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Oprah’s Book Club and Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 have influenced many readers in America. Have they influenced you? Have your read any of the books included in the clubs?

Do you ever lose sleep wondering what might happen if a deadly outbreak were to grip the country?  What about the onslaught of a bio-war or the possibility of the product of advanced genetic engineering causing mass-mayhem?

In Memory of Sue Grafton

“Sugar and spice and everything nice. That's what little girls are made of.”

THINK again! ASK some questions! READ some of these books!

It is that time of year

when you’re always on your feet.

why not sit right down

And read something short and sweet!

If you’re looking for a great novel to get you in the HO HO HOliday spirit, check out one of these seasonal books for adults.

Want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?  Get wrapped up in one of these fun Christmas stories. Find a cozy blanket, a sunny window, open a book and exhale.

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what your current circumstances, bring a little magic to your day. It is easy to bring magic into your daily life and the best place to start is not an expensive magic shop – it is in the library! Bring out the magic in your mind.

"Some of the most important conversations I've ever had occured at my family dinner table." (Bob Erlich)

Fall in love with September! Bake apple pies, jump in leaves, get schooled, warm up with a sweater, take a walk, and begin anew and thrive as you say a long good-bye to summer...

Great reads for the love of the game, all about football’s history and controversies, and of course the New England Patriots.  Like it or love it, it’s game time! 

Football teams score by catching a good pass in the end zone. Library patrons score by catching a good read in the "end" zone.

The world of medicine is a fascinating place!

Writing and art have been intertwined since time immemorial, but even as separate disciplines, they are natural kindling for each other: whether a work of art is the creative jump-start for a novel, a research source or a structural element in the plot.

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their Fall River home.

For 125 years, the question of whether or not Lizzie Borden "killed her parents with 40 whacks" has been the subject of a schoolyard chant, an opera, and numerous made-for-TV movies.

Melvil Dewey largely created library science and is known as the "Father of Modern Librarianship." Without the Dewey Decimal System, each library would have to create its own system at vast expense.

Whether it's a house, furniture, stone wall, puzzlebox or birdhouse, you can find how-to-books in our collection that will give you the fundamentals to start your project.

Your own stories, thoughts, and language are the stuff of writing.  Come and browse our "write stuff" display of books and get inspired to write those summer stories- of swimming, of stars, of travel, of gard

The sun, the sand, and the salty sea.  Summer is a great time to hit the beach whether for a day or a longer stay.  Take along a beach inspired read, an audiobook for the car ride there, or some tunes.    Eve

June 30th is Social Media Day!  #SMDay. With that in mind, why not check out a book on this ever-present phenomenon? According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 68% of American adults use Facebook!

Any time is a good time to celebrate but June has some special offerings. Weddings are big in June as are graduations. Anniversaries and birthdays abound. Of course, there is Father's Day and Flag Day but above all June is when we get to celebrate summer. So Celebrate!

Whether you are planning a trip or just dreaming of getting away, we have a book for you!

The  Industrial  Revolution  took  place  over  more  than  a  century,  as  production  of  goods  moved  from  home  businesses to  machine-aided  production  in  factories.   This   revolution involved   major   changes   in   transportation,   manufacturing,   and   communications,   and tran

"Behind every great man, there's a great woman." Right? What if history was told through her eyes?

Check out these titles and learn about everyday heroes who pursue their dreams and passions to achieve success in many different aspects of life.  Especially remember our veterans in the month of May!

Like April showers that bring May Flowers, so “may” these books shower you with a new author to enjoy.

Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 but his works and influence are still celebrated today.

Whether you are reading on a sunny beach; after shoveling out the front steps; under a tree of falling leaves or while listening to the peepers, you can always find just the right book at the Amherst Town Library.

Contemporary authors have reimagined these classic stories by adding their own twist on well-known characters and plots. Try the classic and then try the retelling. Which do you prefer?

Are you a "cat person" or a "dog person"?

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

Remember, “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”?  Calling all independent women, this is for you.  Historically women have been challenging the status quo and standing up for what they believe in.  The leading ladies i

Embark upon a new craft adventure while waiting for your Spring to arrive! Check out these titles for inspiration.

For guys that read, these books will satisfy the hunt for the serious- or seriously different.

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a romance featuring a firefighter. What is it about a man in uniform anyway? Watch out- some of these titles are HOT!

The 89th Academy Awards will be held at 8:30 PM on February 26, 2017 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. Over the years many books have been made into Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning films.

The Hunger Games, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight. What do these books have in common? They are books that have broken through the traditional young adult (YA) genre to become huge bestsellers and read by adults and teens alike. Why stop there? YA is not just for teens anymore.

Think of the library as your own community "Redbox" filled with thousands of titles just waiting for you to take them home.

Whether told through letters or journal entries, epistolary novels give the reader greater access to the characters' thoughts and inner feelings.

Do you know who met The Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in "A Hard Day's Night" or who who started making lists at the age of eight to create order in his life?

Is your mind made up?  Want to know what your mind is made up of?  Find yourself stuck in a certain frame of mind?  Come browse library titles that explore what helps shape and define who we are as humans and

Winter not your "thing", but you can't just take off for Florida for the next 3 months? Warm up these cold winter days (and nights) with stories of the South, fact or fiction, from plantations to beaches.

Fall is a time of change:  weather, light, landscapes.  Whether you are embracing the cooling breezes outdoors or nestling into a cozy corner as the evening darkness falls earlier and earlier, take time to immerse yourself in a good book, engrossing movie, or an engaging piece of music as leaves

There is always something to learn. Have you always wanted to learn a language or know more about music, fishing, golf, or philosophy? Ever consider raising chickens, or keeping bees? Learn something new- no classroom required, just a library card!

