Edition: June 2020
The Twain Monthly
A publication by the Shasta Library Foundation
Building Our Libraries' Future
In This Issue:
News About A Novel Affair: In a Galaxy Far Away
Best of Summer Reading Lists
Library News & Events
  • Summer Blast is Here!
  • Curbside Pick-Up Available for Pick-Up, By Appointment Only!
  • Updates on the Burney Library
  • Heartfelt Stories: Marbles, Buttons, and Rocket Ships
Foundation News & Events
  • Need Help Now? Get HelpNow!
News About A Novel Affair:
In A Galaxy Far Away
After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, the Shasta Library Foundation is cancelling our annual event,  A Novel Affair: In a Galaxy Far Away . The event was originally scheduled for September 26 th , 2020.

Although Shasta County is progressing fairly quickly through the stages for reopening our community and getting back to life as we knew it, major gatherings are still a long way off. Our first priority is the health and safety of our supporters, vendors, volunteers, and staff.

Stay tuned in the coming months for updated plans and ways to continue  your  support of the library.
Popular Picks: Summer 2020 Beach Vibes
Hi, the Executive Assistant here! My name is Anneliese, and I'm here to bring you some summer reading recommendations.

I took some time and scanned ten different popular reading lists (some including Oprah's Book Club, Reese Witherspoon's recommendations, TED Talk recommendations, GoodReads, etc...). They are mostly beach reads or weekend reads, and most of them leaned towards the genre of Fiction, which surprised me. Take a look at these suggestions below and let us know if you pick one of these up! I know I found some to add to my reading list too.
  • Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
[From Amazon]: Six years after the fight that ended their friendship, Daphne Berg is shocked when Drue Cavanaugh walks back into her life, looking as lovely and successful as ever, with a massive favor to ask. Daphne hasn’t spoken one word to Drue in all this time—she doesn’t even hate-follow her ex-best friend on social media—so when Drue asks if she will be her maid-of-honor at the society wedding of the summer, Daphne is rightfully speechless.

Drue was always the one who had everything—except the ability to hold onto friends. Meanwhile, Daphne’s no longer the same self-effacing sidekick she was back in high school. She’s built a life that she loves, including a growing career as a plus-size Instagram influencer. Letting glamorous, seductive Drue back into her life is risky, but it comes with an invitation to spend a weekend in a waterfront Cape Cod mansion. When Drue begs and pleads and dangles the prospect of cute single guys, Daphne finds herself powerless as ever to resist her friend’s siren song.

A sparkling novel about the complexities of female relationships, the pitfalls of living out loud and online, and the resilience of the human heart,  Big Summer  is a witty, moving story about family, friendship, and figuring out what matters most.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
[From Amazon]: For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life--until the unthinkable happens.

Where the Crawdads Sing  is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
[From Amazon]: Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him....
  • The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
[From Amazon]: Just after the Second World War, in the small English village of Chawton, an unusual but like-minded group of people band together to attempt something remarkable.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Chawton was the final home of Jane Austen, one of England's finest novelists. Now it's home to a few distant relatives and their diminishing estate. With the last bit of Austen's legacy threatened, a group of disparate individuals come together to preserve both Jane Austen's home and her legacy. These people—a laborer, a young widow, the local doctor, and a movie star, among others—could not be more different and yet they are united in their love for the works and words of Austen. As each of them endures their own quiet struggle with loss and trauma, some from the recent war, others from more distant tragedies, they rally together to create the Jane Austen Society.

A powerful and moving novel that explores the tragedies and triumphs of life, both large and small, and the universal humanity in us all, Natalie Jenner's  The Jane Austen Society  is destined to resonate with readers for years to come.
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
[From Amazon]: From the bestselling author of EVERYTHING I NEVER TOLD YOU, a riveting story that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother – who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. 

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
  • The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley
[From Amazon]: Julian Jessop, an eccentric, lonely artist and septuagenarian believes that most people aren't really honest with each other. But what if they were? And so he writes--in a plain, green journal--the truth about his own life and leaves it in his local café. It's run by the incredibly tidy and efficient Monica, who furtively adds her own entry and leaves the book in the wine bar across the street. Before long, the others who find the green notebook add the truths about their own deepest selves--and soon find each other In Real Life at Monica's Café.

