Staff Picks: Favorites to Fill Your Library Bingo Card Quickly
If you think the summer reading program at your local Fauquier County Public Library is for kids and teens only, think again. Adults can get in on the summer reading fun with Library Bingo.
Library Bingo is easy and fun to play. Pick up a bingo card at your local library. Complete four library-related activities, mark them with an “X,” fill in your name and contact information and return the card to any Fauquier County Public Library location. Each completed game card is entered into weekly prize drawings and the grand prize drawing at the end of summer. All cards should be returned by August 5 for a chance to win the grand prize – a FitBit.
To keep it interesting (and challenging) there are four bingo cards with different combinations of activities on each, such as “attend a library program,” “renew a book online” and “pick a book by a local author.”
To help you get started, the Warrenton circulation staff shares a few of their recent reads, including recommendations for how to X out a few activities on a bingo card. These selections are all available for checkout at your local library.
I picked up this book for sheer curiosity’s sake, eager to see what the author defined as “speaking American.” It did not disappoint.
As a transplanted Oregonian who’s had my share of pronunciation disagreements with my native Fauquier husband, I was thoroughly entertained by this intriguing study of regional American-ese. Beyond the obvious “pop vs. soda” debate and the ongoing battle of wills over the pronunciation of “aunt,” (turns out he and I are both right given our respective birthplaces), we could relate to many of the dialect nuances author Josh Katz studies in this humorous and visually engaging exploration of how Americans talk. Especially fun for adults and kids alike – particularly if you’re traveling this summer – are the sections that teach you “How to pretend you’re from” a variety of cities and states by emphasizing their language quirks.
(Read this and X “Reader’s Choice Nonfiction.”)
∼ Emily, Library Clerk
The Trespasser by Tana French
Looking for a good murder mystery this summer? Give “The Trespasser” a look. Set in Dublin, Ireland, Antoinette Conway and her partner Stephen Moran set out to find the killer of a seemingly innocent young woman. What initially looks like a cut and dry case quickly becomes the case of Detective Conway’s career.
“The Trespasser” is book number 6 in the Dublin Murder Squad series. Each book in the series is from the perspective of a different detective and therefore a standalone. In this book, like in most others in the series, Tana French uses the case to exploit the main character’s own insecurities. Will Detective Conway’s personality flaws lead to the end of her career or will she prevail?
(Read this and X “Book set in another country,” “Mystery,” or “Part of a series.”)
∼ Lindsey, Library Clerk
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Summer is the time I devour some light reads while basking in the sun. But it’s also a great opportunity to reread a classic or tackle one I never read. This year I reread a classic inspired by my daughter’s high school English class.
“Lord of the Flies” by William Golding is a traditional high school read and for good reason. This tale of a group of schoolboys who crash on a deserted island is a chilling story of survival. The boys are plunged into a world without adults and without rules. The result is a psychological struggle pitting one boy against another and morality against depravity. Additionally, the book on CD is a great choice because the author, William Golding, narrates the story.
(Read this book and X “A book ‘everyone’ has read but you,” “Classic adult fiction,” “A book you started but never finished,” or “Listen to an audio book.”)
∼ Jennifer, Library Page
Lilac Girls: A novel by Martha Hall Kelly
This is a well written story of three women’s experiences during World War II. The story follows Herta Oberheuser, an ambitious young female doctor, Kasia Kuzemrick, a Polish teenager, and Caroline Ferriday, a New York socialite. As each character’s story unfolds you see the inevitable crossing of paths. The story moves between New York, Paris, Germany and Poland.
As Kasia, the Polish teenager, feels the noose of Nazism tightening, she joins the resistance movement as a way to fight back. As she attempts to resist, she and her family come under close scrutiny of the local Nazis as well as some she considers friends.
Herta, the doctor, one of very few female doctors in Germany at the time, answers an ad to work in Ravensbruck,the Nazi women’s “re-education camp” and the only all-female concentration camp. By following a male friend to the facility, she finds herself caught up in the disillusionment and denial of the Nazi regime.
Caroline Ferriday, the socialite from New York, works tirelessly to assist the children who are caught in the tragedy of war in Europe.
Following these three women through the war and beyond, “Lilac Girls” provides good insight into life during the Nazi regime through very different female experiences. While a heavy subject, I was left feeling positive by the end. (Read this book and X “Historical fiction” or “Book set in another country.”
∼ Donna , Library Clerk
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Paula Hawkins delivers a gasp-worthy thriller rife with infidelity, murder and red herrings. Rachel Watson leads an informal and dangerous investigation into the murder of a woman whose life she witnesses only from the seat on a passing train. Each morning Rachel takes the same train to work, passing a row of trackside houses. One of the houses used to be her and her husband’s. The second is occupied by “Jess” as Rachel calls her. Every day Rachel glimpses Jess’ life, until she no longer appears on the back terrace and instead shows up in the breaking news as a missing person. Rachel is determined to get to the bottom of Jess’ disappearance. As the layers of the suspects’ lives are uncovered, it becomes clear Jess was murdered by someone much closer than Rachel thinks and for reasons that strike deep into the marrow of betrayed domestic life. Rachel jeopardizes her own life as she involves herself in the web of deceit, leading the reader to ask if the quest for justice is worth it.
(Read this book and X “A book on CD,” or “Fiction.”)
∼ Victoria, Library Clerk
Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
I was instantly hooked on the soundtrack to the Broadway phenomenon, “Hamilton,” with its amazing music and lyrics so I was excited to see this colorful libretto arrive at the library. It provided some visual satisfaction while I await the live performance. “Hamilton: The Revolution” offers intimate insight to “the room where it happens” and the creation of the show. Far more than a behind-the-scene look at the making of “Hamilton,” this book will deepen your appreciation for the talents and musical genius of creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Late to the Hamilton party? No worries, the library has everything you need to become a proper Alexander Hamilton aficionado including biographies, historical writings and romantic fiction. But if you are like me, “you’ll never be satisfied” until you see the musical performed live. Until then, I’ll continue to enjoy the book and soundtrack while I “wait for, wait for it.”
(Read this and X “Reader’s choice nonfiction.”)
Julia, Circulation Manager