Celebrate the 100th birthday of our Natiobnal Park Service. We have materials for adults and children, including fiction and non-fiction- books, audiobooks, DVDs and CDs celebrating our National Parks.

From mysteries to culinary explorations, from romances to the harrowing experiences of WW2, countless authors and filmmakers have used Paris as the backdrop for their stories.

What's your reading style? What makes a book appealing for you in terms of character, pace, storyline and tone? Enjoy our selection of titles that have "intricately plotted" storylines and a "compelling" writing style.

Mum, Mother, Mommy, Mama, Mom; these are all words we’ve heard countless times whether they were directed toward our own ears or not.  Everyone has a mother.  In honor of Mother’s Day this month come explore what it means to be a mother, how views mothering evolve, or find something that is bound

To honor the wonderful colors of Spring, April’s book display is all about red books, yellow books, green books and blue books!  A colorful mixture o

There's always a part of the soul that's yearning for something greater, seeking answers to life's biggest questions: What is sacred? Why are we here? How should we live? 

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one.

-John Lennon

As temperatures drop and the light fades, warm up to winter with a good book, movie or musical recording, because "Baby, it's cold outside!

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Retired high school Latin teacher Frances Godwin begins receiving direct messages from God after she intervenes between her daughter Stella and Stella's abusive husband.

Never mind the brief blurb provided on the book flap: this is NOT just the story of a young man who dies leaving a widow and 2 youngsters. This book is the story of the Blessing Family in three generations.

While I couldn't put this book down, I also didn't want to see it end. In 1880, Frances Irvine escapes the confining options available to her in Victorian England to marry a doctor near the diamond mines in South Africa.

This is one book that you really want to read every word, and not put it down.    The author's writing style is fluid and compelling. It was a bit like reading a fairy tale as an old Burmese man tells many stories about Tin Win to Tin’s daughter.

I wonder who, if anyone, will love this book as much as I did. A seventy-two year old single woman living in Beirut - alone except for her treasured books and the stacks of unread literary translations she writes and stores in her spare room - muses about her past and present life as she ages.

Antiquarian bookseller Peter Byerly, recently widowed, moves to the English countryside to escape his sorrow and involve himself in his work of collecting and restoring rare books.

Don’t plan to hurry as you read this elegant and haunting story of lives lived honorably while replete with lies of omission.

The trouble with getting old is that your children all know better than you what you should do, how you should dress, what you shouldn't eat, where you should live, and on and on....

Even if you didn’t read or love Little House on the Prairie books, I’m sure you’ve heard of the series. I learned that I didn’t really know much about Laura Ingalls Wilder or her books, or her daughter who co-wrote the books, and the fact that the TV series was mostly fluff.

This award-winning non-fiction book weaves together several profiles of the famous…and not so famous….to illustrate the institutional and cultural changes taking place in America that began in the second half of the 20th century.

A wonderful autobiography: not only because its subject is the much-beloved children’s author, but because the book takes a very sweet look at life in the 1930’s and 40’s.

If you enjoyed “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton, you’ll find this book a great read.  Moving between the early 1940’s and current time in the mountains of Northern India and Kashmir the story immediately engulfs you in the lives of two sets of characters, their lives and friends.

The author, who grew up in the  paper mill town of Mexico, Maine, chronicles her family’s struggle to cope with the unexpected death of her father while on his way to work one April morning in 1963.

Blackberry Winter

This book captured my interest from the first page and was a real page turner.  There are many threads to this story which enhances the read immensely.

The Double Game

A retired spy-turned-novelist once admits to young journalist Bill Cage that he had considered spying for the enemy; eventually damaging both their budding careers.

The Light Between Oceans

This outstanding story captured my interest at the very beginning and it was hard to put down. The prose is beautiful, almost musical, in contrast to the harsh lives of the two main characters.

The Ashford Affair

The best book that I’ve read in a while, “The Ashford Affair” kept me up late at night in a frenzy to finish. I enjoyed the format, alternating chapters between the 1990s and the 1920s as two intertwining stories unfold.

A Royal Pain

This fun, easy story reads like a contemporary Regency Romance. And really, what girl doesn’t want to be like Bronte Talbot with her stellar career, fabulous shoes, and a boyfriend who turns out to be a Duke?

Call Number: FIC  Mulry, M


I was calmed and comforted by this book.  A sparely and beautifully rendered tale of “Dad”, his neighbors,  customers, and family as he lives out his last days with them.

The Lavender Garden

Part historical fiction, part romance, with a definite mysterious Gothic undertone, I was immediately immersed in the two interlinked storylines in this novel.

Queen Bee of Tuscany

Sometimes I felt I had to run to keep up with this book. Janet Ross’s life in Egypt and Tuscany during the Victorian era was so full and eccentric that getting everything into the story must have been a real challenge to the author.

This is a compelling read in the vein of Born Free, Out of Africa, or Gorillas in the Mist, but somehow more accessible. Joan Root was a fascinating woman, devoted to Kenya and to her husband Alan Root. You might say she was betrayed by both. Or was it her naivete?

The Blue Sweater

Jacqueline dreamed of saving the world and readily admits she initially fell flat on her face.

Nook HD, now available for checkout from Amherst Town Library

Be the first to check out our Nook HD tablet! If you're still waiting for Inferno, And the Mountains Echoed, or Beautiful Day, they are loaded and just waiting to be read.