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Celebrate National Library Week – Win a Fire HD6 Tablet

Amazon Fire HD6National Library Week is a time to honor the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. This year it runs from April 12 through 16, and the theme is “Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library.”

We’re inviting you to help us celebrate National Library Week by sharing your “first time” library memory and/or what you hope to find when you visit the restored building at 201 Main Street “for the first time.”

What’s a “first time” library memory? Simply describe your earliest memory of a library. It can be any library, and about any facet of the library experience…the building, the books, a librarian, or even someone else you met while there. You may also include how this experience made you feel, or how it influenced your attitude towards libraries, although this is not required.

Or, If you would rather, you may share whatever thoughts or imaginings you have about the “new” library at 201 Main Street. Possible topics include appearance, amenities, services, displays, collections, programs, the environment around the library and more.

Of course, you may answer both questions if you wish.

All respondents will be entered into a drawing for one of two Amazon Fire HD6 tablets. The drawing will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015.

There are a whole bunch of ways to enter:

1. Leave your thoughts in a comment to this post.

2. Leave your thoughts in a comment on our Facebook page.

3. Tweet your (brief) thoughts with the hashtag #JJMLFirstTime.

4. Visit our website at johnjermain.org where we’ve created a simple form for you to fill out.

5. Go retro and bring your thoughts written on paper to the library. There’s a box at the front desk where you can deposit your entry.

We can’t wait to hear your stories!


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In the Woods, by Tana French

In the Woods by Tana FrenchDetectives Rob Ryan and Cassie Maddox, of the Dublin Murder Squad, investigate the murder of a young girl in Knocknaree, Ireland.  It overlaps an open case from 20 years prior, that Detective Ryan had been involved in as a child victim.  Keeping his personal involvement in the old case secret, is only one of the big mistakes that he self-admittedly makes during the course of the investigation.  The use of language is masterful and captivating, however I found that the middle section of the story became a bit slow for a psychological thriller.  Once the story turned toward a resolution it regained a better pace and surprised the reader with a dark and twisted ending.  I look forward to reading more by Tana French.


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Recruitment Event – Wednesday February 11, 2015

usejobsIf you’re looking for a job or know someone who is, check out the onsite recruitment event at the Suffolk County One-Stop Employment Center.  TruGreen will be recruiting for several positions.  The Employment Center is located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY and will take place on Wednesday, February 11th  from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  For details go to: http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Labor/events.aspx

Snow on street


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Library Closed Due to Snow

The library closed at 2:30 pm today, Monday, February 2,  due to icy road conditions. Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 3, please check our website, http://johnjermain.org/, or WLNG, News12, or News12.com for the latest information to be sure we are open before venturing out. You may also call us at 631-725-0049 to hear a recorded announcement.

Our online resources including free downloads of ebooks, audiobooks and independent movies remain available at http://live-brary.com.

No fines will be charged for items that become overdue to library closures.

Stay safe!


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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste NgThis poignant novel explores the internal workings of a family as one of their children, Lydia, goes missing.  The author delves into the internal stories and memories that each family member  examines and re-examines in their quest to figure out this tragedy.  The perspectives that are revealed often return to hurts, misunderstandings, and slights that the other family members feel from the deep past.  Lydia had been the middle child, central to her parents attention, emotionally supported by her older college bound brother and virtually neglected young sister.  Told in a sensitive prose, the reader gradually unwraps the complicated layers of a dysfunctional family life.  A beautiful, sad, excavation of the tragedy experienced by the Lee family.

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