- January Newsletter - 

Stay up-to-date with all of the exciting happenings going on at Whelden this month.
We look forward to seeing you!

The Friends of Whelden Library endeavor to provide extra programs and services to West Barnstable residents and other library users, supporting the library in various ways.
Members meet at the library on the second Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m.
New members are always welcome!

Upcoming Events  

Stitching at Whelden

Stop by during the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month between 2:00-4:00 pm for an informal get-together. Come to knit, crochet, sew or enjoy any other type of needlecraft. Bring a project and work in the company of our cozy library. 

Beginners welcome!


The Children's Room 

Whelden Book Corner 

- Staff Picks -
What we're loving this month...
Highly Recommended:
Victoria Abbott's Book Collector Mystery Series 
{Submitted and Adapted by Ellen Russon}

Jordan Bingham, a recent college graduate returning home to a small town in upstate New York, needs to find a job quickly. With a Master's degree in English and experience handling rare manuscripts, she finds what looks like a dream job: hunting down rare and valuable mystery novels for local recluse Vera Van Alst's collection of classic detective fiction. Her research position includes room and board with Vera, who is an eccentric with a cantankerous disposition. Jordan works hard to improve Van Alst's collection but runs into all kinds of complications during her research; and at times she needs her not-so-law-abiding uncles to help her out of scrapes. There is a lot of fast action, humor, and surprises, along with good plotting and pacing. A nice bonus for mystery lovers is that details on the classic authors' lives are interspersed through the books. The first book in the series is The Christie Curse, where Jordan must track down a rumored Agatha Christie play. It seems easy enough, but Jordan soon finds out that there is someone out there willing to murder to keep the play out of Vera's hands. The second book in the series is The Sayers Swindle (Dorothy Sayers), followed by The Wolfe Widow (Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe), The Marsh Madness (Ngaio Marsh), and The Hammett Hex (Dashiell Hammett). The books in this series are best read in order.

"If you are a book lover of any kind, you will love this series."- Debbie's Book Bag

"With a full inventory of suspects, a courageous heroine and a tribute to a famous writer of whodunits, The Christie Curse will tempt her legion of devotees. Even mystery lovers who have never read Christie-if any exist-will find a pleasing puzzle in Abbott's opener."
- Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Deftly plotted, with amusing one-liners, murder and a dash of mayhem."- Toronto Star

"The books continue to delight with sharp humor, quick-witted characters, a tough but vulnerable heroine, and celebration of the classic mystery genre."- Kings River Life Magazine

"[A] mystery that will keep you guessing and entertained every step of the way...brilliantly crafted." - Fresh Fiction

VICTORIA ABBOTT is a pseudonym for short-story author Victoria Maffini and her mother, Mary Jane Maffini, author of three mystery series. Mary Jane's many honors include the 2012 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth, three Arthur Ellis Awards, and an Agatha Award.

- New Year, New Books! -
Kick-start 2018 by adding some new titles to your book bag.
These are currently on display!

- What's New for Kids -
Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White is a new must-read for kids and adults alike! A documented collage of bright illustrations, historical timelines and archival materials, Melissa Sweet does a phenomenal job of bringing a timeless author to life. If you loved Charlotte's Web or Stuart Little, this should be next up on your reading list.

- Thank You to Our Donors -
Many thanks to all of our donors in response to our 2017 appeal.
Your loyalty and generosity is much appreciated!

We Recycle!

Whelden is always collecting cans, bottles and other recyclables for our new recycling center! We have new bins in the parking lot out back, ready for your donations! Thank you in advance!

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