24 Hours of Reading?!

I have a librarian confession: This past winter, I was experiencing a slump in my love of reading. With an autumn and winter of binging titles for reviews and book committees, I was starting to look at my TBR pile with dread (TBR = "to be read"). And more and more instead of picking up a book before bed, I was turning on Netflix and rewatching Parks and Recreation for the 700th time because I felt utterly brain-dead! I KNOW! A librarian choosing TV over reading. . . Has the world gone mad?! 

Best Books for Youth

Earlier this year, the Newbery and Caldecott award ceremony rounded out Book Award season by honoring the best books in children and teen literature. Here's what made the cut! Be sure to check them out! You can place a hold on the titles you want by clicking on the title, which will take you to our catalog.

Fandoms Unite!

When I was in fifth grade, our teacher assigned us the fantasy novel The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and it became the book that defined my love of literature.  I didn’t know anyone else who thrilled to it like I did, so I contented myself to my own musings and solitary rereading.


"The [comic] book was better" - Comics from page to screen.

Once upon a time, comic books were affiliated with kids or geeky teens and adults. But with the rise in popularity of comic conventions, beloved TV geeks like The Big Bang Theory, and a major influx of superhero movies and television, it can’t be denied that comic books – or at least, the stories they tell – are now mainstream and majorly on trend.

Desperately Seeking [more] Star Wars

Star Wars frenzy started a long time ago (in a galaxy not so far away), but the ante has definitely been upped now that the release of The Force Awakens is mere days away.  Luckily there is no dirth of books and media for fans of all ages.  Here's a quick round up of reads to hold you over in the gaps between marathon viewings and opening nights, including some books outside the Lucasverse sure to satisfy. All are available either at the library or the GMILCS library network (though you may end up wanting to sneak copies under the tree for keeps).

Give Opinions, Win Prizes?

The Library's getting into the Halloween spirit this October by celebrating Gregory Maguire's Wicked, a twist-on-a-tale prequel to The Wizard of Oz told from the Witch's point of view.  We've got all sorts of Oz-inspired raffle prizes for Merrimack patrons who want to get in on the fun - including a super teen book themed basket just for you! The basket includes two teen book spins on The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and Spelled by Betsy Schow), green light-up shutter shades, and the Oz Fluxx card-game.

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