News from the Pierson Library

Today! Kitchen Science: Our younger patrons are invited to come to the library at 1pm to learn some kitchen science. Using everyday materials, including food, candy and condiments, we will conduct fascinating experiments. Learn how to walk on raw eggs and blow up marshmallows.  If this sounds like fun, do join us.
Bridge Building: Our next installment of the Science Challenge will be on Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 1pm when our younger patrons will do some hands-on learning, creating bridges of their own.
Geek Mountain State Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Discussion: Calling all geeks to gather on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7pm for a discussion of “Ancillary Justice” by Ann Leckie. Come to the Library at 7pm to discuss this novel set on a remote, icy planet where the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren, a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. Copies of the book are at the front desk of the library. Pizza will be served. Please register in advance so we will know how much to order. This book discussion is co-hosted by the Pierson Library and Geek Mountain State (www.geekmountainstate.com).
Tuesday Evening Book Club: For a more traditional read, join the Tuesday Evening Book Club on Aug. 19 at 6:30pm for a discussion of “The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford.  This novel tells the tale of two school age Americans of Chinese and Japanese descent during World War II. Young Henry, Chinese, watches helplessly while Keiko, a girl of Japanese descent, and her family are sent to an internment camp. The story unfolds some 40 years later as Henry, now a widower, seeks understanding and reconciliation.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.  Anyone may join the club for just one evening or on a regular basis.
Wednesday Morning Book Club:  Light mystery fans may enjoy coming to the Wednesday Morning Book Club on Aug. 20 at 10am when we will be discussing “The Beekeeper’s Apprentice” by Laurie R. King. This is the first book in a series by King focusing on Mary Russell, the young woman destined to become the wife of Sherlock Holmes. Set In 1915, the novel recounts how they met when Mary was just 15 as they work together in Wales to help Scotland Yard find the kidnapped daughter of an American senator, a case of international significance with clues that dip deep into Holmes’s past.
New York Times Best Sellers Available at the Pierson Library: If none of the books mentioned above strike a responsive chord with you, check out our other offerings.  We have all but one of the top 16 fiction titles and 12 out of 16 of the top nonfiction titles on the latest New York Times Best Sellers list. “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt is spending its 36th week on the list. Because it is so popular, we have three copies of the book available, so get on the waiting list now. History buffs might enjoy “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr, a moving story of a blind Parisian girl and an orphaned German boy during World War II as their lives overlap and intersect at St. Malo, France in the closing days of the war. Detective fans might like “The Silkworm” by Robert Galbraith, the pseudonym of J.K. Rowling. This is her second book featuring private detective Cormoran Strike who lives in literary London.
Although not on the New York Times Best Seller list, the library also has copies of “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands,” the latest novel by Vermont based author Chris Bohjalian. This is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless girl orphaned when her parents were killed in a nuclear plant explosion in the Northeast Kingdom.
Nonfiction devotees may choose among historical works such as “Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand which tells the story of just recently deceased Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was a Japanese prisoner of war in World War II. If you need inspiration in this time of conflict around the world, you may choose “I am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai who writes about her continued commitment to education for young girls like herself in Pakistan even after being shot and seriously wounded by the Taliban.  Another recent biographical selection is “Hard Choices,” a memoir by Hilary Clinton about her years as Secretary of State.
The choices are many. Come by the library to stock up on your favorite authors and genres. Library staff are always happy to recommend a book that might suit your taste.