A friendly reminder that that all branches of The Seattle Public Library will be closed Monday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 6 due to citywide budget cuts. The Library will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 for the Labor Day holiday, so regular Library operations will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Click here for more information about the closure.
Here are suggestions from the Friends’ Board meeting in August in case you need books to read during the furlough. You can click on the links below to get to the SPL site to reserve copies of these books.
Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout. This novel features 13 interconnected stories, elegantly and sparingly told, of life in rural Maine. Olive Kitteridge is a retired schoolteacher who provides a common thread in all of the stories, and we see how her choices in life play out as she moves from middle age to old age.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart. Nancy Pearl recently recommended this young adult novel on a radio show, and I wasn’t able to write down the title while driving, so was delighted that another board member brought it in to our meeting. Frankie attends a private boarding school and finds intrigue in infiltrating an all-male secret society called the Loyal Order of the Bassett Hounds. Can our heroine turn the tables on her male high school classmates who underestimate her and the other girls at school? Read it and find out!
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. A college graduate and aspiring writer returns to her hometown of Jackson Mississippi in the 1960s and decides to write down the stories of the black women who provide the domestic “help” in many of the white households. The three narrators must deal with the fears and repercussions (and sense of pride) that result from publishing stories that challenge the prevailing concepts of race, class, family and gender roles.
Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan. This historical novel explores the relationship of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress Mamah Borthwick Cheney, a scholar in her own right. The board member who recommended this especially enjoyed the lively discussion held at one of the branch library book groups, and commented that “Librarians run the best book groups!” For more information about upcoming book group meetings at various branches, click here.