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The holidays are coming and so is winter! In this episode, we’ll be sharing the good news about the new library project and how you can help support the efforts with year end giving opportunities. Also, Rebecca Hagedorn from the Mont Vernon Village School PTA stopped by to fill us in on the 1st fun event of winter in Mont Vernon. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Giving Tuesday Tuesday, November 29th: Visit  the Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation website for more information http://www.mvlcf.org


Amy’s Book Recommendations:


Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell


The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau

The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

Newly Published:

The Cloisters by Katy Hays

Going Rogue by Janet Evanovitch

The Seven Moons of Mail Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka


Spare by Prince Harry

The Invisible Hour Alice Hoffman



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It’s almost Halloween in tiny town! Tune in to our special Halloween episode for Trick or Treat tips, witchy book recommendations and a special interview with one of the local Girl Scout troops.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Amy’s Book Recommendations

Witchy Books:

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman

The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Discovery of Witches Series by Deborah Harkness

We Ride Upon Sticks by Guan Barry

YA Books:

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody

All of Our Demise by Amanda Foody


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The leaves are changing in New England, and we’re switching gears from summer to fall here at the Daland Memorial Library. Listen in for upcoming fall programs for kids and adults, new fall book recommendations and a visit from our Battle of the Burbs Champion Captain Paul Lavertu from Margaret Circle. Happy Fall Y’all!

Amy’s Book Recomendations:

“Blackbird House” by Alice Hoffman

“The Magnolia Palace” by Fiona Davis

“The Latecomer” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

“The Midcoast” by Adam White


Nov. 1st- “The Bookstore Sisters” by Alice Hoffman

Oct. 25- “The Passenger” by Cormec McCarthy

Oct. 18- “Demon Copperhead” by Barbara Kingsolver

Oct. 4- “Endless Summer” by “Elin Hilderbrand




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Episode 24 Title: “The Time is Now”

Listen in for a recap of summer at the library and an interview with board members of the Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation to hear all about their summer FUN raiser “Battle of the Burbs”!  The library fundraising thermometer is moving up!!  The Time is Now to learn about how you can support a new library in tiny town. Visit http://www.mvlcf.org to learn about the new library project and how to make a donation.

Amy’s Book Recommendations:

“Nightcrawling” by Leila Mottley

“The It Girl” by Ruth Ware

“Inland” by Tea Obrent

Coming Soon:

“Carrie Soto is Back” Taylor Jenkins Reid

“Other Birds” by Sarah Addison Allen

“Daisy Darker” by Alice Feeny

“Our Missing Hearts” by Celeste Ng

JoAnn: “Black Cake” by Charmaine Wilkerson

Bonnie: “The 1619 Project” by Nikole Hannah-Jones

For more information about the Mont Vernon Library Charitable Foundation and the new library project visit http://www.mvlcf.org.

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Summer is here and the library is full of possibilities! Listen into to this episode to hear all that the library has to offer residents of all ages.  We’ll also catch you up on the new library project and make recommendations for your next beach read! Have a great summer tiny town!


Amy’s Recommendations:

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

The Keeper of Happy Endings by Barbara Day

Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Bonnie’s Beach Reads

Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand

Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui

The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones

JoAnn’s Beach Read

That Summer by Jennifer Weiner


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With great anticipation, the staff of the Daland Memorial Library have been preparing for the return of Wizarding Week! Student registration is full and all of the professors have their lesson plans ready!  Listen in to hear from a returning student, a prefect, and Head Mistress Clearwater herself. It’s going to be an amazing vacation week!

Amy’s Book Recommendations

Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwartz

Magic Air Liars by Sarah Gailey

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Berry

Her Majesty’s Royal Coven by Juno Dawson

Acts of Violet by Margarita Montimore

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Spring is in the air and Town Meeting is behind us.  Tune in to hear voting results and all the good news about what you can look forward to in Mont Vernon this spring.  Catch our interview with the newly elected Selectman John Quinlan and don’t miss Amy’s book reviews.  Happy Spring!

