Adult Summer Reading Club delves into the lives of women
It’s July and the start of the second half of 2021, and there is no better way to celebrate this milestone except by opening the Clearview Public Library doors in Creemore, New Lowell and Stayner for in-house service as part of the resumption of regular life here in Clearview.
On our new release shelves, you will find plenty of fantastic new books awaiting to be checked out for your reading pleasure.
The Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian is set in the socially sanctioned brutality of the original American witch hunt in Boston (1662). Trouble brews for Mary who is an ordinary Puritan housewife with secret desires and little patience for the blatant hypocrisy of the local menfolk as a result of making a life changing decision. This story is a description of a personal life within the illumination of the greater social movement. Life back in 1662 for a female was very different than it is today, or is it?
Moving to 1861 in re-construction-era Brooklyn, Libertie must make some hard decisions about what freedom actually means for a Black woman. Inspired by the life of one of the first female doctors in the United States and the lure of a promised land in Haiti, Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge is a coming-of-age story that combines historical, magical and familial elements into a bildungsroman of a novel.
The Secret Keeper of Jaipur is the second book in the trilogy that continues the story started in The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. This is an amazing glimpse into the Indian Culture of the 1950s involving all of the key elements of class, deceit, identity and love. You will want to live in this book’s pages as Lakshmi journeys from her rural village to the vibrant pink city of Jaipur.
All three books have the common theme of a woman’s struggle for fulfillment in a society pivoting between the traditional and the modern.
Spending time with Mary, Libertie and Lakshmi by sharing their stories is the perfect way to relax on a summer day. If you wish, read these books as part of our Adult Summer Reading Club. Pick up your Adult Summer Reading Club Bingo Card when you drop in to visit the library. For every square that you complete, you will receive one ballot to be entered to win a prize basket and you will receive on ballot per square plus one bonus ballot. This draw will be held on Sept. 10.
In real time, the TD Summer Reading Programs are kicking into action now until August 20. To register, please visit www.clearview.library.on.ca. There are three programs with the Game On theme (3-5 years, 6-8 years, and 9-11 years). The Library Youth Crew covers Grades 6-12. Let the games begin!
On Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m., we will be talking with the author Ted Staunton who will be discussing his new graphic novel The Good Fight as part of the virtual Simcoe Authors’ Talk Series. This book is about the August 1933 riots in Toronto set off by “undesirables” at the beach. Register on our website in the coming events page to receive a Zoom invitation to attend this free family event to learn more about the roots of prejudice, the immigrant experience and the stand against injustice.
The Clearview Public Library is now open for in-house visits on Wednesdays to Saturdays. Please call Creemore at 705-466-3011, New Lowell at 705-424-6288, or Stayner at 705-428-3595, if you have any questions or need any information about our hours and services. We look forward to serving you.