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The bookstore is open on 
Sat., Aug. 10, 17, & 24 
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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West Barnstable Citizen of the Year!

The Trustees of Whelden Memorial Library in West Barnstable will announce and honor a Citizen of the Year at the West Barnstable Village Festival on Saturday, August 17, 2019!

This award is made to a person of any age who has made West Barnstable a better place through inspiration, dedication, and community spirit.
*Look for ballots and boxes at the library, bank, and post office in West Barnstable.

Upcoming Events  

Stitching at Whelden

Stop by on the 2nd or 4th Wednesday of each month for an informal afternoon get-together from 2-4 p.m. Come to knit, crochet, sew, or enjoy any other type of needlecraft. Bring a project and work in company in our cozy library. Or come see what others are making.

Beginners welcome!

The Children's Room 

Whelden Book Corner:

Staff Picks  

From The Guardian :
Andrea Camilleri, beloved creator of Inspector Montalbano, dies aged 93
One of Italy's most popular authors, Camilleri wrote 23 novels starring his Sicilian detective, selling more than 30m copies around the world
Alison Flood , 17 July 2019
Sicilian star ... Andrea Camilleri.
 Sicilian star ... Andrea Camilleri. Photograph: Ulf Andersen/Getty Images
One of Italy's most popular authors and creator of the Inspector Montalbano series, Andrea Camilleri, has died at the age of 93. Camilleri, who was born in Sicily in 1925, was taken to hospital in Rome in June after going into cardiac arrest.
The author had written a handful of historical novels when, in 1994 at the age of almost 70, he wrote The Shape of Water , the first book starring his now famous Sicilian detective. Set in the fictional town of Vigata, Camilleri was originally going to call his central detective The Commissioner, but decided to pay tribute to the Spanish writer Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, the Spanish author of novels about the investigator Pepe Carvalho.
 The Montalbano series now runs to more than two dozen books, and has been translated into 32 languages, with more than 30m copies sold. The Potter's Field, translated into English by Stephen Sartarelli, won Camilleri the International Dagger, the highest foreign honour of the British Crime Writers Association. The Italian television adaptation, screened on BBC Four and in 65 other countries, has brought  tourists by the busload  to Sicily. The town on which Vigata is based, Camilleri's home town of Porto Empedocle, is so proud of its connection that it officially changed its name to Porto Empedocle Vigata in 2003.
Camilleri published the 30th Montalbano novel,  Il cuoco dell'Alcyon , in 2018. The final novel in the series was written 13 years ago, but has been kept in his publisher's Palermo offices for safekeeping. "When I get fed up with him or am not able to write any more, I'll tell the publisher: publish that book. Sherlock Holmes was recovered ... but it will not be possible to recover Montalbano. In that last book, he's really finished," he said in 2012.
Charting a changing Italy alongside the series of crimes solved by Salvo Montalbano, Camilleri has said that he " deliberately decided to smuggle into a detective novel a critical commentary on my times" . His targets have ranged from Silvio Berlusconi to George W Bush, with the mafia and the Vatican always in the background.
In an interview with the Guardian in April , Camilleri said he had been determined to keep mafia bosses in secondary roles. "Not because I fear them," he said. "But I believe that writing about mafiosi often makes heroes out of them. I'm thinking of The Godfather, where Marlon Brando's superb performance distracts us from the realisation that he also commissioned murders. And this is a gift that I have no intention offering to the mafia."
In a recent episode of the Montalbano television show, a pro-migrant message  drew anger from supporters of Italy's far-right deputy prime minister , Matteo Salvini; Camilleri had become a prominent critic of his country's rightwing populist coalition government,  telling the Guardian  that "Salvini reminds me of a member of the fascist regime".
He added: "The great Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia once told a story: At the dawn of fascism, a man asked a blind peasant what the future held. The peasant quipped, 'even if I'm blind, it all looks black'. Today I'm as blind as that peasant. And my answer would be the same."


These LEGO creations were made at the LEGO Club. Join us on Fridays from 
11-1:00 and build anything you choose to add to our window display! 

 Many thanks once again to the 'Dig & Delve' Garden Club
for decorating our mantel!
Thank you to Ellen Moran and Mary Ann Donovan 
for your lovely seasonal displays.

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