Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Staff Picks 2017

The “Best Books of the Year” lists are out in abundance, and librarians and other staff from Somers Library are eager to share some of their favorite books of the year as well. All of the books on this list were read by members of the Somers Library staff in 2017. Some were hot off the press; others have stood the test of time.


Bradley, Alan Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d
Connelly, Michael The Late Show
Estes, Kelli The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
Fellowes, Julian Belgravia
Fergus, Jim One Thousand White Women
Fergus, Jim The Vengeance of Mothers
Jiles, Paulette News of the World
Karon, Jan To Be Where You Are
Moriarty, Liane The Husband’s Secret
Moyes, Jojo The Horse Dancer
Pataki, Allison Accidental Empress
Penny, Louise Glass Houses
Ryan, Jennifer The Chilbury Ladies Choir
See, Lisa The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
Sendker, Jan-Phillip The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
Umrigar, Thrity Everybody’s Son
Walker, Martin The Templar’s Last Secret
Weina Dai Randel The Moon in the Palace
White, Karen The Night the Lights Went Out
Wiggs, Susan Map of the Heart
Wiseman, Ellen Marie The Life She Was Given

Andersen, Kurt Fantasyland
Bard, Elizabeth Picnic in Provence
Calcaterra, Regina Girl Unbroken
Forsthoefel, Andrew Walking to Listen
Grann, David Killers of the Flower Moon
Kingsolver, Barbara Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow Gift from the Sea
Wiking, Meik The Little Book of Hygge

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What's the Deal With the Dewey Decimal System

Have you ever come into a public library and searched for a book in the nonfiction section? You will see a number, such as 822.33. This is an example of Dewey Decimal Classification System - the system used by Somers Library as well as most public and school libraries. Each book is labeled with a specific call number according to its subject, so when items are put on the shelves in Dewey Decimal order, all the books on one subject will be together. A Dewey Decimal number always has three numbers to the left of the decimal point. There is no limit to how many numbers can be after the decimal point. The more numbers that are added after the decimal point, the more specific the subject. 
List of General Dewey Decimal Numbers
  • 000 - General works, Computer science and Information
  • 100 - Philosophy and psychology
  • 200 - Religion
  • 300 - Social sciences
  • 400 - Language
  • 500 - Science
  • 600 - Technology
  • 700 - Arts & recreation
  • 800 - Literature
  • 900 - History & geography
If a book is shelved in the wrong place, it may never be found by patrons looking for it. This is why we encourage patrons not to just put books anywhere. Give it to the librarian, or put your books on a cart specifically designated for books to be shelved.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Book Club Resources

Book clubs are where you can meet with other people to discuss books (both fiction and nonfiction), and at the end of each meeting (or months in advance), determine the next month's book selection. If you are looking to start your own book club, or are looking to find interesting books for your group to read, the library has a variety of books to help you make your selections. All of the following books are located on the top shelf above the 'Express Books' area. 

►Book Club Bible
►Reading Women: A Book Club Guide for Women's Fiction
►Reading Group Choices (yearly)
►Reading Group Handbook
►Book Lust
►Read This
►Good Books Lately
►One Hundred and One Great Jewish Books
►Reading Group Book
►Read This Next 
You may place a hold on these titles or look for additional books on this topic by clicking here. You may get additional ideas by using our Pinterest boards.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Coloring Book Club for Adults

Not just for kids, and it's the latest craze! 

You are invited to join our adult coloring book club. Relax, color, socialize...all for free at Somers  Library.
Materials are provided, or you may bring your own colored pencils, and coloring books (recommended.) Registration is not required; meetings will be held in the Conference Room every Friday from 10:30-noon.

In case of inclement weather, check the library's website at www.somerslibrary.org for any delayed openings or closings.

Colored pencils have been provided by The Friends of Somers Library.