Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: ‘The Miracle on Monhegan Island’ by Elizabeth Kelly

Recently, I was hunting at the library for my next book to read when I came across Elizabeth Kelly’s ‘The Miracle on Monhegan Island’. Typically I stick with mysteries, but the fun, summery cover caught my eye, and I love all things Monhegan, so I thought I’d give it a try.

It took a whole chapter for me to realize that Ned, the narrator in this novel, is a dog. Yes, it is Ned the dog’s voice we hear as the story unfolds. I thought this was really bizarre, and to be honest, it just didn’t appeal to me as a reader. So I put it down, not intending to pursue it any further. Later, I thought to myself that perhaps I may be missing out on a really great story, so I decided to give it another chance. I am very glad I did.

It turns out that ‘The Miracle on Monhegan Island’ is surprisingly serious and quite thought-provoking. In fact, while reading, I jotted down several poignant quotes. Early on, we are introduced to Spark (a human) who at first appears to be very one-dimensional. However, we soon realize there is a lot more to him than his flawed but colorful character. As Ned (the dog) narrates, he is quite astute in his philosophical comments on humanity. The novel is actually about a truly dysfunctional family just trying to do the best they can. I think we can all relate to that in some way. The story is an odd combination of dark humor, religion, faith, mental illness, and ultimately, love.

I am so glad I gave this book a second chance. Once I re-started it, I couldn’t put it down. It is so different than anything I’ve ever read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
~Sarah Duffy, Library Assistant

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Children's Programs

On Thursday, Aug. 4th, we hosted an Outreach Program from the L.C. Bates Museum at Good Will-Hinckley in Hinckley, Maine, titled “Life in the 1900s” at the library. They had clothing to try on, games to play and crafts to do. It was a very hands-on program and they showed what items were used in schools in the 1900s. 

Here are some of the pictures from that day:

Our next event for children is an Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, Aug. 16th, at 11:30 bringing our Summer Reading to a close. 

In September we will have Ms. Jenn the Nutrition Detective come in and visit on Tuesday, Sept. 13th, at 10:00 for story time. She will have songs, stories, and a craft. 

All are welcome and if you have any questions just call us at 582-6894.