What We’re Checking Out with Amy S.

Screen Shot 2020-05-10 at 10.00.34 AMUpdate: Our Main and Headlands Branches will reopen with limited hours and additional safety measures on Monday, June 8. Click here for details. 

Our buildings are presently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but we are offering drive-thru and curbside pickup for books, movies, and more starting on Monday.

Also, our digital services are still available. This includes ebooks, audiobooks, streaming music, videos, and more — which are available for free with your Mentor Public Library card.

Until we can re-open, we’re sharing what we’re reading, watching, and listening to with you. And all of our suggestions are still available to borrow using our digital services.

This round of recommendations comes from Amy S., manager of the Adult Information Services Department at our Main Branch:

She has been listening to some new audiobooks. Her absolute favorite audiobook is The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan. The main character, Mrs. Braithwaite, reminds her of Agatha Raisin (from M. C. Beaton’s books.) Mrs. Braithwaite, the town busybody, gets involved in looking for her missing daughter. The story, set in WWII England, is heart-warming, exciting and includes some unexpected twists and turns.

She also enjoyed Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson. This is an unusual and unexpected book about parental love. Despite the cover and the premise of exploding children (for example, Jack Jack from the Incredibles) this story is not a comedy.

She also recommends A Bad Day for Sunshine by Darynda Jones. This book  begins a new series by Jones, who also wrote the Charley Davidson series. It features police chief, Sunshine Vicram and a large cast of lovable characters. Janet Evanovich fans should seek out this new series.

She has also started two Great Courses through RBdigital. The Everyday Guide to Wine (24 lectures)  and The Black Death: The World’s most Devasting Plague (24 lectures). The instructors on both series are extremely knowledgeable on their subjects and good teachers.

By the way, if you’re not familiar with our many digital services, check out:

Also, anyone with a CLEVNET card (that includes you!) has free access to Tumblebooks’ catalogue through Aug. 31. There’s read-along picture books, math help, foreign-language learning, and more! Check out:

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