BookPage a helpful guide to the best new reads

2013-07-21T03:00:00Z BookPage a helpful guide to the best new readsCheryl Austin | Special to The Citizen Auburn Citizen

Weedsport Free Library is so fortunate to have both a Friends and Jr. Friends of the Library group. Their fundraising efforts enable them to sponsor library programs, purchase items for the library, provide extra volunteer hands, and serve as wonderful library advocates. I appreciate them and give them credit and thanks continually. Hats off to all of you who are members of these groups and/or supporters. We are able to provide better service to our patrons as a result of the Friends' and Jr. Friends' hard work.

A great library enhancement that the groups sponsor is the BookPage subscription. Each month, our library receives 50 copies of this wonderful book review publication. I read the BookPage publication every month, even if I don’t have time to read! It might be my only means of getting a book fix aside from working at the library! On the BookPage website, www.bookpage.com, the publication is described as “a monthly book review publication distributed to more than 450,000 avid readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries.

Founded in 1988 and located in Nashville, Tenn., BookPage serves as a broad-based selection guide to the best new books published every month. The tone is upbeat and literate, focusing on best sellers as well as new discoveries. Their goal is “to recommend the best books for readers of all types, whether you're interested in literary fiction or romance, history or science fiction, cookbooks or children's books. They also state, “we focus on new releases and tailor our reviews for the general reader and the true book lover always on the lookout for the next great read.”

If you’re familiar with BookPage, you are likely in agreement that this publication makes reading about reading informative and entertaining. BookPage also has a website, www.bookpage.com. You will find many book review resources on that as well. Browse Web exclusives, books by genre, authors, children’s books and a blog. Next time you stop at the library, pick up the print copy compliments of the Friends of the Weedsport Free Library.

In other news, the Weedsport gazebo series has started at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings. Professor Klutzo will be “Diggin’ for Laughs” on July 23. This show will include ventriloquism, live music, comedy magic and juggling. Diana Jacobs and the Midnite Mood will entertain us with rhythm and blues on July 30. Dirtybirds, a three-piece acoustic trio from Seneca Falls, will make its gazebo debut on Aug. 6. The Jr. Friends of the Library will assist with the appearance of Bells and Motley on Aug. 13. Bells and Motley are accomplished storytellers and musicians. The last show of the series, Aug. 20, will feature Loren Barrigar, accomplished acoustic guitarist, and Mark Mazengarb, a star from New Zealand. This series is sponsored by First Niagara Bank, the town of Brutus, the village of Weedsport, and the Friends and Jr. Friends of the Weedsport Free Library. The rain location is Weedsport Free Library.

The summer reading program, “Dig into Reading,” is in full swing. If you have a child age infant to grade six, check the library website, www.weedsportlibrary.org, for a complete summer schedule.

Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you soon!

Cheryl Austin is the director of Weedsport Free Library. The library, 2795 E. Brutus St., Weedsport, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, email weedlib@twcny.rr.com, visit www.weedsportlibrary.org or call 834-6222.

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