CT 06422

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10:00am - 5:00pm * Friday and Saturday

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"You see, I don't believe that libraries should be drab places where people sit in silence, and that's been the main reason for our policy of employing wild animals as librarians."--Monty Python

Saturday, January 16, 2016


Kassie's pick was Skeletons at the Feast, by Chris Bohjalian.

About the book:  In January 1945, a small group of people begin the longest journey of their lives: an attempt to cross the remnants of the Third Reich, from Warsaw to the Rhine if necessary, to reach the British and American lines.

Among the group is 18-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats.  There is her lover, Callum Finella, a 20-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labor.  And there is a 26-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfred--who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.

As they work their way west, they encounter a countryside ravaged by war.  Their flight will test both Anna's and Callum's love, as well as their friendship with Manfred.  (from Amazon)

Kassie recommends this book and says that the author, Chris Bohjalian, will be at R.J. Julia in Madison, CT on Monday, January 18th @ 7:00pm.  http://www.rjjulia.com/

Friday, January 8, 2016

NEW FEATURE! You can now pay your library fines online!

You can now pay your library fines online.  The minimum amount you can pay is $1.01.  Visa, Discover, and MasterCard are accepted.

Online Fine Payment Instructions:

1.  Go to www.catalog.lioninc.org.

2.  Click on "Login to My Account."

3.  Type your last name and Patron ID number (on your library card).

4.  On the left side under your personal information, there will be a link that says "$1.15 in unpaid fines and bills." (Or however much you owe.  If you currently owe no fines, this link will not be there at all.  You must have at least $1.01 in fines to pay online.)

5.  Click on that link to access the payment screen.

6.  Click on "Pay Now."

7.  A pop-up window will come up and you can check boxes next to each fine you would like to pay.  After you have done so, click on "continue."

8.  Next, enter your Visa, Discover, or MasterCard number.  Select the type and enter the expiration date.  Click on "continue."

9.  On the final screen, you will need to input your card's security code and your billing information before clicking on "I Authorize This Transaction" to finalize your payment.

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Jill's pick was The Liar, by Nora Roberts

About the book: 
Shelby Foxworth lost her husband.  Then she lost her illusions...
The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt.  He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs.  The man she loved wasn't just dead.  he never really existed.
Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor.  But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover.  Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows--and threatens Griff, as well.  And an attempted murder is only the beginning... (From Amazon)

Jill says:  Good characters who get the reader involved in the story.  Also, a lot of suspense, so the book was hard to put down.

Monday, May 18, 2015


The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.  Celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.  (from Amazon) 

Noel says:  Strong women, sympathetic characterization of complex and powerful emotions in unspeakable conditions in WWII occupied France.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Kassie's pick was The Hundred-Foot Journey (DVD).

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory's Michelin-starred eatery.

Kassie says:  Pure escape!  Well-balanced reality, humor,
fantasy kept crisp by the impeccable Helen Mirren.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Victoria's pick is Magyk, by Angie Sage.

This book is great to read with younger siblings.  There is just the right amount of magic and adventure to keep all ages captivated.

(The Durham Library has the audiobook, too.)

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Diana's pick is Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

About the book: 

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary.  Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears.  Husband-of-the-year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge.  Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior.  Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer?

Diana says:  What a roller coaster ride this book was!  You really didn't know which of the main characters to like or dislike.  This is one of those books you can't put down.  Great read.