June 2022

One benefit of summer was that each day, we had more light to read by

-Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

New Book Spotlight

The latest by Julia Glass takes us a decade in the future, to the small town of Vigil Harbor. There's been a rash of divorces among the yacht-club set; a marine biologist despairs at the state of the world; a spurned wife is bent on revenge; and more. Then two strangers arrive: a stranded traveler with subversive charms and a widow seeking clues about a past lover. These strangers and their hidden motives come together unexpectedly in an incident that endangers lives with dramatic repercussions for the entire town.

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You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty, by Akwaeke Emezi, reimagines the love story in this fresh and seductive novel about a young woman seeking joy while healing from loss. Feyi Adekola wants to learn how to be alive again. But she must begin her search for real answers. Who is she ready to become? Can she release her past and honor her grief while still embracing her future? And, of course, there’s the biggest question of all—how far is she willing to go for a second chance at love?

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River of the Gods, by Candice Millard, is the stirring story of one of the great feats of exploration of all time, and its complicated legacy. The Nile River is the longest in the world. Its fertile flood plain allowed for rise to the great civilization of ancient Egypt, but for millennia the location of its headwaters was shrouded in mystery. Two British men - Richard Burton and John Hanning Speke - were sent by the Royal Geographical Society to claim the prize for England.

Patron Review

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Killer Content is a debut mystery by Olivia Blacke. Just moved from Louisiana, Odessa Dean is living in Brooklyn rent-free, thanks to a cat-sitting gig. She’s working at a book store/ craft beer café and trying to carve out a life in this alien place. When a viral video of a flash-mob proposal inadvertently captures the death of a fellow waitress, Odessa isn’t content with the initial verdict of accidental death and sets out to prove there was more to Bethany’s death, and life.

-Liz A.

Summer Reading on Hoopla!

Hoopla has curated a reading list based on our Summer Reading theme: Oceans of Possibilities.

Choose books with an ocean theme to complete your summer reading requirements or just for fun!

Click here to see the collection

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Upcoming Programs

Where Were You During the Flood of '82?

Saturday, June 4 at 10:00 am Join the Essex Land Trust for a hike through the Millrace Trail with Steward Scott McCoid. Meet at the trailhead on Ivory Street. After the hike, join us for a reception at the Ivoryton Library, where you can view the Falls River Flood of 1982 exhibit.

Click here for more information on the hike

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Join us as we kick-off Summer with Hula!

Thursday, June 23 at 3:30pm. Join us for an family-friendly program of Hawaiian dance and storytelling and embrace the Spirit of Aloha! Click here for more details…

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You are invited to our Annual Meeting!

Tuesday, June 28

Join us at the library or on Zoom.

Refreshments at 6:00pm

Meeting begins at 7:00pm

If you wish to attend virtually, click here to register for your Zoom link

My ideal summer day was reading on the porch

-Harold E. Varmus

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Summer Reading Begins!

Tuesday, June 7th


There are Oceans of Possibilities to decorate the Children’s Room! After school come help decorate by creating an underwater odyssey mural. We will use various recycled materials to create and also discuss the importance of keeping our water ways clean.

Tuesday, June 21st


Hike the Mill Race Trail. How many Essex Land Trust trails will you hike this summer? Beyond the Beaten Path and Oceans of Possibilities come together as we explore the preserve behind the Ivoryton library. We will identify various plant and animal life as we wander down the path.

Thursday, June 23rd


Let’s Launch the Summer with Hula! Special Guest Tiare Kahana Bourget “brings the Spirit of Aloha to students of all ages (Pre-K through Senior Adults) through interactive programs of Hawaiian dance and storytelling. She inspires audiences to adopt the Hawaiian value system of the Aloha Spirit to enrich their lives by leading with love, gratitude, and recognizing the connectivity of all beings and our surroundings.”

Click here for more goings-on in the Children's Room

Book Clubs

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June 21


He Wanted the Moon

by Dr. Perry Baird

July 19 2022

7:00pm on Zoom

I am My Own Wife

a play by Doug Wright

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June 17


The House of Secrets

by Brad Meltzer

The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The reader became the book; and summer night

Was like the conscious being of the book.

The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The words were spoken as if there was no book,

Except that the reader leaned above the page,

Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be

The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom

The summer night is like a perfection of thought.

The house was quiet because it had to be.

The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:

The access of perfection to the page.

And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,

In which there is no other meaning, itself

Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself

Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

-Wallace Stevens, The House Was Quiet and The World Was Calm