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  Sign of the Times

The Rye Way:
Stay at Home
Wash Your Hands
Help Others

What You've Been Reading
by Andy Richmond

With our dramatic switch to exclusively electronic circulation in March, I thought you might be interested in some of what was read last month. March 2020 marks a huge shift in the way Rye Public Library is fulfilling its mission in light of the novel coronavirus.   In recognition of the potential dangers of circulating hard materials based on the varying projections of virus transfer viability on surfaces, we pivoted quickly to all electronic service. Having built our electronic suite of offerings over many previous years, RPL was well placed to quickly begin "thinking outside of the book".  
Knowing that the way we bring you reading materials was changing fast, I made a quick introduction to the new normal In our Spring newsletter just prior to launching the weekly Booster edition.   I commiserated then with all of you who love reading the printed word on paper. I truly do as well; the texture, the smell...  But what you really read and hear, after all, are words

 Words can be delivered in countless ways: alphabet soup, sky writing, blackboards, operettas, rap songs, comics... the list goes on.  I hope you have settled in with Hoopla and Libby and begun to enjoy downloading e-books, audio- books and more. I really don't need to ask, because I can tell you have.  The graph at the top of this article shows the jump in Hoopla usage we experienced in March. I thought you might enjoy knowing that your friends and neighbors are still getting plenty of service from RPL!

Aside from the 57% increase in overall usage from February, I also have some detail that might be of interest.  That entire jump in usage was comprised of adult fiction reading. Maybe we are all seeking some escapism? It's understandable. Just 18% of March usage was adult non-fiction.  Juvenile titles had some representation too, but at lower percentages. Remember the youth collections are strong, and Hoopla has a kid's setting to narrow search results.
 You are listening to more words than reading them! Audio-books comprised the largest format of downloads at 38%, though e-books were right behind at 36%. Within that leading margin of adult audio-books, a title we reviewed a couple of weeks ago was #1 at RPL:  Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson.  Second on the list was Guided Meditation For Sleep -- a logical choice in trying times.  Coming in third for audio was The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, a novel built around the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse Book Service [talk about alternative book delivery...]  

By comparison, the rest of Hoopla libraries in the U.S.had the following top three audio books: I Found You by Lisa Jewell, The Other Mrs. by  Mary Kubica, with Eight Perfect Murders third.

In the e-book top three, RPL readers chose Elmore Leonard's On the Trail of the Apache as #1.  This "stellar collection of short fiction" spans the author's long career.  Author Rachel Hauck's Fifth Avenue Story Society , a "captivating story full of heart soul and humor" took second place.  Your third favorite e-book last month was Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai.  This vietnamese story of the "simple challenge of keeping a family together and the courage of perseverance" speaks for itself as a book for the times.  

On a national scale, Hoopla readers chose The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn as the top three.

So, it's obvious that adaptation has begun and RPL readers are taking good advantage of a ready and responsible resource. I hope this article brought some insight and inspiration for new titles and authors to try. Remember, any title we mention in the Booster is available to you by download!  We are happy to help you get started with library downloads. Just call or e-mail and we will walk you through the process. You won't be disappointed, and you won't get any paper cuts.  

Guided Meditation
with Liz Korabek resumes today at 1:00Click here to join the live stream event. Liz will offer this centering program bi-weekly on Fridays at 1:00. Join her again in two weeks. 
Remember our  hoopla resource for movies, TV, e-books, audiobooks and comics! --  All through your library card.  Free app available.

Rye Public Library is a proud member of SAL: Seacoast Area Libraries. 

Remember RPL is a local collection point for Box Tops For Education support

581 Washington Road, Rye N.H. 03870  603-964-8401 
April 10,  2020
Vol I Issue

Thanks for the positive feedback on our first weekly booster edition of the Rye Public Library Ripple Effect newsletter!  This week will offer more thoughtful content from all of us at Rye Public Library.
We've enjoyed talking with many of you during phone calls out to the community and look forward to connecting if we haven't yet. 
I hope you and yours are holding fast as we all adjust to the many many changes in our lives.  Our intention with this weekly contact is to offer some comfort through the familiar and friendly voices of your Rye Public Librarians.  We miss you all and look forward to seeing you again.

