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Overdrive News!

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Have you heard that Overdrive App will be retired in 2022? Have no fear!
Download the Libby app today to continue borrowing ebooks and audiobooks from the online library.
Contact a librarian for any other questions or concerns you have. 





Friends of the Library

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The Friends of the Belmond Public Library was formed in 1995.  They are an auxiliary group of the Library Foundation.  Their mission is to maintain an
association of persons interested in the library, to focus public attention on the library, to lend financial support, to coordinate volunteer efforts,
and help promote the programs and services of the Talbot Belmond Public Library. 

As a Friend, you will have the satisfaction of supporting one of our most important educational institutions, playing an important role in making books and other materials available to the community. 
You will also have the opportunity to volunteer for various events and programs.

  You can join for as little as $5.00 per year as an individual, or $15.00 as a family.
If you are already a Friend of the library, please stop by today to renew your membership. 

Please contact the library with any questions. 
The library would love to have you as a Friend!

Book Reviews from the Librarians

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Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

My reading tastes lay far from historical fiction, but I can say that I am ever grateful for having read this book. The book is told from two points of view and two time frames, that of Rill Foss and Avery Stafford. Rill Foss is a child stolen away along with her siblings by Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Home Society in the 1930's. The part of the book told in her point of view tells her tale of the horrendous activities that took place at the orphanage and the absolutely greed fueled stealing and selling of children by Georgia Tann. The other part comes from the point of view of Avery Stafford during present day. Avery embarks on a journey to uncover the secrets her Grandmother holds close and that could have a huge impact on her affluent political family.

Both stories engaged me from the beginning. I felt the pull of Avery trying to discover who she is along side discovering pieces of her family history. Rill's childhood story is tragic and horrid in many ways. Her desperate attempt to keep her siblings together is wrought with frustration, fear and tragedy. Wingate gives readers a glimpse into the history of Georgia Tann and the Tennessee Children's Society. While difficult to read, I appreciate Wingate broaching the subject of abuse and selling of children while intertwining a real organization, history and person into this piece of fiction. I think it brings to light history while pointing to the fact that these things still happen today (Epstein, human trafficking). She also cleverly shows how fear can be a dangerous weapon used to stop people from speaking up and out about the things that happen not only to them, but others.

Intentional or not, I think Wingate's piece of fiction can fuel desire to read further into the history of Georgia Tann and her organization. I always feel that a book that leads me to look further into history is a huge success.


The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelworth
Reviewed by Sonya Trager, Director

Olive Smith, a third-year Ph.D. candidate, is single, short on cash, and looking for a research opportunity that will get her one step closer in her research. Her friend, Anh, wants her to have a happy ever after. When Olive's need to please her friend catches up with her, she's stuck in a hallway and kisses the first man she sees, Professor Adam Carlsen. Carlsen has a reputation for being a tough professor and making his lab students hate him. Carlsen agrees to carry on with her charade and the two pretend to date. When things go a bit awry, Olive learns about love.

This book will suprise you. The most commen comment I hear is "I didn't think I would like this book as much as I did!" This book was probably one of my top five reads of 2021. That is saying a lot especially because I read over 105 books in 2021! I absolutely adored this title. It was a solid 5 star read for me. This hit all the romantic feels for me, but more so, the main character is smart and the author doesn't dumb down the story. Each chapter starts with a cute or funny quote in relation to the events in the upcoming chapter. Hazelwood does an excellent job of creating awkward and funny moments and the spicy bits are endearing and character building. I loved it so much I read it again right after finishing it. Definitely recommend!



The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson
Reviewed by Sonya Trager, Director

The Last Chance Library is an endearing book centered around a small village in the process of losing their library. As a librarian, I appreciated how Sampson gave readers into a glimpse of some of the library struggles such as lack of funding and the struggle to keep the building and grounds in a good state. The author thoughtfully and accurately portrays the roll a library plays in the life of both patrons and the community. I adored the cast of characters in the library and could easy compare them to some of our own passionate library patrons.

The main character, June Jones, adds to the library perspective. Caught in an endless cycle of grief and holding on desperately to the memory of her mother, June struggles with her own identity and worth. The library is all she has ever known. For the most part she is crippled by her anxiety and lack of confidence,  I enjoyed the story, but I really struggled with identifying with June. At times I grew frustrated with her self deprecation and failure to recognize her own worth. 

The book is a bit predictable, but there is comfort in that. There is a wonderful cast of characters and the story is sprinkled with wit. There is a romance, but it is secondary to the over all plot of the book. It is a slow burn with a great message. Overall, an enjoyable read.


The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews
Reviewed by Sonya Trager, Director

Genre: Holiday & Romantic Fiction

The Santa Suit is a cute, feel good read with Hallmark movie vibes. Ivy buys a farmhouse sight unseen after her divorce. Leaving her past behind and hoping for a new beginnings, she discovers a Santa suit and a long forgotten letter that pulls at her heart. She is surrounded by a cast of endearing characters that show her hope and love along the way. With themes of family, connecting and reconnecting with the ones you love, and new beginnings the book is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of Christmas.










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