Amy’s Book Recommendations

This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris

Clark & Division by Naomi Hirahara

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

Love & Saffron by Kim Fay

Books on Libby:

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson

The Masters of the Revels

New Releases:

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart- April 5th

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng- Oct. 4th

Trust by Hernan Diaz- May 3rd

Let’s Do This Again- April 5th

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How do I love thee, let me count the ways (Sonnet 43)….So many lovely things happening in tiny town in the month of February. Tune in for chatter about library events and up coming Town Meeting. Catch our interview with resident Lou Springer, Chairman of the Cemetery Trustees and so much more!

NOTE: Our Galentine’s Day program and Super Bowl Sledding Party were cancelled post podcast recording. We shall try again next year.

Amy’s Book Recommendations:

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

New Releases Coming Soon:

Our American Friend by Anna Pitoniak Feb. 15

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley, Feb. 22

This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel, Feb. 22

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Tune into this episode for a quick recap of the holiday season in tiny town, a review of Amy’s Best of 2021 book list, and New Year’s resolutions. Happy New Year!

Amy’s Best of 2021 Books

Lists in no particular order

Fiction Top Ten:
1. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

2. The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson

3. Sin Eater by Megan Campisi

4. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

5. Mr. Rochester by Sarah Shoemaker

6. Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

7. The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

8. Matrix by Lauren Groff

9. The Overstory by Richard Powers

10. Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Thrillers Top Ten:

1. Pretty Things by Janelle Brown

2. His & Hers by Alice Feeney

3. The Last Flight by Julie Clark

4. The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

5. Falling by T. J. Newman

6. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

7. For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing

8. The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

9. Verity by Colleen Hoover

10. The Last One by Alexandra Oliva

Non Fiction Top 5

1.These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

2. Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

3. Finding Freedom by Erin French

4. Food Saved Me by Danielle Walker

5. Tinsel by Hank Stuever

Books I’m Looking Forward To in 2022:

1. Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins – January

2. Violeta by Isabel Allende – January

3. How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu – January

4. Jane and the Year Without a Summer by Stephanie Barron #14 – February

5. Finlay Donovan Knocks ‘Em Dead by Elle Cosimano – February

6. This Might Hurt by Stephanie Wrobel – February

7. All the Queen’s Men by S.J. Bennett – March 

8. Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr – March

9. The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd – March

10. The Fell by Sarah Moss – March

11. Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel – April

12. The Candy House by Jennifer Egan – April

13. The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz – May

14. When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill – May

15. The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian – May

16. The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner – May

17. You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi – May

18. Gilt by Jamie Brenner – June

19. How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix – July 

20. Prince Harry’s As-Yet-Untitled Memoir, Pub Date TBA

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We’ve missed you! Tune into the latest episode of the podcast for a recap of summer and fall activities at the library. Amy has made some great book recommendations and we’ll take a sneak peek at what’s in the works for the holidays in Tiny Town.

Amy’s Book Recommendations:

Summer Reads I Enjoyed:

  • The Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead
  • The Paper Palace by Miranda Cooley
  • Falling by TJ Newman
  • The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett
  • Good Company by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  • For Your Own Good by Samantha Downing
  • The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz
  • Verity by Colleen Hoover
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Fall Releases:

  • Matrix by Lauren Griff
  • The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towels
  • My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
  • State of Terror by Hillary R. Clinton and Louise Penny
  • The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Oh William by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Death of Jane Lawrance by Caitlin Starling
  • Immune: A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps you Alive by Philip Dettmer
  • Five Tuesdays in Winter by Lilly King

Coming Soon:

  • Three Precious Days by Ann Patchett
  • Go Tell the Bee’s I am Gone by Dianna Gabaldon
  • Wish You Were Here by Jodi Picoult
  • A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw

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