Happy New Year! Are you making resolutions? I’ve noticed the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge that has come out the past couple of years. Each year it asks people to stretch their reading habits and try something out of their comfort zone. I usually gravitate toward one or two specific genres that I find enjoyment in and infrequently try something new. Maybe this year I’ll give it a go? What about you? How would you like to try this challenge and read something out of your norm?
Today is Shirley Jackson’s 100th birthday! The author is most famous for her works of suspense, such as the short story “The Lottery” (that almost all of us read in High School). A biography, Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, by Ruth Franklin has recently been released detailing her life story. Learn more about this interesting author and borrow her biography the next time you stop in!
Want to learn more about diabetes? Check out Southampton Hospital’s monthly educational program – “Living With Diabetes.” The programs take place on the last Wednesday of every month. This month’s program is Wednesday November 30th at noon. http://www.southamptonhospital.org/services/diabetes-counseling/default.aspx
On November 16th the winners of the National Book Awards in all categories will be announced. Why not get a jump start and check out one or two of the finalists. If fiction is your thing, you can find the finalists on the shelf in our New Book Section now: The Throwback Special by Chris Bachelder, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Also be sure to view the finalists and longlists for NonFiction, Poetry and Young People’s Literature at
The 2016 Man Booker Prize for Fiction was awarded to Paul Beatty for his political satire “The Sellout.” This was the first time an American was honored with the award; U.S. authors became eligible in 2014. Read more about Paul Beatty and the Man Booker Prize at http://themanbookerprize.com/news/sellout-wins-2016-man-booker-prize
Join us at the John Jermain Memorial Library on Sunday, November 6, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., for our 2nd annual showing of the Geocaching International Film Festival (GIFF) winning films. This year 16 films were selected for their creativity, production quality, and contribution to the global geocaching community. A discussion and voting for best film will follow. Popcorn will be served.
Don’t know about geocaching?
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Visit htpp://geocaching.com to learn more. The film festival and discussion that follow are a great way to find out about about this game, which is suitable for, and actively played by all people of all ages and nationalities.
Here’s a list of the winning films and filmmakers:
- 5 Lesser-Known Souvenirs | Skimbosh
- A Cacher’s Worst Nightmare | gasgoose
- A Life of a ‘Change’ | cth-ulhu & DidaAnastasi
- Do you know GEOCACHING? | moramora1
- Geocaching, Orchestrated | Stingrayabbray
- Geo-Medics! | 4 boys explore
- It’s not about the numbers | Lifechooser
- No Hints | DFurt
- NYC Caching: Muggle Madness! | LinedUpLikeLemmings
- Spitting the Dummy | Seemyshell
- That’s Not Trash | DNF Hound
- The DNF Squad | TheWanglers
- The FTF-Hunter | treasurehuntergd
- Traditional’s Experiences | NaxoMenX
- Trinket or Treasure? | cache4kings
- When I Geocache | MohnschnitteFortunen
** Geocachers: Watch all 16 films and you’ll be eligible for the GIFF 2016 souvenir **