The Authenticity Project's cast of characters--including Hazard, the charming addict who makes a vow to get sober; Alice, the fabulous mommy Instagrammer whose real life is a lot less perfect than it looks online; and their other new friends--is by turns quirky and funny, heartbreakingly sad and painfully true-to-life. It's a story about being brave and putting your real self forward--and finding out that it's not as scary as it seems. In fact, it looks a lot like happiness.

The Authenticity Project is just the tonic for our times that readers are clamoring for--and one they will take to their hearts and read with unabashed pleasure.
Library News & Events
Summer Blast is Back!
Earn prizes for the reading you do over the summer! All ages can sign up for Summer Blast and the chance to win gift cards, free books, and other fun prizes!


  • Read a book (at least 175 pages)
  • Fill out the online reading log
  • Submit & repeat

Preschool • Kids • Tweens • Teens:

  • Read 5 books (at your reading level)
  • Fill out the online reading log
  • Submit & repeat

Complete as many levels as possible before coming in to pick up your prizes

All ages can  sign up for Summer Blast!​ 

Click here to register for Summer Blast or call for more information:
Redding: 530.245.7250 
Anderson: 530.365.7685 
Burney: 530.335.4317

Curbside Pick-Up Available at All Three Libraries
Have you heard? You can borrow books from the library again! All three branches are offering curbside pick-up for catalog items placed on hold through the library's website or by calling your branch directly.
The service is available by appointment only.

A member of the library staff will call you to arrange your appointment time.

Do you need your library card to place a hold?

Yes! The Library Staff will need to verify your library card number when you come to pick up your holds. 

Can you call the library to place a hold?

Yes! Please call (530) 245-7250. You can also place a hold online. 

When can my holds be picked-up?

The Library Staff have appointments available at the Redding Library Tuesday-Saturday from 10-4, at the Burney Library Monday-Wednesday from 10-1, and at the Anderson Library Wednesday-Saturday from 10-1. 

Please wait until the Library Staff call you to make an appointment. That way, your holds are ready! 

Can you pick-up a hold without an appointment?

No. However, please call your branch library to make an appointment for pick-up.

When will the libraries be open again?

The Shasta Public Libraries opened for curbside on May 19th, but our buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice. We are following the City of Redding, Shasta County, and the State of California's guidelines for reopening. Please check our social media and website for the latest information.
Shasta County Purchases New Building for Burney Library
The Burney Library is one step closer to its new location at 37116 Main Street.

Shasta County closed escrow on the building on May 14, 2020. The new building is more than twice the size of the old location and includes two study rooms, a large community meeting room with teleconferencing equipment, and dedicated children’s area. With an infusion of new materials, the collection will boast more than 15,000 materials for loan. Several finishing touches are still needed.

Please consider donating through their Amazon Gift Registry .
Heartfelt Stories: Marbles, Buttons, and Rocket Ships
[*This heartfelt story is taken from a previous month before the temporary library closure.]

There was a little boy with his mom in the Children’s library playing with the marble tube set. When it was time to go, tears welled in his eyes as he was told he had to stop playing with the marbles. Being a good listener for his mom, he put them away. I thought this was super sweet, and tried to think of something to give him for him to take home. I went through the Summer Blast buttons and pulled out one with a rocket ship on it. I walked over and said, “Did you make something cool with the marbles?” He nodded a little shyly. I replied, “I heard you being a good listener for your mommy, and you put away the marbles so nicely! I think you should get something special for being so good, so here is a cool pin. Can you tell me what is on it?” With a little smile, he said, “A spaceship?” “Yes you’re right! It’s a cool rocket ship, and it’s for you.” He was quiet as he took it, and then he looked at his mom and whispered, “I like this.” - Elizabeth, Librarian
Foundation News & Events
Need Help Now? Get HelpNow!

Your donation to the SLF helps to fund programs like HelpNow by  Brainfuse .

In this age of COVID-19 school closures, parents, grandparents, and other caregivers have stepped unexpectedly into the role of teacher. HelpNow takes the stress and guesswork out of this uncharted territory by providing a wealth of resources and features for learners of all ages.

HelpNow provides free online tutoring to grades K-12 as well as adult online learning.

Click here and scroll down to "Homework & Education" to find the HelpNow link and explore all it has to offer.

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