                                                         Be Well, Andy Richmond
                                                                            Director, RPL


Passing on Your Right Miss Gulch!
                                 by Juliette Doherty
                                         [Part One of Two] 
We are all doing things differently these days.  For me, normal routines are out the window. I'm wearing my weekend hang-around-the-house clothes every day.  The polka dot socks I've never had the nerve to wear out in public? They have become my go-to socks. I may as well wear them out now when no one's watching and save the good socks for when the world returns to normal, right?  The iron, alarm clock, hairdryer, etc., all gather dust as I come to the realization that so much of what I do on a daily basis is for the sake of socializing with others.
 Maybe this topsy-turvy time is just the opportunity to do something new and different for myself.  I've been thinking about it for a while (OK a long while, at least two years).... purchasing a bicycle. Not the pro-level kind of bicycle that one might see gliding effortlessly along the roadside with a  spandex rider crouched atop, defying gravity at every hill and turn, but the kind I once had as a young girl.  One speed; back-pedal to break. Sitting up nice and straight, wearing normal clothes.  Maybe with a basket.  OK, the Wizard of Oz image [see Miss Gulch above] might be coming to mind, and maybe I should buy a rotary phone while I'm at it, but it's a dream.  
In fact, its been in the back of my mind and in my on-line shopping cart so many times I lost count. I just could never bring myself to click "order". I would check my virtual cart later in the day and the bicycle purchase  magically timed out and disappeared. What a relief. After all, I had excuses up to my eyebrows why I shouldn't do this.  I'm too old.  I'll look foolish (cue Wizard of Oz music) I never thought a bicycle seat was a comfortable place to sit , but.  cruiser bikes now come with wide seats... insert pun here.

What if I buy this thing and hate it? I've never worn a helmet before, and truly, my current hairstyle begs me not to. Score one for vanity.  And then there's the big one... I absolutely hate to exercise. Hate. It. I avoid all things that cause sweat. I may take a walk for pleasure, but you won't see me running unless one of my grandchildren is headed into oncoming traffic. Sure, I will mow the lawn and I do so enjoy a good vacuum session, but then I have a mowed lawn and a clean floor when I finish.  
You see where I'm going with this...  I need to feel like something is getting accomplished in order to justify movement.     I just don't exercise for the sake of exercise. You will never ever see me at the gym.   Yet, a few weeks ago, for some reason,  I looked at the bike again and clicked "place  order". Done deal. Well, I told myself, it's out there now... my request for a pretty yellow cruiser bike with a basket attached.   Well, maybe not attached, as it would arrive "some assembly required". Words my husband likes to hear... never. But the kind-of-cute-but-corny basket was included in the purchase price. 

  I thought,  worst case scenario, since the color matches my house it could always be used as a slightly pricey lawn ornament.  The basket would look adorable with flowers in it, the entire contraption staged in front of the big rock in my yard.  This idea is borrowed from a New Castle resident that displays a painted yellow bike with a basket of flowers outside their home every summer.  I admire it each and every time we drive from a Portsmouth outing back home to Rye. Thank you very much mystery New Castle resident! -- continued next week!
Just a hint of things to come in this serial installment.  
Thanks Julie!


Shakespeare's Sonnets : Sonnet #61
by  Lisa Houde

In this sonnet, the poet realizes that the sleeplessness he feels isn't caused by his love's desire to torture him with memories; rather, it's his own unrequited love that keeps him awake at night.

Shakespeare Sonnet Day 2- #61
Shakespeare Sonnet Day 2- #61


Learning To Drive a Film Review  
by  Sherry Evans
[Sherry shared a happy moment in her profile photo: finding 1000 sheets of white gold!]

This gem of a movie was hiding in Hoopla and apparently hidden to me when it came out in 2014. L earning To Drive stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, rated R (but a mild R) and runs for 1hour, 45 minutes.
While a delightful and charming film, Learning To Drive also weaves in themes of race, immigrants, poverty, love, class, loss, friendship and the struggle to survive.  
Patricia Clarkson is Wendy, a famous literary critic in New York City who brutally learns, in the back seat of a cab, that her husband of 20+ years is not only having an affair, but is leaving her.  Darwan (Ben Kingsley) is the taxi cab driver. Wendy lambasts her husband and sobs uncontrollably. Said husband exits the cab to go to his mistress, leaving Wendy an emotional wreck and alone in the back seat of Darwan's cab.  
Darwan is steady and keeps his emotions in check, always!  If Wendy had not left her briefcase in his cab, he would not have given the incident a second thought.  He is also a driver education teacher; she doesn't have a license and as a newly single women, she has a need.  Plot thickens!
Their times in his car together are pretty hilarious.  On one of the early lessons, Darwan is the victim of racial prejudice which he sluffs off.  Wendy is outraged and lets fly one of her, now famous, furies of vitriol towards the miscreants.  Darwan merely replies, 'I can see we have to work on your road rage'
One poignant scene stuck with me.  Wendy and her sister, Debbie, beautifully played by Samantha Bee, meet on a park bench for coffee, mainly so Debbie can convince Wendy to start dating, for goodness sake!  In our current stay-at-home situation, I felt immediate longing, followed quickly by self-reassurance. We will get through this and haunt our favorite coffee shops with friends soon.
Hoopla hint to find films:  Filter your search to movies.  Search for a favorite actor to see all the available films this person starred in.  For example: a search for Julia Roberts yields 7 films.


The Rules Do Not Apply
by Ariel Levy
a Hoopla book review by Marcia Beckett
[Marcia also took the photo above]

Ariel Levy had me in the palm of her hand from the first sentence. "Do you ever talk to yourself? I do it all the time."  
She makes that and much else all okay. Her unique experiences of writing, love and loss are told with a refreshing honesty that is both poignant and uncanny in its relatability.  
Her story is not what you expect. Her writing is exceptional. It's a memoir that shouldn't be missed.  

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair!"
 by Jessica Ryan

I've recorded a new batch of read-aloud videos! This experience has allowed me to dig a bit into the literary history of fairy tales, and I've been LOVING it. I'm learning a lot. For example, did you know that Rapunzel is a part of the "Maiden in the Tower" archetype? Yep. There's a name for the golden-haired beauty's confinement. Cool, huh?

I've included the link for the Rapunzel video below, and I've made it easier for you to know when a new video is published. Just click the video below, then click the video's description, and you'll see a link to subscribe to the page!
Librarian Reads Rapunzel from Grimm's Fairy Tales
Librarian Reads Rapunzel from Grimm's Fairy Tales

  Marcia's Zoom Story Time
Thursday, April 16th
by Marcia Beckett

I'm excited to bring you story time via Zoom! Please join us and tell your friends. Everyone is welcome (A Rye Public Library card is not required). Please find the Zoom link at the bottom!
This week's story description:

Mud! Mud! Mud! Spring is a time for some rain and with rain comes MUD. We'll read some fun mud books and make some delicious mud pies.

To join in the mud pie making you'll need a spoon, a small bowl or cup, chocolate yogurt or prepared chocolate pudding, graham crackers or Oreos, a ziplock plastic bag, and gummy worms (optional).

Rye Public Library Rye, NH is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Marcia's Story Time
Time: Apr 16, 2020 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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We hope you enjoyed this week's Booster!  Please use the reviews and recommendations to select materials to borrow electronically.  We love to hear back from you by phone or e-mail as listed in the welcome above.  Also, please use the Covid-19 Support Team contacts listed above to report any serious needs to community services. Take good care, and see you next week!